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Study Skills and Memory
 Assignment Resources
After watching video #1 in class, take notes on videos 2-4 using a different note-taking method on each one.  Can be typed or written.
Due Next class period (mon or tues)
Crash Course
#1 Taking Notes
#2  Reading Assignments
#3 Memory
#4 Planning and Organization
#5 Focus and Conversation (no notes on this one, but you should still watch it!)

Units 1 & 2:  Approaches and Research Methods
       Approaches A. Scientific Method

B. Research Methods

C. Problems/Solutions

D. Statistics

E. Ethics in Psychological Research
 Essential Questions:
  1. Why are the answers that flow from the scientific approach more reliable than those based on intuition and common sense?

  2. What are three main components of the scientific attitude?

  3. How do theories advance psychological science?

  4. How do psychologists observe and describe behavior?

  5. Can laboratory experiments illuminate everyday life?

  6. Why do psychologists study animals, and is it ethical to experiment on animals?

  7. Is it ethical to experiment on people?

  8. Is psychology free of value judgments?
 Documents     Resources
Unit 1 Reading Guide (optional)

Outrageous Celebrity Activity

 Research Methods Notes

Unit 2 Reading Guide (mandatory)

Answer Key for Unit 1 Book Quizzes

Answer Key for Unit 2 Book Quizzes

I Have Who Has Review
Crash Course:  Intro to Psychology #1 (History and important people)

Structuralism Vs Functionalism

CC: Psychological Research #2

Why People Believe Weird Things (Ted: Michael Shermer)
The Pattern of Self-Deception (Michael Shermer: 2010)

James Randi (The Amazing Randi) TedTalk
James Randi:  Secrets of Psychics Documentary

Jonestown Cult Suicides (Documentary)

Exploring Correlation (BC Website)

  Milgrim's Experiment (Entire Documentary)
Milgrim's Obedience Experiment (Summary)

The Stanford Prison Experiment
Blog:  An Important but Rarely Discussed Lesson

Unit 3: Biological Basis of Behavior

        A. Neuroanatomy

        B. Neurological Processes

C. Nervous System

D. Neural Transmission

E. Endocrine System

F. The Brain

G. Genetics
 Essential Questions:
  1. What are neurons, and how do they transmit information?

  2. How do nerve cells communicate with other nerve cells?

  3. How do neurotransmitters influence behavior, and how do drugs and other chemicals affect neurotransmission?

  4. What are the functions of the nervous system’s main divisions?

  5. How does the endocrine system – the body’s slower information system – transmit its messages?

  6. How do neuroscientists study the brain’s connections to behavior and mind?

  7. What are the functions of important lower-level brain structures?

  8. What functions are served by the various cerebral cortex regions?

  9. What do split brains reveal about the functions of our two brain hemispheres?
 Documents     Resources
Unit 3 Biospsych Notes

Unit 3 Biological Psych Reading Guide

Neurotransmitter Chart
NT Chart Answers

Pick Your Brain Project
Brain Parts Functions Chart 

Answer Key for Book Quizzes

Brain Hat Instructions
Blank Hats

Suggestions for Review:
Review Session During Lunch
I Have Who Has
Questions in the book

Crash Course:

Helpful Sites
Brain Games (Nat Geo)

Why the Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone,  and Should Protect Their Brains (article)
This is Your Brain on Heroin


Brain Injury

Unit 4:  Sensation and Perception

      A. Sensation

B. Sensory Processes

C. Sensory Adaptation

D. Psychophysics

E. Perception
 Essential Questions:
  1. What are sensation and perception? What do we mean by bottom-up processing and top-down processing?

  2. What are the absolute and difference thresholds, and do stimuli below the absolute threshold have any influence?

  3. What is the function of sensory adaptation?

  4. What is the energy that we see as visual light?

  5. What are the characteristics of air pressure waves that we hear as sound?

  6. How do the eye and ear transform light and sound energy into neural messages?

  7. How do we experience each of the body’s senses?

  8. How do Gestalt psychologists understand perceptual organization?

  9. How adaptable is our ability to perceive?

  10. How do our expectations, contexts, and emotions influence our perceptions?
 Documents     Resources
Unit 4 Sensation and Perception Notes

Sensation and Perception Reading Guide

Participate in a Psych study online; Class code 10281

Online Psychology Lab

Best Song For Reducing Anxiety (tested by neuroscientists)

Answer Key for Book Quizzes

Stereogram Slides
Crash Course:  


 Vision and Optical Illusions



Pleasure and Pain (Ted-Ed)


