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Chapter 1 Study Guide for Midterm Exam

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Chapter 1 Study Guide for Midterm Exam PSY150

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Jim McAlhaney
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      Psy 150 Module 1 Worksheet      Part I   Two of the major psychological perspectives that interest me the most would be the  psychoanalytic perspective and the cognitive perspective. The psychoanalytic  perspective  states that the influence for human behavior is result of a person's  unconscious motives. So, if we were to view someone's outburst through this  perspective, we would say that his outburst was due to his unconscious hostility.  Unfulfilled wishes and dreams and tragedies from childhood are common reasons for  causing these unconscious drives which show in behavior. I find the psychoanalytic  perspective to be so interesting because of its large notice to the unconscious mind. I  also find it interesting because of the strange belief involved that claims that  neurological disorders have psychological causes.   The second psychological perspective that I find interesting is the cognitive perspective.  This theory looks at our minds' thought patterns, problem solving methods, and how our  minds store, process, and retrieve information. The cognitive perspective states that our  behavior results from memories and specific expectations. Due to how a person stores  information in remembering, it will affect how he reacts in an angering situation. Or, in  turn, his way of thinking may be affected by how he processes his anger. This  perspective is so interesting because I am able to study and look at a person's brain  and mental activity and see how it is in correlation with his behavior.  My two choices of psychological perspectives were not chosen because they are the  only ones i agree with, but because I simply find them interesting. All of psychology's  perspectives are helpful to understanding behavior and mental processes.     Part II  1. I would use the correlational method in researching human behavior. By using  this method of research I would be able to find possibilities of cause­effect  relationships between people and the stress of working an everyday job. An  example of this would be a group of lower­middle class single mothers, with one  or more children, having to work a full­time job. If we performed a naturalistic  observation on the mothers, we would most likely find that they are often  extremely stressed, mentally exhausted, and maybe even a bit depressed. We  could also create a survey for these mothers to take. In turn, we will be able to  see how the results from both the naturalistic observation and the survey  correlate with one another. With these results, we would be able to predict the  behavior of other lower­middle class single mothers. I would study other topics  using this research method such as: how an abused child would behave once  they came into adulthood and has had a child of their own, how a college student  behaves staying on campus or off­campus, or how a teenager will behave  without any involvement in social media compared to being entirely involved in  social media.         2.   I chose the correlational research method because it shows the possibility of a  cause­effect relationship, which I prefer. It seems to be a more simple and  straightforward method of unraveling causes for certain behaviors. Using this  research method, one may even predict certain behavior from a statistical point.  The correlational research method fits into using the scientific method by our  indicating a possible prediction for a human's behavior and using our data from  our surveys or natural observations to see if the data and the possible prediction  support each other. If these do support one another, then our theory will be  successful; if these do not support one another then our theory will be rejected  using this scientific method.        


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