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Discussion Assignment 3B


This is my disscussion 3B this week.  This stuff is very interesting to me.  I was on my computer that does not have the word when I did it. So I copied it to my WordPress so I could then copy it to my Word on my son’s computer and upload it to the live.. Then I accidently already pushed publish on here lol. But here is the link to the copy of the assignment.  click here

I am learning so many new terms and amazing things about how my mind creates a behavior through senses. Bottom up senses are extremely important to how the first time you sense things. The brain stores this information in memory and associates with certain stimuli each time. There are two known ways to train your mind to associate with certain stimuli. Classical conditioning and operant conditioning.

Classical conditioning is pairing a neutral stimulus with a natural stimulus. After doing this the brain percieves that the neutral stimulus will elicit the same condition therefore will cause the same response as the natural stimulus. This is amazing and makes me think about infants in there first responses to stimuli.  I remember back in the 1980s something about babies do not realize the lightswitch turns on the light. There mind will associate possibly that there blink or smile or cough or etc….that so happens when the light is turned on is what turned it on. These bottom up senses are what create the real/imagination. O my I could go on and on this is so amazing to me everything about the mind and how we learn, behave is so interesting. I had seen this on Good Morning America back then. I was a live in babysitter at the time. So I made sure my neice and then my babies later played with a light switch so much they knew it is what turned on the light.

I was never allowed to touch a light switch until I was old enough to reach one and then in trouble if I did not turn it off when I left a room. I notice the caregiver never turned off the light. Like she herself was scared of the dark.  Anyways my mom has said to me so many times since childhood up to even now in my adult years that I am just imagining things until imagination intrigues me so much. With her its kinda like she pairs imagination with lying. In reality it is her perception wrong. I have laughed even so many times and tried to keep the laughter held in due to its to the point of funny her perception is so out of sync with reality.  That is one thing that kept me throughout so much trauma enough happiness to not cry anymore. The sadness turned around into funny.  But its so weird with me due to as a teenager could watch Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor stand up comedy and not laugh at all.  Like the real funny was not funny at all because I can discern that to be able to joke like that to make others laugh something horrific had to of happened to them. So I cry sometimes watching comedy.  UGGGG I am on a tangent now I am talking about emotions but this is so cool cuz all of it goes together so amazing how this all works. BTW mom definitely seemed scared of dirt also.

The mind is so amazing though that with classical conditioning if you learned the imagined response then you can retrain the brain by repeating the neutral stimuli without the natural stimulus and it changes the perception to the real.

The next I have learned about operant conditioning. This is using rewards,(positive) taking away a reward(Negative) or using unwanted stimulus(positive), taking away unwanted simulus(negative)

Giving=positive

taking=negative

Give or take each time desired behavior occurs and then space out the give take at uneven variables with each one and the mind is happy and continues the response. Wow this is way deep this goes on even deeper with the emotions but I am not going to expand on that at the moment or I might not ever get up from here.

You can also give/ take the undesired stimulus each time an unwanted behavior happens and the mind is happy with this one too but the undesired stimulus you would want to be more desirable than the unwanted behavior. This is possibly how you can train your mind backwards. Erase the programed senses and replace with something different???? Is this possible? Anyways I think that the possibilities are endless.   Sorry this is so new too me that I do not use the “psychology language yet” the language alway comes after I understand in my own language first. The next learning is what helps me the most with language for somereason.

Vicarious learning: role modeling…….this is something amazing too.  As a child I watched news during dinner. We had television in the dining room. Father would make us watch quieting while we ate. No allowance to ask any questions but the funny part of this is that my mind watched the news anouncers ask questions and cut people off in mid sentence so much while interviewing that is how I learned communication and yes I have had to work on this so much all my life. I am rude so many times. I so want to afford to buy the Rosseta Stone so I can speak the spanish..


