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Trends in the Study of Psychology - Chapter Summary
This collection of psychology lessons examines a variety of trends in the field. Work through the chapter at your own pace to review information related to evolutionary, critical, feminist and positive psychology. Accompanying each lesson is a short quiz to help you see how well you understand the information. Be sure to complete the chapter exam, and feel free to use the Ask the Expert feature if you have any questions. The chapter can also be accessed on any device that has an Internet connection. When you're finished working through the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Explain the theory of evolutionary psychology
- Summarize the history of critical psychology
- Recognize the contributions of influential female psychologists
- Discuss the effects of optimism, self-efficacy and happiness in positive psychology
1. Evolutionary Psychology: Theory & Overview
Learn about the theory of evolutionary psychology and its roots in Darwin's studies of natural selection. See how evolutionary psychology affects your likes and dislikes and understand why it's the reason many people are afraid of spiders.
2. Influential Female Psychologists: Contributions & History
Learning about women in psychology is an important part of understanding the history of the field and its most important influences. This lesson gives you an overview of some of the most influential female psychologists.
3. Critical Psychology: History & Theories
Critical psychology looks at the world through different sets of eyes and seeks to create a better world. In this lesson, we will explore what it is, where it came from, and how it is like and unlike traditional psychology.
4. Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness
There are folks who see the glass half-full and those who see it half-empty. But it's the same glass, so why does it matter what kind you are? Find out just how big of an impact your answer to this common question can have on how you live your life.
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