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Ch 2: GACE Behavioral Science: Major Psychological Theories

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We can help you review what you need to know about major psychological theories in preparation for the GACE Behavioral Science exam. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes offer multiple approaches to help you correctly answer the questions on the test.

GACE Behavioral Science: Major Psychological Theories - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons contained in this chapter as part of your efforts to revisit what you studied in college about major psychological theories as you prepare for the GACE Behavioral Science exam. The videos go over all the information you need to be on top of, including:

  • Freud's psychoanalytic theory
  • Erikson's eight states of psychosocial development
  • Kohlberg's stages of moral development
  • Bandura's social-cognitive theory
  • Rogers' humanistic theory
  • Lessons from Harlow's monkeys
  • Classical conditioning
  • BF Skinner
  • Thorndike and the law of effect

Our knowledgeable instructors present the material you need to review clearly and concisely, highlighting the important points, in preparation for the test. Through the use of several different didactic approaches, studying will be more efficient and more enjoyable.

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: GACE Behavioral Science: Major Psychological Theories
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Pioneers in Human Development Theory: Freud, Piaget & Jung

1. Pioneers in Human Development Theory: Freud, Piaget & Jung

What were the first theories on childhood development? Here, we will look at Freud's theory that started it all and examine Jung and Piaget's theories that followed thereafter.

Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory on Instincts, Motivation, Personality & Development

2. Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory on Instincts, Motivation, Personality & Development

Learn how Sigmund Freud's theories helped shape our modern understanding of human motivation and personality development. Review key terms and take a quiz at the end of the lesson to test your knowledge.

Psychoanalytic Therapy: Free Association, Dream Analysis and Transference & Resistance

3. Psychoanalytic Therapy: Free Association, Dream Analysis and Transference & Resistance

Psychoanalytic therapy has many techniques. This lesson will explore four of these techniques: free association, dream analysis, and the analysis of transference and resistance.

Erik Erikson's Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development: Conflicts & Growth

4. Erik Erikson's Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development: Conflicts & Growth

Erikson identified eight stages of psychosocial development, with each stage presenting a conflict that must be overcome. This lesson will discuss the conflict and growth associated with each stage of development.

Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

5. Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

How do people learn to make morally sound decisions? To illustrate Kohlberg's levels of moral development, we'll follow Lauren as she makes difficult decisions.

The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

6. The Nativist Perspective and Language Development

In this lesson, learn how we develop language according to the nativist perspective. Discover Noam Chomsky's idea of the language acquisition device (LAD) and its role in this process.

Jerome Bruner's Theory of Development: Discovery Learning & Representation

7. Jerome Bruner's Theory of Development: Discovery Learning & Representation

This lesson explores Jerome Bruner's theory of development, his three modes of representation, and his beliefs on learning, language, and discovery. It will also differentiate Bruner's views of learning compared to Jean Piaget's views.

Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

8. Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

A person's cognition, environment and behavior play important roles in learning new knowledge and skills. This lesson will focus on Albert Bandura's contributions to social learning and vicarious experiences.

Carl Rogers' Humanistic Theory and Psychotherapy

9. Carl Rogers' Humanistic Theory and Psychotherapy

Carl Rogers is often credited with being one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century with contributions that include client-centered therapy, self-actualization, and the theory of self.

Harlow's Monkeys: Experiment, Comfort & Socialization

10. Harlow's Monkeys: Experiment, Comfort & Socialization

What happens when you make a baby monkey choose between food and comfort? The Harlows answered this question in a series of primate experiments. Love is important, so how will these lonely monkeys function without it?

Ivan Pavlov and Classical Conditioning: Theory, Experiments & Contributions to Psychology

11. Ivan Pavlov and Classical Conditioning: Theory, Experiments & Contributions to Psychology

Ivan Pavlov and his theory of classical conditioning had a profound impact on the understanding of human behavior. This lesson explains classical conditioning and Pavlov's contributions to psychology.

B.F. Skinner: Theories & Impact on Education

12. B.F. Skinner: Theories & Impact on Education

What does candy have to do with learning and behavior? In this lesson, we'll examine the theories of psychologist B.F. Skinner, including behavioral modification and educational applications of his behavioral learning theories.

Behavioral Theory: Thorndike and the Law of Effect

13. Behavioral Theory: Thorndike and the Law of Effect

How can outside forces change the way we behave? Why are people's actions shaped by rewards, such as money or good grades, or punishments, such as losing money or feeling pain? This lesson is an introduction to the famous psychologist Thorndike and his foundational research on why consequences of behavior, such as rewards or punishments, affect our future choices.

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