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Introduction to Psychology PSYC 1101

Instructor: Dr. Wendy Wolfe

Psychology: the study of behavior and mental processes and how they are affected by an organisms physical state, mental state, and environment.

Have you ever wondered.?

Why people (yourself included) tend to act differently in groups How habits develop and how to break them Why we forget some things and remember others Why drugs make us feel the way they do How to build a better so that its more user-friendly What dreams really mean The ways that human behavior differs from animal behavior, and how it is similar Why your partner/child/roommate/parents act the way they do (and how to get them to quit it)

Whats the difference?

Psychology vs. Pop-psychology Psychology vs. Pseudoscience Psychology vs. Common Sense

Is This Psychology?

Is This Psychology?

Whats the difference?

Psychology vs. Pop-psychology Psychology vs. Pseudoscience Psychology vs. Common Sense

Is This Psychology?

Whats the difference?

Psychology vs. Pop-psychology Psychology vs. Pseudoscience Psychology vs. Common Sense

The Science of Psychology

Empiricism The history of psychology before and after use of the scientific method
Trephination Hippocrates Descartes (dualism) Joseph Gall (phrenology) Wilhelm Wundt (structuralism) William James (functionalism)

Psychologys Present
Biological Perspective emphasizes the role of biology (physiology, genetics) on behavior and mental processes
How damage to different parts of the brain affects personality, behavior, learning ability, language How genetics predispose us to develop certain personality traits, mental illness

Learning Perspective emphasizes the role of the environment and our experiences on behavior and mental processes
How children adopt certain behaviors by imitating their parents (social-learning) or by parents directly rewarding those behaviors (behavioral)

Cognitive Perspective emphasizes the role of cognitive processes on behavior and mental processes
If we believe we will fail, we may not even try It is easier for us to remember/recall information that is consistent with our beliefs than information that is inconsistent with our beliefs

Psychologys Present (cont.)

Sociocultural Perspective emphasizes the role of society/culture on behavior and mental processes
Technological advances in our culture (internet, gaming, cell phones) have affected our attention processes Societal pressure for thinness has contributed to increased incidence rates of eating disorders

Psychodynamic Perspective: emphasizes the role of unconscious conflicts on behavior and mental processes Humanistic: emphasizes free will, personal growth, and resilience

Psychological Perspectives: Depression Example

Biological: abnormalities in neurotransmitters in the brain Learning: depressive symptoms have been reinforced (rewarded) by the environment (e.g., getting to stay home from school because of feeling depressed) Cognitive: negative, pessimistic thinking style Socio-cultural: societal stress and role demands; modern culture has made us increasingly isolated Psychodynamic: depression is due to unconsciously displacing anger towards your parent onto yourself Humanistic: depression is due to being inauthentic or by being otherwise blocked in fulfilling your potential

The profession of psychology: Two areas

Basic Psychology Applied Psychology

Clinical Counseling School

Differences Among Applied Psychologists in Field of Mental Health

Psychotherapists Psychoanalysts Psychiatrists

Critical Thinking

How to be a critical thinker:

1. 2.


6. 7. 8.

Ask Questions be curious Define Your Terms frame your question in concrete, measurable terms (operationalize) Examine the Evidence ask what evidence supports and refutes your hypothesis, conduct research or read about others who have tested your hypothesis, take into account the quality of the research Analyze Assumptions and Biases what assumptions might you be making or what biases do you have that narrows your view: acknowledge these and force yourself to expand your view Avoid Emotional Reasoning try to take your emotions out of your thinking (i.e., if you feel passionately that your view is correct it may cloud your judgment) Dont Oversimplify dont generalize from a single (or a few) cases or events Consider Other Interpretations force yourself to consider and test other explanations/hypotheses that are contrary to your own, but would also explain your observations Tolerate Uncertainty avoid drawing firm conclusions unless others have replicated your findings

Name that Violation

Amelia has moved to a new city and, after a few weeks of settling in, has started to date. Her first three dates, with Mort, Mike, and Merv, are all disappointing. This place has no interesting men, she tells herself glumly. Ill never meet anyone I like. Bonnie believes creatures from outer space have been visiting Earth for thousands of years. Look at those ancient structures and designs that scientists cant explain, she says. A friend calls her belief nonsense. You cant prove that extraterrestrials dont exist, replies Bonnie indignantly. Susan is opposed to a proposed law that would forbid discrimination against homosexuals in housing and employment. Every gay person Ive met is unhappy and disturbed, she says, and I wouldnt want to have to live near one.


Scientific Method
Careful Observation
Define variables in operational terms Variable: anything that varies (weight, temperature, ratings on a stress survey)

Variables have to be measured so that statistical tests can be used

Hypothesis Formation
Hypotheses are stated in such a way that they can be disproven (principal of falsifiability)

Experimentation Evaluation

Non-Experimental Versus Experimental Research

Whats the Difference?

Experimental and non-experimental research are distinguished by the degree of control that the researcher has over the subjects and conditions in the study. In non-experimental research, there is often careful observation and measurement, but in experimental research there is also random assignment and manipulation of a variable. The increased control in experimental research allows you to infer causal relationships between variables.

Non-Experimental Research: Methods for Gathering Information

Case Studies Observational Studies*
Naturalistic Laboratory

Psychological tests* Surveys* * Can also be used in experiments

Non-Experimental Research: Methods for Examining Information

Descriptive Statistics Correlation = strength of a relationship between two variables
Positive vs. Negative Correlations = nature of relationship Coefficient of Correlation = strength of relationship


Correlation Scatterplots

Experimental Research
In experimental research, you manipulate one or more (independent) variables and observe the effect of this manipulation on one or more other (dependent) variables, while controlling for the influence of other (extraneous) variables. In this way, you can conclude that it was the effect of your independent variable that CAUSED the observed change in your dependent variable.

Experimental Research
Independent and dependent variables Experimental and control conditions
Random assignment Placebo conditions (single-blind) Control for experimenter effects (double-blind)

Quasi-Experimental Research

Evaluating the findings: Statistics

Descriptive Statistics
Measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode) Measures of variability (standard deviation, variance)

Inferential Statistics Meta-analysis


How do we become who we are?


Drive for SelfActualization PERSONALITY

Unconscious Conflicts & Defenses


Learning Experiences

Personality: the distinctive pattern of behavior, mannerisms, thoughts, and emotions that characterizes an individual over time Someones personality is comprised of various traits Traits: habitual ways of behaving, thinking, and feeling (e.g., confident, pessimistic)

Psychodynamic Theories
Emphasis on unconscious intrapsychic dynamics Belief in the importance of early childhood Belief that development occurs in fixed stages Focus on fantasies and symbolic meanings of events Reliance on subjective rather than objective methods of assessment

Psychoanalytic Theory (Sigmund Freud)

The Structure of Personality

Id: Operates according to the pleasure principle
Primitive and unconscious part of personality

Ego: Operates according to the reality principle

Mediates between id and superego

Superego: Moral ideals and conscience

Defense Mechanisms
Repression: Threatening idea is blocked from consciousness Projection: Unacceptable feelings are attributed to someone else Displacement: Directing emotions toward objects or people that arent the real target Reaction Formation: A feeling that produces anxiety is transformed into its opposite. Sublimation: Channeling unacceptable feelings or impulses in a socially acceptable way. Regression: A person reverts to a previous phase of psychological development. Denial: A person refuses to admit that something is unpleasant.

