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is a way if processing information in which a person examines assumptions, evaluates evidence, looks for hidden agenda, and assess conclusion

Critical Thinker

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is a school of Psychology that focuses on how organisms use thier learning and perceptual abilities to function in their environment

Functionalism

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an approach to psychology based on the belief that behaviors are motivated by internal factors unavailable to the conscious mind

Psychodynamic Approach

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field of psychology focused on the workings of the human brain and seeking to understand how people process the information that they collect from their environment

Cognitive psychology

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ideas that help explain existing facts

theories

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predictions about new facts, based on existing theories

Hypothesis

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a charateristic that can vary such as age, weight, or height

Variable

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variable that a researcher can manipulate in an experiment

Independent variable

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variable that is affected by the independent variable

Dependent Variable

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an in depth study of one indivisual or a few indivisuals

Case Study

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the degree to which measurement yields similar results everytime it is used with a particular subject under particular conditions

Reliability

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the degree to which a measurement measures what it is intended to measure

Validity

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experiment in which both the subject and the observer are kept blind , thus negating the observer expectancy effect and the subject expectancy effect.

Double Blind experiment

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substance or procedure which resembles medical therapy but has no intrinsic therapeutic value

Placebo

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a branch of psychology involved with explaining the development of the human mind and behavior by studying how adaptive behaviors helped human ancestors survive and reproduce

Evolutionary Psychology

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collect data from different indivisuals at different ages in order to track age differences

cross sectional studies

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collect data from the same indivisuals over a period of time to track age changes

longitudinal studies

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type of psychotherapy that relates closely to freudian concepts like the influence of the unconscious. It requires patients to talk to a psychiatrist about their lives while the psychiatrist listens, analyzes, and interprets each word.

Psychoanalysis