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Name: Abdul Hasssan Section: 6


This activity will take you on a tour through the history of psychology. You will learn how psychology grew out of philosophy and medical physiology, and will become acquainted with some of the pioneers of psychology as a scientific discipline.

Famous Psychologists
Can you think of any famous psychologists from psychology’s history?

The Early History: Philosophers and Scientists
Match each of the philosophers and scientists with their descriptions AND write in the approximate year of their contribution.

______ Aristotle (______) 320 b.c. A. British philosopher, empiricist

______ Darwin (______) 360 b.c. B. Greek philosopher, nativist

______ Descartes (______) 1600 C. British biologist

______ Helmholz (______) 1700 D. German physiologist

______ Locke (______) 1830 E. French philosopher, nativist, and dualist

______ Plato (______) 1860 F. Greek philosopher, empiricist

Pioneers of Psychology
Match each of the pioneers of psychology with their descriptions AND write in the approximate year of their main contribution.

______ Calkins (______) 1879 A. Studied memory

______ Ebbinghaus (______) 1882 B. First psychotherapy

______ Freud (______) 1885 C. First lab in USA

______ Hall (______) 1888 D. Used introspection

______ James (______) 1890 E. First comprehensive textbook

______ Titchener (______) 1895 F. First psychology laboratory

______ Wundt (______) 1900 G. First woman president of APA
Twentieth Century Psychology
Match each of the key contributors with their descriptions AND write in the approximate year of their main contribution.

______ Chomsky (______) 1905 A. Studied learning in cats

______ Maslow (______) 1910 B. First woman PhD

______ Pavlov (______) 1915 C. Discovered conditioning

______ Piaget (______) 1920 D. Founded behaviorism

______ Rogers (______) 1940 E. Studied reinforcement

______ Skinner (______) 1950 F. Studied children’s intelligence

______ Thorndike (______) 1955 G. Studied language

______ Washburn (______) 1960 H. Humanist approach

______ Watson (______) 1970 I. Humanistic therapy


Name: Abdul Hassan Section: 6

Date: 9/15/10

In this activity you will review the basic methodology used in psychological research, practice applying research methodology to new situations, and consider specific pitfalls that could reduce the value of the research findings.

Thinking About Psychological Research
What are the three types of research methods and what are their goals?

1. Type: descriptive approach

Goals: describe or document a particular behavior

2. Type: correlation approach

Goals: to predict the occurrence of a particular behavior

3. Type: experimental approach

Goals: is to explain a behavior or understand why it occurs

Experimental Control • What is the benefit of conducting an experiment, rather than using a different type of study?

It enables the investigator to isolate the cause and effect

Study 1: Vocabulary Growth • What is the broad goal of the study? To study vocabulary growth in preschoolers

• What is wrong with the study? He only uses kids children of people who are in his faculty the sample is too small

• In your own words, describe the single most important flaw in this study’s design or interpretation. The experimenter gets to decide what words a preschooler should know

• In your own words, describe how the study could be improved to eliminate the weaknesses (or at least the major flaw). Let a preschool teacher say what words a preschooler should know
Study 2: Learning to Share • What is the broad goal of the study? Too see the effects of prosocial TV on sharing behavior among preschool children

• What is wrong with the study? The professor assigned the children to groups and rated their behaviour

• In your own words, describe the single most important flaw in this study’s design or interpretation. That he put kids who watched the prosocial tv in the same groups

• In your own words, describe how the study could be improved to eliminate the weaknesses (or at least the major flaw).

Study 3: Sleep and Academic Performance • What is the broad goal of the study?

• What is wrong with the study?

• In your own words, describe the single most important flaw in this study’s design or interpretation.

• In your own words, describe how the study could be improved to eliminate the weaknesses (or at least the major flaw).

Study 4: Language Instruction • What is the broad goal of the study?

• What is wrong with the study?

• In your own words, describe the single most important flaw in this study’s design or interpretation.

• In your own words, describe how the study could be improved to eliminate the weaknesses (or at least the major flaw).

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This activity introduces you to the basic statistics that researchers use to summarize their sets of data.

The numbers below represent the scores of a group of students on a math test. Use them to perform the required calculations.

10, 13, 10, 12, 11, 7, 12, 11, 6, 11, 12, 11, 8, 10, 9

Distribution of Scores
Sort the scores; that is, arrange them in order from lowest to highest.

Create a frequency histogram.

Measures of Central Tendency
What is a mode?

What is the mode of your distribution? _____________________

What is a median?

What is the median of your distribution? _____________________
Measures of Central Tendency (continued)
What is a mean?

How is a mean calculated?

What is the mean of your distribution? __________________ Show your calculations.

Skewed Distributions
Which measure of central tendency would be the best “average” to describe a skewed distribution? Why?

Measures of Variability
How is a range calculated?

