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Psychology 100

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Notes from weeks 1 through 3, covering the history of psychology, nature and nurture and twin studies.
Introduction to Psychology
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Psychology, nature, nurture, twin studies, 100
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mackenzie Taylor on Sunday January 31, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSY 100 at Central Michigan University taught by in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 73 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Psychology in Psychlogy at Central Michigan University.


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Date Created: 01/31/16
PSY 100 Weeks 1 - 3 Notes - “Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.” - Psychology: science of mind and behavior (why people do what they do), examples include social pressure, impression management, developmental stages, brain injuries, genetics, childhood experiences, IQ, fear, traits and a faulty representation of reality. - Psychology as a science: a) manipulation of relevant variables b) control of extraneous variables c) The goal: understanding human nature d) The hypothesis - Common sense psychology a) Obvious results b) The fallacy: cliches - Research methods include: 1) Hypotheses and theories 2) Descriptive research 3) Correlation research and studies 4) Experiments A) Independent variable: the prediction that is manipulated by experimenter B) Dependent variable: what is being measured “The hypothalamus is one of the most important parts of our brain” - Acetylcholine (ACL): motor neurotransmitter; memory - Botulinus toxin: blocks the release ofACL and causes paralysis, used in botox surgery. - Curare and cobra poison: causes paralysis, fills the receptor cites so the neurons can’t fire for movement. - Norepinephrine: mobilizes the brain and body for action - Black widow venom: causes muscles to tense - Amphetamines: stop norepinephrine from being broken down, feeling awake and aroused. - Reserpine: causes norepinephrine to leak - Dopamine: involved in motor control and the release of various hormones - Parkinson’s disease: caused by gradual dying off of neurons - Schizophrenia: having too much dopamine - Serotonin: involved in mood and emotion. Leads to depression. SSRI magnifies serotonin in the brain that reduces depression. - LSD: affects neurons in perception - GABA: inhibitory neuron that inhibits a cell from firing (valium) - Endorphins: causes cells to inhibit the production of pain, blocks pain messages - Opiates: (heroin, morphine, codeine) artificial endorphins - Aristotle theorized about learning and memory, motivation and emotion, perception and personality. Behaviorism: the view that psychology (1) should be an objective science that (2) studies behavior without reference to mental processes. Humanistic psychology: historically significant perspective that emphasized human growth potential. Cognitive neuroscience: the interdisciplinary study of the brain activity linked with cognition - perception, thinking, memory and language. Evolutionary psychology: the study of evolution of behavior and the mind using principles of natural selection. Behavior genetics: the study of the relative power and limits of genetic and environmental influences on behavior. Positive psychology: study of humans functioning with the goals of discovering and promoting strengths and virtues that help people thrive. Intuition: an effortless, immediate feelings or thought, as contrasted with explicit, conscious reasoning. Hindsight biased: tendency to believe, after learning an outcome, that one would have foreseen it. Nature and Nurture: (1) Evolution - natural selection a) chromosomes and genes make up our DNA b) genetic mutation (2) Sexual selection - Mate preference a) Men - looks and personality b) Women - goods and resources Why?: Women have more biological commitment to their offspring. Why is sex fun? Biological preferences and benefits in order to produce offspring. - Sexual orientation; determined by? a) prenatal hormone exposure b) gender nonconforming play - Twin studies; what was found? - Twin separated at birth were found to have similar traits and personalities. -Aggression: different degrees of aggression - evolutionary factors behind this. Higher levels of testosterone; more common in males.


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