Foundations of Psychology Analytical Essay

Foundations of Psychology
Looks at the four major schools of thought, or perspectives, in psychology.
# 128799 | 770 words | 1 source | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 13, 2010 in Psychology (Theory) , Psychology (History of Psychology)

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This paper first explains that the major schools of thought that form the foundation of psychology are the psychodynamic, behaviorist, cognitive perspective and evolutionary perspectives. Next, the author investigates the different assumptions of the causes and effects of various psychological disorders and the associated unique approaches to treatment from each of these schools of thought. The paper also reports that biopsychology, or the biological boundary of psychology, studies the physical basis of memory, emotion and stress.

From the Paper:

"The behaviorist perspective, or behaviorism, is a branch of psychology that that explores the ways in which observable behavior is learned and shaped by the environment (stimuli). Though John B. Watson was considered to be the founder of behaviorism, B.F. Skinner was perhaps the most influential to the development of the behaviorist perspective. But, Ivan Pavlov, a Russian physiologist, conducted one of the best well-known experiments in behaviorism, which happened to be accidental. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kowalski, R.M. & Westen, D. (2005). Psychology, 4th Edition. Chapter 1,3.

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