Developmental Stages


I am in my second week of college. I started a 5 week class of Psychology. This is my second assignment.  My essay about moral development.  You can see original here

Building up to Moral Development:

I believe all human developments build up to the moral development. To be human is to incorporate all senses that create the perceptions through all the physical, emotional, and social mile-stones. Physically the mind does grow and is able to discern morals around the age of 13 all on its own without outside influence.  Up until then environment, including parents, coach the child in what to do. Be it a good outcome or poor outcome caregivers are ultimately responsible and accountable for children’s actions until the child can discern for their self “Theory of Mind”, and beyond the “egocentric stage”.

December 31, 2010

13th Birthday--December 31,2010

    I cannot think on this topic without thinking of my child that is 13 years old and in the eighth grade.  Before this year on big assignments like 6th grade Berlin Wall model and paper explaining it, I helped. When thinking about the war, my child decided killing is wrong, but he did not quite understand why and what impact the wall had on society before and after being torn down. I wrote it for my child. We researched together on the internet a video of how and why the wall was made. My child made the model, and I wrote the paper.  With help, he got the point that not being allowed choice leads to unhappiness; and eventually, walls get torn down.

Kohlberg’s Moral Stage 6

However, this year has been a great turning point for my child. I notice ideas about ecosystem survival and essay writings about the quote “breaking away of mental chains” in three minutes time incorporating mental chains of poverty, racism and war.  My child now goes beyond personal perspective and includes the” Theory of Mind”.  As the parent, I purposely provided good examples and environment for the child to make good moral judgments. Even during this stage of life, I continue to offer advice.  Example… I encouraged him to do the big brother program.  I explained this is an opportunity that will be missed if not taken.  He will have this mentor for advice, and I think a good program due to my son has no dad in his life since age four.   He is doing this.  His mentor is the City of ———-’s Assistant Director.   Son has reached stage 6 “The morality of individual principles of conscience “(Kohlberg’s Moral Stages, www.haverford.edu/psych/ddavis/p109g/kohlberg.stages.html)

His actions are driven by his internalized ideas. In art class, he abandoned a group project and went to the corner by himself to read. His favorite book was taken away. He knew going to school not to read in class due to that morning he asked to take his new book to school. I clearly told him no reading in class. That I would take it away myself if I heard of him doing this. At home, he told me that the group had a “ lame idea”.   The project was about making an island.  He wanted to create a survivable ecosystem, and the group wanted to make a utensil town. This was the first art project he was interested in doing and a letdown. So, I explained to my son that the book is to stay with the teacher until she deems he can receive it back, and that the teacher is concerned with his getting along with a group at the moment.  When possible follow the group majority peacefully.  Then do the project like he wants at home later.  He did have a great idea.  However, the other children did not see the point that for an ecosystem to survive on an island everything has to get along.

Kohlberg’s Moral Stage 5

Just before entering stage 6, my child was majorly concerned with law, order, thinking of new rules, or questioning the rules of why is it a rule.  The “Contractual/legalistic orientation” step was everywhere.  Reading the author, John Grishom, became a favorite.   The war conflicts in other countries on the back of his mind but cannot understand why there is a United Nations going to war on an individualized country with its own set of rules.  Rules, rules, rules  ……what to do as a parent in this situation is mind-boggling, but what I did was use my Intro to sociology knowledge and explained some of those principles. I talked about the herd mentality and about what most of society agrees with as the norm at the time is what the law of society usually becomes.  Society can be wrong sometimes and peaceful resistance can help society change a view-point. Wars create chaos and strife and usually more conflict even after the ending of the war. Any conflict entered into should be thought out carefully with a resolution already in mind before starting the conflict, or like I said you would just end up with continuous chaos. The reason for the rules is to prevent chaos in the first place.

