Sunday, June 15, 2014

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

Welcome to AP Psychology at North-Grand!

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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. 

Select one of the experiments that you think is interesting. Click on the link in the summary to start your research about that experiment. (the link to #3 is broken, but you can use this link to get started.) 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 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.

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 ( ) 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. This is a great resource to practice and learn what you don't know. REALLY!!! USE IT!!!!

Use the AP Psychology Score Calculator 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

Monday, March 31, 2014

Unit 14 - Personality Blog Post - Due 4/3/14

Find how you rate on thebig 5 (O.C.E.A.N.) personality inventory.


Take this "Big Five" personality inventory and then post a comment on this post about it (see below for instructions about your comment.)

The cartoon is for entertainment purposes only...  you must click the link
above the cartoon to take the Big 5 Test.
You can post your results by copying the HTML code at the bottom of the results page into your comments. Write about your results and what you think about them. Was this test accurate or not. Ask someone who knows you what they think and write about their view as well. (you can see my comment about my Big 5 results) Leave your post as "anonymous" but sign it with your FIRST NAME and LAST INITIAL only. Remember, comments are moderated, so it will not show up right away.

Big 5 personality results
These are Mr. Cantor's results... do you think they are accurate?

Monday, March 24, 2014


We're getting to the point where we need to review all that we've learned this year WHILE continuing to master new content as we finish our last few units. Use this post as your guide to get started.

If you tend to procrastinate... and most of us do.... you should read this post about how to overcome procrastination.

Use the AP Psychology Score Calculator to see what it takes to get a 3, 4 or 5. Move the sliders and hit "calculate" to see the score.

Some good review resources:

This wacky ap psych teacher has a fantastic website full of review quizzes and more... way more. His powerpoints are great as are some of the videos he has available.

You can also try out the free AP Psych questions on the Learnerator or pay the 10-15 bucks to sign up.


Mr. Schallhorn, an AP Psych teacher in California, put together a great set of YouTube videos you can use to review for AP Psych. His YouTube channel is at the following address. 

You also have your AP Review Books, your Bernstein Study Guides, your PsykTrek CDs, and the thousands of flashcards and hundreds of pages of notes you've created this year.

Mr. Jones, an AP Psych teacher from North Carolina started using Twitter last year for  AP Psych review.

"...if a student has a question about AP Psych, they can just type the question on Twitter and put this at the end of the tweet:  #appsychreview  

For those of you who are old hats at Twitter, you’ll recognize #appsychreview as a hashtag – it’s a way to group together tweets with a common theme. Anyone can then assist the student with their question – it could be a AP Psych teacher, a professor, or even a fellow AP Psych student. I’ve asked a few AP teachers to help out, but we would love your help. If you are familiar with Twitter and you would like to help out with answering questions, it’s probably easiest to set up a separate search for #appsychreview or just bookmark this link:!/search/realtime/appsychreview ."

For info about how to use #APPaychReview see

Keep in mind that these will mostly be other students answering questions, so it's not as authoritative as a textbook or other edited resource.

As you find other resources, please e-mail them to me at ptdworkin-cantor at or post them in the comments section of this post.

Do you like electronic flash-cards? Do you use Apps? You might like which has tons of electronic flash-cards and even a smartphone app. Just type "psychology" into the search box (I want to learn "this") and go for it. You can sign on to get a free account using your facebook account or any e-mail account.

You can find other psych based apps at There are also links to Android apps there. Some are free, some cost money. Check the reviews carefully before spending your cash. I have not tried them out yet, so if you find one you think is great, please share about it in the comments section of this post.

Please fill  out THIS Google Form so you can choose which units you're most interested in summarizing for your classmates.

Once you fill out the form, you will be e-mailed the 
AP Psych Review Assignment: Eagle Owls Devour the AP Exam!
which is due       MONDAY, April 21 via e-mail. to ptdworkin-cantor @  
Send the completed word document as an attachment with the file name as follows:

“Review Unit00 YourTopic YourName.docx”
for example:  "Review Unit 03 BiologicalBasis Joe Smith.docx"

Units as of 4/1/14 - If you did not get one please see me.

1- History=Alondra C.        9- Consciousness=Jessica A.
2- Research=Mikela P.      10- Cog Abilities=Ashley L.
3- Biological=Daniela V.    11- Motivation=Roberto R.  
4- Sensation=Gema M.       12- Developmental=Indyra R.
5- Perception=Linda S.       13- Personality=Giovanni G.
6- Learning=Briana B.         14- Psych Disorders=Jorge G.
7- Memory=Eliza C.             15 Treatment=Nailya S.
   8- Cognition=Alex V.           16- Social Psych (ch 17)=Alex I.
       17- Social Psych (Ch 18)=Precious A.