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Psych 1001

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I have learned a lot of things in Psych 1001but the biggest thing that stood out to me was the survival exercise. I really enjoyed learning how to think outside of the box and get rid of item use stereotype. I can't believe that Crisco could be that useful. Overall I think that there was a lot of content in this class but most of it was very interesting and applicable to real life!
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We almost finish Psychology 1001 course this semester. For me, the concept in psychology that I think I will remember five years from now is pseudoscience, because it is in the Chapter one that impressed me first and really shocked me when I read it.
I still remember that answers of first ten questions at the beginning of the Chapter one are all false. I was really surprised by the answer--I thought there are two or three correct statements at least, but the result is none. From that point, I realized the pseudoscience is really everywhere. It makes so many mistakes that we cannot distinguish which information is scientific right.
From the textbook, we know that about 95 percent of self-help books are untested, that is most suggestions from self-help book are probably wrong. If we read it, we waste not only time and money, but also our trust in it because it is not the scientific knowledge, only the entertainment. For example, there are too many books about the astrology. I was very interesting in it because people in different constellation will have different personality. I even spent a lot of time on studying my constellation and my boyfriend constellation to understand our relationship. It is stupid. Constellation cannot affect our relationship. It is just a kind of pseudoscience.
While I thought maybe pseudoscience was only a kind of waste and would not affect our life directly, the example in textbook told me I was totally wrong. The tragic story of Candace Newmaker made me angry. Because of the pseudoscience--rebirthing therapy, a innocent child lost her life. It made me feel sad and hate the pseudoscience. The pseudoscience is the true killer.
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After that, we learned a lot, such as the types of memory, the different definition of intelligence, the development of personality, but nothing made me so angry as the harm of pseudoscience. This example reminds us never believe the pseudoscience. After learning psychology, we have responsibility to spread the disadvantage of pseudoscience.

I really enjoyed psych class this semester. It was really cool learning about the mind and all of the psychologists, but I think the idea that will stick with me for the rest of my life is social facilitation. This idea states that being that we are social creatures by nature, we perform better in the presence of our peers. This is such a interesting thing to think about because it makes total sense.I knew nothing of this topic before I took Psych 1001, but it totally explains why we compete on tests and in sports. We want to prove ourselves to our friends and peers. I plan to utilize this knowledge in the future by trying to schedule opportunities with my friends to compete together. Overall though, I thought that the format of my online psych class was excellent for achieving success and would definitely recommend this class and my TA Penny Nichol to future students and SigEps.

I found psychology an interesting subject and I was really fascinated by lectures and readings about emotion. It is something that everyone experience every day, every minutes and yet I didn't really know the psychological concepts behind emotion and feelings until I actually read about it. I really wish we had more time in class to discuss more about human emotions with relation to psychological disorder. What interests me the most was the topic about attraction - love and hate and I will certainly remember what I learn. Sometimes I feel like the explanations about attraction are common sense that most people already know or can figure out by themselves such as mutual affection generated by similarity and proximity. However, I did learn something new and interesting, for example things like the most average face is the most attractive and the misconceptions about emotion. I think learning about human's emotion will be really helpful for me as I will be more understanding about people and their feelings. Additionally, as many actions are emotional driven, knowing about people's state of minds or emotions and the psychological explanations will be useful for dealing with many events or incidents in life. I will definitely apply what I have learned about emotion in psychology to real life.

Five years from now, I will remember the section of the textbook that talked about the different parenting styles. Eventually, this will be extremely important to know in order to one day raise a healthy family.

No set of parents raise their children the same. As we learned in our chapter in human development, there are three types of parenting styles that parents typically fall into. Parents raise their children according to their morals, values, and beliefs.

Permissive: They avoid disciplining their child at all costs, which often means giving them the benefit of the doubt or simply turning a blind eye to what's really going on.

Authoritarian: In this style, parents are extremely strict and punish children whenever they deem necessary. In doing this they show very little emotional and are often distant.

Authoritative: Most parents use this style to raise their children because it provides structure as well as affection. They help their children be responsible for themselves and own up to any consequences that come their way. They want them to succeed in life, and be the best that they can be. They set clear guidelines for their children to follow, and praise them when they do well.

Personally, my parents raised me in an authoritarian home. The pushed me to have good grades in school, yet rewarded me whenever I came home with A's. I always had chores around the house, and rules about going out at night too. However, with these rules, I became a well-trusted daughter and was eventually given freedom to do my own thing without causing any trouble. This is how I plan to raise my family one day as well.

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Through out this class there has been a lot of basic information being taught about Psychology, and how the Human brain actually work. The thing that caught my eye the most would probably have to be the intelligence and IQ testing. I found intelligence test very interesting because researchers can tell so much about someone from a basic test that is given. I have recently talk to my older brother who just got hired in a financing job out of college, and he said that they are required to take an Intelligence test. So intelligence test can be done by by employers, when looking to hire new people for there company. However he wasn't exactly sure what exactly they were looking for in the intelligence test. Another thing that caught my eye about Intelligence test and IQ test is how many different ones that are out there, and what the results show for certain ones.

