Introduction intro to psych

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Published on 16 Oct 2011
York University
PSYC 1010
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Introduction to Psychology
Lecture 1: Introduction
** Page 24-28 WILL be on the EXAM **
Formal Definition of Psychology:
“Scientific study of behaviour and its causes.”
o Overt (directly observable) and covert behaviours.
Psychologists study the:
o How you act (overt behaviour)
o How you think (covert behaviour which is mentality)
o How you feel ( which again would be covert because know one can
know how you feel unless you tell them, which would make it
covert and overt!)
o How your brain and body respond (covert)
There are certain goals of Psychology, and they are:
Measure and describe behavior objectively
o E.g. Extraversion
Understand (explain) and predict behavior using the scientific method
o Rudimentary statistics demonstrated with astrology
Modify behavior to improve quality of life and increase well-being.