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Intro to Psychology (Lecture).docx

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Psychology
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PSY100H1
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Dan Dolderman

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Intro to Psychology (PSYA01) Lecture 1.1 – There’s No Soul in Psychology  To follow something scientifically, an assumption has to be made that the behavior of that said thing conforms to natural laws.  “Souls” are a spiritual entity, which means they DO NOT conform to natural laws.  Therefore trying to interpret them with a scientific process is pure foolishness  If human behavior was not partially, if not totally determined by natural laws, then it should be possible to study it scientifically  Psychology is a very complex science, therefore you make progress at a slower rate, Psych is also very young 1850-1900, less than 150 years old  Animism- suggesting that something has a soul (i.e. rocks)  Rene Descartes believes animals have no souls, they are just machines -He believes animals don’t feel pain, they just react to the situations -Rene believes humans are machines, however we are ultimately controlled by a soul, which means humans are responsible for their actions -Rene Descartes believes humans have a dualistic nature (part material, part spiritual)  John Locke believes ALL body is a machine (body + mind) is materialism -John Locke believes “humans are born at a blank slate”, ultimately experiences determine who/what you are going to be  Materialism – we don’t have a soul, everything is made up of basic materials that follow physical laws (Anti-spiritualism) Lecture 1.2 – The Birth and Early Years  Mid-Late 1800’s Germany was a very prominent country because they were a super power, they had the economic + military might to do what they pleased  Governments think Science, knowledge and understanding of knowledge gave their country a strong advantage in the world  Germany therefore built their military and sciences during this time period Lecture 1.3 – Psychologies Recent Past  People believed that Sigmund Freud’s idea of psychology was not scientific (i.e. sexual issues) o They felt it was more philosophical  Gestalt Psychology: Trying to understand the laws underlying our amazing ability to acquire and maintain stable percepts in a noisy world o –Example: If a person walks beh
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