Agenda: Week of Jan. 27 - 31, 2014

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 2 - Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation & Perception
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON: How to write the FRQ; The Neuron & Nervous System,
TUE: What is Multiple Sclerosis?
WED/THU: Finish Neuro & Brain anatomy, Eye & Ear - Sensation & Perception introduction
FRIBrain Project Due - Sketch of your brain
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Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
Quote: "One must maintain a little bit of summer, in the the midst of winter." H. D. Thoreau

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: How does Biology impact behavior? List 3 ways it can and explain how that might impact the study of psychology (cognitive function, humanistic potential, behavioral - ability to learn new tasks)
2. Introduction to Biological Bases of Behavior - The Story of Phineas Gage. 
3. Diagram & Label - Introduction to the neuron - parts & function.
4. Notes, Video, Discussion: Introduction to Biological Bases of Behavior. 

Assignment:
Begin to study the notes, YouTube lectures, Brain Project is due on Friday. 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, Jan. 28, 2014
Quote: "A snow day literally and figuratively falls -unbidden - and seems like a thing of wonder." Susan Orlean

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. Notes & Discussion: Who is Phineas Gage? And what does he have to do with brain science? 

Assignment:

Begin to study the notes, YouTube lectures, Brain Project is due on Friday. 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, Jan. 29 & Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
Quote: "Nothing burns like the cold." - Anon.

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, Brain Project is due on Friday. 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, Jan. 31st, 2014
Quote: "One kind word can warm 3 winter months." - Japanese Proverb

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, Brain Project is due on Friday. 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 Jan 20 - 24, 2013

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 1 - History & Evolution of Psychology, Research Methods, & Personality
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
MON: MLK Day - No School.
TUE: Quiz - Unit 1 Personality, Trait Theory, Freud's Psychoanalytic, Humanistic, & Factor Analysis
WED/THU: Unit 1 Test;
After test - Article - Nature/Nurture; Introduce Unit 2: Biological Bases of Behavior (Brain & Sensation/Perception)
FRI: Discuss article: Nature/Nurture
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Washington, D.C.
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Monday, January 20, 2014
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction ... The chain reaction of evil -- hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation." - Martin Luther King, Jr. From Strength To Love, 1963.

NO SCHOOL MLK DAY
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Quote"I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self." - Martin Luther

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. PersonalityThe Personality Test. Comparing Trait/State,
Oreo Cookie Personality TestThe Banana TestThe 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
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 -- Thursday, January 23, 2014
Quote "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei

Agenda:
1. Prep for TEST - UNIT 1.
2. After the test, pick up Nature vs. Nurture Article. Read and annotate the article and prepare it for class discussion on Friday (Socratic Seminar).
3. Quick introduction to Unit 2 - Biological Bases of Behavior.

Assignments:
Begin studying Unit 2 - targets, notes, reading the chapter.
Have the article annotated by Friday at the beginning of class.
Nature vs. Nurture
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Friday, January 24, 2014
Quote:  “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Essential Questions:
Which is stronger—nature or nurture?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Prep the article for discussion: Nature vs. Nurture
2. Socratic Seminar over the article.
3. If time permits, discuss "neuroscience"

Assignments:
Unit 2 - targets, notes, reading the chapters over Biology & Sensation/Perception

Structuralism & Functionalism


Structuralism - the 'structure' of consciousness. Germany, Wundt, structure of the Psych 'house'. frame & foundation.

Functionalism - the 'function' of consciousness. USA, James, function of the Psych 'house'. the more functional aspects of the home: roof, doors, brick, etc. 

Agenda: Week of January 13 - 17, 2014

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 1 - Evolution/History of Psych; Research Methods; Personality
Week at a Glance:
MON: History/Evolution of Psychology - Notes, Video, Discussion
TUE: Finish History/Evolution of Psychology; Introduction to Research Methods
WED/THU: Quiz - Unit 1, part 1 (History/Research only); Discuss Research Methods
FRI: Personality - Discussion, Notes, Video
**Quiz on Wed/Thu over Unit 1 - Part I: History & Research**
**Unit 1 Test is next week on Wed/Thu.**
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Monday, January  13, 2014
Quote“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu

Learning Targets:
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.

Essential Questions:
1. How has psychology evolved over time?
2. What are the different approaches or themes of psychology?
3. What major psychologically important persons helped to advance the science?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: What do you think this means? "Psychology has a long past, but short history."
2. Notes, Discussion, Video: Unit 1 - Notes: Psych Approaches
3. Introduction to PsychTrek - a great way to study, interactive CD.

Assignments:
Continue to take notes from your text, presentation/video lectures, and psychtrek.
Test is next Wed/Thu over Unit 1.
Quiz is Wed/Thu of this week over Unit 1 (History of Psych; Research Methods)
**Unit 1 Test is next week on Wed/Thu.**
Later this week, we'll see a few episodes of The Science of Attraction - Psych Experiments at work.
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Tuesday, January  14, 2014
Quote“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Learning Targets:
1. Observation is the most important aspect of psychological research.
2. Operationalism means to define our variables in the manner in which we are going to measure them.
3. Correlation measures degree of relationship between variables and ranges from -1 to +1. Correlation does NOT imply causation.
4. Experimental, correlational, & descriptive methods all have strengths & weaknesses in describing human behavior.
5. 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. 
6. Following ethical principles is vitally important in any kind of psychological research.

Essential Questions:
1. What are the important variables in a psychological experiment?
2. How do statistics help a psychological theory or hypothesis?
3. Name and explain a famous psychological experiment gone wrong.
4. What are the ethical guidelines for a psychological experiment or research project?

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.