Which defense mechanism?

4. Trixie was homesick and anxious when she moved into the dormitory and started her first year in college. She began to sleep with her old teddy bear again because it made her feel better. __________________ 5. Patricia has a lot of anger at the way her verbally and physically abusive father treated her during her childhood. She has never confronted him about this. However, she has written a best-selling novel in which parent-child conflict is a major theme. ___________________ 6. Most people who know Jonathan know that he is gay. However, his mother stopped speaking to her best friend because the friend told her that parents should recognize and accept homosexuality in their children. _______________ 7. Michael is probably the biggest gossip in the office, but he frequently accuses others of talking too much and spreading rumors. _______________ 1. George feels that his younger son, Gary, is unattractive and not very smart. He accuses his wife of picking on Gary and favoring their other son. ________________ 2. Many people who were interred in concentration camps were unable to recall events that happened in the camp during their internment. ______________________ 3. Mark behaves like a stereotypical he-man, but he is actually anxious and insecure about his gender identity. __________________

Psychosexual Stages of Development

Oral: birth 1 yr Anal: 2-3 Phallic (oedipal): 3-5/6 Latency: 5/6-puberty Genital: puberty-adulthood

Other Psychodynamic Theories

Jungian: collective unconscious Object Relations: attachment Other Neo-Freudians:
Emphasis on ego development Development throughout the lifespan Role of other relationships

Humanistic View
Abraham Maslow: personality gradually develops towards self-actualization Carl Rogers: our inner experience of ourselves may differ from what we show others Rollo May (existentialist): in confronting issues such as death and searching for the meaning of life, we may discover inner resources of strength or be overcome by fear/anxiety, which is reflected in our personality as it evolves over our lifetime

Maslows Hierarchy of Needs

Trait Theory
Extroversion vs. Introversion (53%) Neuroticism vs. Emotional Stability (41%) Agreeableness vs. Antagonism (41%) Conscientiousness vs. Impulsiveness (44%) Openness to experience vs. resistance to new experience (61%)

Nature vs. Nurture

The role of genetics versus learning experiences and cultural influences on personality development

Nature vs. Nurture: Nature

Infant Temperament Heritability Research
Adoption studies Twin studies Personality = 50% heritability

Nature vs. Nurture: Nurture

Learning Perspective (Behaviorism)
Personality consists of habits that have been shaped by the environment through classical and operant conditioning

Social Learning
Unlike behaviorism, social learning allows for observational learning Social learning also involves the notion of reciprocal determinism

Parent and Peer Influences Cultural Influences

Individualist cultures Collectivist cultures

John B. Watson - Behaviorist

Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I'll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief and, yes, even beggar-man and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors. I am going beyond my facts and I admit it, but so have the advocates of the contrary and they have been doing it for many thousands of years.(1930)

Culturally Informed Personality Traits

Individualistic Cultures: I identity Uniqueness valued Dependency is negative Promotion of individual needs/goals Valued traits: assertiveness, strength, competitiveness Collectivistic Cultures: We identity Conformity valued Co-dependency positive Promotion of group needs valued (promotion of individual needs is shameful) Valued traits: honesty, generosity, sensitivity

How do we become who we are?


Drive for SelfActualization PERSONALITY

Unconscious Conflicts & Defenses


Learning Experiences

Developmental Psychology

Human Development
Developmental psychology focuses on: physiological and cognitive changes across the life span socialization (the process by which children learn the attitudes and behaviors expected of them by society)

Infant Development
Rooting Sucking Swallowing Moro startle Babinski Grasp Stepping

Infant Development
Attachment (Harlow research)
Contact comfort

Attachment (Ainsworth research)

Securely attached Insecurely attached/avoidant Insecurely attached/anxious or ambivalent

Childhood: Cognitive Development

Language Development
Baby Talk: 6-12 mos. Object Naming: 1 yr. Telegraphic Speech: 18-24 mos. Rapid Acquisition of Words: 1-6 yrs.

Language Acquisition Device: an innate mental module that allows young children to develop language if they are exposed to an adequate sampling of conversation during a critical period in their development.

Cognitive Development: Piagets Theory

Cognitive development consists of mental adaptations to new observations & experiences. Adaptation takes two forms:
Assimilation: Absorbing new information into existing cognitive structures.

Accommodation: Modifying existing cognitive structures in response to experience and new information.

Piagets Stages of Development

Sensorimotor (birth-2 years)
Object permanence

Preoperational (ages 2-7)

Symbolic thought Egocentric

Concrete Operational (ages 7-12)

Conservation Reversible operations

Formal Operational (age 12-adulthood)

Abstract reasoning


Developmental Influences
Physiological changes
Puberty & Timing of Puberty Brain Development

Identity formation and individuation

Acquiring temporal perspective Acquiring self-certainty Role experimentation Apprenticeship Sexual polarization Questions of authority Ideological commitment


Eriksons 8 Stages of Lifespan Development

Trust vs. Mistrust
Infancy (0-1 year)

Autonomy vs. Shame and doubt

Toddler (1-2 years)

Initiative vs. Guilt

Preschool (3-5 years)

Industry vs. Inferiority

Elementary School (6-12 years)

Identity vs. Role confusion

Adolescence (13-19 years)

Intimacy vs. Isolation

Young adulthood (20-40 years)

Generativity vs. Stagnation

Middle adulthood (40-65 years)

Integrity vs. Despair

Late adulthood (65 and older)

Cognitive Functioning Throughout Adulthood

Physiological Psychology

Nervous System Organization

Autonomic NS: Sympathetic & Parasympathetic Divisions

What part of the nervous system is responsible when.?

1. You see someone with a mask come up to you from behind, you feel a sharp object against your side, and you hear give me your money. 2. You think about your options. 3. You try some of your karate moves and strike with an elbow to the neck and a kick to the groin. 4. You notice that your heart is racing and youre sweating profusely. 5. Later, once youre safe at home, you notice that you are salivating quite a bit and you are starting to get hungry.

Communication in the NS


The Structure of the Neuron

Dendrite: Branches that receive signals and transmit to cell body Cell Body: Controls cell metabolism and determines firing Axon: Carries impulses away from cell body Myelin Sheath: Fatty insulation

How Neurons Communicate

Synapse: Site where a nerve impulse is transmitted from one neuron to another; includes the axon terminal, synaptic cleft, and receptor sites on receiving cell. Neurotransmitter: Chemical substance that is released by transmitting neuron at the synapse and alters the activity of the receiving neuron.

Electro-Chemical Communication
If action potential in the cell body is reached, electrical impulse is sent down axon When signal reaches axon terminal, vesicles release neurotransmitters into synaptic cleft NTs bind to receptor site on receiving neuron Electrical state of receiving neuron changes, becoming more (or less) likely to fire, depending on whether the NT is excitatory or inhibitory

The Discovery of Neurotransmitters

Major Neurotransmitters
Acetylcholine (ACh) Dopamine Norepinephrine Serotonin Gamma amino butryic acid (GABA) Glutamate

Other Chemical Messengers

Hormones: Chemical substances, primarily produced in the endocrine glands, which are released in the bloodstream and carried to various organs and cells.

Important Hormones
Endorphins: Chemical substances in the nervous system that are similar in structure and action to opiates; they are involved in pain reduction, pleasure, and memory, and are known technically as endogenous opioid peptides.

