Analysis of Psychology and Life by Richard J. Gerrig Essay

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Application of Psychology

As this semester draws to an end, I begin reflecting on what all I have learned. Prior to taking Intro to Psychology, I honestly could not tell you what psychology even meant, much less use any aspect of it in my life. Throughout the length of the course, I have learned a great deal about many different subjects in the realm of psychological studies. In the beginning of class, we defined what psychology actually was, how to use the scientific method, being a critical consumer, and many other things. I can apply this new information in my life to further better myself in my climb to increasing my education. In the second week of class, we began studying and learning about the scientific method and other
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It is extremely important to be responsible consumers and use critical thinking skills. Before taking this class, for example, I would just go online to look for an explanation for something without even realizing how open the internet is to errors. For example, Wikipedia is an open informational website that allows anyone with internet access to type an article or edit any article without and credibility to their name. Above all the things I learned in this class, this is one thing I benefited from the most.

Topic 14 covered learning and behaviorism, and this was another interesting and helpful unit in this class. We learned about classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and observational learning and how all three occur. Classical conditioning is a type of learning that occurs when a conditioned stimulus is paired with an unconditioned stimulus. It is a learning process that occurs through associations between an environmental stimulus and a naturally occurring stimulus. Operant conditioning is a type of learning in which an individual's behavior is modified by its antecedents and consequences. Operant conditioning is distinguished from classical conditioning in that operant conditioning deals with the reinforcement and punishment to change behavior. Observation learning is a form of learning in which one gains information from the behavior of other people. It is the most beneficial form of

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