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Title: History and Approaches of Psychology

History and Approaches of Psychology
  • Mr. Pippin

Chapter Preview
  • We will be looking at
  • 1. How psychology has developed as a science
  • 2. The six major perspectives of psychology
  • 3. The three major issues that cut across
  • 4. An overview of the major subfields of

Chapter Objectives
  • Lesson 1 Define psychology and trace its
    historical development.
  • Lesson 2 Explain how psychologys different
    perspectives contribute to a complete view of the
    human form.
  • Lesson 3 Identify the major subfields of

History of Psychology
  • People have been studying human behavior for
    thousands of years. (Examples Romans,
    Egyptians, Indians)
  • This was good, but was not done in an organized
  • Psychology as a science has a very short history.
  • Some scientists still call psychology a soft

Roots of Psychology
  • Psychology The scientific study of behavior and
    mental processes.
  • Lets break down the definition
  • Behavior Anything that you do that can be
  • Mental Processes Internal experiences such as
    thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions.
  • Systematic Study Systematic collection and
    examination of data (empirical evidence) to
    support or disprove hypotheses (predictions)
    rather than depending on common sense.

Today, psychology is defined as the
  1. Study of mental phenomenon
  2. Study of conscious and unconscious activity
  3. Study of Behavior
  4. Science of behavior and mental processes

Key Players in the History of Psychology
  • Roots of psychology can be traced back 2000 years
    ago to the early philosophers, biologists, and
    physiologists of ancient Greece.
  • Hippocrates Greek Physiologist that thought the
    mind or soul resided in the brain.
  • He believed that it was not composed of a
    physical substance.
  • This is called mind-body-dualism seeing mind
    and body as two different things that interact.

Can anyone lend this guy some facial moisturizer?
Key Players in the History of Psychology
  • Plato (350 B.C.) Greek philosopher that
    believed that who we are and what we know are
    innate (inborn).
  • Aristotle Platos student believed that that
    who we are and what we know are acquired from
  • He also believed in monism seeing mind and body
    as different aspects of the same thing.

Two historical roots of psychology are the
disciplines of
  1. Philosophy and chemistry
  2. Physiology and chemistry
  3. Philosophy and physiology
  4. Philosophy and physics

Key Players in the History of Psychology
  • About 2000 yrs. later John Locke and Rene
    Descartes had a similar argument.
  • John Locke Believed that knowledge comes from
    observation, and what we know comes from
  • He coined the term tabula rasa blank slate.
  • The mind is like a blank slate in which the
    environment writes upon.
  • Rene Descartes Believed that what we know is
  • I think therefore I am.

The 17th century philosopher who believed that
the mind is blank at birth and that most
knowledge comes through sensory experience is
  1. Plato
  2. Aristotle
  3. Descartes
  4. Locke

The Greek philosopher who believed that
intelligence was inherited was
  1. Aristotle
  2. Plato
  3. Descartes
  4. Simonides

Nature vs. Nurture Controversy
  • The debate about the extent to which our behavior
    is inborn or learned through experience is called
    the nature vs. nurture controversy.
  • Nature Certain elementary ideas are innate to
    the human mind not gained through experience
  • Men are born, not made

Nature vs. Nurture (cont.)
  • Nurture Anything that we know, we have learned
    through experience.
  • Our mind is like a blank slate (tabula rasa
    Locke) that the environment writes upon
  • Men are made, not born

Where do the Spartans fall into this nature vs.
nurture controversy?
Which of the following exemplifies the issue of
the relative importance of nature and nurture on
our behavior?
  1. The issue of the relative influence of biology
    and experience on behavior
  2. The issue of the relative influence of rewards
    and punishments on behavior
  3. The debate as to the relative importance of
    heredity and instinct in determining behavior
  4. The debate as to whether mental processes are a
    legitimate are of scientific study

Lesson Two Approaches and Schools of Psychology
  • Not all psychologists look at psychology the same
  • Some believe that you are who you are purely
    because of your genetics.
  • Some believe that experiences play a much bigger
  • Psychology is a broad field that aims to answer
    questions from many different perspectives.
  • We are going to look at the different schools and
    approaches to psychology.

Lesson 2 Approaches and Schools of Psychology
  • By the late 1800s, psychology was beginning to
    emerge as a separate scientific discipline.
  • Biologist Charles Darwin came up with the theory
    of natural selection.
  • Psychology branched into two schools of
    psychology (structuralism and functionalism) and
    from there several approaches to psychology.

Structuralism Wilhelm Wundt
  • Wilhelm Wundt Credited as the founder of
    scientific psychology because in 1879 he set up a
    research laboratory in Germany.
  • The lab was dedicated to the scientific study of
    conscious experiences and sensations.
  • Introspection the process of looking inward to
    identify how one feels, thinks, or acts.
  • His research was considered effective because he
    replicated his studies in different conditions
    with similar results.
  • Other members of the structuralist movement were
    Edward Tichener and G. Stanley Hall (founded the

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Functionalism William James
  • William James was a psychologist that felt that
    Wundt was asking the wrong questions.
  • James was more interested in the function or
    purpose of behavioral acts.
  • Functionalists Researchers that focused on how
    we adapt to our environments. (stream of
  • Main Goal Explain human behavior

Seven Approaches to Psychology Behavioral
  • Behavioral Approach Focuses on measuring and
    recording observable behavior. (behavior results
    from learning)
  • Pavlov and his dogs, Watson and Baby Albert,
    Skinner and his rats. (rewards, punishments, and
  • All these men believed that psychology should be
    the science of behavior.

