I was a participant in a research that sought to find out whytobacco smokers get addicted to tobacco. It is essential to statethat this was a voluntary step. My participation involved answering afew questionnaires regarding what makes people get addicted totobacco smoking. The research was being carried by a group ofpsychology students. It is essential also to note that myparticipation in the research was approved by the instructor. Thequestionnaires sought to find out the thoughts of the participantswith regard to the probable behaviors that lead to addictive smokingbehavior. Questions such as whether peer pressure influencedaddictive smoking behavior and whether smoking has some mentaleffects that lead to addiction were part of the questionnaires. Thequestionnaires sought to know whether the participant was a smokerand whether he or she was addicted to smoking behavior. The researchfocused more on smoking addiction as a behavioral problem.
The research topic was on the area of social psychology. It focusedon social problem of tobacco addiction. It is clear that addiction isa social issue and hence falls directly under the social aspect ofpsychology. Addiction is one area that has attracted enormousinterest from psychologists as they attempt to find out why peopleget addicted to certain acts and or products yet they have adverseeffects either to their health, economic status or even social liferelationships (Orleans & Slade, 2010). This research reliedheavily on secondary information, as well as primary data from thequestionnaires, experiments and interviews. There were someindividuals who came out openly and admitted of being addicts and thegroup carrying out the research used such addicts to carry out theinterviews and find out why the individuals were addicted to tobacco.
This was a research that conducted professionally by the psychologystudents and its results are credible. It was clear from theexperience I had that the team had organized the research extremelywell and the followed the various steps for any research. The teamhad subjects upon which they conducted their research. There werealso experiments which were done to establish the contents of tobaccoand why it was addictive. This led the team to finding out theeffects that nicotine has on the brains and why the smoking behaviorgets addictive just after a few cigarettes. From my experience in theparticipation, it was clear that the team sought to find out theeffects of group smokers or peers to smoking behavior. Theresearchers also relied heavily on secondary sources of informationsuch as books and journals. According to the assessment of theresearch, it is evident that this was a quality research from thepsychology students.
This was a great opportunity for any psychology student to identifywith a scientific research and develop essential skills on how togather information during a research process. Additionally, the topicof addiction is central psychological studies and therefore anypsychology student cannot ignore this topic. My participation in theresearch related directly to my course in psychology. It is alsoessential to state that the knowledge that I gained through theparticipation was vital as a psychology student. Considering thataddition including that of tobacco is integral to a psychologycourse, it is clear that the information that I gathered during theparticipation is critical in enhancing my psychology knowledge base.
Attending a workshop
I attended a workshop at the Student Health Services Conference Roomfor one hour which was organized by the student health services. Theworkshop took place between 1 and 2 PM in the mentioned room. Thespeakers in the workshop were three and were very interactive withthe audience. The audience comprised of over 50 people who were allstudents from the campus. The topic of the workshop was how to quitthe behavior of smoking tobacco in order enhance ones health. Theorganizers of the workshop had sufficient content for the topic andit was clear that they had done enough research on the topic. Thepresenters gave clear steps through which tobacco smokers are meantto follow in order to quit their behavior. It is clear that this isboth a health issue and a psychological issue. Behaviors and how theycan be stopped is an aspect of social psychology. This is more soespecially when it comes to addictive behaviors which have adverseeffects on the victims (Orleans & Slade, 2010). My role in theworkshop was more of a learner than an active participant. However,it is worth noting that despite being a listener and a learner, Iparticipated in the interactive sessions with the presenters and Iasked various questions to the presenters.
