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introduction to psychology
Dr. Frank Weathers
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Date Created: 03/29/16
Chapter 8 Monday, March 28, 2016 10:10 AM Key terms and individuals – these are roughly in the order in which they appear in the chapter. Types of problems -- inducing structure: The person must discover the relations among the parts of the problem (completion and analogy) -- arrangement: the person must arrange the parts in a way that satisfies some criterion (string and anagrams) -- transformation: the person must carry out a sequence of transformations in order to reach a specific goal (hobbits and orcs and water jar) Barriers to effective problem solving -- irrelevant information: leads people astray -- functional fixedness: the tendency to perceive an item only in terms of its most common use -- mental set: exists when people persist in using problem-solving strategies that have worked in the past -- unnecessary constraints: effective problem solving requires specifying all the constraints governing a problem without assuming that don't exist Approaches to problem solving -- trial and error: involves trying possible solutions sequentially and discarding those that are in error until one works -- heuristics: guiding principle or "rule of thumb" used in solving problem or making decisions -- forming subgoals: intermediate steps toward a solution -- searching for analogies: we can facilitate innovative thinking -- changing the representation of the problem: variety of ways to represent a problem; list, graph, diagram, verbally, mathematically -- incubation: when new solutions surface for a previously unsolved problems after a period of not consciously thinking about the problem Decision making: involves evaluating alternatives and making choices among them Theory of bounded rationality: Herbert Simons; asserts that people tend to use simple strategies in decision making that focus on only a few facets of available options and often results in "irrational" decisions that are less than optimal Choice overload: undermines individuals' happiness and contributes to depression Deliberation-without-attention effect: when people faced with complex choices, they tend to make better decisions if they don't devote careful attention to matter Risky decision making: making choices under conditions of uncertainty Availability heuristic: involves basing the estimated probability of an event on the ease with which relevant instances come to mind Representativeness heuristic: involves basing the estimated probability of an event on how similar it is to typical prototype of that event Pitfalls in decision making -- ignoring base rates: ignores information based on rates (failure in starting a business) -- conjunction fallacy: occurs when people estimate that the odds of two uncertain events happening together are greater than the odds of either event happening alone -- gambler’s fallacy: the belief that the odds of a chance event increasing if the event hasn't occurred recently -- overestimating the improbable: people tend to greatly overestimate the likelihood of dramatic, vivid--but infrequent--events that receive heavy media coverage -- loss aversion: people tend to assume that losses will have more impact than gains of equal size Intelligence quotient (mental age, chronological age): IQ= mental age / chronological age x 100 Normal distribution: symmetrical, bell-shaped curve that represents the pattern in which many characteristics are dispersed in the population Deviation IQ: scores that locate respondents precisely within the normal distribution Reliability of a test: refers to the measurement consistency of a test Validity of a test: refers to the ability of a test to measure what it was designed to measure Family studies: can determine only whether genetic influence on a trait is plausible, not whether it is certain Twin studies: identical twins are more similar in intelligence than pairs of fraternal twins and adoption studies: some measurable similarities between adopted children and their biological parents Heritability estimate: estimate of the proportion of trait variability in a population that is determined by variations in genetic inheritance Flynn effect: the level of performance required to earn a score of 100 jumped upward every time the scoring was adjusted Chapter 9 Monday, March 28, 2016 10:11 AM Key terms and individuals – these are roughly in the order in which they appear in the chapter. Theories of motivation: involves goal-directed behavior -- drive theory: hypothetical, internal state of tension that motivates an organism to engage in activities that should reduce this tension -- incentive theory: external goal that has the capacity to motivate behavior -- evolutionary theory: motives can best be understood in terms of the adaptive problems they have solved over the course of human history Biological factors in hunger -- stomach contractions: not the cause of hunger -- brain regulation -- lateral hypothalamus: show little to no interest in eating (controls hunger) -- ventromedial hypothalamus: ate excessively and gained weight rapidly (controls hunger) -- arcuate and paraventricular nuclei: play larger role in modulation of hunger -- neural circuits vs. anatomical centers: theories of hunger focus more on neutral circuits that pass through areas of the hypothalamus rather than on anatomical centers in the brain -- digestive and hormonal regulation -- insulin: hormone secreted by the pancreas, must be present for cells to extract glucose from the blood -- ghrelin: causes stomach contractions and promotes hunger -- CCK: delivers satiety signals to the brain, thus reducing hunger -- leptin: contributes to the long-term regulation of hunger Environmental factors in hunger -- incentive value of food -- palatability: the better food taste, the more you eat of it -- quantity available: people tend to eat what you put in front of them, amount available -- variety: humans increase their consumption when a greater variety of foods are available -- presence of others: individuals eat 44% more when they eat with other people versus eating alone -- food-related cues in the environment: -- learned preferences and cultural differences Evolutionary analyses of human sexual motivation -- parental investment theory: refers to what each sex has to invest in terms of time, energy, survival risk, and forgone opportunities to produce and nurture off-spring -- gender differences in patterns of sexual activity: males tend to show a greater interest in sex than females -- gender differences in mate preferences: women have more emphasis than men on the partner characteristics. -- critique of evolutionary analysis: Elements of emotional experience -- cognitive component: rely on individuals' highly subjective verbal reports of what they're experiencing -- affective forecasting: efforts to predict one's emotional reactions to future events -- physiological component: emotional processes are closely tied to physiological processes, but the interconnections are very complex -- autonomic arousal: activities of glands, smooth muscles and blood vessels; flight-on-flight response=largely caused by adrenal hormones -- neural circuits: autonomic responses that accompany emotions are ultimately controlled in the brain -- limbic system: seat of emotion in the brain (hypothalamus, amygdala, and adjacent structures) -- behavioral component: -- nonverbal behavior: smiles, frowns, furrowed brows, clenched fists and slumped shoulders -- facial-feedback hypothesis: asserts that face muscles sends signals to the brain and that these signals help the brain recognize the emotion that one is experiencing -- culture and the elements of emotions -- cross cultural similarities: different cultures have similar expressions / reactions to emotions such as happy, sad, anger, fear -- cross-cultural differences: different cultures have trouble reading expressions of emotions because they are different from what they are used to -- display rules: norms that regulate the appropriate expression of emotions Theories of emotion -- James-Lange: conscious experience of emotion results from one's perception of automatic arousal; different patterns of autonomic activation lead to the experience of different emotions -- Cannon-Bard: emotion occurs when the thalamus sends signals simultaneously to the cortex and to the autonomic nervous system -- Schachter’s two-factor theory: emotion depends on two factors: 1- autonomic arousal 2-cognitive interpretation of that arousal --evolutionary theories: considers emotion to be largely innate reactions to certain stimuli; assume that evolution has equipped humans with a small number of innate emotions with proven adaptive vaules Chapter 10 Monday, March 28, 2016 10:11 AM Key terms and individuals – these are roughly in the order in which they appear in the chapter. Prenatal development -- course of prenatal development -- germinal stage: first phase of prenatal development, encompassing the first 2 weeks after conception (zygote is created through fertilization) -- embryonic stage: second stage of prenatal development, lasting 2 weeks until the end of the second months (most vital organs and bodily systems begin to form) -- fetal stage: third stage of prenatal development, lasting from 2 months through birth -- environmental factors and prenatal development -- nutrition: severe maternal malnutrition increases the risk of birth complications and neurological deficits for the newborn; vitamins and minerals are important to reduce birth defects -- stress and emotion: prospective mothers' emotional reaction to stressful events can disrupt the delicate hormonal balance that fosters healthy prenatal development -- drugs and alcohol: any drugs can slip through the membranes of the placenta -- maternal illness: interferes with prenatal development -- environmental toxins: exposed to a surprising variety of environmental toxins that can affect them Early childhood -- motor development: refers to the progression of muscular coordination required for physical activities -- developmental norms: indicate the typical (median) age at which individuals display various behaviors and abilities -- cultural variations: environmental factors can accelerate or slow early motor development -- attachment: refers to the close emotional bonds of affection that develop between infants and their caregivers -- separation anxiety: emotional distress seen in many infants when they are separated from people with whom they have formed an attachment -- theories of attachment -- Harlow: cloth monkey mother vs wire monkey mother, young monkeys clinged to cloth mother when scared even if they weren't fed by her -- Bowlby: infants are biologically programmed to emit behavior that triggers an affectionate, protective response from adults; adults are programmed by evolutionary forces to be captivated by this behavior and to respond with warmth, love and protection -- patterns of attachment -- secure: visibly upset when mother leaves -- anxious-ambivalent: anxious even when mother is near -- avoidant: not distressed when mother leaves -- cultural and attachment: attachment is universal -- language development -- producing words: before making their first words, babies are making progress in learning the sound structure of their native language -- using words: after their first words, their vocabulary grows fro the next few months -- combining words: end of their second year; "telegraphic" Personality and cognitive development in childhood -- personality development: development period during which characteristic patterns of behavior are exhibited and certain capacities become established -- Erikson’s stage theory (all 8 stages): personality continues over life span 1 Trust versus mistrust: is my world predictable and supportive? 2 Autonomy versus shame and doubt: can I do things myself or must I always rely on others? 3 Initiative versus guilt: am I good or am I bad? t 4 Industry versus inferiority: am I competent or am I worthless? 5 Identity versus confusion: who am I and where am I going? 6 Intimacy versus isolation: shall I share my life with another or live alone? 7 Generativity versus self-absorption: will I produce something of real value? 8 Integrity versus despair: have I lived a full life? -- cognitive development: refers to transition in youngster's patterns of thinking, including reasoning, remembering, and problem solving -- Piaget’s stage theory: children's thoughts go through a series of 4 stages -- sensorimotor : birth to age 2; developing the ability to coordinate their sensory input with their motor actions -- preoperational : age 2-7; children gradually improve in their use of mental images -- concrete operational: ages 7-1; development of mental operations -- formal operational: age 11-onward; children begin to apply their operations to abstract concepts in addition to concrete objects -- critique of Piaget’s theory: 1- underestimated young children's cognitive development, 2. children often simultaneously display patterns of thinking that are characteristics of several stages -- development of moral reasoning -- Kohlberg’s stage theory (three levels): moral reasoning rather than overt behavior Preconventional level:  Stage 1: punishment orientation: right and wrong is determined by what is punished  Stage 2: Native reward orientation: right and wrong is determined by what is rewarded Conventional level:  Stage 3: good boy / good girl orientation: right and wrong is determined by close others' approval or disapproval  Stage 4: authority orientation: right and wrong is determined by society's rules and laws which should be obeyed rigidly Postconventional level:  Stage 5: social contract orientation: right and wrong is determined by society's rules, which are viewed as fallible rather than absolute  Stage 6: Individual principles and conscience orientation: right and wrong is determined by abstract ethical principles that emphasize equality and justice -- critique of Kohlberg’s theory: 1--its not unusual to find a person that shows signs of several adjacent levels of moral reasoning at a particular point in development; 2-evidence is mounting that Kohlberg's dilemmas may not be valid indicators of moral development in some cultures; 3- a consensus is building that Kohlberg's theory led to a constricted focus on reasoning about interpersonal conflicts while ignoring other important aspects of moral development Adolescence: rapid growth in height and weight -- physiological changes -- secondary sex characteristics: physical features that distinguish one sex from the other but that are no essential for reproduction -- puberty: the stage during which sexual functions reach maturity, which marks the beginning of adolescence -- primary sex characteristics: structures necessary for reproduction -- neural development -- myelinization and synaptic pruning: leads to enhanced conductivity in the brain; elimination of less-active synapses -- prefrontal cortex: last area of the brain to fully mature -- search for identity -- emerging adulthood: we ought to recognize the existence of a new developmental stage in modern societies Adulthood -- personality development: -- the question of stability: -- transitions in family life -- adjusting to marriage -- adjusting to parenthood -- aging and physiological changes -- aging and neural changes -- aging and cognitive changes


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