Learning Objectives

  1. Interpret the effect on biologists of so many changes to their field in so short a time.
  2. Appraise how Harvey's methods led to a new view of an old problem, the circulation of blood in the body.
  3. Briefly review the state of biology before Darwin.
  4. Discuss the role of multiple sources of evidence from geology and physics contributed to the acceptance of evolutionary theory.
  5. Survey the accumulation of scientific facts that led to the demise of vitalism as a theory in biology.
  6. Demonstrate how and why psychophysics was the first truly scientific subfield of psychology.
  7. Reflect on the history of comparative psychology. Why do you believe there has been such resistance to studying the psychology of animals?
  8. Recall your experiences with psychometrics; what standardized tests have you taken?