Unit 1 - Introduction to Psychology

UNIT OVERVIEW

Psychology 12 Unit 1 Notes Intro, History & Perspectives
Psychology 12: Unit 2 Research Methods

Module 1

Psychology’s Roots

• Is psychology a science?

Psychological Science Develops

• What questions can psychologists answer better than other scientists?

Module 2

Psychology’s Biggest Question

• How do both nature and nurture influence behavior and mental processes?

Psychology’s Three Main Levels of Analysis

• How can biology, psychology, and social-cultural influences explain a particular behavior or mental process?

Psychology’s Subfields

• Why would psychologists be interested in behavior and mental processes that are not about mental illness?


Module 3

Basic Research Subfields

• What is the value of basic research?

• Is there a career choice that would not be informed by psychological science?

Applied Research Subfields

• Is there a career choice that would not be informed by psychological science?

The Helping Professions

• How can knowledge of psychological science inform a person’s career?

• How can knowledge of psychological science help people live better lives?