Tuesday, December 14, 2010
After about 30 minutes of digging we had joined three tunnels. This next video is a little dark because our daylight was fading, and I was trying to film in a tunnel.
Here they are:
With 99 terms between the two of them, there's plenty to review!
Hope to see you at the review session this evening. Otherwise, best of luck on tomorrow's test!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Some of my students are chomping at the bit this year, eager to study the topic of human consciousness. We will get there in a few weeks, and I don't blame them for their enthusiasm. It's hard to imagine a more fascinating subject. If you are looking for some outside reading consciousness that will bend your mind to some degree, I'd recommend this book.
Alva Noe's basic thesis in Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness is that neuroscientists hoping to uncover the "seat" of consciousness in the brain via fMRI's and similar techniques are bound to be disappointed.
Noe presents - with convincing support - the idea that consciousnes is a process created by our experiences with the world, including the reactions of our sensory systems. In essence, the disembodied brain would be unable to have a "conscious" experience because consciousness is tied up in all of the other things that make us human.
I appreciate the argument, and it is interesting to consider. But I did find myself feeling a little defensive about how easily Noe dismissed the work of neuroscientists and neuroimaging. Certainly, consciousness might be a more slippery concept than we first imagine. But that doesn't mean that neuroimaging studies of the brain are unimportant to our understanding of human consciousness, and sometimes I felt Noe was moving toward that idea.
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Monday, November 22, 2010
But that shouldn't mean that they have to miss out on the exciting information we were going to discuss! Click on the link and opening the file should get you a powerpoint slide show with narration. It runs on its own...just sit back and enjoy.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
We looked at some of the 2010 finalists and winners in class, but from the site you can view finalists from previous years as well. Definitely worth a look.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Office - Opening scenes from this season's "Costume Contest" Episode (entire video embedded below...all you really need is the first few minutes, though the rest is funny, too)
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Also, by request, here is the link to the Rotating Spiral Illusion, which is great fun due to its ability to generate a strong motion after-image.
Monday, November 8, 2010
The Rotating Cat Illusion was a popular one. The cat appears to rotate one direction initially, but if you stare at it long enough it will seem to reverse directions. Different people have different initial perceptions of it (some see it rotating right, others left). This is a great illustration of how the exact same sensory stimulus can elicit different perceptions from people. A related illusion that you might be familiar with is the Spinning Silouette illusion, which is often INCORRECTLY described as a left/right brain personality test.
Note: if you are accessing this from school, the district's filters might block the cat website. Try Googling "spinning cat illusion" and maybe a site that you can access will be available.
For those of you interested in the backmasking and reverse speech sites, here are the links:
Monday, November 1, 2010
Today's Psych Club meeting kicked-off our fundraiser for the May 17th Next to Normal trip.
If you missed the meeting, you also missed out on some samples of the delicious Butter Braids we are selling to earn some cha-ching for the trip. But here's the pertinent info if you still need it:
Sale ends December 3rd (our next Psych Club meeting) and completed order forms & money are due that day. The product, which is delivered FROZEN, will arrive after school in the cafeteria on December 17th. Make sure that you (or a confederate) are available to pick up your stuff and deliver it that day, since Mrs. Welle does not have that much freezer space and cannot store your stuff indefinitely.
You make $4.50 per item you sell, and anyone hoping to write out a check can make it payable to Chi-Hi when they place their order. If you sell enough, you'll be able to score a rockin' seat at the Next to Normal performance, so good luck!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Our 2010-11 Psych Club shirts arrived this afternoon, so you may pick them up at your leisure. These shirts will be excellent attire for tomorrow's viewing of the Piaget video we're watching in class.
Also, we have a Psych Club meeting coming up next week on Monday, November 1, during Lunch B. This would be another great time to sport your Piaget-wear, though the main purpose of the meeting is to distribute fundraising materials for the Butter Braid sale we will be doing to raise money for the Next to Normal trip on May 17th.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Please double check the final list to make sure your indicated size is correct. I may be able to make changes to the order as late as Monday (10/18/10), but after that, we're locked in!
