Friday, September 12, 2014

Agenda: Week of Sept 15 - 19, 2014

Advanced Placement Psychology with Mr. Duez
Unit 1 - History & Evolution of Psychology, Research Methods, & Personality
MON: Personality, Trait Theory, Freud's Psychoanalytic, Humanistic, & Factor Analysis
TUE: Unit 1 Test; After test - Article - Nature/Nurture; Introduce Unit 2: Biological Bases of Behavior (Brain & Sensation/Perception) & Sketch Your Brain, due next Wed/Thu.
WED/THU: Introduction to Unit 2: Biological Bases of Behavior and Sensation & Perception
FRI: Discuss article: Nature/Nurture
Personality can be difficult to pin down.
Monday, Sept 15, 2014
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. 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.


1. DO NOW: Given all his popularity, what is Sigmund Freud's legacy?
3. PersonalityThe Personality Test. Comparing Trait/State,
Some interesting personality tests... 
Oreo Cookie Personality TestThe Banana TestThe World's Quickest Personality Test.
4. Who is Sigmund Freud?

Read Unit 1 (Evolution of Psych, Research Methods, & Personality) & Take Notes
Focus on Target Sheets
Watch Mr. Duez's Video Notes & Slides
Tuesday, Sept 16, 2014
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

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.

Begin studying Unit 2 - targets, notes, reading the chapter.
Have the article annotated by Friday at the beginning of class.
Nature vs. Nurture
Wednesday, Sept 17 & Thursday, Sept 18, 2014
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 - Unit 2 - Biological Bases of Behavior 
Major points to understand:
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
★ Distinguish between the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS)
★ Provide an overview of the peripheral nervous system, including its subdivisions.
★ Describe the main functions of the two types of nervous tissues.
★ Identify the location and various parts of the neuron and discuss their functions.
★ Describe the neural impulse and absolute refractory period.

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?

1. DO NOW: Pick up the Targets for Biological Bases of Behavior & Sensation/Perception at the front table. Also, What impact does biology have on your behavior?
2. Notes, Video, Discussion: Biological Bases of Behavior, Introduction. The neuron & neuroanatomy
3. Brain Project: Sketch Your Brain, due next Wed/Thu, introduce & show examples.
4. Video: Crash Course Psychology #3 - The Chemical Mind 
Keep in mind that the video lectures go into depth that we don't have the opportunity to investigate in class.
Friday, Sep 19, 2014
Quote: "Science is nothing but perception." - Plato

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

Essential Questions:

Which is stronger—nature or nurture?

1. DO NOW: Prep the article for discussion: Nature vs. Nurture
2. Socratic Seminar over the article.
3. Reminder: Brain Project: Sketch Your Brain, due next Wed/Thu, introduce & show examples.
4. If time permits, discuss "neuroscience"


Begin studying Unit 2 - targets, notes, reading the chapter.