What is the range of your distribution? ______________________

What is standard deviation?

How is standard deviation calculated?

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This activity demonstrates the use of scatterplots to visualize positive and negative relationships.

Positive Correlation • What does it mean to say that two variables are positively correlated?

Negative Correlation • What does it mean to say that two variables are negatively correlated?

Uncorrelated Variables • What does it mean to say that two variables are uncorrelated?

Correlation Coefficient • What is a correlation coefficient?

Why Use It? • What value or benefit would a researcher gain by calculating a correlation coefficient rather than simply describing the relationship as a positive correlation or a negative correlation?

Estimating the Relationship • Look at the scatterplots and try to estimate the direction (positive or negative) and the strength of the relationship. Write in your guess below.

o Scatterplot 1 _______ o Scatterplot 2 _______ o Scatterplot 3 _______

o Scatterplot 4 _______

o Scatterplot 5 _______

o Scatterplot 6 _______

Causality and Predictability • The presence of a correlation between two variables doesn't prove that certain values on one variable ________________ high or low values on the other. It merely demonstrates that the two variables are _____________________ in some way.

• The relationship between two correlated variables has __________________________________. This means that if a strong correlation exists between variables, then knowing a person's score on one variable allows us to predict a person's score on the other variable.

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This activity explains the way that neurons communicate with each other.

Neuron Parts • Match the part of the neuron identified with its description:

o ___ Axon A. Contains the nucleus, which controls the function of the entire cell

o ___ Axon terminals B. Carry signals to other nerve cells

o ___ Cell body (soma) C. Receive signals from other nerve cells

o ___ Dendrites D. Contain small sacs called synaptic vesicles that play an important role in transmitting signals from one cell to the next

A Tip • Dendrites ______________________

• Axons _________________________

A Closer Look • What does it mean to say that an axon’s membrane is “selectively permeable?”

• Given what you know about synaptic transmission, how do you think a message jumps across the synaptic gap and is passed to the next neuron?


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This activity describes what researchers have learned about the special abilities of the left and right sides of the brain. You will learn how information is transmitted to these two hemispheres and about the unique function of each.

Hemispheric Connections
What is the name of the band of fibers connecting the left and right hemispheres of the brain? What is its function?

Each hemisphere is primarily connected to the opposite side of the body. This means that a touch on the left hand would be registered in which hemisphere?

When sound waves enter the right ear, which hemisphere receives the primary information?

This crossover pattern is also true in part for the visual pathway. When light enters the left eye, which hemisphere receives the information?

How is the visual pathway from the eye different from that of the ear or hand?

Split-Brain Research
Briefly explain split-brain research.

If a participant is blindfolded and a fork is placed in his or her right hand, how would you guess that the person would respond?

If a participant is blindfolded and a fork is placed in his or her left hand, how would you guess that the person would respond?
Split-Brain Research (continued)
A split-brain patient can name an unseen object placed in the right hand, but cannot name objects placed in the left hand. What does this suggest about the language abilities of the two hemispheres?

In an additional experiment, words are flashed briefly to the left or right visual field of the participant. Try to predict the results. For example, when the word appears in the left visual field, will the person be able to read the word?

In a different task, a split-brain patient has to look at a completed block pattern and assemble the blocks near his or her right hand to match the pattern, using only the right hand. Can the patient do it? Explain your thinking.

Why is it that normal humans (with an intact corpus callosum) can name objects placed in either hand and easily read words flashed to either visual field?


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In this activity you will take a tour of the human brain and explore the major brain regions to discover the functions of each region or area.

Functional Specialization • In terms of brain function, what is functional specialization?

• Why is the principle of complex communication important to understand?

Test Yourself on Lower Brain Structures • Match each brain part with its function:

o ___ Pituitary gland A. Located above the midbrain at the top of the brainstem; routes incoming messages from all the senses (except smell) to the appropriate brain areas for processing

o ___ Medulla B. Part of the limbic system; regulates hunger, thirst, and body temperature and contains the so-called pleasure centers of the brain

o ___ Pons C. The master gland of the endocrine system

o ___ Reticular formation D. Located in the brainstem; controls breathing and heartbeat

o ___ Cerebellum E. A nerve network that runs up the center of the brainstem; plays an important role in controlling alertness and attention

o ___ Midbrain F. Located at the back of the brainstem; assists in balance and the coordination of voluntary movement

o ___ Thalamus G. Part of the limbic system; is involved in learning and in forming new memories

o ___ Hippocampus H. Part of the limbic system; is involved in regulation of the emotions of fear and rage

o ___ Amygdala I. Located near the top of the brainstem; integrates specific types of information from the eyes and the ears, and sends this on to other parts of the brain

o ___ Hypothalamus J. Located in the brainstem; controls breathing and heartbeat; connects the medulla to the two sides of the cerebellum to help coordinate and integrate movement on each side of the body; involved in sleep and dreaming
The Cerebral Cortex • Each hemisphere of the cerebral cortex is divided into four regions called “lobes.” Name them. Match each lobe to its associated cortex:

o ___ __________________ A. Somatosensory cortex

o ___ __________________ B. Motor cortex

o ___ __________________ C. Visual cortex

o ___ __________________ D. Auditory cortex

The Cerebral Cortex • Name the three distinct areas of language cortex in the left hemisphere. Match them to their related dysfunction.