Important Hormones
Melatonin > Sleep Adrenal Hormones
Cortisol > Boosts energy, reduces inflammation Adrenaline (Epinephrine) & Noradrenaline (Norepinephrine) > Increase arousal and improve memory

Sex Hormones
Androgens (e.g., testosterone) > Masculinizing Estrogens > Feminizing

Thalamus and Hypothalamus

Thalamus: Relays sensory messages to the cerebral cortex. Hypothalamus: Involved in emotions and drives vital to survival (e.g., fear, hunger, thirst, and reproduction); it regulates the autonomic nervous system. Pituitary Gland: Small endocrine gland at the base of the brain, which releases many hormones and regulates other endocrine glands.

The Limbic System

Limbic System: A group of brain areas involved in emotional reactions and motivated behavior.
Amygdala: Involved in the arousal and regulation of emotion and the initial emotional response to sensory information. Hippocampus: Involved in the storage of new information in memory.

The Case of H.M.

Suffered from epilepsy, had most of his hippocampus and amygdala surgically removed. Subsequently suffered severe anterograde amnesia. Died in 2008 at age 82.

The Frontal Lobe

Involved in motor function, problem solving, spontaneity, memory, language, initiation, judgment, impulse control, and social and sexual behavior The Case of Phineas Gage Pre-motor cortex & Prefrontal cortex


Consciousness awareness of oneself and ones environment Changes in consciousness
sleeping & dreaming daydreaming & mindlessness hypnosis & relaxation drug-induced

Biological Rhythms
Regular physiological fluctuations Circadian rhythms: biological rhythms occurring approximately every 24 hours
Suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) Melatonin Internal desynchronization

Typical circadian rhythms

The Importance of Sleep

Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep per 24 hour period to function optimally Effects of short-term sleep deprivation: difficulty maintaining attention, loss of creativity/mental sharpness, irritability Effects of longer-term sleep deprivation: serious impairment in cognitive and physical functioning, hallucinations and delusions

Improving Your Sleep

Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and other stimulants before bed Dont go to bed when you are full or hungry Develop a nightly ritual, particularly one that is relaxing Engage in regular aerobic exercise, but not late at night Take a warm bath 90 minutes before bed Avoid emotional stressors (e.g., balancing check book) right before bed Limit activities in your sleeping area Avoid alcohol Designate a regular bedtime and waking time Minimize light and noises

Sleep Stages: nREM sleep

Stage 1: drifting off to sleep
Hypnic myoclonia Hypnagogic hallucinations

Stage 2: heart rate slows, body temp drops, muscles tighten and relax Stage 3 & 4: slow (delta) wave sleep
Person is deeply asleep and will be groggy if awoken Associated with restoring energy, muscle/bone growth and repair, and strengthening of the immune system

Sleep Stages: REM sleep

After moving through stages 1-4 (45 min), you move back up from stages 4-2 (45 min) and enter REM sleep REM = Rapid Eye Movement
paradoxical sleep Brain waves similar to waking state (vivid dreaming) Body is paralyzed

Function is unknown
REM rebound

Over the course of a period of sleep, REM sleep time increases and slow wave sleep decreases

Sleep Disorders
Dyssomnias: associated with sleep deprivation or problematic sleep onset
Insomnia Sleep apnea Narcolepsy

Sleep Disorders
Parasomnias: behavioral or physiological abnormalities during sleep
Sleepwalking Disorder (Stage 4) Night terror Disorder (Stage 4) Nightmare Disorder (REM) REM Behavior Disorder (REM)

Why Do We Dream?
Psychoanalytic View Problem-Focused Approach Reverse Learning (Mental Housekeeping) Activation-Synthesis Theory Cognitive View

Freud on Dream Symbolism

Rooms in dreams are usually women; if the various ways in and out of them are represented, this interpretation is scarcely open to doubt.We find an interesting link with the sexual researches of childhood when a dreamer dreams of two rooms which were originally one, or when he sees a familiar room divided into two in the dream, or vice versa. In childhood the female genitals and the anus are regarded as a single area the bottom.Steps, ladders, or staircases, or, as the case may be, walking up or down them, are representations of the sexual act. From The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud


Hypnosis: What We Know

Responsiveness to hypnosis depends more on the person being hypnotized than the skill of the hypnotist Hypnotized people cannot be forced to do things against their will Tasks performed under hypnosis can also be performed by properly motivated people not under hypnosis Hypnosis does not improve accuracy of memory or produce re-experiences of past events Hypnosis can be used to improve pain tolerance, induce relaxation, and help people change habitual behaviors

Theories of Hypnosis
Dissociation Theories
A split in consciousness in which one part of the mind operates independently from the rest of the consciousness. One part of the mind responds to the suggestions while the other functions as a hidden observer, watching but not participating

Socio-Cognitive Theories
Effect results from an interaction between the social influence of the hypnotist and the abilities, beliefs, and expectations of the subject. The person is basically playing a role in response of the social demands of the hypnotist.

Psychoactive Drugs
Substances that alter perception, mood, thinking, memory, or behavior by changing the bodys biochemistry (typically by acting on neurotransmitters) Use of psychoactive substances has occurred throughout time and across species Drugs are classified according to their effects on the CNS and how they impact behavior and mood

Drug Classifications
Stimulants (e.g., cocaine, amphetamine, nicotine, caffeine): speed up CNS activity Depressants (e.g., alcohol, barbiturates, benzodiazepines): slow down CNS activity Opiates (e.g., opium, heroin, morphine): mimic endogenous opioids Psychedelics (e.g., LSD, mescaline, psilocybin): disrupt normal thought processes Other drugs (e.g., marijuana, Ecstasy): affect the CNS in a variety of ways

Psychology of Drug Effects

Physical factors: body weight, metabolism, physical tolerance Mental set or expectations about the drugs effects Past experience with the drug Mood and Environmental setting Culture

Sensation and Perception

Sensation and Perception

Sensation: The detection of physical energy emitted or reflected by physical objects; it occurs when energy in the external environment or the body stimulates receptors in the sense organs. Perception: The process by which the brain organizes and interprets sensory information.

The Riddle of Separate Sensations

Sense Receptors: Specialized neurons that convert physical energy from the environment or the body into electrical energy that can be transmitted as nerve impulses to the brain. Doctrine of Specific Nerve Energies: Different sensory modalities exist because signals received by the sense organs stimulate different nerve pathways leading to different areas of the brain.

"Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul."-W. Kandinsky

Measuring the Senses

Absolute Threshold
The smallest quantity of physical energy that can be reliably detected by an observer

Difference Threshold
The smallest difference in stimulation that can be reliably detected by an observer when two stimuli are compared; also called Just Noticeable Difference (JND).

Signal-Detection Theory
Holds that responses in a detection task depend on a sensory process and a decision process. Responses may vary with a persons motivation, alertness, and expectations

Absolute Thresholds
A single candle flame from 30 miles on a clear night

The tick of a watch from 20 feet in total quiet

One drop of perfume in a 6-room apartment

The wing of a bee on the cheek, dropped from 1 cm

One teaspoon of sugar in 2 gallons of water

Sensory Adaptation
The reduction or disappearance of sensory responsiveness that occurs when stimulation is unchanging or repetitious.


What We See
Hue: The dimension of visual experience specified by color names and related to the wavelength of light.

