Introduction to psychology studies

If you decide to study psychology here are a few things you need to know.

Learning PsychologyPsychology deals with studying of the mental processes and human behavior. Psychology studies originate from biology and philosophy, and are closely related to other disciplines, including sociology, medicine, linguistics and anthropology. Psychology students will learn how to use many techniques while studying  the human behavior, such as experiments and surveys, questionnaires and observation.
Psychology has several perspectives:
There are different ways to approach the objects of study in psychology. For example, the violence can be seen as a consequence of the culture of community, family and social influences, or can be interpreted as a consequence of biological effects. Major perspectives in psychology are:
- Biological perspectives
- Cognitive perspective
- Behavioral perspective
- Evolutionary perspective
- Humanistic perspective

At the beginning of the study the basic details of important areas are learned, while in further education students can choose a specific area as a major in psychology. Some of the most important areas of psychology are clinical psychology, personality psychology, cognitive psychology, development psychology, and social psychology.

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Parent Disciplines of Psychology

What you’ll learn in psychology classes

psychology studyPsychology is a collection of academic, clinical and industrial disciplines devoted to studying, explaining and predicting behavior, thoughts, feelings (emotions), motivation, human relationships and their potential. Also, it is, according to other authors, one of the disciplines of philosophy, from which it emerged in the second half of the 19th century.

We can find a multitude of related disciplines under the single name of psychology. These are:

- Psychometrics – dealing with various forms of measuring psychological traits, characteristics of individuals and groups, using various psychological techniques (tests)
- Clinical psychology –  studies (and seeking a cure for) the pathological behavior
- Forensic Psychology
- Experimental psychology – studies human reactions deliberately induced stimuli, whether physical, or social.
- Social psychology – studies people and their behavior in interdependence with their (human) environment, all forms of interpersonal relationships, and behavior of the group as a whole. Continue reading

History of psychology as a science of the mind

Psychology SchoolsPsychology is a science that attempts to answer the questions: how we think, feel and act.
Using systematic researches, psychology tries to gain knowledge about the causes of human behavior and about how people perceive the world in which they live. Among the psychological processes we include thoughts, feelings (emotions), and motivation. Historically, psychology was a discipline of philosophy, from which it separated in 1879 with the establishment of the first psychological laboratory in Leipzig.

In addition to dealing with different areas of psychology, psychologists may belong to different theoretical directions  or schools of psychology.
The “schools” are different set of beliefs about the subject and the method of the studies of psychology.
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Contemporary Psychology Studies

Learn about contemporary psychology and major branches

styding human behaviorContemporary or Modern psychology is natural and social science that deals with the study of human behavior and mental processes. Mental processes include sensations, perceptions, feelings, thinking, learning, memory and motivation. It is divided into a number of different disciplines and sectors.
Some of the major branches of psychology are:
Physiological Psychology

The overall behavior of the individual and his mental processes are organic based. They depend on the processes that occur in our bodies, in the nerve structures, brain, and glands with internal secretion.
This branch of psychology seeks to explore the organic basis of behavior and mental processes.
It is trying to find answers to many questions as the impacts of drugs and hormones on the brain, memory, mood and behavior. Continue reading