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  • Posted "Criminal Minds." Can we really know what they think? to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    "Criminal Minds" personally one of my favorite TV shows, and I am more than sure a few of you are fans as well. But have you ever wondered, how do they know who this guy is and what he is thinking? They all do this with no prior knowledge of the suspect, and as the show makes it seem to all occurs in a very brief period of time. They seem to be able to trace the suspects patterns before a large series of cases seem to erupt. A well known FBI profiler, Gregg O. McCrary, said that the basic premise is that the behavior reflects personality. As in the popular television show, in which most episodes include some sort of homicide, these cases can be broken into 4 parts. 1) Antecedent: What plans were in place before the act? What triggered the occurrence to act on some days as opposed to others? A. If watching the show this usually occurs in the scenes either at the little HQ they set up on site, or back at the lab. This is when they look at the possibly related cases a how they could be related to this one, and why they may be happening. 2) Methods and Manner: What type of victims was being selected? What was the method? A. In many episodes they get there after a few cases. This may range anywhere from families with young girls, to men in their 40's. Some of these cases may be swift or may be long and drawn out, seeming like some sort of ritualistic killing. 3) Body Disposal: How was the body disposed of? A. There have been some extreme cases on the show. In which one episode the perpetrator fed the victims to people. In others the killer leaves all the bodies in similar places. 4) Post-Offense Behavior: Has the murderer been attempting to involve himself with the cases? A. In several these episodes the murderer is sometimes the least suspect man that is right in front of teams face the whole time. Other times he waits and hides till he decides to strike again. After looking at all the info it seems very possible for one to analyze the criminal with the proper training. It would require a great attention to detail and a creative mind. I am also lead to believe even though the show makes it seem very possible it is missing a few key points (and yes I know TV isn't always accurate). The show uses what it seems to be like relatively small amounts of evidence. This atop the fact that the make it seem like it takes no time at all to solve cases. http://www.criminalprofiling.com/...
  • Commented on What if someone isn't who they think they are?
    http://www.webmd.com/sex/gender-identity-disorder sorry I forgot to include my source in the post...
  • Posted What if someone isn't who they think they are? to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    Background Gender, male or female, it is one the basic elements that helps develop our own individual personalities and sense of self. But then there are those who are really sure they are you they should be. Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is a condition where the individual feels a strong identification with the opposite gender. A person suffering from GID often experience severe discomfort with their actual anatomic gender. They may often present themselves as members of the opposite sex, as well as express their desire to alter their bodies. Some individuals, such as Chaz Bono, are committed to altering their physical appearances. They may do this through cosmetics, hormones, and in a few cases surgery. Those who commit to the surgery, such as Chaz, are known as transsexuals. What is it? With all the science and technology in the world today, no one has quite been able to determine the exact cause. There are however several theories that exist. They include genetic (chromosomal) abnormalities, hormone imbalances during fetal and early childhood development. How common is GID? This is a rare disorder that can affect anyone at any age. It is usually caught in early childhood, in fact, most people are able to recognize it before adolescents ( How can it be diagnosed? GID is usually diagnosed by a trained mental health professional (psychiatrist or psychologist). They perform a thorough medical history and psychological exam. They do this to rule out the possibility of depression, anxiety or psychosis. GID is diagnosed when the evaluation confirms the constant desire to become the opposite sex....
