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Psychology 1410 Exam 4 (Final) Study Guide

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Psychology 1410 Exam 4 (Final) Study Guide Psy-1410-007

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This is the study guide for exam 4 for Dr. Marshall's General Psychology class. Topics include clinical psychology and social psychology.
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Date Created: 04/22/16
Study Guide Exam 4 Applied Psychology vs. Experimental Psychology  A branching off from experimental psychology  Applied psychology areas o Clinical o Counseling o School – mostly working with younger kids and families  Training of an Applied Psychologist o Undergraduate degree (4 years) o Graduate degree (4 years) o Internship (1 year) o Post-doctoral work (1-2 years) Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist  Psychologists – trained in psychology (i.e. human development, clinical psych, etc.), therapists  Psychiatrist – physician, medical school, can prescribe medication, usually make more money Roles of Applied Psych  Assessment and diagnosis of individual’s mental health  Treating and counseling o Looking at developing life skills and providing healthy coping mechanisms  Consultation o Working with other people who know the individual being assessed  Teaching o Courses at universities and colleges  Research Abnormal Psychology  What is abnormal? o Normal = typical, healthy o Abnormal = atypical, deviant, maladaptive o The Four D’s  Deviance  Statistical/social norms  Distress  Personal suffering  Dysfunction  Impaired functioning (work, relationship, play)  Danger  Risk of harm (to themselves or others)  Shades of Abnormality o Ambiguous o Just because someone qualifies for one “D” doesn’t mean they are abnormal o Just because someone don’t qualify for ALL the “D’s” doesn’t mean they AREN’T abnormal  Subjectivity o Diagnosis/categorization of mental illnesses can be very subjective o Rosenhan’s (1973) “Being Sane in Insane Places” study  Group of psychologists infiltrated insane asylums and different mental institutions by pretending to have certain disorders and symptoms, and compared how everyone was treated and diagnosed  Treatments all varied – there was a lack of reliability and validity o DSM-5: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5 th Edition)  Scientific taxonomy of psychological disorders  Set of standards so that everyone in the US can give a proper and reliable diagnosis of a patient – no differing of opinions  Provides common framework  Used to be a dichotomous system of diagnoses (you either have it or you don’t)  Is now more of a scaled approach – on a spectrum of severity  Axis I: Clinical Disorders  Axis II: Personality disorders and intellectual disabilities  Axis III: Medical conditions  Axis IV: Psychosocial and environmental factors  Axis V: Global Assessment of Functioning o Has the DSM system become too inclusive?  The new editions are getting bigger (the newest edition is about 9x bigger than the first) Diathesis Stress Model  How it explains psychological disorders o Shows the threshold for experiencing a disorder  Weak disposition, can handle high stress  Strong disposition, cannot handle high stress  What is diathesis? o Tendency/Predisposition/Nature Psychological Disorders  Schizophrenia o Symptoms  Psychosis – loss of contact with reality  Hallucinations – false sense of perception; mainly hearing (voices)  Delusions – false beliefs (thinking they are Jesus)  Neologisms – using words that don’t exist  Word salad - a confused or unintelligible mixture of seemingly random words and phrases  Loose associations – the patient’s responses don’t relate to the question asked (not logically connected) o Age of onset  Adolescents or early adult hood o Hypothesized causes  Changing in the brain during puberty  Brain based condition (strong genetic component) o Historical and current treatments  Historical  Trephining – drilling holes in skull to let out bad spirits  Isolation  Current  Antipsychotic medications o Block dopamine  Psychological intervention  Anxiety Disorders o Generalized Anxiety Disorder – chronic excessive worry for 6 months of more  Symptoms: strong, long-lasting anxiety that is not focused on anything in particular, feeling anxious and preoccupied for weeks, feeling of impending doom, jumpy, irritable, can’t sleep soundly, fatigue, inability to concentrate  Causes: accompanies depression or substance abuse o Panic Disorder – recurring, unpredictable episodes of overwhelming anxiety, fear or terror  Symptoms – panic attack (think it’s a heart attack), sweating, heart palpitations, feeling faint  Causes: biological or environmental  Treatment – demystifying it; proactively using exercises; antianxiety o Phobias – a persistent, irrational unreasonable fear of some specific object, situation or activity  Counter Conditioning – conditioning an unwanted behavior or response to a stimulus into a wanted behavior  Systematic desensitization – systematic desensitization (slowly introduce and make them comfortable) o Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviors you feel compelled to perform.  