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PSYC 120 Lecture 1: PSYC120 - Intro Lecture

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 120
Professor
Ilardi
Semester
Fall

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Personality: An individual’s characteristic pattern of behavior, thoughts, and feelings - stable over time and across situations. Major Theoretical Models of Personality: A. Biological • The mind is what the brain does • Mind and brain are flip sides of a single underlying reality • To understand personality, need to understand brain function • Genes program and regulate brain function (but modified by experience) B. Psychoanalytic • Developed by Sigmund Freud beginning in 1890s • Critical stages of early psychological development • Focus on childhood experience as determinant of adult personality • Most of the mind is unconscious and irrational C. Behavioral (Learning) • Environmental determinism • Person born mostly a “blank slate”, shaped by environment • Specifically, patterns of reward (reinforcement) and punishment
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