  • Posted What if someone isn't who they think they are? to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    Background Gender, male or female, it is one the basic elements that helps develop our own individual personalities and sense of self. But then there are those who are really sure they are you they should be. Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is a condition where the individual feels a strong identification with the opposite gender. A person suffering from GID often experience severe discomfort with their actual anatomic gender. They may often present themselves as members of the opposite sex, as well as express their desire to alter their bodies. Some individuals, such as Chaz Bono, are committed to altering their physical appearances. They may do this through cosmetics, hormones, and in a few cases surgery. Those who commit to the surgery, such as Chaz, are known as transsexuals. What is it? With all the science and technology in the world today, no one has quite been able to determine the exact cause. There are however several theories that exist. They include genetic (chromosomal) abnormalities, hormone imbalances during fetal and early childhood development. How common is GID? This is a rare disorder that can affect anyone at any age. It is usually caught in early childhood, in fact, most people are able to recognize it before adolescents ( How can it be diagnosed? GID is usually diagnosed by a trained mental health professional (psychiatrist or psychologist). They perform a thorough medical history and psychological exam. They do this to rule out the possibility of depression, anxiety or psychosis. GID is diagnosed when the evaluation confirms the constant desire to become the opposite sex....
  • Posted What if someone isn't who they think they are? to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    Background Gender, male or female, it is one the basic elements that helps develop our own individual personalities and sense of self. But then there are those who are really sure they are you they should be. Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is a condition where the individual feels a strong identification with the opposite gender. A person suffering from GID often experience severe discomfort with their actual anatomic gender. They may often present themselves as members of the opposite sex, as well as express their desire to alter their bodies. Some individuals, such as Chaz Bono, are committed to altering their physical appearances. They may do this through cosmetics, hormones, and in a few cases surgery. Those who commit to the surgery, such as Chaz, are known as transsexuals. What is it? With all the science and technology in the world today, no one has quite been able to determine the exact cause. There are however several theories that exist. They include genetic (chromosomal) abnormalities, hormone imbalances during fetal and early childhood development. How common is GID? This is a rare disorder that can affect anyone at any age. It is usually caught in early childhood, in fact, most people are able to recognize it before adolescents ( How can it be diagnosed? GID is usually diagnosed by a trained mental health professional (psychiatrist or psychologist). They perform a thorough medical history and psychological exam. They do this to rule out the possibility of depression, anxiety or psychosis. GID is diagnosed when the evaluation confirms the constant desire to become the opposite sex....
  • Posted What if someone isn't who they think they are? to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    Background Gender, male or female, it is one the basic elements that helps develop our own individual personalities and sense of self. But then there are those who are really sure they are you they should be. Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is a condition where the individual feels a strong identification with the opposite gender. A person suffering from GID often experience severe discomfort with their actual anatomic gender. They may often present themselves as members of the opposite sex, as well as express their desire to alter their bodies. Some individuals, such as Chaz Bono, are committed to altering their physical appearances. They may do this through cosmetics, hormones, and in a few cases surgery. Those who commit to the surgery, such as Chaz, are known as transsexuals. What is it? With all the science and technology in the world today, no one has quite been able to determine the exact cause. There are however several theories that exist. They include genetic (chromosomal) abnormalities, hormone imbalances during fetal and early childhood development. How common is GID? This is a rare disorder that can affect anyone at any age. It is usually caught in early childhood, in fact, most people are able to recognize it before adolescents ( How can it be diagnosed? GID is usually diagnosed by a trained mental health professional (psychiatrist or psychologist). They perform a thorough medical history and psychological exam. They do this to rule out the possibility of depression, anxiety or psychosis. GID is diagnosed when the evaluation confirms the constant desire to become the opposite sex....
  • Posted Flashbulb Memory to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    Flashbulb memories are highly detailed, exceptionally vivid 'snapshots' of the moment and circumstances in which a piece of surprising and emotionally arousing news was heard. Flashbulb memory is an appropriate name for this phenomenon in that it indicates it's a surprise. This name is actually inappropriate, however, in that an actual photograph the flash is indiscriminate and preserves everything within the scope. Flashbulb memories, in actuality, are only somewhat indiscriminate and far from being complete. These memories are highly resistant to extinction due to their vivid nature. Even though evidence has proven that although individuals are highly confident in their memories, the details are often the victims of forgetting. Flashbulb memories are one type of autobiographical memory (memory system consisting of episodes recollected form and individual's life). There have been a growing number of studies; they are discussing whether flashbulb memories are inherently more accurate than other types of autobiographical memories. Some researchers have argued that there is reason to distinguish these memories from other types of autobiographical memory. That is as long as there are elements of personal importance, consequentiality, emotion, and surprise. Others however believe ordinary memories can be as accurate. That's if they are highly distinctive, personally significant, or repeatedly rehearsed....