If for some reason you do not see your name on the list, but you believe you did pay for a T-shirt, please let me know immediately.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
For those interested in additional information about dyslexia research, the APA website has a number of links to information about the disorder.
For example, this article by Beth Azar describes two areas of difficulty that seem to accompany dyslexia: deficits in phoneme awareness (an inability to distinguish between different basic sounds in language) and slowed processing speed, which may be a more general problem for some (i.e. not limited to just language tasks).
Interestingly, researchers have developed ways for children to overcome some of these processing difficulties using video games. The games systematically train children to distinguish between similar sounding phonemes (e.g. "ba" and "pa"), a task essential for learning reading and writing. This may offer an alternative to costly and time-consuming speech therapy that was previously the popular treatment choice. fMRI scans have revealed changes in brain function following these video treatments.
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) may also be a good source of information for those with further questions.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The post also includes a snippet reference to phrenology, so, bonus.
This is a great reminder of the complexity of the cortex in general and the importance of those "association areas" your textbook describes.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I hope to place the order before the weekend so we can get the shirts in a couple of weeks, so don't delay!
Also, as you are likely aware, our next Psych Club meeting is this Friday. We have a number of items on the agenda, including:
- getting in place some fundraising plans for Next to Normal
- possibly setting a date for our first Movie Night of the year (needs to happen soon...)
- eating the Brain Food creations brought by our members
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
With funky music and cutesy intoxicated mice, this is a pretty fun way to learn about the neurotransmitters involved in psychoactive drugs.
Monday, September 20, 2010
We will be having a “Brain Food” competition. In order to participate (and earn some extra credit it AP Psych), you should bring some edible treat that features labeled parts of the brain or the nervous system.
1. Your entry must depict the brain or nervous system, or some component part of either (e.g. a neuron).
2. It must have labels for the component parts. This is educational food, after all.
4. Although items will not be judged on taste, it should be something edible; we will be eating all of the entries during Lunch B, so don’t get too attached to your brain. This also means hygiene/food safety is important. Wash your hands, all right?
5. You must have your entry here at the beginning of Lunch A so our guest judge can make his/her determination of winners, which will be announced during our meeting (Lunch B).
7. This is a one-shot deal, so if you are sick or for some other reason unable to bring your treat on Friday, you’ll have to wait for the next extra credit opportunity. Sorry, but we don’t want your old cupcakes/dessert/jello/whatever three days later.
5 Points EC (in test category) for All Participants!
Though, Mrs. Welle reserves the right to adjust points (or not award them at all) if your entry seems to not reflect any effort/learning. Don’t bring us one crudely-constructed cupcake. That’s lame. Bring your A-game.
Click on the above link, then read through the module, using the "previous" and "next" buttons to navigate while finding answers to the questions on your accompanying worksheet.
You will get a printed copy in class, but if you lose the worksheet or were absent, here's link to another copy.
This will be due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, September 22.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
So, instead, I've emailed those people who did not get it with the link just now (at your ePals account). If you would prefer that I send it to another email address, just email me tonight and I'll send it there. I should be at my computer most of the night, as I'm working on a paper for one of my classes, so I should be able to respond quickly.
I appreciate your patience and, again, apologize for not having the correct number of copies. It's too bad I only discovered this right before the bell, otherwise I would have had more printed right away. :(
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Use the link provided to complete the form with the required information. Remember to do a "save as" and save the file to your computer before filling in your group's information, otherwise the changes you make will be on everyone's form!
Completed forms can be printed off and physically handed in, or emailed to Mrs. Welle. Please double check with me in class to make sure I received any emailed assignments, though, because the school's SPAM filter is very aggressive and may block you. The assignment is due Wednesday, 9/15/10.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Your textbook has a companion website that offers chapter summaries, quizzes on anatomical diagrams (helpful for Chatper 2), and two online quizzes for each chapter. You may have to create an account (provide email address and a password) to access the site, but this is an easy step. This link is ALWAYS available in the links list on the left-hand side of the blog.
