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Psychology 201 Exam 1 Study Guide

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Psychology 201 Exam 1 Study Guide PSY 201

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Chapter 1 and 2
Mind and Brain
Paul Dassonville
Study Guide
Psychology, research, Science, bias, Statistics
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Psychology 201 Exam #1 Study Guide Questions to consider… What are some specific examples of the biases in psychological reasons that you have encountered?  a .     Confirmation Bias (Ignoring Evidence)  i. Tendency to place importance on evidence that supports beliefs ii. Tendency to downplay evidence that does not match belief iii. Restricting ourselves to sources that only support our beliefs distorts reality iv. People remember information that supports existing beliefs  b .     Appeals to Authority (failing to judge credibility i. When we have no opinion we do not know whom to beliefs ii. Advertisements exploit appeals to authority so we believe the information and it’s source  is credible iii. Ex. Scientists, celebrities, professors  c    Misunderstanding Statistics  d .     Seeing relationships that do not exist i. Misperception that two events that happen at the same time are related ii. Seeing order or a pattern where there is not one  e .     Using relative comparisons i. Information that comes firsthand has stronger influence on comparison ii. Framing of a question changes our answer iii. People prefer information that is presented positively rather than negatively   f .     Hindsight bias i. It is easier to make sense of past events than it is to predict the future ii. We are able to explain past events by manipulating evidence of the past iii. Our after the fact explanations tend to distort evidence  g .     Mental Shortcuts (Heuristics) i. Heuristics allow us to make decisions faster ii. Can lead to inaccurate judgement or bias h. Self­serving Bias i. People want to feel good about themselves ii. People believe they are better than average iii. Credit success to an innate personal strength iv. Credit failure to outside forces beyond our control v. Builds over confidence and inability to see one’s own weakness What is the difference between monist and dualist viewpoints? Monism (Hippocrates, Hobbes) Dualism (Plato, Descartes) There is only one substance There are 2 distinct substances Body and mind are one 1. Mental substance The mind is dependent on the brain  2. Physical substance The mind is the manifestation of the brain External soul controls the body, but does not need the  body How did Descartes dualistic theory explain how the soul could communicate with the body? o The body was just an organic machine o Deliberate action was controlled by the rational mind o External soul located in the pineal gland (unitary part of the brain) In what way was Gestaltism a backlash to Structuralism? Gestalt Theory (Wertheimer and Kohler) Structuralism (Edward Titchener) o The whole experience is more than the  o Experience can be broken down into its basic  sum of its parts underlying components o The whole is different than the sum of its  o Understanding basic components of thought can  parts help us understand the mind o Understand laws of our ability to acquire  o Paved the way for Psychology to be considered a  and maintain meaningful perception true science PROBLEMS 1. Everyone experience is subjective and variable 2. Reporting the experience changes the experience Structuralism wanted to find a list of all the possible parts of consciousness. Gestalt theorists believed that the  mind cannot be broken down, that it is more than the sum of its parts  In what way was Behaviorism a backlash to Introspectionism? Behaviorism (John Watson) Introspectionism (Wilhelm Wundt) o The study of observable environmental  o Systematic examination of subjective mental  effects on behavior experiences o Study relationship between stimulus and  o Study conscious mental events by observing and  response recording one’s own thoughts o Only study things that can be directly  observed PROBLEMS o Nurture was all  1. Varies from person to person 2. No verification o Mental states were another form of  3. Relies on conscious mind behavior 4. Provides products of thinking rather than  underlying processes o Behavior can be shaped through positive  and negative consequences PROBLEMS: 1. Cannot account for complex behaviors 2. Scope is too narrow Introspections attempted to understand how and why people thought what they thought. Behaviorists did not see this method as scientific because it relied on a subjective experience rather than something that can be measured and observed. How do Cognitive Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience treat the mind/brain differently than does  Behaviorism (with respect to the “black box” of the mind/brain)? Behaviorism  Cognitive Psychology (George Miller) PROBLEMS: o Emphazise mental activity 1. Cannot account for complex behaviors o Concerned with mental functions like intelligence, o The study of observable environmental  thinking language memory and decision making effects on behavior o Mental functions are important in understanding  o Study relationship between stimulus and  behavior response o Learning is more than trial and error o Only study things that can be directly  observed o Cognitive neuroscience studies neural mechanisms involved in cognitive processes o Nurture was all  o Mental states were another form of  behavior Which principles of phrenology apply to modern cognitive neuroscience? Which do not apply? PHRENOLOGY: o The study of the structure of the skull to determine a person’s character and mental capacity o Founded by Franz Gall (1849) ASSUMPTIONS: 1. Size of organ = its power (FOUNDED IN COGNITIVE PSYC) 2. Shape of the brain determined by strength of various organs (UNFOUNDED) 3. Shape of skull can predict personality (UNFOUNDED) How do modern behaviors reflect the evolutionary pressures of our ancestors? EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY: o Explain mental traits as products of natural selection o The brain adapts, behavior adapts EX. People like sweet fatty food because in prehistoric times these foods were rare and had great survival value. Therefore, the preference to sweet and fatty foods was adaptive.  How do cultural norms affect mental processes and behaviors? CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY: o Culture shapes beliefs and values (norms) which affects behavior o Culture shapes perception and world view EX. Eastern cultures think of things more holistically, while the western world compartmentalizes information.  We rely on rules and logic to explain behavior. How do the biological, individual, social and cultural levels of analyses in psychology differ? Biological  Individual  Social  Cultural  o Understand how  o Study how  o Understand how  o Explore similarities and  the physical body  individual  group contexts  differences of feelings  contributes to  differences in  affect the way  and thoughts across  mind and behavior personality and  people interact  cultures mental processes  and influence  o Study chemical  that affect how  each other  and genetic  people see the  processes that  world  occur in the body What are the goals of psychological science? 1. Description: detail and catalogue mental processes 2. Understanding: Develop explanations and theories on how the mind works 3. Prediction: Use theories to predict behaviors and thougths 4. Application: Apply theories to influence behavior and thought Describe how the scientific method can be used to gain an understanding of some psychological issue. a. Formulate a theory b. Make a hypothesis c. Collect data d. Perform critical evaluation of the results e. Revise theory if necessary f. Communicate findings What makes for a good theory? 1. Falsifiable  2. Testable Define independent and dependent variables. Independent Variable: the variable that is manipulated  (cause) Dependent Variable: Variable that is measured  (effect) Explain how the scientific method is self­correcting. Theory is constantly improved, or rejected with every experiment. Replication of the study or a similar study  can strengthen or weaken the theory Why does a correlation not imply causation? 1. Directionality Problem  a. A correlates with B, but does B correlate with A 2. Third Variable Problem a. A correlates with B, but A does not cause B b. There could be an unknown third variable that affects the dependent What is the difference between descriptive and inferential statistics? Descriptive Statistics  Inferential Statistics  o Summarize basic pattern of data o Determine whether effects actually exist in  o Central Tendency (mean, median, mode) population of samples o Variability (Range, standard deviation) o Statistically significant results occur by  o Correlation chance less than 5% of the time o Meta­analysis (study already performed  experiments)


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