Chapter 2 Blog Post

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I personally chose the “exploring the mind of a killer” TED talk because I have always had an interest in knowing what differentiates the mind of a killer and of an everyday person. Also, I’ve been a big fan of NCIS & Criminal Minds. When examining the factors that make up a killer, we consider genetics, brain damage, and interactions with their environment. When brain damage occurs, the timing of the incident plays a large role as well. High risk genes or the “violence gene” can be found in the normal everyday person, but are found more intensely In people who kill. Growing up witnessing extreme forms of violence can be a larger factor in why people become psychopathic killers. Personally, I found that the fact that genetic makeup and brain make up can influence the tendencies of a killer from generations to generation was the most interesting point in the talk. I found Jim Fallon a very trustworthy and reliable source because he performed multiple brain scans on known psychopathic killers and his own family tree which all showed the same results. Also, Fallon is a professor at the University of California and has been a neuroscientist for about 35 years so I believe his information provided is very credible. A research study that I would perform would be a study on the number of psychopathic killers that were women and men. I would compare these numbers because the variance of the High Risk Gene is found in our mothers and which is then passed to their son genetically. I want to see if it is true that men are more known to be classified as psychopathic killers than women.

Chapter 4 Impression Post

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The world of the internet and research studies has provided parents with numerous opportunities to help better their ways of parenting and improving their children to be positive towards our society. The first way to be a great parent is by providing your kids with equal and huge amounts of love and support. Being there for your child through the  good and the bad, and loving them through it all. Showing your kids unconditional love can be the best way to keep your child stress free and extremely happy. Being involved in your children life can be one of the most important ways to being a good parent. This means giving up time for your interests and devote that time to your kids needs. Be there for your children through it all and show that you care about their interests in life. As your children grow out of the baby stage, make sure to establish equal rules for them. Setting rules is essential for raising your child right and teaching him the differences between whats right and whats wrong. It also helps show your children to respect you and what you approve of them doing. When your children do need to be disciplined, avoid using harsh tactics like physically beating or abusing your child. Be reasonable with your kid. Every kid experiences being in the wrong but as a parent you need to take advantage of those opportunities to help your children learn what is right. Here I provided you with a few different ways to better your parenting tactics but there are so many more possibilities. Being a great parent and role model for your kids is extremely essential for putting them in the best position to be successful when they become adults and parents themselves.

First Impression Post #1

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I chose to critique one of Mythbusters experiments which questioned “Do larger breasts equal bigger tips?”. The experiment was set up to determine if larger breasts brought in more tips by varying breast size on a daily basis ranging from small, medium, and large. The data concluded that women with larger breasts will in fact bring in more tips than small or normal breasts. Men gave 30% more to women with large breasts as women gave a whopping 40% more in tips. The original hypothesis made for this experiment can be held true as the experiment showed about larger breasts bringing in more tips. The independent variable in this experiment would be the Coffee Shop she was working at, while the variable changed would be breast size. One positive of this experiment was keeping this waitress at the same shop, dressed the exact same every single day, with the same amount of transactions sold per day except varying her breast size to show an accurate depiction of larger breasts bringing in more tips. I believe that one problem that could vary this experiment is having a waitress who isn’t good with service or being a nasty person overall to their costumers but to prove that this hypothesis is actually true it was good that she was a fantastic waitress overall. Its now proven that men and women are willing to shovel out more money to a person who catches their eye or they find sexually attractive. Overall, I feel like this experiment was conducted very well and it helped give a very good understanding on how bigger breasts can bring in larger tips for a waitress working anywhere in the world.

Introduction Letter

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Hello my name is Zach Petiet and I am a first year OT student at Elizabethtown College. I graduated from Saucon Valley High School in Hellertown, Pennsylvania. I love playing football and lacrosse as I will be apart of the Blue Jays Lax team. I am a huge fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Penn State Football. I also enjoy going to the beach and hanging with my friends. I am interested in possibly minoring in Psychology and wanted to get a feel for what it is all about. I took a Psychology class my Junior year of HighSchool and really enjoyed it so I wanted to get a greater feel for it at the college level. When I hear the word “psychology” I think of the study of how the human mind works and functions. I am very interested in learning about The brain because I want to have a good understanding on how the brain works and how it functions. I am also interested in learning about how to improve your memory because the older you get, the more you need to know. Lastly, I am very interested in learning about coping with stress because with college comes tons of stress and I want to have a good understanding on how to cope with it. My 3 least favorite topics are why we forget, what is addiction, and the mechanics of good sleep because they are topics I already have a little understanding of. By the end of this class I hope to have a large understanding of what psychology is and everything that goes into why the brain works the way it does.