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PSYC 2650
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Chapter 1: The Science of the Mind 9/18/2012 8:47:00 AM A Brief History - the only way to study thoughts is for each of us to introspect, or look within, to observe and record the content of our own mental lives and the sequences of our own experiences - the behaviourist movement is a movement that dominated psychology in America for roughly the first half of the 20hcentury—successful and uncovered a range of broad principles concerned with how our behavior changes in response to different configurations of stimuli - the transcendental method—one must begin with the observable facts and then work backward from these observations (inference to best explanation) Research in Cognitive Psychology: An Example o working memory is the memory you use for information that you are actively working on, it is small but holds info in an easily accessible form, so that the info is at your fingertips when you need it o in a span test, we read to someone a list of 4 items for example, the person then immediately reports them back, and you keep increasing the span of items until
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