Figuring Out the Brain: Psychology

As part of my contract, I have a strong emphasis in the psychology discipline. The content of psychology is the study the human mind and how it works. The study of how the brain works can be how the brain works when reacting to certain places, people etc. or how one develops over time, or what motivates a person. Psychology is an unique subject that requires an understanding of many concepts that are often hard to grasp, but are essential to understanding humans on the deepest level possible.

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The methods used to study psychology are often different surveys, experiments, and observations. Psychology can be studied using a variety of methods and the research is often used to reexamine an old idea or concept to better understand the current issues in today’s society.

The epistemology of psychology is to understand why certain things happen in the brain and how a variety of variables connect to one another. Psychology aims at understanding what one cannot always physically see on the outside of one’s body. The main goal of psychology is to understand why people do the things they do and what type of things occur internally that have a connection to external factors.

The study of psychology first took off during the late 1800s with the opening of the first psychology lab in the world (located in Germany). Shortly after in 1883, the first American psychology lab opened its doors to students and researcher (History of Psychology 2001).

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At Plymouth State, psychology has long been a part of the university and offers may different types of psychology degrees including a B.A. or a B.S. in psychology. Classes in this discipline are fun here at PSU. Classes usually involve some type of self-directed research project which allows students to do some self-exploration and learn about what truly interests them. Most classes are held in Hyde Hall and are small classrooms filled with discussions about our own observations and experiences. In my psychology classes, we view the world with open arms in hopes to better understand all aspects of life. Learning is organized by building upon ideas that have already been discussed and then taking time to dive deeper into each area of discussion.

Psychology Today is probably one of the biggest Twitter leaders. They are connected to many other twitter platforms including the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Psychology News.

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APA, one of the more widely known organizations, publishes several journals including American Psychologist and the American Journal of Psychology. Psychology is also one of those strange subjects where ideas and concepts may not necessarily go out of date, but rather change with time or vary slightly depending on advances in society like technology. For example, Erikson is still studied to this day even despite his view on women and their roles. His ideas may not all apply to today’s world, but his ideas of development and how each stage of life plays a role in identity can still be studied to this day and are considered some of the greatest studies ever done.

References

The History of Psychology. (2001). Retrieved October 30, 2017, from http://www.learner.org/series/discoveringpsychology/history/history_nonflash.html

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2 Replies to “Figuring Out the Brain: Psychology”

  1. I love the bit about Erikson at the end. I used to teach a lot of Freud in my literary theory courses, and while it was clearly hugely problematic and had been so helpfully revised by feminist scholars, it was also historically important and still compelling to consider on many levels. The ways that the foundational texts of disciplines shift and change over time is so fascinating to me, and I am glad you captured a glimpse of that here!

  2. With having a psychology minor I understand that it is one of those topics that really makes people think. When it comes to studying the mind it is a vast topic that we still continue to learn about.

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