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PSC 1 Midterm 3 Study Guide

by: Kayla Dillard

PSC 1 Midterm 3 Study Guide PSC 1

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General Psychology
Dr. Simonton
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Date Created: 05/09/16
4/25/16 Psychological Treatments Psychotherapy: any psychological intervention designed to help people resolve emotional, behavioral, or interpersonal problems, with the goal of improving the quality of their lives • ~20% ofAmericans have received psychotherapy at some point in their lives • women, CaucasianAmericans, higher socioeconomic groups, highly educated, people with medical insurance tend to seek help more often People who provide treatment • clinical psychologists • scientist-practitioner model (Ph.D.) • practitioner-scholar model (Psy.D.) Psychiatrists • • medical doctor—can prescribe medicine • Counseling Psychologists • Clinical Social Workers • School Psychologists • Marriage and Family Therapists • Psychiatric Nurses Effective Therapists • little difference in effectiveness between experienced and novice therapists • professionals know how to operate within the system and choose more effective treatments Insight Therapies • aim to cultivate and expand self-awareness and self-knowledge • Psychoanalysis • developed by Sigmund Freud • goal is to decrease guilt and frustrations and to bring aspects of the unconscious to conscious awareness • treatment tends to be lengthy and expensive • six core techniques • free association—client says wha comes to mind • interpretation—therapist forms explanations • dream analysis—dreams reveal unconscious themes • resistance—client avoids what is really going on • transference—client projects feelings onto therapist • working through—helps client gain insight into their problems • Psychodynamic Therapy • focuses more on symptom relief • theoretical approach • issues: • research shows insight is not necessary to relieve distress • little evidence for “repression” or hurtful memories • HumanisticApproach • therapies emphasize development of human potential and the belief that human nature is basically positive • focused on the importance of taking responsibility for our lives and living in the present • person-centered therapy • developed by Carl Rogers • non-directive • therapist must be: • authentic and genuine express unconditional positive regard • • show emphatic understanding • goal is to increase awareness and heightened self-acceptance, moving towards self- actualization • Cognitive-BehavioralApproaches • BehavioralApproach • general principals of learning are applied to the learning of maladaptive as well as adaptive behaviors • focuses on specific problem behaviors and the variables that maintain them—less focused on underlying problems • goal is to change maladaptive behaviors by learning new, desirable ones • Exposure Therapies • clients are confronted with anxiety-provoking situations with the goal of reducing their fear • we can “unlearn our automatic anxiety responses by challenging avoidance strategies • effective for treating specific phobias, panic disorders, agoraphobia, social phobia, and anxieties associated with OCD • Systematic Desensitization • therapist helps client build an anxiety hierarchy and learn relaxation techniques • people cannot be relaxed and anxious at the same time • uses counterconditioning by repeatedly pairing an incompatible relaxation response with anxiety • Flooding • more extreme form of exposure therapy • client experiences extreme exposure to an anxiety-provoking object or situation for prolonged periods (e.g. 1 hour) • Modeling in Therapy • used to build and develop effective coping skills (particularly social skills) • assertion training and behavioral rehearsal • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies • our beliefs and automatic interpretations about ourselves and the wolf can strongly influence our feelings and behaviors • Cognitive-FocusedApproach • focused on how cognitions and thought patterns maintain • goal is to challenge core beliefs and distorted thoughts • most helpful for depressions and anxiety disorders • Group therapies • individuals with common problems met regularly with a therapist to help themselves and none another • client realizes that he/she is not alone • ex: alcoholics anonymous, family therapies 4/26/16 Psychological Treatments II • Biomedical treatments—attempt to directly alter the brain’s chemistry or physiology to treat psychological disorders • Drug Therapies • psychopharmacotherapy—use of medications to treat psychological problems • today antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed medications among adults • medications do not help patients build active coping skills, so it is best when paired with therapy • for mood disorders: • depressive disorder: • antidepressant medications • cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) • bipolar disorders: • lithium • anti convulsive medications (seizure-reducing) • for anxiety disorders: • adult anxiety disorders: • CBT • short-term relief: • Valium or Xanax (can be addicting) • general relief • SSRIs • specific phobias • systematic desensitization • schizophrenia • medications are essential • thorazine or haldol • many unpleasant side effects • psychological treatments: social skills training • Electroconvulsive Therapy • involves brief electrical pulses to the brain to produce a seizure • used to treat severe problems as a last resort • can result in short-term confusion or memory loss • electromagnetic stimulation • vagus nerve stimulation • transcranial magnetic stimulation deep brain stimulation—used for extreme parkinson’s and other extreme • circumstances • Psychosurgery • brain surgery to treat psychological disorders • prefrontal lobotomy—sever connection between prefrontal cortex and rest of the brain • used as an absolute last resort with severe OCD, depression, and bipolar disorders 4/28/16 Module 3 Human Development • Human development continues throughout the lifetime • special considerations in human development • bidirectional influences • ex: children can effect the environment and the environment can effect children • cohort effects: effects that result from a group of people growing up at a particular time • ex: younger generations text more whereas older generations talk on the phone • early experiences: early experiences effect later development (ex: parenting), humans are resilient—we are influenced throughout our lives • nature vs. nurture—we are influenced by genetics and environment • obstacles to healthy prenatal development • teratogens: environmental factors that can negatively impact prenatal development • alcohol and fetal alcohol syndrome • rubella and birth defects such as deafness • pika virus and microcephaly • Prenatal development • all major organs are established by 9 weeks • brain begins developing at 18 days gestation • proliferation: neurons develop very quickly • more neurons are developed than are needed at infancy and they migrate and form brain structures • Physical development • infancy • born with reflexes that help them survive: sucking reflex (to eat), rooting reflex (touching baby’s face will make it turn towards the touch) infants that are swaddled develop slower • • adolescence • onset of puberty starts around age 12 but range until 18 on average • onset of puberty starts around age 11 and ranges until 14 on average • adulthood • as we age: • decreased muscle tone, increased fat • decline in sensory abilities • reproductive changes • declines in motor coordination • increased age-related diseases • there is great variability in how people age • Cognitive Development: developing mind and brain • occurs in a series of stages and is more continuous • learning occurs through physical experience, social interaction, and biological maturity • Cognitive theorists • Vygotsky: • children learn through social and cultural influences (scaffolding, training wheels— parents provide structure for children to learn new skills) • zone of proximal development—children are ready to use the scaffolding provided by the parent • Piaget: • children are little scientists (learn and discover by interacting with the world around them) and develop in stages, they are not mini adults • conducted research with children in Universities in Switzerland and France • ASSIMILATION: incorporation of new info into current way of thinking about the world • child knows four-legged animal is a dog, sees cow and says “doggy” • ACCOMMODATION: modify the current way of thinking to include new information • new understanding of doggie and cow—dog is at home, cow lives on farm • Sensorimotor (birth-2years): children understand the world around them based on physical interactions • Preoperational (2-7years): children can perform mental operations on objects, they see things only from their point of view • he used the three mountain task to test this (also could be that they just cannot do mental rotation) • Concrete operational (7-11 years): children can perform mental operations, but only for actual physical events Formal operational (11 years to adulthood): children can think abstractly • 5/2/16 Human Development II • Other methods for testing cognitive development • impossible tasks and looking time • high amplitude sucking paradigm (higher rates of sucking indicates alertness) • newer ways: • theory of mind: understanding that not everyone knows all of the same things you know • Cognitive development: • adolescence • prefrontal cortex is responsible for impulse control and it is not fully developed until after teenage years • learn that not all answers are black and white adulthood • • ability to recall people, places, and things begins to decline after age 30 • decrease in processing speed with age • free real ability declines but recognition and cued recall remains intact • accumulated knowledge stays the same or increases with age (older=wiser) Social and Moral Development • temperament: basic social, emotional, and behavioral style that emerges early and appears to be largely influenced by genetics and culture • tends to be stable throughout lifetime • majority of temperaments (American children) fall into 3 categories: • easy 40%, difficult 10%, slow to warm up 15%, none of these 35% • attachment: strong emotional connection we share with those to whom we feel closest • attachment theory • Konrad Lorenz and imprinting • imprinting: some bird species chicks will follow the first moving object near the nest • evolutionary: imprinting contributes to survival • human infants do not imprint • Harry Harlow and infant rhesus monkeys—showed that comfort is really important • MaryAinsworth’s Strange Situation Procedure—child’s reaction to mother during reunions • attachment styles in human infants • secure attachment—child sees mother as secure base because she has been reliable in the past • insecure attachment—child is unsure if mother will provide comfort because she has been inconsistent in the past • insecure avoidant—mother has not been available and child avoids seeking comfort • disorganized—child responds inconsistently • Parenting styles • permissive, authoritative, authoritarian, uninvolved • mothers: exhibit more mutual attention, more affection, more time • fathers: more physical play, preferred playmates • same sex parents: no difference in academic performance or social adjustment • stigma was associated with decreased