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Psych week 9 dq 1

THEORIES OF EMOTION What raw materials combine to create human emotions? How does the brain construct emotion? Certain theories suggest that emotions hinge on the axes of the following pairs of dimensions: pleasure-misery and arousal-sleep. Does this formula capture the variability of human emotion? Consider the interplay between cognition and emotion. Some theories posit that […]

Psych week 8 dq 1

INTELLIGENCE On March 12, 2009, a former chief of the New York Stock Exchange pled guilty to one of the largest financial frauds in history. Bernie Madoff, founder of his own financial firm and active philanthropist, had been swindling thousands of private investors—many of whom were close friends—out of billions of dollars. Madoff had achieved […]

Psych Mental 2

 In a review of the content and material related to a psychiatric mental health assessment interview, what components were surprising for you or different from your previous nursing experience intake information? 


  DECISION MAKING Would you flip a coin for the chance of winning two dollars? What if you were given a dollar and offered the chance to flip a coin to either gain a second dollar or lose the first? Which wager seems more appealing—the first or the second? Far more people choose the first […]


  MEMORY AND AGING The human aging process brings natural changes to memory function. Recently-acquired declarative memory is most vulnerable, while procedural memory tends to remain intact longer. The name of a new acquaintance or movie title may slip, while one might recall precise details of childhood experiences that occurred decades in the past. These […]

psych week 4 dq 1

  LONG-TERM MEMORY The three-store memory theory—an earlier theory of memory—suggested that memory moved from sensory experience to a temporary store in the brain. Once there, if attended to, it would be transferred to a short-term memory store. If entered into a process called “rehearsal,” this short-term memory would enter long-term storage. The levels-of-processing theory […]

Psychology psych assignment

  PERCEPTION, ATTENTION, AND SHORT-TERM MEMORY DEFICITS Consider the earlier example of short-term memory loss: of entering a room and forgetting your reason for doing so. Also consider distortions of perception and attention from last week. Individuals can experience difficulty recognizing an object, focusing their attention, or maintaining their short-term memories. Such examples are routine: […]

psych week 3 dq 1

  SHORT-TERM MEMORY LOSS Have you ever entered a room to retrieve an object, only to forget why you went into the room in the first place? Your short-term memory betrayed you. Have you ever been introduced to several people in quick succession, instantly forgetting their names? Again, your short-term memory was to blame. Short-term […]


    ATTENTION Have you ever traveled a familiar route while so lost in thought that you barely experienced the details of the trip itself? Compare this to an experience in which you had to pay attention to a specific set of directions to get to a location you had never visited. How did the […]

Psych week 2 dq 1

PERCEPTION The brain’s interpretation of stimuli informs perception. Two theoretical approaches to perception include bottom-up and top-down perception. Bottom-up perception describes the perception of stimuli based on concrete characteristics. Top-down perception describes perception of external stimuli based on prior knowledge about their properties. Cognitive psychologists study how and when individuals employ these two types of […]