Brightness: Lightness and luminance; the dimension of visual experience related to the amount of light emitted from or reflected by an object. Saturation: Vividness or purity of color; the dimension of visual experience related to the complexity of light waves.

Structures of the Human Eye

Structures of the Retina

Did You Know?

Diurnal animals (those active during the day), like birds and fish, have mostly cones on their retinas. This lets them see colors very well during daylight, but gives them very poor vision at night. Nocturnal animals, like rats and bats, have mostly rods on their retinas. They cannot see color, but can see well at night. Herbivores and prey animals have their eyes set on the side of their head for a fuller range of vision. Carnivores have eyes closer together for better depth perception. Cats have a reflective surface on the back of their eye, which gives them eye shine at night and also allows them to see very well at night since light has two chances to be picked up by their visual receptors (once going into they eye, and once as it is reflected back out)

Trichromatic Theory
T. Young (1802) & H. von Helmholtz (1852) both proposed that the eye detects 3 primary colors (red, blue, & green) All other colors can be derived by combining the activity of these three types of cones

Opponent-Process Theory
At the level of the ganglion cells in the retina and in visual centers of the brain, opponent process cells selectively fire to either short or long wavelengths (and are inhibited by the opposing wavelength). This inhibition is temporarily reversed with a brief firing when the color is removed (explaining negative afterimages)

Visual Perception

How we Perceive Form

Gestalt principles describe the brains organization of sensory building blocks into meaningful units and patterns.

Which is more memorable?






Depth and Distance Perception

Binocular Cues: Visual cues to depth or distance that require the use of both eyes.
Convergence: Turning inward of the eyes, which occurs when they focus on a nearby object Retinal Disparity: The slight difference in lateral separation between two objects as seen by the left eye and the right eye.

Monocular Cues: Visual cues to depth or distance that can be used by one eye alone.


What We Hear
Loudness: The dimension of auditory experience related to the intensity of a pressure wave. Pitch: The dimension of auditory experience related to the frequency of a pressure wave. Timbre: The distinguishing quality of sound; the dimension of auditory experience related to the complexity of the pressure wave.

How we Hear

Auditory Perception
Gestalt Principles Apply Distance Perception Location Perception

Other Senses

Papillae: Knoblike elevations on the tongue, containing the taste buds (Singular: papilla). Taste buds: Nests of taste-receptor cells.

Smell & Taste Perception

Red bars = subjects could smell Blue bars = subjects could not smell

Smell: The Sense of Scents

Airborne chemical molecules enter the nose and circulate through the nasal cavity. Receptors on the roof of the nasal cavity detect these molecules.

Senses of the Skin

The skin senses include:
Touch Warmth Cold Pain Various others (itch and tickle)

Gate-Control Theory of Pain

Experience of pain depends (in part) on whether the pain impulse gets past neurological gate in the spinal cord and thus reaches the brain.

Neuromatrix Theory of Pain

Theory that the matrix of neurons in the brain is capable of generating pain (and other sensations) in the absence of signals from sensory nerves.

Internal Senses
Kinesthesis: The sense of body position and movement of body parts; also called kinesthesia. Equilibrium: The sense of balance.

Thought Processes & Biases

The Elements of Cognition

Concept: Mental category that groups objects, relations, activities, abstractions, or qualities having common properties. Formal concepts Natural concepts Prototypes Proposition: A unit of meaning that is made up of concepts and expresses a single idea. Mental Image: Representation that mirrors or resembles the thing it represents.

Cognitive Schema: An integrated mental network of knowledge, beliefs, and expectations concerning a particular topic or aspect of the world.


Prototype: Furniture
1 chair 1 sofa 3 couch 3 table 5 easy chair 6 dresser 6 rocking chair 8 coffee table 9 rocker 10 love seat 11 chest of drawers 12 desk 13 bed ... 22 bookcase 27 cabinet 29 bench 31 lamp 32 stool 35 piano 41 mirror 42 tv 44 shelf 45 rug 46 pillow 47 wastebasket 49 sewing machine 50 stove 54 refrigerator 60 telephone



PROPOSITIONS I usually eat cereal for breakfast. On Sundays, I like to make pancakes, waffles, or eggs and biscuits. Other people eat donuts, bagels, or leftovers for breakfast.

OTHER PROPOSITIONS Is derived from the notion of breaking fast. Means first meal of the day. Is the most important meal of the day.

OTHER PROPOSITIONS I usually make breakfast for myself and my kids. Breakfast is not my favorite meal.

CONCEPT Cereal Fruit Pancakes Eggs Bacon Grits Donuts

Cognitive Schemas
Framework that helps us organize and interpret information Help us take shortcuts Also cause us to overlook relevant information

How Conscious is Thought?

Subconscious Processes: Mental processes occurring outside of conscious awareness but accessible to consciousness when necessary. Nonconscious Processes: Mental processes occurring outside of and not available to conscious awareness.

Can you make a sentence from each?

01 him was worried she always 02 from are Florida oranges temperature 03 ball the throw toss silently 04 shoes give replace old the 05 he observes occasionally people watches 06 be will sweat lonely they 07 sky the seamless gray is 08 should now withdraw forgetful we 09 us bingo sing play let 10 sunlight makes temperature wrinkle raisins

From Malcolm Gladwell's Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, pp 52 - 55

Now, Answer This Question:

How quickly would you walk down the hall, if I excused you from class right now?

Reasoning Rationally
Formal Reasoning: Algorithms and Logic Informal Reasoning: Heuristics and Dialectical Thinking (Reflective Judgment)

Formal Logic
Algorithm Deductive Reasoning: A tool of formal logic in which a conclusion necessarily follows from a set of observations or propositions (premises).

Deductive Reasoning Exercise

If a person gets athletes foot, then the persons toes will fall off. What if the next statement is:
a. b. c. d. Bill has athletes foot. Bill does not have athletes foot. Bills toes fell off. Bills toes did not fall off.

Formal Logic
Inductive Reasoning: A tool of formal logic in which a conclusion probably follows from a set of observations or propositions or premises, but could be false.

Inductive Reasoning Example

Can you supply the missing number and the rule for the examples below?
5 9 13 ? 21 1 3 4 7 11 ?

Deductive Reasoning: A top-down approach

Inductive Reasoning: A bottom-up approach

Inductive or Deductive Reasoning?

Jack: I've noticed previously that every time I kick a ball up, it comes back down, so I guess this next time when I kick it up, it will come back down, too. Jill: That's Newton's Law. Everything that goes up must come down. And so, if you kick the ball up, it must come down.

Informal Reasoning
A rule of thumb that suggests a course of action or guides problem solving but does not guarantee an optimal solution.

Dialectical Reasoning:
A process in which opposing facts or ideas are weighed and compared, with a view to determining the best solution or resolving differences.

3 Stages of Dialectical Reasoning

Thesis: statement of an idea, view, or position Antithesis: statement of an alternative (often contradictory) view Synthesis: integration of the best aspects of previous ideas/views

Question: Why are human beings violent?

Thesis Statement and Arguments: Violent behavior develops in people as they experience and learn from the world around them. Antithesis Statement and Arguments: Aggression and violence are not learned, they are basic human instincts. Synthesis: People are born with the capacity for violence (this tendency towards violence may vary across individuals), but learning experiences serve to either elicit or suppress this innate drive

Reflective Judgment
Pre-reflective Judgment
I was brought up to believe. I know what Ive seen.

