The Cognitive Tradeoff Hypothesis

The Cognitive Tradeoff Hypothesis

[clangs] This is Inuyama, Japan, a historic city home to Japan’s oldest original wooden castle. It is also home to Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute.Here, a group of chimpanzees have been trainedto play a game that exposes something shockingabout their memories.This is going to blow your mind.Here is how it works.Take a look at these …

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Psychological Science Master’s Program (MA) at James Madison University in Virginia, USA

Psychological Science Master’s Program (MA) at James Madison University in Virginia, USA

The nice thing about rats is they’re great for behavioral subjects. They’re fun, they’re honestly really cute, they’re so smart — they pick up a lot of things very easily, so in psychology, it’s great to have a subject that you can actually study the behavior of. We’re trying to identify this receptor in the …

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Using the Mental Capacity Act

Making everyday decisions about our own lives is something most of us take for granted where I’m going what I want to do spending money or just looking after myself But what happens if there’s a time when we find it more difficult to make decisions or if people think we can’t make them what …

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General adaptation syndrome – Intro to Psychology

General adaptation syndrome – Intro to Psychology

Thanks Greg! The three stages are what Selye referred to as the General Adaptation Syndrome. To recap, General Adaptation Syndrome consists of three stages. First is the alarm stage. This is when your body first reacts to the stressful or threatening situation. With activation of the sympathetic nervous system and the HPA Axis. The second …

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Ethics in research – Intro to Psychology

Ethics in research – Intro to Psychology

We’ve spent our time talking about research methods. But one crucial aspect we did not discuss in detail is ethics and psychology. It’s important to know that before any study is conducted, whether it’s with humans or animals. It must be approved by a federally mandated committee. For humans, it’s the Institutional Review Board. And …

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Definition of stress – Intro to Psychology

Definition of stress – Intro to Psychology

We define stress as the response to a situation that a person perceives to be overwhelming in that the person does not think he or she can meet the demands of the situation. The interesting thing to note here, this is the perceived inability to meet the demand of the situation facing them. For example, …

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Experimental Psychology – student views

Experimental Psychology – student views

I hadn’t actually done Psychology at A level so doing first year lectures and all that kind of thing I actually really loved it because it was completely new to me and it was really easy to get on with everyone It was really clear directions in terms of what you needed to do Like …

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Prenatal Development: What We Learn Inside the Womb

Prenatal Development: What We Learn Inside the Womb

Everything starts the day your mum’s egg meets your dad’s sperm. Four weeks later your little brain begins to form. Epidemiologist David Barker says, that whilst developing inside our mother, we are receiving postcards from the outside world. These postcards tell us if this world is dangerous or safe, if food is plentiful or scarce. …

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The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment

One of the most infamous psychological studies ever conducted was the Stanford Prison Experiment. It’s mentioned in almost every intro to psychology textbook. They tend to focus on how unethical it was, and are less critical of its supposed conclusion.August 14th, 1971.Palo Alto, California.Twelve young men are rounded up from their homes by police,placed under …

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Yerkes-Dodson law – Intro to Psychology

The next model we’re going to discuss, is the Yerkes-Dodson Law. So the Yerke-Dodson Law states that moderate levels of arousal, lead to optimal performance. So think back to our lesson on consciousness, where we talked about our levels of awareness. At one side of the continuum, we were unconscious, so in a coma, and …

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