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Psych 101: Review Session. Sara J. Buhl. Sport, Exercise, & Health Psychology. Sport, Exercise, & Health Psychology. psychological factors that affect performance in sports, physical activity, and exercise aims to enhance individual and team performance managing emotions

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Psych 101 review session

Psych 101: Review Session

Sara J. Buhl

Sport exercise health psychology

Sport, Exercise, & Health Psychology

Sport exercise health psychology1

Sport, Exercise, & Health Psychology

  • psychological factors that affect performance in sports, physical activity, and exercise

  • aims to enhance individual and team performance

  • managing emotions

  • minimizing the psychological effects of injury and poor performance

Sport exercise health psychology2

Sport, Exercise, & Health Psychology

  • skills taught:

    • goal setting

    • relaxation

    • visualization

    • self-talk

    • awareness and control

    • concentration

    • confidence

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Sport, Exercise, & Health Psychology

  • Motivation –

    • intrinsic motivation (inner motivation, e.g., self accomplishment)

    • extrinsic motivation (outer motivation, e.g., money or awards)

  • Attention Focus –

    • Being able to block everything out, e.g., a crowd


Fmri in the news

fMRI in the News

  • functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) can decipher the brain's answers to questions in healthy, non-vegetative, participants with 100% accuracy

  • patients believed to be in a vegetative state were scanned using fMRI

    • signs of awareness were detected in 17%

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fMRI in the News

  • 'Vegetative state' man responds to questions

    • severe head injuries in a car crash

    • believed to be in a vegetative state

    • used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)

    • mapped brain activity while asked to answer "yes" or "no" to questions such as "Is your father's name Thomas?"

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fMRI in the News

The patient communicated answers through brain activity.

Survey polls in the news

Survey/Polls in the News

  • “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

  • Majority of public supports allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the military

  • BUT there is less support for allowing homosexuals to serve openly

  • Why?

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Survey/Polls in the News

  • Wording

  • 2 Groups:

    • half asked their opinion on permitting “gay men and lesbians” to serve

      • 70% favored allowing them to serve

      • 60% favored them serving openly

    • half were asked about permitting “homosexuals” to serve

      • 59% favored allowing them to serve

      • 44% favored them serving openly

Chapter 1 review

Chapter 1 Review

  • Wilhelm Wundt (Germany)

    • Established the 1st psychology laboratory

      • 1st psychology experiments

    • Emphasis on introspection

      • Examining one’s own emotions and mental processes

  • William James

    • also emphasized introspection

    • Wrote 1st widely recognized text of Psychology

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Chapter 1 Review

  • BEHAVIORISM (1920-1960)

    • Science viewed as rooted in observations

  • Famous Behaviorists:

  • John B. Watson

    • Little Albert Study

      • conditioned fear of a white rat in baby Albert

  • B.F. Skinner

    • Studied how consequences shape behavior

    • Pigeons learning to turn/peck by rewarding with food

    • Reinforcement – slot machines “reward” our behavior (putting in coins) by letting us win at various intervals

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Chapter 1 Review

  • Hindsight Bias

    • “Hindsight is 20/20”

    • After learning the outcome of a situation, we tend to believe that we knew what would happen all along

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Chapter 1 Review

  • Naturalistic Observation

    • Watching & recording behavior in a natural environment

    • Jane Goodall – Chimpanzee observations

  • Correlation

    • Relationship of two or more variables

    • Does not indicate causality



  • Positive or Negative?



  • Positive or Negative?

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Chapter 1 Review

  • Experiment

    • one or more factor is manipulated to observe the effect

  • Double Blind Procedure

    • Used in Experiments

    • Both researchers & participants are “blind” (unaware) about whether the participants have received the treatment or a placebo

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Chapter 1 Review

  • Experiments manipulate a factor to determine its effect.

  • Independent Variable

    • the factor that is manipulated

    • factor that the researcher controls

  • Dependent Variable

    • the factor that is being measured

    • the outcome of interest

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Chapter 1 Review

  • A study indicates that antioxidants found in blueberries may slow down the process of aging. In this study, rats were fed either their standard diet or a diet supplemented by blueberries. After eight weeks, the rats were given memory tests. The rats who had the blueberries added to their diet showed improvement on the memory tests.

    • Independent Variable?

    • Dependent Variable?

