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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 100
Professor
Sherri Atwood
Semester
Winter

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Thursday January 9 2014Lecture 1PSYC 100 What is PsychologyThe scientic study of behaviour and mental processes Scientic answering questions objectively based on empirical methods observationdata collectionBehaviour observable activity Mental Processes thoughts feelings sensations perceptions motivations subjective experiences Testing commonsense notionsCan alcoholics drinkDo opposites attractGoalsQuestionsDo traits develop through nature experience or nurture born with them or bothTries to describe and understand causes of behaviour To predict how people and animals will behave under certain conditionsTo inuencecontrol behaviour by understanding the causes of behaviourEmpirical ScienceCritical ThoughtMake use of research evidence rather than rely on popular opinion common sense or intuitionLook for alternative explanationsperspectives Empirical research relies on or is derived from observation experimentation measurementCritical thinking questions whats the claim is the source credible whats the evidence for that claim are there other explanations whats the appropriate conclusion1
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