o ___ __________________ A. Ability to read aloud

o ___ __________________ B. Speaking

o ___ __________________ C. Language comprehension

Right Hemisphere Abilities • If the left hemisphere generally controls language, what special abilities does the right hemisphere have?

Name: Abdul Hassan Section: 6

Date: 10/6/10

In this activity you will explore your own preferences for an “ideal mate,” and then consider the perspective of evolutionary psychology on this important issue.

Why Do People Fall in Love? • What three factors have social psychologists concluded most influence romantic attraction? 1. Proximity

2. Similarity

3. Physical Attractiveness

Results From the Ideal Romantic Partner Survey • Did any of the research results surprise you? If not, isn’t that fact surprising in itself? Yes some of my answers are more important for women than men

Gender Differences in Mate Selection • Across cultures, men consistently place more value than women do on a potential mate’s _____atractiveness_________youthfulness___________, __________health___________, and ___________________.

• Women consistently place more value than men do on attracting ________mature__________, ________dominant____________, ______affluent_________________, ____________powerful___________ mates; women also want mates who will make a ______long term investment ____________________ in their offspring.

Evolutionary Explanations of Mate Selection • Does the evolutionary perspective on mate selection make sense to you, or do you see weaknesses in these explanations?
It makes sense to me and no I don’t see any weaknesses

Making Up and Breaking Up: Jealousy • What is the evolutionary explanation for gender differences in jealousy?
Males re-act more because they don’t want to raise another man’s children thus losing the genetic race
Females evolved a greater concern that their mate will become more emotionally attached to another female and having the resources diverted to raising another women’s child

Evaluating Evolutionary Explanations • What are some of the weaknesses of the evolutionary perspective on mate selection?

That males are only searching for females that are interested in fun than a commitment and females are searching for males that are mature, responsible partner with resources willing to invest in a committment

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This activity explores one of the brain mechanisms believed to foster the evolution of human language and culture. The focus of the activity is a simulated experiment in which you will play the role of a researcher who is recording the activity of “mirror neurons” in the premotor cortex of monkeys as they perform various tasks or watch others perform those tasks.

Brain Regions
Briefly describe the premotor cortex of the brain, including its location and function.

Neural Experiments
In the first simulated experiment with Rizzo, a macaque monkey, a wooden block is placed in front of him and the results of his neural activity are graphed. What does the graph tell you about the activity of this neuron while Rizzo performed the action of grasping a wooden block? Does it appear that this neuron is “tuned” to respond to this particular action?

In the second simulated experiment with Rizzo, a small raisin is placed in front of him and the results of his neural activity are graphed. What does the graph tell you about the activity of this neuron while Rizzo performed the action of grasping a raisin? Does it appear that this neuron is “tuned” to respond to this particular action?

In the final simulated experiment with Rizzo, the experimenter grasps a small raisin while Rizzo watches. The results of his neural activity are graphed. What does the graph tell you about the activity of this neuron while Rizzo watched the experimenter perform the action of grasping a raisin? What purpose could this neuron serve?

Mirror Neurons
What purpose or purposes could mirror neurons serve in human behavior?

What is the theorized role of mirror neurons in relation to empathy?

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This activity describes Piaget's theory of the growth of intelligence and simulates the performance of three children of different ages on some of Piaget's tasks.

What are schemas?

Explain the difference between assimilation and accommodation.

Suppose that a 15-month-old toddler has learned to call the four-legged house pet a "doggie." What do you think would happen if the child sees a horse for the first time? Is the child likely to call the horse a “horsie” or a “doggie” or a “doggie-horse” or some other term? Write your best guess in the space below, and add a sentence explaining why you think the child would use that term to refer to the horse.

Stages of Development
What are some characteristics of a child in the sensorimotor stage of development? What is object permanence?

What are some cognitive limitations of preschoolers? What is egocentrism?

A child in the concrete operations stage can reason differently than can a child in the sensorimotor stage. For example, if shown two identical balls of clay, one of which has been rolled into a rope, an older child (in the concrete operational period) might decide that the ball and the rope both have the same amount of clay. What kinds of reasoning do you think the older child might use to draw that conclusion?

Measures of Mental Operations
What are some differences in mental operations among the three children in the conservation of number/checkers task?

What are some differences in mental operations among the three children in the conservation of liquid/water glass task?

