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1 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir What will the Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir sectin test? The Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir sectin asks yu t slve prblems by cmbining yur knwledge f fundatinal cncepts with yur scientific inquiry and reasning skills. This sectin tests yur understanding f the ways psychlgical, scial, and bilgical factrs influence perceptins and reactins t the wrld; behavir and behavir change; what peple think abut themselves and thers; the cultural and scial differences that influence well-being; and the relatinships between scial stratificatin, access t resurces, and well-being. The Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir sectin emphasizes cncepts that tmrrw s dctrs need t knw in rder t serve an increasingly diverse ppulatin and have a clear understanding f the impact f behavir n health. Further, it cmmunicates the need fr future physicians t be prepared t deal with the human and scial issues f medicine. This sectin is designed t test psychlgy, scilgy, and bilgy cncepts that prvide a slid fundatin fr learning in medical schl abut the behaviral and scicultural determinants f health; test cncepts taught at many clleges and universities in first-semester psychlgy and scilgy curses; test bilgy cncepts that relate t mental prcesses and behavir that are taught at many clleges and universities in intrductry bilgy; test basic research methds and statistics cncepts described by many baccalaureate faculty as imprtant t success in intrductry science curses; and require yu t demnstrate yur scientific inquiry and reasning, research methds, and statistics skills as applied t the scial and behaviral sciences. Test Sectin Number f Questins Time Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir 59 (nte that questins are a cmbinatin f passage-based and discrete questins) 95 minutes 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 1

2 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Scientific Inquiry and Reasning Skills As a reminder, the scientific inquiry and reasning skills that yu will be asked t demnstrate n this sectin f the exam are: Knwledge f Scientific Cncepts and Principles Demnstrating understanding f scientific cncepts and principles Identifying the relatinships between clsely-related cncepts Scientific Reasning and Prblem Slving Reasning abut scientific principles, theries, and mdels Analyzing and evaluating scientific explanatins and predictins Reasning abut the Design and Executin f Research Demnstrating understanding f imprtant cmpnents f scientific research Reasning abut ethical issues in research Data-Based and Statistical Reasning Interpreting patterns in data presented in tables, figures, and graphs Reasning abut data and drawing cnclusins frm them 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 2

3 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir General Mathematical Cncepts and Techniques It s imprtant fr yu t knw that questins n the natural, behaviral, and scial sciences sectins will ask yu t use certain mathematical cncepts and techniques. As the descriptins f the scientific inquiry and reasning skills suggest, sme questins will ask yu t analyze and manipulate scientific data t shw that yu can Recgnize and interpret linear, semilg, and lg-lg scales and calculate slpes frm data fund in figures, graphs, and tables Demnstrate a general understanding f significant digits and the use f reasnable numerical estimates in perfrming measurements and calculatins Use metric units, including cnverting units within the metric system and between metric and English units (cnversin factrs will be prvided when needed), and dimensinal analysis (using units t balance equatins) Perfrm arithmetic calculatins invlving the fllwing: prbability, prprtin, rati, percentage, and square-rt estimatins Demnstrate a general understanding (Algebra II level) f expnentials and lgarithms (natural and base 10), scientific ntatin, and slving simultaneus equatins Demnstrate a general understanding f the fllwing trignmetric cncepts: definitins f basic (sine, csine, tangent) and inverse (sin 1, cs 1, tan 1 ) functins; sin and cs values f 0, 90, and 180 ; relatinships between the lengths f sides f right triangles cntaining angles f 30, 45, and 60 Demnstrate a general understanding f vectr additin and subtractin and the right-hand rule (knwledge f dt and crss prducts is nt required) Nte als that an understanding f calculus is nt required, and a peridic table will be prvided during the exam AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 3

4 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Distributin f Questins by Discipline, Fundatinal Cncept, and Scientific Inquiry and Reasning Skill Yu may wnder hw much psychlgy, scilgy, and bilgy yu ll see n this sectin f the MCAT exam, hw many questins yu ll get abut a particular fundatinal cncept, r hw the scientific inquiry and reasning skills will be distributed n yur exam. The questins that yu see are likely t be distributed in the ways described belw. These are the apprximate percentages f questins yu ll see n a test fr each discipline, fundatinal cncept, and scientific inquiry and reasning skill.* Discipline: Intrductry psychlgy, 65%** Intrductry scilgy, 30% Intrductry bilgy, 5% Fundatinal Cncept: Fundatinal Cncept 6, 25% Fundatinal Cncept 7, 35% Fundatinal Cncept 8, 20% Fundatinal Cncept 9, 15% Fundatinal Cncept 10, 5% Scientific Inquiry and Reasning Skill: Skill 1, 35% Skill 2, 45% Skill 3, 10% Skill 4: 10% * These percentages have been apprximated t the nearest 5% and will vary frm ne test t anther fr a variety f reasns. These reasns include, but are nt limited t, cntrlling fr questin difficulty, using grups f questins that depend n a single passage, and using unscred field-test questins n each test frm. ** Please nte that abut 5% f this test sectin will include psychlgy questins that are bilgically relevant. This is in additin t the discipline target f 5% fr intrductry bilgy specified fr this sectin AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 4