Unit 5:  States of Consciousness

      A. Consciousness

B. Sleep

C. Dreaming

D. Hypnosis and Meditation

E. Drugs and Consciousness
 Essential Questions:
  1. What is consciousness?

  2. How much information do we consciously attend to at once?

  3. How do our biological rhythms influence our daily functioning and our sleep and dreams?

  4. What is the biological rhythm of our sleep?

  5. What is sleep’s function?

  6. How does loss of sleep affect us?

  7. What are the major sleep disorders?

  8. What is the function of dreams?

  9. What are the functions of hypnosis and meditation?

  10. What are tolerance, dependence, and addiction?
 Documents     Resources
 Unit 5 S of C Notes

States of Consciousness Reading Guide

Answers to Book Quizzes

Sleep Study Instructions and data template

Assignment for Friday 11/17
You can discuss with a partner but this is to be done individually and due the next class period.
Drugs and Addiction Assignment
Mouse Party
Science of Addiction

Extra Assignment Videos
Sleepless in America (Nat Geo Docu; 90min)
Sleepless in America Video Worksheet
Inception Movie Optional Assignment
Crash Course
Altered States #10 (Hypnosis, Drugs, Hallucinations)

The Psychology of Gratitude

Unit 6: Learning

      A. Classical Conditioning

B. Operant Conditioning

C. Social Learning

D. Factors of Learning (Biological,             Cognitive)

E. Punishment
 Essential Questions:
  1. What are some basic forms of learning?

  2. What is classical conditioning, and how did Pavlov’s work influence behaviorism?

  3. In classical conditioning, what are the processes of acquisition, extinction, spontaneous recovery, generalization, and discrimination?

  4. Why is Pavlov’s work important?

  5. What is operant conditioning, and how does it differ from classical conditioning?

  6. What are the basic types of reinforcers?

  7. How do different reinforcement schedules affect behavior?

  8. How does punishment affect behavior?

  9. Do cognitive processes and biological constraints affect operant conditioning?

  10. What is observational learning, and how is it enabled by mirror neurons?
 Documents     Resources
Unit 6 Learning Notes 

Learning Theory Reading Guide

Classical Conditioning Practice
Classical Conditioning Scenarios

Operant Cond: Types of Consequences

Sensitivity to Punishment or Reward Survey

Answers to Book Quizzes

Practice Quizzes

Crash Course
How to Train a Brain #11
The Bobo Beatdown #12

The Psychology of Spanking

Your phone is trying to control your life
This Panda is dancing
Time Well Spent Website
Brain Hacking (60 Minutes) Part 1

Unit 7: Cognition

A. Processes of Memory (Encoding,             Storage, Retrieval)

B. Stages of Memory (Sensory, Short-

            term, Long-term)

C. Forgetting

D. Thinking

E. Problem Solving F. Language

 Essential Questions:
  1. How do psychologists describe the human memory system?

  2. What information do we encode automatically?  What information do we encode effortfully, and how does the distribution of practice influence retention?

  3. What is sensory memory?

  4. What are the duration and capacity of short-term and long-term memory?

  5. How does the brain store our memories?

  6. How do we get information out of memory?

  7. Why do we forget?

  8. How do misinformation, imagination, and source amnesia influence our memory construction? How real-seeming are false memories?

  9. How can an understanding of memory contribute to more effective study techniques?
 Documents     Resources
Unit 7 Cognition Notes -Memory 
Notes - Thinking, Problem Solving, Language

Cognition Reading Guide (feel free to space it out before printing)

Online Practice Quiz (from APPsychology.com)

Answer Key to Book Quizzes

Crash Course


Unit 8: Motivation and Emotion

      A. Biological Bases

B. Theories of Motivation

C. Hunger, Thirst, Sex, and Pain

D. Social Motives

E. Theories of Emotion

F. Stress

 Essential Questions:
  1. From what perspectives do psychologists view motivated behavior?

  2. What physiological factors produce hunger?

  3. What psychological and cultural factors influence hunger?

  4. How do anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder demonstrate the influence of psychological forces on physiologically motivated behaviors?

  5. What stages mark the human sexual response cycle?

  6. How do internal and external stimuli influence sexual behavior?

  7. What has research taught us about sexual orientation?

  8. What is the role of organizational psychologists?

  9. What are the components of an emotion?

  10. How do we communicate nonverbally? Are nonverbal expressions of emotion universally understood?

  11. What is stress, and what types of events provoke stress responses?

  12. What factors affect our ability to cope with stress?
 Documents     Resources
Unit 8 Motivation and Emotion Notes 
Stress Notes

Motivation and Emotion Reading Guide

Motivational Theories Playlist Activity

Sensation Seeking Scale

Inside Out Movie Questions

Type A/ Type B Test

Test Your Stress
15 minutes of Me Stress Test

Crash Course
The Power of Motivation
Feeling All the Feels
Emotion, Stress, and Health
Let's Talk About Sex

Hierarchy of Needs Ratouille

Why is being scared so fun?

