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PSYCH 367 Study Guide

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PSYCH 367 Study Guide PSY 367

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PSYCH 367 EXAM 1 STUDY GUIDE  Biopsychosocial Model vs. Biomedical Model o Biopsychosocial model- health & illness are consequence of pscyh, social & biological factors o Biomedical model- all illness can be explained on basis of bodily processes (little regard for psych & social factors) o How might a researcher operating from these two perspectives investigate a research question?  Biopsychosocial would research the possible psychological, social, and biological factors of a certain health behavior or disease  Biomedical would only look at the biological/bodily factors  Views of illness/health by different civilizations o Stone age  Believed evil spirits invaded the mind & then the body would fail  *focused on the mind  Cured illness w/trephination drilling a hole in the head to release the evil spirits o Ancient Greeks & Romans  Humoral theory (proposed by Hippocrates)  4 humors: blood, black bile, yellow bile & phlegm  Illness was a result of these 4 fluids being out of balance  *focused on the body & was more scientific view compared to stone age o Middle ages  God’s wrath caused illness  Illness was treated by becoming a good Christian & asking god for forgiveness o Renaissance  *body caused illness  Vesalius  Physician, “father of human anatomy”  Did dissections of the human body & had artists do anatomical drawings published volume of them  Descartes  Philosopher  Separation of mind & body (dualism) mind was not governed by laws of nature & only humans have minds o Post-Renaissance  *body caused illness  Rise of biomedical model used as basis for diagnosis & treatment of illness o Early to mid 1900s  Began to question biology as sole basis for illness  Sigmund Freud  Linked repressed internal conflicts to physical problems/illness conversion hysteria (conflicts in mind manifest as physical problem)  Flanders Dunbar & Franz Alexander  Linked personality to specific illness “ulcer-prone personality”  Psychosomatic Medicine- field w/in psychiatry; study & treat some diseases thought to be caused by emotional conflicts (ulcers, hypertension, asthma); examines both psych and biological origins of disease/illness  3 broad questions of health psych o How do people stay healthy? o Why do people become ill? o How do people behave when they become ill?  Definition of health according to World Health Organization o Complete state of well-being that includes physical health, psychological/mental health, and social health o Not just the absence of disease  Morbidity- number of cases of a disease that exist at a given point in time  Mortality- number of deaths due to particular causes  What does research compare mortality rates in the 1900s and 2000 show? o Shows that people in the 1900s died mainly from acute infections such as influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis & people in 2000 died mainly from chronic illnesses such as diseases of the heart, cancer, stoke.  What chronic illnesses are responsible for most mortality today? o Diseases of the heart, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases  Experiment o Best way to test research questions b/c able to control for extraneous factors and can establish cause & effect o Random assignment- each participant has an equal chance of being assigned to the experimental & control groups o Dependent variable- what researcher measures o Independent variable- what researcher manipulates/changes  Randomized Clinical Trials (RTCs) o *gold standard o They differ from lab experiments b/c you measure variables over time (prospective) and you always include a baseline assessment o Can test w/in-subjects & between-subjects differences o Follow the same subjects over time they’re assessed at baseline & then at multiple points afterwards o Can be “blind” studies (single, double, triple)  Attrition- people who started a study but did not finish it; were lost in follow up  How are experiments sometimes not possible in health psych? o You can’t randomly assign or control for someone to get a disease  Correlations o Association between two variables o Positive correlation- as one variable increases, so does the other OR as one variable decreases, so does the other (variables move in the same direction) o Negative correlation- inverse relationship; as one increases, the other decreases o Disadvantage of correlation?  Can’t tell which variable is the cause & which is the effect  Cross-sectional research- look at people who are different on one key characteristic at one specific point in time  Prospective research- people are followed forward in time to examine the relationship between a set of variables & later occurrences  Retrospective research- people are studied for the relationship of past variables/conditions to current ones  Case study- research about a person that occurred over a long period of time (years)  Which illness has retrospective research been important in? o HIV/AIDS  Research on HIV/AIDS & how it has illustrated the disadvantages of correlational research? o Research shows a possible association between HIV/AIDS and psychological disorders, but can’t officially establish a cause/effect relationship between the two  Central Nervous system o Brain and spinal cord; information superhighway  Divisions of the Peripheral Nervous System o Skeletal controls voluntary movements of the body’s muscles o Autonomic controls involuntary movements of the body’s glands and muscles of the internal organs; two additional divisions  Parasympathetic: involved in energy conservation, controls the organs/glands under norm/non-stressful conditions (anabolic)  Sympathetic: involved in energy consumption, controls the organs in stressful situation/emergency (catabolic)  Physiological effects associated with sympathetic arousal? o Pupils dilate, salvation decreases, sweating, increased breathing, increased breathing, digestion inhibited, and adrenal glands secrete stress hormones  What does it mean to say the “older” and “newer” parts of the brain? o “Older” parts of the brain sustain basic survival processes (breathing, hear rate all animals have these parts o “Newer” parts are the cerebral cortex with four lobes that