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Friday, April 29

  1. msg wikki assignment #3- zombies and godzilla message posted wikki assignment #3- zombies and godzilla 1) Fear of Scientific progression states that people enjoy suspense/thriller. James Turner point…
    wikki assignment #3- zombies and godzilla
    1) Fear of Scientific progression states that people enjoy suspense/thriller. James Turner pointed out that these Godzilla movies and Zombie movies are the personification of humanity's science and technology gone bad. Our own weapontry and creations goes against us; especially when they are created for wrong doings. He wrote examples of the atomic bomb inspiring movies such as Godzilla, we are destructing our own world with these lethal weapons and our diabolic creations. [ this idea stemming from the East] transferred to the West with Zombies being created in laboratories of the sort or usually were created from voodoo or magic. Like Godzilla, zombies keep up with the times, always ready to mirror whatever aspect of science and technology people feel most uncertain about at the moment.
    2) James Turner says Like Godzilla, zombies keep up with the times, always ready to mirror whatever aspect of science and technology people feel most uncertain about at the moment. I agree with this concept, with our own evil intent that are created; we as humans are destroying ourselves and societies. Everything that a person does reflects and backlashes onto the individual which also affects people in a whole with the domino effect.
    3) When I think of this perspective I think of religion and sciences. Our technology sometimes may start off with good intent, but it usually ends up with negative usage. God gives us orders and rules to abide by and gives us the answer on how we can live how life was intended. Instead we follow what we desire to be best for us and end up with consequences. Not only do we as individuals suffer, but people around us do to. Examples include bombs, bullets, and nuclear wastes. Another example of a movie would consist of Frankenstein, a man’s creation killing society even the creator.
    To name one example that comes to mind, though not to do with technology, the idea would still be on the similar ground. There’s a couple dating, both college students and one unemployed. They encounter sexual intercourse prior to marriage and future plans. The lady becomes pregnant, and now the couple are financially unstable. The lady moves away from family to live with her boyfriend, drops out of college due to depression, and the boyfriend is out working. Stress forms amongst the couple with finances, and the boyfriend seeks companionship elsewhere as his girlfriends form has changed and her emotional levels are high. Later, the boyfriend has no obligation to care for his girlfriend financially or physically since they are not married (after her being dependant on him) and he tells her to move out. The girlfriend then relies on other people for financial help and seeks her family to care for her children while she is looking for job opportunities. So the people around are affected, including her own children , not just herself who is suffering from the consequences.
    1:16 pm
  2. msg Wiley assignment 3 message posted Wiley assignment 3 Social Roles: We restrain our true emotions because they are “unacceptable”. Zombie movies provide …
    Wiley assignment 3
    Social Roles: We restrain our true emotions because they are “unacceptable”. Zombie movies provide an escape, where we can allow our emotions to flow freely.


    As it pertains to “zombies”, I believe that there is a mix of social roles perspective, and Freudian perspective. From the social roles perspective, killing zombies allow us to express anger and frustration that we are not allowed to exhibit, because it is socially unacceptable. Where the Freudian perspective comes into play, is when the exhibition of deaths becomes more elaborate or violent (such as in “Zombieland”).


    A real world application of this perspective could be dealing with anger management or even stress management issues. Repressed emotions are distressors and could cause anxiety issues. By dealing with these emotions internally (say by imagining that you are killing zombies), could help alleviate the stress associated with repressed feelings.
    7:23 am

Thursday, April 28

  1. page Group - Chapter 10 - Motivation and Emotion edited Chapter 10 - Motivation and Emotion The Evolutionary Approach: The evolutionary approach empha…

    Chapter 10 - Motivation and Emotion
    The Evolutionary Approach:
    The evolutionary approach emphasizes the role of instincts in motivation. An instinct is an innate (unlearned) biological pattern of behavior that is assumed to be universal throughout a species. According to evolutionary psychologists, if we can understand the roots of the people that went before us it paints a pretty good picture of the pattern that takes place down generations. However human behavior is far too complex to map a pattern from people in the past to determine actions were done my instinct.
    Drive Reduction Theory:
    The drive reduction theory states that motivation and emotion can be explained by these two present things: A drive is an aroused state that occurs because of a physiological need. A need is a deprivation that energizes the drive to eliminate or reduce the deprivation. Drive reduction theory explains that as a drive becomes stronger, we are motivated to reduce it. The goal of drive reduction is homeostasis, the body's tendency to maintain equilibrium, or a steady state.
    Optimum Arousal Theory:
    Psychologists are generally referring to a person's feelings of being alert and engaged when they refer to this theory. When we are very excited, our arousal levels are high. When we are bored, they are low. Thus, when we are motivated to do something we do it and try to do it well and when we are not motivated to do something we do not do it. Yerkes-Dodson law: performance is best under conditions of moderate arousal rather than either low or high arousal.
    The Biology of Hunger:
    GASTRIC SIGNALS: A growling stomach needs food. The stomach tells the brain not only how full it is but also how much nutrient is present, which is why rich food stops hunger faster than the same amount of water.
    BLOOD CHEMISTRY: Glucose (blood sugar) is an important factor in hunger, probably because the brain critically depends on sugar for energy. So do other factors such as insulin and leptin.
    BRAIN PROCESSES: The lateral hypothalamus is involved in stimulating eating. When this area is electrically stimulated in a well-fed animal, the animal begins to eat.
    Obesity
    There are two main factors to obesity the biological and the psychological. Te biological states that obesity has a genetic component and the psychological: Psychologists used to think that obesity stemmed from factors such as unhappiness and external food cues

