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Rethinking Skinner

May 30, 2012

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Can a nine year old be diagnosed…

May 14, 2012

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April 24, 2012

Case Study in Psychology

Psychology A

 Case studies are often how psychologists, often in teams, look at their clients and patients presenting issues.  These issues range from severe mental illness to milder conditions, but all bear close research and analysis in order to understand how to assist their patients.

How to build a case:

 1.     choose a track to look at.

This can be any area, condition or mental illness, but MUST be approved by the instructor. Etiology is important.

 2.     research.

DSM-IV

The text and one outside source. Correct APA citation is necessary.

3.     create a hypothetical case or use an historical example

4.     do analysis of the case based on at least two perspectives.

5.     Case review

 Outline

 Brief Presentation of the Case

                      Intake

                      Background

                      Salient features

                      Background of the Case

                      Theory

                     Condition or disorder

                     Analysis/Discussion

                     Prognosis/Diagnostic

 The case should be no more that 750 words.

Music, evolution and the brain

April 19, 2012

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Psychological Disorders

April 18, 2012

Norm(al) vs. Abnormal vs. Mental Disorder

  1. violation of cultural standards
  2. maladaptive
  3. emotional distress
  4. legal definitions

Measuring Mental Disorders:

 Normative: “odd” vs. global, adaptive vs. maladaptive

Alan Turing

Extreme shyness

Degree (intensity), level (frequency)

DSM-IV—–> DSM V

Mental Illnesses, DSM IV

Inventories

  • Beck (depression)
  • Taylor (Manifest Anxiety)
  • Hare (psychopathy)
  • MMPI (personality)
  • Others

Diagnosis: art or science

Disorders for case studies:

  1. Schizophrenia
  2. “Psychosis”
  3. Autism Spectrum
  4. Psychopathy
  5. Other Personality Disorders: Borderline, Narcissism, Dependence
  6. Anxiety Disorders- fight or flight
  7. OCD— binding anxiety
  8. Eating disorders
  9. Addiction
  10. Phobias
  11. Panic
  12. Depression and Mania
  13. Major Depression
  14. Bi polar

Causes:

Biology— norepinephine and serotonin

Social explanation

Attachment

Cognitive

Learned helplessness

Eclectic

Vulnerability-stress

Evolution

Study Sheet and Presentation Rubric

April 3, 2012

Psychology Presentations (25%)

  • Excellent presentations will be lucid, well organized and very purposeful. They will be thorough and concise. They will be strongly grounded in the theory of at least one psychological perspective and contain convincing evidence. They will be analytical and concrete applications of the theory. There will be a very positive response in listeners.
  • Very good presentations will be clear, organized and purposeful. They will be complete. They will be grounded in at least one psychological perspective and have strong evidence to back this up. There will be some elements of analysis and contain applications of the theory. There will be a positive response in the audience.
  • Good presentations will be clear, mostly well organized and mostly well focused. They might be too short or too long. Evidence will be at times uneven, as will be the analysis and application of theory. Grounding is adequate.  There will be a middling response in the audience.
  • Poor presentations will be unclear, disorganized and off-topic. They will be incomplete. They will be poorly grounded and have faulty analysis or no analysis. Theory will be misapplied. Audience response will be negative.

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Study Sheet (75%)

  • Excellent study sheets will be lucid, well organized and very purposeful. They will be thorough and concise. They will be strongly grounded in the theory of at least one psychological perspective and contain convincing evidence. They will be analytical and concrete applications of the theory. There will be a very positive response in readers.
  • Very good study sheets will be clear, organized and purposeful. They will be complete. They will be grounded in at least one psychological perspective and have strong evidence to back this up. There will be some elements of analysis and contain applications of the theory. There will be a positive response in the audience.
  • Good study sheets will be clear, mostly well organized and mostly well focused. They might be too short or too long. Evidence will be at times uneven, as will be the analysis and application of theory. Grounding is adequate.  There will be a middling response in the audience.
  • Poor study sheets will be unclear, disorganized and off-topic. They will be incomplete. They will be poorly grounded and have faulty analysis or no analysis. Theory will be misapplied. Audience response will be negative.

Is Everything in/of the Brain?

March 28, 2012

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(Required reading)