Agenda: Week of Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2013

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 2 - Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation & Perception
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON: Milgram Experiment
TUE: The Neuron & Nervous System, What is Multiple Sclerosis?
WED/THU: Brain Project - Sketch of your brain
FRI: Present Sketch; Sensation & Perception introduction

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Monday, Sep 16, 2013
Quote: "I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival." - Kurt Vonnegut

Learning Targets:
1. Analyze how a person's biology can impact their behavior. 
2. How does sensation & perception impact behavior?

Essential Questions:
1. Compare the different methods for peering into the human brain.
2. Analyze the areas that the brain controls?
3. Explain the structure and function of the neuron?
4. How does action potential function?
5. Explain the role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Write the instructions for the video down that are on the board.
2. Video Study: ABC Primetime - The Milgram Experiment Revisited.
3. Students will take 2 column notes during the video. These will be used for discussion tomorrow and in the future when we come to the Unit that focuses on Authority, Conformity, and Obedience.
**Mr. Duez has a sub today. He will return on Tuesday and we will discuss the video and what you wrote about it. Please take 2 column notes, in the right column - jot down quick notes as you watch the video and the experiment. After the video ends, write your thoughts in the left column. We will also fill that in when we discuss tomorrow. You will turn in your notes to the substitute before the end of the period.** 

Focus on these questions:
Before watching the video, what are your thoughts about this quote by Milgram: 
"The social psychology of this century reveals a major lesson: often it is not so much the kind of person a man is as the kind of situation in which he finds himself that determines how he will act." –Stanley Milgram, 1974
1. What are your thoughts after seeing the video? Did they change at all?
2. Why did so many of the participants in this experiment perform a seemingly sadistic act on the instruction of an authority figure? 

Assignment:
Begin to study the notes, YouTube lectures, Target Sheets, and information at this link for Unit 2. Quiz is next Monday, Test over Unit 2 is next Wed/Thu.
Where's the part that focuses on Psychology? Must be a mistake!
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Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013
Quote: "No matter how closely you examine the water, glucose, and electrolyte salts in the human brain, you can't find the point where these molecules became conscious." - Deepak Chopra

Learning Targets:
1. Analyze how a person's biology can impact their behavior. 
2. How does sensation & perception impact behavior?

Essential Questions:
1. Compare the different methods for peering into the human brain.
2. Analyze the areas that the brain controls?
3. Explain the structure and function of the neuron?
4. How does action potential function?
5. Explain the role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Analyze how your biology impact your behavior? What ways? What is the impact? (refer to the Nature vs. Nurture argument/article ... or more precisely Nature VIA Nurture!)
2. Discuss Video Study: ABC Primetime - The Milgram Experiment Revisited from yesterday.
2. Notes & Discussion: Who is Phineas Gage? And what does he have to do with brain science? 
3. Reflection on Unit 1 Test and FRQ - What were some common errors and common celebrations?

Assignment:
Begin to study the notes, YouTube lectures, Target Sheets, and information at this link for Unit 2. Quiz is next Monday, Test over Unit 2 is next Wed/Thu.
Amazing.
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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 & Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
Quote: "Everything we do, every thought we've ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Learning Targets:
1. Analyze how a person's biology can impact their behavior. 
2. How does sensation & perception impact behavior?

Essential Questions:
1. Compare the different methods for peering into the human brain.
2. Analyze the areas that the brain controls?
3. Explain the structure and function of the neuron?
4. How does action potential function?
5. Explain the role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Pick up the handout - What MS Feels Like Article 
2. Notes & Discussion: The Neuron.
3. Video & Discussion: ZeFrank & Rainn Wilson Discuss the teen brain
4. Introduce Brain Project: Sketch Your BrainGive students about 15-20 minutes to work on it in class. We will present these on Friday. Students will need to know the parts of the brain and their functions to complete the assignment. If students have not already done so, they should review the notes over the brain.
5. (if time) Video Study: Begin study of the brain by exploring the world of the teen brain. Video - "Teen Dreams" 

Assignment:
We will present the brain project sketch in class on Friday. If you did not finish it today, complete it for Friday outside of class.
Begin to study the notes, YouTube lectures, Target Sheets, and information at this link for Unit 2. Quiz is next Monday, Test over Unit 2 is next Wed/Thu.
80s version of The Sixth Sense.
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Friday, Sep 20, 2013
Quote: "Science is nothing but perception." - Plato

Learning Targets:
1. Perception is the interpretation of sensory information; it relies on experience.
2. The difference between sensation and perception
3. The structure and function of the eye
4. The structure and function of the ear
Sensation and perception are areas that have been of interest to psychologists for most of the history of psychology. As we sit here, our senses receive literally thousands of messages. We need to make sense of this information. Our senses take in the information, and they do so from birth. Yet the interpretive part -perception- requires knowledge.

Essential Questions:
* How do we convert light into images?
* How does the ear responds to sound waves?
* How do we taste or smell?
* How does the somatic sensory system function?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Prep your sketch of your brain. We will present them to the class today.
2. Presentation of Brain Project - Sketch of the Brain.
3. Notes & Discussion: Introduction to Sensation & Perception.

Assignment:
Begin to study the notes, YouTube lectures, Target Sheets, and information at this link for Unit 2. Quiz is next Monday, Test over Unit 2 is next Wed/Thu.