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Department
Psychology
Course
PS101
Professor
Mindi Foster
Semester
Fall

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Chapter 1What is Psychology? Psychology: how our physical, mental states and external environment affects our thoughts, feelings and behaviours Psychology Empirical Work observation (systematic) experimentation measurement -eg. This work shows 40-60 year olds are happier and parents have greater marital satisfaction when kids leave the nest vs. Pseudoscience Unsupported Popular opinion, Psychobabble (scientific-sounding language) -midlife crisis exists -empty nest syndrome How to do Psychology with Critical Thinking Ask questions and examine evidence Myth: humans only use 10% of our brains oWhat are your sources? Define your terms oCrisis opsychotic break?, ofancy toys? (cars, boats) Analyze assumptions/biases Dont oversimplify oI know someone who oHow many people were surveyed Avoid intense emotional reasoning (alone) oAvoid preference based opinions over fact based opinions Tolerate uncertainty oOften in psychology there is evidence to support both sides no mathematical answer Consider alternative interpretations oEg. Old man gets new sports car because he can actually afford it now, not because of mid life crisis History of Psychology Pre-modern
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