I have also (sometimes with the help of students) created online flashcard sets for your use. I am working toward having these available for every unit, but am not quite there yet. There is a set for research methods, and other sets are available on the links list (left-hand side).
I also have a number of flashcard sets (physical copies) available in my room for use during the school day, such as during a study hall or Lunch & Learn. However, I don't let students take these home at night because I've lost several sets that way...and I don't like losing money.
Resources for Purchase
- Textbook companion Study Guide: it has TONS of study prompts, practice tests, reading questions, etc. to make sure you're understanding the reading in the book. I have provided a link to an online resource for purchasing used copies, which are available for super-cheap.
- Barron's AP Psychology flashcards: I've had students who use these regularly to prepare for tests, and they also come in handy during AP exam time in the spring. The local Borders store has sometimes had copies of these on hand, so they might be a source if you don't like to order online. But call ahead because they usually only stock one or two copies...and there are probably 300-400 AP Psych students in the area who might beat you to it.
That being said, if you are not willing or able to put time into your studies, there is nothing I can tell you and no resource I can recommend that will get you A's without effort. So please come ready to roll up your sleeves!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
This month's Monitor on Psychology features an article by Elizabeth Scarborough about the contributions of Margaret Floy Washburn, entitled Understanding the Animal Mind. The article suggests that Washburn, who is most often remembered for her role as the first female to earn a PhD in psychology and for serving as the APA's second female president, also should be remembered for her outstanding contributions to comparative psychology and her position on the prospect of studying animal consciousness. Her argument that animal consciousness was a legitimate topic of study was particularly courageous in an era where behaviorism was becoming increasingly the status quo.
The article serves a great reminder of the important role of Washburn in shaping the early history of psychology.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Note: Be sure to do a "save as" to save the Excel spreadsheet to your own computer.
Use the links provided below (and/or your best Googling skills) to determine the most noteworthy contributions of the “Top 25 Psychologists." A sentence or two per psychologist is plenty. Then, assign each a rank according to YOUR VIEW of which was most important, second most, third most…and so on.
NOTE: I do not need a repeat of what OTHER scholars think is the appropriate ranking. I want to know what YOU think.
Be sure to complete YOUR OWN WORK; plagiarism will result in a score of zero.
Friday, August 27, 2010
This means our first meeting is one week from today! Friday, Sept. 3, during Lunch B, in room 136. Wheeeeee!
On the agenda:
- Selecting a T-shirt design for this year and placing orders
- Determining interest in a trip to the Twin Cities to see Next to Normal on May 17
- Fundraising ideas for Next to Normal, if the club is interested
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Busy doing what? Well, this summer found me on the road (or, more accurately, on a plane) quite a bit in the pursuit of knowledge and fun. Dorky, I know, but if you know me by now you should expect as much. My AP Psych students will be the primary beneficiaries of my wanderings, as a couple trips were dedicated specifically to psychology excitement.
For one, I was able to attend the APA-sponsored Clark University workshop for psychology teachers in late July. Not only did I get to have my picture taken with their lovely Freud statue, but I met some other great psychology teachers, toured the campus (which has a rich history concerning psychology) and got some great ideas for classroom activities.
In early August I continued by psych-related travel when I attended my first (of three) residential colloquia for my masters program. I am currently working toward a masters degree in counseling psychology, but don't ask when I'll be finished because it seems very far away to me right now. This week-long course was focused on learning clinical interviewing skills. And it was held in Florida...but don't be decieved. I didn't spend much time outdoors.
I also was able to fit in a couple of non-psych related trips. My cousin was married in Jamaica in early June and we were able to go (and spend some time on the beach). I also accompanied the Social Studies Department's history travelers on an 11-day trip to Italy in June.
All in all, it was a very eventful summer and I'm looking forward to getting back into something of a normal "routine" with the school year starting. I'm also glad to not have to go through another airport for many months.
Though, I am currently taking two grad classes and they will not be over until Sept. 17th, so my stress levels will be a little higher than normal as the school year begins. I've got a LOT of writing to do for them yet...THEN things can get back to "normal".
