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Unit 4 Notes PSY 1113

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Notes from chapter 13, 15, and the guest lecturer over psychological disorder treatments!
Elements of Psychology
Jenel Cavazos
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Date Created: 12/10/15
Chapter 13: Social Psychology  Person Perception: How Do We Form Impressions of Others o Attribution Theory: we can make attributions about the behavior of others based  on:  ­ Internal/external causes   Attribution Errors o Fundamental attribution error: overestimating the importance of internal traits and underestimating the importance of external traits ­ Lessens with closer relationships   Person Perception Errors o False consensus effect: overestimating the degree to which everyone else thinks  or acts the way we do  o Self­serving bias: tendency to take credit for our successes and to deny  responsibility for our failures  o Beautiful­is­good stereotypes: positive expectations for physically attractive  people o Self­fulfilling prophecy: expectations cause individuals to act in ways that serve  to make the expectations come true   Attitudes o Link between attitudes and behavior ­ Attitudes affect our behavior ­ Behavior affect ours attitude  o Cognitive dissonance: the conflict that occurs when a person holds contradictory  attitudes or beliefs ­ Ex: “I smoke, but smoking leads to cancer” ­ We come to like what we suffer for most ­ Group membership ­ Parenting  ­ College tuition   Persuasion: how easily we change our attitudes depends on: o The message source ­ Attractive? Expertise? Trustworthy? o Characteristics of the message ­ Emotions (especially fear) ­ Two­sided messages  o Characteristics of the target ­ Younger people are more likely to be persuaded ­ People whose beliefs are weaker are more likely to be persuaded  o Elaboration likelihood model:  ­ Central Route Processing: thoughtful consideration of the issues and  arguments ­ Peripheral Route Processing: consideration of the source and related  general information  o Foot­in­the­door: agreement with a small request increases the likelihood of  compliance with a larger request  o Door­in­the­face: denying a large request increases the likelihood of compliance  with a smaller request   Conformity and Obedience  o Conformity: a change in behavior or attitudes brought about by a desire to follow  the beliefs or standards of other people  o Why do we conform: Informational Social Influence: we conform because we  want to be right, and we assume the groups knows better than we do alone  o Normative Social Influence: we conform because we want people to like us, and  we want to “fit in” o Obedience: a change in behavior in response to the commands of others  o The Milgram Experiment  One “learner”, one “teacher”  Shock generator used to apply punishment (15 to 450 volts)  Heart problem halfway into experiment   How many would go all the way? o Stanford Prison Experiment  Stanford University, 1970s  Philip Zimbardo  Group Influence o Deindividuation: being part of a group reduces personal identity and a sense of  personal responsibility  o Social Contagion: imitative behavior involving the spread of behavior, emotions,  and ideas.  o Social Facilitation: an individual’s performance improves because of the presence of others  We perform better if we are being watched  o Social loafing: each person’s tendency to exert less effort in a group because of  reduced accountability for individual effort  o Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders   Defining Abnormality  o Abnormal behavior: deviant, maladaptive, or personally distressful over a  relatively long period of time ­ Deviant: usual and unacceptable in a culture ­ Maladaptive: interferes with one’s ability to function effectively in the  world ­ Personal distress: the person finds their behavior troubling  o Biological influences: genetic makeup of the individual; brain structure and  neurotransmitters o Psychological influences: responses to stress; patterns of negative thinking o Social­cultural influences: cultural expectations; definitions of normality and  disorder; stigma and prejudice; homelessness; abuse o Diathesis­Stress: genetic disposition  stress/trauma  disorder  Classifying Abnormal Behavior o Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM­5) o APA system to diagnose and classify abnormal behavior   Problems with DSM­IV o Descriptive only; does not discuss causes o Danger in applying labels ­ Affects staff and clinicians ­ Affects the individual  o Reliance on the biological perspective  o Inflexible, all­or­none categories ­ “meet 5 of the 8 criteria” o Diagnoses affect insurance benefits, carry social stigma, etc.   Other important factors: you are (probably) just fine  Anxiety and Anxiety Related Disorders o Anxiety Disorder: the occurrence of anxiety that is uncontrollable,  disproportionate to the actual danger, and disruptive to everyday life  o Generalized anxiety disorder: long­term persistent anxiety and worry ­ Persistent anxiety for at least 6 months ­ Unable to identify a specific reason for the anxiety  o Panic disorder: panic attacks that last from a few seconds to several hours ­ No identifiable stimuli  ­ Feeling of impending doom, heart palpitations, shortness of breath,  sweating, dizziness  o Phobic disorder: intense, irrational fears of specific objects or situations ­ Severity depends on the specific stimuli that triggers anxiety   Obsessive­Compulsive Disorder  o Obsessions: persistent, unwanted thoughts or ideas  o Compulsions: irresistible urges to repeatedly carry out some act that seems  strange and unreasonable ­ Completing compulsions lead to a short­term reduction  o OCD­Related Disorders:  ­ Hoarding: compulsive collecting, poor organization skills, and difficulty  discarding things  ­ Excoriation: the compulsion of picking at one’s skin, sometime to the  point of