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Mid-year assistance thread
« on: May 31, 2009, 04:10:19 pm »
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Well the psych mid-year is extremely soon, so I thought it would be useful to create a thread where individuals could post up questions they are having difficulty with, or ask any questions about concepts they don't understand etc.

Post away! I'll be checking this board regularly, so please don't hesitate to ask any questions. Glock and I will be posting up some exam questions for people to attempt ASAP.

Eriny created a great thread last year with tips and advice leading up to the mid-year Here. Do refer to it.

(I'm not actually sure how many active psych students there are here, but hey.)

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Re: Mid-year assistance thread
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2009, 05:27:52 pm »
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Do we have to know about forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain. And also, do we have to know specific researchers are their experiments and findings? thanks =]
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2009, 06:33:33 pm »
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Do we have to know about forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain. And also, do we have to know specific researchers are their experiments and findings? thanks =]

No, you are not required to know anything about the forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain, as this is not part of the unit 3 study design.

I would say no, you don't specifically need to know about the names of the researchers or psychologists who made discoveries, however you do need to know the details about the experiments (obviously.) At most, you might get a multiple choice or short answer question along the lines of:
"Describe Sperry's research findings on split-brain patients" or "what were the results of Sperry's research on split-brain patients?", but knowing the researchers' name is not really required to answer those questions.
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Re: Mid-year assistance thread
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2009, 07:35:56 pm »
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Do we have to know about forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain. And also, do we have to know specific researchers are their experiments and findings? thanks =]

All you need to know vis a vis the brain is the cerebel cortex.
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2009, 08:45:43 pm »
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can you please give me a simple definition for top down and bottom up processing ?
thankyou!

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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2009, 04:49:07 pm »
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Yep

Bottom-up processing - Think about seeing an object (say a flower) for the first time. You notice the flower and you process all the features of the flower and put them together to make you perceive this object, because you have no experience seeing this object before. This is evidently a purely physiological process.

Bottom-up processing could thus be defined as where "the system takes in individual elements of the stimulus and than combines them into a unified perception." (Passer & Smith, 2008, p.150)

Top-down processing - One you've seen a object, when you see the flower again, you don't need to have sensed all of the features of the flower. Your memory of flowers helps 'fill the gaps'. This type of processing would be faster than bottom-up processing, but more prone to error (think some of the ambiguous figures you've learnt in Psychology here). Both a physiological and psychological process.

Top-down processing could be defined as where "sensory informaiton is interpreted in light of existing knowledge, concepts, ideas, and expectations." (Passer & Smith, 2008, p.150)

Hope that helps.

References:
Passer, M. W., & Smith, R. E. (2008). Psychology: The science of mind and behavior (4th Ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
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Re: Mid-year assistance thread
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2009, 10:41:49 pm »
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Just needing some confirmation, dot points for short answers are fine right?

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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2009, 11:26:40 pm »
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Just needing some confirmation, dot points for short answers are fine right?


Yes, it is absolutely fine to answer in dot point form. Sometimes (for some questions), examiners actually prefer it if you do (such as questions where you have to list/ identify 3 specific things for 3 marks - makes it easier for the examiner to mark the paper.)

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Re: Mid-year assistance thread
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2009, 11:37:35 am »
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Hi,
Just wondering when describing the Electroencephalograph, eletromyograph and electro-oculogram, are the actual devices called "graphs" and the results called "gram" because they are named differently in every thing i read!
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2009, 01:04:32 pm »
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lol isnt the thingy called a gram and the print out a graph ?
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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2009, 01:14:36 pm »
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If it isnt too much trouble for anyone could they please give me model examples of each of the pictorial depth cues.
thanks alot
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Re: Mid-year assistance thread
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2009, 01:15:40 pm »
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lol isnt the thingy called a gram and the print out a graph ?

Yeah.

Gram = the tracings which are created as a result of an individual being attached to the machine

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Re: Mid-year assistance thread
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2009, 01:23:26 pm »
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Personally, I've never heard of either terminology being used. Generally, I just refer them by their device's abbreviation EEG, EMG and EOG.
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« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2009, 01:35:16 pm »
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If it isnt too much trouble for anyone could they please give me model examples of each of the pictorial depth cues.
thanks alot

Sure. Do you mean using images to show examples of each of the cues?

Pictorial depth cues = Cues in the environment which provide us information about depth and distance



Linear Perspective:
The two lines of the road in this above picture appear to converge (meet) as they recede into the distance. This is used by artists to portray that a road is moving further away from the viewer.



Texture Gradient

The pavement in this picture is perceived as having more texture or being 'more detailed' close up, however as the distance increases from the viewer, the pavement becomes more uniform, finer and smooth (less detailed.)

Relative size
The people in the above picture who are drawn as being larger are perceived as being closer to the viewer, and those who are drawn smaller are perceived as being further away.

Height in the visual field

In this picture, the tree which is drawn closer to the horizon is perceived as being further away from the viewer.

Interposition

The card which is partially obscured by the other card is perceived as being further away, and the one which is unobscured is perceived as being closer.


I hope that's what you meant. If not, I am happy to provide more explanations or help you with anything else. :)

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Re: Mid-year assistance thread
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2009, 01:37:04 pm »
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oh thanks alot jessie !
umm yeah sorta just wanted some model examples that could be used in the exam if they asked
just so theyre clear examples and such so if you could ! :)
but that was great though
thanks =]
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