Agenda: First Week - Aug 22 - 26, 2016

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Summer Reading: 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology
Unit 1 - Ch. 1: Evolution of Psychology, Ch. 2: Research Methods
Week at a Glance:
MON - Welcome, Introductions, Pre-Psychology Quiz. 20 Questions: Myths of Psych true/false.
TUEPsychology Success PlanHow to survive & succeed in Psychology; What is Psychology? How does 50 Great Myths explain Psychology as a science?
WED/THU -  How does 50 Great Myths group the myths? Why did they group them in these chapters in that way?; Notes, Video, & Discussion: Introduction to 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology; Cooperative groups break down the myths - Focus on "Cognitive Errors" that create the myths.
FRI - Quiz over 50 Great Myths; Review Quiz Answers

ASSIGNMENTS at a Glance:
Fill Out the Student Survey - due by next Tuesday.
Quiz over 50 Great Myths of Popular Psych this Friday.
Test on 50 Great Myths next Wed/Thu
Watch the video screencasts over the Summer Reading: 50 Great Myths
Take notes. Bring them to class. Bring questions you have to class.
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Monday, August 24, 2015
Quote: "Begin with the end in mind."

Targets:
Summer Reading: 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology
Unit 1 - Evolution of Psychology, Research Methods
1. Psychology is a science.
2. Science can be used as a process to determine truth.
3. Science & Psychology has changed and evolved over time as we have learned more.

Essential Questions:
1. What is psychology?
2. How can taking the AP test help?
3. How can the website help me prepare?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW - Find your name on the screen & your seat in the classroom. 
Mr. Duez will post a set of questions on the screen for you to answer after the bell rings. He'll go through and call attendance while you do:

WHO ARE YOU?
  • What is your name? 
  • Why did you decide to take AP World History?
  • What is your favorite restaurant to eat at?
2. Discuss the answers to the DO NOW questions with your partner. The partner will introduce you to the class & explain the answers you have chosen. So the partner needs to write down the responses. We will most likely finish these next class at the beginning in bigger classes.

3. Psychology Pre-Quiz. On a separate sheet of paper, write down your answers.

Assignment:
Fill Out the Student Survey - due by next Tuesday.
Quiz over 50 Great Myths of Popular Psych this Friday.
Test on 50 Great Myths next Wed/Thu
Watch the video screencasts over the Summer Reading: 50 Great Myths
Take notes. Bring them to class. Bring questions you have to class.
Check out the video lecture introducing the book, along with Mr. Duez's Notes.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Quote"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Laozi

Targets:
Summer Reading: 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology
Unit 1 - Evolution of Psychology, Research Methods, and Personality
1. Psychology is a science.
2. Science can be used as a process to determine truth.
3. Science & Psychology has changed and evolved over time as we have learned more.

Essential Questions:
1. What is psychology?
2. How can taking the AP test help?
3. How can the website help me prepare?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Pick up the Psychology Success Plan from the front table.
(also finish any of the introductions we may not have done on day one. class size varies)

Also, continue student introductions from Monday. (We never get these finished in one day)

2. What is Psychology? How does 50 Great Myths explain Psychology as a science?

A. Lecture & Discussion from the notes 
Students will take notes & discuss.
Also Shepard's Table "hands on" cutouts.
Students will manipulate these two handouts to explain the illusion:
Shepard's Table Top
Shepard's Tables

B. Listen to Dr. Lilienfeld discuss why he wrote the book, write down his reasons and why 50 Myths is important in his mind.

C. Watch Lilienfeld discuss the big myths that are most surprising. Which myth surprised you the most and why?

Assignment:
Fill Out the Student Survey - due by next Tuesday.
Quiz over 50 Great Myths of Popular Psych this Friday.
Test on 50 Great Myths next Wed/Thu
Watch the video screencasts over the Summer Reading: 50 Great Myths
Take notes. Bring them to class. Bring questions you have to class.
Psychology: The scientific study of the mind and behavior.
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Wed. & Thu. August 26 & 27, 2015
Quote“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

Targets:
Summer Reading: 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology
Unit 1 - Evolution of Psychology, Research Methods, and Personality
1. Psychology is a science.
2. Science can be used as a process to determine truth.
3. Science & Psychology has changed and evolved over time as we have learned more.

Essential Questions:
1. What is psychology?
2. How can taking the AP test help?
3. How can the website help me prepare?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: How does 50 Great Myths group the myths? Why did they group them in these chapters in that way?

