Agenda: Week of Sep 30 - Oct 4, 2013

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 2: Biological Bases of Behavior - Sensation & Perception
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON - Unit 2 Reading Check Quiz; Review Quiz; Finish Brain Games Video
TUE - Review Sensation & Perception & Biological Bases of Behavior
WED/THU - Test Unit 2; Article - Dreams; Introduction to Consciousness - "The Hard Problem"
FRI - Discuss Article - Dreams; Handout - Effect of Drugs on Consciousness; Sleep Cycles & Disorders
The federal government is very good at 'hearing' you. 
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Monday, Sep 30, 2013
Quote"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius

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 for Reading Check Quiz over Unit 2 - Biological Bases of Behavior & Sensation-Perception.
2. Reading Check Quiz - Unit 2
3. Video Study: Brain Games - "Watch This" - episode on perception.

Assignments:
Check the notes, YouTube lectures, and work on the Target Sheets to prepare.
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Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
Quote: "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:
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: Explain the theories of how we perceive differences in pitch?
Place theory = pitch perception depends on where vibrations occur along the basilar membrane. Frequency theory = pitch perception depends on the rate at which the basilar membrane vibrates. Which theory is correct?
2. Review Unit 2 for test next time. Use the Target Sheets to help assist you.

Assignments:
Check the notes, YouTube lectures, and work on the Target Sheets to prepare.
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Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 & Thursday, Oct 3, 2013
Quote"To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge." - Socrates

Learning Targets:
1. People dream during REM sleep.
2. Sleep isn't easy for everyone. There are a variety of sleep disorders that are important to understand.
3. The Stages of Sleep.

Essential Questions:
● Explain Levels of consciousness. Compare the different levels of consciousness.
● Why do we Sleep and dream?
● Be able to examine and differentiate between different types of sleep disorders
● Define, differentiate and compare the different types of Psychoactive drugs - Depressants, Narcotics, Stimulants, Hallucinogens

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Prep for Test over Unit 2.
2. Test - Unit 2 - Biological Bases of Behavior & Sensation - Perception.
3. Pick up Article, Read, & Annotate - we will discuss on Friday in class: What Dreams Are Made Of
4. Introduction - Unit 3 - Consciousness, Learning, and Memory.

Assignments:
Check the notes, YouTube lectures, and work on the Target Sheets to prepare.


Gryff doesn't lick my face, but he is a good snuggler.
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Friday, Oct 4, 2013 
Quote:  "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:
1. People dream during REM sleep.
2. Sleep isn't easy for everyone. There are a variety of sleep disorders that are important to understand.
3. The Stages of Sleep.
4. Impact of drugs on consciousness.

Essential Questions:
● Explain Levels of consciousness. Compare the different levels of consciousness.
● Why do we Sleep and dream?
● Be able to examine and differentiate between different types of sleep disorders
● Define, differentiate and compare the different types of Psychoactive drugs - Depressants, Narcotics, Stimulants, Hallucinogens
● Does Hypnosis actually work?
● Meditation - is it useful?
● Impact of psychoactive drugs - Depressants, Narcotics, Stimulants, Hallucinogens

Agenda:
1. Do Now: Pick up Drugs - Impact on Consciousness Charts & Prep article  What Dreams Are Made Of
2. Socratic Discussion: Article -  What Dreams Are Made Of
3. Notes & Discussion:  Stages of Sleep and Sleep Disorders
Assignments:
Check the notes, YouTube lectures, and work on the Target Sheets to prepare.

Agenda: Week of September 23 - September 27, 2013

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 2 - Biological Bases of Behavior - Sensation & Perception
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON - Brain Projects Due; Present Brain Projects; Mr. Duez's brain!
TUE - Finish Brain Rules; Sensation & Perception
WED/THU -  Sensation & Perception: Sight
FRI - Brain Games Video Study: Sensation & Perception: Sight & Sound
Muse chose this album art, taken from the Human Connectome Project, represents the map of the human brain's pathways, "tracking the circuits in our heads and how we process information with bright, neon colors." 
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Monday, Sep 23, 2013
Quote: Quote: "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." - Robert Frost

Learning Targets:
1. The different methods for peering into the human brain
2. What the areas does the brain control
3. The structure of the neuron
4. The action potential
5. The role of neurotransmitters in neural transmission