What are some differences in mental operations among the three children in the seriation/sticks task?

What are some differences in mental operations among the three children in the seriation without visible objects/word problem task?


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This activity will help you understand the sequence of prenatal development.

Fertilization • Of the 200 to 400 million sperm cells released in a typical ejaculation, approximately how many do you think will reach the ovum?

_____ 100 _____ 3000 _____ 100,000 _____ 1,000,000

Germinal Phase • Briefly describe the main features of this phase of development.

Embryonic Phase • Briefly describe the main features of this phase of development.

Fetal Phase • Briefly describe the main features of this phase of development.

Summary • Now that you have viewed the entire sequence of prenatal development, what do you think are the most important themes of development during these 38 weeks?

PsychSim 5: WHO AM I?

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This activity will help you understand Erik Erikson’s perspective on identity formation, as well as James Marcia’s four steps or stages in the identity process.

Your Results • What was your exploration score? ____________

• What was your commitment score? ___________

Paths to Identity Achievement • How did Erikson define identity achievement? What combination of exploration and commitment scores are seen?

• What is diffusion? What combination of exploration and commitment scores are seen?

• What is foreclosure? What combination of exploration and commitment scores are seen?

• What is moratorium? What combination of exploration and commitment scores are seen?

Marcia’s Identity Status Model • After considering your identity status classification based on the initial questionnaire, do you believe that your classification was accurate?

• Which of Marcia’s four statuses best fits you right now?

• Why you would not classify yourself as being in the other three statuses?

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In this activity you will explore the main aspects of physical aging.

Aging Begins in Early Adulthood • What distinctions do researchers find between primary and secondary aging?

Aging and Appearance • List four changes in appearance experienced with aging:





Sensory Changes • List the two senses most significantly affected by aging:



Physical Functioning • Name two of the changes in physical functioning experienced during aging:



Conclusion: Making the Most of Each Stage • How will you feel about the changes that aging brings? Which of the changes will bother you the most?


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This activity explores how we hear and how the physical nature of the sound wave determines the quality of the sound experience.

The Auditory System
What are the four tasks of the auditory system?





Structure of the Ear
What are the three main regions of the ear and their associated parts?




The Sound Wave
How are sound waves like ocean waves?

What are the three aspects of sound waves?



Frequency: The Rate of Vibration
Which type of tuning fork would vibrate faster—a small, short one or a large, long one? Why?

How is frequency measured and calculated?

Frequency, Amplitude, and Waveform
The frequency of a sound wave determines the ___________________ of the sound we perceive.

The amplitude of a sound wave determines the ___________________ of the sound we perceive.

The waveform of a sound wave determines the ___________________ of the sound we perceive.

Hearing Sounds
What happens inside the cochlea?


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In this activity you will explore the principles of color vision, and will demonstrate some aspects of color sensation with your own eyes.

The Sensation of Color • Name and briefly describe the three sensations of color.




Mixing Colored Lights: Additive Mixing • What color appears when you combine all three lights?

Mixing Colored Pigments: Subtractive Mixing • What color appears when you combine all three pigments?

Altering Color Sensation • If you stare at a red patch and then look at a red apple, will your experience of the “redness” of the apple be stronger or weaker? Why?

Conclusion • Explain how the two main theories of color perception, initially appearing to contradict each other, are, in fact, complementary perspectives.


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This activity offers the opportunity to test your susceptibility to four famous illusions by having you adjust the length or position of one part of the stimulus to match the apparent length or position of another part.

The Müller-Lyer Illusion
What were your results on the Müller-Lyer Illusion test? ____________

How is this illusion related to depth perception?

What were your results on the second Müller-Lyer Illusion test? ____________

Was your pattern of performance similar to the first set of trials, or did the explanation of the illusion affect your performance? Describe your performance on the two sets of trials, indicating whether you did anything on the second set of trials to compensate for the illusion.

The Ponzo Illusion
What were your results on the Ponzo Illusion test? ____________

How is this illusion related to size constancy and depth perception?

Considering the explanation for this illusion, would you expect this illusion to be affected by culture? Explain your answer.

What were your results on the second Ponzo Illusion test? ____________

Did knowing the cause of this illusion help you overcome your susceptibility to it on your second trial? Explain your thinking.
The Horizontal-Vertical Illusion
What were your results on the Horizontal-Vertical Illusion test? ____________

What are the two factors related to this illusion?

What were your results on the second Horizontal-Vertical Illusion test? ____________

Did knowing the cause of this illusion help you overcome your susceptibility to it on your second trial? Explain your thinking.

The Poggendorf Illusion
What were your results on the Poggendorf Illusion test? ____________

How is this illusion related to depth perception?

What were your results on the second Poggendorf Illusion test? ____________

Did knowing the cause of this illusion help you overcome your susceptibility to it on your second trial? Explain your thinking.


