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    Discuss issues with biological therapies

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    Antidepressant drugs are classified as stimulants, and were also introduced in the 1950s. As well treating depression, they have been used in the treatment of panic disorder, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and eating disorders. These drugs include monoamine oxidase inhibitor, tricyclics, tetracyclic such as Prozac and serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Again, there are side-effects to using the drugs. MAIO's require adherence to a special diet. Amine rich food must be avoided and continuing eating these foods causes cerebrum haemorrhage. Both MAIO's and tryclics are associated with the heart block, dry mouth, blurred vision and urinary retention.

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    Freud claimed to have discovered 'scientific method by which the unconscious can be studied.' What according to Freud, is the unconscious, what was its role within the human mind, and how did he set about studying it? What was scientific about his metho

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    The superego represented our conscience and counteracted the id with a primitive and unconscious sense of morality. This primitive morality is to be distinguished from an ethical sense, which is an egoist property, since ethics requires eligibility for deliberation on matters of fairness or justice. The superego, Freud stated, is the moral agent that links both our conscious and unconscious minds. The superego stands in opposition to the desires of the id. The superego is itself part of the unconscious mind; it is the internalisation of the worldview and norms that a child absorbs from parents and peers.

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    The psychoanalytic approach to psychology is based on the system of psychoanalysis, developed by Sigmund Freud (1859 - 1939). Freud was interested in studies of the unconscious mind and mental illness

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    According to Freud, everything we do, why we do things, who we are and how we became like this are all related to our sexual drive. Childhood sexual experiences will determine our personality in adult life. Freud outlined 5 stages of sexual development. In each stage the libido, the energy from the love instinct, Eros, fixates on different parts of the body, focusing on sexual pleasure on that specific part. Differences in the way sexual pleasure is obtained in each stage will lead to differences in adult personalities.

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    Findings of the Obedience Studies

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    An impressive study which shows the power that people can have over our behaviour was carried out by Milgram (1963). He set up an experiment in which volunteer research participants were required to give increasingly painful electric shocks to another person, as part of a study which they thought was about learning. The participants were aware of the danger involved and that it could prove fatal. They could hear the other person in the room next-door, who they had seen being strapped to the chair, giving out loud cries of pain, and then suddenly becoming silent, as if they had just died.

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    Discuss one or more theories of Moral Understanding and evaluate its conclusions.

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    The theory I am going to discuss is Piaget's Cognitive-Developmental Approach. His theory of moral development is concerned with how the child's moral knowledge and understanding change with age. Piaget saw morality as any system of rules, which governs interaction between people. The methods of investigation he used to develop his theories were, he looked at the way children imposed rules in their games. He used games to study the development of children's moral development as he thought that by studying rules in the context of a game, he could study the child's spontaneous though directly.

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    Discuss one explanation of Personality Development and evaluate its conclusion.

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    He believed that all human behaviour is controlled by drives, which he relates to human instincts. Freud insisted that there are two forces feeding our instinctual urges with energy; the Libido and the Death Instinct; the Libido being a sexual energy and the Death Instinct being more of an aggressive energy. According to Freud, the adult human mind is made up of three different parts and levels of awareness; the unconscious mind, which he named the 'Id'; the preconscious mind, which he named the 'Superego', and the conscious mind, which he named the 'Ego'.

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GCSE Psychology is the study of the human mind, the brain and human behaviour. It covers questions such as how do our brains develop, how do we react to certain situations, why humans behave the way they do. You'll study a broad curriculum of psychological theory and research and get to look at some truly fascinating case studies and examples.

You may cover perception, memory, attachments, abnormal behaviour and criminality amongst many other fascinating topics and subjects. One of the best things about the subject is that you don't have to travel very far to observe what you're studying! There is a grounding in experimentation and in the importance of ethics in the way that such experiments are carried out.

Assessment is generally completed by end of course examinations and you'll find plenty of examples of Psychology GCSE assignments on Marked by Teachers. Studying these will give you a valuable insight into how essays in the subject and planned and written.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Critically evaluate one of thetheoretical approaches used to describe pattern/object recognition.

    "In conclusion, although feature comparison models do a satisfactory job in explaining how we analyse images for features and match them with images stored in memory, they do not explain how features are combined and recognised thereafter as actual objects in the environment. Although supported by both behavioural and neurological evidence, feature models are limited as they do not account for top-down processes, and at best address only part of the process of pattern/object recognition. 1,085 words."

  • Outline and evaluate one theory of personality development based on the psychodynamic approach

    "Freud believed every child should go through the Oedipus Complex he believed it was a universal phenomenon and other criticism is that it is cultural bias. For example the Malinowski's study of Trobriand islanders the boys were disciplined by their uncles instead of their dad. It was the uncle's role to guide the boy through childhood. However the father remained the mothers lover. Malinowski found was that a Trobiand Island boy his relationship with his father was very good, free of the love- hate ambivalence, which is central to Freud's Oedipus theory. It backs up the behavioural view as he has learned his feelings through his environment by comparison the relationship with the uncle was not usually so good. Segal (1990) suggests that more societies need to be examined including both western and avuncular. His theory has low ecological validity. Freud's theory is not widely accepted anymore. It is hard to give a precise definition of personality. As time changes personality changes over time or does it?"

  • Critically evaluate the psychodynamic approach.

    "To conclude, I think that Freud's psychodynamic approach does make sense, although it may be explained in other ways, and does explain a lot about a person's personality and habits and why they have these certain traits. Even though Freud was known as being a bit too over the top and eccentric with his ideas and theories, they do make great sense and are of great use to finding out about a certain person's personality and why they are like the way they are. It can be useful in further research."

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