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HPS111 Exam Notes
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• Psychology is the scientific study of: o Behaviour (observable actions and responses) o Mind (unobservable thoughts and feelings) • It relies on scientific methods to gain empirical evidence and achieve four central goals: 1. Describe how people behave, think and feel 2. Understand and explain why people act the way they do 3. Exert control by designing research to test whether explanations are accurate 4. Apply psychological knowledge to enhance human welfare and experience • Empirical evidence is evidence gained through experience and observation, including evidence obtained from manipulating with things and then observing what happens. These observations needs to be systematic i.e. conducted according to a system of rules or conditions so that they will be as unbiased and precise as possible • Subfields of psychology
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