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PSYC 2310 Week 2 Notes

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Date Created: 09/12/16
Chapter 1: Thinking Critically with Psychological Science (Continued) PSYC 2301 September 6, 2016 Week 2 Theory: an idea put in place by a hypothesis  Explains behaviors or events by offering ideas that organize what we’ve learned  Predicts behaviors or events  Explanation based on observations Hypothesis: a testable prediction, often implied by a theory  A well educated guess Hypothesis           Theory 1                                        2 Example: “students who get a good night’s rest, do well on their test”  Research, statistics, texting, experiments, etc.  Prove your point, back­up your belief with research Hypothesis  1 students do better when they have a good night’s rest Hypothesis  2 sleep is irrelevant; success only depends on the student’s involvement in class Experiment: teach students the same information; have some stay up all night and some sleep Results: one group did better than the other Theory: form your theory based on results Hypothesis  Experiment Results Theory 1 2 3 4 Data Tracker :*not proven information; strictly used for study information of diagram Student Success Based on Consumption of Breakfast 10 9 8 7 Student 1 (Ate) 6 Student 2 (Ate) 5 Student 3 (Ate) Grades (Hundred) 4 Student 4 (Skipped) 3 Student 5 (Skipped) 2 Student 6 (Skipped) 1 0 Exam 1 Exam 2 Exam 3 Exam 4 Population : Students Hypothesis  : students are more attentive when they eat breakfast in the morning 1 Hypothesis 2: breakfast is not relevant to the student’s focus Experiment: a group of students, half ate breakfast and half did not, attended the same class and  took the same exam Results: one group did better and achieved higher grades (those who ate breakfast) Theory: Breakfast is necessary to be attentive and to better obtain information. Improving Retention and Grades:  SQ3R:  o Survey: scan the headings, notice how the chapter is organized o Question: test your understanding before reading o Read: search for answer to the question o Retrieve: find main ideas; test your knowledge o Review: read over your notes 1. Distribute your study time.  Spaced practice is better than massed practice  Break up information and study time 2. Learn to think critically.  Note assumptions and values  Evaluate evidence  Assess conclusions 3. Process class information actively.  Listen for main­ideas and sub­ideas  Take notes  Ask questions  “No reception without reaction, no impression without…expression”  ­William James (Psychologist)  Make the information your own (write in your own words) 4. Overlearn.  Improves retention  Test your knowledge Survey:  Survey: questions and answers in order to identify results  Population: specific demographic or target group; all those in a group being studied  Random Sample: varied group (sporadic)  Chapter 3: Consciousness and Two­Track Mind PSYC 2301 September 8, 2016 Week 2 Consciousness: awareness of your present state  Our awareness of ourselves and our environment Selective Attention: the focusing of conscious awareness on a particular stimulus Spontaneous Consciousne Daydreaming Drowsiness Dreaming ss Physiological Hallucinations Orgasm Starvation ly Induced Psychologica Sensory lly Induced Deprivation Hypnosis Meditation Selective Attention and Accidents:  Hands­free calling is more distracting than having a person in the car with you while  having the conversation  The physical person can help watch out for surrounding danger  Hands­free cause you to focus on what is being said in the conversation rather than  focusing on the road In­attentional Blindness: failing to see visible objects when our attention is directed elsewhere Change Blindness: failing to notice changes in the environment Parallel Processing: the processing of many aspects of a problem simultaneously Ex: move right foot counterclockwise and write the number 3 Biological Rhythms and Sleep:  People need an average of 9 hours of sleep a day  Lack of sleep: o Causes you to gain weight o Causes you to be more hungry  o Seeking fuel through food     See Body Diagram Attachment Page 1 of 2 Sleep Disorders:  Insomnia o Difficulty going to sleep o Difficulty staying asleep Page 2 of 2 How Sleep Deprivation Affects Us Brain Decreased ability to focus attention and Heart process and store memories; increased Increased risk risk of depression of high blood pressure Immune System Decreased production of immune cells; increased risk of viral Stomach infections, such as colds Increase in hunger­ arousing ghrelin; decrease in hunger­ suppressing leptin Fat Cells Increased production; greater risk of obesity Muscles Reduced strength; slower reaction time Joints and motor learning Increased inflammation and arthritis


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