Monday, December 13, 2010
Try your hand at conditioning Pavlov's Dog in this animation on the Nobel Prize site.
Here is the John Watson Little Albert video clip we saw in class. It has Spanish subtitles which is nice.
This article on the APA website describes how some college students figured out who "Little Albert" really was.
Unfortunately we don't know if is fear of furry things lasted beyond Watson's research.
Here is the Skinner video clip we saw in class.
B.F. Skinner shaping a pigeon to turn around.
And pigeons playing ping-pong?
Here is a video of Bandura's Bobo doll experiment.
This Australian commercial shows how observational learning can affect kids.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Remember, spreading out your studying is best. In psych terminology this is called "Distributed Practice" which we will learn more about when we study memory. A half hour or an hour each day is much better than cramming the day before. Also research shows that it's best to study and review in a few different places, and to take breaks to do let your mind integrate the material. Do 20 min of psych, then 20 min of physics, and 20 min of lit... then come back to the psych etc.
On your own academic blog please discuss each of the graphs for YOUR class. Be sure to address the questions below each graph. Please don't copy the questions or number your answers, rather, you should write a paragraph or two in complete sentences so your reader knows what you are talking about.
In your post you should either copy the graph images from my blog or link to them in your post using the link button (it looks like a little chain link just to the right of the Text color button at the top of your "new post" window.) Be sure to e-mail me with your blog URL to let me know your blog post is up. Put your full name and "AP Psych-Per ?" in the subject line and in the body of your e-mail. Review the "how to e-mail a teacher" post on my blog before you send your e-mail.
(click on the graphs to enlarge)
Above is the data we collected about our shoe sizes vs our heights. Can you see a relationship? Is there a correlation? If so, is it positive or negative? Does shoe size cause height to change? Does height cause shoe size to change? Does correlation imply causality?
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
"In adolescents, poor sleep quality is associated with depression, anxiety, inattention, conduct problems, drug and alcohol abuse and impaired cognitive function."
"A report from the Jan. 1, 2010 issue of the journal Sleep found a surprising link between the typically late bedtimes of teenagers and teen depression and suicide."
What keeps you from getting 8 to 10 hours per night?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
One thing I've noticed is that about half of our students seem to think that using standard academic English spelling and punctuation is optional. It is not. When you type your blog posts there is a spell checker button at the top of the screen. The icon for the spell checker is a little check mark with the letters ABC above it. Use this tool, and be sure each word is the one you want and not a correctly spelled word you don't.
You can also type your entry in "Word" or some other program which has a spell checker and have a friend or family member help you proof-read your entry before copying it to your blog post. Once school begins I can help you proof entries after school or during lunch and you can also get help in AVID, but for now do your best.
Keep reading Phineas Gage and get started on the textbook reading and don't forget to have some fun this summer too.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Students also received their summer assignments and picked up their books. If you were unable to come to the summer session please go to our documents page (link on the upper right of this blog) and find the syllabus and summer assignment. You will also need to call NGHS to find out when you can come in to pick up Phineas Gage and the two Bernstein Psychology books.
Monday, June 21, 2010
This assignment is due on Tuesday, July 20 by 4:00 PM. Read through this whole assignment before beginning to work on your new blog. Several students have had to redo some steps because they didn't read the assignment all the way through.
This entry is taken with some modifications from Ms. Knudson's "Explorations in Literature" blog. Thank you, Ms. Knudson!
Most of you are familiar with the idea of a Blog, which is short for "Weblog," essentially a web space where people can post ideas, opinions, share links, etc. Some popular blog sites with which you are probably familiar include this one, Blogger, but also ones such as MySpace, WordPress, Facebook, and others.
What made blogs revolutionary is that they provided authors with the ability to easily share their ideas and resources with audiences in a way that was never possible. Back in the early days of the Internet, in the 1990s, people who wanted to do this had to build a web site, separate pages, etc., and it was much more cumbersome to do the same sort of thing that recent technology has enabled us to do within minutes. Richardson writes that instead of being based on "static chunks of content," blogs are "comprised of reflections and conversations" that "engage readers with ideas and questions and links. They ask readers to respond. They demand interaction" (18).
