Module 1 – Psychological Science
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When you think of the study of psychology, do you picture a client lying on a couch recounting his troubles while a doctor listens from across the room? Well, in this module, you will be introduced to the real world of psychology, where the study is so diverse that you can do just about anything with your career. Psychology is about working with people and paying close attention to the mind, but this can be done in more ways than you might think. We’ll discuss how this is done now, along with where psychology came from and how the study works in practice.
After completing this Module, you should be able to:
- Define psychology, and explain the rationale behind studying psychology.
- Analyze how the object of study in psychology has changed over the past two centuries.
- Compare and contrast the different approaches to psychology.
- Compare and contrast different research methods.
- Explain various statistical analyses and how conclusions are reported and replicated.
- Demonstrate development of writing psychological reports.