Wilhelm Wundt               Sigmund Freud       B.F. Skinner and unidentified friend       Mary Cover Jones                    Ivan Pavlov

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9-07:     Introduction to Psychology classTake online personality test:  LINK"Enduring issues" in psychology.

9-11:    Build a brain!  Parts of the brain. 

9-13:     Brain hemisphere dominance test: LINK.

9-15:    Parts of the eye; rods versus cones; visual acuity; color blindness. In-class/homework assignment linksPerception Deception & Other Optical Illusions; Colorblind test   Homework assignment: UFOs over Sydney, Australia.

9-19:     Vision, continued: seeing the veins in our eyes, binocular vision, receptor cell fatigue.  Hearing: inner ear.  Balance: vestibular organ.

9-21:     Experiments with the senses of taste and smell; the importance of touch.  Homework assignment: textbook: the importance of touch and infants

9-23:    Sense and perception.  Characteristics of sensation.  Sensory thresholds.

9-27:    Theories and theorists: Wundt; James; Freud; Skinner.

9-29:    Gestalt Psychology. Questions 1-7: Here, Questions 8-10: Here, Questions 11-14: Here. For fun: Here.

10-03:    Human genetics: nature vs. nurture.  Heredity and genesIn-class assignment: genetics and behavior.

10-05:    Gender differences and psychology: gender, gender stereotypes, and gender roles.

10-07:      No class: Teacher in-service day.

10-11:    Introduction to applying the scientific method to psychology. Discuss scenarios.

10-14:    Research methods: naturalistic observations, case studies, survey research, experimental research.  Practice experiments in the gym.

10-18:    Practice experiments to gather data.  Students begin their own experiment.  Assignment: formal experiment presentation, include question, hypothesis, methodology, expected outcome with explanations, and identify the independent variable.

10-20:    Introduction to classical conditioning.

10-24:     Introduction to operant conditioning. In-class assignment: Links: 1st Link Alien shoot-'em-up game 2nd link: Train the chicken game 3rd linkFreaky little bird.

10-26:     Test game for mid-term

10-28:    Operant learning, part 2.  Begin building rat mazes.

11-01:    Mid-term

11-03:    Finish experiments

11-08:    Work on mazes. 

11-14:    Finish mazes.  Get ready for the rats! 

11-16:    Types of punishers (operant conditioners).  Familiarize yourselves with the rats, and vice versa.  Skinner Box assignment.

11-18:    School closed: snow

11-22:    School closed: snow (sigh)

11-30:    Complete rat maze project.  Last day with the rats!

12-02:    Understanding superstitious behavior.  In-class assignment: "Learned helplessness."  

12-06:     Introduction to Memory: sensory register, "cocktail-party phenomenon," attention, short-term memory; rehearsal; "clunking."

12-08:    Long-term memory; forgetting; Interactive Internet Exercises here: Part 1, Part 2, 'Memory Game.'

12-12:    Long-term memory continued.  Causes of memory loss.  

12-14:    Brain Rules. Discuss findings in class.

12-16:    Introduction to consciousness.  Begin movie: The Brain, Our Universe Within

01-04:    Continue study of consciousness: types of consciousness.  Finish movie: BBC Horizons: The Secret You.  Assignment: "Understanding Consciousness."

01-06:   The Circadian Cycle; the five stages of sleep; sleep disorders explored; dreams.

01-10:    Altered-state of consciousness, continued: sensory deprivation; meditation; hypnosis; drug-altered.  Examine addiction and the signs of         addiction. The Dog addicted to sucking toads: LINK. Begin research assignment: drugs and addiction.         . 

01-12:    Research assignment: Study on an illegal drug -- effects, motives for using, and how it interacts with the body.  Handwritten!

01-17:    Test game for final exam!

01-19:    Introduction to the psychology of language.  Terms: phonetic, phoneme, morpheme.  Project: create a written language that is not based on English, does not use an alphabet, and has a coherent syntax.

01-23:     Final exam. Afterwards continue on your language construction (due 1-30)

01-25:    Structure of language: surface vs. deep.  Language acquisition in children with worksheet.

