The Nature of Psychology

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Psy 151: Introduction to psychology The Nature of PsychologyA summary of major points discussed during lecturesPsychology is involved in human affairs in various waysDefining Psychology Difficult to provide a DEFINITIONMost definitions include the following aspects:1. Focus on human behaviour (all aspects)2. Animal benaviour (some aspects)3. It is a set of facts about behaviour 4. It consists of procedures for studying behaviour Psychology is a science, a discipline and a professionScience: Emphasis on scientific method Discipline: Body of knowledgeProfession: Practical aspects, applied psychologyBehaviour Behaviour emerges as an important aspectPsychology as a science of human behaviour Behaviour: Range and perspectives Behaviour: Types (Broad understanding)What is behaviour?Explicit (overt) learned behaviourImplicit (covert) learned behaviourExplicit unlearned behaviourImplicit unlearned behaviourSome issues (tutorial discussion) Is psychology a science?Observable behaviour vs inference makingWhy is animal behaviour important?Learning about basic processes (physiology)Genetic studiesAnimals are easily available; shor

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