Kohlberg’s Moral Stage 4 and 3

These stages in the middle I can’t quite pinpoint the exact moment but it was there.  My child would do more than the expected; like clean up the bathroom, massage my feet, make a special card, or bring me flowers.  I feel as though it was genuine too.  I did not give a reward for the behavior. I gave just a smile, thank you, and wow you are amazing response.  His little mind was showing me respect and thankfully he continues to show respect. “Authority and social –order-maintaining orientation” stage and “Good-boy/good-girl orientation” goes together with my child. I set the rules for my child. I explained why, there are rules, with what happens when rules get broken. Not focusing on the punishment but what happens like running in the house could cause physical harm or breakage of an heirloom.  The punishment only last for a moment the breakage of an heirloom is irreplaceable.

Kohlberg’s Moral Stage 2

During stage 2 my son automatically did things to complete his own satisfaction. Lego’s, puzzles, kinex were his choice of me time and often included me.  I continue to have a picture of his house of cards.  He was genuinely proud of himself and ran to say,” look at what I did mom”.  I give out praise continually for all these amazing feats.  Tying shoes, riding bike, reading, writing, house of cards, what’s next?  I am so amazed.  I kept secret that I can do a house of cards too.  I do not think he would even comprehend that at the time.  He was all about what he could do without even being aware.   “Naively egoistic orientation” abounded.

Kohlberg’s Moral Stage 1

This stage my son avoided trouble at all cost. I notice when in conflict with sister would always just go to room.  He decided to be responsible for room and not the rest of the house.  My son’s first moral response was “obedience and punishment orientation”.  Taking away of Television, games, and books were my son’s punishments. Obeying gets the things back. Cleverly, he decided staying in his room and lying about doing homework easily gained his things back.  I would then tell him that I will find out if homework is not completed and a circle of continuous taking away would ensue.   This took a while for him to realize through punishment that the homework must be done.

Building up to Moral Development

Throughout these stages a child is also developing socially, emotionally, and physically.  The stimuli and parenting style of parents facilitate the prospering moral stages.  Without a good environment while developing the other skills good morals will not develop, stay stagnant, or may become morally wrong.  Parents would benefit society greatly by taking a parenting class during pregnancy.  The reason is: our children are the future to a morally good society with rules that keep out the chaos and keep the peace between families, neighbors, countries, the universe…………. The building up to moral development must start and continue throughout life.  Whatever a child is going through at the time of each stage determines the time, perspective, and order of the stages.  My son’s stage 1 came after stage 4.    All stages are incorporated into a person. Whichever stage comes first, the stages do not stop just continue building. So please never assume it is too late for morals 🙂 Each individual is different just as no snowflake is alike. Age is just a number baby! lol and Build,build,build…………:)

  ” I believe the children are our future

Teach them well And let them lead the way

Show them all the beauty

They possess inside

Give them a sense of pride

To make it easier

Let the children’s laughter

Remind us how we used to be

 Everybody’s searching for a hero

People need someone to look up to

I never found anyone

Who fulfilled my needs

A lonely place to be

And so I learned to depend on me.

 I decided long ago

Never to walk in anyone’s shadow

If I fail, if I succeed

At least I’ll live as I believe

No matter what they take from me

They can’t take away my dignity

Because the greatest love of all

Is happening to me

I found the greatest love of all

Inside of me

The greatest love of all

Is easy to achieve

Learning to love yourself

It is the greatest love of all

 I believe the children are our future

Teach them well

And let them lead the way

Show them all the beauty

They possess inside

Give them a sense of pride

To make it easier

Let the children’s laughter

Remind us how we used to be

 I decided long ago

Never to walk in anyone’s shadow

If I fail, if I succeed

At least I’ll live as I believe.

No matter what they take from me

They can’t take away my dignity

 Because the greatest love of all

 Is happening to me

I found the greatest love of all

Inside of me

The greatest love of all

Is easy to achieve

Learning to love yourself

It is the greatest love of all

 And If by chance that special place

That you’ve been dreaming of

Leads you to a lonely place

Find your strength in love”

Selected References

Griggs, R. (2012). Psychology: A Concise Introduction, Third Edition. Worth publishers. Chapter 7 Developmental Psychology (246-286)

Kohlberg’s Moral Stages. www.haverford.edu/psych/ddavis/p109g/kohlberg.stages.html retrieved 11/22/2011.


