Week 13, Option 1: Implicit Association Test

The first IAT test I took was more towards whether I was a sexist or not. While I was taking the test, it was a little stressful that the test requires you to categorize the words as quickly as possible. I did made several mistakes by categorizing the words in the wrong category, thus giving me the results that I associate men with humanities and women with science. With my results I do not consider this to be correct nor incorrect. I say this because of my belief of equal rights between men and women. Men and women can have different careers that are typically associated with a gender and I would not matter to me. Women are slowly rising to having successful careers in the science and math careers that are typically male-dominated while men are becoming comfortable in involving a career around humanities. The test in general had easy instructions and there was no trouble in taking the test.

The next IAT test I took was to see if I view mental illness as dangerous or not. I chose this one since we are currently learning about mental illnesses and figured it would be appropriate to take a test about it. Just like the previous test, it was slightly stressful to categorize the words, but at the beginning of the test I had no trouble categorizing the words. There was only one word that I constantly categorized as a mental health instead of a physical health. Results showed that I do not see mental health as dangerous. I agree with my results because I see no problem with people who have a history of a mental health disorder. I do become conscious with what I say or do in order to not trigger anything but overall they are humans just like everyone else.

I do not necessarily see these tests as useful to college students or in my career. It can give me some insight on how a person views an issue, but I do not take tests as a legitimate definition of who someone is. I go by me personally knowing a person.


Week 12 Option 1: Ted Talk with Kelly McGonigal

In the Ted Talk with Kelly McGonigal, she presented research that showed a strong correlation between stress and the human heart. Research has shown that the number one leading cause of death here in the United States was due to Heart Disease while Cancer was the second leading cause of death here in the United States. I found the research and statistics she shared to be worrisome and a bit stressful because I come from a family that do not know how to handle stress well.

When she shared how an experiment was done with the audience, I was feeling the stress they were probably under because that is the behavior a lot of teachers and proffessors put on students during tests and it is very intimidating.

One research that got me thinking about my stress was when she mentioned a range of people that were dealing with stress and were asked if they have also helped their family, friends, neighbor, anyone. She mentions that those people who have helped their community have experienced no stress-related health issues. She said that helping people is what gives us this warm and fuzzy feeling inside our heart that makes us feel good about helping one another. The moment we help someone we not only help relief the stress of that person, but we also release the stress that was built inside out hearts.

I found that her last piece of advice of helping others was well said because I can relate to it myself. I like helping people because I know that there are a lot of people that are need of help, whether it is a small problem of a universal problem. I take it upon myself to listen to someone rant about their problems because I know it will let them release their stress and make them feel some sort of relief.

Week 11, Option 1: Synthetic Happiness

In the Ted Talk video, Dan Gilbert discusses with the audience about his discovery on people actually faking their happiness as well as why people do it. In his lecture he gave examples to the audience about a former musician, jail inmate, and politician that claimed that they were filled with happiness because of a certain event that happened to them. He points out the words that they used and claimed that they cannot possibly be happy after what happened to them. With the musician, for example, he was a former drummer of the Beatles. The drummer was left behind by his own group mates and since then he claimed that he is happier than ever and was happy to have been left behind by them.

Another example that Gilbert brought was his research on the level of happiness between someone who won the lottery and someone who was diagnosed and paraplegic. Most people would assume that the person who won the lottery would be happier than the paraplegic, but results show that each of them had an equal level of happiness. My reaction before the results were shown was that I thought the lottery winner would be less happy than the paraplegic because of the horror stories I have read about lottery winners. I was surprised to see that they have similar levels in happiness.

With the topic of ‘Synthetic Happiness’ I feel that many people have faked their own happiness for many reasons, including myself. Synthetic happiness occurs because we do not want to worry the people we love and we would want them to believe that everything is going alright with our lives. I believe that another reason that people fake their own happiness is so that they can they convince themselves that they are happy and not sad, angry, or any other emotion that they are feeling at that moment.

Week Blog #8: Marijuana

My position on the legalization of Marijuana is soley for medical reasons only. I am not too supportive for Marijuana to be used for recreational purposes because of how people will use it i.e getting high just to get high. I am for Marijuana for medical purposes because of the results and help people got from from it.

Results of Marijuana being used to help ease symptoms of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are mixed. Some research states that patients using Marijuana for their mental illness does help improve some of their severe symptoms, but there are other research that states that it has made some symptoms even worst. Further research is needed for the use of Marijuana for mentally ill patients because I do believe that using Marijuana can give significant help to someone. According to the New York Times, the use of Cannabis helps elevates symptoms for people dealing with nausea from chemotherapy, symptoms of epilepsy, and pain associated with AIDS.

In contrast to my belief with Marijuana being used for recreational purpose, the New York Times stated that legalizing Marijuana will not lead to an increase in usage. The article suggested that if the Government enforces an age restriction for usage of Marijuana, then an increase of usage is highly unlikely. To bring some convincing to people who are opposed of the idea, using Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. Researchers state that a “casual use” of Marijuana only causes little to no risk whereas alcohol can turn someone into an alcoholic with regular and excessive use.