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In this activity you will explore the behavioral effects of some common drugs that influence the brain—producing changes in our arousal level, our mood, our perception of our environment, and our actions.

How Do Psychoactive Drugs Work?
What are the main ways drugs get into our bloodstream? What are the three phases of drug effects?

Drugs and Neurotransmitters
How are psychoactive drugs categorized? Name one example of a drug in each of the three main categories.

Explain the difference between drug agonists and drug antagonists.

Drug Tolerance
What is drug tolerance? What are the two reasons for the development of tolerance?

Addiction Experiment
After experimenting with the injection of various solutions into specific areas of a rat’s brain and observing the subsequent bar-pressing behavior, what conclusions did you draw from the rat’s behavior? What type of injection seemed to be more pleasurable for the rat? Did the location of the injection make a difference?


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This activity provides an explanation of the measurement of brain activity, as well as the presence of different sleep patterns and their respective functions.

How is the brain’s electrical activity recorded?

Stages of Sleep • Complete the following table:

| |Characteristic |EEG Pattern |
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|Stage 3 | | |
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|REM Sleep | | |

Sleep Thoughts Versus True Dreams
If people have vivid, realistic dreams during REM sleep, why don’t they act out those dreams, perhaps injuring themselves or others?

Purpose of Sleep
What are the two main purposes of sleep?


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This activity gives you a rat’s-eye view of maze learning by allowing you to move and control a simulated rat’s movements through a maze.

Which Model Fits Your Behavior? • Take a moment to think about what approach you would use to find your way across campus, perhaps from your psychology class to some other building. Put your way-finding strategy into words.

• Does your model fit better with the chained associations model or the cognitive map model?

___ Chained associations

___ Cognitive map

Results for Maze A • Did you feel that you were memorizing a sequence of turns, or that you were forming a cognitive map of the maze?

___ Sequence of turns

___ Cognitive map

Results for Maze B • Compare the number of moves and the path you took in the first run with your performance in the second run. Did you get better with practice? Did you use the same strategy that you used on the Maze A, or did you try a different approach?

How Does Maze Learning Occur? • What brain structure controls all types of spatial learning?


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This activity provides a review of Pavlov's famous experiment on the salivary response in dogs, as well as the basic processes of classical conditioning: acquisition, generalization, discrimination training, and extinction.

Salivary Response • In Pavlov’s famous experiment, what did he call the…

o unconditioned stimulus (UCS)? _______________________________

o unconditioned response (UCR)? _______________________________

o conditioned stimulus (CS)? __________________________________

o conditioned response (CR)? __________________________________

A New Salivary Response • Pavlov demonstrated that the dog had formed a conditioned association between two events. What were those events? What did the dog actually learn?

Acquisition • In the example of a child who fears doctors, what label would you give to the painful injection?

_____ UCS _____ UCR _____ CS _____ CR

• In the example of a child who fears doctors, what label would you give to the presence of the doctor?

_____ UCS _____ UCR _____ CS _____ CR

Demonstrating Acquisition • How could we demonstrate that acquisition had occurred—that is, demonstrate that the child had learned the link between the doctor and the injection?

Extinction • What is extinction?

• What is spontaneous recovery?

Generalization • What is generalization?

Discrimination • What is discrimination?

Conditioning an Eye Blink • What is the CR in this example? _____________________

• What is the CS in this example? ____________________

• What is the UCS in this example? _____________________

• What is the UCR in this example? ____________________

Experiment Simulation • Why are we interested only in the blinks that occur before the puff of air?

Discrimination Trials • How would you interpret these graphs? Did your subject show evidence of stimulus generalization, or stimulus discrimination, or both?

Extinction Trials • How would you interpret these results? Has the conditioned response been extinguished in your subject? What would happen if we continued immediately with more trials? What would happen if we brought her back to the laboratory tomorrow for more trials?

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This activity describes a form of learning called operant conditioning—learning from the consequences that follow our actions.

Classical Versus Operant Conditioning
What is the distinction between classical and operant conditioning?

Reinforcement and Punishment
What effect does reinforcement have on behavior?

Give an example of positive reinforcement.

Give an example of negative reinforcement.

What effect does punishment have on behavior?

Give an example of punishment.

Continuous Versus Partial Reinforcement
If a subject comes to expect a reward after every response, what will happen if the reinforcement stops?

Schedules of Reinforcement • Define the following schedules of reinforcement and give an everyday example of each:

o Fixed ratio

o Fixed interval

o Variable ratio

o Variable interval

Simulated Experiment: Schedules of Reinforcement
Which schedule of reinforcement is MOST resistant to extinction? Why do you think this is so?


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In this activity you will learn about Albert Bandura’s classic experiment on observational learning.

Results from Bandura’s Experiment • What did Bandura’s results show about the relationship between direct reward and punishment and learning? What is this process called?