2. Notes, Video, & Discussion: Introduction to 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

3. Divided into Eleven Cooperative Teams, students will discuss the book in sections:
1. Brain Power: Myths about the Brain & Perception; Myths 1-5
2. From Womb to Tomb: Myths about Aging and Dying; Myths 6-10
3. A Remembrance of Things Past: Myths about Memory; Myths 11-14
4. Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Myths about Intelligence & Learning; Myths 15-18
5. Altered States: Myths about Consciousness; Myths 19-22
6. I've Got a Feeling: Myths about Emotion and Motivation; Myths 23-26
7. The Social Animal: Myths about Interpersonal Behavior; Myths 27-30
8. Know Thyself: Myths about Personality; Myths 31-36
9. Sad, Mad, and Bad: Myths about Mental Illness; Myths 37-42
10. Disorder in the Court: Myths about Psychology & the Law; Myths 43-46
11. Skills and Pills: Myths about Psychological Treatment; Myths 47-50

Each group will discuss the myths
Which myth most surprising? 
Why do people believe the myth?

Then use the handout:
50 Great Myths broken down by "Cognitive Error" responsible for the Myth
Do these make sense? 
Do they help you analyze the book?

Assignment:
Fill Out the Student Survey - due by next Tuesday.
Quiz over 50 Great Myths of Popular Psych this Friday.
Test on 50 Great Myths next Wed/Thu
Watch the video screencasts over the Summer Reading: 50 Great Myths
Take notes. Bring them to class. Bring questions you have to class.
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Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 -- shortened periods 3 & 4 due to extended AHS Pep Rally
Quote“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.” - Milton Berle

Targets:
Summer Reading: 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology
Unit 1 - Evolution of Psychology, Research Methods, and Personality
1. Psychology is a science.
2. Science can be used as a process to determine truth.
3. Science & Psychology has changed and evolved over time as we have learned more.

Essential Questions:
1. What is psychology?
2. How can taking the AP test help?
3. How can the website help me prepare?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Prep for the Quiz - use handwritten notes!

2. Quiz over 50 Myths of Popular Psychology.

3. Review Quiz answers.

Assignment:
Fill Out the Student Survey - due by next Tuesday.
Quiz over 50 Great Myths of Popular Psych this Friday.
Test on 50 Great Myths next Wed/Thu
Watch the video screencasts over the Summer Reading: 50 Great Myths
Take notes. Bring them to class. Bring questions you have to class.

Agenda: Week of August 29 - Sept 02, 2016

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 1 - Evolution of Psych, Research Methods, & Personality
Week at a Glance:
MON - Notes & Discussion: Cognitive Errors that perpetuate the Myths of Popular Psychology; Matching Myths with Cognitive Errors on Cards in teams
TUE - SURVEY DUE, Notes & Discussion - The Top 10 Myths; Matching Quizzing to Prep for the test in groups and in full class.
WED/THU - TEST - Summer Reading "50 Myths of Popular Psychology"Article: Seattle Seahawks Psychologist - due on Friday
FRI - Socratic Seminar & Turn in Article: Seattle Seahawks Psychologist; Video: Crash Course #1 - Introduction to Psychology

ASSIGNMENTS at a Glance:
FINISH SURVEY - Due by Tuesday night at Midnight on Tuesday night. (Anything after that is 1 day late. District policy on late work)
TEST on Summer Reading - 50 Myths on Wed/Thu this week
Article: Seattle Seahawks Psychologist due on Friday
Read Weiten Chapter 1: Evolution to Psychology
Quiz on Chapter 1 is next Tuesday, Sept. 6th (Day after Labor Day)

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Monday, August 31, 2015
Quote: "Pride comes before a fall." - Proverbs

Learning Targets:
Evolution of Psychology: Psych Approaches
Research: The Scientific Method, Design, Processing, and Ethical Issues.
1. Wilhelm Wundt is credited with being the founder of modern experimental psychology when he founded a lab at the University of Leipzig Germany in 1879.
2. Tichener, Watson, James, and Skinner are all important early psychologists.
3. Understanding the differences between the various approaches or perspectives - behavioral, biological, cognitive, humanistic, psychoanalytic, & sociocultural - is the key to understanding psychology.
4. The modern definition of psychology combines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes in humans and other animals.
5. Observation is the most important aspect of psychological research.
6. Operationalism means to define our variables in the manner in which we are going to measure them.
7. Correlation measures degree of relationship between variables and ranges from -1 to +1. Correlation does NOT imply causation.
8. Experimental, correlational, & descriptive methods all have strengths & weaknesses in describing human behavior.
9. Descriptive statistics describe the data gathered in research, while inferential statistics allow us to draw conclusions about how this data can be generalized to a larger population.
10. Following ethical principles is vitally important in any kind of psychological research.

