The first Monitor article I read was called “Does marriage make us happy?” According to Daniel Gilbert, PhD, married people are happier than unmarried people. It isn’t marriage that makes us happy, but a happy marriage that makes us happy. Gilbert also says that money can buy happiness. The happier people make between $40,000 and $70,000. The reason for this, according to Gilbert, is that people with money enjoy better nutrition, can go places with loved ones, worry less about their children and have more freedom to set their own schedules. He also says that the level of happiness falls for men and women after their first child is born. According to research, women vacuuming is on the same level of happiness as spending time with their children.
The second Monitor article I read was called “Prenatal alcohol exposure variably affects children’s attention” According to the article, children whose mothers abused alcohol during pregnancy have auditory and visual attention deficits. Using a computer, researchers presented the students with one of four stimuli. They showed a yellow square, a blue square, a high-sounding tone or a low-sounding tone. As expected, the alcohol-exposed children were significantly less accurate than the control group. Although they were significantly slower to respond to the visual stimuli, they were significantly slower on the auditory task only when the targets were more than 10 seconds apart. Their auditory attention was intact except at the long intervals. By mapping out the attention patterns of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, researchers may be able to shed light on ways teachers can effectively instruct these students.
The peer-reviewed academic research journal article I read was titled “Cardiovascular Responses to Dreamed Physical Exercise During REM Lucid Dreaming” The study used 5 lucid dreamers between the ages of 23 and 34. The study had 4 men and 1 woman who were not athletes and did not have a regular...
References: Daniel Erlacher, Michael Schredl (2008). Cardiovascular Responses to Dreamed Physical Exercise During REM Lucid Dreaming. American Psychological Association Vol. 18, No. 2, 112–121. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/features/drm-18-2-112.pdf
The view of psychology has changed for me because I did not realize how broad psychology is. There are so many subfields in psychology. Psychology is a scientific discipline because it uses the scientific method to conduct experiments.
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