A Closer Look at Bandura’s Experiment • List the specific behaviors seen in the movie clip:


Observing the Children Who Observed the Model • List the specific behaviors of the boy seen in the movie clip:

Observing the Children Who Observed the Model • List the specific behaviors of the girl seen in the movie clip:


Inventing Novel Behaviors • What two things did Bandura conclude that children learn from observing an aggressive model?



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This activity simulates Sperling’s classic experiments on the duration of visual sensory memory.

Free Recall Test
What was your score on the free recall test? _________

Iconic Memory
What is Sperling’s theory of iconic memory? What is an “icon?”

What is Sperling’s partial report task? How does it test his theory of iconic memory?

Partial Report Test
What was your score on the partial report test? _________

Are your results consistent or inconsistent with typical results? What do typical results suggest?

Delayed Partial Report Test
What was your score on the delayed partial report test? _________

What does the typical drop in performance tells us about the duration of iconic memory?


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This activity will help you understand one of the reasons why we forget information – interference.

Encoding Failure • What does an encoding failure mean in terms of memory?

Encoding Example • Did you remember the duplicate letter? _______________

• Why do most people have difficulty with this task?

Other Failures • What other explanations are there for our failure to recall information at a later time?

Comparing the Results • How did your results differ on Trial 1 versus Trial 2?

Other Types of Interference • Name and briefly describe two types of interference that affect memory during processing and storage.



Paired-Associates Study Trials • What was your score on Test 1? ________

• What was your score on Test 2? ________

• What was your score on Test 3? ________

• What did your results on the three trials indicate?


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In this activity you will learn about the common model of memory storage.

Capacity of Short-Term Memory • What is the “magical number” in terms of short-term memory (STM)? What does this mean?

Chunking Expands STM Capacity • What is “chunking?”

• Give an everyday example of chunking.

STM Format or Code • Can the auditory code used in STM help explain why people have a slightly better memory for random lists of seven digits (0–9) than for random lists of seven letters (A–Z)?


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This activity explores severe memory loss—how it happens and what impact it has on behavior.

Forms of Long-Term Memory • Researchers believe that there are distinct forms of long-term memory, each designed to handle specific types of information or experiences. Match the name of the form to its description below.

o ___ Explicit Memory A. Behaviors or emotions that occur automatically as reactions to outside events as a result of past associations

o ___ Implicit Memory B. Memory of skills or behaviors that can be retrieved without conscious awareness

o ___ Semantic Memory C. Knowledge of the specific events or episodes in your own life history

o ___ Episodic Memory D. General knowledge about the world that isn’t identified with a particular event in your life

o ___ Procedural Memory E. Memory of facts and events that can be consciously retrieved

o ___ Conditioned Response F. Memory of highly practiced skills

Memory and the Brain • Which two areas of the brain are believed to be most involved in long-term memory?



Damage to the Cerebellum and Implicit Memory • If a person has damage to the cerebellum, but no damage to the hippocampus, what would you predict about their memory loss?


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In this activity you’ll be able to test the reliability of your memory, and then learn what researchers have discovered about the way that memories are stored and modified by new information.

Measuring Memory • According to researchers, what are the three memory processes?




• How do recall tasks differ from recognition tasks?

A Look at Your Performance • What was your score on the Recall Test? ____________

• What was your score on the Recognition Test? ____________

Examining Your Performance: Serial Position Effect • What was your pattern of performance across the 15 words? Did your performance show a serial position effect?

Examining Your Performance: Recall Versus Recognition • Did your performance show an advantage for recognition over recall?

Examining Your Performance: False Memory • What is a “false memory?”

• Did you show false recall or false recognition for “sleep”? If so, why do you think this happened? If not, why do you think your performance was different from the Roediger & McDermott study?

Other Ways We Create False Memories • List and briefly explain the two “sins of forgetting” especially relevant to the topic of false memories:



Application: Eyewitness Testimony • How might memory distortions affect eyewitness testimony?


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Date: November 26, 2008

This activity provides some background information about thinking with verbal concepts versus thinking with mental images.

Conceptual Thinking
What was your train of thought as you navigated the picture of the candle?

I was thinking what is this?

Cooper & Shepard’s Results
In the Cooper & Shepard experiment (1973), participants were asked to decide whether a stimulus (a letter) was normal (simply rotated in the picture plane) or backwards (flipped to its mirror image before the rotation). Reaction times were graphed and increased as the letters were rotated away from 0 degrees. Interestingly, reaction time decreased after 180 degrees. Can you explain why this might occur?

Mental Rotation Experiment
After completing the Mental Rotation experiment and viewing your data, how would you describe the pattern of your results? Do you think that your results fit the pattern of results from the Shepard experiments?