5 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Framewrk f Fundatinal Cncepts and Cntent Categries Fundatinal Cncept 6: Bilgical, psychlgical, and scicultural factrs influence the ways that individuals perceive, think abut, and react t the wrld. The cntent categries fr this fundatinal cncept include 6A. Sensing the envirnment 6B. Making sense f the envirnment 6C. Respnding t the wrld Fundatinal Cncept 7: Bilgical, psychlgical, and scicultural factrs influence behavir and behavir change. The cntent categries fr this fundatinal cncept include 7A. Individual influences n behavir 7B. Scial prcesses that influence human behavir 7C. Attitude and behavir change Fundatinal Cncept 8: Psychlgical, scicultural, and bilgical factrs influence the way we think abut urselves and thers, as well as hw we interact with thers. The cntent categries fr this fundatinal cncept include 8A. Self-identity 8B. Scial thinking 8C. Scial interactins Fundatinal Cncept 9: Cultural and scial differences influence well-being. The cntent categries fr this fundatinal cncept include 9A. Understanding scial structure 9B. Demgraphic characteristics and prcesses Fundatinal Cncept 10: Scial stratificatin and access t resurces influence well-being. The cntent categry fr this fundatinal cncept is 10A. Scial inequality 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 5

6 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Hw Fundatinal Cncepts and Cntent Categries Fit Tgether The MCAT exam asks yu t slve prblems by cmbining yur knwledge f cncepts with yur scientific inquiry and reasning skills. Figure 1 illustrates hw fundatinal cncepts, cntent categries, and scientific inquiry and reasning skills intersect t create test questins. Skill 1 Skill 2 Skill 3 Skill 4 Cntent Categry 1A Fundatinal Cncept 1 Fundatinal Cncept 2 Cntent Cntent Cntent Cntent Categry Categry Categry Categry 1B 1C 2A 2B Each cell represents the pint at which fundatinal cncepts, cntent cat egries, and scientific inquiry and reasning skills crss. Test questins are written at the intersectins f the knw ledge and skills. Cntent Categry 2C 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 6

7 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Understanding the Fundatinal Cncepts and Cntent Categries in the Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Sectin The fllwing are detailed explanatins f each fundatinal cncept and related cntent categry tested by the Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir sectin. As with the natural sciences sectins, cntent lists describing specific tpics and subtpics that define each cntent categry are prvided. The same cntent list is prvided t the writers wh develp the cntent f the exam. Here is an excerpt frm the cntent list: EXCERPT FROM THE PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIAL, AND BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF BEHAVIOR OUTLINE Self-presentatin and Interacting with Others (PSY, SOC) Tpic Expressing and detecting emtin Presentatin f self Subtpic The rle f gender in the expressin and detectin f emtin The rle f culture in the expressin and detectin f emtin Impressin management Frnt stage vs. back stage self (Dramaturgical apprach) (SOC) Verbal and nnverbal cmmunicatin Animal signals and cmmunicatin (PSY, BIO) The abbreviatins fund in parentheses indicate the curse(s) in which undergraduate students at many clleges and universities learn abut the tpics and assciated subtpics. The curse abbreviatins are PSY: ne semester f intrductry psychlgy SOC: ne semester f intrductry scilgy BIO: tw-semester sequence f intrductry bilgy In preparing fr the MCAT exam, yu will be respnsible fr learning the tpics and assciated subtpics at the levels at which they are taught in the curses listed in parentheses. A small number f subtpics have curse abbreviatins indicated in parentheses. In thse cases, yu are respnsible nly fr learning the subtpics as they are taught in the curse(s) indicated. Using the excerpt abve as an example, Yu are respnsible fr learning abut the tpic Self-presentatin and Interacting with Others at the level at which it is taught in a typical intrductry psychlgy curse and in a typical intrductry scilgy curse. Yu are respnsible fr learning abut the sub-subtpic Frnt stage vs. back stage self (Dramaturgical apprach) nly at the level at which it is taught in a typical intrductry scilgy curse. Yu are respnsible fr learning abut the subtpic Animal signals and cmmunicatin at the level at which it is taught in a typical intrductry psychlgy curse and in a typical intrductry bilgy curse AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 7

