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Psych2012 ch 1

vocab words

psychology scientific study of the behavior of humans and other animals
scientific method careful observation of events in the world, the formation of predictions, and the testing of them by manipulation of variables and systematic observation
structuralism attempted to break down experience into its basic elements or structures using introspection (subjects provided reports of perceptual experiences)
functionalism emphasized the functional, practical nature of the mind. (influenced by darwins theory of natural selection)
behaviorism the study of behavior that emphasizes the relationship between environmental events and an organism's behavior
gestalt psychology argues that the whole of an experience is different from the sum of its parts.
humanistic psychology emohasizes the role of free choice and our ability to make conscious decisions about how we live our lives
cognitive psychology focuses on the ways in which organisms process information, investigating thinking, memory, language, problem solving and creativity
developmental psychology concerned with factors that influence development and shape behavior throughout the life cycle from conception through old age
social psychology concerned with understanding the impact of social environments and social processes on individuals
personality psychology focuses on exploring the uniqueness of the individual, investigating how personality develops and how it influences people's activities
experimental psychology the primiary activity is conducting research
biological psychology focuses on the relationship between behavior and physiological events within the brain and the rest of the nervous system
clinical psychology involved in the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral problems
counseling psychology focus on less serious problems than clinical psychologists (in schools)
education psychology concerned with the study and application of learning and teaching methods
school psychology concerned with evaluating student's interests and abilities
industrial/organizational psychology concerned with using psychological concepts to make the workplace a more satisfying environment
engineering psychology concerned with creating optimal relationships among people, the machines they operate, and the environments they work in
health psychology concerned with the interaction between behavioral factors and physical health
positive psychology
forensic psychology
artificial intelligence
American Psychiological Society
American Psychological Association
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