Questions on Psychology and Philosophy
Questions on Psychology and Philosophy
It looks longer than it is
Psychology Part 1, 2 Questions total
Psychology Part 2, Only 1 Questions
Philosophy 1 Questions
Psychology Part 1
Your essay question:
Please turn to the chapter on Motivation and Emotion,Ch 10, Section 3,
Positive Emotions: the Power of Happiness.
1. Discuss some of the ingredients of happiness and things that do and do not predict
happiness from your point of view.
2. How can we be happier? List one or two suggestions that you think are especially
important for increasing one's satisfaction with life.
Psychology Part 2, Choose 1) Why We Sleep and Sleep Deprivation or 2) Meditation
1) Why We Sleep and Sleep Deprivation
Good News! Psychologists have discovered a treatment that strengthens memory, increases concentration, boosts mood, moderates hunger and obesity, fortifies the disease-fighting immune system and lessens the risk of fatal accidents. Even better news: The treatment feels good, it can be self-administered, the supplies are limitless, and its available free! (Myers, 2010, p. 97) Myers is talking the benefits of SLEEP.
For this activity, take the Are You Sleep Deprived Test (attached)and the Sleep Strategies Test (below)
Are You Sleep Deprived?
Next, read e-Reading Chapt 5, "Consciousness", Section 1.1 to 1.3 and come in and answer at least 2 of the following questions.
1. How did you score on these tests? Are you sleep deprived and do you have good sleep strategies?
2. If you are sleep deprived, discuss possible steps you could take to improve your sleep (see your textbook for some tips). If you are not sleep deprived, tell us what your sleep strategies are. Please reference the text in your answer.
3. Why do sleep patterns and duration vary from person to person? What is sleep debt? Can you catch up? Search the internet for an answer to this one.
4. Discuss several risks associated with sleep deprivation. Have you personally experienced any of these risks?
5. Briefly identify the theories of why we sleep (search the internet for possibilities).
How Good Are My Sleep Strategies?
T F 1. I go to bed at different times during the week and on weekends, depending on my schedule and social life.
T F 2. I get up at different times during the week and on weekends, depending on my schedule and social life.
T F 3. My bedroom is warm or often noisy.
T F 4. I never rotate or flip my mattress.
T F 5. I drink alcohol within two hours of bedtime.
T F 6. I have caffeinated coffee, tea, colas, or chocolate after 6 P.M.
T F 7. I do not exercise on a regular basis.
T F 8. I smoke
T F 9. I regularly take over-the-counter or prescription medication to help me sleep.
T F 10. When I cannot fall asleep or remain asleep, I stay in bed and try harder.
T F 11. I often read frightening or troubling books or newspaper articles right before bedtime.
T F 12. I do work or watch the news in bed just before turning out the lights.
T F 13. My bed partner keeps me awake by his/her snoring.
T F 14. My bed partner tosses and turns or kicks/hits me during his/her sleep.
T F 15. I argue with my bed partner in bed.
Note: According to Mass and Wherry (1998), a "true" answer to one or more of these items indicates that some aspects of a person's life-style are interfering with his or her sleep.
Source: Mass, J. B. & Wherry, M. L. (1998). Power Sleep: The Revoluntary Program That Prepares Your Mind for Real Performance. New York: Villard Books, Random House.
Psychologists and physicians are finding that mediation can be extremely beneficial for our mental and physical health. Of course, exercise and eating right can be beneficial as well, but meditation has just recently gained momentum, although it has been with us a long time.
If you have not meditated before, or even if you have, see what you think of this video. Be sure to read the e-Readings Chapter 5 on "Consciousness" Sec 3.3, and tell us what you learned about this, as well.
If you have other videos or insight about meditation, please share with us.
Mind and Intelligence
In this week, we examine the nature of mind and intelligence, and take a further look at the connection between mind and body. Two of your resources for this week--online encyclopedias of philosophy--require you to navigate a bit. Options are indicated by letters to be used for searching. You have also a search bar. You can look for articles on "mind," "intelligence," "dualism," or whatever else you think of for examining our topic. In our discussions, be sure to address the argument by Searle, and present your own view of the nature of mind. This should be a very interesting week.