If you're a new psych student, welcome aboard! We have an exciting year ahead. If you are a former student and moving on to bigger and better things this year, adios and good luck!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Nash's life was depicted in the 2001 film, A Beautiful Mind, which took considerable dramatic license with his story (although still a good film, in my opinion).
For a more realistic consideration of his illness, treatment, and remarkable recovery, check out the American Experience documentary, A Brilliant Madness. The companion site features bios, extended interviews, and a timeline of mental health treatment.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
See you Sunday at 6:00 PM for our review session! Featured topics include:
- Research Methods
- "All that Math Stuff" (standard deviation, descriptive stats)
- Learning (UCR, CR, etc.)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Feel free to give it a run-through as you are brushing up on those Chapter 1 notes.
Here's the link: Research Methods Quizlet
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
An April 24 story in the New York post details the chilling failure of numerous pedestrians to come to the aid of a dying homeless man who had been stabbed when he had recently come to the aid of a female under attack by the stabber. Surveillance video revealed that more than 20 people walked past the dying man as he laid on the sidewalk.
Firefighters found the body of the man more than an hour later when responding to a different call for aid. Apparently, at no point did anyone summoned aid for the man, despite the fact that several passers-by closely examined him (one even took a cell phone photo of the victim).
The story is eerily reminiscent of the 1964 Kitty Genovese case: a murder that took place under the noses of 38 neighbors who heard Ms. Genovese scream and plead for her life, but failed to call the police until after the killer had returned to the scene a third time and fatally stabbed his victim, 25 minutes after the initial attack.
Below is some of the surveillance video. Be aware, you may find it disturbing. I did.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Quizlet is an online review site that allows you to create vocabulary lists and use them to generate flashcards, play matching games, and generally familiarize yourself with the terms. I've uploaded terms for this particular unit because so many students struggle with all the new vocab.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Two projects worth investigating are CATCH-IT, for adolescents, and MoodGYM, for adults. MoodGYM is designed to replicate Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and been shown to be effective in randomized, controlled trials. Both models provide visitors with assessment tools and exercises aimed at reducing current and future symptoms of depression.
You have to set up user accounts to use the sites, but it is possible to do so quickly and with the intention of exploring the site. Of course, you can use it to attempt to improve your own mental health, but keep in mind the sites are not intended to replace normal mental health care.
Anyhow, I've penciled in on my calendar some evening review sessions in the days leading up to the AP Exam. These will be in addition to review that happens in class. You are encouraged to come for either or both, depending on your schedule and your preferred method of study. On each night, I will stay as long as students wish to, within reason of course. I will be available as a resource for whatever type of reviewing you want to do: structured, teacher-led, student-led, partner, flashcards, whatever.
Here are the dates:
Both evening review sessions will be held in my classroom (136).
Friday, April 16, 2010
While I encourage you to check it out for fun, keep in mind my recommendation is a little tongue-in-cheek. Eliza is not meant to replace real psychotherapy, so if you feel you are in need of such services, please, seek out a human counselor or psychologist.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
By now, we've discussed in class three major categories of disorder: Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Schizophrenia. The worksheet you were given yesterday requires you to explore four additional categories of disorder. See below for links to each one:
- Personality Disorders
- Somatoform Disorders (note: some of these disorders are poised to be eliminated/subsumed under a different diagnostic name in the DSM-V; see this website for details)
- Dissociative Disorders
- Factitious Disorders (be sure to note difference between these & somatoform disorders; this category may be eliminated in the DSM-5 & given a new category name; see this website for details).
There are some major proposed changes ("reformulations") to the category of personality disorders in the DSM-5. Particularly, using trait severity ratings and increased emphasis on the person's level of functioning/social impairment in diagnosis.
Also, within the dissociative disorders, "Dissociative Fugue" may be eliminated and simply understood as a type of Dissociative Amnesia (see details).
Thursday, April 8, 2010
This is a new procedure as of this year, since our building has so many students taking exams, and many of them taking multiple exams. Why the change?