While most of you are familiar with using blogs for social purposes -- to keep in touch with friends, discuss matters of daily life, etc., -- most of you are not familiar with using a blog for academic purposes, to extend conversations that begin in the classroom or with your reading. In this way, academic blogs, while they have a social aspect, are much more focused as learning tools. Richardson cites Fernette and Brock Eide's research on blogging as having an enormous positive impact on students, in that they:
*Promote critical and analytical thinking
*Are powerful promoters of creative, intuitive, and associative thinking
*Promote analogical thinking
*Are a powerful medium for increasing access and exposure to quality information, and
Combine the best of solitary reflection and social interaction (2005)
So how will you be using your academic blog in this class?
The answer is that you will be using it in several ways.
Consider your audience.
First, you will be using it to learn how to blog. Remember, your audience for an academic blog is much different than your audience for a social blog. When you are writing for a social blog, your audience usually consists of your immediate social group -- your friends. However, when you are writing an academic blog, your audience is much different, consisting of teachers, professors, scholars, or others throughout the world who may have in interest in your academic topic, so how you express yourself becomes an important focus. For example, you would not write for a teacher or a professor the same way you would text message a friend. The language you use will be much different as will the form and content.
You will also be using your blog to complete class writing assignments. Writing assignments will be consist of the following types (not necessarily in this order):
An added bonus is that this medium is paper free, so we're engaging in academic work that is both online and environmentally green.
ASSIGNMENT #1 -- 10 points
Creating Your Academic Blog
Even though many of you have social blogs, when you create your academic blog it will have a distinctly different look. You will have to create a free gmail account if you don't already have one. Go to Blogger.com to create your site, please be sure to go to the Settings portion and select "NO" when it asks you if you want your site to be profiled in search engines, etc.
Once you have created your site and your first assignment, please email the full URL address of your blog to me at email@example.com so I am able be create a link to it on my master site. For example, the full URL address of my blog is http://cantorsappsychologyblog.blogspot.com . Also BE SURE TO WRITE DOWN YOUR URL, USER NAME AND PASSWORD and keep it in a safe place! Some students have forgotten their password and had to re-do their blog... Don't be one of those students.
Any time you e-mail me or any teacher, please put a relevant subject in the subject line of your e-mail and sign your full name in the body of your e-mail. For example, the subject of the e-mail you send me about this assignment could be something like, "AP Psych Blog URL & Assignement #1."
Your site should be appropriate for an academic setting, following code of conduct guidelines
Do not put any personal identifying information on your site (no last name, age, place of residence, etc.)
Your site should have a title - Make it unique, relevant and creative.
Your site should have a links section (this will be for academic links that you find that are connected to your research)
Make sure fonts are easy to read and the page is not too busy -- this is an academic blog, remember. Don't use colors or complex backgrounds which make it hard to read.
Always write in complete sentences and proofread your work before posting. Use the spell-checker that is part of Blogger.
Each assignment should be specifically titled with the assignment number as well as a descriptive title.
Your first blog writing assignment should be your first post.
Writing assignment #1 How do you feel about blogging?- (10 pts) 3 paragraphs
In a short essay, describe your experience creating this blog. Some aspects of this experience you should address: What is your prior blogging experience? Is this the first time you've set up a blog or are you already a seasoned pro? How did it feel to do it? How do you think it will help you to do high quality assignments in AP Psych? How do you feel about having your work up on the Internet where other students and teachers can read it... or complete strangers?
To get all the points for this assignment you must e-mail me the link to your blog by July 20 at 4:00 PM. Your site must follow the above guidelines and must include your first post with a response to assignment #1. If you have questions please e-mail me well before the deadline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This article in the New York Times points out the potential harm parents who are constantly "plugged in" to electronic devices may be doing to the development of their children. Are we neglecting our children due to Facebook, Twitter and constant e-mail communication? Are we keeping our children from learning language and social skills?
You can test your focus with this interactive feature.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Here are links to resources for our Consumer Education unit.
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 - If it seems too good to be true...
13 - How Insurance can save your butt...
Consumer Education Projects
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.
- “Why am I broke all the time?” How and why to do a personal budget.
- “What security deposit?” How to rent an apartment.
- “Pay myself first? What the…?” The how and why of savings.
- “As seen on TV.” The power of advertising.
- “The story of stuff.” How do my buying habits affect the world?
- “Scams, spam and getting slammed.” How to avoid getting ripped off online and in the real world.
- “I wish my parents were rich.” How to pay for college and not get buried in debt.”
- “But I thought I was making 10 bucks an hour!” What to expect from wages. Where does all the money go from your paycheck?
