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Vocab for Prologue

Myers 7th Edition - Prologue Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Empiricism The view that (a) knowledge comes from experience via the senses, and (b) science flourishes through observation and experiment.
Structuralism An early school of psychology that used introspection to explore the elemental structure of the human mind
Functionalism A school of psychology that focused on how mental and behavioral processes function - how they enable the organism to adapt, survive, and flourish.
Psychology The science of behavior and mental processes.
Nature-nurtrue issue The longstanding controversy over the relative contributions that genes and experience make to the development of psychological traits and behaviors.
Natural selection The principle that, among the range of inherited trait variations, those contributing to reproduction and survival will most likely be passed on to succedding generations.
Basic research Pure science that aims to increase the scientific knowledge base
Applied research Scientific study that aims to solve practical problems
Clinical psychology A branch of psychology that studies, assesses, and treats people with psychological disorders
Psychiatry A branch of medicine dealing with psychological disorders; practiced by physicians who sometimes provide medical (for example, drug) treatments as well as psychological therapy
Created by: shellenberger