Early drug use prevention programs

One of the biggest problems with early drug use prevention programs is that they tend to be largely based on threatening or trying to scare young people. This is often done by adults who have experimented with drugs themselves with few dire consequences. Kids tend to be able to pick up on hypocrisy and exaggerations quickly and often tune out. Most older teens and young adults realize that if they try marijuana it is very unlikely they will end up strung out on heroin. They tend to try it or not try it for their own more rational reasons. Discuss your feelings on a more fact based and student centered approach.

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Psychological Inquiry

A researcher was studying initial interactions between people. While two students were supposedly waiting for an experiment to begin, the researcher covertly videotaped their actions and conversation. Afterward, the researcher told the students about the video recording and gave them the opportunity to have the tape erased.

Explain the ethical issues and how the study may have violated principles of ethical behavior.
Propose an alternative research design that could possibly remedy the identified issues, (e.g., naturalistic observation, simulation study), and explain in detail how the new design would be set up and carried out.

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Stressors and hassles

What stressors and or “hassles” do you recognize in your life? What measures can you take in order to lower your stress and optimize your health and well being? How will this enable you to become a more productive student? Do you see a mind, body, soul connection?

You might also enjoy visiting: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/self-help-tools or here: http://marc.ucla.edu/ for more information and self-help.

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Perception Of Control

The following concepts are described and discussed: self-efficacy, locus of control, and learned helplessness.
Reflect on the following questions about your worldview of how much “control” you believe you have in life:
How much do you think you are in control of your life?
How does your view of control relate to setbacks in your life? How does it relate to how you explain or deal with tragic events (either personal or in the world?)
How can individuals’ personal faith influence their concept of control?

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A personality disorder diagnosis

Choose a character from a work of literature (i.e. play, novel, etc.), movie, or television show who, based on your assessment, would qualify for a personality disorder diagnosis. I chose the joker from the movie Batman.
Describe your chosen character in adequate detail so that your classmates get a clear picture of the character you are discussing.
Identify the personality disorder diagnosis that you think is appropriate for this character.
Include three clear examples (behavioral examples are especially helpful) of how your nominee manifests the necessary symptoms of the given personality disorder. Be sure to utilize the diagnostic features of the personality disorder selected.
Comment briefly on possible causal factors, including those mentioned in the work of literature, movie, or television program (you should also cite the textbook or outside sources to support your points regarding causal factors).

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Dr. Philip Zimbardo ‘s famous psychological experiments

One of the most famous psychological experiments of all time, was conducted by Dr. Philip Zimbardo and his colleagues at Stanford University. To read more of the details of this experiment, visit http://www.prisonexp.org. Take some time to watch the video on the Zimbardo Prison Experiment by clicking here. After reading about the experiment, exploring the website and watching the video, answer the following:

  1. Was it ethical to do the prison study in the way that Zimbardo conducted it? Why or why not? Explain your position substantively.
  2. What social psychological constructs did the study reveal? Would the same information have been learned if the study had been conducted differently? If yes, how might you adapt the study to address ethical concerns and still obtain results relevant to our understanding of behavior in social settings?
  3. How do the social psychology concepts of conformity and the power of the social situation that we are studying this week relate to what happened during the brief period of time that the prison study ran. Where in the description of how the study unfolded did we see evidence of these concepts

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Differing Intelligence Models

Traditionally, someone who is intelligent is defined as an individual who can solve problems, use logic to answer questions, and think critically. However, experts within the learning academic community have suggested broader definitions of intelligence (i.e., multiple and emotional intelligences).

For this journal, complete the following:

Demonstrate an understanding of intelligence (IQ), multiple intelligences (MI), and emotional intelligence (EQ) by comparing and contrasting the differing constructs associated with each.
Helpful resources: Comparison and Contrast (Links to an external site.) and Compare & Contrast Assignments (Links to an external site.)
Take a sample MI assessment on the webpage Assessment: Find Your Strengths! (Links to an external site.) Review and summarize your results.
Do you agree with the assessment?
How can what you have learned about yourself help support your learning performance?
How might what you’ve learned about yourself manifest in a career or professional setting?’
Take a sample EQ Assessment on the webpage Emotional Intelligence Quiz (Links to an external site.). Review your results.
Do you agree with the assessment?
How can what you have learned about yourself help support your learning performance?

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