Ch 7: The Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach thought processes and the role they play in abnormal behavior in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lessons with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior chapter into a 5-day school week. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Cognition and reasoning Thoughts, depression, A-B-C theory, reasoning types and heuristics
Tuesday Language and information processing Thought and language, adjectives and word combinations, acquisition, parts of the brain responsible for language, encoding and storage
Wednesday Memory Visual memory, short-term and long-term memory and other memory types, improving memory, mnemonic devices and false memory
Thursday Attention, perceptual development and heuristics Selective attention, bottom-up processing, senses, mental shortcuts and base-rate heuristics
Friday Treatment and the cognitive model's strengths and restrictions Cognitive behavioral therapy, disorder causation issues and research supporting irrational thinking prevalence

14 Lessons in Chapter 7: The Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior Lesson Plans
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The Cognitive Model in Psychology and Abnormal Functioning

1. The Cognitive Model in Psychology and Abnormal Functioning

Everyone has thoughts and beliefs. But how do those thoughts affect your mental health? In this lesson, we'll seek an answer to that question in the cognitive model of abnormal psychology and look closer at the A-B-C theory of processing.

What is Cognition?

2. What is Cognition?

People think in different ways, and thoughts are an important part of who you are. In this lesson, we'll look at cognition, including two common types of cognition: reasoning and heuristics.

What Is Language?

3. What Is Language?

Have you ever wondered how human language is constructed to form meaning? Why is language more complex than animal calls? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the basic units language and learn how meaning is formed.

Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

4. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

Have you ever wondered how humans are able to learn, process, comprehend and speak a language? In this lesson on language acquisition, we'll take a look at some distinctions between languages and learn how babies come to understand and speak a language.

Information Processing: Encoding, Storage & Retrieval

5. Information Processing: Encoding, Storage & Retrieval

How does your brain remember information and recall it later? In this lesson, you'll look at the steps your brain takes as it processes data from short-term memory and stores it as long-term memory.

Categories of Memory: Sensory & Long-Term

6. Categories of Memory: Sensory & Long-Term

Did you know that there are several types of memories? How does your brain keep track of them all? In this lesson, as you observe your surroundings at an art museum, you'll come to understand how your brain categorizes memory so you can remember your experiences.

Attention and Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Processing

7. Attention and Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Processing

Are you a big-picture person or do you get caught up in the details? Explore two ways that you can use your cognitive resources to focus your attention. This lesson provides both the details and the big picture for top-down and bottom-up processing.

Perceptual Development in Infants

8. Perceptual Development in Infants

Why are some senses more developed than others for a newborn? You'll learn which senses are initially important for infants to bond with and recognize their mothers and which one is still in development after birth.

George Miller's Psychological Study to Improve Short-Term Memory

9. George Miller's Psychological Study to Improve Short-Term Memory

Wouldn't it be nice to improve your short-term memory? According to one psychological study, there are, in fact, ways you can organize sets of new information to make them easier to remember. Based on the study, this lesson examines a method that can increase your short-term memory.

Using Psychology to Improve Long-Term Memory

10. Using Psychology to Improve Long-Term Memory

What are some tips for improving your memory? This memorable lesson on memory covers self-referencing, mnemonic devices, spaced repetition and rehearsal. You won't want to cram for exams once you learn these better ways to improve your long-term memory!

Memory Distortion: Source Amnesia, Misinformation Effect & Choice-Supportive Bias

11. Memory Distortion: Source Amnesia, Misinformation Effect & Choice-Supportive Bias

With all the information we learn and process every day, it can be difficult to remember things accurately. Because of this, our memory can become distorted. In this lesson, we'll learn how our brain can trick us into falsely remembering details of our past experiences.

Types of Heuristics: Availability, Representativeness & Base-Rate

12. Types of Heuristics: Availability, Representativeness & Base-Rate

Did you know that our brain uses strategies to process information and draw conclusions? Although we're able to reach conclusions through these mental strategies, sometimes, our reasoning can be off. Read on to discover how our brain draws these conclusions and why they can be wrong.

Common Cognitive Treatments and Therapy

13. Common Cognitive Treatments and Therapy

How do you treat someone who thinks or acts in a negative way? In this lesson, we'll look at what cognitive behavioral therapy is and the six phases in CBT.

Assessing the Cognitive Model in Psychology: Strengths and Weaknesses

14. Assessing the Cognitive Model in Psychology: Strengths and Weaknesses

The cognitive model of abnormality blames a person's thoughts for their psychological problems. But what makes it better than other psychological models? In this lesson, we'll look at the strengths and limitations of the cognitive model.

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