PSY 150 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Psych

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Psych.150
8/29/16
Psychology
Ch.1
What is ~ It is the science of thought and behavior.
Psychology? ~ Thought is actually just another form of
behavior, but is explicitly included to make it clear; we look at
thought as well as behavior.
Science is “empirical”
Empirical: capable of being observed.
Science: A Set of data collection procedures designed to avoid
the mistakes of common sense reasoning.
Science vs.
Common Sense
SCIENCE COMMON SENSE
- Objective data collection - Subjective data collection
- Systematic data collection - Hit or miss data collection
- Relies only on evidence - Ignores counter- evidence often
swayed by belief
What’s wrong ~ You can believe in anything you want,
With belief? Sensible or not.
~ You can’t make other people believe things
Just because you don’t believe them.
~ Stating a belief is really just telling other
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