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The Psychology of

The Walking Dead


Kirsten Krause
AP Psychology G
Motivation
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:
Physiological Needs

● the need to satisfy hunger thirst


Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:
Self-Actualization Needs

● the need to live up to our fullest uni ue


potential
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:
Safety Needs

● the need to feel that the world is organized and


predictable; the need to feel safe
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:
Belongingness & Love Needs

● the need to love and be loved, to belong and be


accepted; need to avoid loneliness and separation
Catharsis

● emotional release
Social Psychology
Altruism

● unsel ish regard for the welfare of others


Ingroup

● “us” -- people with whom we share a common


identity
Outgroup

● “them” -- those perceived as different or apart


from our ingroup
Ingroup Bias

● the tendency to favor our own group


Aggression

● physical or verbal behavior intended to hurt


someone
Biology
Central Nervous System (CNS)

● the brain and spinal cord


Synapses

● the junction between the axon tip of the sending


neuron and the dendrite or cell body of the
receiving neuron. The tiny gap at this junction is
called the synaptic gap or synaptic cleft
Brainstem

● the oldest part and central core of the brain,


beginning where the spinal cord swells as it
enters the skull; responsible for automatic
survival functions
Frontal Lobes

● portion of the cerebral cortex lying just behind


the forehead; involved in speaking and muscle
movements and in making plans and decisions
Re lex

● a simple, automatic response to a sensory stimuli


Personality
The “Big Five” Personality Traits:
Conscientiousness: Shane

Organized Disorganized

Careful Careless

Disciplined Impulsive
The “Big Five” Personality Traits:
Agreeableness: Negan

Soft-hearted Ruthless

Trusting Suspicious

Helpful Uncooperative
The “Big Five” Personality Traits:
Neuroticism (emotional stability): Eugene

Calm Anxious

Secure Insecure

Self-satis ied Self-pitying


The “Big Five” Personality Traits:
Openness: Gareth

Imaginative Practical

Preference for Preference for


Variety Routine
Independent Conforming
The “Big Five” Personality Traits:
Extraversion: Enid

Sociable Retiring

Fun-loving Sober

Affectionate Reserved