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Behavioral Psychology

 
 
hms16
 
Reply Thu 1 Oct, 2015 06:29 pm
These are interview questions for a school project. I don't need all of them to be answered. If you feel you can offer insight to the question please answer. Thank you

Have you ever conducted an experiment which observed humans?

What kind of observation would you recommend me to conduct?

What are the main concepts of personality?

Why is human behavior so unpredictable?

What would be the most efficient way to conduct human experiments?

What do you find to be the most intriguing thing about behavioral psychology?

How is a person influenced by their environment?

Do groups change individuals thoughts?

What is your definition of cognitive dissonance?

Do you know of any social experiments?
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 1 Oct, 2015 07:58 pm
@hms16,
Isn't a behavioral psychologist a guy that has to ring a bell whenever his dog salivates?
fresco
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 01:28 am
@roger,
Laughing

(......check out Eddie Izzard 'Pavlov's Cat' if you haven't seen it !)
fresco
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 01:35 am
@hms16,
All the 'insight' you need can be found in elementary psychology textbooks.
(My favorite authors used to be Kretch and Crutchfield for comedic reasons.)
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Briancrc
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 03:11 am
@hms16,
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Have you ever conducted an experiment which observed humans?
. yes
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What kind of observation would you recommend me to conduct?
not entirely sure what you mean here. What do you plan to study?

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Why is human behavior so unpredictable?
it seems unpredictable because we are largely unaware of the history of consequences to which someone has been exposed. However, behavior can be brought under specific control and shown to be highly predictable. One kind of molar example is the behavioral patterns of criminals as revealed by detectives. Under surveillance the detective can observe predictable patterns of behavior of the criminal, build a case, and plan a sting operation.

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What would be the most efficient way to conduct human experiments?
. This gets to methodology. We would first need to know the specifics of what you wish to observe/operate on. For example, if I was interested in knowing why a person would hit himself, I might measure the number of self hits in 15 minute intervals when there is nothing to do, or when I cease asking difficult questions, or when I provide attention by saying "why are you doing that?", or when I give the person something stimulating with which to engage. By repeating these conditions a picture can appear fairly quickly as to which condition can bring about more of the problem.

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What do you find to be the most intriguing thing about behavioral psychology?


That it has developed into a field that has solved actual human problems (reducing pedestrian accidents, child-rearing, smoking cessation, piloting airplanes, accuracy of mammography, treating people with autism, etc. ).

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How is a person influenced by their environment?
. The environment selects behavior through contingencies of reinforcement. There are stimuli present at the time that reinforcing consequences occur, and they will continue to occasion behavior in the future.

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Do groups change individuals thoughts?
societies help to organize behavior. Cultures also evolve and the practices of members of the culture get pulled along (generally speaking)

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What is your definition of cognitive dissonance?
. I don't have one. It is not a useful construct for behavioral psychology. We can talk about the phenomena of contradictory thoughts without imposing possibly circular descriptions.

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Do you know of any social experiments?
. Yes
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 03:15 am
@fresco,
My hearing isn't good enough for that one, but the audience clearly ate it up.
Briancrc
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 03:15 am
@roger,
Pavlovian psychology associated neutral stimuli with reflexes. Through the repeated pairings those reflexes were brought about by the stimulus that was previously neutral. These types of examples are very limited compared to the overwhelming number of examples of Operant psychology
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Briancrc
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 03:19 am
@roger,
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My hearing isn't good enough for that one, but the audience clearly ate it up.


Good one
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fresco
 
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Reply Fri 2 Oct, 2015 07:10 am
@roger,
You'll find a text version on Izzard Wikiquote.

In the interim I see Brian has taken it upon himself to 'put you straight' ! Laughing
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