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19 Dec 2007

Creative Chaos

Essay - 4 pages - Psychology

Suicide. The mere mention of the word makes most of us disturbingly uncomfortable. Yet, just as we run outside, and down the street wearing only a bathrobe, transfixed by a cavalcade of emergency vehicles' flashing lights, urgently needing to know “what happened,” our morbid...

19 Dec 2007

Wal-Mart: Past, Present, and Future. An Economical View

Essay - 4 pages - Psychology

Twenty years ago a day of shopping meant going to one store for groceries, another store for clothes, and still another store for prescriptions. Today a day of shopping can be done with one door and one trip. Wal-Mart has changed the way Americans and other countries do their...

12 Dec 2007

The Shadow: Man's Garbage Can

Essay - 2 pages - Psychology

Every child is born with a vast library of experiences which Jungian psychology describes as the collective unconscious, the contents of which are called archetypes. These archetypes are unlearned tendencies to experience life in certain ways, and manifest themselves in several forms....

11 Dec 2007

Prize Winning Design

Essay - 2 pages - Psychology

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, directed by Jane Anderson and released in 2005, tells the true story of a mother from Defiance, Ohio who helped raise her rather large family by winning contests to earn money and necessities in absence of a steady income from her husband. Julianne Moore plays...

11 Dec 2007

Bridging the Gap

Essay - 7 pages - Psychology

Wondering how similar animals are to ourselves is not a recent question to philosophy or research science. Pet owners are all aware of the mystery behind how it seems like a beloved cat or dog just “knows” when the day has been horrible. More recent research has taken this philosophical...

11 Dec 2007

Effective Media Strategies

Thesis - 18 pages - Psychology

In determining the five most critical aspects of a media strategy, our group immediately noticed that there was correlation between the question asked and a portion of our class notes. In class on October 15, 2007, Dr. Parrish-Sprowl identified what he believed to be the most important aspects of...

11 Dec 2007

Advanced Communication Theory Midterm

Thesis - 8 pages - Psychology

Communication is an omnipresent concept that traverses all aspects of an individual's life. However, when asked exactly what communication encompasses or how to define it, even communication scholars are left perplexed or overwhelmed at the varying degrees of answers that will...

07 Dec 2007

Sex, Verbal Task and Hand Placement Interactions Influence Balance Times

Essay - 3 pages - Psychology

A person's motor ability may be influenced by one's sex and verbal tasks. We hypothesized that a difficult verbal task would interfere with motor skills on the right hand more for men than women due to lateralization of the brain. The balancing times of a dowel were compared between males and...

07 Dec 2007

No Differences Found Between FR and FI Reinforcement Schedules

Case study - 2 pages - Psychology

To have understood which schedules of reinforcement produce a desired behavior, we examined whether a Fixed Ratio (FR) scale was more effective than a Fixed Interval (FI) scale. Subjects participated in an interview and were unaware that they were being reinforced on an FR, or FI schedule. Other...

27 Nov 2007

Running Head: The Relationship between Depression and Age

Case study - 3 pages - Psychology

Depression may be influenced by age differences. Other studies showed no relationship between age and depression so one should expect no relationship between the two in further studies. Data was obtained from 41 college students in order to determine relationships between the profile of Mood...

27 Nov 2007

James Lett and Paranormal Belief

Essay - 4 pages - Psychology

Paranormal belief is a controversial topic within society and many of its advocates and opponents are both victim to biases in their advocating for or against it. Paranormal belief implies a belief in phenomena that currently cannot be explained by science. These ideas can range from precognition...

26 Nov 2007

GABA Receptors

Essay - 5 pages - Psychology

GABAA Receptor The GABAA receptor is a member of the superfamily of ligand-activated ion channels in the cell membrane. GABA type A (GABAA) receptors are most closely related to strychnine-sensitive glycine receptors, more distantly related to acetylcholine nicotonic receptors and serotonin...

26 Nov 2007

Amino Acid Neurotransmitter Receptors

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Psychology

Glutamate Receptors Glutamate receptors are found throughout the brain and are expressed on both neurons and glia, although not all glutamate receptor subtypes are found on both cell types. Glutamate receptors, sometimes referred to as excitatory amino acid receptors, were initially classified...

13 Nov 2007

Monoamine Sythesis, Storage and Degradation

Essay - 3 pages - Psychology

In addition to similarities in neuronal organization, monoaminergic systems are similar with regard to their synthesis, storage, and degradation. Monoamines are synthesized within neurons from common amino acid precursors and taken up into synaptic vesicles via a vesicular monoamine transporter....

13 Nov 2007

Anatomy of Monoamie Systems

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Psychology

The anatomical organization of monoaminergic systems shares a number of common features. Monoaminergic systems are strikingly divergent: monoaminergic cell bodies are generally found in aggregates located in a few restricted subcortical brain regions. Individual monoaminergic neurons typically...

