Thursday, April 29, 2010

More Review Resources

Don't forget to look a couple of posts down to find the original post of review resources, but I thought I'd create another post of more links to help you review.

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

Social Psychology

The Bystander Effect... what would you do?

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.

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 20, 2010

Psychological Disorders - The DSM-IV

Chapter 15 and 16 discuss psychological disorders and their treatment.

You can access the DSM IV at to get a better idea of exactly how symptoms are assessed to diagnose a psychological disorder.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Review Tools

Review Study Guides and Exam Tip-Sheets

Go 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.

You can see more detail about each topic at the College Board's Site


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:


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.


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.


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

Personality Assignment :The Big 5

Chapter 14 is about personality. Use Costa and McCrae's Trait approach to take a personality test.

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.