Uncovering Psychology VCE Units 1 and 2 PDF Textbook
Uncovering Psychology- VCE Units 1 and 2 has been written by experienced practising psychology teachers for Units 1 & 2 of the VCE Study Design, implemented in 2010. It comprehensively covers all aspects of the VCE course in a clear and logical progression as it introduces students to the fascinating world of psychology as both theory and practice. In each unit, students are encouraged to engage with new concepts, to understand essential research methods, and to master the key investigation, application and communication skills required for VCE success.
- 01 Nov 2014
- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Unit 1 Introduction to Psychology; Area of study 1 What is psychology?; 1. An Introduction; Defining psychology; Behaviour and mental processes; Psychology as a profession; The Australian Psychological Society (APS); Fields of specialisation and application; Specialists areas of psychology; Australian psychologists in the field; The relationship between psychology and psychiatry; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - Applying a psychological treatment; Education and qualifications; Service and treatment provided; Psychology and Psychiatry - Differing treatments but a team approach!; A brief history of the development of psychology; Why study psychology's history?; The development of psychology from philosophical beginnings to an empirical science; Aristotle - The psyche; Wilhelm Wundt - the founder of experimental psychology; William James - a contemporary philosopher; 2. Perspectives and Differences in Methods; Major psychological perspectives; The biological perspective; Paul Broca (1824-1880); Wilder Penfield (1891-1976); Roger Sperry (1913-1994); Evaluation; Behavioural perspective; John. B. Watson (1878-1958); Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936); B. F. Skinner (1904-1990); Evaluation; The cognitive perspective; Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850-1909); Jean Piaget (1896-1980); Howard Gardner (1943- ); Evaluation; An application of cognitive psychology - the psychology of law; Socio-cultural perspective; Solomon Asch (1907-1996); Stanley Milgram (1933-1984); Philip Zimbardo (1933 - ); Evaluation; Indigenous psychologies; Contemporary psychology verses other explanations of human behaviour; Psychology as a science; Pseudoscientific explanations of human behaviour; Phrenology; Graphology; Astrology; 3. Visual Perception; Understanding Our Senses; Characteristics of the Visual Perceptual System; Physical Energy Source for Vision; Electromagnetic Energy; Detecting and Focusing Light; Converting Light into Neural Impulses; Photoreceptors; Rods and Cones; Dark Adaptation; Thresholds; What are the limits of our sensory abilities?; Differential Threshold; Visual Perceptual Process; Visual Perceptual Principles; Gestalt; Figure Ground; Closure; Proximity; Similarity; Depth Perception; Primary Depth Cues; Secondary Depth Cues; Cultural Influences on Perception; Constancies; The Effect of Psychological Factors on Visual Perception; Distortions of Visual Perception; Visual Illusions; Applying Psychological Perspectives to Explain Visual Perception; 4. Research Methods; What makes Psychology a science?; But why is the scientific method necessary?; How does a scientist think?; Variables; Types of data; Populations and Samples; Sampling procedures; Hypothesis V Theory; Area of study 2 Psychology across the lifespan; 5. Development; Maturation; Infancy; Development of Perceptual Abilities; Development of Cognitive Skills; Childhood; Adolescence; Early adulthood; Middle age; Old age; Ageing; Carol Ryff's work on successful ageing; Mental illness in the population across the lifespan; Nature versus Nurture; The nature and incidence of mental illness in the population across the lifespan; 6. Theories; Development; Emotional development - Bowlby & Ainsworth's attachment theory; Bowlby; Evolutionary Theories; Ainsworth; How does attachment occur?; How do we know that attachment has occurred?; The Strange Situation Method; The different types of attachment; What causes differences in attachment?; What are the effects of attachment deprivation?; The subsequent impact of attachment; Evaluation of Attachment theory; Cognitive development; Piaget's four stage theory; Vygotsky's sociocultural theory; Stage theory; Research Methods with Infants and Children; Evaluation of Piaget's theory; Psycho-Social Development - Erik Eriksons' Eight Stages; Moral development - Lawrence Kohlberg's Six Stages Theory; Kohlberg's stage theory; Other Approaches to Moral Development; 7. Res