Obsession – recurring thoughts that cause distress  Compulsion – recurrent action that causes distress o Agoraphobia – an intense fear of being in a situation from which escape is not possible  going out in public, panic attack connection Affected (Mood) Disorder  Bipolar Disorder o Mania o 1% of adults o Tends to run in families – stronger than depression in genes o 2 extremes in mood  Manic, depressive  Manic episodes - A period of:  Excessive euphoria  Inflated self-esteem  Optimism  Hyperactivity  Delusions of grandeur  Hostility  Manic episodes tend to spark creativity  Major Depressive Disorder o Based on a spectrum o Feelings of overwhelming sadness that can persist for a long period of time o Symptoms:  Sleeping longer or not at all  Not eating  No physical activity – stops doing the things they used to enjoy  Difficulty thinking  Do not take care of themselves (i.e. personal hygiene)  Do not socialize with others o Treatments depend on where the personal lies on the spectrum o Depression is heritable AND environmental  Dysthymic disorder o Type of depression o Symptoms: sad mood, lack of interest, loss of pleasure o To a lesser degree and for a longer period of time than major depression Suicide  Trends o Gender  Males are more likely to succeed in suicide  Males usually use firearms  Females are more likely to attempt suicide  Females usually use drugs o Age  15% of 8 and 10 graders have attempted suicide  White males towards the end of their lifespan are most at risk for suicide (ages 75-85)  Debilitating condition, loss of spouse or loved ones, loss of future vision o Geography  Rural areas more at risk  No access to mental health care  Less social connectivity o Location  Usually at home  More private o Timeframe  Peaks during springtime  Mondays  Warning signs o 90% of individuals leaves clues o Verbal indicators (“you won’t be seeing me again”) o Behavioral clues  Giving away possessions  Withdrawal  Unnecessary risks  Personality changes  Depressive symptoms  Anxiety  Eating behaviors (anorexia, bulimia)  Sleep schedules  Substance abuse  Losing interest in favorite activities Kinship Studies of Psychological Disorders  Heritability of Psychological Disorders o Bipolar disorder is most heritable, followed by schizophrenia Treatment  Bio-psycho-social approach o Biological – prescribing drugs o Psychological – mental processes o Social – cultural factors  Psychotherapy o Looking at thinking and behavioral skills, making plans for the future  Types of therapy o Behavioral o Cognitive Behavioral o Humanistic o Group o Couples o Family  Research on common factors of change o Client – who they are as a person (40%) o Emphasis is on establishing a healthy, positive relationship (30%) o Hope for the future (15%) o Type/technique (15%) Positive Psychology  What is mental health? o The absence of psychopathology vs. the presence of wellness  Negative psychology o “If there is something wrong, how do we make it better?” o Find what’s wrong, then fix it o Based on psychopathology  Positive psychology o Preventing something wrong from happening o Find what’s right, then encourage it o Not trying to replace negative psychology  Trying to augment it – balance out the scale o The scientific study of strength and virtues that enables individuals and communities to thrive Social Psychology Attributions  Fundamental attribution hypothesis o Internal vs. external/situational o Example: you see a student asleep in class and think “what a slacker.”  When YOU fall asleep in class, you wake up and think “I’ve just had a lot going on in my life, I was working late, I didn’t get any sleep late night….” o The tendency to attribute other people’s behavior to internal factors: actor-observer effect o Fundamental attribution error: a bias toward attributing behavior of others to internal factors o Tends to be self-serving bias  Example:  Getting an F: “the teacher is bad,” “I was too busy this semester” – external and situational factors  Getting an A: “I am a genius,” “I did so good” – internal and dispositional factors  Stable (unchangeable) vs. Unstable (temporary) o Healthy person: something bad happens, and they realize that this bad feeling is only temporary o Unhealthy/depressed person: something bad happens, they think things will always be bad in their life  Just-world Hypothesis o The belief that the world is just and people get what they deserve o Examples: blaming the victim  Self-fulfilling prophecy: an initial impression causes us to bring out behavior in another that confirms impression Groups and Social Influence  Deindividualization o A state in which people in a group can feel anonymous and unidentifiable and therefore feel less concerned with what others think of their behavior  Diffusion of Responsibility o The reduction of personal responsibility of each group member to act appropriately o The bystander effect – “somebody else will help, so I don’t have to” o Kitty Genovese (1935-1964)  Was walking home one night  Was attacked and stabbed twice by a man  She called out for help, and several neighbors heard her, one of which yelled out “let that girl alone!”  Attacker fled, but then came back and stabbed her several more times, where Kitty then died  Interviewer came and talked to bystander neighbors (approx. 