Essential Questions:
1. What are the major lobes of the brain and what areas of human behavior do they impact?
2. What are the parts of the neuron?
3. How do neuron's fire and communicate with other neurons to send messages?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Pick up Target Sheets from the front table. Be sure to begin working on reading through these and answering the questions at the end.
2. Present the Brain Project: Students will use their brain sketch and work with other students in the class to find similar brain sketches to their own. Students will present those similarities to the class. The object is to introduce everyone to the class and to learn about what commonalities we share.
3. Brain Imaging: We'll take a look at Mr. Duez's brain on MRI. Also discuss the different methods that can be used to peer inside the human brain.
4. Video Study: The Teenage Brain: Adriana Galvan at TEDxYouth (If time)

Assignment:
Quiz on Monday, Sep 30.
Test is on Wed/Thu, Oct 2
Check the notes, YouTube lectures, and work on the Target Sheets to prepare.
The development of the brain - pruning creates strong neural pathways.
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Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013
Quote"The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases." - Carl Jung

Learning Targets:
1. Describe the parts of the neruon and explain how they function.
2. List the 3 properties of light and the aspects of visual perception that they influence.
3. Identify the location of the lens, pupil, cornea, and retina. Discuss their functions.
4. Distinguish between nearsightedness and farsightedness.
5. Identify the retina & optic disk.
6. Discuss the contribution of rods & cones to visual processing. 
7. Explain the processes underlying dark adaptation.

Essential Questions:
1. How does the brain actually 'see' - route the signals from the eye to the brain?
2. What are the two pathways involved in visual processing and the information they handle?
3. How does the research that Hubel & Wiesel's worked on explain information processing in the visual cortex?
4. What does the concept of feature analysis and subjective contours tell us about vision?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Draw the sketch of the neruon on the board and label the parts in your notes.

2. PsychTrek - Sensation & Perception - Students will work through the learning modules to be introduced to Sensation & Perception. Interactive quizzing.

Assignment:
Quiz on Monday, Sep 30.
Test is on Wed/Thu, Oct 2
Check the notes, YouTube lectures, and work on the Target Sheets to prepare.
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Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 & Thursday, Sep 26 , 2013
Quote"Every man dies. Not every man really lives." - William Wallace

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

Essential Questions:
1. Analyze the process that humans use to convert light into images?
2. How does the ear responds to sound waves?
3. How do we taste or smell?
4. Explain the somatic sensory system function?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW:Are you influenced by advertisements - tv, radio, print, billboard, & internet? Have you ever made a purchase based on the power of an advertisement?
2. Notes & Discussion: Does Subliminal Stimulation (Advertisement) work? In what ways will it and won't it be convincing to a person?
3. Video & Discussion: Derren Brown - "Psychological Illusionist" - Derren Brown will use some amazing tricks to control human behavior. 3 video clips:


Are people so easily deceived? Is it possible that we are being manipulated much more than we are aware, by advertisers and marketers? How will this knowledge of your susceptibility impact you in the future?
3. Weber's Law Group/Cooperative Experiments: The idea that, to perceive a difference between 2 stimuli, they must differ by a constant percentage; not a constant amount.
Students will participate in a number of group experiments to test if Weber's Law.

Assignment:
Quiz on Monday, Sep 30.
Test is on Wed/Thu, Oct 2
Check the notes, YouTube lectures, and work on the Target Sheets to prepare.
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Friday, Sep 27, 2013
Quote"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on." - Henry Ellis

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

Essential Questions:
1. Analyze the process that humans use to convert light into images?
2. How does the ear responds to sound waves?
3. How do we taste or smell?
4. Explain the somatic sensory system function?

Agenda:
1. Do Now: Pick up questions for the video from the front.
2. Video Study: Brain Games - "Watch This" - episode on perception.

Assignment:
Quiz on Monday, Sep 30.
Test is on Wed/Thu, Oct 2
Check the notes, YouTube lectures, and work on the Target Sheets to prepare.

Unit 2 - Targets - Biological Bases of Behavior & Sensation/Perception

Unit 2 - Targets - Biological Bases of Behavior
Unit 2 - Targets - Sensation/Perception

Brain Project

We are working on the brain project almost exclusively in class. Of course, if you want to finish it at home, you can. But, remember... the test is next Wed/Thu and you need to be studying, reading the text, going over the notes I have posted, and working the Target Sheet. So don't spend forever on it.

We will have some time in class on Wed/Thu this week and also the first portion of class on Friday to finish it. We will present them in groups. So don't fear "public speaking" that isn't a requirement. However, we will have some fun with it. This is all in an effort to help you learn about the brain, it's parts, their functions, and consider how your brain divides up the resources afforded to it.