Week One Discussion “My Brain” 11/20/2011


I believe my left cortex is used slightly more than my right due to I am right-handed. I do more things physically with my right side than my left side. The right side of my brain is always thinking about the artistic beauty in every thing that my left side is doing logically.

My hippocampus is used a lot quickly without me even being aware most times due to I can memorize quickly and learn new task fast. I can walk into a clinic as charge for the first time and by the 2nd hour know every patients’ name in the building although for some reason have not a clue about the workers’ names. My mind tends to categorize what is the most important thing at the moment to remember and do first.

My occipital lobe works to make up for the wrong shape of my eyeball. Even with the astigmatism, at times I see better without my glasses. My occipital lobe is always searching to make sure I see things correctly. I have a photographic memory. My mind can remember everything in my cluttered room, and I can assure you if one little thing is touched or moved in the slightest my mind recognizes the adjustment.

I use the temporal lobe more so than occipital without even being aware due to I am an auditory learner. I read out loud even to myself at times due to this. I can listen to television, listen to music, and converse at the same time. I do so much listening that others perceive me most times as not paying attention. When in reality my brain is taking in more than they can ever imagine.

My pons works overtime due to I have only had 6 dreams in my life that I can remember on awakening.  I am solving in my sleep so no need to remember. Although, one vivid dream that I had that awakened me from deep sleep had me crying due to no way for me to solve. It was a vivid dream of Africa and thousands of people bleeding from all orifices of their body. I was so frightened from the dream I could not go back to sleep, went to the living room, and turned on the television.  What I was dreaming about was on the late night news special report of the eboli virus in Africa. This was 1995, 9 years before nursing school.

My cerebellum is always trying to co-ordinate my movements and struggles when having reaction to medication that causes parkinsonian symptoms. I have to literally think to take one step at a time in that situation. After that experience, cerebellum will never be taken for granted.

Lastly but definitely not the least important, my medulla does so much all the time that the rest of my mind never even has to think about what it’s doing. Breathing and blood pressure are automatic.

The brain is amazing. So intriguing, something about the unknown of the how we know things I desire to want to know more.  The part of our body that does the most, controls our thoughts, movements, behavior is the part of our body we know the least about.

reference:https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=b5dcef1f8f2240a0#!/view.aspx?cid=B5DCEF1F8F2240A0&resid=B5DCEF1F8F2240A0%21107  This is all the whole board of discussion names left off but the responses with the grades on them are mine.

 


Psychology 101- W1A1


GE102.11.14.11.01: 01 Assignment

Lori Schreiner

Professor Kathryn Sellars

Psychology

11-16-2011

Part 1:

            M.D., Ph.D., Ed.D, and Psy.D. are doctorate degrees in psychology with varying clinical and college experiences.  Each includes 4-6 years of college past a Bachelor’s degree.

M.D. is a Medical Doctor.  Psychiatrists are usually medical doctors that have 6-8 years of college experience along with clinical residency experience. They specialize in mental disorders.  Medical doctors can diagnose medical conditions and prescribe medications.

Ph.D. is a Doctor of Philosophy. This is a traditional academic doctorate.  A psychologist can have this degree.  Psychologists with this degree specialize in a particular pathway. They may choose clinical psychology, counseling psychology or school psychology or just plain psychology.  Clinical focuses on clinical and practice. Counseling focuses on practice in less pathological populations.  School focuses on school counseling.  Most experimental and social psychologists have just a plain psychology Ph.D.

Ed.D. is a Doctor of Education.  This is also an academic doctorate.   A  psychologist or an educational administrator can have this degree.

