Agenda: Week of Dec. 3 - Dec. 7, 2012

AP PSYCHOLOGY
UNIT 7: ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY, TREATMENT, & SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON: Abnormal Psych
TUE: Finish Abnormal Psych/Disorders, Quiz over Abnormal Psych/Disorders
WED/THU: Social Psych
FRI: Social Psych/Quiz over Social Psych
Following Monday - Test on Unit 7
Did the crowd make you do it? Social Psychology
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Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
Quote of the Day“We shall neither fail nor falter; we shall not weaken or tire...give us the tools and we will finish the job.” - Winston Churchill


Learning Targets:
Compare abnormal psychology to "normal" psychology.
Explain the differences between the major types of psychological disorders.
Explain the causes of these disorders.
Explain how mental health problems are treated.
Compare the different types of mental health professions.
Contrast the various approaches to psychotherapy.


1. The Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders is the handbook used by mental health professionals to diagnose psychiatric disorders.
2. There are many types of disorders, but they all involve debilitation that makes routine life situations difficult.
3. Schizophrenia is not dissociative identity disorder. It is a disorder that involves a break with reality and auditory hallucinations.
4. Personality disorders are the most difficult disorders to diagnose and treat. The most common treatment is medication (most have side effects).
5. Medication is effective as a treatment, but it is often combined with a form of “talk therapy” to provide a more complete therapeutic technique.
6. Behavioral and cognitive therapists are very popular forms of “talk therapy.”
7. Freudian therapy, though well known, is not utilized much anymore.

Essential Questions:
1. What is the medical model as applied to abnormal psychology?
2. How common are mental disorders?
3. What are the 4 major anxiety disorders and their causes?
4. How do biological factors, conditioning, cognition, personality, and stress contribute to anxiety disorders?
5. How are anxiety disorders treated?

Agenda:
1. Do Now Question: List and explain the 6 categories of Mental Illness.
2. Notes, Video, and Discussion:
Chapter 14 Abnormal Psychology - Disorders

The beautiful Juniata River in Huntingdon, Pa.
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Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012
Quote of the Day “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely...” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Learning Targets:
Compare abnormal psychology to "normal" psychology.
Explain the differences between the major types of psychological disorders.
Explain the causes of these disorders.
Explain how mental health problems are treated.
Compare the different types of mental health professions.
Contrast the various approaches to psychotherapy.


1. The Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders is the handbook used by mental health professionals to diagnose psychiatric disorders.
2. There are many types of disorders, but they all involve debilitation that makes routine life situations difficult.
3. Schizophrenia is not dissociative identity disorder. It is a disorder that involves a break with reality and auditory hallucinations.
4. Personality disorders are the most difficult disorders to diagnose and treat. The most common treatment is medication (most have side effects).
5. Medication is effective as a treatment, but it is often combined with a form of “talk therapy” to provide a more complete therapeutic technique.
6. Behavioral and cognitive therapists are very popular forms of “talk therapy.”
7. Freudian therapy, though well known, is not utilized much anymore.

Essential Questions:
1. What is the medical model as applied to abnormal psychology?
2. How common are mental disorders?
3. What are the 4 major anxiety disorders and their causes?
4. How do biological factors, conditioning, cognition, personality, and stress contribute to anxiety disorders?
5. How are anxiety disorders treated?

Agenda:
1. Do Now Question: Is the"ultimate cure" for any psychological disorder a biomedical cure?
2. Finish Abnormal Psychology - disorders.
Notes, Video, and Discussion:
Chapter 14 Abnormal Psychology - Disorder
3. Quiz on Abnormal Psych & Disorders/Treatment
Penn State University - White Out Game - 2012. How does it feel to be a part of an energetic crowd?
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Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012
Quote of the Day “My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” - Dave Barry


Targets - Chapter 16 - Social Psychology
  • how being part of a group influences the way individuals behave
  • why people cooperate with and help others
  • what factors contribute to aggressive behavior and violence
IF YOU LEARN ONLY 5 THINGS ABOUT SOCIAL PSYCH:
1. Social psychology refers to how groups influence the behavior of an individual.
2. Attribution theory refers to how we make judgments about others.
3. Obedience and conformity both refer to the influence of others on our behavior.
4. Milgram did studies in social psychology that seem to be on the ethical edge.
5. Behavior can be influenced by the presence of a group.


1. Do Now Question: Comparing Social Psychology Theories Daryl Bem's self-perception theory suggests that behavior determines attitudes. This counterintuitive notion is reminiscent of the James-Lange theory of emotion. How are the two theories similar yet different from each other?
2. Notes, Video, and Discussion: Chapter 16 Social Psychology

The movie V for Vendetta captures a dystopian future filled with social psychology perspectives.
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Friday, Dec. 7, 2012
Quote of the Day "The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all - doing nothing." - Benjamin Franklin


Targets - Chapter 16 - Social Psychology
  • how being part of a group influences the way individuals behave
  • why people cooperate with and help others
  • what factors contribute to aggressive behavior and violence
IF YOU LEARN ONLY 5 THINGS ABOUT SOCIAL PSYCH:
1. Social psychology refers to how groups influence the behavior of an individual.
2. Attribution theory refers to how we make judgments about others.
3. Obedience and conformity both refer to the influence of others on our behavior.
4. Milgram did studies in social psychology that seem to be on the ethical edge.
5. Behavior can be influenced by the presence of a group.


1. Do Now Question: Compare and contrast the psychoanalytic and humanistic brands of insight therapy.
2. Notes, Video, and Discussion: Chapter 16 Social Psychology

3. Quiz over Social Psychology

TEST MONDAY OVER UNIT 7