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Psychology - History & Perspectives

Teacher: Peterson's Perpetual Puzzles
Pioneer in the study of developmental psychology who introduced a stage theory of cognitive development that led to a better understanding of children's thought processes.
Founder of functionalism; author of first psychology textbook.
Behavioral psychologist who developed the fundamental principles and techniques of operant conditioning.
Research with the explicit purpose of finding new information.
A perspective that focuses on the study of freedom to choose, and the capacity for personal growth,
Research with the purpose of using psychology to better the world.
Founder of structuralism; stressed psychology as a descriptive science.
Theory that emphasized the functions of consciousness or the ways consciousness helps people adapt to their environment.
Psychological perspective that emphasized our tendency to integrate pieces of information into meaningful wholes.
Founder of psychoanalysis; believed that abnormal behavior originated from unconscious drives and conflicts.
Humanistic psychologist who proposed the hierarchy of needs.
Learning theorist famous for the discovery of classical conditioning, in which learning occurs through associations.
Founder of modern psychology; opened the first psychology laboratory.
Theory that the structure of conscious experience could be understood by analyzing the basic elements of thoughts and sensations.
Founder of behavioralism; the theory that psychology should restrict its efforts to studying observable behaviors, not mental processes.
Freud's theory of personality; a therapeutic technique that attempts to provide insights into thoughts and actions by exposing and interpreting the underlying unconscious motives and conflicts.
Focuses on learning through rewards and punishments.
First to use scientific method in studying consciousness.
Humanist psychologist who developed client-centered therapy, stressing acceptance, genuineness, and empathy in fostering human growth.
Scientific study of behavior and mental processes.