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General psychology 2012

General Psychology 2012

Block G

Getting to know you

Getting to know you…

  • Find Someone Who

  • 2 Truths and a Lie

  • Naming adjective game – to get your neurons firing!

Course handout what to expect

Course handout – what to expect

  • Psychology

  • 2012/2013

  • Welcome to…

  • You have chosen a course that will introduce you to a fascinating social science in which hypotheses, theories, observations and facts are all about people you, your family, your friends and your community.

General psychology 2012


Pre-Instruction Diagnostic Assessment

How much do you already know about psychology?

T F 1. The behavior of most so-called “lower” animals (reptiles, insects, etc) is entirely instinctual and unaffected by learning.

T F 2. For the first few weeks of life, a baby sees nothing but a gray blur regardless of what he or she looks at.

T F 3. A child learns to talk more quickly if the adults around the child habitually repeat the word he or she is trying to say, using proper pronunciation.

T F 4. The best way to get a chronically noisy child to settle down and pay attention is to use punishment to modify the behavior.

T F 5. Slow learners remember more of what they learn than fast learners.

General psychology 2012

T F 6. Highly intelligent people (“geniuses”) tend to be physically frail and socially isolated.

T F 7. On the average, you cannot predict from a person’s grades at school and college whether he or she will do well in a career.

T F 8. Most stereotypes are completely true.

T F 9. In small amounts, alcohol is a stimulant.

T F 10. Lysergic acid diethylamide-25 (LSD) causes chromosome damage.

T F 11. The largest drug problem in terms of number of people affected is cannabis use.

General psychology 2012

T F 12. Psychiatry is a subdivision of psychology.

T F 13. Most mentally retarded people are also mentally ill.

T F 14. A third or more of the people suffering from severe mental disorders are potentially dangerous.

T F 15. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an outmoded technique no longer used in today’s mental hospitals.

T F 16. The more severe the disorder, the more time in therapy is required to cure it, e.g. schizophrenics usually require years of psychoanalysis.

T F 17. Nearly all the psychological characteristics that distinguish men and women appear to be inborn rather than learned, e.g. in all cultures women are more emotional and less sexually aggressive than men.

T F 18. No reputable psychologist believes in phenomena such as ESP, hypnosis, or the bizarre mental and physical achievements of Eastern yogis.

T F 19. Modern psychoactive medications have no side effects.

T F 20. If a child is not speaking with relative fluency by age 3, there is reason to believe that he or she is developmentally impaired.

Classroom scavenger hunt

Classroom scavenger hunt

Look at the posters and articles in 3018 and answer the following:

  • What are some of the important questions surrounding the study of cognition?

  • What are some of the functions of the frontal lobe of the brain?

  • What are our five senses?

  • How many neurons are there in the brain?

  • What is the myeline sheath?

  • What are two key social psychological questions?

  • What is abnormal psychology?

  • How might brain imaging be used in criminal cases?

  • What is at the middle of every neuron?

  • Who was the 1st psychological humanist?

  • Name two early child psychologists.

  • What are “smart” drugs?

  • What is cognition?

  • What part of the brain might shrink after PTSD?

Group work

Group Work

  • Define Psychology

Individual work

Individual work

  • a. Look up words beginning with “psych”

  • b. Look up the word “parapsychology”. Write a definition in your own words, give an example.

General psychology 2012

  • Definition of Psychology

  • Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

  • Behavior = any action that can be observed and measured.

  • Mental processes = cognitive activities (dreams, perceptions, thoughts, memories)

  • Psychologists also study people’s emotions and feelings as these affect behavior and mental processes.

  • Goal of psychology is to

  • Observe

  • Describe

  • Predict

  • Control

History of psychology

History of Psychology

  • Text book hunt…

  • Take a wander through the text books on the tables and think about which layouts appeal to you.

  • Now lets take a closer look inside. Where has psychology come from?

The history of psychology

Where did psychology come from?

The History of Psychology


Definition of psychology

How did psychology develop?


When did











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