Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sign-Up: Spring Check-In Meetings

Hi all,

With April upon us, it's time to check in and see how things are going. Similar to the process we used in the fall, I'd like you to sign up for a time to meet with me and discuss your progress and plans for the month ahead. :)

Please make a note of the time you scheduled (note it in your phone, if needed), as rescheduling (if you miss) will be difficult given my full schedule.

Find a time and sign up using this document.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Anxiety Disorders - Activities for 3-27-15

Hi all!

Today you get to explore an interesting category of disorder in the DSM-5: Anxiety Disorders. There have been some changes to the way these disorders are described and classified in the newest version of the DSM, so what you learn today may update previous understandings you might have had about these conditions.

(Note: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) used to be considered anxiety disorders in the DSM-IV-TR, and they are related to these conditions. As a result, your text describes them in the same Module, and Hank will describe OCD in today's video. We will address these conditions when I return on Monday.)

Here's what you need to do:

  1. Watch the Crash Course video on Anxiety Disorders (below) to get an intro to these conditions.
  2. Begin work on your Anxiety Disorders Booklet (due April 2). Today will be the only time you'll get class time to work on this, so use it productively! I will have the old versions of this project on display in the classroom. However, since those are based on DSM-IV-TR criteria, yours will end up looking different! Your sub will provide you with necessary supplies.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Major Issues in Abnormal Psychology - Activities for 3-26-15

Hello, AP Psych classes!

Sorry I couldn't be with you today. I'll be traveling to my meetings today, so your substitute and the wonderful Mr. Hank Green will be taking you through today's lesson on the models for understanding mental illness and their classification systems.

To Do:
  1. Watch the Crash Course video on Psych Disorders (below).
  2. Complete the accompanying WS
You will need access to the DSM-5 (full or desk reference versions), which I will have in the classroom for your use. You'll also need this list of Highlights of Changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Resources for Intelligence and Testing Unit

Below you'll find notes and vocabulary from our Intelligence and Testing unit. Some other links to help you out:
  • More practice MC questions on this topic. (Note: this and other practice items you might encounter for Intelligence and Testing may not have up-to-date diagnostic language, since the DSM-5 was published in 2013, and this is the first year the AP Psych exam will reflect the new language. So, for example, some practice items might use the old term, "mental retardation," in place of "intellectual disability." This is not a reflection of the author's insensitivity, but merely use of an old diagnostic term that used to be part of the DSM-IV-TR. Materials I have created myself will use the new terminology, but not everyone has updated yet.)
  • Crash Course Video: Controversy on Intelligence
  • Crash Course Video: Brain v. Bias
  • Practice FRQs (from Study Session)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Personality Unit Study Resources

We have a study session scheduled at 5 PM on Sunday, March 8th in order to review all of this. Hope to see you there! If you can't make it, feel free to use the resources below and your multiple-choice study guide (which you got after this unit's quiz).
    Personality Unit Slides Bear in mind, this is NOT in its complete form (yet).  
    Crash Course Videos Missed class? Can't make sense of a specific personality theory? Maybe the nice folks at Crash Course can help. This first video addresses some of the more "historic" theories of personality (Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, and Humanistic):  
    Trait Theory and Social-Cognitive Perspectives are addressed here: