SUSAN MICKEL, PSY.D.
OCTOBER 28, 2009
PLEASE DEFINE THE FOLLOWING TERMS IN A SHORT SENTENCE (2 points each: 50 points total):
Neuron: a cell that conducts electrochemical signals. The basic unit of the nervous system.
Synapse: the site where transmission of a nerve impulse from one nerve cell to another occurs.
Working memory: short term memory plus the mental processes that control retrieval of information from long term memory and interpret it
Displacement: a defense mechanism that happens when people direct their emotion towards things that are not the real object of their feeling.
II. ESSAY QUESTIONS: Please use 12pt and double space your essays:
Apply one of the following theories: Gestalt (Fritz Perls), Carl Rogers, Cognitive Behavior Theory (CBT) or Abraham Maslow to the following case (500-750 words). Use a theory that you did not present in class, yet was presented by other students. Include all concepts of the theory that you choose (worth 20 points): An unmarried woman, Betty, age 32, lives alone and is an elementary school teacher. She is becoming very depressed. Betty is isolating on the weekends, withdrawing from her family and friends, eating very little and sleeps during most of her time away from teaching. She wants to be married and have children of her own. Betty is very sad that she has neither. In addition, she has lost interest in teaching. Betty would rather be an accountant, yet would need to receive an accounting degree to do so. At this point, Betty is feeling hopeless because she is not reaching her personal and professional goals.
Explain Freud’s theory including ALL concepts you learned from the lectures and your readings (500 – 750 words) (worth 20 points): Explain the psychoactive drug...