- “Pay the man.” How to do your taxes.
- “Oh Lord, won’t ya buy me a Mercedes Benz.” How to buy cars and other expensive stuff. (or just take the train)
- “A cheeseburger costs $487.63?” How to avoid credit card debt.
- “If it seems too good to be true...” How bad consumer decisions contributed to the recent financial crisis.
- "I always use protection!" How Insurance can save your butt.
- "I want it NOW!" How to separate needs from wants and base consumer decisions on your core values.
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. (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 15 minutes long and the activity should take 20 to 30 minutes.
If it's such a bad job why do so many people want to do it?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
(FYI, "Clive" refers to Clive Wearing who has a serious case of anterograde amnesia. He appears to only have STM... about 30 seconds of memory. Absolutely no new LT memories are formed.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Wearing
I'll Earn a Five
Thought I was afraid,
And was petrified,
My thinking Schactered all those
feelings that I had inside,
But then I changed the valence of
my emotions for this song
I grew strong,
AP psych had turned me on.
So now I'm here,
Ready to test,
And I know Pavlov’s UCR
And Little Albert’s UCS,
Bandura and his Bobo dolls;
Role-playing, Standford, Dr. Z;
Milgram worked with obedience
Gestalt orders what I see
Cerebellum: Balances me
The limbic system’s
Hippocampus aids in memory
I guess we’ve come a long way since phrenology
I’ve used mnemonics,
I know that I
Will earn a five
I know of modes and medians,
And the STM of Clive.
Operate with Piaget;
Reflex: fight or run away;
I’ll earn a five.
I”ll earn a five
Superego, ego, id
REM, alpha waves
Schema, stranger anxiety
And I’ve spent such a lot of nights
Hoping someday to understand
I used to sigh
But now the test is nigh
And so it’s true
Call me Freud two
I know Festinger and Watson and
Flashbulb memory, too.
And so I feel like standing up
To say to people close to me
That I’m using all my knowledge
I’m no pigeon. I can see …
Chorus: (coda: I will survive and earn a five)
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The following link will take you to a teacher's website where there are online quizzes for each chapter. When you finish the quiz the website grades it and tells you the correct answers. If you don't know why the answer is correct you can look it up in your notes, your textbook and/or your AP review guide.
The following link will take you to another teacher's website with review resources on each chapter. Some parts are a bit confusing, but you can select a couple of key chapters such as BIOLOGICAL and RESEARCH METHODS and use these resources to get another perspective.
This comprehensive site was created several years ago so you must ignore the date and other details about the exam, but the review sections on each part of the course are helpful.
More online multiple choice quizzes on each section of the material. You can quiz yourself on whichever chapters you find most helpful.
Scribid has some nice AP Psych Review resources. Here is a link to a 27 page review document which will help you solidify key knowledge about research methods, history of psych and biological psych... really important sections of the exam.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
This just happened, so all the facts aren't in yet but 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.
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:
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 20, 2010
You can access the DSM IV at http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/disorders/dsm4TRclassification.htm to get a better idea of exactly how symptoms are assessed to diagnose a psychological disorder.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Review Study Guides and Exam Tip-SheetsGo to the following link for review sheets prepared my former NGHS students as well as tip-sheets on succeeding on the AP Psych Multiple Choice and Free Response Questions.
Topic Outline from the College Board
These are the major content areas covered by the AP Psychology Exam, as well as the approximate percentages of the multiple-choice section that are devoted to each area. Areas like Biological and Cognition certainly deserve a good review... but don't skip other important areas like Sensation/Perception, Motivation and Learning. You should also do a thorough review of Research Methods since it often shows up as an important part of the FRQs.
- I. History and Approaches (2–4%)
- II. Research Methods (6–8%)
- III. Biological Bases of Behavior (8–10%)
- IV. Sensation and Perception (7–9%)
- V. States of Consciousness (2–4%)
- VI. Learning (7–9%)
- VII. Cognition (8–10%)
- VIII. Motivation and Emotion (7–9%)
- IX. Developmental Psychology (7–9%)
- X. Personality (6–8%)
- XI. Testing and Individual Differences (5–7%)
- XII. Abnormal Psychology (7–9%)
- XIII. Treatment of Psychological Disorders (5–7%)
- XIV. Social Psychology (7–9%)
SPARKNOTES DIAGNOSTIC PRACTICE AP EXAM
Use this site to take a 50 question practice test. It will point out which topic you need to study most for the AP Exam. You need to register on the site to get access, but it is free and VERY worth it. Once you know your areas of weakness you can be sure to use your review book and other materials to improve your knowledge.