8 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Remember that curse cntent at yur schl may differ frm curse cntent at ther clleges and universities. The tpics and subtpics described in this chapter may be cvered in curses with titles that are different frm thse listed here. Yur pre-health advisr and faculty are imprtant resurces fr yur questins abut curse cntent AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 8

9 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Fundatinal Cncept 6 Bilgical, psychlgical, and scicultural factrs influence the ways that individuals perceive, think abut, and react t the wrld. The way in which we sense, perceive, think abut, and react t stimuli affects ur experiences. Fundatinal cncept 6 fcuses n these cmpnents f experience, starting with the initial detectin and perceptin f stimuli thrugh cgnitin, and cntinuing t emtin and stress. Cntent Categries Categry 6A fcuses n the detectin and perceptin f sensry infrmatin. Categry 6B fcuses n cgnitin, including ur ability t attend t the envirnment, think abut and remember what we experience, and use language t cmmunicate with thers. Categry 6C fcuses n hw we prcess and experience emtin and stress. These are the building blcks medical students need in rder t learn abut the ways in which cgnitive and perceptual prcesses influence their and thers understanding f health and illness AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 9

10 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Cntent Categry 6A: Sensing the envirnment Psychlgical, scicultural, and bilgical factrs affect ur sensatin and perceptin f the wrld. All sensry prcessing begins with first detecting a stimulus in the envirnment thrugh sensry cells, receptrs, and bilgical pathways. After cllecting sensry infrmatin, we then interpret and make sense f it. Althugh sensatin and perceptin are distinct functins, they are bth influenced by psychlgical, scial, and bilgical factrs and therefre becme almst indistinguishable in practice. This cmplexity is illuminated by examining human sight, hearing, tuch, taste, and smell. The cntent in this categry cvers sensatin and perceptin acrss all human senses. The tpics and subtpics in this categry are the fllwing: Sensry Prcessing (PSY, BIO) Sensatin Threshld Weber s Law (PSY) Signal detectin thery (PSY) Sensry adaptatin Psychphysics Sensry receptrs Visin (PSY, BIO) Visual prcessing Hearing (PSY, BIO) Structure and functin f the ear Auditry prcessing (e.g., auditry pathways in the brain) Sensry receptin by hair cells Other Senses (PSY, BIO) Smell Sensry pathways Types f sensry receptr Structure and functin f the eye Visual pathways in the brain Parallel prcessing (PSY) Feature detectin (PSY) Smatsensatin (e.g., pain perceptin) Taste (e.g., taste buds/chemreceptrs that detect specific chemicals) Olfactry cells/chemreceptrs that detect specific chemicals Phermnes (BIO) Olfactry pathways in the brain (BIO) Kinesthetic sense (PSY) Vestibular sense 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 10

11 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Perceptin (PSY) Bttm-up/Tp-dwn prcessing Perceptual rganizatin (e.g., depth, frm, mtin, cnstancy) Gestalt principles 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 11

12 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Cntent Categry 6B: Making sense f the envirnment The way we think abut the wrld depends n ur awareness, thughts, knwledge, and memries. It is als influenced by ur ability t slve prblems, make decisins, frm judgments, and cmmunicate. Psychlgical, scicultural, and bilgical influences determine the develpment and use f these different yet cnvergent prcesses. Bilgical factrs underlie the mental prcesses that create ur reality, shape ur perceptin f the wrld, and influence the way we perceive and react t every aspect f ur lives. The cntent in this categry cvers critical aspects f cgnitin including cnsciusness, cgnitive develpment, prblem slving and decisin making, intelligence, memry, and language. The tpics and subtpics in this categry are the fllwing: Attentin (PSY) Selective attentin Divided attentin Cgnitin (PSY) Infrmatin-prcessing mdel Cgnitive develpment Piaget s stages f cgnitive develpment Cgnitive changes in late adulthd Rle f culture in cgnitive develpment Influence f heredity and envirnment n cgnitive develpment Bilgical factrs that affect cgnitin (PSY, BIO) Prblem slving and decisin making Intellectual functining Types f prblem slving Barriers t effective prblem slving Appraches t prblem slving Heuristics and biases (e.g., vercnfidence, belief perseverance) Theries f intelligence Influence f heredity and envirnment n intelligence Variatins in intellectual ability Cnsciusness (PSY) States f cnsciusness Alertness (PSY, BIO) Sleep Stages f sleep Sleep cycles and changes t sleep cycles Sleep and circadian rhythms (PSY, BIO) Dreaming Sleep wake disrders Hypnsis and meditatin Cnsciusness-altering drugs 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 12

