Hello, My name is Carly Patterson and I am a first year psychology major here at Etown. I am a first generation college student and an only child. I live in the Philadelphia suburbs and graduated from Cardinal O’Hara high school, a small catholic school in my area. My approach to this course is to have an open mind about all of the topics we cover over the semester. I have not yet decided which branch of psychology I want to have a career in, so I am looking forward to learning new things in this course. As a senior I took and intro to psych course, but not at the AP level, so I only have a small understanding of the things we will cover. When I hear the word psychology, I think of the brain and its mental processes. The three topics I am most excited for are how to improve memories, classifying mental illness, and mood disorders. These seem the most interesting to me because my final exam in my high school course was a case study where each student had to diagnose the patient in the study, and write an essay on how and why we came to that conclusion. I thought it was so cool and enjoyed that part of class the most. I am least interested in the scientific method, critiquing experimental design, and conditioning. This is mostly because they were covered the most in my high school course and just did not pique my interest as much. I also do not have a specific question in mind to be answered, but to just have a better understanding of psychology overall.

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  1. Welcome to the course Carly. This is a great opportunity to see which parts of psychology catch your eye the most so you can pick 200-level classes that will give you a broader introduction to that subfield. Hopefully we’ll be able to build on the topics you covered in your high school class so those sessions aren’t simply repeats for you. The diagnostic portion of your exam in high school sounds a lot like what we do in PSY 250 (Psychopathology). I recommend you check that out, as we cover a large chunk of the current mental disorders in the DSM.


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