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The Study of Psychology As It Applies to My Life For Psychology 101 December 11, 2006
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Psychology is defined as an academic and applied field involving the scientific study of processes and behavior; it also refers to the application of this knowledge to ones everyday problems in life. I whole heartedly agree with this definition; however it only broadly touches the surface of what psychology really is. Over the last semester I have had the great opportunity to study the introductory course of psychology under Arizona’s Professor of the Year Dr. Diaz-Lefebvre. With this opportunity I have been able to
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better understand exactly what psychology is and how it has affected my life in the past, present and future. Throughout the semester Dr. Diaz has challenged us to think critically and really question ourselves on subjects ranging from self discipline and personality traits to emotional behavior and psychological disorders/ treatment; and with these many different subjects has made sure we understand our new found knowledge by testing it with his cognitive thinking chapter checks every week. We have studied some of the great psychologists over time such as Sigmund Freud, B.F. Skinner, Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, Alfred Kinsey and Ivan Pavlov. With the study of these brilliant minds we have been able to take a look and learn about some of their theories and how they apply in day to day life. Some of these theories include classical and operative conditioning, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, psychological determinism, self- actualization, and the psychodynamic theory to name a few. There are also many different forms of psychology we have covered such as abnormal, cognitive, personality, and developmental along with many others. With all these different theories and forms of psychology also comes along many different types of therapy to treat each case. It has been an extraordinary privilege to be able to expand my knowledge of the wonderful world of psychology and apply it uses to my everyday life this semester and now on for the rest of my life. Thus, with everything I have learned this semester the chapters that have intrigued me the most are Chapter 6 Learning, Chapter 10 Emotion and Motivation, Chapter 12 Psychology over the Life Span, Chapter 13 Stress, Health, and Coping and Chapter 14 Psychological disorders. Learning is a relatively permanent change in thoughts, feelings and behavior due to experience and reinforcement. Learning is something we can all relate to, considering
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we all learn something new everyday. In Chapter 6 we learned about how we as humans learn new things and different types of learning. One of these types of learning is called classical conditioning , which was initially discovered on accident by German Physiologist Ivan Pavlov. Pavlov discovered this while he was measuring the salvation level of dogs when fed. He found out that the dogs would begin salvation before receiving their food, because they knew they were about to be fed. He then started to ring
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This homework help was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSY 101 taught by Professor Diez during the Spring '08 term at Glendale Community College.

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