Psych Test 1
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Psych Test 1
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Flashcards on an Introduction to Psychology by Benjamin Lahey
What is Humanism?
The belief that human beings determine their own fate through the unconscious decisions they make.
What is Behaviorism?
Psychology that emphasizes the process of learning and the measurement of overt behavior.
What is the Psychodynamic Theory?
based on the premise that human behavior and relationships are shaped by conscious and unconscious influences.
Structuralism vs Functionalism
Functionalism is having the consciousness for survival and Structuralism is simply identifying the basic elements of conscious experience.
What is Social Learning Theory?
Aspects of our behavior are learned from other persons in society (Family, friends, and culture)
Research based on
of publicly observable behavior.
Is considered to be the “father” of modern
Wundt founded the school of thought called
Is credited with founding the first laboratory
solely dedicated to the empirical study of psychological events.
Goals Of Psychology
Studied the sensation of pain from heat
Did a study on memory
-Studied the neurology associated with the digestive system of dogs (Nobel Prize in psychology)
-His investigation of psychic secretion resulted in our initial understanding of what is today known as classical conditioning
William James was a professor of biology and philosophy at Harvard University
James is considered to be the father of American Psychology.
James was deeply influenced by the work of Charles Darwin
Freud’s Psychoanalytic Theory was the first of a family of theories called psychodynamic theories.
Freud was one of the most influential people in the field of psychiatry and psychotherapy from the late 1800’s up to the time of his death in 1936
Margaret Foy Washburn
Margaret Washburn wrote the first text in the field that would be known as comparative psychology (The Animal Mind 1908).
Washburn was president of the APA I n 1921 and elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1932.
B.F. Skinner is arguably the most famous American Psychologist of the twentieth century.
Skinner was a strict behaviorist, attempting to understand animal and human behavior in terms of the principles governing operant conditioning
Operant conditioning is a form of learning in which behavior is strengthened by the presence of positive or negative reinforcement and weakened in the absence of positive or negative reinforcement.
Wrote a book, “Client Centered Therapy.”
Maslow coined the term “humanistic psychology”
In the 1950’s Maslow was still conducting research on the behavior of monkeys
Ramon y Cajal
A pioneer in neuropsychological research, Santiago Ramon y Cajal is noted for his description of neurons in a work published in 1894.
Inez Prosser was the first African-American woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in psychology.
Sadly, Prosser died in an automobile accident shortly after earning her degree.
What researchers arrange to allow a comparison of the participants behavior under different conditions. (violent movie)
Behavior or outcome that is caused by the independent variable.