Essential Questions:

1. What is psychology? 
2. How does psychology impact my every day life?
3. How did psychology evolve as a science?
4. Compare and contrast the various types of approaches of psychology?
5. Explain the nature of psychology as an empirical science. How do psychologists determine results
6. Imagine the implications of a poor psychological experiment that fails to follow ethical principles. What are the ramifications?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: What is psychology? How would you define it? 
2. Quiz Review from Friday.
3. If time, discuss the Approaches of Psychology
Compare the College Board List to that of Weiten Chapter 1

Assignments: 
FINISH SURVEY - Due by Tuesday night at Midnight on Tuesday night. (Anything after that is 1 day late. District policy on late work)
TEST on Summer Reading - 50 Myths on Wed/Thu this week
Article: Seattle Seahawks Psychologist due on Friday
Read Weiten Chapter 1: Evolution to Psychology
Quiz on Chapter 1 is next Tuesday, Sept. 6th (Day after Labor Day)
Mr. Duez's Alma Mater - Juniata College. "Truth Sets Free"
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Quote: "I am a great believer in luck. I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it." - Thomas Jefferson

Learning Targets:
Understand the common cognitive errors responsible for perpetuating the 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology.

  1. Word of Mouth: Spread across generations by verbal communication. Confuse statement's familiarity with its accuracy. 
  2. Desire for Easy Answers & Quick Fixes: Look for techniques that offer foolproof promises, or rapid results. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  3. Selective Perception & Memory: Tendency to focus on "hits" rather than on "misses". We see things through our own set of distorting lenses- warped by our biases & expectations, & that lead us to interpret the world in accord with our preexisting beliefs. 
  4. Inferring Causation from Correlation: Incorrect to conclude that if two things co-occur statistically then they must be causally related to each other.
  5. Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc Reasoning: Since A precedes B, A must cause B.
  6. Exposure to a Biased Sample: Psychologists only have access to the sample of people that see them for problems.
  7. Reasoning by Representativeness: Evaluate the similarity between two things on the basis of their superficial resemblance to each other.
  8. Misleading Film & Media Portrayal: Mass communication (especially television, radio, newspapers, & the Internet) depicts things as more sensational than they really are. Exaggeration of a Kernel of Truth: Not entirely false, but their truth is overestimated, magnified, and/or amplified.
  9. Terminological Confusion: Some phraseology, wording, or nomenclature lend themselves to mistaken inferences.

Essential Questions:
1. What are the common cognitive errors responsible for perpetuating the 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology?
2. How does the scientific method function and protect us from failing victim to unfounded myth.
3. What is the best way to keep others from falling victim to psychological myths?
4. What does Veritas Liberat mean?

Agenda:

1. DO NOW: "Misleading Film & Media Portrayal" is the cognitive error that accounts for the most myths in the book. Why do you think that is? 
[Mass communication (especially television, radio, newspapers, & the Internet) depicts things as more sensational than they really are.]

2. Notes, Discussion, with short video clips over each - The Top 10 Myths
Students will take notes, Mr. Duez will lead discussion.

3. Matching Cards in groups & the Matching in class Presentation to assist students in being able to:

  • Match The Myth with the determining cognitive error.
  • Definition of cognitive errors with the correct term
  • Truth from Myth (quick quizzing over the hard to believe truths & the myths)

Assignment:
FINISH SURVEY - Due by Tuesday night at Midnight on Tuesday night. (Anything after that is 1 day late. District policy on late work)
TEST on Summer Reading - 50 Myths on Wed/Thu this week
Article: Seattle Seahawks Psychologist due on Friday
Read Weiten Chapter 1: Evolution to Psychology
Quiz on Chapter 1 is next Tuesday, Sept. 6th (Day after Labor Day)
Psychology has become a big part of sports at all levels.
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Wednesday, Sept. 2 & Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015
Quote: "Unless you pay the price for success, you will not know it's worth." - Apoorve Dubey

Agenda:

1. DO NOW: Prepare for test. You will need a pencil & one black pen.

2. TEST - 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology

3. After test - Pick up the Article: Seattle Seahawks Psychologist, read & annotate. 
Due Friday after our Socratic seminar.

Assignment:
Read Weiten Chapter 1: Evolution to Psychology
Quiz on Chapter 1 is next Tuesday, Sept. 6th (Day after Labor Day)
Article: Seattle Seahawks Psychologist due on Friday

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Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
Quote“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers

Learning Targets:
Evolution of Psychology: Psych Approaches
Research: The Scientific Method, Design, Processing, and Ethical Issues.
1. Wilhelm Wundt is credited with being the founder of modern experimental psychology when he founded a lab at the University of Leipzig Germany in 1879.
2. Titchener, Watson, James, and Skinner are all important early psychologists.
3. Understanding the differences between the various approaches or perspectives - behavioral, biological, cognitive, humanistic, psychoanalytic, & sociocultural - is the key to understanding psychology.
4. The modern definition of psychology combines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes in humans and other animals.
5. Observation is the most important aspect of psychological research.
6. Operationalism means to define our variables in the manner in which we are going to measure them.
7. Correlation measures degree of relationship between variables and ranges from -1 to +1. Correlation does NOT imply causation.
8. Experimental, correlational, & descriptive methods all have strengths & weaknesses in describing human behavior.
9. Descriptive statistics describe the data gathered in research, while inferential statistics allow us to draw conclusions about how this data can be generalized to a larger population.
10. Following ethical principles is vitally important in any kind of psychological research.

