Thursday, October 29, 2015

Threshold Demonstrations

Today in class we'll be learning about psychophysics and different types of thresholds. To that end, we'll be trying a couple of online tests for sensory ability.

Absolute Threshold - Vision - This module introduces you to how absolute thresholds are measured. You won't get a score, but you will try out some practice test items.

Difference Threshold (JND) - Adaptive Pitch Test - determines your sensitivity to detecting differences between two presented tones. This is a difference threshold test because the test attempts to determine what degree of difference is necessary.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Brain Movie Trailer Marathon

I'm currently working my way through scoring all of the wonderful Brain Projects that have come in since Friday, and so far I'm pretty impressed. Not only do you folks appear to be a pretty creative bunch, but you're applying your knowledge of neuroscience, too!

Since I probably won't have time to share ALL of the movie trailers in class, I figured I'd make a playlist here. (This way I won't lose the links so easily, too). As you will notice, the amygdala was a wildly popular choice.

Tessa and Maisy: Deteriorating Medulla
Ty and Kathryn: Paranormal Amygdala
Molly: The Boy with the Mishapen Amygdala
Carter and David: The Decent Cop Whose Amygdala Gets Damaged and Turns Super Aggressive
Tim and Mitch: Amygdalacalypse
Maygen and Anna: The Amygdala
Gina: The Amygdala
Cheyenne: The Amygdala

I think those are all the links I've gotten? If yours is missing, please let me know and I'll add it.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Reviewing for Your Biological Bases of Behavior Test

Holy cow! This has been an exciting unit, and I'm actually a bit sad that we're drawing to a close. I've had fun introducing you to the AWESOMENESS that is neuroscience, and I hope you've enjoyed the process, too. Since our unit test is coming up on Wednesday, October 28, here are some links to help you get started with review.

Quizlet Flashcards

Intro to Brain Science


Nervous System v. Endocrine System

Techniques for Studying the Brain

Brain Anatomy

Nature and Nurture

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Bad Night at the ER

Today in class we looked at some (hypothetical) patients with neurological problems and attempted to match and generate diagnoses. Some of you didn't have a chance to finish and requested that I post the case files so you can complete your diagnoses. Here they are!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

AP Psych Lesson: Thursday PM

Hi AP Psych students!

Unfortunately, I have to be away for a meeting this afternoon. So, if you're viewing this, it's probably because you're in my 6th or 7th hour class and have been directed here by your substitute teacher. Lucky for you, all the directions for today's activities can be found below!

STEP #1: View the Slide Show (we began this yesterday) and take notes at your own pace. You may also refer back to your text as needed. You will want headphones, as there is a video clip to view. You will have to answer some questions in Socrative following the show, so please go through this information carefully before moving on to that step.

STEP #2: Answer the comprehension questions in Socrative. (The final slide in the show will prompt you to do this.)

STEP #3: View the video, "Inside the Teenage Brain." You will not complete all of it, but should get enough information to launch our discussion tomorrow. Particularly, please be ready to discuss how the teen brain is different from the adult brain and how this impacts behavior and decision-making. In the video, see if you can spot examples of the different devices used to study the brain that you just learned about (EEG, MRI's, etc).

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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:

Monday, October 12, 2015

Mouse Party Assignment

Poor, addicted mouse.
Here it is! The link to the Mouse Party interactive! You should have received this worksheet, which you will use to record your answers. Remember, this assignment will require you to use what you learned in class today to determine whether a drug is an agonist or antagonist for a particular neurotransmitter. It will be due tomorrow (Oct. 13).

If you've got time after completing the Mouse Party assignment, you might want to check out some of the other cool interactives and games created for you by the Genetics Science Learning Center at the University of Utah. For example:
Learn...and have fun!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Neural Messages PsychSim

For Monday, I'm asking you to complete this worksheet on Neural Messages. You will be using an online module to review and extend your learning regarding neural communication. Here is how you access the online module:

  1. Click on this link to reach the PsychSim 5 launch screen.
  2. Select "Main Menu."
  3. Choose "Neuroscience and Behavior" from the available content areas.
  4. Then, select "Neural Messages." 
  5. A module will open with information to assist you. Use the "next" and "back" navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen to navigate through the entire module.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Studying for your Cognition and Memory Test

Your unit test on Cognition and Memory is coming up on Wednesday, October 7th. To help you prepare, I'm compiling a bunch of study tools here, including notes from this unit. I'll add more next week, but this is a good start for now.


Cognition and Problem Solving Notes


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Availability Heuristic - Summer of the Shark

Looking forward to sharing this classic (2002) Daily Show clip to introduce the Availability Heuristic to students this week. With the transition to a new host some of my links to Jon Stewart clips needed to be updated, so I'm posting it here in part so I can locate it again in the future.