well-being • single parents: child outcome depends • divorced parents: child outcome depends on severity of parental conflict before the divorce • divorce may be a relief from the arguing • possible difficulty with relationships in the future • Identity development • Erikson’s theory: identity development occurs in 8 distinct stages • • individuals go through stages in order • identity develops throughout the lifetime • gender identity: • sex refers to biological characteristics and gender refers to emotional identity • more than just being only male and only female • cisgender: gender identity is the same as what was assigned at birth • transgender: gender identity, expression, or behavior is different from what you were assigned at birth • gender roles: stereotypical behaviors associated with being male or female • social influences • gender roles are more strictly reinforced for boys than for girls • Morality development • Kohlberg • pre conventional, conventional, postconventional • adult years • careers • midlife crisis and empty nest syndrome 5/3/16 Learning I • Three main types of learning: • non associative: doesn't require linking two stimuli together • habituation: process of responding less strongly over time to repeated stimuli • getting used to something such as squeaking chairs and clock ticking • response to harmless stimuli • sensitization: process of responding more strongly over time to repeated stimuli • response usually to dangerous or irritating stimuli • associative: learning about the relationship between two pieces of information • classical conditioning: • neutral stimulus—does not elicit and automatic response (metronome) • unconditioned stimulus—stimulus that does elicit an unconditioned response (meat powder) • each stimulus was presented together and the dog learns that the metronome signifies the meat powder • conditioned response—trained response/salivating for metronome • extinction—stop pairing the metronome with the meat powder and the associated will go extinct • classical conditioning is used in: • advertisement • taste aversion (not wanting to eat food that made you sick in the past) addiction • • fears and phobias • operant conditioning: learning controlled by the consequences of an organism’s behavior • rewarding a dog for doing something will make it respond that way in the future • can be used to increase or decrease a behavior by adding or removing a stimulus • there is positive reinforcement, positive punishment, negative reinforcement, and negative punishment • differences between classical and operant conditioning: • classical: target behavior is elicited automatically, consequence is provided unconditionally, behavior depends on autonomic nervous system • operant: target behavior is emitted voluntarily, consequence is contingent on behavior, behavior depends on skeletal muscles 5/4/16 Learning I • more on operant conditioning… • variable reinforcement schedule: reinforcement variably instead of every time • shaping: training animals to do exotic tasks (ex: pigeons playing ping pong) • superstitions: (ex: wearing “lucky socks” every time your favorite teams plays because they won when you wore them in the past) • observational: learning by watching others • mirror neurons—same part of brain that is activated when you do an activity is activated when you see it done • biological preparedness: we are biologically prepared to learn to fear things that can harm us • learning fads • sleep assisted learning • accelerated learning • discover learning • learning styles 5/5/16 Memory • hyperthymestic syndrome: the ability to remember almost everything you experienced • savant syndrome: when people with developmental disabilities have genius capabilities incongruent with their mental disabilities (rare) Three memory systems • • sensory memory: information enters via the senses and remains for a brief period before it is moved to short-term memory • auditory: echoic • visual: iconic • short-term memory: • duration: between 5 and 20 seconds without rehearsal • maintenance rehearsal—simply repeating information over and over • not very useful at getting it into long-term memory • elaborative rehearsal—linking stimuli to one another in a meaningful way • visualizing • trying to understand the relations between stimuli • decay: information fades away over time • interference: other info gets in the way • working memory: where we “work” on (process and think about) information • info is either passed to long-term memory or it is lost • digit span: people can retain 7 plus or minus 2 numbers • chunking: grouping info into meaningful groups helps to remember it • primacy and recency effects: people are more likely to remember initial info and recent info more than the info in the middle • long-term memory: • capacity is enormous (as much as 500 encyclopedias 1500 pages each) • information lasts for many years (sometimes permanently) • explicit: things you consciously know • semantic—things we consciously know about the world • Who ran against Obama and Biden in 2012? • episodic—recall of events (episodes) of our lives • What did you do your last birthday? • implicit: things you know but do not deliberately recall • procedural: memory for motor skills and habits • priming (do not need to know in detail) conditioning (do not need to know in detail) • • habituation (do not need to know in detail) • memory processes: • attention: attending to information • rehearsal: processing information • maintenance • elaborative • works because of depth of processing • encoding: getting information into our memory banks • storage: keeping information in memory • retrieval: remembering information when it is needed


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