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Ch 1: History and Approaches: Tutoring Solution

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The History and Approaches chapter of this Introduction to Psychology Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about the history and approaches of psychology. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the essential information regarding the history and approaches of psychology required in a typical introductory psychology course.

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Learning Objectives

  • Define psychology.
  • Explain what makes psychology a science.
  • Compare and contrast the psychological approaches of functionalism and structuralism.
  • Take a look at the later approaches of Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis and behaviorism.
  • List the psychological specialties available after 1950.
  • Discuss the ethics of psychological experiments.

16 Lessons in Chapter 1: History and Approaches: Tutoring Solution
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.

Edward Titchener & Psychology: Contributions, Overview

8. Edward Titchener & Psychology: Contributions, Overview

In this lesson you'll learn who Edward Bradford Titchener was and what he contributed to the field of psychology. Additionally, you'll explore the concepts of structuralism and experimental psychology, as well as their place in psychology today.

Ethical Code of Conduct: Definition & Example

9. Ethical Code of Conduct: Definition & Example

In this lesson, you'll learn about ethical codes of conduct and why they were developed. You'll also learn about the two main parts of an ethical code of conduct, which will be illustrated with some real-life examples.

Eugenics: Definition & Explanation

10. Eugenics: Definition & Explanation

The atrocities committed under the Final Solution of Nazi Germany, the euthanasia of people deemed unworthy of life, was not the first or an isolated instance. Humankind has been trying to refine itself in many ways and many times.

Freud's Oedipus Complex Theory: Definition & Overview

11. Freud's Oedipus Complex Theory: Definition & Overview

In this lesson, explore Freud's theory of unconscious desires through the Oedipus complex, which Freud - and many other psychologists, too - feel identifies and explains a vital aspect of our psycho-sexual development.

Psychoanalysis Theory: Definition & Explanation

12. Psychoanalysis Theory: Definition & Explanation

In this lesson, we will focus on the definition of psychoanalysis, discuss Freud's theory of psychoanalysis, and delve into the concepts behind his theory. When you get to the end of the lesson, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.

Wilhelm Wundt's Theory & Structuralism: Overview

13. Wilhelm Wundt's Theory & Structuralism: Overview

Wilhelm Wundt is considered the founder of experimental psychology. Read more to learn about how these early experiments were conducted, the theories that developed from them, and Wundt's legacy in contemporary psychology.

History of Mental Institutions

14. History of Mental Institutions

In this lesson we will explore the history of America's psychiatric hospitals as well as treatments for the mentally ill. People who had great influence over psychiatric hospitals in the United States will also be discussed.

Mental Institutions in the 1950s

15. Mental Institutions in the 1950s

How were mental institutions different in the mid-20th century? In this lesson, we'll look at mental institutions in the 1950s, including the rapid changes that occurred during that decade.

Noam Chomsky & Psychology

16. Noam Chomsky & Psychology

Noam Chomsky: best known for his theories of language, which defined his early career, he is also a well known political activist who writes extensively about contemporary social issues. Here, we'll focus on the contributions he's made to psychology.

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