Assignments:
Quiz is Wed/Thu of this week over Unit 1 (History of Psych; Research Methods)
**Unit 1 Test is next week on Wed/Thu.**
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Wednesday, January  15, 2014 and Thursday, January 16, 2014
Quote“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that's what makes you strong.” ― Sarah Dessen

Learning Targets:
1. Observation is the most important aspect of psychological research.
2. Operationalism means to define our variables in the manner in which we are going to measure them.
3. Correlation measures degree of relationship between variables and ranges from -1 to +1. Correlation does NOT imply causation.
4. Experimental, correlational, & descriptive methods all have strengths & weaknesses in describing human behavior.
5. 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. 
6. Following ethical principles is vitally important in any kind of psychological research.

Essential Questions:
1. What are the important variables in a psychological experiment?
2. How do statistics help a psychological theory or hypothesis?
3. Name and explain a famous psychological experiment gone wrong.
4. What are the ethical guidelines for a psychological experiment or research project?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW: Prep For Quiz Unit 1 - History/Evolution & Research Methods
2. Quiz - Unit 1 - History/Evolution & Research Methods
3. Experimental Design: Design an experiment using variables from our discussion in class yesterday.
4. Notes, Video, & Discussion: Research Methods - Statistics
5. Personality Introduction: 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.

Assignments:
**Unit 1 Test is next week on Wed/Thu.**

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Friday, January  17, 2014
Quote: "Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly." - Lawrence G. Lovasik

Learning Targets:
1. Observation is the most important aspect of psychological research.
2. Operationalism means to define our variables in the manner in which we are going to measure them.
3. Correlation measures degree of relationship between variables and ranges from -1 to +1. Correlation does NOT imply causation.
4. Experimental, correlational, & descriptive methods all have strengths & weaknesses in describing human behavior.
5. 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. 
6. Following ethical principles is vitally important in any kind of psychological research.

Essential Questions:
1. What are the important variables in a psychological experiment?
2. How do statistics help a psychological theory or hypothesis?
3. Name and explain a famous psychological experiment gone wrong.
4. What are the ethical guidelines for a psychological experiment or research project?

Agenda:
1. DO NOW QUESTION: How legitimate was the Science of Attraction video that we watched last period? Would it stand up to research or ethics investigation?
2. Notes, Video, & Discussion: Finish Research Methods - Correlations
3. Science of Attraction, if time permits.

Assignments:
**Unit 1 Test is next week on Wed/Thu.**
Continue to take notes from your text, presentation/video lectures, and psychtrek.
The Science of Attraction

Agenda: Week of January 6-10, 2014

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 1 - Evolution of Psychology, Research Methods, and Personality
Week at a Glance:
TUE - Welcome Back, What is Psychology? What is a flipped classroom? How can I use it to succeed? Themes & Variations of Psychology
WED/THU - Welcome Back, What is Psychology? What is a flipped classroom? How can I use it to succeed? Themes & Variations of Psychology 
Psych Trek CD - History & Evolution of Psych; Video study - Discovering Psychology - 1: Past, Present, & Promise;
FRI - Socratic Discussion - "Mind, Body, Yogurt."
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Quote: "The Journey is the reward." - Steve Jobs

Unit 1 - Evolution of Psychology, Research Methods, and Personality

Targets:
Welcome - why psychology matters
Advanced Placement test
Flipped Classroom

Essential Questions:

1. What is psychology?
2. How can taking the AP test help?
3. Why is Mr. Duez Flipping the class?

Agenda:

1. DO NOW: Pick up the syllabus. Why did you decide to take Psychology?
-We will go down to the book room and pick up our textbook at the beginning of the period- 
2. What can I expect from Psychology? Expectations, class rules, procedures, discuss the "Flipped Classroom" and AP Test.

Assignment:

Fill Out the Student Survey - this is your first grade.
Watch the video screencasts over the first unit. Take notes. Bring them to class.
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Wednesday & Thursday, January 8 & 9, 2014
Quote"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Laozi

Unit 1 - Evolution of Psychology, Research Methods, and Personality

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

1. What is psychology?
2. How does psychology impact my everyday 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 definition of Psychology? Why is it important to study?
2. Introduction to Psych Trek CD - Unit 1. Students will learn through a digital and interactive way to understand the objectives of the first unit and go through practice quizzes and tests.
3. Discuss website, how to utilize the screencast notes videos, how to take notes, reminder about the student survey.

Assignment:

Fill Out the Student Survey - this is your first grade.
Watch the video screencasts over the first unit. Take notes. Bring them to class.
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Friday, January 10, 2014
Quote“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Unit 1 - Evolution of Psychology, Research Methods, and Personality

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

Essential Questions:
1. What is psychology?
2. How does psychology impact my everyday 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:
Zimbardo is a super hero (of psychology). Kind of. :)
1. DO NOW: What is a more powerful explanation of how you have become who you are today?  Nature or Nurture?
2. Video Study: Discovering Psychology - Past, Present, and Future Past, Present, and Promise is the first program in the DISCOVERING PSYCHOLOGY series. It provides an introduction to and overview of psychology, from its origins in the nineteenth century to current study of the brain's biochemistry. You'll explore the development of psychology in general and some of the paths scientists take to determine relationships among the mind, the brain, and behavior.
As you watch consider these questions & terms:
Electroencephalogram (EEG): The process of recording the brain's electrical activity by attaching electrodes to the scalp and analyzing wave patterns.
Nonverbal Communication: Communication between people without the use of words. Examples include tone of voice, body language, and facial expression.
Principles of Psychology, The by William James: A seminal text in the field published in 1890, while James served as a professor at Harvard University. The full text of the work is available at http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/James/Principles
3. If Time: Read, annotate, and discuss this article:
 Mind, Body, Yogurt. 

Assignment:

Fill Out the Student Survey - this is your first grade.
Watch the video screencasts over the first unit. Take notes. Bring them to class.