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-: researcher may interfere with ongoing behavior, interesting behaviors are rare, observer bias (researcher attends certain events & ignores others), time consuming Case Studies (intensive exam on single person/group) +: rich source of hypothesis studies of rare behaviors -: observer bias, can't generalize finding from 1 case, can't recreate causes of past events Archives (public records of social behaviors)
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+: easy access -: interesting social behaviors not documented Survey +: allows study of difficult to observe behaviors, thoughts, and feelings -: responses may not be representative, subjects biased/untruthful in responses Psych Tests (involve attempts to assess an individuals abilities, cognitions, motivations, or behaviors) +: allows measurement of characteristics that are not always easily observable -: tests unreliable (inconsistent scores), tests reliable but not valid (not measuring actual characteristics designed to measure) What is the amygdala responsible for? (Text & Lecture) aggression & fear What comprises the limbic system, endocrine system, sympathetic nervous system, peripheral nervous system & central nervous system. (Text & Lecture) Limbic System Endocrine System Sympathetic Nervous System Peripheral Nervous System Central Nervous System How do neurons communicate? (Text & Lecture) Synaptic transmission which sends messages across the synaptic cleft. What is the placebo effect? (Text & Lecture) Placebo --> medication that looks like the real thing but contains no active ingredients Placebo Effect --> experiment results based on expectations; an effect on behavior caused by distribution of a substance or condition, recipient assumes it's active Know all of the brain structures described in class and in your text and their primary responsibilities. (Text & Lecture) The hindbrain The medulla (breathing and heart rate), pons (movement between right and left sides of the body), cerebellum (balance), reticular formation (arousal and filters our unnecessary
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information), thalamus (messenger from sense organs → cerebral cortex → cerebellum and medulla) The limbic system The hippocampus (memory and learning), amygdala (aggression and fear), hypothalamus (homeostasis), pituitary gland (hormones; not part of the brain but related to hypothalamus) The cerebral cortex Frontal lobes (speaking, muscle movements, and making plans and judgements), parietal
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