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  • Posted "The not me" to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    I have a difficult time thinking about what I would do with myself later on in life if I found that I had witnessed a murder or someone getting hurt, but not acted upon the situation because I had fallen victim to the bystander-effect. This being said I am promising myself that I will always act if I am presented with a situation similar to the one I described. So if I ever see someone who is being mugged or if someone crashes their car I am making sure that I will be one of if not the first one to call 911. There are shocking statistics about this effect, and it is saddening to know that most individuals will stand by because they think that others will answer the call and cover for them. This site shares some examples of notorious occurrences of the bystander-effect at its finest http://listverse.com/2009/11/02/10-notorious-cases-of-the-bystander-effect/ . Some of these cases deal with people that were actually involved with the process as a whole compared to my expectations of a random and spontaneous event. Nonetheless I would like to feed myself with the correct knowledge take action, and to prevent or at least limit the damage the situation is presenting....
  • Posted What we really hear to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    It is amazing to think about how keen organisms' sensation and perception of audio is in the grand scheme of evolution. The humans' ability to recognize distinctive sounds and piece together complex language into thoughts is so advanced yet normal that we overlook how complicated it really is every single day. Kendra Cherry discusses the science of how the ears work in her article (1). So I asked myself that there has to be more complications to the way that the most intelligent species known can communicate so easily. At source (2) it lists different ways that the audio perception can be muffled by such as auditory discrimination, auditory foreground-background differentiation, auditory blending, and auditory sequencing. The failure of auditory discrimination involves people failing to find discriminations between different sounds. This difficulty to comprehend differences in language would prove to be increasingly difficult for children trying to advance through schooling. Then there are the auditory differentiations that help us differentiate from the unnecessary pieces so our brain does not get overwhelmed by the unimportant. All of these auditory tools can hurt or help us but we must learn to accept them and try not to mess with them or a persons' abilities. 1:http://www.netplaces.com/psychology/how-you-experience-your-world/the-ears-and-auditory-sensation.htm 2:http://www.learninginfo.org/auditory-perception.htm...
  • Posted Population Crisis! to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    According to the United Nations, "The world's population is expected to increase 2.5 billion people in the next 43 years" and "Most of the growth is concentrated in the 60-plus age grouping". This may not be too shocking to most considering how far medicine and health has improved in our society. However great these advancements have been for humankind, I have concerns about the longevity of our ever increasing population. I believe that the earth has natural capacity and certain ecosystems should not be pushed over their limits. The Earth recently reached the amazing feat of supporting 7 billion people on the planet, but I believe that this is simply setting us up for disasters in the future. For example, if the Midwest gets a drought thousands will instantly go hungry or even parish. It's a sad situation to think about but scary none the less. Additionally, Americans lead a lifestyle that is rivaled by no other cultures that features wasting products and overusing. To think if other parts of the world consumed at the rates of Americans the natural capacity would be much smaller. This situation is new to the Earth, so it will be interesting to see how our population reacts to the crisis that will be upon us shortly http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/The_Global_Aging_Problem_999.html...
  • Posted Population Crisis! to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    According to the United Nations, "The world's population is expected to increase 2.5 billion people in the next 43 years" and "Most of the growth is concentrated in the 60-plus age grouping". This may not be too shocking to most considering how far medicine and health has improved in our society. However great these advancements have been for humankind, I have concerns about the longevity of our ever increasing population. I believe that the earth has natural capacity and certain ecosystems should not be pushed over their limits. The Earth recently reached the amazing feat of supporting 7 billion people on the planet, but I believe that this is simply setting us up for disasters in the future. For example, if the Midwest gets a drought thousands will instantly go hungry or even parish. It's a sad situation to think about but scary none the less. Additionally, Americans lead a lifestyle that is rivaled by no other cultures that features wasting products and overusing. To think if other parts of the world consumed at the rates of Americans the natural capacity would be much smaller. This situation is new to the Earth, so it will be interesting to see how our population reacts to the crisis that will be upon us shortly http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/The_Global_Aging_Problem_999.html...
  • Posted 50 First Dates.. For Real? to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    50 first dates is a pretty popular movie which has a main story line about a girl who is suffering from memory loss due to a car accident. This clip is one which outlines the movie somewhat, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_OW9UejdY8 giving the reader of this post an idea of Lucy's condition. I was really perplexed as to if this type of memory loss was even possible. Then i researched some and found this article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1285535/ Two-car-crashes-leave-Michelle-Philpots-24-hour-memory.html, which is surprisingly very similar to the plot of 50 first dates. Until now whenever i had watched 50 first dates I had though how impossible that memory loss would be not only physically but even to have to deal with that on a daily basis. Her husband and her wake up every day and he has to convince her that they are actually married and who her loved ones are. This article relates her story to the movie but it does not say that the movie was based on her story. In the movie everything ends up alright but by this article ends and no evidence is indicated that she can break the illusion and thought that it is 1994, she just has to go through a memory gauntlet barraging her brain every morning trying to convince her the current date and situation. I really feel for her situation because if I had to deal with this issue every single day either for me or for a loved one I don't know if I could put up with it day after day for months, years, or even decades on end....
  • Posted What we actually see to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    Inattentional blindness is an extraordinary event where we unconsciously "forget" to pay attention to small details. This often occurs when we are extremely focused on a task or some sort of event that we become blind to the simplest of perceptions available. This concept really strikes me as important because of how we could miss the smallest of things which in turn could wind up affecting us in a much greater way. This video is a great example of this phenomena in progress ( http://youtu.be/Ahg6qcgoay4 ) because unless you have already done it and know about it most will be shocked to find what they missed. There are other examples such as the "Disappearing Card" trick where the user simply swaps every card after asking the subject to focus solely on one, or this video http://youtu.be/vBPG_OBgTWg where the subjects are so determined to help the person in need that they forget about the person themselves. It simply fascinates me that we humans are constantly ruling our events and objects that our sub-conscience declares as unimportant. And I truly begin to wonder, "To what extend will our brain rule our things as unimportant but we the consciously determine important at a later time". I also wonder since Marc Green declares it normal for this action to occur at http://www.visualexpert.com/Resources/inattentionalblindness.html, what it takes for the few people that overcome this even feel and observe on a daily basis. Is it a ridiculous overload on information? Or is only linked with disorders such as ADD?...
  • Posted Boundaries of the Brain: Cognitive Biases to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    Cognitive biases have long been plaguing the minds of people by making "Systematic errors in thinking" (2). Looking into the topic I read the article at http://cognitivebiasmodification.com/ but now there is a new computer based system in the works called "Cognitive Bias Modification" which allows for a therapy to common cognitive biases. Some of these biases include "Hindsight bias" and "Overconfidence" both of which give us a security blanket making us feel safe in our predictions and in our biased thoughts. According to this article, "People who suffer from social anxiety typically focus on the faces of negative or disgusted people rather than people with happy faces" (1) and they do this without even realizing it. So these new computer-based therapies will eventually give the option to patients to completely change their negative thinking to a more optimistic point of view. This article does not mention anything about correcting the overconfidence bias possibly because the technology doesn't exist or possibly because our society in general is way too overconfident with their abilities. My question with this technology is will it work consistently and will it actually make an impact on the lives of the people who use it? Also how much further can we push the limits of this to change thought process in general? Sources: http://cognitivebiasmodification.com/ (1) Our Lilienfield textbook Psychology, From inquiry to understanding (2)...
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