Agenda: Tue, Thu, Fri Last week of Sept 2011

Quote of the Day: "A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life." - Lewis Mumford

Finish Brain Project Presentations.
Notes on Vision from Chapter 4.

Finished Notes on Vision from Chapter 4.

Test on Chapter 4 - Sensation and Perception. Be sure to review the Learning Targets.

Notes: Sensation Inrto -
Notes: Vision -
Notes: Hearing -
Notes: Smell & Taste -

Mr. Duez will have a substitute. Aidan is sick with the flu. Mrs. Duez has been out the last 2 days and today is my turn on duty with the little guy.

Students will watch ABC Primetime Miligram Experiment.
Students will take notes showing their understanding of the dvd, the miligram experiment and the new version that the study looks at. Mr. Duez will grade this as a formative grade and it should go towards improving quiz averages!
(info on the original Miligram Experiment)

On Monday we will being Chapters 5 and 6. Please begin reading them and taking notes. Mr. Duez will post the targets on Friday for this unit.

Out of this World Picture

I don't think I ever posted this. It was from Homecoming Week.
Now those are two "Out of this World" people! :)  
[although I look like I have gas, I was going for the 'tough superman thing']

Test Prep - Chapter 4 Sensation & Perception

Good luck in studying for your test on Chapter 4 - Sensation & Perception for Thursday. There is a good chance we will have a fire drill during 2nd period. Hopefully it will be during the beginning and during our review. 

I thought I would help your preparation by sending you the essays (you have to write them fresh in class though):

Essay Complete one full essay. You may do one, two or three of the others for extra credit.

1. From a distal light source to the brain, sequentially trace a visual stimulus that registers as the color red for a person. Trace the visual stimulus through the eye and nervous system. Why does a person see “red.” What is “red?”

2. Discuss the psychological question of nature versus nurture when it comes to taste/smell. Why do you like your favorite food? Be sure to include in your answer an understanding of Olfactory System, taste buds (and 4 receptors of taste), taste sensitivity the Gustatory System and sensory interaction.

3. How are tactile and thermal data routed to the brain? Explain this by choosing an injury you have had in the past. Explain the gate-control theory and how the injury registered pain.

4. A giant redwood falls in the forest. You are standing nearby. Describe the “sound” you would hear. Would there be a “sound” if there was no one there to hear it? Be sure to include theses concepts in your answer: auditory localization, amplitude, wavelength, purity and pitch.

Notes Chapter 4 Vision

AP Psych CH 4 Vision

Monday, Sept. 26, 2011

Quote of the Day: DFTBA: "Don't Forget To Be Awesome."
But I know you won't.

Learning Targets:
How does the brain function and what are the implications with the study of psychology and behavior?

1. Finish Brain Unit Project presentations.
2. Discuss Perception & Vision.
3. Last 10 minutes - Quiz on Chapter 3

TEST is THURSDAY on Chapter 4 Sensation & Perception.

Agenda: Friday, Sept. 23, 2011

Quote of the Day: "Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything." - Mary Hemingway

Learning Targets:
- Present learning about the brain, it's functions and operations to the class. 
- What is perception? 
- How does sensation/perception work with the vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch systems.

1. Students will present their brain unit projects.
2. With whatever time we have remaining we will work on the Psyktrek 3 cd to learn the senses & perception.

Quiz is Monday.
Test on Chapter 4 is Tuesday.

Agenda: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

Quote of the Day:  "Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing." - William James, American psychologist and philosopher (1842 - 1910)

Learning Targets:

  • What is JND?
  • What is sensation and how is it measured?
  • Do subliminal messages and suggestions actually work?
      Write out your response... Are you influenced by advertisements?
2. Notes Chapter 4 Sensation
3. Psyktrek 3 CD - Sensation & Vision

Extra Credit due Friday
Quiz Monday

Notes - Sensation - Introduction

Sensation Intro

Targets Chapter 4 Sensation & Perception

APPsych Chapter4 Targets

Agenda: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011

Quote of the Day: "To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge." - Socrates

Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Socrates, 1787
Learning Targets:
  • What are the 3 properties of light?
  • What do the lens, pupil, rods and cones contribute to visual functioning?
  • How do visual receptive fields typically function?
  • How are visual signals routed from the eye to the primary visual cortex?
  • What are feature detectors?
1. Mr. Duez will collect the Chapter 3 Take Home Test.
2. We will read and discuss this article: Mind - Body - Yogurt
3. With rest of class time we will watch the remainder of:
The Responsive Brain is the fourth program in the DISCOVERING PSYCHOLOGY series (click to watch the video)
This program explores how the brain alters its structure and functioning in response to social situations. You'll learn about the impact of different stimuli on human and animal brains, from the effect of human touch on premature babies to the effect of social status on the health of baboons.