I had a great experience at the workshop especially due to theinteractive nature in the workshop. The workshop appeared to beprofessionally organized and up to date with the issue that was beingaddressed. The room was arranged extremely well and the audience wascomfortable and not squeezed. It is essential to note that theworkshop did not take a long time and therefore the audienceconcentrated throughout the entire workshop. Considering that this isa department that has had other numerous workshops in the same place,the quality of their workshop was not in doubt. The experience that Ihad at the workshop was as expected. The presenters behavedprofessionally and they had sufficient facts regarding the process ofquitting smoking tobacco. The presenters were also audible enough andthis enhanced the quality of the workshop. The sole purpose of everyworkshop is to teach the audience something that he or she knewnothing about before. My experience at the workshop is that theinformation provided at the workshop was not only essential inpsychological research, but also in the health research on theeffects of tobacco. This is an indication of the quality of researchthat the workshop depicted.
The experience that I gained in this workshop was critical andextremely useful for my psychology knowledge. Quitting a certainbehavior such as smoking or drinking is part of social psychology andtherefore the experience at this workshop ensured that I benefited ingaining knowledge and skills in psychology. This experience relateddirectly to my knowledge of psychology. In studying addiction,quitting addictive behavior is part of the topic. Tobacco smoking isused widely in psychology topic of addiction and therefore thisworkshop was essential in adding to my psychology knowledge. It wouldbe essential to compare the strategies proposed in the workshop asways of quitting smoking to the strategies that are professionallyaccepted by psychologists. The workshop may have presented additionalstrategies that might be added to the already existing strategies inpsychology.
This was a lecture that was presented by a professor in psychologywho sought to explore the topic of addiction amongst universitystudents. The lecture, which was one and a half hours long, presentedvarious facts with regard to the issue of addiction in psychology.The speaker focused heavily on the social side of addiction. Thespeaker highlighted a number of addictions such as addiction toalcohol, tobacco and sex addiction. It was clear from the speakerthat most of the victims of addiction try hard to stop theiraddictive behaviors but they are unable. According to the speaker inthe lecture, some of behaviors that are addictive are pleasurable andstimulate the mind. The pleasure only lasts for a short time andtherefore the victim goes back to the same behavior such the behavioror smoking or drinking.
The speaker also highlighted some of the behaviors that are commonlyaddictive amongst students which included sex, tobacco smoking andalcohol. According to the speaker, the tobacco and alcohol arecheaply available and most of the students engage in sexualintercourse by themselves. Most of the victims are addicted and it isextremely hard for them to desist from the behavior (Orleans &Slade, 2010). According to the speaker at the lecture, the victimshave psychological problems which contribute to these behaviors. Thevictims might be stressed or depressed hence engage in such behaviorsas a way or relieving their stress. Social pressure was also cited asa major cause of certain behaviors which end up becoming addictive.
From the lecture, it was clear that the speaker sought to identifyvarious ways through which students can avoid addictive behavior suchas smoking. He recommends that students should avoid peers who areaddicted to such behaviors. It is also essential not to try using aproduct such as alcohol due to peer pressure. It is within the humaninstinct to try everything new and to find out the outcome (Orleans &Slade, 2010). This is an aspect that the speaker was totally against.
This was an extremely quality talk from a qualified professionalpsychologist who had facts and sufficient backing information at hisdisposal. Any information that he presented was cited to a particularauthor. The speaker quoted numerous other psychologists where heobtained his information from. The lecture was organized well andthere was a session for questions and answer where the audience had achance to ask questions and be answered by the speaker. It is alsoessential to state that the presentation had projections and somephotographs which enhanced the quality of the presentation. Thespeaker repeated his points on several occasions when anyone in theaudience sought for clarification.
I was deeply interested in this lecture due to the sensitivepsychology topic of discussion. Addiction is rife in the universitiesand there need to be enormous research and information in psychologythat seeks to understand this phenomenon. Having participated in aresearch that was researching on this topic, I was extremely excitedto attend the lecture. The information presented in the lecture bythe speaker relates directly to my psychology class and knowledge inpsychology. The knowledge I gained with regard to what is addiction,types of addiction and possible ways of dealing with addiction. Thisknowledge is critical to psychology classes and the course as awhole.
Orleans, C. T., & Slade, J. (2010). Nicotine addiction:Principles and management. New York: Oxford University Press.