The Science of Inside Out (article)
Inside Out's Take on the Brain: Neuroscientist's Perspective (article)

"The Mask You Live In" Documentary

Midterm Resources
Study Schedule 

Review Guide (use this to write statements relating the material to yourself)

Review Suggestions
- Do practice quiz on albert.io.  Top scorers will get a prize!
- Make your notes meaningful!  For each unit, write out concepts using examples from class or your life.

Quilt Review

Kahoot! Review Game

2012 Released AP Exam

Unit 9: Development

A. The Life Span

B. Prenatal Development and the Newborn

C. Infancy and Childhood

D. Adolescence

E. Adulthood

 Essential Questions:
  1. How does life develop before birth?

  2. What are some newborn abilities, and how do researchers explore infants’ mental abilities?

  3. During infancy and childhood, how do the brain and motor skills develop?

  4. From the perspective of Piaget and today’s researchers, how does a child’s mind develop?

  5. How do parent-infant attachment bonds form?

  6. What physical changes mark adolescence?

  7. How did Piaget, Kohlberg, and later researchers describe adolescent cognitive and moral development?

  8. What are the social tasks and challenges of adolescence?

  9. What is emerging adulthood?

  10. What physical changes occur during middle and late adulthood?

  11. How do memory and intelligence change with age?

  12. What themes and influences mark our social journey from early adulthood to death?
 Documents     Resources
Unit 9 Development Notes

Development Reading Guide 

EAS Temperament Survey

Parental Authority Questionnaire 
(Interpretation of Results are in the slideshow; can pertain to any caregiver)

Gender Revolution Guide

Objective Measure of Ego Identity Status
OM-EIS Scoring

Extra Assignment:
The Brain with David Eagleman:  What Makes Me?
Video Worksheet

I Have Who Has Review

Crash Course:
The Growth of Knowledge #18
Monkeys and Morality #19
Adolescence #20

How Your Attachment Style Impacts Your Relationships (article)

The Secret Life of The Brain
The Secret Life of the Brain: The Baby's Brain (9 min)
The Secret Life of the Baby's Brain (54 min)
Teenage Brain (54 min)
Adult Brain (54min)
The Aging Brain (54 min)

Insight into the Teenage Brain (Tedx)

Gender and Sexuality
Reimer Twins
6 genders of Judaism
APA on Sexual Orientation (website)

Unit 10:  Personality

       A. Theories of Personality

B. Assessment Techniques

C. Self-Concept/Self-Esteem

D. Growth and Adjustment

 Essential Questions:
  1. What was Freud’s view of personality and its development?

  2. How did Freud think people defended themselves against anxiety?

  3. What are projective tests, and how are they used?

  4. How do contemporary psychologists view Freud and the unconscious?

  5. How did humanistic psychologists view personality, and what was their goal in studying personality?

  6. How did humanistic psychologists assess a person’s sense of self?

  7. How do psychologists use traits to describe personality?

  8. What are personality inventories, and what are their strengths and weaknesses as trait-assessment tools?

  9. In the view of the social-cognitive psychologists, what mutual influences shape an individual’s personality?

  10. Are we helped or hindered by high self-esteem?
 Documents     Resources
 Unit 10 Personality Notes

Personality Reading Guide

Personality FRQ Choice

Defense Mechanisms Extra Assignment
Crash Course
Rorschach & Freudians #21
Measuring Personality #22

Myers Briggs Personality Test
16 Personalities Test
Jungian Personality Test (PsychCentral.com)
Inkblot Test
The Big 5 Project: Personality Test

Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (SES)

Optimism Test

PopCulture Personalities (Harry Potter, Grey's Anatomy, Star Wars, Etc)

Presidential Personality Traits

Unit 11:  Testing and Individual Differences

      A. Standardization and Norms

B. Reliability and Validity

C. Types of Tests

D. Ethics and Standards in Testing

E. Intelligence

F. Heredity/Environment and  


G. Human Diversity

 Essential Questions:
  1. What argues for and against considering intelligence as one general mental ability?

  2. How do Gardner’s and Sternberg’s theories of multiple intelligences differ?

  3. What makes up emotional intelligence?

  4. When and why were intelligence tests created?

  5. What is the difference between aptitude and achievement tests, and how can we develop and evaluate them?

  6. How stable are intelligence scores over the lifespan?

  7. What are the traits of those at the low and high intelligence extremes?

  8. What does evidence reveal about hereditary and environmental influences on intelligence?

  9. How and why do gender and racial groups differ in mental ability scores?

  10. Are intelligence tests inappropriately biased?
 Documents     Resources
Unit 11 Testing and Individual Dif. Notes

Unit 11 Reading Guide

Multiple Intelligences Activity
MI Teacher Suggestions
Crash Course
Controversy of Intelligence #23

"The World Needs All Kinds of Minds" Temple Grandin TedTalk 

Tests (Remember not to take any of these seriously)
Mensa Workout Test
Wechsler Adult IQ Test
Multiple Intelligences Test
Emotional Intelligence Test
E IQ Test #2

The Battle of the Brains Doc

Unit 12/13:  Clinical Psychology

       A. Definitions of Abnormality

B. Classification and the DSM-IV

C. Anxiety Disorders

D. Dissociative Disorders

E. Somatoform Disorders

F. Mood Disorders

G. Schizophrenic Disorders

H. Personality Disorders

I. Treatment Approaches

J. Types of Therapy

K. Preventative Approaches

 Essential Questions:
  1. How should we draw the line between normality and disorder?

