4 Discussions

Part 1: Introduction to Psychology

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each:

  • The Major Schools of Thought: Which of the major current theoretical perspectives (i.e., behaviorism, psychoanalytic, gestalt, cognitive, etc.) do you connect the most with?  Why?
  • Do you believe that developing an understanding of psychology will make a difference in your life?  Why?

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


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  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
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  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 2: Psychological Research

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each:

  • The Scientific Approach: Why do you think it’s important to understand research methods and the scientific approach?  Why can’t we just rely on intuition or the advice of friends and family when trying to understand human thought and behavior?
  • Research Issues: What do you feel is the biggest issue that psychologists are faced with when it comes to conducting research?  Why?

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 3: Biopsychology

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each:

  • The Lobes: Identify the four lobes of the brain and give an example of behavioral changes that may occur following damage to each lobe.
  • The Nervous System: What do you find to be the most fascinating aspect of our nervous system?  Why?

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 4: Sensation and Perception

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each.

  • Sensation vs. Perception: Sensation refers to an actual event; perception refers to how we interpret the event. What are some cultural differences that might affect responses to particular stimuli? Create a post using examples from your own experiences.
  • Our Senses: We learn about how we physically experience each of our five senses this week.  Which of these processes (i.e., vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch) fascinated you the most when learning about how the process actually takes place?  Why?

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 5: States of Consciousness

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each:

  • Stages of Sleep: Most of us feel like we never get enough sleep. What are the stages of sleep and what is the importance of sleep?
  • Addiction and Withdrawal: Sherri needs to have coffee first thing in the morning, every morning, or else she gets headaches. At first, she could cure headaches by drinking a cup of coffee. Now, after years of drinking coffee she finds she needs two cups to feel any effect. Why?

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 6: Learning

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each.

  • Classical vs. Operant Conditioning: How do classical conditioning procedures differ from operant conditioning procedures? How are they similar?
  • Changing Behavior: How can you use operant conditioning to get a person to stop eating ice cream before bed, but instead, get them to start eating a piece of fruit?  Please be sure to include schedules of reinforcement!

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 7: Memory

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each.

  • Forgetting: Think of a time when you forgot something that you had previously learned.  Now that we know quite a bit about memory, why do you think you “forgot” this piece of information?  How could you have learned it better to shield yourself from forgetting?
  • Eyewitness Testimony: Why is relying on eyewitness testimony problematic?  In other words, why should we be critical of what people tell us they saw?

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 8: Thinking and Intelligence

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each.

  • Heuristics: Exemplify how the representativeness heuristic and availability heuristics could lead to dramatic errors in decision making
  • Intelligence: After learning about some of the major theories of intelligence, which do you personally support the most?  Why?

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 9: Development

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each.

  • Nature vs. Nurture: An important and ongoing debate in psychology surrounds the question of nature vs. nurture. What is more influential: genes or environment? State your views about the influence of nature and nurture in child development.
  • Identity Development: Erikson argued that we face the crises of Identity formation in Adolescence and Young Adulthood.  In fact, he would argue that many of you are still in this stage of development (even if you’re in your 30’s).  Reflect on your own search for an identity.  Have you explored many identities?  Have you committed to one?  What Identity Status Category would you fall under?  What factors have led to this?  Why?

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 10: Motivation and Emotion

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each.

  • Motivation: Think of something that you’ve wanted to do, but you simply can’t find the motivation to do it.  Using at least one motivational theory, explain why you haven’t engaged in the behavior.  Given what we know about motivation, what could you do to motivate yourself to do the behavior?
  • Instrinsic vs. Extrinsic: Compare and contrast intrinsic and extrinsic motivation giving examples of each from your personal experience.

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 11: Stress and Happiness

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each.

  • Positive Psychology: What is positive psychology?  Please apply this psychological perspective to your own personal experience.
  • Coping: What determines whether we adopt a problem-focused or an emotion-focused coping approach?  Which is best?  Why?  Please exemplify each.

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 12: Personality

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each.

  • The Freudian Model: According to Freud, how do the id, ego, and superego combine to form personality?
  • Understanding Personality: Which major approach to understanding personality (e.g., Psychodynamic, Trait, Behavioral, Biological, Humanistic) do you identify with the most?  Why?

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 13: Psychological Disorders

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each.

  • Psychological Disorders: We learn about some of the major Psychological Disorders this week.  Please discuss which disorder (or set of disorders) fascinated you most?  Why?  You do NOT need to discuss your personal experience, but if someone chooses to, please be respectful!
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Identify two neurodevelopmental disorders and exemplify each.

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 14: Therapy and Treatment

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each.

  • Treatment: Reflect on the major psychological disorder you wrote about during discussion last week.  Given what we know about therapy and other treatment methods, how would you go about treating the disorder?  Please be sure to explain your reasoning.
  • Effective Therapy: What kind of therapy do you believe is most effective? Why?

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

Part 15: Social Psychology

Directions:

1. Respond to the following in a Primary Post of at least 200 words each.

  • Stereotypes and Prejudice: What stereotypes and prejudices do you hold? Are you able to get past them and judge people as individuals? Do you think that your stereotypes influence your behavior without your being aware of them?
  • Changing Beliefs and Behaviors: We will often change the way we feel and the way we behave due to social pressure, but sometimes, due to no direct social pressure.  After learning about conformity, compliance, and obedience, please discuss which of the three fascinates you most when it comes to human behavior.  Why?  Please connect this to your personal experience.

2. Post your Primary Post to each discussion topic.

3. Review your classmates’ Primary Posts.

4. Thoughtfully respond to a minimum of 2 classmates with a 100 word Secondary Post each.

5. Be sure to cite all sources.


This discussion prompt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The content of this page includes:

  • Original content contributed by Greg Mullin of Bunker Hill Community College
  • Original content contributed by Terry Davis of Wiley College
  • Original content contributed by Lumen Learning
  • Additional content from OpenStax

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