In psychology, behavior is best defined as
  1. Anything a person says, does, or feels
  2. Any action we can observe and record
  3. Any action, whether observable or not
  4. Anything we can infer from a persons actions

Seven Approaches to Psychology Psychoanalytic /
  • Psychoanalytic Approach Focuses on unconscious
    internal conflicts to explain mental disorders,
    personality, and motivation.
  • Sigmund Freud developed this approach and focused
    on unconscious desires (Freudian slips, life and
    death instincts, libido, early life experiences.
  • Psychodynamic Approach Those that varied
    Freuds ideas but kept with the roots of

Seven Approaches to Psychology Humanistic
  • Humanistic Approach Emphases the importance of
    peoples feelings and view human nature as
    naturally positive and growth seeking.
  • Abraham Maslow (Hierarchy of Needs) and Carl
    Rogers (Unconditional Positive Regard) led the
  • This approach came out the 60s and 70s.

According to Maslow, these needs must be met
before all others.
  1. Safety
  2. Love and Belongingness
  3. Physiological
  4. Esteem Needs

Seven Approaches to Psychology Biological
  • Biological Approach Examines how complex
    chemical and biological processes within the
    nervous and endocrine systems are related to the
    behavior of organisms.
  • Much research is being done today using this
    approach Brain based research.

Seven Approaches to Psychology Cognitive
  • Cognitive Approach Emphasizes the importance of
    receiving, storing, and processing information.
  • It also focuses on thinking, reasoning, and using
    language to understand human behavior.
  • Cognition thinking and memory.

Seven Approaches to Psychology Evolutionary
  • Evolutionary Approach Attempts to explain
    behavior patterns as adaptations naturally
    selected to increase reproductive success.
  • This approach uses Darwins theory of natural
    selection as a basis.
  • Darwin wrote Origin of Species.

Seven Approaches to Psychology Socio-cultural
  • As time progressed more people were traveling and
    visiting other cultures.
  • Psychologists soon recognized the difference in
    cultural gestures, body language, and spoken
  • Socio-cultural Approach Examines the cultural
    differences in an attempt to understand, predict,
    and control behavior.

This approach to psychology focuses on rewards,
punishments, and associations.
  1. Behavioral
  2. Socio-Cultural
  3. Neuroscience
  4. Cognitive

The way the mind processes, stores, and retrieves
information is the primary concern of this
approach to psychology
  1. Evolutionary
  2. Socio-Cultural
  3. Behavioral
  4. Cognitive

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This researcher used classical conditioning to
make dogs salivate by the sound of a bell.
  1. Skinner
  2. Pavlov
  3. Watson
  4. Freud
  5. Basich

This Humanistic psychologist encouraged his
clients to always focus on the positive.
  1. Watson
  2. Rogers
  3. Skinner
  4. Jung
  5. Rogers

Which perspective best explains Andrea Yates?
  • Discuss.

Lesson 3 Subfields of Psychology
  • Psychology is a broad field
  • There are many jobs available with a psychology
  • Historically though, this wasnt always the case.
  • Psychology saw a huge boom after World War II.
  • Many opportunities arose in clinical and
    counseling psychology.
  • In addition, school psychology started to become
    more popular as researchers data indicated that
    children perform better when they are taught
    using their respective learning style(s).

Subfields of Psychology
  • Clinical Psychologists Evaluate and treat
    mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
    (OCD, Schizophrenia)
  • Counseling Psychologists Help people adapt to
    change or make changes in their lifestyle.
    (Analyze This)
  • Developmental Psychologists Study psychological
    development throughout a lifespan. (Piaget)
  • Engineering Psychologists Do research on how
    people function best with machines. (assembly

Subfields of Psychology
  • Educational Psychologists Focus on how
    effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Forensic Psychologists Apply psychological
    principles to legal issues. (crimes)
  • Health Psychologists Concentrate on biological,
    psychological, and social factors associated with
    health and illness. (hospitals)
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychologists Aim to
    improve productivity and the quality of work life
    by applying psychological principles and methods
    to the workplace. (Panera)

Subfields of Psychology
  • Neuro-psychologists Explore the relationship
    between brain/nervous systems and behavior.
    (Laboratory research)
  • Psychometricians Focus on methods for acquiring
    and analyzing psychological data. (research
  • Rehabilitation Psychologists Help clients with
    mental retardation, developmental disabilities,
    and disabilities resulting from neurological
    injury. (stroke)
  • School Psychologists Assess and counsel
    students, consult with educators and parents, and
    perform behavioral intervention when necessary.
    (Mrs. Waikem)

Subfields of Psychology
  • Social Psychologists Focus on how a persons
    mental life and behavior are shaped by
    interactions with other people. (can be workplace
  • Sports Psychologists Help athletes refine their
    focus on competition goals, increase motivation,
    and deal with anxiety and fear of failure.
    (Professional Athletes)

Which of the following individuals is also a
  1. Clinical psychologist
  2. Experimental psychologist
  3. Psychiatrist
  4. Developmental Psychologist

A person working within this subfield of
psychology might work closely with their local
police department to explain the behavior of a
  1. Health Psychologist
  2. Counseling Psychologist
  3. Clinical Psychologist
  4. Forensic Psychologist
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