13 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Memry (PSY) Encding Strage Retrieval Frgetting Types f cnsciusness-altering drugs and their effects n the nervus system and behavir Drug addictin and the reward pathway in the brain Prcess f encding infrmatin Prcesses that aid in encding memries Types f memry strage (e.g., sensry, wrking, lng-term) Semantic netwrks and spreading activatin Recall, recgnitin, and relearning Retrieval cues The rle f emtin in retrieving memries (PSY, BIO) Prcesses that aid retrieval Aging and memry Memry dysfunctins (e.g., Alzheimer s disease, Krsakff s syndrme) Decay Interference Memry cnstructin and surce mnitring Changes in synaptic cnnectins underlie memry and learning (PSY, BIO) Neural plasticity Memry and learning Lng-term ptentiatin Language (PSY) Theries f language develpment (e.g., learning, Nativist, Interactinist) Influence f language n cgnitin Brain areas that cntrl language and speech (PSY, BIO) 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 13

14 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Cntent Categry 6C: Respnding t the wrld We experience a barrage f envirnmental stimuli thrughut the curse f ur lives. In many cases, envirnmental stimuli trigger physilgical respnses, such as an elevated heart rate, increased perspiratin, r heightened feelings f anxiety. Hw we perceive and interpret these physilgical respnses is cmplex and influenced by psychlgical, scicultural, and bilgical factrs. Emtinal respnses, such as feelings f happiness, sadness, anger, r stress are ften brn ut f ur interpretatin f this interplay f physilgical respnses. Our experience with emtins and stress nt nly affects ur behavir, but als shapes ur interactins with thers. The cntent in this categry cvers the basic cmpnents and theries f emtin and their underlying psychlgical, scicultural, and bilgical factrs. It als addresses stress, stress utcmes, and stress management. The tpics and subtpics in this categry are the fllwing: Emtin (PSY) Three cmpnents f emtin (i.e., cgnitive, physilgical, behaviral) Universal emtins (i.e., fear, anger, happiness, surprise, jy, disgust, and sadness) Adaptive rle f emtin Theries f emtin James Lange thery Cannn Bard thery Schachter Singer thery The rle f bilgical prcesses in perceiving emtin (PSY, BIO) Brain regins invlved in the generatin and experience f emtins The rle f the limbic system in emtin Emtin and the autnmic nervus system Physilgical markers f emtin (signatures f emtin) Stress (PSY) The nature f stress Appraisal Different types f stressrs (e.g., cataclysmic events, persnal) Effects f stress n psychlgical functins Stress utcmes/respnse t stressrs Physilgical (PSY, BIO) Emtinal Behaviral Managing stress (e.g., exercise, relaxatin, spirituality) 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 14

15 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Fundatinal Cncept 7 Bilgical, psychlgical, and scicultural factrs influence behavir and behavir change. Human behavir is cmplex and ften surprising, differing acrss individuals in the same situatin and within an individual acrss different situatins. A full understanding f human behavir requires knwledge f the interplay between psychlgical, scicultural, and bilgical factrs that are related t behavir. This interplay has imprtant implicatins fr the way we behave and the likelihd f behavir change. Fundatinal Cncept 7 fcuses n individual and scial determinants f behavir and behavir change. Cntent Categries Categry 7A fcuses n the individual psychlgical and bilgical factrs that affect behavir. Categry 7B fcuses n hw scial factrs, such as grups and scial nrms, affect behavir. Categry 7C fcuses n hw learning affects behavir, as well as the rle f attitude theries in behavir and behavir change. With these building blcks, medical students will be able t learn hw behavir can either supprt health r increase risk fr disease AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 15

