Tuesday, September 9, 2014

History of Psychology - Unit 01

This is the video we watched in class.

 You can also watch it directly on Youtube.

Use it to fill out your "Names to Know" and your "Approaches" charts.

If you're ready to have your big brain explode, our friend Hank Green does a great job of laying out the basics of the history of psych too... be ready for some rapid-fire knowledge with this one.

You can watch it directly on Youtube too.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Your Phineas Gage Review - Summer Assignment Part 2: Due Aug. 20

After you have read Phineas Gage and worked on the Phineas Gage Reading Guide Questions you should post your review of the book in the COMMENTS to THIS blog post.    (use the "comment" link below this post) 

Your comment should be a review of the book. A book review is a critical assessment of the book in which you share your opinions (claims) about the book and back up those opinions with examples from the book (evidence). Be sure to describe the story AND the style of the book. 

Some questions you might want to think about as you write: What did you think of the book? What did you find most interesting? What are some new or surprising things you learned from the book? Why do you think Phineas was "lucky" or "unlucky?" Are there other texts (books, movies, etc.) that relate to the story of Phineas? Why or why would you not recommend it to a friend? 

As with the last blog assignment, I will not show the comments until the deadline so everyone has a chance to work on the assignment without being too influenced by other peoples' work. Do not re-send your post multiple times.
Please note: As always you can e-mail me with questions. If you're having trouble with the blog, just e-mail me your comment so you have evidence you completed it before the deadline. 

And just for fun.... 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Blog Post 1- Part 1 of the Summer Assignment - Due July 20

Welcome to AP Psychology at North-Grand!

Be sure to sign up for our Remind 101 text alerts using the code I gave you the last week of school.

Ten Most Revealing Psychology Experiments!

Read all these instructions carefully before beginning!

Go to this link about the Ten Most Revealing Psychology Experiments and read through the summaries of all ten of them. 

***** If the above link is broken (or even if it's not) you can use this as an alternative set of experiments to get you started : 10 Famous Psychology Experiments that Could Never Happen Today  This link is really about the ethics of doing these experiments on humans and animals, but you can use it as a starting point, then use Google to find other sources about the experiments themselves. 

Select one of the experiments that you think is interesting. Click on the link in the summary to start your research about that experiment. Read through the information and seek out other information online. There may be good YouTube videos or other sources you should investigate. You can also look up some of the experiments or the experimenters in your textbook. 

In your comment to THIS BLOG POST please do the following to complete the assignment:

1. Summarize the experiment. Include who did it, when they did it,where they did it, and what they did.
2. Explain the importance of the experiment to our understanding of human behavior. Make a claim about why you think the experiment is considered to have provided a valuable insight into the way people think and/or act?
3. Give one example of how the experiment can be applied to everyday life. You can use yourself or someone you know in the example, or make up an example that you think the experiment might apply to in normal life.
4. At the end of your post include all sources (full URLs, please) and sign the post with your first name and just the initial letter of your last name (for example: Phillip D.)
5. To send your comment please click the "Name/URL" option and put your first name and last initial in the "Name" box. Don't fill in the URL box.  

I strongly suggest that you write your comment in Word or other program first so you can check your spelling etc. and then just paste it into the comments at the end of this post. This will also allow you to save your work in case the blog does something strange. 

Your post should be 3 to 5 paragraphs long and should demonstrate some original thinking on your part. Do not cut-and-paste or copy any text directly.

Your comment will not show up on the blog until close to the due-date, as I want everyone to approach the project without being biased by seeing the posted work of others in the class. If you aren't sure if your comment went through you may e-mail me and I'll let you know. Please don't keep re-sending it over and over. If your comment is too long, it may not let you post it and show an error message. If this happens, try breaking your comment up into 2 or 3 parts and label them appropriately. 

If you have any questions please e-mail me. I usually reply to e-mails within a day or two. Before sending me an e-mail, please read my "How to email a teacher" post from my biology blog ... really. http://cantorsbiologyblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/how-to-send-e-mail-to-teacher-really.html

Keep working on the rest of your summer assignment from the Bernstein Textbook and the Phineas Gage book. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

End of Year Course Evaluation

Congrats on finishing AP Psych!

As you will do in most college classes, you will submit an anonymous course evaluation for AP Psychology. The point of the evaluation is to give me your honest opinion of what went well and what didn't go well for you in this class. I have used feedback from course evaluations to modify the course over the years and plan to make some changes for next year, so your feedback is very important.

Please go to the following link to submit your evaluation.


When done, set the form to accept another response and let another student fill it out.

Thanks much.

-- Mr. Cantor

Friday, May 9, 2014

Consumer Edu Unit - Due Friday May 16th.

