Bonus Blog Prompt – Theoretical Lenses in Psychology

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Miguel has been struggling with his coursework lately. He has felt very tired in recent weeks and has found it difficult to focus on his studies. Even though he is always tired, he has trouble falling asleep at night, is irritable during the day, and picks fights with his roommates. He is a bit of a perfectionist and gets mad at himself when he makes even tiny mistakes. It’s gotten to the point where he doubts his ability to do anything right.


Psychodynamic: Psychodynamics focuses on internal drives. The fact that he is a perfectionist and not doing well in school will most likely make him irritable therefore causing him to pick fights with his roommate.

Behaviorist: A behaviorist may state that through examination and analysis. His lack of sleep could be the reason he is irritable and picking fights with his roommate. Without correction, Miguel will probably continue this behavior. The fact that he is a perfectionist may mean that he has OCD.

Humanistic: Miguel may not be reaching is full potential and therefore may be having trouble because of that. Humanistic psychology emphasizes the approach to study the whole person and the uniqueness of each individual. Due to the fact that Miguel is not performing to his greatest ability, he could be getting mad at himself for his mistakes.

Cognitive: Cognitive psychology focuses on mental processes. His lac of sleep has most likely slowed down his cognition and therefore weakened things like attention, language use, problem solving, creativity, and thinking. All these reasons may lead to a struggle with classwork. Therefore the reason he is struggling in school is due to his lack of sleep and slow mental processing.

Neuroscience: Due to Miguel’s lack of sleep, his brain is most likely not functioning correctly. He could potentially be suffering from insomnia which would explain his inability to sleep, bipolar disorder, which would explain his irritability, or OCD, which would explain his need for perfection.

Cultural: The pressure from Miguel’s surrounding culture may lead him to be hard on himself when he does not perform to the best of his ability. If his culture demands good grades and he isn’t doing well, it could put pressure on him causing him to stay up at night and become irritated.

Research Methods

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In the Myth busters mini-myth “Do Beer Goggles Really Exist?”, the results of the hypothesis were plausible but skewed. Some strengths of the myth were the number of subjects and both a female and male were subjects in the study. It is important to consider having both genders in a study due to there may be differences in the results based upon their gender.  It is also important to have more than one subject when trying to get accurate results in a study so that it is not biased based on one subject. Given that they only had three subjects which is not that many, so the results may be skewed. In order to make this study even more reliable they could have had ten to fifteen subjects and then gathered there data together.  Some weakness of the study includes the inconstant pictures and lack of level of consistency of blood alcohol content (BAC). Within an experiment, constants are very important. For example, people rate levels of attractiveness differently, so in this experiment it is hard to measure the accuracy of how the subjects are rating the attractiveness. Also, the number given to what the subject scored after taking the test does not have any true numerical value, meaning we can’t use this number to truly prove something. We also are unsure how they are scoring the numbers, so we don’t know what the number truly means. Over all the study does have some true potential just needs a few adjustments and more time to develop.

Introduction Blog Post

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Honestly, I was placed into Intro to Psychology because I am an undecided freshman, but I think this class is a great class for me to take. I ultimately want to be a guidance counselor and could potentially major in Psychology depending on how this class goes. In high school, I took AP Psychology my junior year. Unfortunately, I didn’t put in the correct amount of time needed to do well in the class, so I did not score very well on the AP test. When I hear the word psychology, I instantly think about how people work and why. Three topics I find interesting are moral development, coping with stress, and psychotic, traumatic, & personality disorders. Moral development seems interesting because I am excited to learn where our morals start from and how they form as you get older. I am excited to learn about coping with stress because I feel I may be able to use that in my own life. Finally, psychotic, traumatic, & personality Disorders is what interests me most in psychology, so I am very excited to learn about that. Three areas I am least interested in, all have to do with the brain. Both the brain: micro-level and the brain: macro-level I know I will struggle with therefore I am least excited about them. chemicals and consciousness also don’t seem so exciting considering they sound like it will be able the brain also. By the end of psychology hope to answer the question, why do people do what they do. Why are people stressed and how can they fix it? How are morals developed? Other questions like that really fascinate me.