Quasi-reflective Judgment
Knowledge is purely subjective. You have your opinion and I have mine.

Reflective Judgment
Based on the evidence, I believe Here are the reasons for my conclusions

Barriers to Reasoning Rationally

The Nine-Dot Problem: The Difficulty in Using a Mental Set

Connect all 9 dots Use only 4 lines Do not lift your pencil from the page after you begin drawing

Barriers to Reasoning Rationally

Biases due to Mental Sets Exaggerating the Improbable (The Availability Heuristic) Representativeness Heuristic Anchoring Effect Avoiding Loss (Risk Aversion) The Confirmation Bias The Hindsight Bias

chapter 7

The confirmation bias

The tendency to pay attention only to information that confirms ones own beliefs
Test this rule: If a card has a vowel on one side, it has an even number on the other side.

Which 2 cards to turn over?

1. Cards 6 and 7 2. Cards J and 6 3. Cards E and 7 4. Cards E and 6

Cognitive Dissonance

When are we most motivated to reduce dissonance?

When justifying a choice or decision we made freely When justifying the effort put into a choice or decision When justifying a behavior that conflicts with our self-view


Psychometric Approach
g factor Binet-Simon Intelligence Test
Mental age/chronological age x 100 = IQ

Standardized scores

Wechsler Intelligence Scales (WAIS, WISC) Problems/limitations

IQ: Standardized Scores

WAIS Verbal Subtests

Information: Similar to "Trivial Pursuit," this subtest measures fund of factual information. It is strongly influenced by culture. An American education and intact long-term memory will contribute to a higher score. Sample question (not really on the tests): "What is the capital of France?" Comprehension: This subtest measures understanding of social conventions and common sense. It is also culturally loaded. Sample question: "What is the thing to do if you find an injured person laying on the sidewalk?" Digit Span: Requires the repetition of number strings forward and backwards. Measures concentration, attention, and immediate memory. Lower scores are obtained by persons with an attention deficit or anxiety. Similarities: This subtest measures verbal abstract reasoning and conceptualization abilities. The individual is asked how two things are alike. Sample question: "How are a snake and an alligator alike?" Vocabulary: This test measures receptive and expressive vocabulary. It is the best overall measure of general intelligence (assuming the test-taker's native language is English). Sample question: "What is the meaning of the word 'articulate'?" Arithmetic: Consists of mathematical word problems which are performed mentally. Measures attention, concentration, and numeric reasoning. Sample question: "John bought three books for five dollars each, and paid ten percent sales tax. How much did he pay all together?"

Block Design Task

For legal/ethical reasons the actual WAIS Block Design Task cannot be shown, so this is a similar Block Design task

All sides are unique of all the cubes

Story Completion Example

Story Completion Example Solved

Predictors of Intelligence
Genes Environment
Prenatal care Nutrition Exposure to toxins Stress Environmental enrichment


The War of the Ghosts. One night two young men from Egulac went down to the river to hunt seals, and while they were it became foggy and calm. Then they heard war cries and they thought; 'Maybe this is a war-party.' They escaped to the shore, and hid behind a log. Now canoes came up, and they heard the noise of paddles and saw one canoe coming up to them. There were five men in the canoe and they said; 'What do you think? We wish to take you along. We are going up the river to make war on the people. One of the young men said; 'I have no arrows. 'Arrows are in the canoe,' they said. 'I will not go along. I might be killed. My relatives do not know where I have gone. But you,' he said, turning to the other, 'May go with them. So one of the young men went, but the other returned home. And the warriors went on up the river to a town on the other side of Kalama. The people came down to the water and began to fight, and many were killed. But presently, one of the young men heard one of the warriors say; 'Quick let us go home. That Indian has been hit. Now he thought; 'Oh, they are ghosts.' He did not feel sick, but he had been shot. So the canoes went back to Egulac, and the young man went back to his house and made a fire. And he told everybody and said; 'Behold, I accompanied the ghosts, and we went to fight. Many of our fellows were killed and many of those that attacked us were killed. They said I was hit, but I did not feel sick. He told it all, and then he became quiet. When the sun rose, he fell down. Something black came out of his mouth. His face became contorted. The people jumped up and cried. He was dead.

Two Indians were out fishing for seals in the Bay of Manapan, when along came five other Indians in a war canoe. They were going fighting. Come with us said the five to the two. I cannot come was the answer of the one, for I have an old mother at home who is dependent on me. The other said he could not come because he had no arms. That is no difficulty the others replied, for we have plenty in the canoe with us; so he got into the canoe and went with them. In a fight soon afterwards this Indian received a mortal wound. Finding that his hour was coming, he cried out that he was about to die. Nonsense said one of the others you will not die. But he did.

The Conditions of Confabulation

Source amnesia: We recall information, but not the source of the information. This can lead to source misattribution and confabulation. Confabulation: Confusion of an event that happened to someone else with one that happened to you, or a belief that you remember something when it never actually happened. Confabulation is most likely when:
you have thought about the event many times; the image of the event contains many details; the event is easy to imagine; you focus on emotional reactions to the event rather than what actually happened.

Flashbulb Memories
Even flashbulb memories, emotionally powerful memories that seem particularly vivid, are often embellished or distorted and tend to become less accurate over time.

Memory and the Power of Suggestion

Eyewitness Recall
The reconstructive nature of memory makes memory vulnerable to suggestion. Eyewitness testimony is especially vulnerable to error when:
the suspects ethnicity differs from that of the witness; when leading questions are put to witnesses; when the witnesses are given misleading information.

Childrens Testimony

Measuring Memory
Explicit Memory: Conscious, intentional recollection of an event or of an item of information. Implicit Memory: Unconscious retention in memory, as evidenced by the effect of a previous experience or previously encountered information on current thoughts or actions.

Three-Box Model of Memory

Limits of Short-term Memory

7 + or 2 Chunking

Serial-Position Effect
The tendency for recall of first and last items on a list to surpass recall of items in the middle of the list.

Long-term Memory
Procedural memories:
Memories for performance of actions or skills. Knowing how

Declarative memories:
Memories of facts, rules, concepts, and events; includes semantic and episodic memory. Knowing that

Semantic memories:
General knowledge, including facts, rules, concepts, and propositions.

Episodic memories:
Personally experienced events and the contexts in which they occurred.

Connectionist Model

How We Remember
Effective Encoding Rehearsal Mnemonics

Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve

In order to remember material well, we must encode it accurately in the first place. Some kinds of information, such as material in a college course, require effortful, as opposed to automatic, encoding.

Maintenance Rehearsal: Rote repetition of material in order to maintain its availability in memory. Elaborative Rehearsal: Association of new information with already stored knowledge and analysis of the new information to make it memorable.

Mnemonics: memory aids or tricks (are usually verbal, but can take other forms too) Enhance retention by promoting elaborative encoding and making material meaningful. However, for ordinary memory tasks, complex memory tricks are often ineffective or even counterproductive.

Why We Forget
Decay Interference Cue-dependent Forgetting Psychogenic Amnesia

Decay Theory: The theory that information in memory eventually disappears if it is not accessed; it applies more to short-term than to long-term memory.

