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Psychology Terms

Chapter 1

psychologyscientific study of behavior and mental processes
scientific methodapproach to knowledge
naturalistic observationresearch method
case studyinstensive analysis of a single individual
correlationrelationship between two or more variables
independent variableis manipulated during experiment
dependent variablenot manipulated during experiment
experimental groupgroup subjected to change in an experiment
control groupnot subjected to change in an experiment
conditioningacquiring of fairly specific patterns of behavior in presence of well defined stimuli
gestaltgerman word for whole
behaviorismstudy only observable and measurable behavior
reinforcementanything that makes a response occur again
psychoanalysisFreud's personality theory
cognitivethought process

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