Psychology Final Project - Jacob Lewis Psychology 201...

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Jacob Lewis Psychology 201 Professor Hagan 11/29/2015
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Journal #1: Psychological Perspectives & Research Methods With my psychology class coming to an end, I can officially say I have learned many new things. I would have never thought I would understand how the brain works, or why people act the way that they do. The first chapter we learned in class was “The Science of Psychology.” This was not the most fun chapter we did, but in this chapter, we learned the background of psychology. The first thing I learned in the first chapter was the definition of psychology, the scientific study of behavior and mental processes (ppt. slide). In this chapter I also learned about different psychologists and what they contributed to the world. Wilhelm Wundt, a psychologist who studied the mind, developed the first psychology lab in 1879. We also learned about Structuralism, Functionalism, Gestalt Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and many more. psychologists like, Maslow, James, Nessier, and others all spent most of their life developing those things for the world. I never realized the importance of those psychologist’s ideas, I mean I had never even heard of them before this class. But now, I realize how important they are. Before this chapter, I would have never thought that so many things would be involved in just making up what psychology was. This chapter helped me have a better understanding and appreciation of psychology. I never realized the importance of psychology and that it makes up human life and who we are. The worksheet and MindTap activities we completed on this chapter helped me remember key terms and what things meant. The information in this chapter helped me better understand the stuff in the rest of the chapters. This information will also be useful when I take more psychology classes.
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Journal #2: Learning In this chapter, we learned the different ways of learning. We learned about different ways of learning. Associative learning is learning that certain events occur together (ppt. slide). In associative learning, there are classical condition and operant conditioning. Classical associates two stimuli while operant associates a response and a consequence. We also learned about classical conditioning which has unconditioned and conditioned stimulus and responses. Classical conditioning made me have a better understanding of how the brain learns things. Another thing we learned was about reinforcement. There is positive and negative reinforcement. I never knew about reinforcement before this chapter. Positive reinforcement is adding a pleasurable stimulus and negative reinforcement is removing an unpleasant stimulus.
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