Monday, September 28, 2015

Picking Cotton - Eyewitness Memory

During Tuesday's class, you will be investigating a criminal case involving eye-witness testimony. There will be two video clips that you will need to view, and you will use this worksheet to guide your investigation. The video clips are embedded below.

Clip #1:

Clip #2:

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fall Check-In Meetings - SIGN UP

Today during class, I will be asking all of my current students to sign up for a Fall "Check-In" Conference with me. These are required for all students, and as the name implies, they are a chance for us to speak one-on-one about how things are going in the course and how I can help you reach your goals.

Come ready to discuss your progress thus far: What are your goals for the course? What is going well? What do we need to work on?

Please sign up for an available appointment IN THIS DOCUMENT.

Please feel free to SCHEDULE A REMINDER IN YOUR PHONE or somewhere else so that you don't miss your scheduled meeting.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Using Cognitive Science to Improve Your Study Strategies

Greetings, AP Psychology students!

I'm sorry I couldn't be with you today. I'm attending meetings in Washington, D.C. as part of my affiliation with Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) and the APA. But that doesn't mean your learning will be put on hold!

The unit of study we are beginning today concerns Cognition (i.e., thinking) and Memory. Happily, researchers have learned A LOT about what helps people understand and remember what they have learned, and this information should be immediately useful to students hoping to improve and refine their study strategies (and, by extension, their course grades).

Regardless of how you think yesterday's test went--whether you think it was a face-plant or you feel you knocked it out of the park--today's assignment will give you some helpful ideas about how to study more efficiently and more effectively, AND it will introduce you to some basic memory terminology that we will encounter this unit.

You'll have time in class to view this video series by Dr. Stephen Chew of Samford University, and you should complete this worksheet as you go. The worksheet is due Monday (Sept. 21), so anything that you don't finish in class should be completed over the weekend. Note: since there is sound with this video, please use a pair of headphones when viewing so that you don't disturb others.

Enjoy! Happy Learning!

Mrs. Welle

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Preparing for Your History, Approaches, and Research Methods Test

On Thursday, you'll take your first unit test in AP Psychology! I know you find it important to prepare thoroughly, so I'm hoping the links in this post are helpful as you begin your review.

Study Tools:
  • Your unit objectives. Can you confidently do all of the things described on this list?
  • The MC study guide you received in class (on Friday, Sept. 11). Harness the power of retrieval practice by treating this as a practice test.
  • Quizlet Flashcards for Unit I and Unit II. 
  • Need a quick video refresher of major topics from this unit? Here are the Crash Course Videos on Psychology's History and Research Methods.
  • You might want to check out the resources in your etext, including the practice quizzes available there (2 per unit). You will need the login info you created when we registered these in class.
  • Still want MORE practice multiple choice questions? Here are some on psychological approaches, and some more on research methods
  • I'm also posting the slides we've used this unit below, along with embedded flashcards and some helpful videos.
Video: Why Experiments Show Cause and Effect (and...Why We Know Sugar Doesn't Cause Hyperactivity) Note: "Randomized Controlled Trials" = experiments

Unit I: History Approaches

Unit II: Research Methods

The Story of Psychology

Contemporary Psychological Approaches

Research Methods and Stats

Sunday, September 13, 2015

PsychSim: Descriptive Statistics

For tomorrow, I'd like you to practice your Descriptive Statistics skills as you complete a PsychSim module on the topic. I know for many of you this will be a review of math concepts learned long ago, but sometimes I've found that our knowledge of these things has faded a bit with time.

To access the site, use THIS LINK and click on "Descriptive Statistics" from the menu screen that pops up.

You'll need to complete these brief practice problems.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fun with Correlations!

Today in class we'll be exploring correlational research designs and related statistical techniques. We'll be using a couple of links for today's activities.

We also may have the chance to investigate some bizarre correlations. If not, these links are worth checking out on your own time:

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Career Areas in Psychology

Today in class we took a look at various career subfields within psychology. For those that weren't able to finish, or who simply wish to go back and review, I'm posting some related materials here.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Wason's Rule Detection Task

Try out this fun problem-solving challenge! We will discuss this in class in relation to the scientific method. Once you've solved it, don't share the answer with your neighbor until we're ready to discuss it!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Vote on Psych Club T-Shirts!

Note: You MUST be logged in using your Google account in order to view and complete this form.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Psych Club...Assemble!

With school back in session, it's time to kick off the year in Psych Club. Our first meeting will be Friday, September 4th during Lunch B (in rm 136). Thereafter we'll continue to meet the first Friday of the month.

Of course, no respectable club should go without witty t-shirts, so our first order of business will be voting on t-shirt designs. Here are this year's options for you to preview!

Straight Outta Leipzig
An homage to the location of psychology's founding: Leipzig, Germany.

Welcome to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
A tribute to everyone's favorite humanistic psychotherapist.

Serotonin and Dopamine: Technically, the Only Two Things You Enjoy
It's about time your wardrobe included some neurotransmitter humor.