Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Consumer Education Unit! You’re the consumer, get educated! DUE Thurs., May 23

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 the Consumer Ed Exam. 

The Consumer Education Exam will be on Friday, May 31. 

1.    “But I thought buying this would make me happy” Needs, wants and satisfaction. (Needs)
2.   “Why am I broke all the time?” How and why to do a personal budget. (Budget)
3.   “What security deposit?” How to rent an apartment. (Rent)
4.   “Pay myself first? What the…?” The how and why of savings. (Savings)
5.   “As seen on TV.”  The power of advertising. (Ads)
6.   “Buying Misery? How do my buying habits affect the workers of the world? (Workers)
7.   “Scams, spam and getting slammed.” How to avoid getting ripped off online and in the real world. (Scams)
8.   “I wish my parents were rich.” How to pay for college and not get buried in debt.” (College)
9.   “But I thought I was making 10 bucks an hour!” What to expect from wages. Where does all the money go from your paycheck? (Paycheck)
10.                 “Pay the man.” How to do your taxes. (Taxes)
11.“Oh Lord, won’t ya buy me a Mercedes Benz.” How to (and if you should) buy cars and other expensive stuff. (or just take the train) (Transport)
12.                  “A cheeseburger costs $487.63?”  How to avoid credit card debt and have good credit. (Credit)
13.                   “I always use protection!” How insurance can save your butt. (Insurance)
14.                   “We can always get another planet.” How our purchases affect the Earth (Earth)

Products - ALL DUE on THURSDAY MAY 23 - Progress check on Monday May 20:
Each team must create:
* A one to two page handout with key ideas that will be printed and distributed. (10pts) 
* A Google Slides presentation (10pts)
*  The presentation should be 7-10 min long plus 3-5 min for questions (10pts)

Remember, Youtube videos won't play at school. If you want to include a video in your presentation, I suggest you download it at home and e-mail the video file to me. 

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 - “But I thought buying this would make me happy” Needs, wants and satisfaction.
2 - Why am I broke all the time?

3 - What security deposit?

4 - Pay myself first?

5 - As seen on TV:

6 - The story of stuff - how it affects the workers. 

7 - Scams, spam and getting slammed:

8 - I wish my parents were rich!

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

10 - Pay the man.

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

12 - A cheeseburger costs $487.63!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Ch 17 and 18 - Social Psychology

You should also be reviewing while you learn this new material. Scroll down to all our previous blog posts and check out our review resources !


The Robber's Cave - Sherif: In-group, out-group, Bias, Bonding, Competition and Cooperation  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QGNxRGgBwM

Social Thinking - Crash Course

Social Influene - Crash Course

The Bystander Effect... what would you do?

This happened a few years ago 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.

Prejudice and Discrimination - Crash Course

Aggression v. Altruism - Crash Course

Thursday, April 11, 2019


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.

USE YOUR 5 STEPS to a 5 book!!! Review each unit - with a strong focus on History and Approaches, Research Methods and the Biological Basis chapters because they will pop up throughout the exam and the FRQs. 
Suggested method:
1. Review the summary in the 5 Steps book. Compare to your notes and flashcards. Add info to notes if needed.
2. Take the online quiz from the book. Review the answers and the reasoning behind the answers. 
3. Update your notes... come up with mnemonics to remember the hard parts
4. After doing some other units, come back and re-take the quiz from the 5 Steps book (on separate paper) and see how much better you did than you did the first time. 
5. If you're at less than 75% or so, repeat process. 

If you tend to procrastinate... and most of us do.... you should read this post about how to overcome procrastination. http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/03/10-foolproof-tips-for-overcoming-procrastination.php

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.

Some good review resources:

AP Study Notes.ORG has great very simple outlines of each chapter based on a different psych textbook than we use. It's a good idea to review these in your study process to review and see a slightly different perspective.  https://www.apstudynotes.org/psychology/outlines/

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.http://www.appsychology.com/HowPass/howpasshome.htm

The AP PSych Test Prep App from iScore5 for 5 bucks... also Varsity Tutors' App ... lots of AP practice questions and a full practice test. For iPhone and Android.

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. 

