Psychology Winter Session
January 8 2013 Dan Dolerman [email protected]
INTRODUCTORY TO PSYCHOLOGY
Why study psychology?
Psychology is the study of what makes people tick, the mechanics of the mind
Psychology can help you understand yourself better
Psychology can help people, ex. Social work, education etc.
How to deal with stress
The study of the beliefs of certain people
Understanding why people do what they do
Must participate in four studies worth - 4%
Fundamental Insights of Psychology
Fundamental Insight #1
o Reality is a story told to us by our brains
Reality is not as it appears, we go through life thinking we are
interacting and perceiving with the real world. In truth, we interact with
an interpretation of reality. A story we create ourselves. Victim of
circumstance is reality affects you. As an author of a story you can
Our brains are artists, not mirrors; our experiences do not reflect reality
but rather a construction, or representation of reality.
The construction process involves a lot of guess work “filling in the gaps”
We are not aware what we are filling these gaps, we do it
subconsciously, therefore the truth we think is real is our guesswork.
Our Perceptual system is done by guesswork.
This subjective representation occurs within the brain. Understanding
the human is understanding the brain.
We only have access to a limited subset of reality
This is due to the limitation of our sensory-perceptual system
Our attention capacity is not infinite
Therefore there are things in reality we do not perceive
We are navigating and making decisions really fast with this
limited sub-set of reality We hope our guesswork is well enough