injury ­ Trichotillomania: compulsively pulling at the hair from the scalp,  eyebrows, and other areas  ­ Body Dysmorphic Disorder: a distressing preoccupation with imagined or  slight flaws in one’s physical appearance   PTSD  o Post­traumatic stress disorder: anxiety disorder that develops through exposure to  a traumatic event that has overwhelmed the person’s abilities to cope  ­ Flashbacks (reliving the event) ­ Avoiding emotions and emotional experiences  ­ Exaggerated startle response  ­ Sleep difficulties, nightmares ­ Memory and concentration difficulties ­ Impulsive outbursts, aggressiveness   OCD & Anxiety Causes o Causes: ­ Deficiencies in neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine) ­ Genetics ­ Tendency to experience negative thoughts ­ Overactive autonomic nervous system  ­ Learned events from childhood (phobias)   Mood Disorders: disturbances in emotional feelings strong enough to interfere with  everyday life  o Major depression: severe form of depression lasts at least 2 weeks  ­ interferes with concentration, decision­making, and sociability ­ Major depressive disorder: 1 out of 6 people in the US will succumb to  clinical depression during their lifetime; women twice as likely to develop  MDD, average age of onset is MDD o Bipolar Disorder: extreme mood swings with one or more episodes of mania o Mania: an intense state of intense, wild elation  ­ Little sleep, tremendous energy, impulsive behavior  ­ Swings can last a few months to years o Causes:  ­ Genetics ­ neurotransmitters (serotonin) ­ over­sensitivity to negative environmental feedback ­ Over­sensitivity to negative environmental feedback ­ Learned helplessness: powerlessness and a perceived lack of control ­ Rumination, negative thoughts and beliefs   Dissociative Disorders: separation of critical parts of the personality that normally work  together  o Dissociative identity disorder: two or more distinct personalities within the same  person ­ Very rare ­ Different allergies, eyeglass prescriptions, accents, etc.  ­ Severe childhood trauma and sexual abuse is common  ­ Sufferers are sometimes aware of the other personality, sometimes not  Schizophrenia o Disturbances of thoughts and language o Typically diagnosed in early adulthood (18­25) o Affects 1 out of 100 o Carries other health comorbidities: heart disease, diabetes, infections o Positive symptoms: hallucinations (sensory experience that is not real), delusions  (distortion of reality), agitation, disorganized and referential thinking (things in  the environment reference them, TV people have secret coded messages) o Negative symptoms: social withdrawal, flat affect/lack of emotional response,  catatonia or unusual movement patterns  o Causes: ­ Genetics  ­ Environmental factors: diathesis stress model­ inborn predisposition +  environmental stressors  Treatment Approaches  Biological Therapy o Drug Therapy: control of psychological disorder through the use of drugs ­ Used mainly in tree diagnostic categories: anxiety disorders, mood  disorders, schizophrenia  o Anti­anxiety drugs (tranquilizers): drugs that lower levels of anxiety by reducing  excitability and increasing feelings of calmness ­ Benxodiazephines (Xanax, valium) ­ Addictive, often abused, should not be used with alcohol o Antidepressants: medications that regulate mood ­ Tricyclics, MAOIs, SSRIs.  ­ All work on serotonin and norepinephrine.  ­ Also useful for a number of anxiety disorders ­ Lithium is used for bipolar disorder (manic phases)  o Research supports the key influence of the neurochemical serotonin in Major  Depressive Disorder (MDD) o Hence, the previous slide shows how SSRIs work the synaptic gap between  neuron to combat depressive symptoms  o Antipsychotics: drugs that diminish agitated behavior, reduce tension, decrease  hallucinations, improve social behavior, and produce better sleep patterns in  individuals who have a severe psychotic psychological disorders ­ Most block dopamine receptors ­ Covers up symptoms; not a cure ­ Side effects and client adherence Psychotherapy  o Psychodynamic therapy: stresses the importance of the unconscious mind,  extensive interpretation by the therapist, and the role of early childhood  experiences in the development of an individual’s problems  o Transference: the transfer to a psychoanalyst feelings of love or anger that had  been originally directed to a patient’s parents or other authority figures  o Humanistic approach: people are encouraged to understand themselves and grow  personally  o Reflective speech: a technique in which the therapist mirrors the client’s own  feelings back to the client  ­ “you sound very angry” o Three required elements:  ­ Unconditional positive regard ­ Empathy  ­ Genuineness  o Behavioral treatment approaches: build on the basic principles of learning ­ Abnormal behavior is learned and can be unlearned ­ Uses classical and operant conditioning techniques  o Aversive conditioning: pairing an unwanted stimuli with a certain behavior o Systematic desensitization: gradual exposure to an anxiety­producing stimulus is  paired with relaxation to extinguish the anxiety response  o Applied behavior analysis: establishing connections between behaviors and  rewards  o Cognitive approach: emphasizes that cognitions, or thoughts, are the main source  of psychological problems o Cognitive restructuring: changing a pattern of thought that is presumed to be  causing maladaptive behavior or emotion  o Rational­emotive behavior therapy: attempts to restructure a person’s belief  system into a more realistic, rational, and logical set of views  ­ Three basic demands people create: ­ I must perform well and win the approval of others ­ Other people must treat me kindly and fairly  o Cognitive­behavior therapy: a combination of cognitive therapy and behavior  therapy ­ Goal is to reduce stress­defeating thoughts and modify behavior 


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