Explanation of Human Behavior

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Explanation of Human Behavior BEH225 How did Psychology evolve into a science? Psychology evolved into a science back in 1879 when Wilhelm Wundt established the first dedicated psychological laboratory at Leipzig, Germany. This is when Wilhelm Wundt systematically watched a measured physical energy that affects a person and evokes a response of many things. Wilhelm Wundt got psychology going by studying vision, hearing, taste, touch, memory, time perception and started asking questions. What are some psychological perspectives that explain human behavior? Some psychological perspectives that researchers have found are behavioral perspective, humanistic perspective, psychodynamic perspective, cognitive perspective and neuroscience perspective. Behavioral psychology is a perspective that focuses on learned behaviors. Behaviorism differed from many other perspectives because instead of emphasizing internal state, it focused solely on observable behaviors. Humanistic perspective suggests that all individuals naturally strive to grow and develop, and to control their lives and behavior. Neuroscience perspective explores how the human brain and physiology shape and control our behavior. During the 1960s, a new perspective known as cognitive psychology began to take hold. This area of psychology focuses on mental processes such as memory, thinking, problem solving, language and decision-making. Influenced by psychologists such as Jean Piaget and Albert Bandura, this perspective has grown tremendously in recent decades. Cognitive psychologists often utilize an information-processing model, comparing the human mind to a computer, to conceptualize how information is acquired, processed, stored, and utilized. Psychodynamic perspective considers behavior to be motivated by inner forces and conflicts about which we have little awareness and which we have little
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