Psychology and the MCAT: Foundational Concept 6

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Overview of Psychology concepts required for the new MCAT, per the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) guidelines. This guide is for FC 6, see other mindmaps for other FCs. This provides a breakdown of category concepts and includes links to further resources. More will be added. Please comment if you create or discover a resource that you think should be linked here.

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Psychology and the MCAT: Foundational Concept 6
1 Content Category 6A: Sensing the environment
1.1 Sensory processing

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1.1.1 Sensation

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1.1.1.1 Threshold
1.1.1.2 Weber’s Law
1.1.1.3 Signal detection theory
1.1.1.4 Sensory adaptation
1.1.1.5 Psychophysics
1.1.2 Sensory receptors
1.1.2.1 Sensory pathways
1.1.2.2 Types of sensory receptor
1.2 Perception
1.2.1 Bottom-up/Top-down processing

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1.2.2 Perceptual organization
1.2.3 Gestalt principles
1.3 Hearing
1.3.1 Auditory processing
1.3.2 Sensory reception by hair cells

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1.4 Other Senses
1.4.1 Somatosensation
1.4.2 Taste

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1.4.3 Smell
1.4.4 Kinesthetic sense
1.4.5 Vestibular sense

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1.5 Vision

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1.5.1 Parallel processing
1.5.2 Feature detection
2 Content Category 6B: Making sense of the environment
2.1 Attention
2.1.1 Selective
2.1.2 Divided
2.2 Consciousness
2.2.1 Sleep
2.2.1.1 Stages
2.2.1.2 Cycles
2.2.1.3 Circadian Rhythms

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2.2.1.4 Dreaming

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2.2.1.5 Disorders

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2.2.2 Alertness
2.2.3 Consciousness altering drugs
2.2.3.1 Effects
2.2.3.2 Addiction
2.2.4 Hypnosis and meditation
2.3 Cognition
2.3.1 Information-processing model

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2.3.2 Cognitive development

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2.3.3 Biological factors
2.3.4 Problem solving and decision making

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2.3.5 Intellectual functioning
2.4 Memory
2.4.2 Storage
2.4.3 Retrieval
2.4.4 Forgetting
2.4.5 synaptic connections
2.4.5.1 Neural plasticity

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2.5 Language
2.5.2 Influence of language on cognition
2.5.3 Brain areas that control language and speech
3 Content Category 6C: Responding to the world
3.1 Emotion
3.1.1 Components
3.1.1.1 Cognitive
3.1.1.2 Physiological
3.1.1.3 Behavioral
3.1.2 Universal emotions

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3.1.3 Adaptive function
3.1.4 Role of biological processes in perceiving emotion
3.1.5 Theories of emotion

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3.1.5.1 James–Lange
3.1.5.2 Cannon–Bard
3.1.5.3 Schachter–Singer
3.2 Stress
3.2.1 Nature of stress
3.2.1.1 Appraisal
3.2.1.2 Stressors
3.2.1.3 Effects on psychological functions
3.2.2 Outcomes
3.2.2.1 Physiological
3.2.2.2 Emotional
3.2.2.3 Behavioral
3.2.3 Managing stress

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3.2.3.1 Exercise
3.2.3.2 Relaxation
3.2.3.3 Spirituality
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