Week 1 Reflection
PSY103: Introduction to Psychology
Professor Michael Phillips
January 12, 2015
Week 1 Reflection
Chapters 1 and 2 provided a great deal of information on psychology and the things associated with it. Throughout this learning process, I came across quite a few words that were difficult for me. They were difficult for varying reasons, ranging from spelling/pronunciation to the complexity of their definition. However, with the textbook, the internet at my fingertips, and a dictionary, I was able to fully understand these terms. Chapter 1 provided some in depth looks at the different perspectives of psychology and the scientific method. Some of the more difficult terms for me were psychodynamic perspective, hypothesis, and theory. The psychodynamic perspective states that personalities develop by the conflicts that arise from the unconscious and conscious states of the mind. A hypothesis is defined as a proposed explanation for a phenomenon. And a theory is defined as being exclusively tested and generally accepted. Chapter 2 provided some in depth looks at neuroscience and biological foundations. Some of the terms that I found to be difficult were amygdala, central nervous system, and peripheral nervous system. The amygdala is a structure shaped like an almond in the temporal lobe of the brain. It is involved in the processing of emotions and also responsible for what memories are stored. The central nervous system contains the brain and spinal cord. It is known as the processing system for the nervous system. The peripheral nervous system consists of nerves and ganglion. Its primary function is to serve as a communication relay between the brain and the extremities.
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