- You'll be "fresh" for your test. It takes almost an hour to fill out all of those boring (but required) forms. Doing it ahead of time means you won't have to endure it while you are anxious to begin your very important test!
- It eliminates wasted time. You only have to fill out ONE set of these for ALL your AP tests. Previously, students who were taking their second (or third) AP exam had to sit for an hour with nothing to do while their peers taking a first exam completed this paperwork.
- It helps ensure all exams run (and finish) on time. We had been having problems with exams running "over" their allotted times, pushing back the next test to be administered and inconveniencing those who had to be done on time for athletics or other obligations. This will hopefully eliminate the problem.
IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ATTEND THE PREADMINISTRATION SESSION. If even ONE person misses, the entire group of students taking that test will have to wait for him/her to fill out this paperwork on exam day. Don't inconvenience your peers by failing to show up!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Here are the directions for that assignment, by the way. But you'll get a copy in class, too.
Also here's a good web resource for identifying the diagnostic criteria if you don't have a copy of the DSM-IV-TR laying around: Cleveland Medical Clinic's web guide.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Here are some great links for those who enjoy Freud and need a good laugh:
A Freudian analysis of Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat.
Or, on a similar vein, Green Eggs & Ham.
For the bold: a Freudian analysis of the 90s-era MTV show Beavis and Butthead.
Given his belief that jokes were related to the unconscious, I'm sure Freud himself would approve.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Whoa. This is an AMAZING story. The author, Howard Dully, underwent a lobotomy at the age of 12. The predictable part: his life was pretty terrible for many years thereafter. The surprising parts: apparently the operation was at the behest of his stepmother, who urged it basically because she didn't like him and wanted him to disappear AND he managed to survive the ordeal (albeit damaged) to eventually lead a semi-normal life. In fact, the plasticity of his brain at 12 was likely what saved him from becoming an institutionalized zombie. He was one of the youngest lobotomy patients every worked on by the "lobomist" Dr. Walter Freeman.
The most striking thing about this story, to me, is that despite the obvious risk and consequence associated with the lobotomy, the worst damage done to Dully seems to have been a result of the broken relationship with his family. Due to his youth, his brain recovered. However, even in his late fifties as he uncovered the details of the story, he continued to question whether he was loved because of the remarkable dysfunction of his family. Yet he does not come off as a "victim" as you might expect. He seems a surprisingly resilient man.
I suppose he had to be.
PBS special: The Young Dr. Freud companion site.
The Freud Museum in London.
The Freud Museum in Vienna, Austria.
Below, another historical video about the man, the myth & the legend, Dr. Freud.
Ms. Schmidt, one of our special education teachers, would love for you to come to her room (#128) during Lunch & Learn to visit with her students, who have various cognitive disabilities. They like to play games, talk, and when the weather is nice they do activities outside.
Read and print this form for more details on how you can help out, make some new friends, and earn some credit in AP Psych all at once. You can only earn these points once, but I hope even after you've earned the credit you will continue to stop in and visit your friends in rm 128.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Don't let forgetfulness or disorganization be the reason you miss taking the AP Exam! Get it in today!
If you have questions about whether or not you should take the test, I'm always available to assist. However, my general approach is that everyone in an AP class should take the exam. You're already preparing for it...why not give it a shot? But of course, everyone has different circumstances, so if you want some help thinking it over, stop on by.
I will be administering a full-length practice AP Exam for any students who wish to take it on Sunday, March 28 at 5:00 PM. The whole process will probably take about 3 hours, since we will do 100 MC questions and 2 Free-Responses AND score it to see how you did.
We'll have a short break time for snacks after the test-taking part, so feel free to bring some munchies (for yourself or to share) for the scoring portion, if you like.
Students who complete the whole process will get 5 points EC on their test score category for 3rd quarter. Sorry, no alternate or make-up dates since this takes me so long to do (and because I can't release the test materials to you outside of class).
Friday, February 19, 2010
- Publicizing March's guest speaker event
- Constructing materials for the bulletin board and
- Taking an EQ test!