Brain Unit Extra Credit Due on Friday!
Quiz is Next Monday.
Test for Chapter 4 is Tuesday.

Dress Like a Teacher Day

I had to share this because it is simply awesome. Ryan in my AP Psychology class dressed up as Mr. Duez today. He did a very good job, too! He even had the cane and orange MS wrist band - just wish you could see the canes a little better. And wish my wrist band was also showing. But, I must say... we are one good looking pair! :)

Agenda: Monday Sept. 19, 2011

Quote of the Day: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius
If you aren't fired with enthusiasm,
you will be FIRED with enthusiasm.

Learning Targets:
  • Explain how simulus intensity is related to absolute thresholds.
  • Describe the JND and explain Weber’s law.
  • Explain the basic thrust of signal-detection theory.
  • Summarize evidence on perception without awareness and discuss the practical implications of subliminal perception.
  • Discuss the meaning and significance of sensory adaptation. 
1. DO NOW: What questions do you have from Chapter 3 "Bases of Behavior?"
2. Begin Chapter 4 "Sensation and Perception" We will begin by looking at the Psyktrek CD. Mr. Duez will quiz the class over the first portion.
3. We will then begin the first 1/2 of a video over
The Responsive Brain is the fourth program in the DISCOVERING PSYCHOLOGY series (click to watch the video)
This program explores how the brain alters its structure and functioning in response to social situations. You'll learn about the impact of different stimuli on human and animal brains, from the effect of human touch on premature babies to the effect of social status on the health of baboons.

Students should take notes and be prepared to discuss following the video. (If we do not finish, we will do so tomorrow)
QUIZ on Chapter 4 will be next Monday.
Brain Unit Extra Credit due on Friday!

Agenda: Friday, Sept. 16, 2011

Quote of the Day: "Veni, Vidi, Vici" - I came, I saw, I conquered. - Julius Caesar

Learning Targets:
- Explain how the left hemisphere of the brain was originally implicated in the control of language. 
- How are sensory and motor information routed in the two different hemispheres of the brain?
- What did split brain research reveal in the right and left brain hemispheres?
- How do scientists study hemispheric separation in normal brained people and what have they learned?

1. Reading Check Quiz for Chapter 4. "Biological Bases of Behavior"
2. Weiten companion book site. "Visual Input in the Split Brain." Students will drag and drop the necessary tags to the correct position on the diagram.

3. Introduce Chapter 4 "Sensation and Perception"

Take home test for Chapter 3 is due on Tuesday.
We will begin Chapter 4 on Monday. Quiz will be on Friday. Test is the following Tuesday.

Agenda: Thursday Sept. 15, 2011

Quote of the Day: "SPQR" - SPQR is an initialism from a Latin phrase, Senatus Populusque Romanus ("The Senate and People of Rome")

Learning Targets:

·          The Brain and Behavior
3 Major regions: hindbrain, midbrain, and forebrain. Hindbrain develops first and both hindbrain and midbrain handle essential functions.
Thalamus is a relay station.
Hypothalamus regulates basic biological drives (hunger/sex).
Lymbic System is involved in emotion, motivation and memory.
Cortex is cerebrum's convoluted outer layer, which is subdivided into occipital, parietal, temporal, and frontal lobes.
·          Right Brain/Left Brain: Cerebral Laterality
Cerebrum is divided into right and left hemispheres connected by the corpus callosum. Studies of split-brained patients and perceptual asymmetries have revealed that the right and left halves of the brain each have unique talents.

