Psychology Final Exam
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A type of learning in which one learns to link two or more stimuli and anticipate events
A type of learning in which behavior is strengthened if followed by a reinforcer or diminished if followed by a punisher.
A systematic approach to changing behavior through the application of the principles of conditioning.
A procedure in which the reinforcement of a previously reinforced behavior is discontinued. Also may be used to describe the "process" by which a previously learned behavior disappears as a result of non-reinforcement.
Training of an organism to remove or terminate an unpleasant stimulus
Thinking aimed at a particular goal
The free flow of images and ideas, occuring with no particular goal
All the mental activities associated with thinking, knowing, remembering, and communicating.
Defense mechanism by which anxiety-provoking thoughts and feelings are forced to the unconscious.
The focusing of conscious awareness on a particular stimulus
Short Term Memory
Activated memory that holds a few items briefly, such as the seven digits of a phone number while dialing, before the information is stored or forgotten.
Methods for remembering items by relating them to information already held in the brain
Process in which the sense organs' receptor cells are stimulated and relay initial information to higher brain centers for further processing.
A person's cognitive (mental) interpretation of events., Conscious process of organizing and interpreting data from the senses into meaningful information
The lowest level of stimulation that a person can detect
The minimum difference between two stimuli required for detection 50 percent of the time. We experience the difference threshold as a just noticeable difference.
The principle that, to be perceived as different, two stimuli must differ by a constant minimum percentage (rather than a constant amount)
Misperceptions or misinterpretations of real sensory events
The principle that maintains that the human eye sees objects in their entirety before perceiving their individual parts.
The system for sensing the position and movement of individual body parts
A need or desire that energizes and directs behavior
Existing from birth, inborn
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Levels of needs people must meet in order to be motivated. From bottom to top: physical, safety, love, esteem, self-actualization
Drive Reduction Theory
The idea that a physiological need creates an aroused tension state (a drive) that motivates an organism to satisfy the need
A tendency to maintain a balanced or constant internal state; the regulation of any aspect of body chemistry, such as blood glucose, around a particular level
Awareness of ourselves and our environment
Abnormally high blood pressure
Chemicals that affect the nervous system and result in altered consciousness
A social interaction in which one person suggests to another that certain perceptions, feelings, thoughts, or behaviors will spontaneously occur
A family of mental exercises in which a conscious attempt is made to focus attention in a nonanalytical way.
Distress that is sometimes experienced by infants when they are separated from their primary caregivers
An optimal period shortly after birth when an organism's exposure to certain stimuli or experiences produces proper development
The knowledge that an object exists even when its not in view.
A branch of psychology that studies physical, cognitive, and social change throughout the life span
The intellectual ability of a child to picture something in his or her mind
A period of inner conflict during which adolescents worry intensely about who they are
Learned patterns of behavior that are expected of the sexes in a given society
how a person identifies as physically female, male, in between, beyond, or neither
Adjusting one's behavior or thinking to coincide with a group standard.
An expectation that causes you to act in ways that make that expectation come true.
Discrimination based on age
Decremental Model of Aging
idea that progressive physical and mental decline are inevitable with age
A feeling of inferiority that is largely unconscious, with its roots in childhood.
A psychologist who developed psychoanalysis. Believed strongly that unconscious drives and desires guided people's actions.
A person whose attention is focused on others and on what is going on around her or him, rather than on her or his own feelings.
A person whose thoughts and interests are directed inward
Historically significant perspective that emphasized the growth potential of healthy people and the individual's potential for personal growth
Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development
Ethical decisions are based on stages of moral development
A test designed to assess what a person has learned
A test designed to predict a person's future performance; aptitude is the capacity to learn
Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
A measure of a person's intelligence as indicated by an intelligence test
Acceptable standards of behavior within a group that are shared by the group's members.
A mood disorder in which the person alternates between the hopelessness and lethargy of depression and the overexcited state of mania.
A group of severe disorders characterized by disorganized and delusional thinking, disturbed perceptions, and inappropriate emotions and actions
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
A disorder characterized by chronic physiological arousal, recurrent unwanted thoughts or images of the trauma, and avoidance of things that call the traumatic event to mind.
An emotional state of high energy, with the stress response as the body's reaction to it.
Experimental results caused by expectations alone; any effect on behavior caused by the administration of an inert substance or condition, which is assumed to be an active agent.
(1896-1980) was a Swiss Psychologist, who studied cognitive development, He proposed that cognitive abilities develop through a series of stages.
A measure of the extent to which two factors vary together, and thus of how well either factor predicts the other.
An anxiety disorder marked by a persistent, irrational fear and avoidance of a specific object or situation.
Scientific study of behavior and mental processes
A branch of medicine dealing with psychological disorders; practiced by physicians who sometimes provide medical (for example, drug) treatments as well as psychological therapy
American psychologist of behaviorism developed operant condition. Emphasis on environment and ovserved behavior
theory of lifespan development--each stage involves psychological crisis--transition around social relationships, personality determined by stages
A system for classifying knowledge learning outcomes in terms of the complexity of mental activity required.
A nerve cell; the basic building block of the nervous system.
Area of the brain responsible for all voluntary activities of the body
Brain structure that acts as a control center for recognition and analysis of hunger, thirst, fatigue, anger and body temperature
Central Nervous System
Brain and spinal cord
Chemical messengers that are manufactured by the endocrine glands, travel through the bloodstream, and affect other tissues
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