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Final Blog: The Big FIve

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The concept of psychology that will stay with me beyond this semester is The Big Five. The Big Five traits of personality being extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness. This lecture and discussion stood out to me because when I took the survey I got exactly what I thought I should in all of the categories which proves to me that the test is very accurate. The Big Five are also very simple and straight forward so the concept is easily understood. On top of the simplicity the Big Five apply to every single person unlike some disorders and a lot of other concepts that we have looked at. The Big Five is consistent across all countries and anyone can be measured on these five characteristics. The activity we did in discussion with us grouped by our characteristics is another reason this concept of psychology will stay with me. The activity showed how much our traits stood out and how obviously they are. There are a lot of psychology concepts learned that were much more complicated and also more interesting but this is one that stuck with me and I will remember in years to come.

Children and objects

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I have been babysitting my neighbors for the past 3 years. The girls, Kate and Lizzy, are now 5 and 3 so I have watched them grow up their entire life. I took an intro psych class in high school that taught me the basics about cognitive development. The most fascinating thing I learned was how infants don't understand object permanence. We learned in class that when a child plays hide and seek they think that if they can't see you, you cannot see them. I always thought that was kind of silly until I witnessed it multiple times where little Kate would hide in the middle of the floor and cover her eyes and think I could not see her. Also the shock on a child's face when you hide an object from them and it shows up two seconds later again. They do not grasp the concept of an object being hidden. The experiment that I am looking forward to trying this summer is starting with a glass of water, pouring it into a different shaped glass and seeing if they know that it is the same amount of water. I haven't ever tried this on a child but I know that most children do not understand that it is the same amount of water. Kate and Lizzy are extremely smart for their age but I am curious to find out if Piaget's theories hold true for them.

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