1. Do Now - Draw a quick lateral diagram of the brain. Label the parts of the brain.
2. Finish the video study of "Brain Rules." Discuss.
3. We will do drag and drop quizzing of these functions from the Weiten Book Companion Site:

4. If time remains we will watch the video The Behaving Brain on Discovering Psychology


Learning Targets - Chapter 3 - Biological Bases of Behavior

APPsych Chapter3 Targets

Agenda: Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 12 & 13, 2011

Quote of the Day: “Why not just live in the moment, especially if it has a good beat?” - Goldie Hawn

Photo Credit: Mr. Campbell Blue 2 Principal.
Texans 34 - Colts 7
Learning Targets:
Chapter 3, section 1 & 2:
  • Understand how the nervous system works.
  • The Synapse: Where Neurons Meet
  • synaptic cleft, neurotransmitters.
  • Organization of the Nervous System
  • Looking inside the Brain: Research Methods
1. Review the nervous system using the PsykTrek 3.0 CD.
2. Discuss the brain and behavior.
3. Show the video clip for Brain Rules. Check this website for more information:

Welcome to Brain Rules from Pear Press on Vimeo.

Great site for the 12 Brain Rules:

Agenda: Friday Sept 9, 2011

Quote of the Day: "The un-examined life is not worth living." - Socrates

Learning Target:
Explain how the human body uses the brain and central nervous system. Can you compare it to any other system?

1. Discuss Brain Unit Extra Credit Assignment. Due in 2 weeks.
2. PsycTrek CD - Neurons. We will discuss the causes of Multiple Sclerosis, because it is a great example of how neurons not functioning properly can have an adverse impact on the human condition.
2. Video - "The Human Body: The Nervous System" - Students should take notes.

Youtube Video Examples (great to watch if you were absent from class):

The Human Body: Nervous System

Brain Unit Extra Credit - Due on Fri. Sept. 23rd

Brain Unit Extra Credit is due in class on Friday, Sept. 23rd. You have two weeks to complete this work. No work will be accepted late.

You may do none of this. You may do 1, 2, or 3 of them.

If you choose to do all 3 assignments, you will get extra test scores of 100 (for perfect work), 90 (less than perfect), 80 (missing elements), 70 (missing KEY elements). There are no other scores available. All work will be presented to the class on Friday, Sept. 23rd.

If you have any questions, please let Mr. Duez know.
Brain Unit Extra Credit

Notes - Research Methods - Chapter 2

CH 2 Research Methods

Agenda for Thursday Sept. 8, 2011

Quote of the Day: "The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore." -Dale Carnegie
An anchored boat is pretty safe for sure. But it doesn't do much while anchored. Someone has to have the courage to captain it and take the adventure!
Review the Learning Targets for Chapter 2, The key terms/vocabulary, and objectives from Chapter 2.
1. Review of Chapter 2 in class. Mr. Duez will discuss Research Methods and take questions from the class. We'll be sure to understand correlations,
2. TEST ON Chapter 2 - "Research Methods."

Chapter 3 Quiz is next Friday. Test is the following Tuesday. 

Tuesday, Sept 6, 2011

Quote of the Day: "Change your thoughts and you change your world." - Norman Vincent Peale

Learning Target: 
Explain how psychologists use consistent research principles to test a hypothesis and conduct experiments.

1. Students will have 10 minutes to work in groups to create a skit that shows the fundamentals of research. These are made up scenarios and the groups will act as if they have done the research. Each person in the group will stand before the class and model such concepts as hypothesis, independent/dependent variable, experimental and control groups, conclusion. Use positive or negative correlation to explain your conclusion.
2. Lecture and Discussion on Chapter 2 Research Method (will continue the discussion with questions prior to exam on Thursday).
3. Quiz on Chapter 2 Research Methods. Last 15 minutes of class.

Test on Thursday - last 60 minutes of the period. We'll discuss the chapter and review concepts for 30 minutes before the test. Come prepared with questions you might have regarding the chapter objectives.

Way to go Eagles! Have a safe Labor Day Weekend

Another win in the books. Way to go AHS. Hope everyone has a happy and safe Labor Day weekend.
We win half time again. Undefeated. Patriettes and our Band can not be defeated.
What a great night for football.
Eagle Fans for Life. Go Big Red.

Agenda: Friday, Sept 2, 2011

Quote of the Day:  "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going" - Helen Keller

Learning Target:
* What components make up a successful scientific experiment?

1. PsykTrek 3 - Modules, Quiz, and Test. Mr. Duez will pull cards for student responses.
2. Notes and discussion revolving around Chapter 2 Research Methods.
3. Students will work in groups of 5 to create a psychological experiment simulation. They must use vocab and terms from Chapter 2 and model an experiment for the class. We will present these first thing on Tuesday.

Quiz on Tuesday next week.
Test is on Thursday.