16 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Cntent Categry 7A: Individual influences n behavir A cmplex interplay f psychlgical and bilgical factrs shapes behavir. Bilgical structures and prcesses serve as the pathways by which bdies carry ut activities. They als affect predispsitins t behave in certain ways, shape persnalities, and influence the likelihd f develping psychlgical disrders. Psychlgical factrs als affect behavir, and cnsequently, health and well-being. The cntent in this categry cvers bilgical bases f behavir, including the effect f genetics and hw the nervus and endcrine systems affect behavir. It als addresses hw persnality, psychlgical disrders, mtivatin, and attitudes affect behavir. Sme f these tpics are learned in the cntext f nn-human animal species. The tpics and subtpics in this categry are the fllwing: Bilgical Bases f Behavir (PSY, BIO) The nervus system Neurns (e.g., the reflex arc) Neurtransmitters Structure and functin f the peripheral nervus system Structure and functin f the central nervus system The brain The spinal crd Frebrain Midbrain Hindbrain Lateralizatin f crtical functins Methds used in studying the brain Neurnal cmmunicatin and its influence n behavir (PSY) Influence f neurtransmitters n behavir (PSY) The endcrine system Cmpnents f the endcrine system Effects f the endcrine system n behavir Behaviral genetics Genes, temperament, and heredity Adaptive value f traits and behavirs Interactin between heredity and envirnmental influences Influence f genetic and envirnmental factrs n the develpment f behavirs Human physilgical develpment (PSY) Experience and behavir (PSY) Regulatry genes and behavir (BIO) Genetically based behaviral variatin in natural ppulatins Prenatal develpment Mtr develpment Develpmental changes in adlescence Persnality (PSY) Theries f persnality Psychanalytic perspective 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 16

17 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Humanistic perspective Trait perspective Scial cgnitive perspective Bilgical perspective Behavirist perspective Situatinal apprach t explaining behavir Psychlgical Disrders (PSY) Understanding psychlgical disrders Types f psychlgical disrders Bimedical vs. bipsychscial appraches Classifying psychlgical disrders Rates f psychlgical disrders Anxiety disrders Obsessive cmpulsive disrder Trauma- and stressr-related disrders Smatic symptm and related disrders Biplar and related disrders Depressive disrders Schizphrenia Dissciative disrders Persnality disrders Bilgical bases f nervus system disrders (PSY, BIO) Schizphrenia Depressin Alzheimer s disease Parkinsn s disease Stem cell-based therapy t regenerate neurns in the central nervus system (BIO) Mtivatin (PSY) Factrs that influence mtivatin Instinct Arusal Drives (e.g., negative feedback systems) (PSY, BIO) Needs Theries that explain hw mtivatin affects human behavir Drive reductin thery Incentive thery Other theries (e.g., cgnitive, need-based) Bilgical and scicultural mtivatrs that regulate behavir (e.g., hunger, sex drive, substance addictin) Attitudes (PSY) Cmpnents f attitudes (i.e., cgnitive, affective, and behaviral) The link between attitudes and behavir Prcesses by which behavir influences attitudes (e.g., ft-in-the dr phenmenn, rle-playing effects) Prcesses by which attitudes influence behavir Cgnitive dissnance thery 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 17

18 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Cntent Categry 7B: Scial prcesses that influence human behavir Many scial prcesses influence human behavir; in fact, the mere presence f ther individuals can influence ur behavir. Grups and scial nrms als exert influence ver ur behavir. Oftentimes, scial prcesses influence ur behavir thrugh unwritten rules that define acceptable and unacceptable behavir in sciety. Our understanding f grups and scial nrms is learned thrugh the prcess f scializatin. What we learn abut the grups and sciety t which we belng affects ur behavir and influences ur perceptins and interactins with thers. The cntent in this categry cvers hw the presence f thers, grup decisin-making prcesses, scial nrms, and scializatin shape ur behavir. The tpics and subtpics in this categry are the fllwing: Hw the Presence f Others Affects Individual Behavir (PSY) Scial facilitatin Deindividuatin Bystander effect Scial lafing Scial cntrl (SOC) Peer pressure (PSY, SOC) Cnfrmity (PSY, SOC) Obedience (PSY, SOC) Grup Decisin-making Prcesses (PSY, SOC) Grup plarizatin (PSY) Grupthink Nrmative and Nn-nrmative Behavir (SOC) Scial nrms (PSY, SOC) Sanctins (SOC) Flkways, mres, and tabs (SOC) Anmie (SOC) Deviance Perspectives n deviance (e.g., differential assciatin, labeling thery, strain thery) Aspects f cllective behavir (e.g., fads, mass hysteria, rits) Scializatin (PSY, SOC) Agents f scializatin (e.g., the family, mass media, peers, wrkplace) 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 18

