This page will include examples that would demonstrate how a psychological concept would relate to a situation in which you got in some sort of trouble with your parents or [[#|school]] or the cops. Blame how you got into trouble on a psych concept.



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    1. Either complete the partial thought of "So basically I got in trouble because..." like the first few examples below or edit someone else's example to make it make more sense.
    2. ALWAYS USE PSYCHOLOGICAL TERMS FROM PSYCHLOPEDIA in your examples. And use them in context! Justify why by using words like "Because."
    3. Link to the term that you used with the link button. At the end of the year we will take all of these mini examples and try to construct them into a best of list.
    4. If a term was already used once... make sure you use it in a different way.




  • Basically I got in trouble because I was asleep in class, and I was in the REM cycle causing me to have sleep paralysis . So when my teacher tried to wake me up, I just fell over because I couldn't move. Therefore I received a wild cat hour detention.
  • Basically I got into trouble with my girlfriend because natural selection has adapted the male mind to check out every girl he sees. Think about it, men with a greater sex drive have reproduced more and have created men who have greater sex drives through natural selection.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I crossed Mrs. Smith's absolute threshold for muttered curse words. I thought she wouldn't hear me.
  • Basically I got in trouble because when my mom asked me to turn down my music I turned it down enough so that I could just notice a difference, therefore, exceeding my difference threshold. However, it was below my mom's difference threshold because she couldn't tell a difference at all. So instead she made me turn my music off completely.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I have insomnia and since I can't sleep, I went to school the next day in a bad mood and yelled at my teacher.
  • Basically I got in trouble because my mom was talking very softly and her voice didn't cross my absolute threshold. Therefore when I didn't do what she asked; she yelled at me.
  • Basically I got in trouble because Sleep Paralysis did not take hold of my body during REM Sleep and I scared my mom by sleepwalking into her room at 2 in the morning. She would not believe I was innocent.
  • Basically I got in trouble because when I was driving, there was a car on my right and I did not detect the signal. When I finally saw the car I swerved just in time to miss it. According to the Signal Detection Theory, The signal was present, at first I missed it but at the last moment I saw the car so it was a hit.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I was blasting my music in my headphones and couldn't hear my mom calling my name, but when she slightly raised her voice I had heard her because it just passed my Absolute Threshold.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I didn't turn my loud music down enough for it to cross my moms difference threshold.
  • Basically I got in trouble because when my mother called my name while I was in the basement and she was on the top floor the amplitude of her voice did not cross my absolute threshold.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I could not pay attention to my teacher after being woken up in stage four of my sleep cycle, which meant that my brain needed time to start up again, and five seconds was just not long enough.
  • Basically I got in trouble because my Algebra teacher had e-mailed my parents notifying them about my bad grade in the class, causing them to strip my phone from me until my grade had improved. By taking away the stimulus that was distracting me which was my phone, my parents had used Negative Punishment on me to encourage an improvement and more positive grades.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I flipped my sister off at dinner for calling me names so my mom took my phone as a negative reinforcement so that I wouldn't do it again BUT I will if I have to I'll just make sure mom isn't looking.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I tried to use classical conditioning on my little brother to make him hate popsicles by dipping them in olive juice.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I decided it would be fun to use observational learning to manipulate my brother and showed him a video of a child drawing on the wall. Then I used positive reinforcement by giving him candy after he drew, but my mom saw me congratulating his work and used positive punishment so that I had to clean all of the walls in the room.
  • Basically I got in trouble because some stranger stole my umbrella, which caused negative reinforcement because I stood out in the rain. Then, when I walked in my house my mom yelled at me for being all wet and getting mud all over the floors. Which is more negative reinforcement so I got the double dose of negative reinforcement today.
  • Basically I got in trouble because variable ratio schedules got me into gambling.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I didn't turn in my homework and my teacher emailed my mom, when i got home she took my phone, which is negative punishment.
  • Basically I got in trouble for slacking off during work. Because I get paid on a fixed interval schedule, I knew I didn't have to work extra hours in order to earn my money. As a result, when I had to cover for an employee and work extra hours I shouldn't have, I didn't do my job properly, and got scolded by my manager. That served as positive punishment and I knew that I shouldn't slack off again, unless if I wanted to get an earful of insults.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I lied to my parents about where I was one night. When I got home, my parents grounded me from being out past 10, which is negative punishment because they took away my freedom.
  • Basically I got in trouble because i yelled at my brother to shut up, which is negative reinforcement, because he stopped talking so much.
  • Basically I got in trouble because i spent too much money at the mall so my dad took away my credit card to teach me a lesson, this is a perfect example of negative punishment.
  • Basically I got in trouble because when my cell phone rang at the party it didn't cross my absolute threshold and therefore my mom decided to use negative punishment and take away my cell phone.
  • Basically, I got in trouble because I went out and pierced my nose after my parents told me I couldn't. Then they found out and took away my laptop for a month. This is an example of negative punishment because they took away something I liked.
  • Basically I got in trouble because my procedural memory failed me, I forgot to grease the pan before making brownies, then they got all gooey and stuck to the sides of the pan making it impossible to get them out.
  • Basically I got in trouble because my mom gave me a list of items to get at the grocery store, but i lost the list on my way there. The serial position effect only allowed me to remember the first and last few things on the list, so i came home missing half the items she needed.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I had mood-congruent memory and started laughing hysterically at a old memory of my mom being pushed in the pool, but when I was laughing my mom was yelling at me to clean the kitchen
  • Basically I got in trouble because I primed my friend's memory so that he answered my questions the way I wanted him to; apparently, it's frowned upon to manipulate another's response to stimuli.
  • Basically I got in trouble because my ability to lie was very inifficient, and my momsability to detect even the slightest bit of tension in my eyes was justified by her high emotional intelligence.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I was ready to leave a party early and my mother wasn't, but I continued to rush her andbe a brat so she took my phone and keys. This is an example ofnegative punishmentbecause I need my phone to make plans and I need my keys to go places and get back inside of the house.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I blamed my bad test score in AP Lang on the fact that I have no control over the grade I got because I'm just a bad test taker. This is an example of external locus of control because I believed that I had no control over what happened to me
  • Basically I got in trouble because I ran out of my class room when I was unprepared for a test. i ran because of my bodies fight or flight response.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I did bad on a math test. I forgot the algorithm needed to do well on the test.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I lied to my parents and as soon as I started trembling and nervously shaking, I got caught all thanks to acute stress.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I had no other choice. It was a classic __avoidance-avoidance__ situation, I had to pick between running late to class for the third time and getting a detention or running away from class, which would lead me down a road of bad behavior eventually landing me in jail up to three times. Although these are equally (in my opinion at least) terrible things, no matter what it would end me up in trouble. Though I had a choice in which path to take (to the classroom? or past the classroom?) neither of them were ones i wished to take.
  • Basically I got into trouble because I burst into a fit of hysterics while Mrs. Stratton gave the morning announcements. I simply do not have emotional intelligence.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I lied to my mom about me doing my homework, and she caught me because I was not making eye contact with her; she was aware of the signs of lying, the deception cues.
  • Basically I got in trouble because my parents believed a polygraph test over me, I was telling the truth but being connected to a "lie detector" while being nervous is not a great idea.
  • Basically I got in trouble because a little baby duckling was following me around everywhere, but it wasn't my fault. I had been the first moving thing it had seen when it came out of the egg, and that made it attached to me through imprinting.
  • Basically I got in trouble because I listened to my id instead of my superego. That "little devil on my shoulder" told me to take the candy from the store, that no one would ever notice!