Retroactive Interference: Forgetting that occurs when recently learned material interferes with the ability to remember similar material stored previously. Proactive Interference: Forgetting that occurs when previously stored material interferes with the ability to remember similar, more recently learned material.

Cue-dependent Forgetting
Cue-Dependent Forgetting: The inability to retrieve information stored in memory because of insufficient cues for recall. State-Dependent Memory: The tendency to remember something when the rememberer is in the same physical or mental state as during the original learning or experience.


Learning: A relatively durable change in behavior due to experience. Behaviorism: An approach to psychology that emphasizes the study of observable behavior and the role of the environment as a determinant of behavior.

Classical Conditioning

Classical conditioning involves Reflexes

A reflex is an observed high correlation between a stimulus and a response that exists without benefit of experience. A reflex is neither the stimulus nor the response alone. It is the relation between the two. US = Unconditioned stimulus UR = Unconditioned response US (air puff) UR (eye blink) US (tap on knee) UR (knee jerk) US (meat) UR (salivation)

Pavlovs Apparatus

New Reflexes From Old

Classical Conditioning: The process by which a previously neutral stimulus acquires the capacity to elicit a response through association with a stimulus that already elicits a similar or related response.

Conditioning Terms
Unconditioned Stimulus:
A stimulus that elicits a reflexive response in the absence of learning.

Conditioned Stimulus:
An initially neutral stimulus that comes to elicit a conditioned response after being associated with an unconditioned stimulus.

Conditioning Terms
Unconditioned Response:
A reflexive response elicited by a stimulus in the absence of learning.

Conditioned Response:
A response that is elicited by a conditioned stimulus; it occurs after the conditioned stimulus is associated with an unconditioned stimulus.

John has always disciplined his cat Smokey by hitting a newspaper near her to make a loud noise. Now, Smokey has begun to run and hide when John opens the morning paper. At age 12, Ben began masturbating while wearing his mothers silk slip. Eventually, he found himself becoming aroused whenever he saw womens undergarments or clothes made of similar material.

A neutral stimulus that is consistently followed by an unconditioned stimulus will become a conditioned stimulus.

The weakening and eventual disappearance of a learned response; in classical conditioning, it occurs when the conditioned stimulus is no longer paired with the unconditioned stimulus.

Higher Order Conditioning

A procedure in which a neutral stimulus becomes a conditioned stimulus through association with an already established conditioned stimulus.

Generalization and Discrimination

Stimulus Generalization:
After conditioning, the tendency to respond to a stimulus that resembles one involved in the original conditioning.

Stimulus Discrimination:
The tendency to respond differently to two or more similar stimuli.

Learning to Fear
An 11-month old boy named Albert was conditioned to fear a white laboratory rat
Each time he reached for the rat, Watson made a loud clanging noise right behind Albert

Alberts fear generalized to anything white and furry

Including rabbits and Santa Claus

In classical conditioning, the process of pairing a conditioned stimulus with a stimulus that elicits a response that is incompatible with an unwanted conditioned response.

Operant Conditioning

Operant behavior is behavior that is modifiable by its consequences Operant conditioning is the process by which operant behavior is acquired or eliminated Operant behavior concerns complex, nonreflexive behavior

Thorndikes Law of Effect

Responses that are closely followed by satisfaction will become firmly attached to the situation and therefore more likely to reoccur when the situation is repeated. Conversely, if the situation is followed by discomfort, the connections to the situation will become weaker and the response will be less likely to occur when the situation is repeated.

A = Talking to someone you are attracted to at a party B = You use a clever pick-up line C = You get a date

.You are more likely to use that line again in the same (or similar) situations

A = Talking to someone you are attracted to at a party B = You use a clever pick-up line C = You get slapped

.You are less likely to use that line again in the same (or similar) situations

Skinners Radical Behaviorism

Reinforcement & Punishment

Reinforcement: a type of consequence of behavior that increases the probability of behavior that produces it Punishment: a type of consequence of behavior that decreases the probability of behavior that produces it

Positive vs. Negative

Positive (+): an operation (consequence) where a stimulus, condition or event is presented (added) Negative (-): an operation (consequence) where a stimulus, condition or event is removed (subtracted)

Increase in Behavior Stimulus Presented Increase in Behavior Stimulus Removed

Decrease in Behavior Stimulus Presented Decrease in Behavior Stimulus Removed



To de-code operant conditioning, ask yourself:

1. What is the operant behavior? 2. Is it increasing (reinforcement) or decreasing (punishment)? 3. Was something added to the environment/organism after the behavior (positive) or was something taken away (negative)?

Operant Conditioning: Other Examples

You start seeing a tutor regularly for help with a class and ace the next exam, so you decide to utilize tutoring for all your classes. Every time Billy whines at the store, his parents buy him a toy, so Billy keeps making a fuss at the store. Every time Billys parents give in to his toy request, Billy stops complaining, so they continue giving in to his demands. Whenever you borrow your roommates clothes, she yells at you (which you hate), so you stop borrowing her clothes. You get caught speeding and have to pay $250 you were saving to go on Spring Break. Now you really try to watch your speed (especially on Abercorn). When Susan is caught talking in class, she is sent to the principals office. Her teacher cant understand why Susan keeps getting more and more chatty despite the punishment When Andrew is caught talking in class, he is sent to the principals office. His teacher is pleased that Andrew has been an angel ever since.

Reinforcing successive approximations to a target behavior
Complex behaviors Behaviors not already in the persons behavioral repertoire

The discontinuation of reinforcement results in a decrease and eventual elimination of the response Side effects of extinction:
Extinction burst Increased variability of behavior Aggression Spontaneous recovery

Schedules of Reinforcement
Rules that determine which responses will be reinforced and which wont be reinforced Ratio Schedules: Reinforcement determined by the number of responses emitted
Fixed Ratio (FR): The number of responses per reinforcement is fixed. For example, every 10th response produces a reinforcer (FR 10) Variable Ratio (VR): The number of responses per reinforcement varies. For example, on average every 10th response (range: 5-15) produces a reinforcer (VR 10).

Schedules of Reinforcement
Interval Schedules: Reinforcement is determined by the amount of time since the last reinforcer.
Fixed Interval (FI): The time between reinforcers is fixed. For example, the first response after a one minute time period has elapsed is reinforced (FI 1) Variable Interval (VI): The time between reinforcers varies. For example, the first response after an average interval of one minute (range: 30s-90s) is reinforced (VI 1).

Why are Schedules Important?

When a response is reinforced intermittently (variably), it is much more resistant to extinction.
If you want a behavior to persist, use a variable schedule of reinforcement But, be careful of accidentally reinforcing an undesired behavior on a variable schedule (because it will also persist)!

Common examples of intermittent (variable) reinforcement

Temper Tantrums Superstitious Behaviors Gambling

Applied Behavior Analysis

Applied practice of operant conditioning Most frequently used with autism and other developmental disabilities However, operant principles can be used with any behavior change efforts
Performance management Programmed System of Instruction (PSI)

Social-Cognitive Theory

Latent Learning
Rats: one maze trial/day One group found food every time (green line) Second group never found food (blue line) Third group found food on Day 11 (red line)
Sudden change, day 12

Learning isnt the same as performance

Social-Cognitive Concepts
Social-learning theory
Observational learning

Attitudes Attributions Expectancies Self-Efficacy

Banduras Aggression Research

Social & Cultural Influences on Behavior

What social forces shape our behavior?

