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.

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.

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.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Unit 12 - Developmental Psychology

Key Ideas: Prenatal development, Newborn senses & motor skills, Piaget’s Theory – Piaget’s stages of development, Childhood Development, Object Permanence, Social & emotional development, Temperament, Attachment, Erik Erikson’s Theory – Erikson’s stages of development, Parenting styles, Adolescence, Adulthood

Video about Piaget's stages can be seen below or at

The Flash Animation showing the Piagetian concepts of assimilation and accommodation is at 

Here is a longer video that will help you with some mnemonics to remember Piaget 

Erikson's 8 Stages of Psychosocial Development. 

And a more in-depth one... about 6 minutes

Laurence Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development
Good video about the Heinz Dilemma... what stage of moral development are you in?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Unit 11 - Motivation and Emotion

What Motivated Mike? Blog comment due by Tuesday 3/11/14

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?

Answer in a short blog comment to this post and sign it with ONLY your first name and last initial. To get full credit you must correctly refer to at least one psych concept from the book or from class notes. Click on the word "comments" below and you can sign in as anonymous. Your comment won't appear on the blog until I approve it, so check back to make sure it's approved. Once I approve it I'll enter your grade in Gradebook within a day or two.

The PBS NOVA video, Dying to Be Thin is a powerful examination of anorexia. You can watch the full video here.

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.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Unit 9 - Consciousness, Sleep, Dreams and Altered States of Consciousness

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.

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

Starting to meditate? 
Here are links to a couple of online meditation timers.

It can help you concentrate on your meditation if you don't have to worry about how much time has passed. 

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. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Unit 8 Cognition and Language

 Reading assignment:
Bernstein Text Chapter 8 Pp. 275-319
Notes Check and Flash Cards: Mon, Jan 6                      
Unit Quiz: Friday. Jan 17
COMPREHENSIVE FINAL on Tuesday Jan. 21  - (units 1-8)

Read and take Cornell Notes: Make connections! Put in your own words! Write examples, mnemonics.

Key concepts:
Cognition: Evoked Brain Potentials, Formal and Natural Concepts, Prototypes, Schemas, Scritps, Mental Models, Cognitive Maps, Rules of Logic, Propositions, Syllogisms, Formal and Informal Reasoning, Algorithms, Heuristics including Anchoring,  Representativeness, and Availability, Mental Set, Functional Fixedness, Confirmation Bias and other biases.

Language: Grammar, Phonemes, Morphemes, Syntax, Semantics, Surface and Deep Structure of Language, Babbling, Telegraphic Speech

Video about Heuristics: (at )

Video about Algorithms (at )

PsykTrek CD-ROM Review Project

The PsykTrek CD-ROM is an interactive course in psychology. It is like a textbook with audio, video and animation. You can use it to review units we’ve already covered, approach our current units in a new way and preview units we haven’t hit yet.

The AP EXAM is on Monday May 5th  You must have this assignment done by Friday April 4th. Out of the 56 mini quizzes on the CD you need to do at least 30 during that time. You get to pick which units you want to do and which parts of each unit you want to quiz yourself on. – I suggest using it to review before our Jan 22 Final Exam and then throughout the year.

When you use the CD you will register your name and e-mail address. You will also put in my name as Mr. Cantor and my e-mail address as When you take the quizzes the results will be e-mailed to me. Please also record each quiz in the chart below. You must retake a quiz until you have at least 90% in order for it to count. This is an “all or nothing” assignment. If you do at least 30 successful quizzes this will count as a perfect score on an exam worth 50 points. If you do fewer than 30 successful quizzes it will count as a zero.

If you don’t have internet or a CD drive at home you can use the library or a friends house, but you are responsible to do this work outside of class. If you have a computer, but no internet access, you must record evidence of completing each quiz. You can take a screen shot of your results, or print the results page if you have a printer – you can then bring in a USB drive with the screenshots or turn in the print-outs.