It appears that genetic factors are involved in nearly all human traits and behavior.
Genes play a role in our response to stress, our levels of obesity and addictions to name a few.
However, genetic factors cause predispositions…not specific behavior patterns. Genetic factors interact with other factors such as learning experiences and personal choice to determine behaviors, disorders and traits.
In the first chapter, we will hear about the stories of Beth, John, Maria, Lisa, and David, and the life challenges they face. Listed below are some common challenges that many individuals deal with on a daily basis. Have you considered which ones apply to you? Some can be regarded as concerns, some as hassles, some as crises, and some as openings for growth.
Try this: Skip any issues that do not concern you, but count the number of issues in the list below that are (1) issues you have had to adjust to and are examples of your growth, and (2) issues that remain a challenge.
is a name given to the effects of an often overwhelming number of choices for a major field, severe stress, pressure to choose the right career (and major), and pressure to perform on today's college students.
is the natural process by which people pay attention to (and remember) things that feel good and that agree with their basic values and attitudes, and forget or blind themselves things that conflict with their basic beliefs or values.
this could affect both the researcher and the subject in the case study method or another research method.
Can you think of things that may be altered by Selective Perception?
It’s important to note how Selective Perception can alter our attitude and behavior towards things.
Critical thinking is essential to our adjustment as it allows us to critically evaluate our environment (arguments of a political candidate, whether a diet will work, whether someone is telling us the truth).
Independent variable: A condition in a scientific study that is manipulated so that it’s effects my be observed.
Dependent variable: A measure of an assumed effect of an independent variable.
Experimental Group: A group of subjects who receive a treatment (independent variable).
Control Group: A group of subjects whose members don’t receive the treatment , while other conditions are held constant. Therefore, one may conclude that group differences following treatment will result from the treatment.