Exam #4 (Personality)
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Exam #4 (Personality)
Flashcards for Exam 4 of psych of personality
What theory proposed by B. F. Skinner looks at how behavior is influenced by it's effects. (think reward and punishment)
What is an outcome stimulus that is presented contingent on a response and that has the effect of
the rate of responding
What is an outcome stimulus that
when a response occurs; it can have the effect of increasing the rate of responding.
(withdrawal of something)
What is a stiumulus that is contingent on a response and has the effect of
the rate of responding?
(an aversive stimulus)
What is the reinforcement of successive approximations of a response to increase the frequency of a response that originally has a zero base rate
The idea is to "ease" a subject toward a new behavior.
What is the operant technique for teaching complex tasks to subjects whereby individuals steps are taught then gradually connected in sequence?
What is a way of reducing the frequency of a behavior by simply not reinforcing it anymore?
What is the theory in psychology that explains human behavior in terms of a person's internal mental state?
Skinner believed that psychology should move away from this belief and accept behaviorism.
What device designed by B. F. Skinner created a controlled environment for measuring learning?
What type of learning is it when a subject is taught to respond only when a certain environmental stimuli is present?
What is it called when a stimuli that was not present during learning is responded to because it is mistaken to be the discriminative stimuli?
(like when a dog barks whether or not the owner says "spit" or "speak")
What is a reinforcement schedule where
response is reinforced
Continuous Reinforcment Schedule
What is a reinforcement schedule in which a reinforcement follows every "Nth" response. (Fr-15, every 15th response is reinforced)
Fixed Ratio Schedule
What is a reinforcement schedule in which a reinforcement follows on the average, every Nth response, but sometimes varies around a predetermined average.
Variable Ratio Schedule
What is a reinforcement schedule in which a reinforcement follows every certain amount of time as long as a response takes place in that span of time.
Fixed Interval Schedule
What is a reinforcement schedule that reinforces according to the time intervals that change from reinforcement to reinforcement? (Sometimes time span short in between reinforcements, sometimes long)
Variable Interval Schedule
What is the therapeutic approach of systematically applying learning principles to change behavior?
What is the prepeparatory step to behavior modification where behavior is carefully observed to identify the stimuli and reinforcements influencing behavior.
What was the novel in which Skinner imagined a utopian community based on learning principles?
What do you know about Arthur Staats?
Born in New York in 1924
(applying personality theory to radical behaviorism)
Family of Radical Thinkers
Served in the navy for WWII
Attended UCLA and received his doctorate in clinical psychology
What behavior theory includes traditional personality concerns as well as behavioral concerns?
What are learned behaviors (three categories proposed by Staats) that are fundamental to later learning more complex behaviors? What are the three categories?
Basic Behavioral Repetoires
What category of basic behavioral repetoires focuses on learned emotional responses, and how humans learn to attach emotions to behavior?
What category of basic behavior repetoires focuses on learning how to control one's body skillfully?
What category of basic behavioral repetoires focuses on being able to visualize read and heard words in order to build upon verbal reasoning?
What is the method of measuring personality traits by assessing the frequency of prototypical behavior?
Act Frequency Approach
What do you know about
Born in Vienna, Austria in
Family fled Europe to New York during WWII
What are cognitive factors within a person that are less global than traits and which influence how an individual adapts to the environment?
Cognitive Person Variables
Derived from cognition and social learning
What are trait terms that people use to describe themselves and other people?
What type of expectancy focuses on how events will develop in the world, i.e., what events will follow other environmental stimuli?
What psychological concept recognizes that the person, the environment, and behavior all influence one another?
What is the ability to forego immediate pleasures for the sake of reaching larger, more distant rewards?
Delay of Gratification
What type of expectancy focuses on what will happen if a person behaves in a particular way?
What type of expectancy focuses on the subjective belief about what a person will be able to do?
What is the term used to describe how much an outcome is valued by an individual?
Subjective Stimulus Value
What are internal mechanisms people use as ways control their behavior in order to work on complicated behaviors?
What do you know about
Doctorate in clinical psychology
University of Iowa
President of APA in 1974
which is where he has remained his entire career.
What is the belief that one can organize and execute a given course of action required to deal with a prospective situation?
What is the process of remembering what a model has done? (usually requires imaginative representation and verbal coding)
What is the hormone thought to promote caretaking and cuddling?
(thought to be released during breast-feeding and sexual intercourse)
Which theory observes the biological influences of natural selection to understanding human psychology including personality?
What is the biologically based foundation of personality including such characteristic patterns of behavior as emotionality, activity, and sociability
What is the statistic that shows what proportion of the variability of a trait in a particular population is associated with genetic variability?
What is the capacity to understand the thoughts and intentions of others?
Theory of Mind
What temperament type is shy and unassertive around strangers, and is proposed to have high levesl of norepinephrine and an activation of the amygdala?
What temperament type is outgoing and low in fear, proposed to have lower sympathetic nervous system activity
What is the inherited genetic profile of an individual?
What are the developed characteristics that can be observed in an individual, based on both genetic and environmental influences?
What do you know about
Built biological perspective from Pavlov's analysis of strong and weak nervous systems
According to Eysencks "PEN" theory: What is the tolerance for high levels of stimulation stemming from a strong nervous sytem that inhibits incoming stimulation, leading to sociability?
According to Eysencks "PEN" theory: What is the tendency toward high levels of emotional arousal?
According to Eysencks "PEN" theory: What is the factor related to nonconformity or social deviance?