  2. What perspectives can help us understand psychological disorders?

  3. How and why do clinicians classify psychological disorders?

  4. What are anxiety disorders, and how do they differ from ordinary worries and fears?

  5. What produces the thoughts and feelings that mark anxiety disorders?

  6. What are somatoform disorders?

  7. What are dissociative disorders, and why are they controversial?

  8. What are mood disorders, and what forms do they take?

  9. What patterns of thinking, perceiving, feeling, and behaving characterize schizophrenia?

  10. What causes schizophrenia?

  11. What characteristics are typical of personality disorders?

  12. How many people suffer, or have suffered, from a psychological disorder?

  13. What are the aims and methods of psychoanalysis, and how have they been adapted in psychodynamic therapy?

  14. What are the basic themes of humanistic therapy, such as Rogers’ client-centered approach?

  15. What are the assumptions and techniques of the behavior therapies?

  16. What are the goals and techniques of the cognitive therapies?

  17. What are the aims and benefits of group and family therapy?

  18. Are some therapies more effective than others?

  19. How do culture and values influence the therapist-client relationship?

  20. What are the drug therapies?  What criticisms have been leveled against drug therapies?

  21. How, by caring for their bodies with a healthy life-style, might people find some relief from depression?

  22. What is the rationale for preventive mental health programs?
 Documents     Resources
 Unit 12 Abnormal Psych Notes

Unit 12 Reading Guide

DSM-5 Major Disorders

DSM-5 Case Studies

Other Disorders Student Slides

Unit 13 Treatment Notes

Unit 13 Reading Guide

Therapy Skits Assignment

Treatment for Mental Disorders (SAMHSA)

Basic Counseling Sample Sessions

Case Study using CBT

Transcripts of Therapy Sessions
(psychoanalysis, person-centered, cognitive, behavioral)
Crash Course:
Psychological Disorders #28
OCD & Anxiety Disorders #29
Depressive and Bipolar Disorders #29
Trauma and Addiction #30
Schizophrenia & Dissociative Disorders #31

History of Mental Illness Treatment
History of the Madhouse Doc
Why are we using prisons to treat mental illness?
History of Mental Healthcare

Anxiety, OCD, PTSD
Taylor Manifest Anxiety Scale
Neil Hilborn OCD
Howie Mandel Talks OCD
How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime (TedMed)
Find your ACE score
"It's Time to Tell Your Kids It Doesn't Matter Where they go to College" (article)

Depression & Bipolar
Zung Self-Rating Scale
"Shamless" episode about Ian's Bipolar disorder
I Jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge
Suicide:  The Ripple Effect (website)

Kim Noble as an artist
Kim's Background Story (article)

Changes from DSM-IV to DSM-5 

Silent Epidemic:  Mental Health in Schools (NPR)
New Pressures for Perfection Contribute to Rise in Teen Suicide (Article)

What if we talked about physical health in the absurd way we talk about mental health?

20/20 Digital Addiction
How Cell Phones are like Slot Machines

Unit 14: Social Psychology

      A. Group Dynamics

B. Social Thinking

C. Social Influence

D. Conformity, Compliance, and  


E. Social Relations

 Essential Questions:
  1. How do we tend to explain others’ behavior and our own?

  2. Does what we think affect what we do,. Or does what we do affect what we think?

  3. What do experiments on conformity and compliance reveal about the power of social influence?

  4. How is our behavior affected by the presence of others or by being part of a group?

  5. What is prejudice?  What are its social, emotional, and cognitive roots?

  6. What psychological factors may trigger aggressive behavior?

  7. Why do we befriend or fall in love with some people but not with others?

  8. How do social traps and mirror-image perceptions fuel social conflict?

  9. How can we transform feelings of prejudice, aggression, and conflict into attitudes that promote peace?
 Documents     Resources
Unit 14 Social Psych Notes 

Unit 14 Reading Guide

Aggression Scale

Love Attitudes Scale

The Evolution of Trust (Game Theory)
Fun Conformity examples
Brain Games Conformity and Social Proof
Conformity in an Elevator
Standing Ovation
Behavior Lab Conformity

Project Implicit (Harvard)

Elizabeth Haines on Gender Stereotyping

Beautiful by Choice

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