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Writing prompts in Introductory Psychology: Points 100
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(1) Introduction to Psychology
Jake has become very anxious ever since he started taking harder classes in his major. The
University’s counselor diagnosed him with an anxiety disorder. Compare and contrast how the
Behavioral, humanistic, and cognitive approaches would view the origins and treatment of Jake’s anxiety. Then, describe how each of the three approaches is viewed by psychologists today.
(1) Research Methods
Imagine you have been asked to create an experimental design to test the hypothesis that talking on a cell phone impairs driving skills. Explain why a control condition would be important to include in testing this hypothesis. How should subjects be assigned to conditions? How can the researchers design the experiment so that the only difference between both conditions is the use of a cell phone?
(2) Biological Psychology
Your best friends invite you over for pizza and a friendly game of cards. Describe how the
Following parts of the brain are involved during your evening of eating pizza, socializing, and
Playing cards: Broca’s area, hippocampus, hypothalamus, and occipital lobe.
(9) Motivation and Emotion
Imagine you are walking alone late at night and hear footsteps behind you. Think about your
emotional reaction to this situation. Consider the major theories of emotion: James-Lange theory, Cannon-Bard theory, and Schacter-Singer theory. From the perspective of these major theories of emotion, describe how each would predict the sequence of events that would occur as you experience a reaction to this situation.
(11) Health and Stress
Imagine a friend has just lost his job which helped him cover tuition costs. Apply Lazarus and
Folkman’s cognitive theory of stress and describe his potential reactions to this job loss. In your
answer, be sure to describe the following: Stressful Event; Primary Appraisal; Secondary
Appraisal; Stress Response.
(12) Social Psychology
Discuss the factors that contribute to prejudice and discrimination in the present day society. Identify some techniques for
reducing the development of prejudice and discrimination. Discuss how effective these techniques will be as solutions.
You have been coming back to the dorm at all hours of the night, disrupting your sleep. Describe a typical night’s sleep cycle and then describe how your sleep deprivation impacts your ability to learn and your health. What are the latest research findings regarding importance of sleep.
Imagine you are asked by a roommate to help him devise a weight loss program to increase his
chances of making the football team. Create a one month behavior modification program based
on the principles of operant conditioning which will get him started towards his goal. Be sure to
describe how you will measure your roommate’s progress and what schedules of reinforcement
will be included in your program.
You are reading your textbook and studying for an upcoming exam in psychology. Identify and
describe each step in the process required for remembering information from your textbook in
order to do well on the exam. Discuss various strategies for improving memory and provide an example of how it could help you on the exam.
Provide real-world examples for the following types of intelligences as theorized byGardner: verbal/linguistic, body-kinesthetic (movement), and logical/mathematical.
Explain why each example represents one of the types of intelligence. Present some of
the arguments critics have offered against Gardner’s research.
1. Maria’s method of studying worked effectively throughout high school until she took her first
foreign language course. In this course, her grades were much lower than usual. How might
mental set have played a role in Maria’s academic problem?
2. How might you determine whether flute-playing ability is a highly heritable trait? If you want to
improve your flute playing and someone tells you that musical ability is heritable, should you
Describe the four major theories of personality (psychodynamic, trait or five-factor model,
humanistic, and social-cognitive) and identify advantages and disadvantages of each theory with examples.
(14) Disorders and Therapy
1.Compare and contrast the following forms of psychotherapy: cognitive, humanistic, and
behavioral. Identify the focus of each approach as well as areas of agreement and difference.
2.Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa….discuss the factors leading to these disorders and the role of society in general for precipitating these disorders. Discuss with examples from the real life situations from society at large.
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