are involved in higher order processes only present in humans  Functions of: o Medulla- controls heart rate and breathing o Cerebellum- coordination of voluntary movements o Thalamus- takes incoming info & sends it to specific areas of the brain to be processed  Ex) sends visual info to the occipital lobe o Hypothalamus- involved in lots of different activities  Stress response, helps medulla, regulates basic drives (hunger, thirst, sex), rewards (nucleus accumbens= reward center), “transition center” (transition anxiousness in cortex to physical effects) o Amygdala- linked to aggression & fear o Cerebral cortex- higher order thinking (intelligence, personality, memory, thinking)  Four lobes:  Occipital- visual info  Temporal- hearing info  Parietal- processes touch & sensory info  Frontal- personality, thinking, speech  How to study the brain? o Lesions- brain tissue destroyed/damaged  Can be experimentally destroyed but ONLY in animals  Can study people with NATURALLY occurring brain damage not a true experiment b/c we can’t control anything  Usually use retrospective research to study effects of the brain damage on normal functions o Electroencephalogram (EEG)- records electrical activity on surface of the brain  Can see where most activity occurs inn brain during a task o MRI- takes pictures of brain  Can detect structural changes between people & over time  Shows “slices” of the brain in picture form o fMRI- look at function of the brain and not just the structure  Can see what parts of the brain use the most energy during a particular task  **tool of choice**  Endocrine System o How does it differ from the nervous system?  It’s another communication system BUT it uses hormones instead of neurotransmitters  It’s slower acting & takes longer to affect the body, but the effects last longer o What common chronic illness is associated with this system?  Diabetes (type 1 & 2)  Type 1- autoimmune disorder, body destroys cells that help make insulin “insulin-dependent diabetes”  Type 2- associated with obesity & stress, body produces insulin but it’s not as effective  Cardiovascular System o What does blood do?  Transports oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients, waste products, and hormones o Functions of arteries & veins?  Arteries- carry oxygenated blood away from the heart  Veins- carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart o Common chronic illness associated with this system?  Cardiovascular disease atherosclerosis  Immune System o How does immunity develop?  Natural- acquired by disease  Artificial- vaccinations & inoculations o What is the difference between nonspecific immunity & specific immunity?  Nonspecific- general response to any infection/disease; mediated by anatomical barriers (skin), phagocytosis (WBCs “eating” microbes), antimicrobial substances, inflammatory response  Specific- fight against particular microorganism & their toxins; two reactions  Humoral- B lymphocytes, protection against bacteria, neutralizing toxins, preventing viral reinfections  Cell-mediated- T lymphocytes, operates at cellular level, T cells secrete chemicals that kill invading organisms & infected cells o What is an autoimmune disease?  When the immune system attacks the body’s own cells/tissues  What chronic illness is associated with the respiratory system? o Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease chronic bronchitis & emphysema  How is health behavior defined? What is a habit? o Health behavior- behaviors people do that enhance/maintain their health o Habit- a health behavior that is firmly established & often performed automatically  Alameda county study o Large, longitudinal study that assessed individual’s health behaviors, physical health, social & psych health o Wanted to see if there was a relationship between health habits & mortality o Findings related to chronic illnesses?  Less likelihood of having one or more & less severe if they had one  Cumulative effects o Findings related to mortality?  5-year follow up  The more health behaviors someone engages in the longer they tend to live **graph in powerpoint slide #7 o How did variables such as socioeconomic status (SES) influence the findings?  Lower SES shows a stronger relationship with the health behavior factors but only changed it slightly  Mokdad et al. (2004) o What percent of deaths in 2000 were due to preventable behaviors?  About ½ o What were top 3 behaviors linked to mortality?  Tobacco use, poor diet/physical inactivity, alcohol consumption o What behaviors didn’t tend to change from 1990 to 2000?  Smoking kids were starting to smoke while older people who had smoked for years were dying o What behaviors did they find a substantial increase in during this time period?  Poor diet and physical inactivity increased 3 times the rate of tobacco  What is meta-analysis? o Method designed to increase the reliability of research by combining and analyzing the results of all known trials of the same product or experiments on the same subject  Newsom et al. (2004) o 250,000 respondents from 4 large epidemiological studies in U.S. & Canada o Measured alcohol consumption, exercise, smoking, & dietary behaviors o Correlation of 0.10  Relapse- tendency for people to revert to a previous behavior after initial successful change o How does it differ from a lapse?  A lapse is a onetime slip, but a relapse is a slip that turns into a regular occasion of the behavior  Relapse rates for addictive behaviors like smoking & alcoholism? o 50-90%  Conditions under which people are most likely to relapse? o Social influences, biological predispositions/physical cravings, low self-efficacy, mood, situations/places  What is a chipper? o Type of intermittent smoker that may not be dependent on nicotine o How do they not fit the traditional category of smoker?  