#1 As a field that uses the scientific approach
#2 As a useful field with several important practical goals
#3 As a broad field
Definition:The scientific study of behavior and mental processes.
|Facts may replace opinions||1. The scientific approach can't answer some very important questions.|
|2. Finding simple rules to explain behavior may be depressingly demystifying|
|3. Finding simple rules to explain behavior may be impossible.|
1. Describe behavior.
2. Predict behavior
3. Explain (understand) behavior
4. Control behavior
Practice on distinguishing between psychology's goals.
a. There are many kinds of behavior we could examine
1. Physiological reactions
2. Overt behavior and actions
b. Individuals are affected by many factorsII. Conclusions: Why study psychology?
(from biological factors to physical factors to sociological factors)
Hear how evolution may be affecting your mating and other behavior
c. Topics covered in class and in text
d. Types of psychologists
e. Problems attacked by psychologists
1. Advantages of studying the "central major science of our time."
a.2. Your goals are psychology's goals (see whether your nonpsychological goals are good for you)
3. Psychology is probably relevant to your major
4. Psychology is relevant to your career
a. As a non-psychology major
b. As a psychology major
Hot Careers for the 2016 and beyond
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