Things I Will Never Forget

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What I will never forget from this class would probably be Development and Learning. While we were going over these chapters over the semester I was particularly interested because I am expecting to have a daughter in August. So just learning about the way babies learn was very interesting. Something in development that stuck out to me was how the brain develops and ideas such as object permanence. As far as learning, conditioning stuck out to me because I began thinking of ways i could condition my daughter to do certain things. So these two chapters were the ones that stuck out to me the most.

The Persistence of Memory

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Ironically, the psychology concept that I will remember in five years is the concept of false memories. Oftentimes in the media, there are news reports on controversial trials in which star witnesses are called upon to testify as to what they remember about the crime. Before taking psychology, I used to believe these witnesses for the most part because their memories were extraordinarily vivid. After witnessing a crime, it seemed like witnesses couldn't forget those memories because of their sensational nature. But as it turns out, those vivid flashbulb memories were like any other memory in that they also could be wrong. Despite the level of detail recalled, memory reports showed that with time, distortions pervaded these recollections in a phenomenon called the phantom flashbulb memory.

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Furthermore, the memory research completed by Elizabeth Loftus further proved that memories are unreliable as completely false memories could be planted. In particular, the experiment involving a photoshopped Bugs Bunny at Disneyland was particularly interesting. Despite the fact that Bugs Bunny isn't a Disney character at all, participants in the study "recalled" blatantly false details of their own experiences of meeting Bugs at Disneyland. One participant, in particular, even seemed to recalled squeezing Bugs' tail, demonstrating the incredible nature of implanted memories.

Overall, psychology has taught me to not regard memory as the absolute truth. As the Salvador Dali painting entitled "The Persistence of Memory" shows, with time, memory isn't quite as persistent as we once thought.

Five years from now, I will remember many concepts from PSY 1001 because almost all the things that I have learned here applied to me as an individual. However, the concept that I have observed for a long time and applies to me the most is the parenting style (permissive, authoritarian, authoritative, and uninvolved). Permissive parents are lenient to their kids, giving them freedom and affection with rare use of discipline. On the other hand, authoritarian parents are strict to their kids, giving little freedom and affection and often use punishments to teach the children a lesson. Authoritative parents are the combination of the two parents mentioned before. They support their children but set a limit to an extent. Lastly, uninvolved parents are ignorant; they did not care if their children have good or bad behaviors. From the four styles above, I can conclude I have authoritative parents. They are very supportive of my education and career, but they set limit to my personal freedom. When I was in high school, unlike my classmates, my parents expect me to study hard and be involved in educational activities. They rarely allow me to play with my friends before I was done with my work. When I was a kid, I got punished everytime I rebelled or broke their rules. I felt that with this parenting style, I grew up to be a more studious than my friends, who mostly have permissive parents. I think from all the parenting styles, the authoritative style is the best because the parents are involved in the kids' life but in a supportive manner.

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The correlation between birth order and personality has yet to be proved accurate. In my opinion it is kind of interesting to see how accurate the idea of birth order affecting your personality is. Some researchers feel that birth order differences are as strong as gender differences. Although it may be a bit stereotypical and generalized, according to the textbook, first borns aim for achievement, middle borns toward diplomacy, and later-borns toward risk taking. According to research conducted and presented by CBS news, an only child is the equivalent to three times that of a first-born. They are likely to be even more responsible, and even bigger perfectionists. Interestingly enough, they are proposed parenting styles that should be used for each child depending on their birth order. For example, parents should lay off of the first born and not pile on too many responsibilities. With the middle child, parents should allow them to make their own decisions and make time to listen to them. As for the last born child, they should be encouraged to stick to a specific set of rules as well as be given responsibilities just as the older children were giving. If parents parent accordingly to birth order, some researchers believe that it is possible to avoid the stereotypes of the affects of birth order. I think that the reason birth order plays a seemingly large role in personality is due to the different parenting styles that are affected by time and conditioning. Take this quiz to find out if your personality is accurately reflected by your birth order: http://www.richardwiseman.com/oneshow.html .

The correlation between birth order and personality has yet to be proved accurate. In my opinion it is kind of interesting to see how accurate the idea of birth order affecting your personality is. Some researchers feel that birth order differences are as strong as gender differences. Although it may be a bit stereotypical and generalized, according to the textbook, first borns aim for achievement, middle borns toward diplomacy, and later-borns toward risk taking. According to research conducted and presented by CBS news, an only child is the equivalent to three times that of a first-born. They are likely to be even more responsible, and even bigger perfectionists. Interestingly enough, they are proposed parenting styles that should be used for each child depending on their birth order. For example, parents should lay off of the first born and not pile on too many responsibilities. With the middle child, parents should allow them to make their own decisions and make time to listen to them. As for the last born child, they should be encouraged to stick to a specific set of rules as well as be given responsibilities just as the older children were giving. If parents parent accordingly to birth order, some researchers believe that it is possible to avoid the stereotypes of the affects of birth order. I think that the reason birth order plays a seemingly large role in personality is due to the different parenting styles that are affected by time and conditioning. Take this quiz to find out if your personality is accurately reflected by your birth order: http://www.richardwiseman.com/oneshow.html .

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