Psychologists, like all scientsits, use the ___ ____ to construct theories that organize, summarize and simplify observations
A _____ is an explanation that integrates principles and organizes and predicts behavior or events.
For example, low self-esteem contributes to depression.
A _____ is a testable prediction, often prompted by a theory, to enable us to accept, reject or revise the theory.
People with low self-esteem are apt to feel more depressed.
______ would require us to administer tests of self-esteem and depression. Individuals who score low on a self-esteem test and high on a depression test would confirm our hypothesis
A technique in which one person is studied in depth to reveal underlying behavioral principles
A technique for determining the self-reported attitudes, opinions or behaviors of people usually done by questioning a representative, random sample of people.
If each member of a population has an equal chance of inclusion into a sample, it is called a _____ ______ (unbiased). If the survey sample is biased, its results are not valid.
Observing and recording the behavior of animals in the wild and recording self-seating patterns in a multiracial school lunch room constitute naturalistic observation
When one trait or behavior accompanies another, we say the two ______.
Correlation Coefficient is a statistical measure of the relationship between two variables.
a graph comprised of points that are generated by values of two variables. The slope of the points depicts the direction, while the amount of scatter depicts the strength of the relationship
Like other sciences, experimentation is the backbone of psychological research. Experiments isolate ____ and their _____
causes and their effects
Many factors influence our behavior. Experiments _____ factors that interest us, while other factors are kept under ______.
In evaluating drug therapies, patients and experimenter's assistants should remain unaware of which patients had the real treatment and which patients had the placebo treatment
double blind procedure
Assigning participants to experimental (breast-fed) and control (formula-fed) conditions by ____ _____ minimizes pre-existing differences between the two groups.
is a factor manipulated by the experimenter. The effect of the independent variable is the focus of the study.
For example, when examining the effects of breast feeding upon intelligence, breast feeding is the independent variable.
is a factor that may change in response to an independent variable. In psychology, it is usually a behavior or a mental process.
For example, in our study on the effect of breast feeding upon intelligence, intelligence is the dependent variable.
Basic Purpose: to observe and record behavior
How conducted: do case studies, surveys, or naturalistic observations
What is maniputlated: nothing
Weakness: No control of variables; single cases may be misleading
Basic Purpose: to detect naturally occuring relationships; to asses how well one varibale predicts another.
How conducted: compute statistical association, sometimes among survey responses
What is manipulated: nothing
Weakness: does not specify cause and effect
Basic Purpose: to explore cause and effect
How conducted: Manipulate one or more factors, use random assignment
What is manipulated: the independent variables
Weaknesses: sometimes not feasible; results may not generalize o other contexts; not ethical to manipulate certain variables.
____ _____ analyze and interpret data allowing us to see what the unaided eye misses.
A meaningful description of data is important in research. ______ may lead to incorrect conclusions
A symmetrical, bell-shaped curve that describes the distribution of many types of data (normal distribution). Most scores fall near the mean.
the tendency for extremes of unusual scores or events to regress toward the average.
Regression Toward the Mean
A statistical statement of how frequently an obtained result occurred by experimental manipulation or by chance.
When is an Observed Difference Reliable?
1.Representative samples are better than biased samples.
2.Less-variable observations are more reliable than more variable ones.
3.More cases are better than fewer cases.
When is a Difference Significant?
When sample averages are reliable and the difference between them is relatively large, we say the difference has statistical significance. It is probably not due to chance variation.
In the most basic sense, every idea, mood, memory and behavior that an individual has ever experienced is a _______ phenonmenon.
Long single extension of a neuron, covered with myelin [MY-uh-lin] sheath to insulate and speed up messages through neurons.
The neural impulse or _____ _____, is a brief electrical charge that travels down an ______.
The fluid interior of rest axon carries mostly _____ (pos. or neg) charged ions, while the fluid outside has mostly ____ (pos. neg) charged ions.
This polarization, called the ____ _____ occurs because the cell membrane is _____ _____.
