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The Blind Side

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Kristina Bilyeu

on 14 June 2013

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Transcript of The Blind Side

Kristina Bilyeu &
Kyle Badstuebner

Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Psychology's History and Approaches
-Behavioral Psychology
-The scientific study of observable behavior, and its explanation by principles of learning.
-Mike learns to act like a family with the Tuohy's. This is an example of Behavioral Psychology because Mike is changing his behavior and is able to learn more about himself.
-Cognitive Psychology
-The scientific study of all the mental activities associated with thinking, knowing, remembering, and communicating.
-Mike can't read well, as was shown in the note he wrote in class, so he takes tests verbally which helps him know the answer. This is an example of cognitive psychology because it shows that Mike needs to be taught differently in order to show that he knows what they're teaching him.
-Physiological needs
-Need to satisfy hunger and thirst
-Mike fulfills the physiological needs from Maslow's hierarchy of needs because he goes to sports games in order to get food. This is shown when he goes to a volleyball game, and after the game picked up the leftover popcorn that people left in order to eat.
-Safety needs
-Need to feel that the world is organized and predictable; need to feel safe
-The day that it's raining and Leigh Anna first picks up Mike, he was heading towards the gym. This is an example of Mike fulfilling safety needs because he tells Leigh Anne he's going to the gym because it's warm. Also, the gym is shown as a place that he can go to when he needs someplace to go to, therefore making him feel safe there.
The Blind Side
- Stereotype
-A generalized (sometimes accurate but often overgeneralized) belief about a group of people
- In the Blind Side, Mike is stereotyped because Sean asks Leigh Anne if Mike is going to end up stealing something his first night living at the house. This is an example of stereotyping because Sean is assuming something about Mike just because he's black.
- Altruism
- Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness
- Mike scored in the 98th percentile for protective instincts and blocked the air bag when SJ and him got in a car crash to protect him. This is an example of altruism because Mike clearly shows that he cares more about the needs of others than he cares for himself.
Social Psychology
- Prejudice
-an unjustifiable (usually negative) attitude toward a group and its members
- In The Blind Side, prejudice is shown when a woman asks Leigh Anne if she felt safe having a big black boy in her house with her daughter, Collins, living there. This is an example of prejudice because the woman is showing a negative attitude towards Mike and assuming that he is going to do something bad to Collins.
- Aggression
-any physical or verbal behavior intended to hurt or destroy
- Mike shows aggression by attacking his old "crew" in Hurt Village for threatening Leigh Anne and Collins. This is an example of aggression because he is intending to hurt or destroy them to protect his family.
- Discrimination
- Unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice
- The referee of a football game called a penalty against Mike's coach when he was showing unsportsmanlike conduct but he didn't call a penalty when Mike was kicked in the head on purpose. This is an example of discrimination because the referee shows favoritism to the other team by not calling a penalty when Mike's kicked.
Developmental Psychology
-Adapting our current understandings to incorporate new information.
-Mike adapts to school by taking the tests teachers are giving him orally instead of taking the written tests like other students. This is an example of accommodation because by adapting to verbal learning, Mike is able to incorporate the new information into his mind.
-All the mental activities associated with thinking, knowing, remembering, and communicating.
-By having his teachers speak to him one on one, Mike is able to learn the subject being taught. This is an example of cognition because Mike cannot read or write so he is able to remember the subject being taught and then recite it back to his teachers during a verbal test.
-Stranger Anxiety
-the fear of strangers that infants commonly display, beginning by about 8 months of age.
-Mike doesn't answer all of Sandra's questions the first night because he's afraid and does not know her, she's a stranger to him.
-Social Identity
-the "we" aspect of our self-concept; the part of our answer to "Who am I?" that comes from our group memberships
-Michael finds his social identity when he begins to play football because he realizes that he belongs on the field with his team
-Crystallized Intelligence
-our accumulated knowledge and verbal skills; tends to increase with age
-Sandra continued to correct Mike whenever he said
something that was grammatically incorrect, and
eventually Mike began to learn how to speak
Psychology's History and Approaches
-Social-cultural Psychology
-The study of how situations and cultures affect our behavior and thinking.
-Mike's actions toward his old "crew" differ from when he is around his new family and the football team. This is an example of Social-cultural Psychology because Mike's two different cultures affect his behavior and thought process.
-A school of psychology that focused on how our mental and behavioral processes functionism- how they enable us to adapt, survive, and flourish.
-Mike's idea of having to protect everyone around him but himself is how he adapts to a certain situation because it makes people feel around him. This is an example of Functionalism because by having the need to protect everyone around him, Mike is adapting to his new social life.
-Social Psychology
-The scientific study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another.
-Mike believes that he had to protect his football "brothers" so he influences them into protecting one another on the field. This is an example of Social Psychology because Mike is relating to his new football team and influencing their actions.
-A need or desire that energizes and directs behavior
-Mike's desire was to play football in college, and also to live up to his family's expectations of him playing football in college. In order to do this, he had to find a way to pass one last class, so he asked for help from Sean and found a good topic to write for his final essay in order to pass the class.
-A positive or negative environmental stimulus that motivates behavior.
-An example of a negative incentive would be when Miss Sue (the tutor) tells Mike that there are dead bodies underneath the football field at the University of Tennessee which scared Mike into not wanting to go there.
-A positive incentive would be Mike being allowed to go to Ole Miss if he got a GPA of 2.5 or better.

-Belongingness and love needs
-Need to love and be loved, to belong and be accepted; need to avoid loneliness and separation
-Mike shows belongingness and love needs because after the NCAA investigator questions Mike on his choice to go to Ole Miss, and tells him the Tuohy's are 'boosters'. This causes him to become angry at Leigh Anne and ask why she does this. He then runs off and goes back to the projects where his old crew is. This shows the idea that Mike wanted to avoid loneliness after leaving Mrs. Tuohy, so he went to the next group of people he could trust. However, after his old crew talked bad about Leigh Anne and Collins, Mike attacked them and the next day called Leigh Anne to pick him up. This shows that Mike needed to be loved as well as feeling as if he belonged, which the Touhy's gave him.

Sensation and Perception
-The process of organizing and interpreting sensory information; enabling us to recognize meaningful objects and events.
-Mike perceives himself as a minority which causes him to believe that he cannot be successful. This is shown when he talks about how he's surrounded by white people that don't know that he doesn't know anything.
-Selective Attention
-Ability to attend to only a limited amount of sensory information at one time
-Mike shows selective attention when he protected SJ during the car crash. His main instinct was to protect him, so therefore he showed selective attention.
Sensation and Perception
-Bottom-Up Processing
-Analysis that begins with the sense receptors and works up to the brain's integration of sensory information.
-Mike showed bottom-up processing when he protected SJ. This is because he didn't think about protecting SJ first, but instead acted on instinct.
-Inattentional Blindness
-Failing to see visible objects when our attention is directed elsewhere.
-Mike shows inattentional blindness when he was driving in the car with SJ and he got into the car accident.
-Weber's Law
-The principle that, to be perceived as different, two stimuli must differ by a constant minimum percentage (rather than a constant amount)
-Mike understands what to do when Leigh Anne tells him her way, but doesn't understand when Bert is yelling at him.

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