psyc221 short essay week 3

Short essay answers must be more than 3 or 4 brief sentences (minimum 150 words), but kept within the bounds of a short-answer essay exam (i.e., 2-3 paragraphs). All your writing must be in your own words. Paraphrase (restate what you read) rather than copying material from the course textbook or the Internet. No copying is permitted in this course and doing so will result in zero points on the exam. Answers must be written in narrative, paragraph form. Lists and/or sentence fragments also will not receive points

Think about what you have learned about toxins, hormones, brain chemistry and the biological bases of personality. To what extent do these naturally occurring components alter someone’s basic personality? How can that happen?

What, if anything, does Darwin’s concept of survival of the fittest have to say about the evolution of an individual’s personality?

Recall what you learned about self-report questionnaires and reports gathered from other when you learned about types of personality tests and measurements of personality traits. Watson and Skinner and other similar theorists rejected introspection as not being sufficiently objective to be scientifically valid. What do you think they did?

Could animals be smarter than people when the contingencies of reinforcement are considered more important than reflective thought? What does that tell us about human judgment and decision-making?

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