Sunday, November 27, 2011

Agenda: Week of November 28 - December 2, 2011

Our Take Home Test for Chapter 12 Personality - due on Monday, December 5th
(Targets for Chapter 12 Personality here)
Quiz for Chapters 14-15-16 is this Friday, Dec. 2nd. 
Test for Chapters 14-15-16 is Tuesday, Dec. 6th.

Chapter 14 & 15: Abnormal Behavior & Treatment
Learning Targets:
  • what abnormal psychology is and how it differs from normal psychology
  • the major types of psychological disorders
  • what we know about the causes of these disorders
  • how mental health problems are treated
  • different types of mental health workers
  • various approaches to psychotherapy
Chapter 16: Social Psychology
Learning Targets:
  • 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

Monday, November 28, 2011
Quote of the Day: “The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” – Chinese proverb

1. Pass out the Targets & Take Home Test for Chapter 12 Personality, if Mr. Duez's copies are ready.
2. Pass out the Targets for Chapters 14 & 15 Abnormal Behavior and Chapter 16 Social Psychology (if copies are ready)
3. DO NOW ?: It is believed by some that all psychological disorders can be traced to some sort of biological malfunction, especially malfunctions in the nervous system. In other words, in a perfectly formed and perfectly functioning biological organism, there could be no psychological disorder. If this were true, then the "ultimate cure" for any psychological disorder would be a biomedical cure. Explain why this position does or does not make sense to you. Link to the Presentation
4. Notes, Video, and Discussion - Chapters 14 and 15 - Abnormal Psychology.
Video: Herschel Walker. College Football Legend, Heisman Trophy Winner, and diagnosed with D.I.D.
ESPN SEC Trailer for "Herschel"
Youtube Clip, ABC News Story, Part I.
Youtube Clip, ABC News Story, Part II.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Quote of the Day: “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” - J.K. Rowling

1. DO NOW ?: Compare and contrast the psychoanalytic and humanistic brands of insight therapy.
2. Notes, Video, and Discussion - Chapters 14 and 15 - Abnormal Psychology

Video: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, 20 minutes

113 - Understanding Mental Illness and Schizophrenia
Mental Illnesses are complex diseases of the brain affecting thoughts, moods, and coping ability. There are many diseases you can see, feel and understand, but there are others that aren't as easy to comprehend. Education and compassion are key. Untreated mental illness costs Americans more than 100 billion dollars each year. Fear of Mental Illness and the lack of understanding prevent millions of people from seeking much needed treatment. Meet some of these people in this episode. 

Thursday December 1, 2011
Quote of the Day: “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” —Aristotle

1. DO NOW ? Why do you think so many of the "teachers" in Milgram's "shocking" experiment on obedience administered the highest levels of shock to their "learners"? In answering this question you undoubtedly made some sort of attributions of the teachers' behavior. Analyze the attributions you made in terms of what you've learned about attribution theory from the text. [The task here is to analyze one's own attributions or explanations for the behavior of Milgram's teachers. Answers should reflect an understanding of attribution processes, especially the dimensions of internal versus external, consistency, distinctiveness, consensus, and stability.]
2. Notes, Video, and Discussion - Chapter 14 and 15 - Abnormal Behavior & Treatment

Friday, December 2, 2011
Quote of the Day: “To be successful you don’t need to do extraordinary things, you just need to do ordinary things extraordinarily well.” – Jim Rohn

1. DO NOW ? Daryl Bem's self-perception theory suggests that behavior determines attitudes. This counter-intuitive notion is reminiscent of the James-Lange theory of emotion. How are the two theories similar yet different from each other?
2. Notes, Video, & Discussion - Chapter 16 - Social Psychology
3. Quiz Chapters 14-16 (Last 15 minutes)

Our Take Home Test for Chapter 12 Personality - due on Monday, December 5th 
Bring in your answers and we will bubble them in class.
(Targets for Chapter 12 Personality here)

Test for Chapters 14-15-16 is Tuesday, Dec. 6th.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Video: Catalyst - The Teen Brain

Great video clip on what is actually happening inside a teenager's brain. :)

See the video by clicking on the full post:

Notes - CH 11 - Development - Adolescence thru Adulthood

Link to the presentation on Google Docs.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Notes - Chapter 11 - Development - Infant to Childhood

Agenda: Week of Monday November 14 -> Friday November 18, 2011

Chapter 11 - Development 
Learning Targets:
Early Development:
A baby’s beginnings
How a child develops physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally
The influences of friends and family
How adolescence is defined across cultures
The biological and cognitive development that sets the stage for psychological changes
The social context in which adolescents develop
Challenges and possible crises facing adolescents today
Adulthood and Aging:
The stages of adulthood
Physiological and cognitive changes in adulthood
Concerns related to aging

Monday, November 14, 2011
Quote of the Day: "A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues." - Cicero

Mr. Duez will be out of school today.
Any student who needs to make up their test from Friday will take it on Tuesday during class, or after school in tutoring.