Essential Questions:

1. What is psychology? 
2. How does psychology impact my every day life?
3. How did psychology evolve as a science?
4. Compare and contrast the various types of approaches of psychology?
5. Explain the nature of psychology as an empirical science. How do psychologists determine results
6. Imagine the implications of a poor psychological experiment that fails to follow ethical principles. What are the ramifications?

Agenda: 
1. DO NOW: Prep article to discuss & then turn in to Mr. Duez Article: Seattle Seahawks Psychologist

2. Socratic Seminar: Discuss Article: Seattle Seahawks Psychologist in groups. Remember to refer to the text. Use your question from the article, your summary, and any notes you wrote to assist. 

3. Crash Course Psychology #1 - Introduction to Psychology w/Hank Green
Students will take notes & we will discuss.
What does Psychology mean? Where does it come from? 
Hank gives you a 10 minute intro to one of the more tricky sciences & talks about some of the big names in the development of the field. 
Welcome to Crash Course Psychology!!!

Assignment:
Read Weiten Chapter 1: Evolution to Psychology
Quiz on Chapter 1 is next Tuesday, Sept. 6th (Day after Labor Day)
Monday is Labor Day. A day off of work to celebrate "work" & those that built this great country. #WorkersUnite

Summer Reading for AP Psychology: "50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology"

Summer reading for AP Psychology:
50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior
by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L. Beyerstein

Description:
50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology uses popular myths as a vehicle for helping students to distinguish science from pseudoscience. 
  • Uses common myths as a vehicle for exploring how to distinguish factual from fictional claims in popular psychology
  • Explores topics that readers will relate to, but often misunderstand, such as 'opposites attract', 'people use only 10% of their brains', & 'handwriting reveals your personality'
  • Provides a 'mythbusting kit' for evaluating folk psychology claims in everyday life
  • Teaches essential critical thinking skills through detailed discussions of each myth
  • Includes over 200 additional psychological myths for readers to explore
  • Engaging & accessible writing style that appeals to students

50 Myths has 11 chapters categorizing the 50 into subtopics of psychology.

Video: 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology


Notes - 50 Great Myths - Summer Presentation


Reviews of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology:
"Scott Lilienfeld and his coauthors explore the gulf between what millions of people say is so and the truth. Some of these myths are just plain fascinating." (US News and World Report, October 2009)

"Is it true that psychology is mostly common sense? For anyone who wonders, this amazing book—which effectively discounts 50 pop psychology myths and briefly dismisses 250 more—provides convincing answers. And it does more: it offers fascinating examples of how science works and supports critical thinking. For teachers, students, writers, and anyone who wants to think smarter, this classic-to-be will be a valuable resource and a great read." David G. Myers, Hope College, author, Intuition: Its Powers and Perils

"At the end of each sub-section covering an individual myth is a list of anti-factoids about related matters and their factual antidotes. By this means a considerable range of topics is covered." - Education Review, July 2010

"Scott Lilienfeld and his team ... have a history in delving into the dark myths of science, and pseudoscience ... .They are back. As with their other works, these authors manage to write well for ease of reading so many facts, and do so with their characteristic humor and cutting edge science. This book is [an] illumination, and vital reading for professionals and even laymen." - Metapsychology, June 2010

"Who should read this book? Anyone interested in psychology and or the scientific method.  The book is written in an easy to read fashion, is well referenced and includes a wide array of topics.  The book teaches the value of critical thinking, and tells us it's all right to question authority. In conclusion, 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology is a must read for psychology majors, therapists and anyone who wishes to gain knowledge about the diverse field of psychology.  I wish this book was available when I was studying psychology in college." Basil & Spice (Jamie Hale), May 2010

"Because I only use 10% of my brain, I had to play Mozart music while reading this book, and then be hypnotized to recover the memory of it because of early childhood traumas that were repressed but occasionally leaked through out-of-body experiences and ESP. And if you believe any of the above you need to read this book...twice if its mythbusting revelations cause you to repress the memory of it." Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and author of Why People Believe Weird Things