Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer Assignment Part 1 - 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. 

***** If the above link is broken (or even if it's not) you can use the following link 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. Be sure to keep track of all your sources and stick to authoritative sources for your main research.

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. **NOTE: some of these studies have turned out to be problematic in terms of ethics and scientific methodology. See if there are any solid critiques of the study you chose. Did the study put people at unnecessary risk? Have other researchers been able to replicate it? Was it affected by experimenter bias? 
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, Docs 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. Include full URLs of all sources you use at the end of your post. 

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

If you're having trouble figuring out how to comment, you can watch this handy video

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

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Consumer Education Unit! Your'e the consumer, get educated!

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. 

Topics:
  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:
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:


7 - Scams, spam and getting slammed:


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!
http://www.themint.org/teens/i-paid-how-much.html
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/article-29911.html
http://www.atg.wa.gov/teenconsumer/finances/credit_cards.htm

13  - How Insurance can save your butt...

Monday, May 7, 2018

Conga rats! You did it!!!

YOU DID IT!!! It was hard, but you made it through. Congrats.



Now, while the experience of the AP Exam is fresh in your mind, please click on the link below and fill out this anonymous survey to help me understand your experience and to learn ways I can improve our class and my own teaching.

https://goo.gl/forms/RRcPTNYdfeCtJTnL2

The survey will not record your name or e-mail, so please be honest.




Friday, April 20, 2018

Chapters 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 FOLLOWING LINKS FEATURE VERY IMPORTANT CONCEPTS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. REVIEW SHERIF'S, ASCH'S, MILGRAM'S AND ZIMBARDO'S CLASSIC STUDIES AND READ UP ON THE "BYSTANDER EFFECT." 

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.
https://youtu.be/RpDVFp3FM_4


Prejudice and Discrimination - Crash Course
https://youtu.be/7P0iP2Zm6a4 

Aggression v. Altruism - Crash Course
https://youtu.be/XoTx7Rt4dig

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Chapters 15 and 16 - Psych Disorders and Their Treatment




Psychological Disorders
(scroll down for earlier posts such as Review Resources and 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


Treatment.... 


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.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Unit 13 Chapter 14 - Personality!

In this assignment, you'll find how you rate on the  big 5 (O.C.E.A.N.) personality inventory.

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

You can post your results by copying and pasting the HTML code at the bottom of the Big 5 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.

Take the Big Five Personality Inventory here : http://www.outofservice.com/bigfive/

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

The cartoon is for entertainment purposes only...  you must click the link
above the cartoon to take the Big 5 Test.

Hank talks Rorschach and the Freudiens ... what do you see here? 


Speaking of Freud.... you can take a Freudian Personality Test here. (just hit "next" on the first page to start)
My results are below... hmmm... I guess answering "I never want to grow up" a couple of times had a big effect on this very unscientific test. 
Freudian Inventory Results
Oral (50%) you appear to have a good balance of independence and interdependence knowing when to accept help and when to do things on your own.
Anal (46%) you appear to have a good balance of self control and spontaneity, order and chaos, variety and selectivity.
Phallic (50%) you appear to have a good balance of sexual awareness and sexual composure.
Latency (63%) you appear to be afraid or averse to present or future real world responsibilities, this will only make your inevitable transition more difficult, so learn to deal with the real world.
Genital (63%) you appear to have a progressive and openminded outlook on life unbeholden to regressive forces like traditional authority and convention.
Take Free Freudian Inventory Test
personality tests by similarminds.com
...and measuring personality.... 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Unit 12 Human Development - How we change and grow over time.


Key Ideas: Prenatal development, Critical Period and Teratogens, 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, Kohlberg's theory of Moral Development, Adulthood

Hank and the Crash Course about Piaget and more...


The animation showing Piaget's concepts of assimilation and accommodation can be seen at http://epltt.coe.uga.edu/index.php?title=Piaget%27s_Stages

Video about Piaget's stages can be seen below or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRF27F2bn-A


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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXd5nxrBVrs 

Hank talks about Harlow's monkeys, Ainsworth's attachment theory, parenting styles, and Kohlberg's theory of Moral Development.


Here is a short video about parenting styles- Authoritarian, Permissive and Authoritative.



Erikson's 8 Stages of Psychosocial Development. 



And a more in-depth one... about 6 minutes
http://youtu.be/vapEpQmz86o



And, of course, Hank has a lot to say about adolescence and Erikson's theory of psychosocial development... #BreakfastClub....#Identity....#RoleConfusion


Laurence Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development
Good video about the Heinz Dilemma... what stage of moral development are you in?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxJ07klMhr0


More stages... Elizabeth Kubler Ross's 5 stages of grief.
When the giraffe sees that the end is near...

And by the Simpsons, but one of the stages in the Simpsons clip doesn't match what we learned in class... which is it? Simpsons Kubler-Ross' Phases of Grief on Vimeo. One of the stages is missing... which is it?