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Case Studies

Case Study in Psychology

Psychology 1

 

Case studies are often how psychologists, often in teams, look at their clients and patients presenting issues.  These issues range from severe mental illness to milder conditions, but all bear close research and analysis in order to understand how to assist their patients.

 

                      How to build a case:

 

  1. choose a track to look at.

This can be any area, condition or mental illness, but MUST be approved by the instructor.

 

  1. research.

Etiology

Diagnosis

prognosis

DSM-IV/V

The text and one outside source. Correct APA citation is necessary.

  1. create a hypothetical case or use an historical example
  2. do analysis of the case based on at least two perspectives.
  3. Case review

 

 

 

Brief Presentation of the Case

 

Background (Paragraph  1)

 

                      Intake

 

                      Background/History

 

                                            Salient features

 

                                            Theory/Perspective (Paragraph 2)

                                                                

                                                                 Analysis

                                                                

                                                                  Condition or disorder

 

                                            Prognosis/Diagnostic (Paragraph 3)

 

The case should be no less than 500 words and no more than 1000 words.

Report on Study or Experiment

For the final part of the course, we’ll be delving deeper into a themed area of psychology. You will need to propose a topic and then research the area of study and then conduct a short study or experiement in the area. The report for this should be structured as follows:

1. Introduction

2. Background

3. Hypothesis

4. Outline of the experiment or inquiry

5. Method(s)

6. Data/Results

7. Conclusion

8. References

The report should be no more than 1000 words. We’ll discuss the due date for first and final drafts in individual classes.

Review for the Quest

Review of the Psychological Perspectives for Psychology 1

 

Experimental model

 

What constitutes a reliable study?

 

n=x

 

hypothesis, data, results, peer review

 

Evolutionary Perspective

 

Principles

 

Darwin, Wilson

 

Genetics and the brain

 

Harlow: Wire Mother Experiment

 

Goodall

 

Altruism

 

Language and adaptation

 

Criticism

 

How the mind-brain works: Neuroscience and the Biological Perspective

 

First, how the brain does not: Phineas Gage

 

Building blocks:

 

Neurons

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Neural networks

 

Neurotransmitters/Hormones

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Structure of the Brain

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Hindbrain-reptilian

 

Limbic system-mammilian

 

Amygdala

 

Hippocampus

 

Hypothalamus

 

Temporal Lobe

 

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Broka’s Area- output

 

Wernike’s Area- input

 

Occipital Lobe

 

Parietal Lobe

 

Fronal Lobe

 

Pre-frontal Cortex

 

Motor cortex

 

Lateralization- Right and Left Brain

 

MRI, fMRI

 

Cognitive

 

Principles of the Cognitive Perspective

 

Pavlov’s experiment

 

Piaget’s Stage Theory

 

  • Sensorimotor

 

  • Preoperational

 

  • Concrete operational

 

  • Formal operations

 

Three mountain experiment

 

Conservation experiment

 

Schema Theory

 

Vygotsky

 

social learning

 

Multiple intelligences

 

Social Psychology

 

Principles of Social Psychology

 

Vygotsky

 

Milgram obedience study

 

Stamford prison study

 

Self-serving bias

 

Spotlight effect

 

Just world hypothesis

 

Lucifer effect

 

Bystander effect

 

Asch conformity experiment

 

Fundamental attribution error

 

Group dynamics

 

Criticisms of social psychology