An action potential occurs when the first part of the axon opens its gates and ____ (pos. neg.) charged ions rush in, causing that part of the neuron to become _____.
During the resting pause following an action potential, called the ___ ____, the neuron pumps ____ (pos. neg.) charged ions back outside the cell.
To trigger a neural impulse, _____ signals minus _____ signals must exceed certain intensity called he _____.
Increasing the stimulus above this level ___ (will/will not) increase the neural impulse's intensity . This phenomenon is called an _____ - _____ - _____.
all or none
the strength of a stimlus ____ (does/does not) affect the intensity of a neural impulse. A strong stimulus (can/ can not) trigger more neurons to fire.
A neural impulse. A brief electrical charge that travels down an axon and is generated by the movement of positively charged atoms in and out of channels in the axon's membrane.
Each neuron receives excitatory and inhibitory signals from many neurons. When the excitatory signals minus the inhibitory signals exceed a minimum intensity (threshold) the neuron fires an action potential.
A strong stimulus can trigger more neurons to fire, and to fire more often, but it does not affect the action potentials strength or speed.
a junction between the axon tip of the sending neuron and the dendrite or cell body of the receiving neuron. This tiny gap is called the synaptic gap or cleft.
(chemicals) released from the sending neuron travel across the synapse and bind to receptor sites on the receiving neuron, thereby influencing it to generate an action potential.
Neurotransmitters in the synapse are reabsorbed into the sending neurons through the process of _____. This process applies the brakes on neurotransmitter action.
____ _____are involved with diseases such as schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease
The junction between tow neurons is called a _____, and the gap is called the ________ ______.This discovery was made by ____ _____
Sir Charles Sherrington
______ are the chemical messengers that convey information across the gaps between neurons.
These neurotransmitters bind to receptor sites and unlock tiny channels,allowing electrically charged _____ to enter the neuron.
Neurotransmitters influence neurons either by ______ or _______ their readiness to fire. Excess neurotransmitters are reabsorbed by the sending neuron in a process called _____.
exciting or inhibiting
_____ mimics neurotransmitter. This ____ molecule excites. Activates a message, purpose it to send a message. It is similar enough in structure to the neurotransmitter molecule that it mimics its effects on the recieving neuron. Morphine, for instance mimics the action of endorphins by stimulating receptos in brain areas involved in mood and pain sensations.
_____ blocks neurotransmitter. This _____ molecule inhibits. Purpose is to stop a message. It has a structure similar enough to the neurotransmitter to occupy its receptor site and block its action, but not similar enough to stimulate the receptor. Curare poisoning paralyzesits victims by blocking ACh receptors involved in muscle movement.
Describe how neurotransmitters influence behavior, and explain how drugs and other chemicals affect neurotransmission.
_____ is a neurotransmitter that is important in muscle contraction and is also important in learning and _____.
Naturally occuring opiatelike neurotransmitters that are present in the brain are called ______.
When the brain is flooded with drugs such as _____ or _____, it may stop producing these neurotransmitters.
heroin or morphine
Drugs that block the effects of neurotransmitters by occupying their _____ _____ are called _____
While certain ______drugs contain a temporary high by mimicking the endorphins, the poison, the poison ______ produces paralysis by blocking the activity of the neurotransmitter ACh
consists of all the nerve cells. It is the bodys speedy, electrochemical communication system
the sensory and motor neurons that connect the central nervous system (CNS) to the rest of body.
Peripheral Nervous System
_____ consist of neural cables containg many axons. They are part of the peripheral nervous system and connect muscles, glands, and sense organs to the central nervous system
the division of the peripheral nervous system that controls the body skeletal muscles
Somatic nervous system
part of the Peripheral nervous system that controls the glands and other muscles
autonomic nervous system
division of the autonomic nervous system that AROUSES the body, mobilizing its energy in stressful situations.
Sympathetic Nervous System
inerconnected neurons form ______ in the brains. These networks are complex and modify with growth and experience.
