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The History of Psychology Lecture #2.docx

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY100H1
Professor
Dan Dolderman
Semester
Fall

Description
The History of Psychology (Lecture #2, September 15 2011)th Overview Science has always been contextualized in a larger set of processes. e.g. Theological/ religious barriers impeded the progress of physiological sciences Therefore: 1. The direct study of the human body was forbidden. 2. Doctrines regarding human exemptionalism (impossible to learn about human functioning through animal studies). Objectives Post Enlightment → The rise of the supposed rational, self-interested human; deep divide between cognition and emotion; emphasis on the individual as the unit of analysis Post Biological Revolution and Neuroscience→ The remerging of cognition and emotion; emphasis on interdependence between the individual group Human Psychology as Mechanistic Processes Descartes: 1600’s Descartes was described as an extremely intense, unbalanced, driven personality. He viewed the human body as a machine controlled by hydraulics (fluids) and mechanics (levers). As well as the fact that human and animal bodies were highly c
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