Thursday, February 2, 2017

Stress and Health

Today in class we'll use a couple of inventories to help you understand the role that stress plays in your health and well-being.

First, you'll be asked to complete this inventory: The Holmes-Rahe Stress Scale. Keep in mind, participation is voluntary, and you won't be asked to share your score.

Later in the hour, time permitting, we may complete this Type A/Type B Inventory.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Lie Detection: Can You Spot the Liar?

Today in class we'll be exploring the practice of lie detection, and learning about psychologists' attempts to improve the process.

If we have enough time following the demonstration, you can test out your own ability to discern truthtellers from liars in this interactive from the NY Times.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Emotion Detection

How well can you read others' emotions? This exercise from the NY Times tests your ability to determine emotion based on facial expression (particularly, views of the eyes).

You might choose to incorporate such physical details (e.g., facial expressions) into your Emotion Theory Poster, depending on which emotion you choose.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

1st Semester Final Study Tools

[Note: these are also posted in Canvas for you, along with a 16-item practice quiz that you can take multiple times.]

Here some resources to help you dominate your 1st Semester final:
  • First, you want to know what you are up against. You will get a copy of this in class. It describes what the final will look like, and has some basic tips for study.
  • As the above handout suggests, you'll want to systematically review each unit/chapter. Here's a handy list of terms/concepts from first semester (which should help speed creation of concept maps or outlines). I will also make copies of this available in class. 
  • You will also receive a copy of the Who Am I? Exercise for reviewing famous people. HERE are the ANSWERS so you can check your work.
  • If you want to review the Which One Doesn't Belong Exercise that we completed in class on 1/13, HERE are the ANSWERS to that.
  • Want to test out your mastery of Semester 1 content AND impress your friends? I've got a competitive review game up and running in Quizizz. It has 50 questions and will be available until Jan 19.
    See if you can get your name to the top of the leaderboard! To play:
    1. Open https://join.quizizz.com (Links to an external site.) in your browser
    2. Enter the 6-digit game code 628156 , and click "Proceed"
    3. Now enter your name and click "Join Game!"
    4. You will get an avatar, and then see a "Start Game" button. Click it to begin!
  • Check out the Study Resources page for lots of general review resources. Including this Learnerator site for AP Psychology with practice multiple choice items (some require paid access, but many you can try for free). 
Since we weren't able to run the scheduled study session on Monday evening, I've posted the slide below (and in Canvas). In addition to some review prompts, there are several interactive practice question sets (in Quizizz) for you to try out.



I've also created a Quizlet flashcard set that combines all of the flashcards from 1st Semester this year. It's a whopper, but if you want to brush up on your vocabulary there is no better tool. Use the settings to shuffle & randomize terms (or better yet, complete the "Learn" mode) for a recall challenge.


Also, many students find reviewing the important "names" in psychology to be a helpful study approach. Below, I've embedded the Famous Psychologists quizlet. Please note that it contains the big names from the WHOLE year, so there are folks in here you may not be familiar with. But many will be familiar, so study away!

Updated Finals Schedule

Well, good morning, folks! I hope you're safe at home and were able to sneak in a little extra shut-eye.
I'm assuming more details will follow, but here was the message we got from administration about how the ice/snow day will impact the finals schedule:
Here is the new schedule for finals, and the red indicates how AP Psych students will look. 

If I receive new information from administration regarding schedules, I'll update it here as soon as I can, but as of right now this is my best guess on timing.

Wednesday - Resource, Period 1, Period 2, Period 3
  • 1st Hour AP Psych will begin at 9:05 (as previously discussed, this is a bit early to allow for test completion).
  • 2nd Hour will begin at 11:15 (per the normal finals schedule) and will conclude when the test is finished (shortening lunch by, hopefully, only 10 minutes or so).
  • 3rd Hour will begin at 1:45 (per the normal finals schedule) and will conclude when the test is finished (hopefully around 3:30 or so).
Thursday- Resource, Period 4, Period 5 
  • 5th Hour will start at its scheduled time (per the school's schedule, which I *think* will be 11:15). We will conclude when the test is finished, which may be slightly after the 12:45 scheduled dismissal. Probably 1 PM, is my guess.
Monday - Resource, Period 6, Period 7, Early Bird
  • 6th Hour will begin at 9:05 (earlier than the scheduled start at 9:35), and conclude on time.
  • 7th hour will begin at the scheduled start time (per the school schedule: 11:15 AM) and conclude when the test is finished, which will probably be 1 PM (shortening lunch by a small amount). There is NO need for Early Bird students to arrive early, since you'll still have time for lunch prior to EB finals.
2nd Semester will begin on Tuesday.

When more details about start/end times become available, I'll send those along as well. It looks like most of my classes should have no trouble proceeding with our agreed-upon plans for how to structure the needed finals time. 6th and 7th hours will look a little different, but I'll message those classes specifically with details once I know for sure.
Happy bonus studying day!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Resources for your Development Unit Test

Your last test of 2nd quarter is just around the corner, so you'll want to review carefully to finish the semester strong! The resources posted here should help with your review, as should the MC study guide you received last week.



Thursday, January 5, 2017

Gender-Typing in Toy Catalogs

Today in class we may have time for an activity that involves examining toy catalogs for messages about gender. Because a lot of my toy catalog stash was sacrificed to our pre-break Piaget activity, it might be helpful to view an online one.

Click here to examine the 2016 Christmas toy catalog from Shopko.

As you do so, consider:

  • How might Social Learning Theory explain how the images in these ads impact gender-typing in children?
  • How would Gender Schema Theory explain how these images impact gender-typing?