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Ch 1: GRE Psychology: History & Development of Modern Psychology

About This Chapter

Review the history and development of modern psychology to get ready for a portion of the GRE Psychology Test. Short, engaging video lessons span the chapter.

GRE Psychology: History & Development of Modern Psychology - Chapter Summary

The numerous video lessons you'll see in this chapter provide a fun way to brush up on topics you'll see on the day of your GRE Psychology Test. These lessons will help ensure your preparedness for any items about the following:

  • Application of the scientific method in psychology
  • Solomon Asch's lines experiment
  • The concept of dualism
  • Functionalism and structuralism
  • Evolutionary developmental psychology
  • Gestalt, behaviorism and psychoanalysis
  • Major branches in psychology
  • Organizational psychology
  • Educational psychology

Explore the content in the video lessons from a computer or any web-enabled handheld device. You can complete a short practice quiz after each lesson to verify your grasp of the material.

GRE Psychology: History & Development of Modern Psychology Chapter Objectives

The GRE Psychology Test's purpose is to help indicate the extent of how qualified you are for graduate studies in psychology. You'll come across roughly 205 multiple-choice questions on the exam. The lessons across this chapter help you prepare for the general subarea's questions, which make up between 4 and 6% of the test.

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: GRE Psychology: History & Development of Modern Psychology
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What Is Psychology?

1. 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

2. 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.

Dualism and Early Psychological Thought

3. Dualism and Early Psychological Thought

Sometimes it can feel like your mind and body are completely separate from each other. Watch this lesson to find out about what the philosopher Descartes termed dualism, including its relationship to psychology and the types of dualism.

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.

Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

5. Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

In this lesson you will learn about evolutionary theory's application to instinctual learning and human development through natural selection. There is a quiz to test your knowledge at the end.

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.

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

7. 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.

What Is Organizational Psychology?

8. What Is Organizational Psychology?

Want a career that involves working with people and also businesses? Organizational psychology deals with the intersection of people and business. In this lesson, we'll look at the details of what organizational psychology is and what it entails.

Educational Psychology: Applying Psychology in the Classroom

9. Educational Psychology: Applying Psychology in the Classroom

What is educational psychology? Anyone who has experienced a classroom setting has been affected by the theories and techniques that come from this subfield of psychology. Learn about the main ideas within this popular area of study and application.

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