Limited time offer 20% OFF StudySoup Subscription details

FSU - CLP 4143 - abnormal psych week 1-2 class notes - Class Notes

Created by: lindz5711 Elite Notetaker

> > > > FSU - CLP 4143 - abnormal psych week 1-2 class notes - Class Notes

FSU - CLP 4143 - abnormal psych week 1-2 class notes - Class Notes

This preview shows pages 1 - 2 of a 6 page document. to view the rest of the content
background image Abnormal Psych Lecture Notes Unit 1 - Defining, Classifying, and Studying Abnormal Behavior What is abnormality? –  - Rosenhan study (1973) – presented themselves to 12 different  psychiatric institution presented as themselves yet having heard 
voices say things like “empty,” “hollow,” or “thud.” All were admitted 
but after doing so never reported hearing the voices after another 
screening. The patients could tell that these people were not normal 
but the doctors did. All the charts said that they had forms of 
schizophrenia. Concluded that we cannot distinguish the sane from the
insane, but it is rather the hospital environment that made it seem like 
they were in need of psychiatric help. 
- No clear dividing lines between normal and needing help (abnormal)   continuum model o Normal behavior (Lisa Simpson) –  typical for social context,  not distressing for the individual not dangerous not interfering with work/school o        middle of the continuum (tony stark) somewhat unusual for the social context distressing to the individual interfering with social life/ work/ school potentially dangerous o        abnormal behavior (Liza Arron game of thrones?) highly unusual for the social context the source of significant individual distress significantly interfering with social life or work/ school very dangerous to the individual or others The 4 D’s –  deviance from the norm – different from what others do  is influenced by cultural norms
people who are deviant from the norm are usually on the far 
sides of the bell curve -         dysfunctionality – interfere with one’s ability to function o  can have difficulties in daily life, work, school, forming  relationships o  ex.) spending an inordinate amount of time getting ready in the  morning (“Hows that workin out for ya?”) o  good rule of thumb when diagnosing abnormal behaviors distress to self or others –  causes the individual pain (physical and/or emotional)
o  egocentonic – when the person does not see a problem with 
something that society sees as an issue (anorexia nervosa) dangerousness to self or others
background image Abnormal Psych Lecture Notes physical or potentially physical harm coming to the person or  people around them Causes of abnormality –  -         vocab o etiology = origin/ cause
o psychopathology = mental disorder (diagnosable issue)
-         Nature vs nurture  o Nature vs nurture = environment vs genetics
o Not one or the other, it is a mixture of both
o Contemporary theories (biopsychosocial model) = combination 
of Biological processes  Psychological factors  Social influences o Biological causes of abnormality Structural – abnormalities or differences in the structure of 
the brain
Biochemical – problems that the chemical “messenger” in 
the body
Genetic – certain genes lead to mental disorders o Structural causes of abnormality Physical problems with the brain Can be caused by developmental problems, injury, 
infection, or toxins from environment
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission 
tomography (PET) can show structural issues
o Biochemical causes of abnormality Problems with chemical messengers in the body and 
nervous system
Endocrine system “messengers” are hormones Secreted by organs and circulate in blood o Example: hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis  (HPA axis)  fight or flight response mechanism o Overactive HPA for people with anxiety
o Adrenaline and cortisol are the stress 
hormones o Genetic causes of abnormality Genes can influence abnormal behavior There’s no “one to one correlation” for common mental 
Multiple genes can combine (with environment) to lead to a
disorder (polygenic processes)
Mental disorders are heritable Twin studies

This is the end of the preview. Please to view the rest of the content
Join more than 18,000+ college students at Florida State University who use StudySoup to get ahead
School: Florida State University
Department: OTHER
Course: Abnormal Psychology
Professor: Natalie Sachs-Ericsson
Term: Spring 2017
Tags: Abnormal psychology
Name: abnormal psych week 1-2 class notes
Description: these notes include all abnormal psych lecture notes up to this week (01/23/18)
Uploaded: 01/23/2018
6 Pages 37 Views 29 Unlocks
  • Better Grades Guarantee
  • 24/7 Homework help
  • Notes, Study Guides, Flashcards + More!
Join StudySoup for FREE
Get Full Access to FSU - CLP 4143 - Class Notes - Week 2
Join with Email
Already have an account? Login here
Log in to StudySoup
Get Full Access to FSU - CLP 4143 - Class Notes - Week 2

Forgot password? Reset password here

Reset your password

I don't want to reset my password

Need help? Contact support

Need an Account? Is not associated with an account
Sign up
We're here to help

Having trouble accessing your account? Let us help you, contact support at +1(510) 944-1054 or

Got it, thanks!
Password Reset Request Sent An email has been sent to the email address associated to your account. Follow the link in the email to reset your password. If you're having trouble finding our email please check your spam folder
Got it, thanks!
Already have an Account? Is already in use
Log in
Incorrect Password The password used to log in with this account is incorrect
Try Again

Forgot password? Reset it here