🔎 Unit 1: Scientific Foundations of Psychology
1.0Unit 1 Overview: Scientific Foundations of Psychology
1.1Introducing Psychology: The Historical Progression of Psychology
1.2Research Methods in Psychology
1.3The Experimental Method
1.5Statistical Analysis in Psychology
🧠 Unit 2: Biological Bases of Behavior
2.0Unit 2 Overview: Biological Bases of Behavior
2.1Interaction of Heredity and Environment
2.3Overview of the Nervous System and the Neuron
2.7Tools for Examining Brain Structure and Function
2.8The Adaptable Brain: Neural Fluidity
👀 Unit 3: Sensation and Perception
3.0Unit 3 Overview: Sensation and Perception
3.1Principles of Sensation
3.2Principles of Perception
3.5Auditory Sensation and Perception
📚 Unit 4: Learning
4.0Unit 4 Overview: Learning
🤔 Unit 5: Cognitive Psychology
5.0Unit 5 Overview: Cognitive Psychology
5.1Introduction to Memory
5.5Forgetting and Memory Distortion
5.6Biological Bases of Memory
5.7Introduction to Thinking and Problem Solving
5.8Biases and Errors in Thinking
5.9Introduction to Intelligence
5.10Psychometric Principles and Intelligence Testing
👶 Unit 6: Developmental Psychology
6.0Unit 6 Overview: Developmental Psychology
6.1The Lifespan and Physical Development in Childhood
6.2Social Development in Childhood
6.3Cognitive Development in Childhood
6.5Adulthood and Aging
🤪 Unit 7: Motivation, Emotion, & Personality
7.0Unit 7 Overview: Motivation, Emotion, and Personality
7.1Theories of Motivation
7.2Specific Topics in Motivation
7.3Theories of Emotion
7.4Stress and Coping
7.5Introduction to Personality
7.6Psychoanalytic Theories of Personality
7.7Behaviorism and Social Cognitive Theories of Personality
7.8Humanistic Theories of Personality
7.9Trait Theories of Personality
🛋 Unit 8: Clinical Psychology
8.0Unit 8 Overview: Clinical Psychology
8.1Introduction to Psychological Disorders
8.2Psychological Perspectives and Etiology of Disorders
8.3Neurodevelopmental and Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders
8.4Bipolar, Depressive, Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
8.5Trauma- and Stressor Related, Dissociative, and Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
8.6Feeding and Eating, Substance and Addictive, and Personality Disorders
8.7Introduction to Treatment of Psychological Disorders
8.8Psychological Perspectives and Treatment of Disorders
8.9Treatment of Disorders from the Biological Perspective
👫 Unit 9: Social Psychology
9.0Unit 9 Overview: Social Psychology
9.1Attribution Theory and Person Perception
9.2Attitude Formation and Attitude Change
9.3Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
9.4Group Influences on Behavior and Mental Processes
9.5Bias, Prejudice, and Discrimination
9.6Altruism and Aggression
🧐 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
✍️ Free Response Questions (FRQ)
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November 11, 2020
According to the College Board, "Some psychologists focus their study on how humans and other animals learn 📚 and how some experiences can lead to changes in behavior and mental processes. Because the process of learning requires both physiological and psychological processes to work together 🧠, the two preceding units provide the foundation for this unit.
Many psychologists who study learning focus on observable behaviors 👀 and how those behaviors can be changed or reinforced. Other learning psychologists study how the individual’s observations of other peoples’ behaviors influence changes in that individual’s mental processes and resulting behaviors."
How do we learn?
How do our experiences influence our behaviors and mental processes?
While learning is often associated with memory, it refers to the learning or acquisition of behaviors in the AP psychology curriculum. Generally, the unit is broken into three different types of learning: classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and observational learning.
Classical conditioning involves the acquisition of reflexive behaviors that are in response to an environmental stimulus.
Operant conditioning focuses on voluntary or largely controllable behaviors that are followed by an environmental response, which usually involves providing something or taking away something that changes the chance of the behavior happening again.
Observational learning refers to behaviors that are learned through modeling someone else's (or something's) behavior.
About 7-9% of the exam is on this unit!
Psychologist known for his Bobo doll experiment 🤡 In this study, children watched a film of an adult beating on an inflatable Bobo doll. Later on, when put into a room that contains various toys including the Bobo doll, children were more likely to model or imitate the aggressive behaviors they earlier observed, compared to a control group of children who did not view the film.
Russian scientist known for his work with the reflexive responses of dogs 🐕 His research laid the groundwork for classical conditioning.
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Research focused on the contingency model of conditioning. His research showed that not all stimulus-response pairings result in conditioning. They are largely dependent upon the cognitive interpretation as to whether the pairing is logical.
For example, if a researcher tries to condition a person to salivate to the sound of the tone 🎶, but the participant believes that it was a piece of clothing 👕 the experimenter was wearing that produced the response, and the participant may show conditioning to the shirt 👕and not the tone 🎶
Edward Lee Thorndike
Known for the Law of Effect. This principle suggests that behavior that has a favorable consequence will be strengthened while behavior that is followed by an unfavorable consequence will be weakened. His theory laid the groundwork for BF Skinner's future contributions to our understanding of operant conditioning.
Known for latent learning. His work with rat mazes 🐀 revealed that rats were learning how to go through the maze even though it was not immediately apparent. When rats went through numerous trials through the maze without reward for finishing the maze, they did not demonstrate any improvement in time.
However, when they received the reward, their next trial showed a marked decrease in time, indicating that they had a mental representation or cognitive map of the maze. This showed that cognitive processes were present in spite of the stark behaviorist claim that thoughts were unobservable 👀
John B Watson
Early 20th-century behaviorist who showed that fear responses can be learned. Watson worked with a young infant known as little Albert who was conditioned to fear a rat. Watson also demonstrated stimulus generalization with Albert, who not only demonstrated fear of the rat but all things that were furry.
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Garcia showed that there are biological constraints to conditioning. For example, internal body processes such as nausea 🤢are more readily conditioned to stimuli that are experienced internally, such as taste, which happens in the body, specifically in the mouth.
External bodily experiences, such as the sense of pain, are more readily conditioned with external stimuli, such as a tone or light, which manifest outside of the body. This is sometimes referred to as the Garcia Effect. One specific application of this effect is that humans are readily conditioned to the sense of taste, since it is closely associated with our survival.
|Classical Conditioning||Operant Conditioning||Observational Learning||Unconditioned Stimulus|
|Conditioned Stimulus||Unconditioned Response||Conditioned Response||Neutral Stimulus|
|Extinction||Spontaneous Recovery||Stimulus Generalization||Stimulus Discrimination|
|Law of Effect||Reinforcement||Punishment||Insight Learning|
|Cognitive Map||Latent Learning||Fixed Ratio||Variable Ratio|
|Fixed Interval||Variable Interval||Model||Acquisition|
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