"Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes.  Psychologists want to observe, describe, explain, predict, and modify human behavior and mental processes.  Psychologists rely on research to learn whether certain methods will work before they use them to help people."

  Psychology, Spencer A. Rathus, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2010. Austin, Texas    

Here are the big questions that we will be focusing on the first 2 chapters of Psychology this semester:

1. What is psychology?

2. What do psychologists do?

3.How have psychological theories and practices changed over time?

4 What are some contemporary perspectives on psychology?