Perspectives in psychology: PSY 105
Ryerson Lower Liberal
What is Psychology?
Definition: Scientific study of mind and behaviour
Behaviour : (External)
For example: Yelling, crying, talking, sweating,…
For example: Sensations, dreams, thoughts, memories, emotions…
•Science ≠ common sense
–The Earth revolves around the Sun
–There’s safety in numbers.
–Birds of a feather flock together.
•Goal: Explain, predict, modify behaviours and mental processes to improve quality of life.
What Do Psychologists Do?
• 700,000 in the world! In Canada…30,000
•25% Private practice (USA. 50%)
•20% Hospitals, health centres
• 15% Schools
•20% Private businesses
•7% Others (Forensic, psychopharmacology, legal, program evaluations)