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Department
Psychology & Brain Sciences
Course
PSYCH 100
Professor
tamararahhal
Semester
Spring

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What IS Psychology? SCOPE → what questions are asked → color vision, motivation, phobias, memory, consciousness, helping behavior, development, personality POPULATION → who/what is studied → humans, animals → ethics, simpler systems METHOD OF INQUIRY → how do we study it? case studies/surveys, correlation, experiments Big Issues – • conscious vs. unconscious → means to say “you look great” but says “you look fat” • free will vs. determinism → can someone choose to get themselves out of a depressive state • individual differences vs. universal → why men prefer younger women and women prefer older men • nature vs. nurture → does heredity play a major role in determining IQ? • neuroscience perspective → how does the brain/biology affect behavior • evolutionary perspective → how do unconscious conflicts/drives determine behavior • behavioral perspective → how do our experiences and environment affect behavior • cognitive perspective → how does information processing affect thoughts/behavior • socio­cultural perspective → how do behavior/thinking vary across situations/cultures ~ overconfidence → think you know more than you actually do ~ hindsight bias → after you know the outcome of an event, you tend to believe that you would have predicted it Why Form A Hypothesis? ­ di
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