After comparing the graphs of your results and the results of the Cooper & Shepard (1973) study, how similar are the two graphs? Did your results show a clear increase in reaction time as the orientation moved away from the vertical? Did your results show a decrease in reaction time as the orientation moved from 180 degrees back to the vertical?


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This activity examines the research on brain hemispheric specialization and word recognition.

Demonstrating Language Specialization • What do you think will happen when the computer flashes a word to your left visual field (LVF)? What do you think will happen when the computer flashes a word to your right visual field (RVF)? Do you think that one of your hemispheres will be better at reading words? If so, which one?

Word Recognition Task: Your Results • What were your results? LVF _________ RVF _________

• How would you interpret these results? Did they match your prediction? Did you discover that you “aren’t in your right brain when you read?”

Understanding the Right Visual Field Advantage • Briefly explain why most people show a right visual field advantage on this task.

PsychSim 5: GET SMART

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This activity will explore the concept of intelligence and some of the methods of measuring intelligence.

Intelligence and Adaptability
What does it mean to say that intelligence is a social construct?

What do two children from dramatically different cultures (a boy working on an arrow and a girl working on a computer) have in common?

Verbal Versus Nonverbal Abilities
Describe one verbal and one performance subtest of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS).

Multiple Intelligences
Name and describe four of Gardner’s eight “intelligences.”

Match Sternberg’s three “intelligences” with their descriptors:

_____ Analytic A. Problem-solving in everyday tasks

_____ Practical B. Problem-solving in novel tasks

_____ Creative C. Problem-solving in structured, well-defined tasks

Emotional Intelligence
Define “emotional intelligence.”

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This activity provides a simulated experiment on weight regulation in rats.

The Hypothalamus
What are the two techniques used to study hypothalamic dysfunction? How do they differ?

Experimental Simulation
What conclusions were you able to draw about the effects of the following procedures on the experimental rats:

Stimulation of the lateral hypothalamus (LH)?

Destruction of the LH?

Stimulation of the ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH)?

Destruction of the VMH?

What did you learn from this experiment about these two regions of the hypothalamus?

Some Cautions
What are the two problems with a simple conclusion to this research question?
Emotional Blends
What are emotional blends? How do people generally express them?

Masking Emotion
How are people able to mask emotions?


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In this activity you will explore some of the methods used to detect deception.

Nonverbal Cues • After watching the two video clips, which version do you think is true?

___ The first version (born in New York) is true.

___ The second version (born in England) is true.

Detecting Emotion from Facial Expression • After examining the photos, which do you think show a genuinely happy person?

___ The left photo shows a genuine smile.

___ The right photo shows a genuine smile.

Using a Polygraph to Detect Deception • Briefly explain how a polygraph is used to detect lies.

Results From the Simulated Polygraph Session • After you have reviewed the pattern of physiological activity, indicate your best judgment about the truthfulness of the suspect.

___ This person is telling the truth. He didn’t take the camera.

___ This person is lying. He probably took the camera, or knows where it is.

___ It’s impossible to tell whether this person is lying.

Differences Among the Physiological Measurements • Why is respiration rate a less reliable indication of nervousness than perspiration or heart rate?

Concerns About the Use of Polygraphs • Of those listed, which type of error could not be tolerated by the justice system?


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This activity examines the way that psychologists conceptualize stress, emphasizing that stress is a bio-psycho-social process. You will explore the sources of stress in your own life, review your body’s response to stress, and then learn how cognitive appraisal dramatically affects how much stress you actually experience.

Checking the Level of Stress in Your Life
What was your “Stress Test” score? ____________

Do you think that such a test accurately captures your experience? What other stressors should be included?

Stress, Stressors, and Coping
Psychologists differentiate stressors, strain, and stress. What does each of these terms mean?

The General Adaptation Syndrome • Describe Selye’s general adaptation syndrome.
The Biology of Stress • Although both men and women experience the fight-or-flight syndrome, some scientists argue that women also can experience stress differently (tend-and-befriend). Briefly explain this hypothesis.

• Can you think of why this alleged gender difference in fight-or-flight and tend-and-befriend may “make sense” from an evolutionary perspective?

• Outline the body’s two-part endocrine response to stress.

Stress Harms Your Body's Organ Systems • List the effects of stress on:

o the heart

o the digestive track

o the brain

Cognitive Appraisal – The Filter Through Which Stressors Are Processed • According to the transactional model, what triggers the process of stress?


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In this activity you will explore the importance of a sense of personal control over the events in your life.

Learned Helplessness
Briefly describe the animal experiments that lead Seligman to the theory of learned helplessness.

Learned Helplessness and Depression
What is seen as the conceptual link between learned helplessness in dogs and depression in humans?

Gender and Depression
Researchers have found that, compared with men, women are twice as likely to develop serious depression. Does the concept of learned helplessness/hopelessness help you understand the gender difference in depression rates?

