PSY100H1 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Self-Actualization

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Chapter 1 Introduction to Psychological Science
Themes of Psychological Science
1.The principles of psychological Science are cumulative
Research on mind, brain and behaviour has accumulated over time
2.A new biological revolution is energizing research
A new biological revolution of profound significance is in progress at the dawn of the 21st
century, bringing with it a deeper understanding of the human mind and behaviour
3.A mind is adaptive
Evolutionary theory: a theory that emphasized the inherited, adaptive value of behaviour and
mental activity throughout the entire history of a species
Natural selection: Darwins theory that those who inherit characteristics that help them adapt to
their particular environment have a selective advantage over those who do not
Adaptations: in evolutionary theory, the physical characteristics, skills or abilities that increase
the chances of reproduction or survival and are therefore likely to be passed along to future
Culture: the beliefs, values, rules and customs that exist within a group of people who share a
common language and environment and that are transmitted through learning from one
generation to the next
Norms: specify how people ought to behave in different contexts
4.Psychological science crosses levels of analysis
The mind and behaviour can be studied on many levels of analysis
CategoryLevelsWhat is studied?
Social Cultural Norms, beliefs, values, symbols, ethnicity
InterpersonalGroups, relationships, persuasion, influence, workplace
differencesPersonality, gender, developmental age groups, self-
Perception an
cognition Thinking, decision making, language, memory, seeing,
BehaviourObservable actions, responses, physical movements
BiologicalBrain systemsNeuroanatomy, animal research, brain imaging
Neurochemical Neurotransmitters and hormones, animal studies, drug
GeneticGene mechanisms, heritability, twin and adoption
Amusia: the inability to recognize familiar tunes
Social aspects involve an examination of how cultural and social contexts affect the ways people
interact and influence each other
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Individual aspects concern individual differences in personality and mental processes that
concern how we perceive and know our worlds
Biological aspects deal with how the physical body contributes to mind and behaviour
The intellectual origins of psychology
Nature-nurture debate: the arguments concerning whether psychological characteristics are
biologically innate or acquired through education, experience and culture
Schizophrenia: disorder in which people have unusual thoughts such as believing they are God, or
experience unusual sensations, such as hearing voices
Bipolar disorder: a person has dramatic mood swings, from feeling extremely sad to feeling euphoric
Posttraumatic stress disorder: people have intrusive and unwanted memories of their traumatic
Mind-body problem: a fundamental psychological issue that considers whether mind and body are
separate and distinct or whether the mind is simply the subjective experience of the physical brain;
our mind is what our brain does
Sensus communis: da Vinci believed to be the home of thought and judgement
Dualism: the philosophical idea that the mind exists separately from the physical body yet intertwined
Natural selection: the process by which random mutations in organisms that are adaptive are passed
along and mutations hinder reproduction are not
How did the scientific foundations of psychology develop?
Experimental psychology begins with structuralism
Introspection: a systematic examination of subjective mental experiences that requires people to inspect
and report on the content of their thoughts
Structuralism: an approach to psychology based on the idea that conscious experience can be broken
down into its basic underlying components or elements
Functionalism addresses the purpose of behaviour
Stream of consciousness: a phrase coined by William James to describe ones continuous series of ever-
changing thoughts
Functionalism: an approach to psychology concerned with the adaptive purpose or function of mind and
Progressive approach: teaching students according to how the mind processed information rather than
simply through repetitive drill learning; emphasized divergent thinking and creativity rather than
the rote learning of conventional knowledge that might be incorrect anyway
Gestalt psychology emphasizes patterns and context in learning
Gestalt theory: a theory based on the idea that the whole of personal experience is different from simply
the sum of its constituent elements
Phenomenological approach: observations of ordinary people in investigating subjective experience;
refers to the totality of subjective conscious experience
The unconscious influences everyday mental life
Unconscious: a term that identifies mental processes that operate below the level of conscious awareness
Psychoanalysis: a method developed by Sigmund Freud that attempts to bring the contents of the
unconscious into conscious awareness so that conflicts can be revealed
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Free association: people would simply talk about whatever they wanted to for as long as they wanted to;
Freud believed that people would eventually reveal the unconscious conflicts that were causing them
Most behaviour can be modified by reward and punishment
Behaviourism: a psychological approach that emphasizes the role of environmental forces in producing
How people think affects behaviour
Cognitive psychology is concerned with higher order mental functions such as intelligence, thinking,
language, memory and decision making
Information processing theories of cognition viewed the brain as the hardware that ran the mind as
Social situations shape behaviour
Social psychology focuses on the power of situation and how people are shaped through their
interactions with others
Psychological therapy is based on science
People can come to know and accept themselves in order to reach their unique potentials
How can we apply psychological science?
Subdisciplines focus on different levels of analysis
Psychological scientist: one who uses the methods of science to study the interplay between brain,
mind and behaviour and how the social environment affects these processes
Psychological practitioners: those who apply findings from psychological science in order to assist
people in their daily lives
Social psychologists: focus on the influences that other situations and people have on how we act, think
and feel
Personality psychologists: interested in individual preferences such as how certain types of people
might prefer certain types of music
Developmental psychologists: address changes in mind and behaviours over the life span and so they
might study how children learn the basic structure of music or how musical preferences change as
one grows older
Cognitive psychology: concerned with mental processes such as thinking, perceiving, remembering and
decision making and so researchers in this area might be interested in how people perceive various
aspects of music as well as how much changes the way people think
Cognitive neuroscience: would seek to understand the brain systems involved in the perception of
music and how they might differ from the parts of the brain involved in ordinary auditory processing
Behavioural neuroscientists: study the biological mechanism responsible for behaviour
Experimental psychopathologists: study abnormal or disordered behaviour
Critical thinking: a systematic way of evaluating information in order to reach reasonable conclusions
Chapter 2 research methodology
What is scientific inquiry?
Steps in researchExample
Formulate hypothesisPeople who are intoxicated will show less motor coordination than
people who have not drunk alcohol
Design studyPlan an experiment in which you give alcohol to one group and no
alcohol to a control group. Alternatively, compare people before and
after drinking alcohol
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