The written part is where you will explain how your brain functions. How do you percentages match up to the portions of your brain and their functions? If you mess up and feel like you should have put 15% video game playing in a different location... leave it where it is on your diagram. Just explain what you should have done in the written part. The explanation is your chance to show me what you learned about your life, your brain, and how it functions. That is what I will grade.

Here is an example of one we have done in the past (I changed the formatting this year and gave you a handout with it. In the past they had to freehand draw it themselves):


You may feel the need to write your item and % outside of the brain and then draw arrows to correspond with the location. That's fine. Just use color to coordinate your mapping.

Good luck. If you have questions, let me know.

Also, here is the video from Educational-Portal that showcased the great ways to remember the parts of the brain: Psychology 101 - Bio: Parts of the Brain


Install 3D Brain APP on your Android/Tablet or iPhone/iPad

3D Brain on Google Play Store
3D Brain on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around the interactive brain structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research.

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.

Agenda: Week of Sep 9 - Sep 13, 2013

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 1 - Evolution of Psych, Research Methods, & Personality
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON: Reading Check Quiz Unit 1; Examples of Personality tests
TUE: Personality: Freud's Psychoanalytic, Humanistic, & Factor Analysis
WED/THU: Unit 1 Test; Introduce Unit 2: Biological Bases of Behavior (Brain & Sensation/Perception)
FRI: Introduce the Brain Project; Create a map of your brain
Personality tests come in different forms. :)
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Monday, Sep 9, 2013
Quote: “People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar

Learning Targets:
1. Personality refers to patterns of behavior that remain constant across situations.
2. There are different approaches to personality, including psychoanalytic, trait, humanistic, and learning theories.
3. Sigmund Freud is responsible for the psychoanalytic approach, which states that we are controlled by unconscious conflicts.
4. Trait theorists argue that our personality is simply a collection of traits.
5. Humanistic theorists argue that humans are basically good and strive for perfection.
6. Learning theorists argue that personality is nothing more than a shorthand description for clusters of behavior.

Essential Questions:
1. What is personality?
2. What are the psychological theories behind personality?
3. Given all of his popularity, what is Sigmund Freud's legacy?
4. Compare the different traits in the Trait Theory of Personality.

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Prep for Reading Check Quiz.
2. Reading Check Quiz - Unit 1. You may use your handwritten notes to aid you on the quiz. It is only 10 multiple choice questions. We will spend about 15 minutes on it.
3. Introduction to Personality: The Personality Test.
Oreo Cookie Personality Test, The Banana Test, The World's Quickest Personality Test.
4. Who is Sigmund Freud?

Assignment:
Read Unit 1 (Evolution of Psych, Research Methods, & Personality) & Take Notes
Focus on Target Sheets
Watch Mr. Duez's Video Notes & Slides
TEST IS WED/THU
The Oreo Cookie is the best selling cookie in the WORLD.
In 2011: $2 Billion in sales!
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Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013
Quote: "If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work." - Thomas J. Watson

Learning Targets:
1. Personality refers to patterns of behavior that remain constant across situations.
2. There are different approaches to personality, including psychoanalytic, trait, humanistic, and learning theories.
3. Sigmund Freud is responsible for the psychoanalytic approach, which states that we are controlled by unconscious conflicts.
4. Trait theorists argue that our personality is simply a collection of traits.
5. Humanistic theorists argue that humans are basically good and strive for perfection.
6. Learning theorists argue that personality is nothing more than a shorthand description for clusters of behavior.

Essential Questions:
1. What is personality?
2. What are the psychological theories behind personality?
3. Given all of his popularity, what is Sigmund Freud's legacy?
4. Compare the different traits in the Trait Theory of Personality.

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Pick up the FRQ that is due on Friday. Also, Explain Freud's theory of unconsciousness and it's impact on Psychology.
2. Lecture & Discussion - Personality. Review Freudian Psychodynamic Theory and compare to the other main theories of Personality.
3. Review concepts for the test over Unit 1.
4. Video: Attacking the FRQ by Schallhorn. Great tips on how to achieve success on the first FRQ.

Assignment:
Read Unit 1 (Evolution of Psych, Research Methods, & Personality) & Take Notes
Focus on Target Sheets
Watch Mr. Duez's Video Notes & Slides
TEST IS WED/THU
Nature vs. Nurture
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Wednesday, Sep 11 & Thursday, Sep 12, 2013
Quote: "Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then." - John Wooden

Learning Targets:
Understand the Psychology Theme of Nature versus Nurture. 