Personal Control in Everyday Life
Briefly explain the findings on the importance of personal control in everyday life.


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In this activity you’ll take the role of a consultant called in to provide a second opinion on several clients with disorders, based only on the information contained in the clients’ files.

This activity will be most useful to you after you have read the text material on psychological disorders.

Psychiatric Diagnosis
As seen in these five cases, some of the information in a client’s files is more useful and relevant than other types of information. Which categories of information did you find most helpful in making your diagnoses?

Which categories of information did you find least helpful in making your diagnoses?


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This activity explores schizophrenia, one of the most severe and bizarre psychological disorders.

Schizophrenia: A Serious Psychological Disorder • What are the four behavioral criteria necessary for a person to be classified as having a psychological disorder?

1. 3.

2. 4.

Delusions • What are delusions?

Hallucinations • What are hallucinations?

Negative Symptoms • What are negative symptoms of schizophrenia?

Types of Schizophrenia • Name and briefly describe the three main types of schizophrenia.




Case 1: Identify the Symptom • Which symptom did she display?

Case 2: Identify the Type of Hallucination • Can you identify the type of hallucination?

Case 3: Identify the Symptom • Which symptom did she display?

Case 4-a: Identify the Symptom • Which symptom did he display?

Case 5: Delusions of Grandeur • Delusions of persecution or grandeur tend to occur most often in one of the three main types of schizophrenia. Which type is most closely associated with the symptom of delusions?

Case 4-b: Identify Another Symptom • Which of the five major symptoms of schizophrenia did the young man display in this video segment?

Case 6: Disorganized Speech With Loose Associations • Loose associations can occur in any type of schizophrenia, but they tend to occur most often in one of the three main types. Which type is most closely associated with the symptom of loose associations?

Case 4-c: Disorganized Speech With Inappropriate Affect • In your own words, try to describe the symptoms this man is exhibiting in this conversation.

Case 7: Identify the Symptom • Can you identify which symptom this psychiatric patient displays?

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In this activity you will engage in a conversation with a “computer therapist,” to simulate some principles of active listening from Carl Roger’s client-centered therapy.

Computer Therapy
Think about your “therapy session” with the computer. What limitations did you notice?

Can you think of any value that a person could obtain from a “therapy session” like this one? Is it possible that a “computer therapist” might offer some benefits that a person may not get from a session with a human therapist?


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This activity will test your knowledge of the various types of psychotherapy.

The Specific Types of Therapies • Complete the table below by filling in one main point about each of the eight types of therapy and listing the case number and name of the client receiving that type of treatment.

| | |Case Number |
|Type of Therapy |Brief Description |and Client |
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|Psychoanalysis | | |
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|Client-centered therapy | | |
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|Systematic desensitization | | |
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|Aversive conditioning | | |
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|Cognitive therapy for depression | | |
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|Family therapy | | |
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|Drug therapy | | |
| | | |
|Electroconvulsive therapy | | |

Commonalities of Effective Therapies • As you tried to identify the various types of therapies represented in this activity, did you notice any common themes that ran through all of the therapies?


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This activity contains a simulation of two classic “social trap” games used in research on competition and cooperation.

Social Decision Making
As you look back over the past several days, can you think of a decision you made that affected the lives of other people, either in a small way or an important way? Describe it briefly.

Decision Environments
What is the difference between zero-sum and non-zero-sum environments? Give an example of each.

Zero-Sum Environments
Explain minimax strategy. In a zero-sum game as demonstrated, a minimax strategy would lead O (the other player) toward which choice? Explain your answer.

What is a saddle point?

Non-Zero-Sum Environments
How does trust influence the outcome in a non-zero-sum environment?

• Have you learned anything about your own decision strategies by playing the two trucking games? Explain.
PsychSim 5: NOT MY TYPE

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This activity explores the process of forming attitudes about other people.

Attribution • What is the process of attribution?

• What is the fundamental attribution error?

Results of the Rating Exercise • Do your results show that you formed equivalent attitudes toward the two groups? Or do your results show a systematic bias against one of the groups? If you did show a bias against one group, how would you explain it?

Stereotyping in Everyday Life • What are stereotypes?

• How are illusory correlations related to stereotyping?


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This activity explores the issue of social influence—how the behavior of other people affects your behavior.

Social Influence • What is conformity?

Explaining Sherif’s Results • Why did Sherif's participants change their estimates when they had to call out their answers in the presence of other people?

Explaining Asch’s Results • Why did Asch's real participants deny the evidence of their eyes and report the obviously incorrect answer chosen by the other group members?

Motives for Conformity • Explain the difference between the two main motives for conformity: informational social influence and normative social influence.

Group Size and Conformity • What do you think happened in the “Gawker’s” study? Can you predict the results?

Resisting Social Influence • What is reactance?

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