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Mouakoon Yang
Writing 5
An important concept or term that I have learned in our text book is the "lexical approach". Which in this approach it considers that a person who act a certain way is influence by his culture or the type of ethnicity one person is this include his way of living and languages he speaks. This concept or term I believe is important because it is also a certain truth to it. Because of ethnicity a white male compare to Asian male would be more likely to live on his own because generally a white male would be more likely to move out and leave his parents and the Asian male would more likely stay with his parents. This is due to the Asian culture where the male will stay and live with their parents and help them on the other hand the white male would leave and start a family of his own because in his culture it is more of a culture to be on your own to prove you are grown up and for the Asian culture it is to be able to support your parents that prove you have grown up. In a way the Asian culture is more of a respecting the parents and the white culture is more of making your parents proud you are on your own now. I thought this is a good term because I could apply it to my own way of life. I am an Asian an in my culture it is natural that the son stay living with their parents even when they are marry the wife and husband would stay living with the husband's parents or they move and move the parents with them. My father and we still live with his parents because he is a son and it is kind of a custom for the parents to stay living with the son so that he can support and help the parents when they grow old. But because we live here in America now our generation want to leave and live on our own now because we have grown a custom to the American culture. This is why I feel this term or concept is important it help me learn how people with different culture or race acts or do like living with their parents or moving out I found this out by seeing the diffidence in the cultures.

Mouakoon Yang
Writing 4

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In Psy 1001 we learn about the somatic marker theory. This theory states that we people decide how we act or should act from the use of our reactions or "gut reactions" as they have said in the text books. This would be kind of an animal instant that we have, like an animal who strikes out of instant to defend itself from danger. An example is a snake who strikes at an object in which it feel threatens from, a skunk who release a liquid with strong foul odor to when it feels threaten. These are good example of the somatic marker theory because like the animals who strikes we to also strikes, having a faster heart rate and sweating in a situation leads us to instantly take an action and just go with that action or decision.

I believe in the somatic marker theory because it is kind of true in a way. Where I can use this theory to illustrate decision making in sport, when a player feels the pressure they make just make a fast decision or a gamble like and animal just taking a strike at something that you have no idea what it is and how that decision can affect you. I want to use sport as life aspect of myself to support this theory, I have played flag football before and was lucking enough to earn a spot as an quarter back which is one of the biggest and toughest job on a football team. It is really easy to feel the pressure of the other team when you don't have a good offence line to help protect you. So as stated by the theory I took an "gut reaction" decision to run out of the pocket trying my best to get a first down but I ended up losing yards. As stated from the theory is that my gut reaction helped to determine what I thought I should do which was to run. From learning about this theory makes me wonder if this theory applies to all human behavior decision making skill or just to those who are gut reactions.

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