Chapter 2 review

Chapter 2 Review

  • Dendrite

    • branching extensions of a neuron

    • receive messages and conduct impulses toward the cell body

  • Axon

    • the extension of a neuron, through which messages are sent to other neurons or to muscles or glands

  • Myelin Sheath

    • a layer of fatty cells covering the axon of some neurons

    • greatly increases the speed of neural impulses

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Chapter 2 Review

  • Neurons (Nerve Cells)

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Chapter 2 Review

  • Synapse

    • junction between the axon tip of the sending neuron and the dendrite or cell body of the receiving neuron

    • tiny gap at this junction is called the synaptic gap

Chapter 2 review synapse

Chapter 2 Review - Synapse

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Chapter 2 Review

  • Central Nervous System (brain & spinal cord)

  • Peripheral Nervous System

    • the sensory and motor neurons that connect the central nervous system to the rest of the body

      • Somatic NS = Voluntary muscle control (skeleton)

      • Autonomic NS = involuntary control of organs & glands

        • Sympathetic Nervous System = part of the autonomic NS that arouses the body, mobilizing its energy in stressful situations

        • Parasympathetic Nervous System = Part of the autonomic NS that calms the body, conserving its energy

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Chapter 2 review

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Chapter 2 Review

  • Brainstem

    • the oldest part of the brain

    • responsible for automatic survival functions

  • Medulla

    • base of the brainstem

    • controls heartbeat and breathing

  • Thalamus

    • on top of brainstem

    • receives info from all senses (except smell) and sends it to the correct brain region

  • Reticular Formation

    • a nerve network in the brainstem

    • plays an important role in controlling arousal

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Chapter 2 Review

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Chapter 2 Review

  • Limbic System

    • A group of neural structures in the brain

    • associated with emotions (fear & aggression)

    • associated w/ drives (for food and sex)

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Chapter 2 Review

  • Limbic System Includes

    • hippocampus (ch. 8)

    • amygdala

      • linked to emotion

      • influences aggression, rage, & fear

    • hypothalamus

      • also linked to emotion

      • contains a “reward/pleasure” center

        • rats will cross electric grid for stimulation

      • directs several maintenance activities (eating, body temp)

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Chapter 2 Review

  • Corpus Callosum - neural fibers that connect the two brain hemispheres and carry messages between them

Chapter 2 review the brain language

Chapter 2 Review The brain & language

  • Broca’s Area (1860s)

    • Part of frontal lobe

    • Controls language expression

    • Directs muscle movements involved in speech

    • Damage = difficulty forming words, but still able to sing familiar songs

  • Wernicke’s Area (1870s)

    • Part of temporal lobe

    • Controls language reception

    • Helps us comprehend and express language

    • Damage = speak meaningless words; unable to understand words spoken by others

  • Chapter 4 review

    Chapter 4 Review

    • Zygote (conception to 2 weeks)

      • fertilized egg enters a 2-week period of rapid cell division

    • Embryo (2nd through 8th weeks)

      • organs begin to form; heart begins to beat

    • Fetus (9 weeks until birth)

      • looks unmistakably human; organs continue developing

    • Teratogens

      • agents that can reach the embryo or fetus and cause harm

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    Chapter 4 Review

    • Piaget’s Stages (Cognitive Development)

      • Sensorimotor (birth – age 2)

        • Object Permanence (know that things still exist even when you can’t see them); Stranger Anxiety

      • Preoperational (age 2 – 6)

        • Pretend Play; Egocentrism (difficulty taking another’s point of view)

      • Concrete Operational (age 7-11)

        • Conservation; Concrete Thinking

      • Formal Operational (age 12 – adult)

        • Abstract thinking

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    Chapter 4 Review

    • Attachment

      • emotional tie with another person

      • seen in young children when they seek closeness to caregivers and show distress when separated

    • Separation Anxiety

      • distress exhibited when young children are separated from caregivers

    • Stranger Anxiety

      • An infant’s fear of strangers

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    Chapter 4 Review

    • Attachment Styles:

      • Securely Attached

        • Explore surroundings, play (when mother is present)

        • Distressed when mother leaves; comforted when she returns

      • Insecurely Attached - Ambivalent

        • Less likely to explore and may cling to mother

        • Seem indifferent when mother leaves and returns

      • Insecurely Attached – Avoidant

        • Also less likely to explore and may cling to mother

        • May cry loudly and remain upset when mother leaves and returns

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    Chapter 4 Review

    • Harlow Experiments (1950s)

      • Reared monkeys with two artificial mothers

        • One w/ bare wire and feeding bottle

        • One w/ soft cloth and no bottle

      • Found that monkeys preferred contact with the cloth mother even though they got their food from the wire mother

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