Psychology Intro Animation

Psychology Intro Animation


Welcome to the foundations of science course
at Michigan State University. Throughout this course we will repeatedly
compare claims made and in pseudoscientific manners, compared to those
that are scientifically based. As this course progresses we will look at
such topics as astrology verses astronomy, the loss continent of Atlantis versus
plate tectonics, alchemy verses chemistry and the loch ness monster and bigfoot versus
ecology and evolution. What we will find is that by following
the concepts of matter and those of energy and the different
disciplines we can form a framework that will allow
you to critically think about the likelihood of these pseudoscientific scientific
claims. We’re going to start this journey with
the field of psychology. Psychology is the study of the human
mind and how it functions; there are many different sub-disciplines, for example
behavioral neuroscience which looks at the biology behind
thinking and feeling. Scientists in this field might investigate the effects of
pharmaceuticals on brain function and then behavior. Developmental psychology which looks at
how thoughts and feelings change as you grow from a baby through adulthood and into old age and death. For example, how does your ability to
learn change as you get older? Social psychology which looks at how
individual thoughts and feelings interact within group level dynamics and other sub-disciplines include
clinical psychology, personality psychology, industrial-organizational
psychology, educational psychology and health
psychology. For this module will be looking at a
very specific aspect that falls under cognitive psychology; which looks at how people attain, process and store information. We will be focusing our attention on
people’s ability to observe and reason from their experiences. And for this pseudoscientific
comparison we’ll be looking at these ideas with the
context of which is. This will in turn allow us to see why
science in critical thinking are important skills for people to have and will set the stage for a comparison
of science and pseudoscience for the rest of the course. So check out the rest of materials in
this week’s module and let’s get started!


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