Roles and Rules Social Influences on Beliefs Group Dynamics
Behavior in groups Group identity Group conflicts and prejudice

Social Rules & Roles

The Obedience Study

Stanley Milgram and coworkers investigated whether people would follow orders, even when the order violated their ethical standards. Experiment consisted of participants being asked by an authority figure (an experimenter) to shock another participant for learning errors Most people were far more obedient than anyone expected.
Every single participant complied with at least some orders to shock another person

Results are controversial and have generated much research on violence and obedience.

Obedience Study Conclusions

Behavior (obedience) was more strongly controlled by situational factors, than individual factors Situational factors associated with less obedience
When the experimenter left the room When the experimenter was not perceived to be an authority figure When 2 experimenters gave conflicting orders When the victim was in the same room When another participant was in the same room and refused to shock

Stanford Prison Study

Zimbardo conducted research with college students to determine the effect of role assignment on participants behavior. Students were assigned to be prisoners or guards. Participants readily adopted their assigned roles Study was ended after 6 days due to severe stress reactions experienced by some of the participants

Factors related to obedience

Allocating responsibility to the authority Routinizing the task Wanting to be polite Becoming entrapped
Entrapment: A gradual process in which individuals escalate their commitment to a course of action to justify their investment of time, money, or effort.

Social Influences on Beliefs

Attribution Theory:
The theory that people are motivated to explain their own and other peoples behavior by attributing causes of that behavior to a situation or a disposition.

Fundamental Attribution Error:

The tendency, in explaining other peoples behavior, to overestimate dispositional (e.g., personality) factors and underestimate the influence of the situation. Just-world Hypothesis + FAE = Blaming the Victim

Self-serving Bias: The tendency to use dispositional attributions to explain our successes and situational attributions to explain our failures

A relatively stable opinion containing beliefs and emotional feelings about a topic.

Familiarity Effect:
The tendency of people to feel more positive toward something because theyve seen it often

Validity Effect:
The tendency of people to believe that a statement is true or valid simply because it has been repeated many times.

Influencing Attitudes

Does advertising attempt to influence attitudes?

Product Placement

Individuals in Groups

Research study by Ashe: Subjects in a group were asked to match line lengths. Confederates in the group picked the wrong line. Subjects went along with the wrong answer on 37% of trials.

No, its not hard! Sample A B C

In close-knit groups, the tendency for all members to think alike and suppress disagreement for the sake of harmony. Historical examples
Bay of Pigs Challenger & Columbia space shuttle tragedies War in Iraq?

Diffusion & Deindividuation

Diffusion of Responsibility:
In organized or anonymous groups, the tendency of members to avoid taking responsibility for actions or decisions because they assume that others will do so. Bystander apathy
Kitty Genovese case

Social loafing

In groups or crowds, the loss of awareness of ones own individuality.

Us Versus Them: Group Identity

Group Identity
Social Identity:
The part of a persons self-concept that is based on identification with a nation, culture, or group or with gender or other roles in society.

Ethnic Identity:
A persons identification with a racial, religious, or ethnic group.

The belief that ones own ethnic group, nation, or religion is superior to all others.

A cognitive schema or a summary impression of a group, in which a person believes that all members of the group share a common trait or traits (positive, negative, or neutral).

A negative stereotype about a group, combined with a strong dislike or hatred for members of that group.

Group Conflicts and Prejudice

Robbers Cave Experiment

Boys were randomly separated into two groups
Rattlers and Eagles

Competitions fostered hostility between the groups. Experimenters contrived situations requiring cooperation for success. Cross-group friendships increased.

Reducing Prejudice and Conflict

Groups must have equal legal status, economic opportunities, and power. Authorities and community institutions must endorse egalitarian norms and provide moral support and legitimacy for both sides. Both sides must have opportunities to work and socialize together, formally and informally. Both sides must cooperate, working together for a common goal.

Psychological Disorders

What is Abnormal Behavior?

Statistical infrequency Violation of social norms Subjective distress Disability or dysfunction

What is Mental Illness/Psychological Disorder?

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Revised (DSM-IV-TR): A syndrome or pattern Associated with distress or disability for the individual That is not an expectable (culturally sanctioned) response to a particular event And that is not merely a conflict between the individual and society

Evolution of the DSM

Original DSM published in 1952, was relatively brief, focused on psychoses and neuroses, and was psychodynamicallydriven Over time, the DSM (now in 4th revision) has become lengthier, more descriptive and atheoretical, and empirically-driven

Reliability Validity

Assessment: Sources of Information

Diagnostic/Clinical Interview
Structured Unstructured

Behavioral Observations Information from Other Sources

Records Reports from others

Test Results
Objective tests Projective tests

Objective vs. Projective Sample Test Items

It would be better if almost all laws were thrown away (T-F) I frequently find myself worrying about something (T-F)

Rorschach Inkblot:

Clinical Interview

Testing Assessment Of Person


Professional Knowledge

Information From Others

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders
Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
A continuous state of anxiety marked by feelings of worry and dread, apprehension, difficulties in concentration, and signs of motor tension.

Panic Disorder:
An anxiety disorder in which a person experiences recurring panic attacks (feelings of impending doom or death, accompanied by physiological symptoms such as rapid breathing and dizziness). Agoraphobia: fear of the marketplace, can result from (and exacerbate) panic disorder.

Anxiety Disorders
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
An anxiety disorder in which a person who has experienced a traumatic or life-threatening event has symptoms such as re-experiencing the trauma, increased physiological arousal, and emotional numbing.

Specific Phobia
An irrational fear of a particular object, activity, or situation that provokes an immediate anxiety response, results in avoidance behavior, and causes significant disruption in functioning.

Some Common (and not so common) Phobias

Heights- Acrophobia Flying- Aviophobia or Aviatophobia Spaces, confined- Claustrophobia Spiders- Arachnophobia Needles- Aichmophobia or Belonephobia Politicians- Politicophobia Tests, taking- Testophobia

Anxiety Disorders
Social Phobia:
Characterized by an irrational and intense fear that ones behavior in a public situation will be mocked or criticized by others, along with avoidance of feared social situations Common triggers: public speaking, eating in public, performing in public, informal social situations

Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD):
Obsessions: persistent and intrusive ideas, thoughts, impulses, or images. Compulsions: repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior performed in response to uncontrollable urges or according to a ritualistic or stereotyped set of rules.

Obsession: Student has urge to shout obscenities in a quiet classroom. Compulsion: She feels compelled to screw and unscrew the cap of a ballpoint pen five times each time she thinks of an obscene word. Obsession: A man believes he might inadvertently contaminate food as he cooks dinner for his family. Compulsion: On a daily basis, he sterilizes all cooking utensils, scours every pot and pan, and wears rubber gloves when handling any food.

Etiology of Anxiety Disorders

Biological perspective
Genetic predisposition Hyperactive amygdala Highly sensitive respiratory alarm system (panic disorder) Abnormality in the orbital cortex of the basal ganglia and the worry circuit in the brain (OCD)

Learning perspective
Classical conditioning Operant conditioning Social learning

Cognitive perspective
Catastrophic thinking Mind reading (social phobia) Perfectionistic thinking (OCD)

Mood Disorders

Symptoms of Major Depression

Depressed mood Reduced interest in almost all activities Significant weight gain or loss, without dieting Sleep disturbance (insomnia or too much sleep) Change in motor activity (increase or decrease) Fatigue or loss of energy Feelings of worthlessness or guilt Reduced ability to think or concentrate Recurrent thoughts of death
DSM IV Requires 5 of these within the past 2 weeks

Theories of Depression
Biological explanations emphasize genetics and brain chemistry. Social explanations emphasize the stressful circumstances of peoples lives. Attachment/interpersonal explanations emphasize problems with close relationships. Cognitive explanations emphasize particular habits of thinking and ways of interpreting events. Vulnerability-Stress explanations draw on all four explanations described above.

Persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood
Inflated self-esteem (grandiosity) Decreased need for sleep Talkativeness Racing thoughts Distractibility Increased activity or psychomotor agitation Behavioral impulsivity

Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder:
A mood disorder in which episodes of depression and mania (excessive euphoria) occur. Bipolar subtypes (I and II)



Positive and Negative Symptoms

Positive Symptoms: Cognitive, emotional, and
behavioral excesses
Hallucinations Bizarre Delusions Incoherent Speech Inappropriate/Disorganized Behaviors

Negative Symptoms: Cognitive, emotional, and

behavioral deficits
Loss of Motivation Emotional Flatness Social Withdrawal Slowed speech or no speech

Theories of Schizophrenia
Genetic predispositions Neurotransmitter abnormalities Structural brain abnormalities

Genetic Vulnerability to Schizophrenia

The risk of developing schizophrenia (i.e., prevalence) in ones lifetime increases as the genetic relatedness with a diagnosed schizophrenic increases.

Structural Abnormalities in Sz

MRI scans show that a person with Schizophrenia (left) is more likely than a healthy person (right) to have enlarged ventricles.

Case Examples
1. Barry has been feeling overwhelmed with feelings of sadness and hopelessness for the past couple of months. He cannot think of any reason for feeling this way, which also leaves him feeling frustrated and more despondent. He has little appetite and has been having problems sleeping and concentrating. He has stopped hanging out with his friends and spends much of his time alone in his apartment. Although he is against suicide for religious reasons, Barry is even beginning to understand why someone might make that choice, as he is finding it increasingly hard to get through each day. 2. Six months ago, Candace was sitting at her desk at work when, all of a sudden, she started feeling really strange. Her ears seemed to be stuffed with cotton and her vision was very dim. She was cold, had broken out in a sweat, and felt extremely afraid for no good reason. Her heart was racing and she immediately became convinced that she was dying. Candace went for almost a month before she experienced another similar episode. Then, they began occurring more frequently, particularly when she traveled or found herself in an unfamiliar place. In the past few months, she has started to avoid places in which she fears she may have an episode and wont be able to escape or get help. She rarely leaves her house except to go to work and may end up losing her job due to her unwillingness to travel on business. She has consulted her family physician and a cardiologist, but neither has found a medical cause for her episodes.

Case Examples
3. Matthews family has been getting concerned about his odd behavior. He has stopped going to his classes, often is found mumbling to himself or avoiding others altogether, and has expressed fear that his landlord and his neighbor are out to get him. He has started wearing many layers of clothes, despite the warm weather. When asked about this, he vaguely explained that they told me I need to be prepared. 4. Mary was always coming up with grand plans for making money, pouring her time and vast amounts of energy into each idea (often spending 18-20 hour days on the project of the moment, with little time for sleep), none of which lasted very long before she abandoned them. The latest scheme is to buy a huge tract of land and build an expensive dude ranch where people can come to learn how to train their horses, eat at a four-star restaurant, and stay in luxury accommodations all this in spite of the fact that Mary doesnt have the money to buy the land, knowledge of how to run a hotel, or have a four-star chef handy. Indeed, she has already filed for bankruptcy and has alienated her family due to outstanding debts, in relation to previous, similar grand ideas. 5. Joes relatives are concerned that he worries too much. He worries about little things going wrong, he worries about big things going wrong, and sometimes it seems he worries because theres nothing to worry about. He worries until his neck is stiff and has a hard time winding down to go to sleep at night.

Treatment and Psychotherapy

Pharmacotherapy: Mechanism of Action

Anti-depressants: increase serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine Anti-anxiety medications: either act on the above neurotransmitters or increase GABA Anti-psychotics: decrease dopamine


Psychodynamic Therapy
Origins in Freuds psychodynamic theory of personality Assumptions
Our behavior is influenced by unconscious motives, drives, and conflicts Our ego employs defense mechanisms to help us cope with these unconscious conflicts Early childhood experiences are central to our personality development and later adult functioning

Techniques used to examine unconscious material (free association, dream analysis, examination of slips of the tongue) Psychoanalysis vs. time-limited psychodynamic therapy

Treatment goal
Increased insight into unconscious dynamics

Behavioral Therapy
Origins in principles of learning Assumptions
Problematic behaviors and symptoms have developed as a result of classical conditioning, operant conditioning, or social learning

Classical conditioning interventions: systematic desensitization (counter-conditioning and graduated exposure), aversion therapy Operant conditioning interventions: self-management, token economy Social learning interventions: skills training

Fear Hierarchy

Cognitive Therapy
Grew out of socio-cognitive theory Assumptions
Our cognitions (thoughts, beliefs, appraisals) play an important role in determining how the environment impacts us Maladaptive schemas can lead to cognitive distortions, which affect emotions and behaviors

Thought monitoring Cognitive restructuring Often combined with Behavior Therapy interventions (CBT)

How cognitions might be changed:

Patient: Ive had an awful day! My car wouldnt start this morning, and everything has gone wrong since. I dont think my luck will ever change. Clinician: Is it the case that everything has gone wrong, or more like a few pretty bad things? Is it making things better or worse, this belief that things are awful and wont change? (RET change via logical examination) Clinician: Whats the evidence that your luck wont change? Is there any evidence your luck will change? For example, have you had bad days in the past, and then things have gotten a bit better later? How could we put this belief to the test? (CT change via empirical examination)

Humanistic Therapy
Originated as alternative view to psychodynamic and CBT models (positive psychology) Assumptions
People (clients) are experts on their own experiences People are intrinsically motivated towards growth Increased self-awareness and self-acceptance can promote growth Self-discovery and self-acceptance can be facilitated via the client-therapist relationship

Person-Centered (Carl Rogers): Emphasis on therapeutic relationship Gestalt/Experiential (Fritz Perls): Emphasis on increasing awareness in the here-and-now Existential (Victor Frankl): Emphasis on helping the client explore the ultimate concerns of life (e.g., death, isolation, meaninglessness)

Family Systems Therapy

Key Assumption
Problems and solutions reside within the family system as a whole, not with individual members of the family

Therapy sessions usually involve multiple family members Many different types of family systems therapy exist, but focus is generally on improving communications among family members and realigning relationships (e.g., getting parents to work together as a team)

Psychotherapy Overview
Review of 475 psychotherapy outcome studies showed 70-80% improvement for those receiving therapy (M. Smith et al., 1980) Cognitive-behavioral treatment has the most empirical support However, treatment comparison research has not found overwhelming support for the efficacy of one therapy approach over others (except for specific disorders) Common factors seem to account for much of the treatment gains in therapy (being listened to by a supportive helping professional, being provided with feedback, being seen in a professional setting, paying for services) Most therapists in the US identify themselves as integrative/eclectic or cognitive-behavioral