PSY100H1 Study Guide - Fall 2018, Comprehensive Term Test Notes - Interaction, Visual Cortex, Thalamus

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University of Toronto St. George
PSY100H1
Introductory Psychology
Term Test
Fall 2018
Prof. Ashley Waggoner Denton
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PSY100 - Lecture 2 - Introduction to Psychological Research
Mastery Training:
Due every Sunday at 11:59pm
Mastery Training shows a personalized window of a student’s understanding
Mastery Training assignments will be worth 5% of your final grade
Teaching Assistants:
PSY100 teaching assistants will be available to answer questions every Wednesday
from 2-3pm in SS4004 (Sydney Smith Hall)
5 Main Pillars of Psychology:
Biological
Developmental
Cognitive
Social and Personality
Mental and Physical Health
o To get a full understanding of human behavior we need an understanding of all
the five pillars and how they all combine to create a deeper understanding
o Crucial in understanding psychology
PSYNUP: PSY100 Participant Pool:
Coordinator: Hannah Bild-Enkin
psy100pool@psych.utoronto.ca
Contact about participating in psychological research
Learn about what it takes to run an experiment and the steps to provide information
Get an inside look at the experiments conducted at UofT
Meet new people
Complete the online questionnaire for a 1% bonus mark
Complete 4 psychological research experiments for 4 study credits: 4% of your grade in
the class
To Do This Week:
Complete the online questionnaire (takes about an hour to complete)
Questionnaire opens up opportunities to participate in research experiments
Researchers can get in touch with you based on your questionnaire
Must be completed by Sunday September 16th
Experiment Participation:
Studies will be posted September 18th- December 6th
One hour of experimental participation (1 PSYNup credit= 1% of your grade)
Maximum 4 hours/credits
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Write down the time place and experiment number when you sign up
You will receive a confirmation email
Be on time/attend studies you sign up for (no show= -1 PSYNup credit)
If you need to cancel contact the experimenter by email or phone minimum 12 hours
before study
You have a 15 minute grace period to unhook if you have made a mistake
Components of an Experiment:
Informed Consent
o Outlines the risks, benefits, compensation
Experimental Task
Debriefing
o The experiment you just completed will be explained, you are welcome to ask
questions
Debriefing question
o You will complete a short question based on the information to ensure your
understanding
Research Methods:
Research can be approached using different methods
Psychology is identified as a hub science
Psychology and it’s research is relevant and can be applied to areas outside of
psychology
one of the first experimental psychology classes was held at UofT in 1890
Beginnings of Experimental Psychology:
Wilhelm Wundt founded experimental psychology in Leipzig, Germany (1879)
People realized at this time how to study types of questions experimentally
o using the scientific method, and measuring conscious experiences
Wundt was interested in understanding consciousness, conscious thoughts,
fundamental components, and basic mental processes
Discovered through the “thought meter
o It takes one tenth of a second for people to move their attention from hearing to
seeing
Methods of Interpretation:
Structuralism (Edward Titchener)
o Looked at consciousness by breaking it down to fundamental components
o Experimental introspection
o An outdated method of interpretation
Functionalism (William James)
o Contemporary school of thought
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