A natural course for smoking would be to increase the behavior over time & have a physical addiction to nicotine  A chipper does not increase the behavior over time (maintains it) & they don’t seem to have a physical addiction to nicotine  What has research found with respect to psychological differences between chippers, regular smokers, and nonsmokers? o Chippers are similar to regular smokers & nonsmokers but differ on sensation seeking, self-control, and impulsivity o Chippers increase sensation seeking compared to nonsmokers o Regular smokers scored lower on self-control & higher on impulsivity compared to chippers  Shiffman et al. (1995) o Regular smokers & chippers o Two 2-day periods- one period when allowed to smoke, the other not allowed to smoke  Random assignment for which 2-day period came first o Reported cravings, mood & sleep disturbances o Also took cognitive tests o Results:  During nonsmoking period:  Regular smokers reported more intense cravings; feeling more irritable; poorer sleep o Regular smokers affected in all areas of the study & chippers were not  Four reasons health behaviors are independent & unstable o From person to person the most important factor in particular health behavior is different o Within one person different health behaviors are controlled by different factors o The factor controlling a behavior may change over the history of the health behavior o Natural factors that change over a person’s lifetime can affect behavior  What is a theory? o A set of analytic statements that explain a set of phenomena o 3 characteristics of a good theory?  Can be applied, tested, & combine/organize to explain phenomena o 1/3 of health psych studies are guided by theories according to Taylor  Different levels of influence: intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional factors, community factors, and public policy  3 assumptions of intrapersonal & interpersonal theories (cognitive-behavioral) o Behavior is mediated by cognitions (what people know & think affect how they act) o Knowledge is necessary for, but not sufficient to produce most behavior changes o Perceptions, motivations, skills & the social environment are key influences on behavior  What is an attitude? o A favorable/unfavorable evaluative reaction toward someone/something exhibited in feelings, beliefs, and/or behavior o 3 pieces that go into attitude  Behavioral processes  Affective processes  Cognitive processes o Functions of attitude  Organization & structure  Self-expression  Gain approval  Examples of when attitudes were not predictive of behavior o Landmark Study (Corey, 1937)  College students’ attitudes toward cheating  No association with their cheating behavior o Review (Wicker, 1969)  Reviewed 45 studies examining association between attitude & actual behavior  Found little to no association  3 conditions when attitudes predict behavior o The attitude is salient (made aware of) o Social influences o Attitude is specific to the behavior or action  Health Belief Model o Health behavior is determined by two factors  Perceived health threat & belief doing behavior can effectively reduce risk o Most studied construct- specific beliefs about vulnerability o Criticism:  Focused on perceived risk measures that are too cognitive affect related to risk has been ignored  Weinstein et al. (2007) o Examined associations between various measures of perceived susceptibility & decisions to obtain influenza vaccine faculty, staff & students at 2 mid-western schools o Finding- examining peoples’ “gut feeling” of risk better predicts their behavior  Dillard et al. (2012) o Examined associations between various measures of perceived susceptibility and behavior intentions to have CRC screening  Theory of Planned Behavior o Best way to predict behavior is INTENTIONS o Intentions shaped by  Attitude toward behavior, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control  Implementation Intentions o Say how you’ll do a behavior, when you’ll do the behavior, and where you’ll do it o Luszczynska (2006)  114 MI patients  Intervention- learned about implementation intentions and formed them  Criticism of the Theory of Planned Behavior o Risky behaviors are typically NOT planned but instead are reaction to a social situation  What is behavioral willingness? o “openness to risk opportunity”; how willing/open someone is to a behavior o Tends to predict behavior a little bit better o Best predicts for risk behavior in adolescents; common pattern is that behavioral intention is low but behavioral willingness is high o Related to experience?  Little experience of a behavior= more behavioral willingness  How are cognitive-behavior interventions different from attitude-behavior ones? o They are more individualized/personalized o Usually done along with a therapist o Use steps of monitoring  Cognitive-behavior therapy techniques o Cognitive restructuring  Thought repression, counter-arguing o Role modeling  Therapist models behaviors that client has to enact & practice then do it on own in daily life  Associative learning o Operant conditioning  Self reinforcement rewarding oneself to increase a behavior  Positive reinforcement- reward w/something desirable  Negative reinforcement- removing something negative o Classical conditioning  Natural stimulus/response learning  Antabuse with alcoholic example  Doesn’t really work because humans are aware of the association between the stimulus & response  Social Cognitive Theory o Observation of others in environment influences learning o “Vicarious Learning”  Occurs when it increases self-efficacy o Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) uses this theory  Transtheoretical Model o 5 stages:  Precontemplation- are aware they have a problem; change may be due to pressure from others; no intention of changing their behavior  “Are you seriously intending to change the problem behavior in the near future, within the next 6 months?” Would answer no  Contemplation- seriously considering change, but haven’t decided to take action; may be “stuck  Process: evaluation of pros & cons  Would answer yes to the same question provided in precontemplation stage  Preparation- intending to take action in the next month; made failed attempt to quit in the past & has made small behavioral changes  Would answer yes to the question: “are you seriously intending to change in the next month?”  Action- visible changes to behavior (reduction or quit), changes have lasted 1 day to 6 months; relapse is high possibility  Maintenance- actively working to prevent relapse (relapse still possible); free of the behavior for 6 months o Not successful the first time through the cycle; many people recycle through many times & relapse is the rule rather than exception o Most individuals w/addictive behaviors fall in the first stage contemplation


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