Chapter Two First Impression

--Original published at David's Blog

For this weeks impression post I chose to watch a ted talk titled “Exploring the mind of a killer” do by Jim Fallon. The reason I chose this ted talk was because I enjoy trying to figure out what goes on in a psychopathic killers mind. I also enjoy shows like Law and Order where they deal with stuff like this every episode. They try and dive into the mind of a killer and figure out there thought process to solve a case. Things I’d like to know would be do they feel emotion, do they understand there actions, and what got them to this point. Fallon explained that making a killer starts young, if they have to much of serotonin in there system the become numb to it and can’t clam them selfs. He also stated that if someone is exposed to something traumatic when they are young they are even more likely to grow up to be a killer. It would be very interesting if we can do more research on killers brains to possibly find anymore cause of there behavior, or even find a way to stop people from becoming killers early on.

Dose the Placebo Effect Work?

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Will the placebo effect work on patients with depression? The placebo effect is a well know psychological way of making people fell better or to help them quite a habit they can’t kick. What it basically is is a sugar pill given to patients and it has no effects or anything but there told it does. What then happens is the patient thinks the “drug” is helping them when actually it was there mind doing all the work. I believe if you give a sugar pill to someone who has depression and tell them it will get rid of there depression they will not suffer from symptoms of depression. This may work since this method deals with tricking the brain and depression deals with the brain as well so we may be able to trick peoples brains. To execute this procedure I will need to find people with depression and to find these participants I will put up flyers and post on blogs asking for help in a depression experiment. Once I have the participants I will separate them into two separate groups.¬†¬†Group one would be the control group where they wouldn’t get a sugar pill and after a week they would report any depression symptoms. Then group two would receive the sugar pill and exactly like group one, group two will record any depression symptoms they had after one week. After the data is collected I will then compare the two groups and see if theres any difference or change.

Getting to Know David Varner

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I’m David Varner and I come from a small town in Pennsylvania called Bainbridge. Right now I’m a sophomore in college majoring in communications. I currently have a job working at UPS as a part time supervisor. My approach to my intro to Psychology class is to have an open mind and try to learn new things. I chose to take this class to fulfill a required core course. Currently I have no background in the course but i’m excited to learn about it. When I hear the word psychology I think of therapists, even though I know there is more to it than that. The three topics that look the most interesting to me in the course would be, how to make memories, how to improve memories and why do we forget. Topics that look the least interesting would be, the brain: micro-level, the brain: macro-level and obedience. I what to be able to answer my question of what type of jobs come with a psychology major.