Years from now the thing I will remember most from taking psychology is classic and operant conditioning. While the tests required a lot of pointless memorization of definitions and knowing what research belonged to which psychologist, the ideas of conditioning was one of the practical things we learned this year. Knowing how classic and operant conditioning affects our subconscious sheds light on why people make some of their choices. I've found that having competence in these two things has produced awareness in my own life as to what may subconsciously affecting me. Knowing how people learn and why they behave the way they do can be applied to one's own life in order to get rid of unwanted behaviors, such as bad habits, and internalize behaviors that are more desirable. It also sheds light onto how advertisement may be shaping the choices we make. I've found that it's interesting to watch commercials and notice what stimulus is that they're trying to connect to the desired response. Classic and operant conditioning are two of the more practical ideas I learned this year and will remember years from now.
jaspe087: April 2012 Archives
Caster Semenya, a South African middle distance runner, won the World Championship in the 800m run in 2009. Following the championship, Semenya was required to undergo gender testing. Tests showed that Semenya has no ovaries or uterus, and has internal testes that produce extra amounts of testosterone; Semenya was unaware of these findings prior to the tests. Supporters of Semenya have put forth that she has nothing more than a birth defect and should be treated as such. This issue has sparked controversy as to how sexual development disorders should be treated in sports. The most popular solution is that whatever gender a person is raised as and believes them self to be should be the accepted gender. So for example, since Semenya was raised as a female, and believes herself to be one, she should be able to participate in female competition. This has been the predominant way of thinking since the championship controversy, and will most likely be the accepted practice as gender testing is on the decline in athletics. What do you think about this issue?