Structuralism and Functionalism

In this video I describe two early approaches to psychology; the structuralism of Wilhelm Wundt and the functionalism of William James. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel to see future videos! Have questions or topics you’d like to see covered in a future video? Let me know by commenting or sending me an email!  Viewers in China can find …

Dualism and Monism (Intro Psych Tutorial #3)

In this video I discuss dualism, Descartes, monism, and Hermann von Helmholtz to consider why we can’t trust our intuitions about the world. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel to see future videos! Have questions or topics you’d like to see covered in a future video? Let me know by commenting or sending me an email! Viewers in China …

Nature versus Nurture (Intro Psych Tutorial #2)

In this video I describe the concepts of nativism and philosophical empiricism as well as modern views of the “nature vs. nature debate”. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel to see future videos! Have questions or topics you’d like to see covered in a future video? Let me know by commenting or sending me an email! Viewers in China …

New Video Channel

Psych Exam Review now has a Youtube channel explaining the key concepts in psychology and answering common questions. This first video provides a brief overview of what psychology is and describes a few of psychology’s many subfields. Viewers in China can watch this video here: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTgzNjkxNDUzMg Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel to see future videos! Have questions or topics …

History & Approaches to Psychology – Resources

On this page you’ll find resources covering the history of psychology as well as some of the main approaches for understanding thought and behavior. If I’ve missed a good resource, please share it in the comments section! General Resources History & Approaches Key Terms list History & Approaches Pinterest Board OpenStax Introductory Chapter Classics in the History of Psychology Page Video …

Why Do We Still Learn about Phrenology?

Look in just about any psychology professor’s office and you’re bound to find something like the image above: a model mapping out a person’s “faculties” based on the bumps and dents of the skull. This type of skull study was known as phrenology and was popularized by Franz Josef Gall (1758-1828). Gall and others analyzed thousands of skulls, hoping to find patterns …

What are the Different Areas of Psychology?

This post is a short excerpt from my book Master Introductory Psychology Modern Approaches to Psychology The diversity of questions that psychology aims to answer necessarily requires a diversity of approaches. In attempts to answer questions on all nature of human experiences, psychology gleefully borrows or steals from other disciplines, creating a quilt of sub-fields with the overall aim of …

Putting the Pieces Together – How to Remember Early Approaches to Psychology

This is an activity I used in my AP Psychology classes for remembering the differences between several of the early approaches to psychology. I learned this from the Instructor Resources from Schacter, Gilbert, and Wegner’s excellent textbook, and it was adapted from Krauss, J. (1999). A jigsaw puzzle approach to learning history in introductory psychology. Teaching of Psychology, 26, 279–280. The basic idea …

Key Terms for History and Approaches

Download a free pdf of this key terms list here: History-and-Approaches-Key-Terms Find explanations and examples of all of these key terms and more here: Master Introductory Psychology: Complete Edition       Plato   Aristotle   nativism   philosophical empiricism   nature / nurture   René Descartes   dualism   monism   phrenology   Franz Josef Gall   structuralism   introspection …