Agenda: Week of Mon Jan 14 - Fri Jan 18, 2013

Advanced Placement Psychology
Unit 1 - History & Evolution of Psychology -and- Research Methods
Week at a Glance:
MON- PsykTrek 3; Variations & Themes of Psych; Science of Attraction.
TUE- Psych Approaches; Research Methods; Science of Attraction.
WED/THU- QUIZ, Research Methods; Science of Attraction.
FRI- TEST

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Monday, January 14, 2013
Quote of the Day:  "You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act." - Barbara Hall, A Summons to New Orleans, 2000

Learning Targets
What is Psychology? Psychology in the Past? Approaches to Psych today.
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.
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?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Is Psychology a science class? Or is it a social studies class?
3. Video & Discussion: Example of psychological experimentation and how the science relates to every day life - The Science of AttractionProfile Pictures
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Quote of the Day"Life is something that everyone should try at least once." - Henry J. Tillman

What is Psychology? Psychology in the Past? Approaches to Psych today.
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.

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?

Agenda:

1. DO NOW: Which Psychological approach makes the most sense to you? Why?
3. Video & Discussion: Example of psychological experimentation and how the science relates to every day life - The Science of AttractionFamiliar Faces
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 & Thursdays, January 17, 2013

Quote of the Day"Life is difficult and complicated and beyond anyone's total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes." - J. K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address, 2008


What is Psychology? Psychology in the Past? Approaches to Psych today.
Research: The Scientific Method, Design, Processing, and Ethical Issues.
If You Learn Only 10 Things for the AP Test....
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.


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: Imagine the implications of a poor psychological experiment that fails to follow ethical principles. What are the ramifications?
2. Notes, Video, & Discussion: Unit 1 - Research Methods
3. Video & Discussion: Example of psychological experimentation and how the science relates to every day life - The Science of Attraction
The Smell of Attraction
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Quote of the Day"Difficulties come when you don't pay attention to life's whisper. Life always whispers to you first, but if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you'll get a scream." - Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ), Stanford Commencement Adress, 2008

Agenda:

1. TEST Unit 1.
No School Monday - MLK Day