The whole Crash Course Psychology series is free on YouTube. 
You can watch them all here... thanks Hank. 

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

On INSTAGRAM - search the #APPsychology and #APPsych hashtags for memes and other resources... take them with a grain of salt because... you know, the internet. You can follow ap_psych_memepage for some other good memes. 

Mr. Jones, an AP Psych teacher from North Carolina started using Twitter a few years ago 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: https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/appsychreview ."

For info about how to use #APPaychReview see http://teachinghighschoolpsychology.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-return-of-return-of-ap-psych-review.html?m=1#sthash.lOcy1InI.dpbs

Keep in mind that sometimes it will be other students answering questions, so it's not necessarily as authoritative as a textbook or other edited resource. Then again, sometimes students can explain things best. 

The hashtag #APPsych is also full of interesting psych related tweets... you can use both hashtags to get a greater response to your AP Psych related tweets. 

Instagram might have some good stuff, but I'm old so I need you to share how to use it!

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

Do you like electronic flash-cards? Do you use Apps? You might like http://www.studyblue.com/ 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 http://www.thepsychfiles.com/2010/04/episode-121-top-10-psychology-apps-for-the-ipad-iphone-ipod/ 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.

Finally... USE THIS BLOG! There is a post from just about every unit with videos and resources you can use to review. Scroll down for older posts... at the bottom you can just click on "older posts" to go all the way back to the beginning of the year.  

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Chapter 15 and 16 - Psych Disorders and Their Treatments

Psychological Disorders
(scroll down for earlier posts such the Personality unit with the Personality Test)

About 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.

About 6 percent of American adults suffer from a serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and severe depression.

For more information about the DSM 5 see http://www.mainepsych.org/Resources/Pages/DSM5.aspx

Our book is based on DSM IV and many aspects of DSM 5 are similar, but there are some differences. The link above takes you to a DSM 5 overview page with links to specific changes. The Hank videos we saw in class and which are posted below are based on DSM 5. 

The following videos will help you understand the current definition of what a psychological disorder is, and learn about some of the main specific psych disorders.

You can turn on the Closed Captioning (cc) to see the text on the screen and pause/rewind the video as it plays so you can take notes on them.

Psychological Disorders - Crash Course

OCD and Anxiety Disorders - Crash Course

Depressive and Bipolar Disorders - Crash Course

Trauma and Addiction - Crash Course (we didn't see this one in class)

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders - Crash Course

Schizophrenia Simulation Video - (Produced by a pharmaceutical company)

Eating and Body Dysmorphic Disorders - Crash Course

Personality Disorders - Crash Course


What are the main ways we treat psychological illness? What are the important the differences between psychotherapy and the biomedical approach? How does the psychodynamic approach compare to the humanistic approach? Are some treatments more effective for some disorders? Does psychotherapy work? Do psychiatric medications work? How do we know?

If you are concerned about your own mental health or that of someone close to you, speak to your counselor or teacher right away. If it's an emergency - that someone is going to hurt themselves or others, call 911. In a non-emergency the school can refer you to someone who can help, such as the professionals at the Near North Health Service Corp. which is only about a block from school. 

Trepanation- cutting holes in the skull - is no longer used as treatment of mental illness.  For other obsolete forms of psychiatric treatment, see this list.
The PsychCentral website lists all the disorders in the DSM 5 including their previous DSM IV names, so you can see how the textbook relates to the new DSM 5 listings.

The Mayo Clinic website has a good explanation of many mental illnesses including symptoms and treatment options.

Getting Help - Psychotherapy Crash Course

Biomedical Treatments - and Effectiveness of Psychological Treatments Crash Course

How do Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressants work?

The Mayo Clinic has a good webpage that explains how SSRI and Serotonin/Norepinephrine SNRI's  work.

A detailed explanation of Freud and the basis for psychoanalysis (at 5:50 or so) - The School of Life

An AP Psych Review video for this unit - basically like having a tutor showing you a Prezzi and discussing each major idea. The nice thing is, you can pause and take notes which is something you can't usually do during class.

And finally... one mnemonic you can use to remember that Aaron Beck's cognitive approach to treatment involved reducing negative thinking about the self.