1. Substitute will pass out the Target sheet for chapter 11. Students can review and study this for the quiz tomorrow.
2. Students will read and follow the directions on this article for study:
3. Students will read and follow the directions on this article for study:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Quote of the Day: "Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies." - Charles E. Jefferson

1. We will discuss each of the 2 articles that were done with the substitute yesterday. (10 minutes)
2. Notes, Video, and Discussion on Chapter 11 Development - Infant and Child.
3. Quiz Chapter 11 - Development.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Quote of the Day: 
Not what we give,
But what we share,
For the gift
without the giver
Is bare.
~James Russell Lowell

1. Do Now Question:
2. Notes, Video, Discussion - Chapter 11 Development.

Friday, November 18, 2011
Quote of the Day: “Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”  - Edward Sandford Martin
1. TEST Chapter 11.
2. Students are encouraged to start reading Chapter 12 over the break. We will cover 12 through 14 over the next two week period before finals.
Have a great Thanksgiving Break!

Video: The Developing Child

We may not have time to watch all of this in class, but it is excellent. Check it out here:

Interview Excerpt: Judy Deloache on Symbolic Reasoning
Researcher Judy Deloache describes how children's recognition of scale models as representations reflects development of symbolic reasoning.

One of the most distinctive human characteristics is the ability to understand and use symbols. We have a variety of symbol systems in our everyday lives. We use language, we read, we use pictures, and we understand computer programs. We're not born with this ability, so what I'm studying are the earliest forms of symbolic reasoning that a child understands, and when that cognitive ability to reason develops.

Specifically, I'm concerned with a child's understanding of a scale model, a symbol, that represents a larger space. When the child sees the scale model of a miniature playroom, does the child understand that this little playroom represents a bigger room? And when does a child acquire symbolic understanding? The interesting feature of this research is that we see an abrupt change between ages two-and-a-half and three in a child's ability to understand scale models. When we experiment with scale models of playrooms, the two-and-a-half-year-old doesn't understand the relationship between the symbolic room and the actual room, and instead treats it as a separate object. The three-year-old, on the other hand, understands immediately that the model is a symbol for an actual room.

In becoming symbolic creatures, we learn to think abstractly. At age three, children acquire the ability to think about things in two different ways at the same time: as both an object and a symbol for something else. Acquiring symbolic understanding is an important milestone in the cognitive development that helps us figure out how the world operates. Later in life, for example, we use it to read maps and understand languages.

This research helps us appreciate the complexity of human thought in young children. The clearer our knowledge of what children know, the better we can work with them as educators and as parents.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Extra Credit Opportunity on Wednesday

Wednesday, November 9th at 3 p.m Cody Pogue, a State Representative Candidate, will be speaking in the White LGI.

If you go and take notes, write a summary, and turn it in to me, I will give you extra credit. Of course, that will go on the 3rd six week's period. It will be worth a free 100 on a quiz grade!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Agenda for Week of November 7 - November 11, 2011

Learning Targets for Chapter 10 - Motivation & Emotion:

•How and why people are motivated
•Different types of motivation
•The importance of emotion in human behavior

Monday, November 7, 2011
Quote of the Day:  “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.” - Earl Shoaf

1. Discuss the article from Friday (we didn't finish it) on "Why We Eat."
2. Introduce Chapter 10 Motivation & Emotion with "Hunger" Notes


Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Quote of the Day: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Waldo Emerson

1. Do Now Question: Suppose you are a university counselor who wants to develop a program to improve students' academic performance. You believe that many students perform poorly because of motivational problems, including simple lack of motivation as well as being motivated by the wrong things. What are some of the considerations that should guide the design of your program?
2. Notes, Finish "Hunger"
3. Quiz last 15 minutes of class.


Thursday, November 10, 2011
Quote of the Day: “An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.” - Pope John Paul I

1. DO NOW QUESTION: Compare and contrast sexual motivation with the basic motives of hunger and thirst. How well do the concepts of drive and homeostasis contribute to understanding sexual motivation?
2. Notes & Discussion: "Motivation" (including Theories of Motivation, Achievement, and Sexual Motivation)
3. PsykTrek 3.0 Review Game


Friday, November 11, 2011
Quote of the Day: “The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others wish to join us.” - Hubert Humphrey

1. TEST Chapter 10, Motivation & Emotion
2. Begin reading Chapter 11 for unit on Developmental Psychology.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011