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The belief that all knowledge is derived from sensory experience. It is generally characterised by the use of scientific method in psychology
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The process by which a person gains knowledge about his or her own mental and emotional state as a result of the examination or observation of their conscious thoughts and feelings.
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Scientific method
Refers to the use of investigative methods that are objective, systematic and replicable and the formulation, testing and modification of hypotheses based on these methods.
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People who believe that human behaviour can be explained in terms of conditioning, without the need to consider thoughts or feelings.
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Classical conditioning
When a neutral stimulus is consistently paired with an unconditioned stimulus so that it eventually takes on the properties of this stimulus and is able to produce a conditioned response.
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Operant conditioning
Learning through reinforcement or punishment. If a behaviour is followed by a desirable consequence then the behaviour is more likely to occur again in the future.
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Involves the application of an unpleasant consequence following a behaviour, with the result that the behaviour is less likely to occur again in the future.
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A term used in psychology to refer to anything that strengthens a response and increases the likelihood that will occur again in the future.
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A form of social influence where an individual adopts an attitude or behaviour because they want to be associated with a particular group or person
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The action of using someone or something as a model and copying their behaviour.
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Mediational processes
Refer to the internal mental processes that exist between environmental stimuli and the response made by an individual to those stimuli.
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A form of learning where individuals learn a particular behaviour by observing another individual performing that behaviour.
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Social learning theory
Learning through observing others and imitating behaviours that are rewarded
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Vicarious reinforcement
Learning that is not a result of direct reinforcement of behaviour, but through observing someone else being reinforced for that behaviour.
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Relates to mental processes such as perception, memory and reasoning
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Cognitive neuroscience
An area of psychology dedicated to the underlying neural bases of cognitive functions
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Computer model
Refers to the process of using computer analogues as a representation of human cognition
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Means reaching a logical conclusion on the basis of evidence and reasoning.
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A cognitive framework that helps organise and interpret information in the brain. Schemas help an individual to make sense of new information.
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Theoretical models
In cognitive psychology, models are simplified, using pictorial, representations of a particular mental process based on current research and evidence.
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Biological approach
Views humans as biological organisms and so provides biological explanations for all aspects of psychological functioning.
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Refers to the change over excessive generations of the genetic make-up of a particular population. The central preposition of an evolutionary perspective is that the genotype of a population is changeable rather than fixed and likely to be caused by
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A part of a chromosome of an organism that carries information in the form of DNA
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The genetic make-up of an individual. The genotype is a collection of inherited material that is passed from generation to generation.
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Natural selection
The process by which inherited characteristics that enhance an individual's reproductive success are passed on to the next generation and so become more widespread in the population over time
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The study of chemical and neural processes associated with the nervous system
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The observable characteristics of an individual. This is a consequence of the interaction of the genotype with the environment
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