Thursday, October 20, 2016

Brain Key Chain Directions

Today, following your ER Simulation, you will have the opportunity to begin making a Brain Keychain to serve as your model for the cerebral cortex. READ THROUGH THESE DIRECTIONS BEFORE YOU BEGIN!
  1. In this activity, as in real life, you only get one brain. Take care of it. If you mess up due to failure to read directions or because you couldn't resist the urge to chew on'll have to cope with the results. We don't have the budget or the biology for second chances here.
  2. You will be using my supply of permanent markers to color the areas of the cortex using the diagram below. PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO REPLICATE THE COLORS SHOWN IN THE DIAGRAM. This guideline is not meant to stifle your creativity; we will be using the colors during practice quizzing on areas of the cortex, so you if have a different color than one indicated on the chart, you might be confused by future questions.
  3. Use those valuable sharing skills that you learned back in elementary school. Don't hoard markers...
  4. Not sure which end is the "front" end of your keychain? The chain of the keychain enters the brain's FRONTAL LOBE. This means the area where the keychain enters should be colored PINK.
  5. Colorblind? Don't be afraid to ask for clarification on colors. Then, use shading to your advantage so you can distinguish the areas from each other. [Not colorblind? Be kind and help out your colorblind friends with this.]
  6. There are a few examples/samples available for viewing. If you encounter one with some black dots on it, you can ignore those markings. We're going to use different strategy this year (and these are old samples).
  7. As you color, be sure to use the opportunity to review and think about what each area of the cortex does. Think of possible ways the color you are using could be linked to those functions. The final step of this activity will be a practice quiz on the functions of the cortex areas, so you want to be ready. :)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Neurotransmitter Exploration

Today in class we'll be exploring the functions of several different neurotransmitters. In addition to the informational chart you can find on pg. 82 of your textbook, you might find the following links helpful:

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Online Demo: Capacity of Short Term Memory

As the text points out, the capacity of working (or "short term") memory is quite limited. In order to test out your own working memory, you can choose to participate in the following (brief) demo:

Working Memory Test

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Example: Surveys

Today in class we will be exploring the pros and cons of various descriptive research methods, including surveys.

In order to facilitate our discussion about the potential benefits and limitations of surveys, you can choose to participate in this exploratory exercise from Time magazine: How in Touch Are You with America on Gun Control?

The activity will ask you several demographic questions and gauge your opinion on gun control legislation. You will then be shown how your results compare to national samples.

Practice: Correlations and Scatterplots

Today in class we'll also be practicing interpreting scatterplots.

Use this link to Guess the Correlation

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Psych Club T-Shirt Sale to Benefit Two Charitable Causes

The Psychology Club at Chippewa Falls Senior HS is running an online t-shirt sale to benefit two very worthy causes. This means you can upgrade your psych-related wardrobe, look really clever, AND benefit some great projects all at once!

Proceeds from the sale will go towards

The cost of the t-shirt is $15, and the campaign will run until September 23, 2016. T-shirts are expected to arrive to supporters around October 12th (date approximate).

To purchase a t-shirt (or make a donation), please visit our campaign website:

You can choose to have your t-shirt shipped directly to you, or you can pick it up at the high school when the order arrives.

Please feel free to share this link with others! Not only does the shirt benefit some great causes, but it makes a great gift for psychology majors and psychology enthusiasts!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Setting Up E-book Access

Today we'll attempt to have you set up e-book access for your textbook. While most of my students prefer the hard copy of the text, this might be good to have in case circumstances beyond your control leave you stranded without your book.

You'll need to use this link:

When prompted, you'll have to enter the access code found on the card you are provided in class. I'd recommend writing down whatever password you set up because it might be a while before you use this.