19 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Cntent Categry 7C: Attitude and behavir change Learning is a relatively permanent change in behavir brught abut by experience. There are a number f different types f learning, which include habituatin as well as assciative, bservatinal, and scial learning. Althugh peple can learn new behavirs and change their attitudes, psychlgical, envirnmental, and bilgical factrs influence whether thse changes will be shrt-term r lng-term. Understanding hw peple learn new behavirs, change their attitudes, and the cnditins that affect learning helps us understand behavir and ur interactins with thers. The cntent in this categry cvers learning and theries f attitude and behavir change. This includes the elabratin likelihd mdel and scial cgnitive thery. The tpics and subtpics in this categry are the fllwing: Habituatin and Dishabituatin (PSY) Assciative Learning (PSY) Classical cnditining (PSY, BIO) Operant cnditining (PSY, BIO) drift) (PSY, BIO) Neutral, cnditined, and uncnditined stimuli Cnditined and uncnditined respnse Prcesses: acquisitin, extinctin, spntaneus recvery, generalizatin, discriminatin Prcesses f shaping and extinctin Types f reinfrcement: psitive, negative, primary, cnditinal Reinfrcement schedules: fixed-rati, variable-rati, fixed-interval, variable-interval Punishment Escape and avidance learning The rle f cgnitive prcesses in assciative learning Bilgical prcesses that affect assciative learning (e.g., bilgical predispsitins, instinctive Observatinal Learning (PSY) Mdeling Bilgical prcesses that affect bservatinal learning Mirrr neurns Rle f the brain in experiencing vicarius emtins Applicatins f bservatinal learning t explain individual behavir Theries f Attitude and Behavir Change (PSY) Elabratin likelihd mdel Scial cgnitive thery Factrs that affect attitude change (e.g., changing behavir, characteristics f the message and target, scial factrs) 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 19

20 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Fundatinal Cncept 8 Psychlgical, scicultural, and bilgical factrs influence the way we think abut urselves and thers, as well as hw we interact with thers. The cnnectin between hw peple think abut themselves and thers is cmplex and affects scial interactins. The interplay between thughts abut urselves, thughts abut thers, and ur bilgy has imprtant implicatins fr ur sense f self and interpersnal relatinships. Fundatinal Cncept 8 fcuses n the physical, cgnitive, and scial cmpnents f ur identity, as well as hw these cmpnents influence the way we think abut and interact with thers. Cntent Categries Categry 8A fcuses n the ntin f self and identity frmatin. Categry 8B fcuses n the attitudes and beliefs that affect scial interactin. Categry 8C fcuses n the actins and prcesses underlying scial interactins. With these building blcks, medical students will be able t learn hw t cmmunicate and cllabrate with patients and ther members f the health care team AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 20

21 What s n the MCAT2015 Exam? Psychlgical, Scial, and Bilgical Fundatins f Behavir Cntent Categry 8A: Self-identity The self refers t the thughts and beliefs we have abut urselves. Our ntin f self is cmplex and multifaceted. It includes gender, racial, and ethnic identities, as well as beliefs abut ur ability t accmplish tasks and exert cntrl ver different situatins. Our ntin f self develps ver time and is shaped by a variety f factrs, including sciety, culture, individuals and grups, and ur unique experiences. Hw we view urselves influences ur perceptins f thers, and by extensin, ur interactins with them. The cntent in this categry cvers the ntins f self-cncept and identity, alng with the rle f selfesteem, self-efficacy, and lcus f cntrl in the develpment f self-cncept. Identity frmatin, including develpmental stages and the scial factrs that affect identity frmatin, is als cvered here. Theries are included t prvide histrical cntext fr the field f identity frmatin. The tpics and subtpics in this categry are the fllwing: Self-Cncept, Self-identity, and Scial Identity (PSY, SOC) The rle f self-esteem, self-efficacy, and lcus f cntrl in self-cncept and self-identity (PSY) Different types f identities (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, age, sexual rientatin, class) Frmatin f Identity (PSY, SOC) Theries f identity develpment (e.g., gender, mral, psychsexual, scial) Influence f scial factrs n identity frmatin Influence f individuals (e.g., imitatin, lking-glass self, rle-taking) Influence f grups (e.g., reference grup) Influence f culture and scializatin n identity frmatin 2015 AAMC. May nt be reprduced withut permissin. 21

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