Autonomic repsonses to stimyli, called ______, illustrate the work of the ____ ______. Simple pathways such as these are involved in the ______-______ repsonse and in the _____ reflex.
The _____ _____ is the body's "slow" chemical communication system. Communication is carried out by hormones synthesized by a set of glands.
The system transmits inforation through chemical messengers called _____ at a much _____ rate than the nervous system, and its effects last _______ time
are chemicals synthesized by the endocrine glands that are secreted in the bloodstream. Hormones affect the brain and many other tissues of the body.
In a moment of danger, the autonomic nervous system orders the _____ glands to release _____ and _____.
The most influential gland is the _____, which under the conrol of an adjacent brain area called the ____, helps regulate _____ and release of hormones by other endocrine glands.
Is called the "master gland." The anterior pituitary lobe releases hormones that regulate other glands. The posterior lobe regulates water and salt balance.
glands consist of the adrenal medulla and the cortex. The medulla secretes hormones (epinephrine and norepinephrine) during stressful and emotional situations, while the adrenal cortex regulates salt and carbohydrate metabolism
Sex glands are located in different places in men and women. They regulate bodily development and maintain reproductive organs in adults.
is the oldest part of the brain, beginning where the spinal cord swells and enters the skull. It is responsible for automatic survival functions
is the brain's sensory switchboard, located on top of the brainstem. It directs messages to the sensory areas in the cortex and transmits replies to the cerebellum and medulla.
is a nerve network in the brainstem that plays an important role in controlling arousal.
The "little brain" attached to the rear of the brainstem. It helps coordinate voluntary movements and balance.
A brain _____ experimentally destroys brain tissue to study animal behaviors after such destruction
have shed light on a number of brain disorders. Alterations in brain morphology due to neurological and psychiatric diseases are now being catalogued
An amplified recording of the electrical waves sweeping across the brain's surface, measured by electrodes placed on the scalp.
is a visual display of brain activity that detects a radioactive form of glucose while the brain performs a given task.
uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce computer-generated images that distinguish among different types of brain tissue. Top images show ventricular enlargement in a schizophrenic patient. Bottom image shows brain regions when a participants lies
Thalamus serves as the brains sensory switchboard , recieving information from all the senses except _____
is a doughnut-shaped system of neural structures at the border of the brainstem and cerebrum, associated with emotions such as fear, aggression and drives for food and sex. It includes the hippocampus, amygdala, and hypothalamus.
lies below (hypo) the thalamus. It directs several maintenance activities like eating, drinking, body temperature, and control of emotions. It helps govern the endocrine system via the pituitary gland
Rats cross an electrified grid for self-stimulation when electrodes are placed in the _____ (hypothalamus) ____(top picture). When the limbic system is manipulated, a rat will navigate fields or climb up a tree (bottom picture).
oresearchers believe that alcohold dependence, drug abuse, binge eating, and other _____ may stem from a genetic _____. _____ ____ in the natural brain systems for pleasure and well-being.
reward deficiency syndrome
The intricate fabric of interconnected neural cells that covers the cerebral hemispheres. It is the body's ultimate control and information processing center.
Each brain hemisphere is divided into four lobes that are separated by prominent fissures. These lobes are the ______ lobe (forehead),___lobe (top to rear head), _______ lobe (back head) and ______ lobe (side of head).
The _____ ______is the area at the rear of the frontal lobes that control voluntary movements
The _____ ______ (parietal cortex) receives information from skin surface and sense organs
Aphasia is an impairment of language, usually caused by left hemisphere damage either to _____ area (impaired speaking) or to _____ area (impaired understanding).
Our brain is divided into two hemispheres.
The _____ hemisphere processes reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, and comprehension skills. In the 1960s, it was termed as the _____ brain.
A procedure in which the two hemispheres of the brain are isolated by cutting the connecting fibers (mainly those of the corpus callosum) between them.
splitting the brain
With the corpus callosum severed, objects (apple) presented in the right visual field can be named. Objects (pencil) in the left visual field cannot.
split brain patients