December 8, 2013 PSY 200 Reflection Prelude- When signing up for psychology 200, I expected it to be a very interesting course much like my class from high school. With such an interest in psychology, I hoped that this course would help determine if this was a potential major/minor to pursue. Aside from its academic aspect, I took psychology to gain some personal insight. With a mother diagnosed with bipolar disorder, along with other family members as well as myself suffering from depression, my interest in clinical psychology is extreme.
The mind is a scary and complex place, and I wanted to understand how it functioned. Processes- Quizzes: Coming into college, I had very poor study habits. That quickly changed after being assigned the weekly quizzes. The quizzes were quite demanding due to time restraints and the critical thinking involved with each question. Therefore, instead of skimming over the definitions as I would normally do, I was forced to thoroughly read and understand the material. I preferred the group quizzes to the personal quizzes. With more brainpower, we always scored well and it helped improve my grade.
I chose my group wisely and everyone contributed, but those that do not read could easily take advantage of the group quizzes. The biggest obstacles to the quizzes were the time restraints, the critical thinking involved, and the fact that there was a group quiz every class, meaning missing a class would harm your grade. Oral Presentation: I worked on the oral presentation with most of the same girls from the group quizzes. We first divided the amount of work up equally and created our own individual power point. We then scheduled a night to meet in the library to conjoin our material ogether.
We faced a setback when a team member failed to show up or do her part in the project. The group worked together to make up the missing part, and as a result we all graded each other well on our group evaluations. The downfall of the oral presentations was that part of your grade lies in someone else’s hands. Overall, I think the practice of public speaking and the review of the material was beneficial. I enjoyed the project. Other Activities: I enjoyed the video played at the beginning of every class. They were always an interesting introduction to the material at hand.
The skits and demonstrations performed were also very humorous and really grabbed the attention of the class. When learning about memory, the experiment of the burglar that stole the money was an awesome example. It put a firsthand emphasis on how inaccurate our memory can be and I will never forget that. I think using the experiments to demonstrate and confirm what we are learning is important in psychology. Outcomes- Knowledge: Throughout the course, I have learned a lot about myself as well as the others around me. I learned that is it both nature and nurture that makes us the erson we are today.
This goes hand in hand with our behavior. Naturally, we contain unconditioned stimuli that automatically lead to outcomes, such as salivating at the our own actions produce outcomes; after studying for hours, I received a good grade on the last exam, leading me to do it again. I learned that these experiences help form my personality. Positive or negative, the way I interpret these experiences leads to my personality development. I also believe in Freud’s unconscious mind, and that some memories, urges, and conflicts, are hidden yet still affect my behavior and ersonality.
After learning this in psychology, I always think about how events in my life right now might be affecting me down the road. This leads me to my current battle, depression. Considering nature and nurture, my mood disorder may partially be hereditary. On the other hand, it could also be the outcome of many traumatic experiences. Skills- Throughout the course I learned about many different studying techniques. These include noticing relationships and differences among things, forming mental pictures, repetition, mnemonic devices, and the peg-word method.
Personally, I find that repetition and the peg-word method works best for me. This class has taught me to think critically and be aware of time management. Attitudes- Before going into the final exam I am left with an 89% in the class. I strived for an A and I am Just about there. I am pleased with my performance in the class because I know I did the best I could. If I could have done anything different, I would have answered the extra credit questions on blackboard. Although enjoying the class, I have decided not to pursue a career in psychology.
Although interesting, the many unknowns of the field makes me nervous. Cognitive Development- I would consider myself at the relativism stage. Especially in psychology, I have learned that we are not 100% sure about many things. New ideas are always being unleashed, and old ones are being disproven. While case studies may prove something about one specific person, they often lack external validity to make them accurate across the board. Within all of the controversy, I believe evaluating the pros and cons of different ideas is the best approach.