PSYC 2310 : PSYCH 1200- Year Review.docx

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Chapter 1- psychology: the science of behaviour (3 questions) Psychology: scientific study of behaviour and the factors that influence it. Behaviour = actions we can observe directly and mental events (thoughts, feelings) Biological, individual, and environmental factors are taken into account. Plays an important role in solving human problems and promoting human welfare. Basic research= quest for knowledge purely for its own sake (quest for knowledge: goals: describe how people behave and identify factors that influence behaviour. Applied research= designed to solve specific problems (application of knowledge: uses principles discovered in basic research to solve practical problems. Goals of psychology: describe: how people and other animals behave, explain: and understand the causes of these behaviours, predict: how people and animals will behave under certain conditions, influence: or control behaviour through knowledge and control its causes. Perspectives= theoretical vantage points from which to analyze behaviour and its causes.

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