Pysch Ch1 Vocab
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Pysch Ch1 Vocab
The scientific study of mind and behaviour
Our private inner experience of perceptions, thoughts, memories, and feelings.
Observable actions of human beings and nonhuman animals
Certain kinds of knowledge are innate or inborn
All knowledge is acquired though experience
The defunct theory that certain mental abilities an characteristics are localized in specific parts of the brain
The study of mental processes, especially in the human body
Sensory input from the environment
The amount of time taken to respond to a specific stimulus
A person's subjective experience of the world and the mind
Analysis of the basic elements that constitute the mind.
A subjective observation of one's own experience
The study of the purposes mental processes serve in enabling people to adapt to their environment.
Charles Darwin's theory that the features of an organism that help it survive and reproduce are more likely than other features to be passed on to subsequent generations
Errors in perception, memory or judement in which subjective experience differs from objective reality
A greek approach that emphasizes that we often percieve the whole rather than the sum of the parts.
Dissociative Identity Disorder
A condition where there are 2 or more distinct identities with an individual
Temporary loss of cognitive or motor functions, usually due to an emotionally upsetting experience.
the part of the mind that operates outside the conscious awareness but influences conscious feelings, actions, and thoughts.
Sigmund Freud's approach to understanding human behaviour that emphasizes the importance of unconscious mental processes in shaping feelings, thoughts, and behaviours.
A therapeutic approach that focuses on bringing unconscious material into conscious awareness to better understand psychological disorders.
An approach to understanding human nature that emphasizes the positive potential of human beings.
An approach that advocates that psychologists restrict themselves to the scientific study of objectivesly observable behaviour.
An action or physiological change elicited by a stimulus.
The consequences of a behaviour that determine whether it will be more likely that the behaviour will occur again.
The scientific study of mental processes, including perception, thought, memory, and reasoning.
An approach to psychology that links psychological processes to activities in the nervous system and other bodily processes.
A field that attempts to understand the links between cognitive processes and brain activity
A psychological approach that explains mind and behaviour in terms of the adaptive value of abilities that are perserved over time by natural selection.
A subfield of psychology that studies the causes and consequences of interpersonal behaviour.
A study of how cultures reflect and shape the psychological processes of their members.