    Motivation and emotion go hand in hand. Motivation is what motivates us and makes us strive towards our set goals and emotion is how we react when we have succeeded in meeting our goals, or when we are not quite able to reach the goal we had originally set for ourselves.
    Biological Factors in Emotion- The body is a crucial part of our emotional experience. There are many different factors that control one's emotional factors. For instance, if your mom or dad tells you "we need to talk," you could automatically assume you did something wrong or are in trouble, when they really may just want to ask you what you did at school that day. Depending on the body language or verbal cues the person speaking to you uses, you may or may not know if what they want to talk to you about will have a positive or negative outcome. If you are nervous that your parents want to talk to you and you think you might be in trouble, your body may move through a vast array of emotions, such as fear, anticipation, worry, and dissapointment. However, if you realize you weren't getting into trouble after all, your body may go through an array of more positive emotions, such as relief, happiness, and joy.
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  2. msg individual assign. 3 message posted individual assign. 3 1.) Evolution method: The evolution method states that by nature humans are fascinated with deat…
    individual assign. 3
    1.) Evolution method: The evolution method states that by nature humans are fascinated with death and all things pertaining to it. We are curious about something that is as much a part of our life a living yet we know so little of it due to death’s nature. This method states that our curiosity and fascination of death is sparked when we consider the idea of the evolution of species. We wonder if we could be susceptible to something that could lead to death as we consider the ways in which we have “evolved” to become a more fit and suitable race in relation to our environment.

    2.) The one of the six methods for explaining our fascination for zombies and killing them was Evolution. Upon reading this method, I decided that I both agree with some aspects while disagreeing with other major aspects of it. I think the face that to an extent humans have a natural curiosity and fascination with death is just that, a fact. It quite ironic because just the week someone said “look a dead bird” to which I responded: “Eww, I want to see it”. The fact that I just admitted to that is one thing but my point is that the natural curiosity for death does exist in humans, it’s part of our nature, the way which we have been designed. However the other aspect of this idea that I do not agree with is the reasons the curiosity is sparked, I think to a group of people with a certain paradigm on life and death, the method of Evolution would explain their fascination and curiosity in death. However, I believe that it is for a different reason that humans are naturally inclined to “look at the dead bird” because I have spent time considering this. I think in the same way that people often have questions about the means by which they were created or the reasons for which one may live, people also wonder about the other side of life; death. It is a mysterious thing death is, and I think our human curiosity is something that has been engrained in us, thus it is natural to have a curiosity about it.
    3.) If I could take one thing from this method and put it into practice in other aspects of life I would say that the paradigm for which one views something greatly impacts a person’s viewpoint on many things. As I considered the aspects of the method of Evolution I thought of this: Everyone thinks one way or another on every topic, their reasoning behind their thought can be traced back to the paradigm for which they view things.
    8:56 pm
  3. msg Wiki Assignment 3 -Courtney Wade message posted Wiki Assignment 3 -Courtney Wade 1.) The Evolution perspective attracted me the most. Evolution is the simple fact that everyone is …
    Wiki Assignment 3 -Courtney Wade
    1.) The Evolution perspective attracted me the most. Evolution is the simple fact that everyone is fascinated by death. People dont necessarily like death, but they are fascinated by it. For example, when there is a really bad fatal accident on the highway, everyone slows down to see whats going on.

    2.) I believe the Evolution perspective is 110% valid, but do I support it, NO. The reason I dont support it is because if that were ever me that was dead, I would not want the whole world to be fascinated and entertained by my death.

    3.) I think that through the evolution perspective, it kind of proves that since everyone does it, we were just all born that way. Everyone is fascinated by the unknown.
    5:05 pm
  4. msg Individual Assignment 3 message posted Individual Assignment 3 1. Terror management is what I believe to be the closest perspective to me. All of us do fear death…
    Individual Assignment 3
    1. Terror management is what I believe to be the closest perspective to me. All of us do fear death in some way shape or form. When killing a zombie you do feel powerful in the sense that you escaped death and you are beating death by destroying something that is already dead.

