Ch 1: GACE Behavioral Science: Introduction to Psychology

About This Chapter

Let us show you important foundational psychology concepts as you prepare for the GACE Behavioral Science exam. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes are a quick and easy way to review concepts like early and modern approaches to psychology, ethics in experiments, and more.

GACE Behavioral Science: Introduction to Psychology - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to help you study introductory psychology concepts for the GACE Behavioral Science exam. The videos review key concepts including:

  • The field of psychology
  • Psychology as a science
  • Functionalism and structuralism in psychology
  • Gestalt, psychoanalysis and behaviorism
  • Specializations in the field of psychology after 1950
  • Ethics involved with psychological experimentation

Our expert instructors go over each topic in brief video lessons, highlighting the essentials clearly and concisely. Each lesson is about seven minutes long. For an alternative review, check out the written transcripts, which identify key vocabulary words in bold print.

GACE Behavioral Science: Introduction to Psychology - Chapter Objectives

The GACE Behavioral Science exam consists of two separate tests: Test I, which evaluates your knowledge and understanding of psychology and aspects of anthropology, and Test II, which evaluates your comprehension of other aspects of anthropology and all of sociology. The topics in this Introduction to Psychology chapter prepare you for some of the questions within Test I's psychology subarea. This subarea as a whole makes up approximately 80% of the test questions. You can see how well you know the foundations of psychology and practice with the types of questions you'll see on the exam by taking the self-assessment quizzes that accompany the video lessons. All the questions on both tests are selected-response.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: GACE Behavioral Science: Introduction to Psychology
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Why Study Psychology? - Overview & Experiments

1. Why Study Psychology? - Overview & Experiments

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.

The Science of Psychology: Experiments & the Scientific Method

3. The Science of Psychology: Experiments & the Scientific Method

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

Two Early Approaches: Functionalism and Structuralism

4. 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

5. 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.

Psychological Specializations: Cognitive, Humanistic, Social, Developmental & Clinical

6. Psychological Specializations: Cognitive, Humanistic, Social, Developmental & Clinical

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.

Ethics in Psychological Experiments: Importance & Examples

7. Ethics in Psychological Experiments: Importance & Examples

What are the ethical principles of psychological research? In this lesson, you'll take a look at the careful considerations a psychologist must make with respect to her participants when she designs a test.

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