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Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC 100
Professor
Jordan Poppenk
Study Guide
Final

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PSYC100 - Lecture 1: Introduction to Psychology
Unit 1 Lesson 0 : What is Psychology?
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour, thought and experience (all 3 are
distinct).
oBehaviour is the external result, or the observable output of the mind
oThought is the internal workings of the mind i.e. processing
oExperience is the sum of all the perceptions and memories i.e. input
*The brain is omitted since the study of the brain (neurology) is not the main focus of
psychology, but rather an avenue to further explore psychological processes.*
Some topics pertaining to
oBehaviour: violence, bullying
oThought: attitudes, memory, trust
oExperiences: consciousness, emotions, job satisfaction
Applications/Specializations in Psychology
Biological
Clinical
Developmental
Educational
Social
Cognitive
Comparative
Industrial-Organizational
With links to:
Medicine
Education
Business
Humanities
Ethics
Engineering
*Note: Lists are not all-inclusive*
Psychology’s place in the sciences
Niche between social science and natural sciences, since it details the nuts and bolts of how
mental processes take place but also deals with group level interactions and relations.
Distinguishing between different understandings of the Person

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Different understandings of the person in multiple disciplines
In Law: A standard
A typical person with ordinary powers of control
In Economics: An assumption
People maximize their needs and desires (rational thinking)
In Sociology: An emergent property
The person is only part of the group, asks if group behaviour is logical to determine if a
person is reasonable
In Psychology: A question
To what extent do people behave logically? Do they vary in this capacity?
Course Details
Goals in PSYC100
1. Gain scientific literacy and critical thinking
2. Survey topics/knowledge you can study in psych
3. Discover yourself, and what makes you human
4. Better understand and predict human behaviour
5. Carry the fruits of research somewhere new
Instructors:
Jordan Poppenk (Fall)
Jill Atkinson (Winter)
The goal of the instructors in lectures is to:
Frame new material
Highlight relevance of key content
Address points of confusion
Grade Breakdown:
Component Weight Notes
Learning Labs 20% Miss >6 is an automatic fail
Quizzes 10% 10 best marks of 12 quizzes
count for final grade
December Exam 30%
April Exam 40%
Unit 1 Lesson 1: Philosophical Roots of Psychology
Structuralism
Functionalism
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