    2. I understand where he is coming from with this perspective but I don't truly support it. One I would rather support would be on evolution or social roles. We do everything for a specific reason.

    3. Some things that these perspectives could explain in our everyday lives would be like why people join the army to fight for their country and to feel like the have power over the rise or fall of what happens to our country.
    9:05 am
  5. msg Individual Assignment #3 message posted Individual Assignment #3 1. I think that evolution relates to a lot of use and it ends up with death. I would like to k…
    Individual Assignment #3

    1. I think that evolution relates to a lot of use and it ends up with death. I would like to know why the person died either from a disease or because they were sick. When you are killing a zombie you know it is already dead and you want to kill him again become it is coming after you. I think that everyone has their own was of death and how zombies are.

    2. I believe in Freud’s perspective only because that everyone has some sort of an aggressive side. If we didn’t have it the world would be a better place because there wouldn’t be killers around the world. Most people know how to control their aggressive side so that they would not so something like that. I believe working out and punching a punching bag will help you take out that anger inside of you.

    3. In real like everyone thinks that terrorists are bad but that’s your opinion. In their culture they are like god and everyone admires them. I don’t believe in terrorist and the things that they do are completely wrong. Many people would think that every terrorist out there should be dead.
    8:18 am
  6. msg Individual Assignment #3 message posted Individual Assignment #3 Shelby Smith PSY2012 TR 9:30- 10:50 April 28, 2011 1) Choose one of the six perspectives and …
    Individual Assignment #3
    Shelby Smith
    PSY2012
    TR 9:30- 10:50
    April 28, 2011

    1) Choose one of the six perspectives and explain it in detail. (You may select the perspective that you identify with the most or the least based upon the following questions.)
    • Evolution: We all seem to be fascinated with dead things..

    I agree that evolution may be the psychological explanation to why we wish to kill zombies. It is true we are fascinated by death simply because we will continue to try to define it and make sense of it even though we will never actually reach an understanding of it. With the scenario of killing zombies it fulfills a fantasy of being face to face with death, which is the unknown to man. Evolution explains many innate drives, including the way death draws us in with divine curiosity, therefore if there was a zombie takeover we wouldn’t be able to resist destroying them to pick at them and figure them out. According to this perspective it provides the instinctive reason to why we would want to kill zombies, perhaps stimulating to our fight or flight response which would also be appropriate explaining the need to kill zombies.



    2) Now that you have defined the perspective, discuss whether or not you support the perspective. Why or why not?
    I do fully support this perspective because innate responses seem appropriate in time of a zombie crisis. According to most zombie related movies, technology and any of society’s advancements are extremely limited or lacking, so generally the survivors resort to primitive actions to increase their survival rates. Therefore an evolutionary perspective would justify the need to destroy the zombies in the most recognizable manner. We also tend to fear death so its expected that this perspective would reason why we must overcome it.


    3) Other than the topic of the podcast, what other "real-life" could this perspective help you understand?
    This topic may help understand why humans tend to examine dead people as thoroughly as possible in many cases, such as autopsies or homicidal investigations. We seek reason for death and we try to explain its purpose through religion or philosophy. This perspective would also constitute for some peoples fear of death.
    1:26 am

Wednesday, April 27

  1. msg Memory- Kelsey Verderber message posted Memory- Kelsey Verderber I think I remember about 45% of what I learned in high school, depending on the subject. Having e…
    Memory- Kelsey Verderber
    I think I remember about 45% of what I learned in high school, depending on the subject.
    Having examples, not just definitions help me a lot. I like having a story I can associate things with.
    Reviewing prior material is the only thing I can think of, making sure you instill the concept into the persons mind.
    10:03 pm
  2. msg Grading Rubric- Kelsey Verderber message posted Grading Rubric- Kelsey Verderber Summary(20) -Did they cover every section? 1 2 3 4 5 -did they go the extra mile and find content…
    Grading Rubric- Kelsey Verderber
    Summary(20)
    -Did they cover every section? 1 2 3 4 5
    -did they go the extra mile and find content outside the book? 1 2 3 4 5
    -did they put it their own words1 2 3 4 5
    -were you able to understand what they were saying 1 2 3 4 5
    Visuals(15)
    -did the visuals protean to your chapter? 1 2 3 4 5
    -did the visuals make the material easier to understand or more difficult? 1 2 3 4 5
    -were they presented in a creative way, or did you automatically loose attention. 1 2 3 4 5
    Was the presentation organized or an utter mess? 1 2 3 4 5
    Did the 5 questions really make you think? Or were they obvious easy question. 1 2 3 4 5
    9:57 pm

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