Chapter 1: The Science of Psychology

Learning Objectives

The goal of this chapter is to enable you to do the following:

  • Describe psychology’s place as an academic discipline within the context of the sciences
  • Describe how application of the scientific method has resulted in the development of technologies that have transformed the human condition
  • Describe the historical development of the current definition, goals, and methods of psychology
  • Describe how non-experimental and experimental research procedures relate to the issues of internal and external validity
  • Describe how the assumption of determinism and possibility of self-control relate to human potential
  • Provide examples of frequency and intensity measures of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors


Icon for the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Psychology Copyright © by Jeffrey C. Levy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Share This Book