Friday, February 16, 2018

Unit 11 Motivation and Emotion

Notes DUE Mon 2/26
Flash Cards DUE Wed 2/28
Concept Map  DUE Thu 3/1
QUIZ *** Fri 3/2  

Do you understand the KEY IDEAS? Theories of Motivation, Instinct, Drives, Homeostasis, Arousal, Hunger & Food Motivations, Sex Motivations, Achievement Motivations, Autonomic Nervous System, Eating Disorders, Role of parts of hypothalamus (ventromedial and lateral)

TIME TO GET YOUR AP REVIEW BOOK!!! You may be able to snag one at a Chicago Public Library, or get one from a friend who took the class last year. Otherwise you can get one on Amazon or another bookstore. You don't need the most recent edition... getting one that's one or two years old can save you a bunch money. 
Use these resources to understand the basics of motivation and emotion. 

The power of MOTIVATION! 

...and Hank on EMOTION and over-sharing... Kanye, we're talking to you...

...and Hank on EMOTIONS and STRESS!
...and Hank discusses the psychology of sexuality

What's the difference between sex and gender? What about sexual orientation, and gender expression? This info-graphic is helpful.

What Motivated Mike?
Here is a great Nike spot with Michael Jordan talking about how failure has helped him to succeed. Thanks for reminding me of this one, Mr. Niebuhr.

If the above play button does not appear or work you can try the link below.

If the video won't play, here is the quote that Michael Jordan states during the commercial. Base your answer on this quote.

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
-- Michael Jordan

What do you think motivated Michael Jordan become the greatest basketball player of his era and one of the greatest in the history of the game?

Anorexia, Bulimia and other Eating Disorders... The PBS NOVA video, Dying to Be Thin is a powerful examination of anorexia. You can watch the full video here.

Here is an interesting article about the distinction between eating disorders and disordered eating:

There is a support group for people with eating disorders called ANAD- The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Their website has resources on eating disorders.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Unit 10 Intelligence Cognitive Abilities and Testing

Notes: Thu 2/8/18      
Concept Map Mon 2/12/18  

Flash Cards: Mon 2/12/18                           
Unit QUIZ  Tue 2/13/18   

Hank on Intelligence

The controversy...

Brains and bias...

Here is the LINK to the video about the Australian Aboriginal children and their superior intelligence about the natural world.

With many caveats... here is a sample IQ test. Remember, this is not a valid test. It is only to give you an idea of the types of questions which appear on some IQ tests.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Unit 9 Chapter 9 Consciousness

Notes                                      due Wed 1/24
Dream Journal Check:         due Fri 1/19 and Tues 1/30
Flash Cards:                          due Tues 1/30  MONDAY 1/29
Unit QUIZ                             Wed 1/31  TUESDAY 1/30

Meditation - an altered state of consciousness?
How can meditation help you live a fuller and more balanced life? Andy Puddicombe discusses how it helps him live in the "present moment"... and he juggles a little too.

Starting to meditate? 
Here are links to a couple of online meditation timers. They can help you concentrate on your meditation because you don't have to worry about how much time has passed.

There are many interesting and useful meditation timer apps too.

And some videos from Hank...

Prosopagnosia: What if you could see normally but could not recognize faces... even your own? 
Writer Oliver Sacks of "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" fame has this condition and discusses his latest book about prosopagnosia in this interview from a public radio program called "To the Best of Our Knowledge." You can hear the interview and read the transcript at the following link: 

Videos on Consciousness

Discovering Psychology program 13 "The Mind Awake and Asleep" is at 

Discovering Psychology program 14 "The Mind Hidden and Divided" is at

Article: The Meaning of Dreams by Jonathan Winson
Read it HERE - Are dreams symbolic, just random or are they a crucial step in processing memories? 


What is hypnosis? A state of heightened suggestibility with real effects in the brain.  

Here is a blog post about what hypnosis ISN'T ... 8 Popular Myths About Hypnosis 

Mouse Party?

What would you see inside the brains of mice who were taking drugs? This interactive website gives you a glimpse inside the brains and synapses of mice on drugs including alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, meth, ecstasy, and LSD.

Identify how each drug affects the brain. What neurotransmitter(s) does it affect? Is it inhibitory or excitatory? Does it block re-uptake or work some other way? Which parts of the brain are most affected?

You can explore other effects of drugs of abuse here

Dream Journal  - You should be making entries into your dream journal every day. If you don't remember a dream from the night, you should write about what emotions or thoughts you had upon awakening. If you don't have anything to enter for a day, you should write about a dream you had some time in the past - even the distant past. 

The point of the dream journal assignment is to get you to pay attention to your dreams and to start to think about various theories of dream interpretation to see if you think they apply.