Chapter 8: First Impression

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This year my studying habits are not as great as I would like them to be.  One major factor that I need to improve on is time management. When I know an exam is approaching I will usually wait until the day before to start my studying. This is not an effective method for studying, because, the brain won’t be able to retain all of the information trying to be cram crammed into it. To better my studying, I will look over my notes and reread chapters from the book every night, this way the information will be familiar. Aside from the time management aspect, there is the style of studying. The method of studying I use varies around the allotted time I have during that day. When I have a lot of time I read through the chapters out of the book, after, I then go back through the book and make flashcards of all of the vocabulary terms; from there, I usually study the flashcards until I fall asleep.

For this past exam, I procrastinated until the day before to do the majority of my studying. I took my book and notes and read through both chapters twice to ensure that I had an understanding of the material. After reading through chapters one and three, and taking many breaks throughout, I took out flashcards and wrote down all of the the vocab words and definitions that I was unsure of.  Once I finished with the flashcards I took a long break with psychology to study for bio, then later that night I started again with the flashcards until it got late and I had to sleep. To improve my grade on the next test I will increase the amount of days I study for the test, and decrease the amount of breaks I take while studying.

First Impression- Research Study

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There are many different and interesting topics in psychology. I know that sleep plays a major factor in how well your brain functions. Sleep is very important for the well being of your mind and body. The topic that I will be using to conduct my research study is sleep. My question is, does a lack of sleep have a negative affect on your mood and alertness? My hypothesis is, a lack of sleep causes a decline in the over-all mood and alertness of a person. I believe this due to the fact that when your brain doesn’t get the rest it needs, it won’t be able to function at to its full potential, causing your mood and your alertness to suffer. To start my procedure, I will need one single group of participants. To recruit my participants, I will ask fellow students in my classes and around campus until I get 20 volunteers. Once I get all of my participants I will have them sleeping eight to ten hours every night for one week straight, this will be the control group. After that one week of all of the participants getting a sufficient night sleep, they will all return back to the lab for testing. I will have other researchers pretend to be random people, and just have all twenty participants ‘socialize’ with my researchers who will have a chart and test and observe their mood, attitude, and responses. Once all of the data is collected, the same group of participants will be told to get only three to four hours of sleep a night for one week, this will be the experimental group. At the conclusion of that week, the participants will return back to the lab, get assigned to their previous researcher, and will ‘socialize’ once more, and further data will be collected. Once all of the data is gathered, I will compare the control group to the experimental group and decide whether my hypothesis is proven or rejected.


About Me

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Hello, my name is Hannah Segal, and I am a Psychology major. I took this class because psychology is very interesting to me and I want to learn more about it. My senior year of high school I took AP psychology and it ended up being my favorite class. When I hear the word “psychology” I think of how the brain and mind work, and the ‘why’ behind peoples actions. Week 14, covering the topic of mental illnesses sounds most interesting to me because I want to learn about what the different illnesses are and how they effect the brain and what can be done to help fix them. I am also interested in learning about sleep, and why it is easier or harder for others to sleep, and knowing how to get the best sleep. Lastly I am looking forward to learn how to cope with stress. This interest me because stress is a daily problem that most people face, so learning how to cope with it will make everyday life a little easier. One topic that I am least excited to learn about is conditioning. When I was learning this in my AP class, it never peaked my interest and was kind of boring to me. I am also least interested in learning about the theories of intelligence, because I my AP teacher took a lot of time to go over that topic so I already have somewhat of an understanding of it. Lastly, how to choose a therapist, this is least interesting to me because I am looking forward to learning more about the brain itself rather than the therapies. One question that I would like to have answered by the end of this class is, why do we dream?