  • Posted Illusions Reveal the Brain's Assumptions to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    We can recognize a friend instantly, from any view. We can distinguish millions of shades of color, and over 10'000 smells. We can feel the cool breeze rush over our skin, or hear the leaves rustle in the distance. It seems so effortless; we just open our eyes and ears and let the world stream in. Yet everything we sense requires billions of nerves cells to flash instant messages along cross-linked pathways in our brains. Performing intricate calculations that scientists have only begun to decipher. Anthony Movshon, an investigator at New York University stated, "You can think of the sensory system as a bunch of little scientists. They make hypothesis about the world." The brain makes an educated guess about the information on hand and some simple assumptions. The illusions in this video demonstrate how our brain is making these assumptions. Initially looking at most them one is asking how that is done. Such as the Revolving Teeth, our brain perceives them to be different sizes. But as the guy in the video show upon rotating them in the same directions they will cover one another up. They are the same size but by setting them at a different depth our brain perceives one (the top) to be of a different size. Another one that shows our brain making simple assumptions is the checkerboard wall. As it is move we assume that ever other row starts off small on one side and grows as it goes to the other. When in all actuality they are the same size. In the end the brain is a magnificent vessel. It can do so many incredible and complex things, yet it can get fooled by the simplest of illusion....
  • Posted Illusions Reveal the Brain's Assumptions to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    We can recognize a friend instantly, from any view. We can distinguish millions of shades of color, and over 10'000 smells. We can feel the cool breeze rush over our skin, or hear the leaves rustle in the distance. It seems so effortless; we just open our eyes and ears and let the world stream in. Yet everything we sense requires billions of nerves cells to flash instant messages along cross-linked pathways in our brains. Performing intricate calculations that scientists have only begun to decipher. Anthony Movshon, an investigator at New York University stated, "You can think of the sensory system as a bunch of little scientists. They make hypothesis about the world." The brain makes an educated guess about the information on hand and some simple assumptions. The illusions in this video demonstrate how our brain is making these assumptions. Initially looking at most them one is asking how that is done. Such as the Revolving Teeth, our brain perceives them to be different sizes. But as the guy in the video show upon rotating them in the same directions they will cover one another up. They are the same size but by setting them at a different depth our brain perceives one (the top) to be of a different size. Another one that shows our brain making simple assumptions is the checkerboard wall. As it is move we assume that ever other row starts off small on one side and grows as it goes to the other. When in all actuality they are the same size. In the end the brain is a magnificent vessel. It can do so many incredible and complex things, yet it can get fooled by the simplest of illusion....
  • Posted Can You Feel The Magic? to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    I don't know about most of you but I have been a fan of magic shows my entire life. But reading into it I have always wondered if magic was truly real. Now that we have looked at the Scientific Principles it really has got me to start thinking. It's really easy to look at a few of these principles and just start looking back on everything you ever thought about magic. Occam's Razor- Many people believe one explanation for the ability of one to perform magic is they posses some sort of supernatural abilities. This just seems a very common explanation for most things that we can't explain. Wouldn't it be simpler to think that these magicians are extraordinary showmen that practice their craft for hours and hours. They refine the skills the same a chef would to perfect a recipe, but in this case it's a trick. Extraordinary Claims- Some of the tricks just seem way too incredible for any one person to be able to accomplish. Some of these would include making objects of extraordinary size just "disappear" into thin air or a puff of smoke. Also they claim to be able to take themselves and another individual and move them selves to distant lands. Even after looking at some of these studies it has made me reevaluate everything I have thought about magic. I will still be a huge fan however because I still find some of these trick perfomed to be amazing. Real or not....
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