Development (lectures, discussion section & chapter 10)
What is Developmental Psychology?
1. What kinds of questions would be of interest to Developmental Psychologists?
For every area of psych, there is a corresponding set of issues in
1. What are the hard and easy questions that the science of Consciousness needs to
answer? How can these be studied?
First person data- subjective experience (hard)
Third person data- behavioral and brain processes (easier)
Lectures and readings for BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
This material will be on the first progress exam on Sept 30.
WHAT IS BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
1. What is biological psychology? What is a key assumption of Biological psychology?
the study of neural s
STUDY GUIDE #1: HISTORY & RESEARCH
What is included on the Progress Check Exam #1 and Exam 1?
The Progress Check Exam #1 includes items from lectures through Sept 30 and
chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4.
Lectures and chapter 9
What is the study of Individual Differences?
1. What is the study of individual differences (also known as differential psychology) and what kinds
of questions does it study? What methods does it use?
Lectures and readings on Sensation & Perception
Sensation & Perception will be included on the first progress check on Sept 30
SENSATION & PERCEPTION
1. What is sensation? What is the process of transduction? What is perception?
Emotion & Motivation (lectures, discussion section & chapter 11)
What is emotion?
1. What were the key components of Dr Gewirtzs definition of emotion? Emotional responses have
three aspects: feelings, autonomic responses, and somatic r
Personality: (lectures, discussion section & chapter 14)
What is personality? How can it be measured?
Dr. Simpson defines personality as distinctive, characteristic patterns of thought, emotion and
According to Piagets theory of cognitive development there are four
different stages of development. A 3-year old and a nine year old belong to two
different stages. A 3-year old is affiliated with the pre-operational stage, while a 9
year-old is in the c
Research studies permit one to find a correlation relationship between two variables, but only an
experiment allows one to conclude a cause-and-effect relationship between two variables.
Because this research study was not an experiment and only admitted
A behaviorist would believe that Jakes disorder came from previous experiences he has had in
school. In the past, if Jake had hard classes, but did not deal with the stress and anxiety that
came from those classes, then he would develop an anxiety disorde
Introduc4on to Cogni4ve Psychology
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Videotaped 2 groups of
people (in white and black
shirts) playing basketball
The units of a@en3on
Introduc3on to Cogni3ve Psychology
What are the units of a@en3onal selec3on?
II. Space vs. object-
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Discuss the factors that contribute to prejudice and discrimination and identify some
techniques for reducing the development of prejudice and discrimination
Many people never truly know the difference between the words prejudice and
Imagine a friend has just lost his job which helped him cover tuition costs. Apply Lazarus
and Folkman's cognitive theory of stress and describe his potential reactions to this job
loss. In your answer, be sure to describe the following: Stressful Event,
Imagine you are walking alone late at night and hear footsteps behind you. Think about
your emotional reaction to this situation. Consider the major theories of emotion: JamesLange theory, Cannon-Bard theory, and Schacter-Singer theory. From the perspecti
Using specific examples, differentiate between the thinking patterns of a 3-year-old
preschooler and a 9-year-old student, according to Piaget's theory of cognitive
The basic definition of cognitive development is how people acquire the abili
Provide real-world examples for the following types of intelligences as theorized by
Gardner: verbal/linguistic, body-kinesthetic (movement), and logical/mathematical.
Explain why each example represents one of the types of intelligence. Present some of
Maria's method of studying worked effectively throughout high school until she took her
first foreign language course. In this course, her grades were much lower than usual.
How might mental set have played a role in Maria's academic problem?
Two weeks ago Jim described a vivid, flashbulb memory from his childhood of the day he
found out that his parents won the lottery. He remembered exactly where he was sitting
in his house and what board game he and his siblings were playing when they head
Imagine you are asked by a roommate to help him devise a weight loss program to
increase his chances of making the football team. Create a one month behavior
modification program based on the principles of operant conditioning which will get him
There are several classes of psychoactive drugs. Different classes of drugs may have
different impacts on behavior and different physical effects. Two common classes are
stimulants and narcotics. Consider the implications of a person who abuses stimulants
The Gestalt psychologists maintained that when people perceive sensory elements their
tendency is to see things in terms of the entire form or pattern rather than as individual
parts. Identify and describe these basic principles of perceptual organization
A friends grandfather was just diagnosed with a disease that is associated with a
certain excitatory neurotransmitter. Your friend isnt sure if its acetylcholine or
Write an essay that explains to your friend about excitatory neurotransmitters.
Research with animals is required to follow several guidelines designed to protect the
animals. Similarly, research with humans has guidelines designed to protect humans.
Consider how these guidelines would apply to studying a new drug. Describe the
In order for a correlation to be positive, it means that as the value of one variable
changes, the other goes in the same direction. In this case, the title is claiming that as more
people take vitamins, the crime rates are also rising. While these two fa
Psychology is not as cut-dry as people assume it to be. There are different approaches to
analyzing problems, and even then theres no certain answer. One of the biggest mistakes
people make when they make assumptions about psychology is to assume that eve
Exam 3 will cover lectures and readings on Developmental Psychology (chapter 10),
Emotion (chapter 11), and Personality (Chapter 14) plus Chapter 12: Stress, Coping and
DEVELOPMENT (lectures, discussion section & chapter 10)
Study guide to Exam 2: Topics are Learning, Memory and Cognitive and Intelligence;
Covers lectures Oct 12 28; chapters 6, 7, 8, & 9; the Behavioral Psych review
This is part 1: Behavioral Psychology, Memory and Cognitive. Part 2: Intelligence will be