Psy.D. is a Doctor of Psychology.  This is a clinical degree that places more emphasis on practice than research.  This program developed to train practitioners that keep up with research but do not do much research.  This is the most recent degree that started in 1973. (Holmes, L. (2010, June 01). What do the letters mean after the name?. Retrieved November 17, 2011 from http://mentalhealth.about.com/cs/psychotherapy/a/initials.htm)

All these degrees work towards the goal of influencing behavior.  If stopped at this point, to be human is to be a psychologist due to we all influence someone else whether intentionally or accidentally.  Psychologists go further than just influencing behavior.  They are experts in the predictable outcome of a behavior.  They have each spent many years studying through research using scientific methods and in practice counseling.

Part 2

A psychiatrist can be a M.D. with an emphasis on mental disorders.  To qualify you must have an undergraduate psychology degree, complete medical school, endure post-graduate medical residency, then take licensure exams.

I am not interested in working as an M.D., although, I have much admiration for those that do.  If I were to choose one of the psychological fortes this would be my pick.  I like psychiatrist because they can prescribe medications, interpret lab values and imaging results.  I believe in the holistic approach of all medical conditions.  When I write the general goal to all my patients on their care plan, I state,” Goal: to maintain homeostasis while on dialysis at DAVITA.”  I know everyone involved in the care leads up to the holistic approach, but it seems that the M.D. is the most equipped with the knowledge

GE102.11.14.11.01: 01 Assignment

Lori Schreiner

Professor Kathryn Sellars

Psychology

11-16-2011

base to do the most.  The reason I am not interested in working as a psychiatrist some day is because I am 41 years old and love my job as a nurse J

The best part of working in this field would be seeing the end results of happy well-adjusted patients thriving.

The worst part of working in this field would be to see the hurt, pain, abuse that patients endured before the thriving part.

 


By Daughter Sabrina Vinson—–I am so happy for her to be my daughter


Instilling Excellence
            When you work in a retail store, your number one goal is to give customer satisfaction. In order to help each guest to the fullest extent, requires work starting with the big, most important aspects all the way down to the small aspects that usually get over-looked. Most of the time, it is easy to come to work as an average person and fit-in with the rest of the team by not truly caring about the small things. That is a decision that can make or break your sale. As a mentor, a manager, or whatever  your role is.  Whether  in business or as a teacher or coach or something else in the future-excellence is something you should always strive for but is hard to instill. It is hard to teach or coach because excellence is a choice and an attitude.
            Excellence is so elusive that  Webster’s Dictionary breaks its own rule and uses the root word in the definition, and excellence is basically just that-excelling. It is being “exceptionally good,” or having “superiority.” It is merely insinuated, however it is something carried out all the time by the word “characteristic.” That means it is part of who you are and it defines you.
            When you carry such characteristic, you decide ahead of time that you are going to come to work and work harder than the average person. Making a decision to care about the small things is beyond what you can imagine. It means when you are looking for a size in the back for someone you are looking for it as if you were looking for it for yourself. It means you treat your store like it is your own. The small things matter to you so much that even the dust bunnies bother you because they represent you and your team and your commitment to cleanliness. It means you scrape stickers off of the floor. You want to help every single guest to the best of your ability, every time, even if they just want a tank top. When you re-stock you go through and check for sizes and thoroughly search in the back and not simply glance. It is going above and beyond and then a little more every time. You can see the big picture, but still do the small things right. It sets you apart, and may always set your company apart.
            Excellence is the difference between being committed and interested. An effective analogy to consider would be the next time you sit down to breakfast with bacon and eggs at the table. Who cared more about you breakfast-the chicken or the pig? The chicken simply laid an egg and went about its day. The pig gave his life so you could eat well. Be a pig.
            If all you learn during your time of employment as a salesperson is how to excel in excellence, then you have succeeded the company you work for and made a difference in your life. This means your company is not a clothing store serving people, but it is a people store serving clothes. If excellence is the mindset that you grasp while you are there and you choose to stay, then it will be the mindset that gets you where you want to go.