AP Psychology

Unit 1: Psychology's History and Approaches

Psychology has evolved markedly since its inception as a discipline in 1879. There have been significant changes in the theories that psychologists use to explain behavior and mental processes. In addition, the methodology of psychological research has expanded to include a diversity of approaches to data gathering.
AP students in psychology should be able to do the following::


For people whose exposure to psychology comes from news stories and TV; psychologists seem to analyze personality, offer counseling, dispense child-raising advice, examine crime scenes, and testify in court. Do they? Yes, and much more. Consider some of psychology's research questions, which you will be learning more about in this text.

Psychology is a science that seeks to answer such questions about us all - how and why we think, feel, and act as we do.

 1Psychology's History
 2Psychology's Big Issues and Approaches
 3Careers in Psychology

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