Learning Goals 1. Analyze the important elements of the definition of psychology 2. Discuss what clinical psychologists do. 3. Name types of academic psychologists and explain the basic research each might do 4. Name types of applied psycholgists, and explain how they use psycholgical research
Real life psychology Student fights: what happens in a fight? Different factors to recognize Thoughts Biolgical Social
Definition of Psychology Thinking critically: What is psychology and what kinds of topics do psychologists study? Pg. 6 psychology- is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. 3 parts to definition: Scientific study Behavior Mental processes
Scientific Study Rely on scientific research methods in their attempt to unravel answers to questions such as “why do some people offer help when others don’t?” Use of data and mathematical formula i.e. Average, common numbers, relationship
Behavior and mental Processes Look at these areas as a means of studying topics that psychologists study. Observable behavior: sitting, standing, voice tone, attitude, affect. Refer to client notes Mental Processes: thoughts feelings and dreams Study different factors- location and behavior in location.(children at day care) more aggressive than at home.
Careers in psychology Thinking Critically: What different kinds of jobs do psychologists do? 2nd most popular major in college(Princeton Review, 2005) Refer to page 8 table 1.1 Psychologists: Graduate school degree needed Clinical psychologists-most common type
Careers in psychology Doctorate degrees-academic psychologists-works in school Neuropsychologists(Biological psychologists) Social Psychologists Developmental Psychologists Cognitive Psychologists Experimental or research psychologists Forensic psychologists Sports psychologists
Careers in psychology Educational Psychologists Human-factors psychologists Industrial Organizational Psychologists School Psychologists Consumer Psychologists Rehabilitation Psychologists Health Psychologists Social Workers