Intro to Psychology

The study of behavior and mental processing

Orgins of Psychology


Psychology is the scientific study of behavior of individuals and their mental processing. Psychology did not appear as its own subject until the late 1800's, the orgins of psychology can be "traced back much further to Ancient Greece". For centuries people have taken interest in the behavior of people and animals. However psychology did not become popular until Wilhem Wandt released his book titled The Principles of Psychology. This book demonstrated the many similarities between the study of psychology and the study of human behavior. With this Whilem "kicked off" the psychology movement and he would "set the stage" for so many other scientist pursuing a career in psychology.


Scope Of Psychology

There are five goals that are in mind when studying Psychology. Every single test or experiment is done with the goal of either describing, predicting, explaining, controlling/changing, or improving today's world. Psychology can do all of these things, if we put enough effort in the study of Psychology, we can complete one or many of these goals.

Levels of Psychology

Key Historical moments:

Fields of Specialty:

Clinical Neuropsychology (recognized in 1996)
Clinical Health Psychology (recognized in 1997)
Psychoanalysis in Psychology (recognized in 1998)
School Psychology (recognized in 1998)
Clinical Psychology (recognized in 1998)
Clinical Child Psychology (recognized in 1998)
Counseling Psychology (recognized in 1998)
Industrial-Organizational Psychology (recognized in 1996)
Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology (recognized in (2000)
Forensic Psychology (recognized in 2001)
Family Psychology (recognized in 2002)
Professional Geropsychology (recognized in 2010)
Police and Public Safety Psychology (recognized in 2013)
Sleep Psychology (recognized in 2013)

Goals of Psychology:

Describe behavior


Explain why a behavior occurs


Predict behavior in the future


Control or modify behaviors

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