People do not agree with the legalization of Marijuana. In contrast to what I believe, some state that it cannot be used for medical use, it increases public cost, drug cartels will thrive, and Marijuana usage will increase. There are different views and different needs for Marijuana, but I do believe that usage of Marijuana can help someone who medically needs help.

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Week 7 Option 1

Before taking any of the given exams, I already knew that I am a visual and tactile learner instead of an auditory learner. I found either one of those two learning styles to be farily accurate because that is what helps me learn a material, remember, and understand with no problems. That is why I am more preferible towards professors that give their lecture and use a powerpoint instead of giving an oral lecture. I tend to do horrible in classes that how little to no visual aid and it is very frustrating, especailly if I am horrible at taking notes for a certain class.

After taking the first online learning assessment, the results showed that my learning style leaned more towards being a Reflective learner, Sensing learner, Visual Learner, and Global learner. I find the results to be accurate, especially since there are times where my learning changes depending on the subject. I find that the assessment was done accurately. The only thing I would change about the assessment is how the results were given. It took me a while to figure out how to interpret the results based on the graph that was given to me. There was a link that gave further explanation on how to understand your results, but it would have been more effective if they simplified how a person gets their results.

In the second online learning assessment, the results showed that I was a Visual Tactile Learner. I found this information accurate, as stated in the beginning of the post, but I was not sure about the types of questions that were asked. The questions were not as detailed as the first online assessment, thus giving you quick results.

I am slightly skeptical with online assessments, especially with learning styles.Some people have different learning styles for different subjects and it will not always be constant.

Week 3: Parenting Advice: 3 Things a Parent Should Never Say to a Kid

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When it comes to parenting, parents are suppose to encourage and support their kids no matter the situation. Kids do forget that parents are also humans as well and that they also have their own feelings and problems they face everyday. When kids start to misbehave, they begin to frustrate the parent and the parent starts to say things they do not mean. The article mentions three things that every parent should never say to their child as a way to savor the relationship between parent and child as the child grows older.

1. “You’re making me crazy!”

Parents that tell their child that they are driving them nuts puts the child to feeling guilty. The impact of telling the child this will make them feel as if they are a bother to people when they begin to grow older.

2. “What’s wrong with you?”

This phrase tends to be a shame-induced saying as a way to tell the child to stop the bad behavior. This leaves the child to feeling that everything the child does will always be their fault. Instead, the parent should speak with the child as to why their behavior is unacceptable.

3. “You’d better ____ or else!”

This phrase brings fear to the child as a way to tell the child that they need to immediately fix their bad behavior. Researchers say that parents that put fear into the child will only cause problematic behaviors in the child’s future. Those behaviors will be with fellow peers, adults, and even the parent as well. What’s worse is that it will only make the child believe that the only way for the child to get what they want is through aggression

The purpose of the article was to explain that certain sayings will only bring the child to feeling insecure with out they act and unsure of how to properly act. This kind of behavior from the parent will skew the cognitive development of the child because of how the behavior they will begin to pick up from their parents. The article suggests other phrases and parenting styles that should be used instead in order to correct the child’s behavior without causing any harm in the child’s cognitive development.

Is Talking on the Phone While Driving as Dangerous as Driving Drunk?: Mythbusters Minimyths

In this minimyth that I have chosen, they chose two people to take the challenge and did a set of three trials: a control where they are sober and fully focused, a drive around the course while talking on their phone, and a drive around the course after having a few drinks. Each trial that the drivers went through had a similar simulation of taking a Drivers Ed test; they had to do certain tasks and they also had a driving instructor in the front that was taking notes on how each of the drivers drive the car.

In the control trial, the drivers did pretty well accomplishing the tasks. When they were driving while talking on the phone, that was when we saw potential problems. We see that there was some struggle with driving with one hand on the steering wheel while the other hand was holding the cell phone. There was also lack of concentration since the man conducting the experiment was speaking to the driver on the cellphone trying to bring some sort of distraction to the driver. With the drinking while driving trial, it was a flat out disaster; the alcohol did not help them focus on the road and their vision was impaired with the alcohol. As a result of this experiment, it showed that talking on the phone while driving is equally, if not, even more dangerous than drunk driving.

What were the strengths of the experiment? The road that the testers drove on was constant, they used the same car, there was someone in the car that conducted the experiment as a driving test, there was a control trial, there was at most a total of six trials in the experiment, and the experiment was conducted with precaution of a police enforcer during the drunk driving trial.

What were the weaknesses? They could have had more people do the experiment instead of just those two people. With having just those two people, there was a lack of random selection. However, the two participants were a male and a female. I have also noticed that both participants drank different types of alcohol instead of a similar brand. Also each person is either a heavy weight or light weight with their alcohol tolerance so that could have some factor in how the experiment is conducted.