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.

Use the AP Psychology Score Calculator 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:

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.

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.

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

Hank and the Crash Course about Piaget and more... (or click on this link)

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.