PS101 Lecture Notes - Sensory Overload, Sigmund Freud, Joseph Goldberger

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Michael Matthews September 13, 2011
Psychology #1
1879 was the first time where the discipline of psychology began.
Learn from psychology compared to learning about the course.
Based off the scientific method, it is objective.
The pursuit of knowledge, but the question is how that knowledge is applied.
The critical question is how we apply the knowledge that we chase. Science building (2003)
Developing a science of experience and behaviour.
4 reasons why the study of human behaviour is so difficult. 1 We are very complex creatures by nature. 2
Are psychologist ethical for what they do to study the discipline? 3 Psychophobia many people are
reluctant to study ourselves and what we might discover. 4 Certain trends in society that make our studies
more difficult. Science is in the process of understanding words at the beginning of human consciousness.
Because of accelerating technological development, the pace of change is astounding and ever changing.
No human brain is fully developed.
It is not logically possible for anything so complicated such as the brain to fully understand itself.
Consequentialist- would say that it doesn’t matter how you experiment as long as you get the results that
are important enough that can improve the human condition and expand knowledge.
(De) ontological- is the study of the nature of being. You should not do anything that interrupts the nature
of being. Joseph Goldberger and his wife.
Ethics have 3 important pieces. 1 Privacy 2 everything that can possibly be done to exclude any possibility
of harm must be done. 3 Serious questions about the amount of deception of any particular study.
Disturbed the sleep of human kind: Charles Darwin’s work on evolution troubled people because we are all
linked to species in the world as opposed to being a superior creature. Sigmund Freud argued that we
behave in ways that we have no answer for why we did them.
There is a shadow side of our personality- our dark side that we must acknowledge.
We seem to resist the pursuit of knowledge about ourselves and change.
The Us is anti-intellectual- critical thinking for new knowledge
Sensory overload we sometime suffer from the overflow of information and change. So much change may
be questionable. What we may have lost is some of the important aspects of continuity that societies used to
rely so much on.
Symbolic language was used to infuse into out conscious lives the transcendent meaning that emanate from
our human spirits.
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