Psychology in the 21st century
Psychology in the 21st century

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Psychology in the 21st century

1.5 Summary

  • In many societies and cultures psychology is now a very visible part of everyday life.

  • This course aims to increase your knowledge of psychology and provide you with the tools to think about psychological issues.

  • In many countries psychology has an impact on policy, practice and culture in general.

  • Psychological research and knowledge may sometimes be developed from common sense, but, as a discipline, psychology is different from common sense in that it is evidence-based and the result of systematic research.

  • Psychology has diverse roots – in medicine, philosophy, biology, psychoanalysis and ethnography.

  • Psychological knowledge, like all knowledge, is a product of different cultures, historical periods, ways of thinking, developing technologies and the acceptability of different methods and kinds of evidence.

  • There is no single ‘right’ way to answer psychological questions: psychology, at the start of the twenty-first century, is a multifaceted discipline.

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