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Psychology in the 21st century
Psychology is not a simple subject. This unit examines how different aspects of human...
Psychology is not a simple subject. This unit examines how different aspects of human behaviour provide the focus for different psychologists. Using learning as an example, you will discover how many different approaches can be adopted thus illustrating that there is no single way of answering psychological questions.
On completion of this unit, you should be able to:
- describe the diversity of psychology as a discipline;
- list some of the ways psychologists focus on different aspects of human behaviour;
- identify different methods psychologists use to explore human behaviour;
- illustrate the importance of ethical considerations.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Orientation
- 2 The breadth of psychological research
- 3 A brief look at psychological methods
- 4 Conclusion
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Psychology in the 21st century
The key message of this unit is that different psychologists focus on different aspects of human behaviour in different ways. Take the topic of learning, some psychologists will study what happens in our brain when we learn, while others will consider how we learn within a social context. This unit will first highlight how psychology is now a very visible part of everyday life and then explore its diverse roots in medicine, philosophy, biology, psychoanalysis and ethnography. It will show that there is no single way of answering psychological questions and that psychology is a multifaceted discipline, drawing on a range of methods and data. The unit covers a lot of ground so you may wish to read through the material several times.
This unit is an adapted extract from the course
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