Sparknotes also has an online review guide at:
AUDIO REVIEW SITE
Use this audio review tool to get ready for the AP exam. Click on one of the main topics such as Biological Psych or Personality Psych and see a concept map for a visual representation of the topic... then (here is the cool part) click on any of the subjects within the topic and hit the "play" button to listen to an explanation of each of the subjects.
ONLINE FLASH CARDS
This site was created by AP Psych teachers and students and has hundreds of online flashcards you can click through. Look and the definition and see if you can remember term.
ONLINE PSYCH GLOSSARY
The AlleyDog psychology glossary can be very helpful. Have you read a term in the text that you just don't understand? Try in in the glossary to see if another definition makes sense to you. You can always Google the term and see what Wikipedia says about it, but AlleyDog is more authoritative.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Take this "Big Five" personality quiz to see where you rate on the big five... O.C.E.A.N.
Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism.
If you'd like to see my scores you may click on the link below.
Please comment below to explain how accurate you think the results were for you. Where were they right on, where were they way off? If you are comfortable posting the link to your results please do so. IN ADDITION to the above assignment, feel free to comment about how accurate you think my results were, or do the test based on your impressions of a friend or relative and explain how accurate you believe those results were.
Be sure to include your first name and last initial along with your AP Psych period number in your comment, so I can give you credit for it.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Does education cause happiness? Does happiness lead to more education? Are there 3rd or 4th variables which cause both happiness and a higher level of eduction?
What do you think?
Thursday, February 11, 2010
"As the Obama administration proposes repealing the policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a new New York Times/CBS News poll finds that a majority of the public support allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the military.
There’s less support, however, for allowing homosexuals to serve openly.
See the rest of the story at the New York Times politics blog.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Unit 8: Cognition and Language
Bernstein Text Chapter 8 Pp. 275-319
Notes Check Pp. 275-319 due 2/08(b-day), 2/09(a-day)
Flash Cards due 2/08 and 2/09
Study Guide exercises due 2/16 and 2/17
Read and take Cornell Notes
1. Skim quickly – pay attention to headings, photos etc. - PREDICT
2. Go back and take your notes.
a. Make sure each heading and subheading is in your notes
b. Make sure you write at least a main idea for each one
c. Make sure all “boxed” definitions are in your notes
d. Draw all important diagrams and label them.
e. Make note of any examples or mnemonics that will help you
3. Carefully read the summary at the end of the chapter and add key information to your notes.
4. Check that you organized your notes to create a new web of meaning in your brain. How are your synapses doing?
Bernstein Study Guide Chapter 8 Pp. Starts on P. 229
(You will be graded for completing and correcting them, not for how many you got right.)
1. Skim outline and key terms: Pp. 229- 238– Make sure you know underlined terms and that they are in your notes. -- Note examples and mnemonics
2. On a separate sheet, do Fill-In-The-Blanks on P. 238 Write the questionand answer it without looking at the book or your notes. Then check your answers. For each wrong answer, write the correct answer and be sure the information is in your notes.
3. Make flashcards of all KEY TERMS – They must have pictures and/or examples in your own words or they won’t count.
4. Do BOTH multiple choice sample quizzes that start on P. 242. Do quiz 1 first check and correct it, review the notes then do quiz 2 and check it. - IF YOU GOT IT WRONG, you MUST write the correct answer and why you picked the wrong one. What were you thinking, how can you change your thinking to LEARN the material.
UNIT QUIZ on 2/16 (a) and 2/17 (b)
Monday, January 25, 2010
National Public Radio (NPR) story about H.M.
New York Times (NYT) Obituary of H.M.
Hartford Courant story about studying H.M.’s brain
Frontline Documentary “What Jennifer Saw” about mistaken eye-witness ID.
Interview with Elizabeth Loftus concerning eye-witness testimony
Psychology Today article about Elizabeth Loftus
Mnemonics – 13 colonies and more
Sunday, January 17, 2010
UCS = Puff of air UCR = Blink
NS = Light Flash No response
CS= Light Flash CR = Blink
Now there is another way to predict this type of dementia through the eyes.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Unfortunately we don't know if is fear of furry things lasted beyond Watson's research.