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Milgram Experiment

Most psychology textbooks use the Milgram experiment as a way to describe conformity and obedience. There are significant ethical flaws in the experiment, which make it inappropriate by current standards. However, it does lead to some interesting thoughts regarding obedience and conformity. Explain the experiment in detail an

Social Norms and Diversity

Social norms and traditions are part of what defines a culture, and in a country such as the United States, we have a diverse population with varied cultural traditions. One of the challenges for us as a nation is to understand this diversity. From your understanding of stereotypes and social norms, do you think television p

Identify a positive celebrity role model.

Mary Tyler Moore was the positive celebrity role model identified in this solution. In this solution we discuss her roles on the Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke shows, and we mention some facts from her autobiography as well. It also analyzes her relationship with some of the other members on these shows, and mentions some as

ACA vs. AACC Code of Ethics

What are the general similarities and differences in the Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association and the Code of Ethics of the American Association of Christian Counselors?

Mental Illness Criteria

Describe how psychologists use specific diagnostic criteria in the diagnosis of mental illness. Explain the difference between changes in behavior when they are temporary (such as distress, irrationality, unpredictability, and unconventionality) and when they are long term and may indicate a mental illness.

Postulates of Psychodyanamic Theory - Westen (1998)

Select one of the five postulates of contemporary psychodynamic theory identified by Westen (1998) in his comprehensive article on the scientific legacy of Sigmund Freud. Briefly explain the importance of that postulate and its implications for the practice of psychodynamic counselling.

Smoking: Behavioral and Social/Cognitive Approaches

How can the habit of smoking develop? What could be the impact of role models in the development of this habit? Why does a person continue to smoke? Use the behavioral personality theory to explain the habit of smoking. Describe components of social/cognitive theory that explain why this habit can form. How can operan

ABA: Misconceptions

Why do misconceptions exist? How might you defend the practices of ABA if faced with a client who is skeptical about ABA?

Instrumental Conditioning: Learning to Ride a Bike

In the situational scenario of learning how to ride a bike: 1.) How would positive and negative reinforcement be used? What are some examples? 2.) How would reward and punishment be applied to this situation? What are some examples? 3.) Which form of instrumental condition would be the most effective in this situation?

Case Study: Solution-Focused Approach and Axis Codes

Jose comes from a Mexican chauvinist culture where men are the head of the house, and strict, obedient child rearing is the norm. Emily, on the other hand, has an American view that children should be given choices instead of being told what to do. Jose does not feel respected because Emily always argues with what he says the ch

Internal and External Validity

When it comes to conducting experimental research, interpretation of the results can be influenced greatly by the extent to which an experiment has internal and external validity. Discuss the importance of external and internal validity and some of the threats to each of these. What is the impact of having one type of validity b

Theories Biological Aspects of Aging

Psychologists use the biological aspects of aging, from birth through old age, to understand the changes in behavior. One of the aspects of human development is the development of moral reasoning or, in more practical terms, maturing. In other words, social skill development is an important part of understanding how children, ad

The Impact of Developmental Processes

The Impact of Developmental Processes Consider the role each process?cognitive, physical, and social-emotional?plays on the development of an individual. The cognitive developmental process involves the ability to think, remember, reason, problem-solve, and communicate. The physical developmental process entails not only chan

Question (Ethical Issues) Complaints

One girl underwent an abortion without the knowledge of her foster parents..the therapist fully evaluated her view of the adults' inability to be supportive and agreed but worried about our relationship being damaged if I was discovered to know about the pregnancy and her action. Apply both an informal resolution of the vi

Ethical Issues/APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct

Why does research that uses humans as participants need to be regulated? Think about studies that were conducted prior to the current laws and the long range and devastating effects they had and, in some cases, still have. State an area of ethical issues that you may anticipate and need to address as you may plan a study i

Ethical Dilemma in Professional Psychology

Select an ethical dilemma in professional psychology. IN FIRST PERSON: Describe the following ethical dilemma: SCENERIO The defendants attorney is pressuring the forensic psychologist (expert witness) testimony to overstep the bounds of their professional knowledge; e.g., testifying in child abuse cases that the perpetra

Trend Article Analysis

Hi, I need a guide and understanding. I pick about 4 articles and I am not sure if any are good. If they are I will like article 3 or 4 (I only need to choose 1). I am not good in math. Help on this selecting the sample, administering an intervention, collecting the data, analyzing the data. Plus all. I hope you can help.

Data Analysis

1) Assume that you conducted the research study that you proposed in the first discussion post #463785 and now have the data. (This problem is connected to brainmass post #463785 that you are assisting me with). 2) Which of the methods used for analyzing survey data would you use and why? 3) Be sure to explain why the app

Survey Research

1) For this question choose a research area that you would like to learn more about. One research topic area is whether violence in mass media increases negative behavior in children. 2) Briefly design a study using one of the survey approaches. 3) The research design should include the type of sampling you will use and

behavior of the human brain

What neurological damages take place or changes happen to the brain as a result of Autism as well as other behavioral and functional changes.

Absenteeism Case Study

Mr. Smith has contacted you for assistance with a problem that he is having at his workplace. Mr. Smith owns a small factory that manufactures custom figure skates. He has 30 employees who work for him. During the past year, he has noticed a very high absenteeism rate among his staff. The high rate of absenteeism has negatively

Research approach

What factors predict good marital communication? Explain why you would choose a quantitative approach for this question. Why do some gay men participate in high-risk behaviors? Explain why you would choose a qualitative approach for this question. What do you think of when you think of research? What does it mean to b

Different types of learning

Learning occurs in many more ways than just as a result of classical or operant conditioning. One such way is by observing others. Explain observational learning using at least three examples from your own life. Explain why this type of learning is effective.

Watson's Classical Conditioning Experiment

Copy and paste the following line in a Google search: Watson J. B., & Rayner, R. (1920). Conditioned emotional reactions. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 3(1), 1-14. Read the article and answer the following questions in your essay: Explain the initial pairing of the banging bar and the rat in terms of learning thro

Creativity and critical thinkers' examples

Consider the following famous thinkers: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, James Cone, Daniel C. Dennett, Peter Singer, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Nelson Mandela. What components of their creativity and critical thinking played a prominent role in their contributions to society or their scientific breakthroughs?