12 people), and they all said that they figured someone else would have helped her  Latane and Rodin (1969) o Experiments to study the bystander effect for when the bystander is alone and when they’re in groups  Alone = 70% helped a person in need  With another person who doesn’t help = 7% helped  Darley and Latane (1968) Smoke-filled Room Study o Smoke starts to fill the room in which the participate is in, they go investigate, and then calmly leave the area o Smoke fills the room with the participant along with other people, and when no one else says anything, the participant just sits there and doesn’t leave o People are prone to not act when they should act when in groups  Social Loafing – riding on other people’s hard work without doing anything yourself o A tendency to work less hard when group performance is measured o Example: a large group goes out to dinner, people are prone to leave a smaller tip for their server than they would if they were in a smaller group or alone  Traditional Individualistic View o Who is responsible? o Who caused it? o Who gets the blame? o Who gets credit? o Examples:  Law – culpability  Medicine – disease  Religion – sin o Instead, consider:  Social influences  Situational conditions  Solomon Asch (1907-1996) o First to study conformity o In 74% of the cases, the participants conformed to the pressure of the group  Factors the increase the likelihood of conformity o Group size o Unanimous groups o Authority figure  Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment o Students were randomly assigned to roles:  “Inmates” vs. “officers”  They took up their roles so seriously, they actually became them  “inmates” suffered from mental breakdowns  “officers/guards” would mentally and psychically abuse inmates – something they would never do otherwise  Milgram’s Obedience to Authority Experiment o The shock experiment  Participant is the “teacher,” other person (who is in on the experiment, but this is unknown to the participant) is the “student”  Participant asks “student” questions, and if the answer is wrong, delivers a shock to the “student”  Shocks get stronger which each wrong answer  “student” isn’t really getting shocked, but participant thinks they are  Experiment to see if the participant will stop administering the shocks as they get more intense, even if the experiment instructor tells them to continue o Findings: 65% of participants continued to the end of the experiment o “With numbing regularity, good people were seen to knuckle under the demands of authority and perform actions that were callous and severe” – Milgram  Slippery Slope of Evil –Zimbardo’s 7 social processes: o Mindlessly taking the first small step o Dehumanization of others o The deindividualization of self (Anonymity) o Diffusion of personal responsibility o Blind obedience to authority o Uncritical conformity to group norms o Passive tolerance of evil through inaction, or indifference  “Heroism the Antidote to Evil” – Zimbardo o Ordinary people who do ordinary extraordinary deeds o Example: Wesley Autrey: saved a man who had a seizure and fell onto a subway train track – Autrey jumped on the track and got on top of the man while a train passed over the top of them – saved the man’s life  Social facilitation o Conformity in a positive manner o Example: child is having behavioral issues; place the child in a social setting for him to see other children doing what they are supposed to be doing; the difficult child conforms and does the pro-social activity Attitudes and Persuasion  Cognitive dissonance o The discomfort that results from inconstancies between thought and behavior  Will result in a person changing either their thought or changing their behavior to relieve the friction  When feelings and facts are in opposition, people will find or invent a way to reconcile them  Techniques to induce attitude change o Foot-in-the-door technique  It’s better to get your “foot in the door” first before you ask someone outright to do something  Create a relationship in order for you to comply  Example: after graduation, MTSU will call you and ask how you are doing, what your college experience was like, etc. then they will start asking for donations to the school o Door-in-the-face technique  Going to the extreme and asking something totally unreasonable, so that your goal question doesn’t seem so bad or far-fetched o Modeling  Example: parents want kids to read more- kids see Dora reading on TV, makes them want to read o Lowballing Technique  Example: car shopping Love and Attraction  Sternberg’s Triangle of Love o 3 components: Intimacy, passion, and decision/commitment o Intimacy – the feeling of closeness  Sharing info, secret, that you don’t share with anyone else o Passion – sexual attraction and the desire for sexual intimacy (quick to fade) o Decision/commitment – the decision that one is “in love”  The willingness to label it as such, and a commitment to maintain that relationship  Can be unspoken  Attraction o Depends partly on situational factors and partly on personal characteristics  Matching hypothesis o The notion that people are most likely to form a committed relationship with someone who is similar to themselves and in psychical attractiveness  Similarity o People like other who are similar to them o Ex: age, appearance, religion, habits, hobbies  Proximity o Attraction will increase with physical proximity (as long as there wasn’t an immediate dislike to begin with)  Familiarity  Physical Attractiveness o Important in early stages in a relationship


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