01-30:    How sign language words.  Plains Indian sign language assignment: LINK.TPlain's Indian Sign Language; Feral ChildrenIn-class assignment on feral children and language development.

2-03:    Mental Rotation Exercise: Link.  [First try the 'easy' setting and then the 'med' setting.  Record your scores]  How are mind manages images. Homework: handout.

2-07:    Gendered words: how does this effect people psychologically?  Discussion.

2-09:    Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Vocabulary and Perception.  Comparing colors by color sets.

2-13:    Defining intelligence.  Two theories about intelligence: Triarchic Theory; Howard Gardner.

2-15:    Link for IQ test.  How to measure intelligence.  Use and criticism of intelligence tests.  Take an intelligence test.

2-17:    Criticism/correlations of intelligence tests.  Factors of intelligence.  Gender differences in intelligence.

2-22:    Learning Styles.  Take test: link In-class assignment: Personal Learning Styles.

2-24:    Kinesthetic learning-style lesson project.

2-28:    Present projects

3-01:    Cognitive impairment, part 1 -- The reality and perception of cognitive impairmentIn-class assignment: AAMR worksheet

3-05:    Cognitive impairment, part 2 -- Causes and levels of cognitive impairment.  Analyzing characteristics and determining levels of care per case studies. 

3-07:     Introduction to Autism. Autism test: Link  In-class assignment: Fever and Autism.

3-09:     Autistic Savant.  Movie: Autism is a World. Homework: Autistic Savants.

3-13:    Down Syndrome.  Divide and conquer: works in pairs and make presentations to the class.

3-15:    Introduction to MotivationPlay the "Who dun it" game.  Motive; Emotion; Instinct: Drive; Incentive.

3-19:    Social motives vs. Primary motives.  Culture and AggressionHomework: Primary drives.

3-21:    Test Game

3-23:    Emotions, continued: Plutchik's Model: Make in class.

3-27:    Mid-term

3-29:    Introduction to personalityErik Erikson, Eight Stages of Personality Development.

4-10:    Trait Theory: Eysenck's Model of Personality & the Big Five Traits. Link: Big 5

4-12:    Freud's Psychoanalytic theory: link; link; link.  And if you finish your assignment: link; link.

4-14:    Erik Erikson's Eight Stages of Development.

4-16:    Freud versus Erikson, a review and comparison .

4-18:    Karen Horney and Neo-Fruedian theory.

4-20:    Abraham Maslow and the Hierarchy of Need.

4-24:    Personality assessments: interview, direct observation, objective tests, projective tests.  Rorschach tests and thematic apperception tests.

4-26:    Begin psychological disorder presentation project.  Link.

4-30:    Types of psychological disorders: Mood disorders; Anxiety disorders.  Work on project.

5-02:    Work on project entire period.

5-04:    Types of psychological disorders: somatoform disorders.

5-08:    Placebos.  Work on project.  Homework assignment: Why do patients have positive outcomes with placebo use?

5-10:    Types of psychological disorders: dissociative disorders.  Continue working on project.

5-14:    Types of psychological disorders: personality disorders.  Begin presentations.

5-16:    Gender differences in mental disorders.  Continue presentations. Homework: Perth Girls Get Life For Murder

5-18:    Introduction to Social Psychology: Schema; Stereotypes. Link 1; Link 2.

5-22:    Debate topics:  Pick a side!

5-24:   Attribution Theory and self-fulfilling prophecies.

5-29:     Interpersonal Attraction: proximity, similarity, physical attractiveness, exchange, intimacy.  Assignment: Interpersonal attraction and the internet.

5-31:    Test game

6-04:    The psychology of Advertising: LINK  Begin advertising project

6-06:    Final

6-08:    The psychology of grocery stores and shopping.  Continue and finish advertising project.

6-12:    Present advertising projects. 

















5-26:    Continue on project

5-28:    Continue on project

6-02:    Test Game

6-04:    Continue on project

6-08:    Final

6-10:     Projects due.


















 personality assessment.


The Stanford Prison Experiment here.