13 Nov 2007

Receptors

Tutorials/exercises - 6 pages - Psychology

Ultimately the effects of monoamines on CNS function and behavior depend upon their interactions with receptor molecules. The binding of monoamines to these plasma membrane proteins initiates a series of intracellular events that modulate neuronal excitability. Unlike the transporters, multiple...

13 Nov 2007

Principles of Brain Organization

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Psychology

The human brain contains approximately 1011 nerve cells or neurons. In general, neurons are composed of four morphologically identified regions: (1) the cell body or soma, which contains the nucleus and can be considered the metabolic center of the neuron; (2) the dendrites, processes that arise...

13 Nov 2007

Neuronal Plasticity

Tutorials/exercises - 2 pages - Psychology

Synaptic plasticity is a property of adult as well as developing or young cortex, and reflects how synaptic strength changes with experience. Its relevance to psychiatry is seen in the course of the illnesses psychiatrists treat. Clinical research supports the notion that psychiatric illnesses...

13 Nov 2007

Neural Prenatal Development

Tutorials/exercises - 7 pages - Psychology

The wonder of development is that a structure as complex as the human brain originates from a flat sheet of embryologic ectoderm. The final, formed brain shows remarkable order in its predictable cortical layering, its diversity of cortical areas, and the numerous networks linking specific...

13 Nov 2007

Early Neural Postnatal Development

Tutorials/exercises - 3 pages - Psychology

The early postnatal years are marked by a rapid maturation of cognitive, social, and behavioral abilities as infants progress from helplessness to autonomy, and children and adolescents develop more sophisticated ways of thinking. The information and abilities acquired by infants, children, and...

13 Nov 2007

Consciouness

Tutorials/exercises - 8 pages - Psychology

The vast majority of mental processes are outside of conscious awareness. These processes can impact thinking, feeling, and behavior despite the lack of conscious awareness. Consciousness can be thought to include two elements: awareness and sentience, the quality of the experience. Each form of...

13 Nov 2007

Cognitive Science

Tutorials/exercises - 6 pages - Psychology

The fields relevant to this overview are a part of the interdisciplinary studies of cognitive science, which includes anthropology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, psycholinguistics, artificial intelligence and computational science, and neuroscience. Each of these disciplines...

23 Oct 2007

Lucid Dreaming and the Infinite Mind

Tutorials/exercises - 4 pages - Psychology

It's safe to say that practically everyone has experienced a dream at some point in their lives. Loads of dreams, it seems, are nothing but a blur of pictures floating through our minds while we rest. In fact, most people don't consider their dreams to be much besides recollections of previously...

19 Oct 2007

The Individual vs. Freud

Essay - 3 pages - Psychology

I have always been wary of psychoanalysis. In my own studies of psychology, I have preferred personality psychology to social psychology, but psychoanalysis has always rested somewhere between the two. A personal prejudice, perhaps, since psychoanalysis is concerned only with...

19 Oct 2007

The Man in the Mirror: Self-Awareness as Social Awareness

Essay - 5 pages - Psychology

Much of the realm of psychology, especially in the disciplines of neuroscience and cognitive studies, is focused on identifying the unified characteristics of human thought and behavior. The brain is studied extensively: years upon years of theories and experiments have yielded an...

19 Oct 2007

Shaping Dissent

Essay - 3 pages - Psychology

Wilhelm Wundt, considered the founder of psychology primarily for his text book and laboratory, contributed one more lesser-known piece to the evolution of the science: reaction-time. Reaction-time in and of itself is a simple concept: it is the “interval elapsing between the mental...

12 Oct 2007

Cover letter for a relief counselor job

Sample letter - 1 pages - Psychology

From the Germainelawrence website, I learned of job openings as an Awake Overnight Counselor and a Relief Counselor. I am very interested in these positions as I plan to return to graduate school to complete a degree in Mental Health Counseling, and would love to gain experience both before and...

03 Oct 2007

Effect of Congruency on Reaction Time and Error Rate

Case study - 2 pages - Psychology

This experiment was conducted as a way to look at top-down, versus bottom-up processing. Subjects read the names of colors off Stroop boards, written first in a congruent color of ink, and next in an incongruent color. This allowed an opportunity to analyze the data and examine the differences...

02 Oct 2007

Consciousness in the Collective Core

Essay - 3 pages - Psychology

The enigma that is the essence of consciousness in modern society can be readily explained and analyzed by anyone with the ability to do so and does not necessitate the so-called authoritative citations that we so emphatically consider reliable sources. It doesn't really take a Ph.D. to write an...

30 Aug 2007

The Addiction of Gambling

Presentation - 19 pages - Psychology

Average casino visits a year equal 53.2 million (27% of U.S. population) averaging 5.7 times per person per year. As the economy becomes more and more unstable, gamblers continue to spend more of their paycheck. Society's youth are exposed to the temptations of online casino...