Your job is to become an expert on one of the following topics and then teach the important ideas about it to the class. Your final grades in the class and your consumer education credit depend on your project, your presentation and a final exam. Topics:
  1. “Why am I broke all the time?” How and why to do a personal budget.
  2. “What security deposit?” How to rent an apartment.
  3. “Pay myself first? What the…?” The how and why of savings.
  4. “As seen on TV.”  The power of advertising.
  5. “The story of stuff.” How do my buying habits affect the world?
  6. “Scams, spam and getting slammed.” How to avoid getting ripped off online and in the real world.
  7. “I wish my parents were rich.” How to pay for college and not get buried in debt.”
  8. “But I thought I was making 10 bucks an hour!” What to expect from wages. Where does all the money go from your paycheck?
  9. “Pay the man.” How to do your taxes.
  10. “Oh Lord, won’t ya buy me a Mercedes Benz.” How to buy cars and other expensive stuff. (or just take the train)
  11. “A cheeseburger costs $487.63?”  How to avoid credit card debt.
  12. “If it seems too good to be true...” How bad consumer decisions and bad government policy contributed to the recent financial crisis.
  13. “I always use protection!” How insurance can save your butt.
  14.  “But I thought buying this would make me happy” Needs, wants and satisfaction.
Each team must create:
* A one-page handout with key ideas which will be printed and distributed. (10pts)
* An activity so students can practice using the information. This can be a worksheet, a game, an online activity or some other learning tool – must involve real learning, not just a word search etc. (10pts)* A 10 question multiple choice quiz on your topic. (10pts)** In addition to the above, each team must present their information to the class through a PowerPoint presentation, a video, a website or other product(20pts). The presentation should be 10-12 minutes long and the activity should take 10-12 minutes.
All documents must be e-mailed to Mr. Cantor ( ptdworkin-cantor@cps.edu ) by May 22nd at midnight. I will print copies of your handouts and activities.
All documents must have titles that make sense.
Use this format: (color coded) Group NumberTopicType of Document.

For Example: Group01_Budget_Handout.doc, Group02_Renting_Quiz.doc, Group13_Insurance_Presentation.ppt, Group09_Taxes_Activity.docx

As you work - save your files often, and be sure to e-mail the most recent version to your partner(s) at the end of every class/work session. Losing your file is not an acceptable excuse for late or incomplete work. 

Here are some links to resources for our Consumer Education unit. You may and should use other sources, but these should get you started.

1 - Why am I broke all the time?

2 - What security deposit?

3 - Pay myself first?

4 - As seen on TV:

5 - The story of stuff. 

6 - Scams, spam and getting slammed:

7 - I wish my parents were rich!

8 - But I thought I was making 10 bucks an hour...

9 - Pay the man.

10 - Oh Lord, Won't ya buy me a Mercedes Benz..

11 - A cheeseburger costs $487.63!

12  - How Insurance can save your butt...
13. “But I thought buying this would make me happy” Needs, wants and satisfaction.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Social Psychology Videos

If you're looking for review resources scroll down to the previous blog posts from March 24 and April 22.


The Bystander Effect... what would you do?

This happened last year in NYC it looks like a 31 year-old Guatemalan man named Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax was stabbed on the street in New York City and many pedestrians walked right past him as he died. You can read the story and see a surveillance video here.

Read more about the bystander effect here

The Bystander Effect/Diffusion of Responsibility video we saw in class is below or here

Asch's Conformity

Solomon Asch's conformity study showed how easily people will give an obviously wrong answer when other people are giving that same answer. Watch the video at the link below:

Milgram's Obedience

Stanley Milgram's obedience study was recently partly replicated by ABC's Prime Time show. Watch how easily people follow orders even when they know the orders are wrong.

Zimbardo's Prison Roles

Philip Zimbardo's experiment about how roles affect behavior is known as the "Stanford Prison Experiment." Those playing inmates became passive while those playing guards became aggressive. Subjects' real identities seemed to pale in comparison to the roles they played so much that the experiment had to be stopped after a few days. Who knows what would have happened if the experiment had gone on for two full weeks.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More review resources and a reminder...

Don't forget to sign up for Learnerator... follow the instructions I gave you in class to get the special NGHS discount.  http://www.learnerator.com/ap-psychology This is a great resource to practice and learn what you don't know. REALLY!!! USE IT!!!!

Use the AP Psychology Score Calculator http://appass.com/calculators/psychology to see what it takes to get a 3, 4 or 5. Move the sliders and hit "calculate" to see the score.

REMINDER: The creative review assignment is due on the 25th.... at least a rough draft.

Creative Project for AP Psych Review     Project due April 25th – 

You may work alone or with up to a total of 3 people.
  • Pick any content from any chapter and make a video that will help your fellow students understand and remember the psych knowledge.
  • The psych knowledge in the song should be accurate, but you may get creative and have fun with it.

1. Write a Psych Song;
  • Pick a song that most students will recognize or write your own song. It can be a nursery rhyme or any genre of music. (It must be at least a chorus and 3 verses)
  • Write new lyrics that relate to psych in the song. You can use any topics in psych from any chapter. The song must have AT LEAST 5 psychological terms used correctly.
  • You must e-mail and turn in a hard copy of the song with the name of the original song and artist on the top of the paper, your new lyrics and the names of all group members.
  • If I can find a karaoke version of the song I will buy it and you can perform the song for the class. – If you are writing an original song you can send me a track or bring your instrument.

2. Make a Psych Video
  • The video must be between 2 and 4 minutes (not including credits) and contain AT LEAST 5 psychological terms used correctly.
  • You should e-mail me the video and/or post it on YouTube so I can show it in class and link to it from our blog.
  • Credits should include the names of all participants and a list of all sources used.

3. Do some Other Creative Project

  • You can use performance, stand-up comedy, painting, comics, sculpture, poetry, blog, animation, dance, spoken word, mime… to show what you know and teach it to us
  • The piece of art must include AT LEAST 5 psychological terms used correctly
  • Check in with me for approval of your idea by April 11th