Ch 1: Glencoe Understanding Psychology Chapter 1: Introduction to Psychology

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Psychology chapter of this Glencoe Understanding Psychology textbook companion course helps students learn the essential introductory psychology lessons. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Introduction to Psychology textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in the Glencoe Understanding Psychology Introduction to Psychology chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the introductory psychology topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • The scope of psychology as a profession
  • Psychology specializations after 1950
  • Psychologists' work environments
  • Functionalism and structuralism
  • Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis and behaviorism
  • Nature vs. nurture
  • Free will vs. determinism
  • Conscious vs. unconscious thought
  • Observable behavior vs. internal mental processes
  • Individual differences vs. universal principles

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8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Glencoe Understanding Psychology Chapter 1: Introduction to Psychology
Intro to Psychology

1. Intro to Psychology

What at first seems obvious may not be the case. Psychology looks past intuitions and feelings to search for the true roots to our behaviors. Watch this lesson to learn about two experiments that demonstrate how testing the 'obvious' can yield surprising results.

What Is Psychology?

2. What Is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of how we think, feel and behave. In this lesson, you'll get an overview of the five main approaches that have guided modern psychological research.

Psychology Is a Science

3. Psychology Is a Science

How do psychologists use the scientific method to research behaviors? From formulating hypotheses to reducing biases, psychology carefully analyzes behaviors and their potential causes.

Psychology after 1950: Overview of Specializations

4. Psychology after 1950: Overview of Specializations

Psychologists today study behavior through five main specializations: cognitive, humanistic, social, developmental and clinical. In this lesson, you'll focus on the central ideas behind each approach.

Two Early Approaches: Functionalism and Structuralism

5. Two Early Approaches: Functionalism and Structuralism

What were the first two approaches to psychology, and how were they related? What do introspection and evolutionary principles have to do with it? In this lesson, you'll explore structuralism and functionalism.

Three Later Approaches: Gestalt, Psychoanalysis and Behaviorism

6. Three Later Approaches: Gestalt, Psychoanalysis and Behaviorism

How was psychology studied in the early twentieth century? In this lesson, you'll look at three common approaches of the early twentieth century and get a sense of the diverse routes psychologists can take as they study how the mind works.

Labeling Theory of Deviance: Definition & Examples

7. Labeling Theory of Deviance: Definition & Examples

The central contribution of symbolic-interaction analysis is labeling theory, the assertion that deviance and conformity result not so much from what people do as from how others respond to those actions. Take a look at a few key concepts and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Psychological Test: Definition, Types & Examples

8. Psychological Test: Definition, Types & Examples

Psychologists and other qualified mental health professionals use psychological tests to measure specific psychological constructs in individuals. This lesson will explore the different types of psychological tests and provide several examples.

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