Essential Questions:
1. Which is stronger—nature or nurture?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Prep for Test over Unit 1.
2. TEST UNIT 1 - Evolution of Psychology, Research Methods, & Personality
3. Nature vs. Nurture Article. Pick up article after the test, read and annotate it. We will discuss it in a socratic seminar on Friday.
4. Introduce Unit 2 - The Biological Bases of Behavior: The Brain and Sensation/Perception.

Assignment:
Read Unit 2 Biological Bases of Behavior (The Brain, Sensation & Perception) & Take Notes
Focus on Target Sheets
Watch Mr. Duez's Video Notes & Slides
FRQ is due Friday over UNIT 1
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Friday, Sep 13, 2013
Quote: "Very superstitious, nothin' more to say
Very superstitious, the devil's on his way
Thirteen month old baby broke the lookin' glass
Seven years of bad luck, good things in your past"
     - Stevie Wonder, Superstition
Ahhh, we'll discuss many phobias this semester. This one is actually real. The fear of the #13.
Learning Targets:
Understand the Psychology Theme of Nature versus Nurture. 

Essential Questions:
1. Which is stronger—nature or nurture?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Be prepared to turn in the FRQ over UNIT 1. Also, have the article ready to discuss in Socratic Seminar. Nature vs. Nurture Article.
2. Socratic Seminar over the article: Nature vs. Nurture Article.

Assignment:
Read Unit 2 Biological Bases of Behavior (The Brain, Sensation & Perception) & Take Notes
Focus on Target Sheets
Watch Mr. Duez's Video Notes & Slides

Agenda: Sept 2 - Sept 6, 2013

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 1 - Evolution of Psych, Research Methods, & Personality
Week at a Glance:
MON - LABOR DAY - No School. YES!
TUE - Review Psych Approaches, PsychTrek Research, Science of Attraction
WED/THU - Science of Attraction, PsychTrek Research, Group Experimentation
FRI - Science of Attraction, Descriptive Statistics Computation Sheet, Research Methods Review
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Monday, September 2, 2013 - Labor Day! No School!
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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:
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: Which of the psychological approaches do you believe is the best? Why? Which do you have problems with and why?
2. PsychTrek - Research Methods. Informal & interactive quiz over psych experiments.
3. Science of Attraction - The Halo Effect: Students will investigate the experiment regarding the Halo Effect. Does one aspect of their personality overshadow an inital impression? How good is our ability to judge a person? Is this a proper experiment? Define the operational variables.

Assignment:
Continue to take notes from your text, presentation/video lectures, and psychtrek.
Quiz is next Monday over Unit 1.
Test is next Wed/Thu over Unit 1.
Correlation does not mean causation!
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Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 & Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
Quote: "Unless you pay the price for success, you will not know it's worth." - Apoorve Dubey

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: Take a moment to create a psychological experiment. Use operational definitions to show how your experiment will work. Hypothesis, variables, groups,
2. PsykTrek - Research Methods, students will be in groups and will compete on the quiz/test within the interactive questioning modules.
3. Group Experimentation - Each group will create one experiment, mark the operational definitions (variables, groups, etc.). Each group will present their idea to the class.
3. Science of Attraction: Sounds of Attraction -- how does our voice represent ourselves? In the modern world we communicate via the telephone more than ever, in many cases with people we have never met. What assumptions do we all make about people's attractiveness based upon their voices?

Assignment:
Continue to take notes from your text, presentation/video lectures, and psychtrek.
Quiz is next Monday over Unit 1.
Test is next Wed/Thu over Unit 1.
How important are ethics in Psychological Experiments?
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Friday, Sept. 6, 2013
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: What is the difference between descriptive and inferential statistics? When would you use either in psychology?
2. Statistics for the Terrified! Students will work in groups to convert raw data into formulas. The object is to understand the need to collect data and extrapolate results.
3. Science of Attraction: Smell of Attraction. Science suggests that the smell of a person can influence your attraction to them. It is a scientific fact that we can be biologically disposed to a certain type of person based on their smell. Does their experiment work? If so, why does it? Can you define the operational variables and parts of their experiment and explain it from a scientific viewpoint?

Assignment:
Continue to take notes from your text, presentation/video lectures, and psychtrek.
Monday we will begin to look at Personality and study it on Tuesday as well.
Quiz is next Monday over Unit 1.
Test is next Wed/Thu over Unit 1.

Unit 1 - Notes - 1.4 & 1.5 - Research Methods - Ethics & Research Methods

YouTube: Psychology - Unit 1.4 - Notes - Research Methods - Ethics
  Notes - Unit 1.4 - Research Methods - Ethics
YouTube: Unit 1.5 - Research Methods