Since the test we are taking will be online, we will meet in rm 135 (across the hall from my classroom).
Here's the link to our EQ test.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
We will be watching CAST AWAY, a great movie for analyzing human motivation. Especially Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. :)
Starts at 7:00 PM. The only conflict we should have to contend with is SWAT team excercises also happening in the building. So don't be alarmed by the armed gunmen.
Friday, February 12, 2010
BPS RESEARCH DIGEST: Evidence-based tips for Valentine's
As with any practical application of psychological research, use at your own risk.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I apologize for the inconvenience, but I seem to be running into obstacles at every turn with scheduling for tomorrow night. Not only have I had trouble finding the movie I want, but I'm up to my ears in grading/make-up work from being gone on Tuesday.
For my AP students, this will be a good capstone to our unit on Motivation...as you will have taken the test for this unit on that day anyhow.
Keys sought to answer questions that were being raised by the horrible conditions brought about by the war in Europe: the effects of extremely low-calorie diets and cold, for example. The experiences of the participants in the semi-starvation conditions brought to light the psychological effects of hunger, particularly an inability to focus on anything other than food (including sexual relationships and intellectual persuits). His work is usually discussed in relation to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs because the subjects behavior seems to support the idea of the primacy of physiological needs.
Another fun fact: the "K-ration" developed for the US Army is referred to as such because of Keys' role in creating it (K for Keys).
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Here's an article about the AP program at Chi-Hi that features a number of our AP teachers and students. Well done, everyone!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
We had great turnouts for both evening review sessions, and I saw considerable progress toward that "team" feeling that is necessary as we support each other to meet our common goal: kicking the AP Psych exam's butt! (assuming it has a posterior) In particular, I know many of us put in lots of hours getting ready for that final and it paid off...bigtime.
Scores on this year's final exams were very impressive, and that speaks to all the hard work you have engaged in to date. We'll go over the exam in class tomorrow so we can see where we will need to go from here. Even if your score is not what you were personally shooting for, I think everyone has some accomplishments to be proud of this semester. And we're on the right track. As long as we continue to work at this level (and not fall victims to senioritis), I think we'll all be ready come May.
Keep on keepin' on! I'll see you all in class tomorrow.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
For students returning next year (i.e. juniors and younger), you can also learn about what other AP classes are offered at Chi-Hi and meet with teachers to determine if any of them are right for you.
I will probably be looking for assistants for various duties during that evening, so at our next Psych Club meeting (Friday, Jan 29) I will be doing a bit of recruiting. Also, if you are attending be sure to wear your Psych Club attire & REPRESENT!
If none of the above reasons is enticement enough, consider the fact that yours truly will be there to extoll the virtues of AP...and who would want to miss that?
Thursday, January 14, 2010
- This Sunday, January 17th at 5:00 PM (in my classroom) and
- Tuesday, January 19th at 5:00 PM (though, we can talk about adjusting the start time for that one, depending on who will be coming).
On Sunday, we will be doing a general review of all topics by dividing into teams and summarizing particular textbook chapters.
On Tuesday, I'm leaving the schedule open to whatever attendees want/need. We can review specific topics or just meet to help each other go over flashcards. Whatever you feel you need at this point is what we will do.
Remember, it may seem as though you're talking to a person, but "A.L.I.C.E." is really a machine! And...she's learning from your conversation, so don't be mean and try to confuse her.
And, for (albeit confusing) entertainment: A.L.I.C.E. and Fake Captain Kirk (two chatbots) attempting to have a conversation.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
MacGyver was, of course, the beloved titled character in the popular 1980s television show: a guy who was constantly getting himself into dangerous situations and then emerging victorious by utilizing random things in the surrounding environment. For example, he could diffuse bombs and pick locks with paper clips and chewing gum wrappers. Here's the original show intro for those who are interested.
MacGyver has been spoofed many times over for the predictable (yet unbelievable) plot lines and antics in the show. Below are some great examples.
My recent favorites have been SNL skits featuring Will Forte as "MacGruber", a similar but less successful and more distracted version of MacGyver.