Psych Q related to an AAMC qs

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Psych Q related to an AAMC qs

Postby khadeja » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:10 pm

How can we differentiate between gender schemas, gender scripts, gender conditioning and gender adaptation?
The AAMC explanation is very vague!
(this is question 16 from the Guide Questions)
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Re: Psych Q related to an AAMC qs

Postby NS_Tutor_Andrew » Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:54 pm

Hi khadeja,

Let's start w/ C and D, for which the AAMC explains that they are terms that "do not refer to an actual concept." The snarky explanation aside, it's an important point to notice -- answers for the Psych/Soc section must include terms that have been technically defined and are included in a textbook. Gender conditioning and gender adaptation sound like plausible concepts, and we could imagine what they mean, but they're not found in psychology/sociology curricula, so they're not within scope for the MCAT. This points to the importance of familiarizing yourself w/ specific terminology. On the other hand, using general reasoning skills to determine which answer choices sound plausible can benefit you to some extent, but runs into limitations for a Q like this.

Re: the difference between gender schema and gender script, a schema is a more general cognitive framework, and a script is a more specific plan about how to behave in a given situation. To take a non-gender-related example, imagine our attitudes towards customer service at a restaurant or some similar context. The idea that in general, customer-facing employees should be helpful, upbeat, positive, ensure a great experience, etc. would be a schema, while a script would be more like a routine set of interactions like going up a table, saying "Hi! How are you doing today? Have you decided on something to eat yet? ... etc."

Hope this clarifies matters, and thanks for the great question :)
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Re: Psych Q related to an AAMC qs

Postby khadeja » Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:04 pm

Yessir! It does indeed! :)

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