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What is Psychology?

What is Psychology?

Author: Laura Riness

This lesson will define psychology and behavior. The role of scientific observation and empirical evidence will be explored. The overall and four specific goals of the field of psychology will be dfined and will serve as the basis for this Introduction to Psychology course.

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Terms to Know

Any human activity.

Empirical Evidence

Information acquired by direct observation or measurement, such as testing, lab work, electrical metering, etc.


The scientific study of mental activities and behavior.

Scientific Observation

Planned, systematic, use of empirical evidence to study the world in an intersubjective fashion.