What are psychology's four (practical) goals?

  1. Describe behavior- find out what is happening. Easiest and often first goal to be achieved, but take care to
  2. Predict behavior-- find out what will happen
  3. Explain (understand) behavior-- find out why it happens--find cause-effect rules.
  4. Control behavior --making it happen, apply the cause-effect rules. Two barriers to going from explaining to controlling
    1. You may not be able to control the cause of the behavior and thus not be able to control the behavior.
    2. It may be unethical to control other people's behavior.

Practice on distinguishing between psychology's goals.

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