Psychology is a very interesting subject. Social psychology was my favorite topic. It showed some real world applications of psychology. Although my major has nothing to do to do with psychology it was a class worth taking. The part about psychology I will remember the most five years from now is memory. I was not expecting to learn about memory in this class but I am glad I got the chance to. I gained knowledge of short-term memory and long term memory. While short term memory is a lot shorter than most would think, long term memory can be stored for decades. I also learned great encoding and retrieval methods. For example learning new information in a mnemonic device helps encoding. Also context-dependent learning is another example of a retrieval method I learned a good way to study is to self-test. I learned to be critical of drugs that improve memory. I also learned to be aware of false memories and the misinformation effect. It really shows how human can be manipulated by their own memories and other people. I think the biggest gain from the memory section was to be aware that memories can be reconstructed and changed. Although many people think personal memories never change, they do.
moham564: April 2012 Archives
Imagine you are expecting a child, and genetics could tell you if your child has a gene for criminality or a gene for novelty-seeking. Would you want to know? Now genetics today cannot tell us if a certain person has a gene for a certain trait, but it does bring up ethical issues. Genetics can be used in powerful ways, from detecting if a child has a disorder to determining paternity. However, if genetics could tell us what behavioral and personality traits we possess there are some implications. Access to this personal information would be important, also how employers, insurance companies, and even universities would react to this information. This type of genetics would lead to many ethical issues of discrimination and abuse of knowledge. Society has access to personal aspects of our lives, but would this type of genetics cross the line? I believe if genetics could ever tell us if we or our children have a gene for criminality or any other trait that information should be kept private between yourself and the doctor. Our genes already shed light on personal information, but I would not care nor want to know about these types of genes. What do you think?
A mother and father are both very important for the development of a child. Most adults if they could choose would like both mother and father involvement in their childhood. Research has shown the positives of father involvement and the negatives of father absent households. However, over 29 million children in the United States do not live with their fathers. This statistic is very surprising to me. I have always known some children do not grow up with a father, but I never knew these children amounted to over 39%. A father present in a child's life has many benefits for example involvement in school which leads to better academic performance, discipline, and encouragement to be independent. While a father absent in a child's life increases the chances of teen pregnancy, crime, violence, and drug abuse, it is certainly not the only agent that influences these children's behavior. Research has shown a father plays a crucial role in the development of a child and I believe society should place a higher value on the role of fathers.