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As we all know, psychology is an intense class. This course explores a variety of exciting concepts. So many students take this class because it answers a lot questions regarding our everyday life.

1. Memory

Our memory plays an enormous role in our well-being. We have many different types of memory. Implicit memory is our memory that we’ve completely integrated into our everyday life. A common example of implicit memory is being able to ride a bike even if you’ve gone months without doing it. Other types of memory would be long-term and short-term. An example of long-term would be remembering our own phone number or your parents’ name, etc.  Short term is what we store in our memory for a short period of time. For instance, forgetting your parents old phone number after they change it.

2. Sensation and perception

Psychology teaches you that sensation and perceptions vary from one person to another. For instance, you may find a blanket soft, but your sister could find it dull.  Many of our perceptions are shaped to our expectations in life. If someone is constantly depressed, they are more than likely to perceive situations in more of a negative manner compared to someone who’s got a great life and constantly joyful.

3. Nervous system

The nervous system, believe it or not, is the core to most of our psychological behaviour. We’ve got approximately 100 billion neurons located in the nervous system. The nervous system prepares our body to flight-or-fight during dangerous situations, as well as distributing adrenaline throughout the body when needed.

4. Sleep

The human goes through five stages of sleep, lasting approximately 90 minutes each. The first stage consists of us falling asleep. The second is a light sleep, third and fourth is our deep sleep and the fifth is when we dream. Many of us do believe that we are dreaming throughout our entire sleep cycle because it usually feels that way. However, it is proven that we only dream near the end of our sleep cycle.

5. Research ethics

Being ethical during research is extremely important because without it, your research loses validity. The most important aspect in research ethic is voluntary participation, which means no one is forced to be a part of any research. Your patient must be aware of what will go down at all times, and has the right to refuse participation at any time. Another important fact is that all the patient’s personal information must remain confidential.

To conclude, PSY1501 at the university of Ottawa discusses many pertinent subjects regarding our everyday life and we could all benefit of that knowledge. This is a very popular class that requires dedication and you must be willing to learn and accept other point of views.


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Chelsea Mallory

Studying psychology at the university of Ottawa! Engaging and love meeting new poeple


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