Lecture 1

Genes example anger how does a situa9on aect our

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Unformatted text preview: ce our individual differences How the body and brain enable emo9ons, memories, and sensory experiences Psychodynamic How behavior springs from unconscious drives and conflicts Behavioral Evolu9onary There are many perspec9ves for describing psychological phenomena: Cogni9ve perspec9ve Social ­cultural Behavioral gene9cs Neuroscience Psychodynamic Behavioral Evolu9onary How we learn observable responses; Why we behave a certain way (triggers of behaviors) How the natural selec9on of traits has promoted the survival of genes Example: Anger How does a situa9on affect our anger? How does anger affect our thinking? How does expression of anger vary across different cultural contexts? How does heredity and experience influence our individual differences in temperament? What brain circuits cause us to be “red in the face” or “hot under the collar”? Are anger outbursts an outlet of unconscious hos9lity? What external s9muli trigger anger responses? How did anger facilitate the survival of our ancestors’ genes? Matching Game! Example: Obsessive ­Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Cogni9ve perspec9ve OCD is a problem in the orbital cortex. Social ­cultural OCD is a sign of unresolved, unconscious childhood issues. Behavioral gene9cs OCD is an inherited condi9on. Neuroscience Psychodynamic Behavioral Evolu9onary OCD comes from our natural ins9nct to control our environment. OCD is a maPer of mental habits and errors that can be corrected. OCD thinking and behavior is a reac9on to our fast ­paced, out ­of ­control lifestyles. Compulsions start as habits and are rewarded by the anxiety relief they bring Psychology’s Subfields (Examples) Basic research Biological Developmental Cogni9ve Personality Social Studies links between brain & mind Studies changing abilities as we age Studies how we think Studies our tr...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2014 for the course PSYCH 10 taught by Professor Zaidel during the Fall '08 term at UCLA.

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