Learning Activity 1.15
Summarising contemporary perspectives in Psychology
Complete the following table to summarise four contemporary perspectives in psychology. If you have an eBook you may complete the table online. Use the internet to conduct research into the following areas: Perspective
What is the main focus of this study?
What major assumptions does this study suggest?
How do they perform scientific research into this perspective? I.e. experiments or observations? Note down any theorists that are known for their work into this perspective. Biological
Biological Psychology is the study of physiological, genetic, and developmental mechanisms of behaviour in humans and non-human animals.
That behaviour can be largely explained in terms of biology, and that human genes have evolved over millions of years to adapt behaviour to the environment. The use of different scenarios and methods to see which parts of the bodies thinking, learning, feeling, sensing and perceiving it triggered to see what kind of thinking affects which type of system. Antonio Paolini
A scientific approach that limits the study of psychology to measurable or observable behaviour. The psychological perspective primarily concerned with observable behaviour that can be objectively recorded and with the relationships of observable behaviour to environmental stimuli.
Behaviourism is primarily concerned with observable behaviour, as opposed to internal events like thinking and emotion. Observable behaviour can be objectively and scientifically measured. By putting different kinds of life forms into different scenarios and observing their behaviour. John B. Watson
Cognitive psychology is the study of mental processes such as "attention, language use, memory, perception, problem solving, creativity, and thinking
Cognitive psychology is a pure science, based mainly on laboratory experiments. The mind works in a way...
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