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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 3635
Professor
Eytan Lasry
Semester
Fall

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Psychology The Science of Behaviour Areas of psychological researchPhysiological psychology studies physiological basis of behaviouroLearning memory sensory process emotional behaviour motivation sexual behaviour sleepoAll observed in nonhuman animals Comparative psychologystudies behaviour of a variety of organisms in an attempt to understand adaptive and functional significance of behaviour and their relationship in evolution oInherited behaviour patternscourting mating predation aggression defensive behaviours and parental behavioursBehaviour analystsstudies effect of environment on behavioureffects of consequences of behaviour on behaviour themselvesBehaviour geneticsstudies role of genetics in behaviouroExamine similarities in physical and behavioural characteristics of blood relativesCognitive psychologystudies complex behaviours and mental processes such as perception attention learning and memory verbal behaviour concept formation and problem solvingoEvents that cause behaviour consist of functions of brain in response to environmental factorsoExplanations involve characteristics of inferred mental process such as imagery attention and mechanisms of languageCognitive neuroscienceattempts to understand cognitive psychological functions by studying brain mechanisms that are responsible for them cognitive psychologyphysiological psychologyoStudypeople whose brains have been damaged by natural causesdisease stroke tumorsDevelopmental psychologystudies changes in behavioural perceptual and cognitive capacities of organisms as a function of age and experienceoStudy causal events that are as comprehensive as all of psychologyphysiological processes cognitive processes and social influencesSocial psychologystudy of effects people have on each others behaviouroExplore perception causeandeffect relationships group dynamics and emotional behaviours agressions sexual behaviourPersonality psychologyattempts to categorize and understand causes of individual differences in patterns of behaviouroLook for causal events in persons historygenetic and environmentalEvolutionary psychologyexplains behaviour in terms of adaptiveadvantages that specific behaviours provided during evolution of a species use natural selection as guiding principleoInterested in studies of behavioural genetics and comparative psychology Crosscultural psychologystudies effects of culture on behaviourClinical psychologydevoted to investigation and treatment of abnormal
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