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PSY 110- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 55 pages long!)


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSY 110
Professor
Nauta
Study Guide
Final

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ISU
PSY 110
Final EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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What is psychology?
A. Study of behavior and mental processes
B. Not just humans – also animals
1. Cross-species comparisons
2. Can do things with animals that are unethical to do with humans
i. Control environments
ii. Administer risky interventions
C. Application of scientific knowledge to promote human and animal welfare
D. Not just common sense
1. Example: ADHD – causes brain to be hyper active so you think that a depressant
would help but that is not the case. They need a stimulant to get the focusing part of the brain to
work.
E. Uses an empirical (scientific) method
Many Areas of Focus
A. Biological/Physiological Psychology
1. Study of...
i. The brain
ii. The nervous system
iii. Genetics
iv. Effects of medications on behavior
B. Cognitive Psychology
1. Study of mental processes:
i. Memory
ii. Thinking
iii. Decision-making
C. Developmental Psychology
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1. Study of changes over the lifespan
D. Personality Psychology
1. Study of...
i. Consistencies over time
ii. How we got to be the way we are
E. Social Psychology
1. Study of...
i. How people are affected by their social environment
ii. Interpersonal relationships
F. Clinical and Counseling Psychology
1. Study of psychological disorders
i. Causes
ii. Treatment
iii. Prevention
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