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Kelly GaudetNovember 19, 2017Jennifer BlessingChild PsychologyInside Out FilmInside Out is an amazing Pixar film for psychology classes to view while they are learningabout cognitive behaviors and the emotions of humans. This movie is very beneficial to childpsychology classes because it shows the inside of a 11-year-olds mind. This film is a good watchfor our class because it deals with material that we have learned throughout the semester. It dealswith the inner works of a child’s mind and demonstrates how their memory and emotions work.The movie is fixated on the 11-year-old girl, Riley, and how her emotions act inside her brain.Only 5 out of the 6 emotions are presented in the movie such as, Joy (happiness), Sadness, fear,anger and disgust. The one that is not demonstrated in the movie is surprise. However, the filmshuman protagonist is Riley but, the emotion that is the second protagonist is Joy.Inside out did an amazing job show the different parts of memory. It showed the unconsciousmemory, subconscious memory, and working memory. It also showed the core memories ofRiley which come from important memories in Riley’s life. For example, one of her corememories was the time she was ice skating on the pond with her parents in Minnesota.Eachcore memory provides a sense of Riley’s personality. The movie does an amazing job showingthe conversion of short term memory to long term memory. The is a process known as memoryconsolidation. Riley’s memory-storage balls are sent to her long-term memory ever single nightLong term memory is enormous in the movie which shows how much memory long termmemory can hold.Bronfenbrenner’s theory of ecological systems, that there are different types of systems thatinfluence an individual, is demonstrated in Inside Out. There are five different systems, the
microsystem, mesosystem, ecosystem, macrosystem, and the chronosystem. The differentsystems would hold things such as family, social, community, culture, religion, connections, andenvironment. All of these different aspects in one’s life matter, if one is crumbling apart it willaffect that person as an individual and their interactions with others. For example, Riley hasdifferent “islands” in her life, like friendship island, family island, goofy island, and hockeyisland. Because her living environment has changed she has changed as well as an individual. Inaddition, the change in environment has affected how she interacts with her family and friends.Riley becomes distant from others by cutting people off.All of these systems matter in one’s lifebecause the individual is affected by each and every one of them.Another example of a developmental psychology concept is Piaget’s child hooddevelopmental stages. It is evident when Joy, Sadness, and Bing Bong try to take a short cutthrough Riley’s abstract thought while trying to catch the train. In that specific scene two chartersappears stating that abstract thought was a new addition to Riley’s brain that just startedoperating. This clarifies that Riley has just developed abstract thought which shows she is newlyin the formal operational stage of Piglet’s theory of childhood development. Abstract thought iswhen one can think about concepts and ideas rather than just objects. The formal operationalstage typically occurs at ages eleven and up and it is when one can reason abstractly independentof semantic content.