I am studying psychology in a few weeks ( if all goes well ..) So I thought I'd see some of the things that I would be studying . I've looked a bit , so I can understand her about the ways we think .. but if anyone knows anything or has studied psychology - that would be helpful :)
You'll understand a little better when you're actually in the classroom , not only expects to open a book , take it all and knows all the answers , or even to understand immediately. And there are so many theories , so I love psychology. It's a lot of doors after the first gate . Can be studied for 50 years in education and still keep going. Good luck with that , you'll really enjoy if you like to learn about the behavior of people .
Cognitive psychology is a discipline within psychology that examines internal mental processes of thought such as visual processing , memory, thinking, feeling, learning , problem solving and language.
Psychology encompasses a vast domain , and includes many different approaches to the study of mental processes and behavior.
1) Biological -
Biological Psychology and a number of fields related to the study of the biological substrates of behavior and mental states .
Clinical psychology includes the study and application of psychology to understand, prevent, and relieve psychologically -based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development .
3) Cognitive -
Cognitive psychology studies cognition , the mental processes underlying mental activity .
4) Comparison -
Comparative psychology refers to the study of behavior and mental life of animals other than humans.
5) Development -
Mainly focusing on the development of the human mind through life , evolutionary psychology seeks to understand how people come to perceive, understand and act in the world and how these processes change as they age .
6) Education and school -
Educational psychology is the study of how humans learn in educational settings , the effectiveness of educational interventions , the psychology of teaching , and the social psychology of schools as organizations .
School psychology combines principles from educational psychology and clinical psychology to understand and treat students with learning disabilities , foster intellectual growth
Well if I was going to choose between cognitive and behaviourist psychology I would choose cognitive.....
What you believe determines what you think.....what you think determines what actions you take.
When I was 17 my English teacher lent me her copy of Irving Stone's "Passion of the Mind", it is a biography of Sigmund Freud's life......the book was quite lengthy. - Without doubt it did not help my life one bit.
I understand that the heart of any psychologist is that they want to help people.....they want to unravel the mystery of why we do the things we do.
I think cognitive psychology is a step closer to understanding the brain and how it functions, this is important because it reveals how diverse each person is in their thinking.
It is known that people with Autism and Schizophrenia have larger proportions of white brain matter and lower proportions of grey brain matter than the average population.
The analogy of white brain matter is that it is like cabling in a computer .....whilst the grey brain matter is likened to the hard drive. As a result someone with a predominantly white matter brain will most likely need to be more analytical in their thinking as a result of all the extra thoughts resulting from the extra connections.
Another fascinating aspect of the brain in relation to cognitive psychology is the part of the brain known as the hippo-campus. It is understood that this part of the brain is the only part that can increase in size, this phenomena is known as Neuro-Genesis. Studies have found that taxi-drivers have larger hippo-campi than the average population, this is believed is a result of the taxi-driver continually processing the quickest route in their minds....mapping and remapping.
Compare this to an alzheimers patient who is placed into a home and provided with every creature comfort...... over a period of time they (in my opinion) were not stimulating their brain prior to admission and then inevitably requiring admittance are relegated to further subsidence of the Hippo-campus. Once again studies have shown that this part of their brain is impacted.
The problem for Schizophrenics and people with Bi-Polar is that their thoughts and emotions respectively get the better of them and require medication to reset or stabilise their condition. The function of the medication is to block neuro-transmission of dopamine in the brain (of particular concern is the impact on the part of the brain known as the accumbens (or the pleasure centre) since this can lead to depression). Because the brain is effectively being shut down the result is that the Hippo-campus is reduced in size and its ability to connect to other parts of the brain compromised. Once again studied have shown that sufferers of this condition have a reduction in the Hippo-campus......it is usually stated however that they do not know if this is a cause of the condition or a result of the condition..... IMHO ...... it is a result of the medication.
And this is where you come in.....
I believe that the proper treatment of such conditions mentioned can be treated without medication.....I believe that cognitive psychology is a step toward grasping the mysteries of the brain.
But more importantly.....as I stated at the start.....it is what you believe that is of pre-eminence.