AP PSYCH FINAL PART 1 INTRODUCTION:
Psychologists who study learning in humans and other animals examine an event’s relationship (or association) to a stimulus or stimuli. Some argue that this associative relationship underlies all instances of learning; others make distinctions between associative and nonassociative, or stimulus, learning. This assessment focuses on the latter—single-event, nonassociative learning and the waxing and waning of habituation. Understanding these distinctions becomes relevant for psychology professionals who, for example, may work as a teacher’s aide to create a behavior plan for a child with autism, or as an intake worker in a mental health center giving the therapist their observations of a client.
1. Conditioning treatment of phobias.
Find a peer-reviewed research study published within the last 8 years that addresses the theory or treatment of phobias. Summarize the methods used and the conclusions made, and describe the key aspects of the research that reflect behaviorist principles.
2. Conditioning related to personal behavior.
Describe how conditioning explains changes in your own behavior that you have observed, either at work or at home. Provide three examples. (If your examples are from personal experience, your descriptions may be in first person.) Be sure to relate theory and research to your examples. For example, you might describe how behavioral theory would explain your learning process in that situation. Cite scholarly articles to support your conclusions.
3. Relevance of conditioning today. Analyze how behaviorism is still relevant today.
What are the limits of behaviorism? Are there processes that it does not explain well? For example, behaviorists believed that babies and children learned language through rewards and punishments, but today we know that language learning is a much more complex process. The behaviorist approach was not sufficient to explain the totality of language learning.
*Don’t forget: Strive to be as concise as possible, practice perfecting your APA formatting and limit the length of your completed assessment to at most, 6 pages of content, Support your statements and analyses with references and citations from at least three resources, practice using scholarly sources. Next year you won’t get to practice when you’re off to college. You need a title and reference page!