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PSY 418: Statistics and Research Design

School: University of Texas at Austin

Number of Notes and Study Guides Available: 17

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Primary Visual Cortex (V1): Decoding Our Visual Brain
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Explore the essential role of the primary visual cortex, Area V1, in processing our visual world. Understand its location in the occipital lobe and its interactions with structures like the thalamus. Uncover the intricate stages that make vision possible.

Freud vs. Neural Activation: The Intriguing Theories Behind Dreaming
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Understand Freud's perspective on dreams as manifestations of unconscious desires and conflicts. Contrast this with the Neural Activation Theory, which links dreaming to random neural activity during REM sleep. Discuss the criticisms and nuances of both theories in modern psychology.

Egocentrism Explored: Understanding and Overcoming Our Inward Focus
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Egocentrism, a cognitive bias, causes individuals to prioritize their perspectives, influencing decisions and interactions. Using relatable scenarios with college students and vacation planning, we examine how egocentrism operates and ways to challenge this bias through empathy and perspective-taking.

Understanding Alcohol: Depressant Effects on the Body
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Explore the characteristics of alcohol and its impact on the body in this video. Address common misconceptions about alcohol, including its classification as a stimulant, and learn why it is correctly categorized as a depressant due to its effects on neural activity and body function.

Unraveling Social Traps: Overfishing to International Conflicts
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Explore the concept of social traps, exemplified by the Tragedy of the Commons and its real-world implications like overfishing. Delve into mirror-image perceptions in scenarios such as sports rivalries and international conflicts, uncovering the root causes of negative stereotypes and hostilities. Discover the importance of fostering communication, empathy, and cooperation to break the cycle of negativity in various contexts.

Ester's Mystery: Binocular Cues & Selective Attention
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Ester's perception is influenced by binocular cues aiding in depth judgement. Her decision to investigate hinges on signal detection theory discerning significance in stimuli. Her actions are swayed by perceptual set based on past experiences and her balance managed by the vestibular sense comes into play. The gate-control theory sheds light on her pain perception after the fall.

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