Sunday, November 29, 2015

Welcome Back!

I hope you all enjoyed a very relaxing Thanksgiving break. If nothing else, I hope you were able to catch up on some much-needed rest, as we'll need to keep our energy up as we head through some busy weeks ahead.

I imagine that tonight, many of you will be finishing up your States of Consciousness unit projects. Don't forget that you'll need to have a PRINTED copy of this for use in class tomorrow. You should be able to easily identify the following elements in your paper:

  • Your Claim (or thesis).
  • Evidence (facts, psychological research, data you collected) and
  • Reasoning (that links the evidence to your claim).

You will need to refer back to your text or class notes in order to gather information. To help you with this, I've posted this unit's slide show below.

If you want additional practice for tomorrow's reading quiz, check out the vocab flashcards below OR try out the practice quiz in Socrative! Go to and enter room 109495.

States of Consciousness

Vocabulary Flashcards for States of Consciousness

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Stroop Test

Today in class we'll briefly discuss how the Stroop Test has been used in research designs that explore impacts of hypnosis. To get a sense of the task participants complete, try out the Online Stroop Test here! NOTE: READ THE DIRECTIONS SO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO!

Monday, November 16, 2015

States of Consciousness Unit Project

Your unit on States of Consciousness will be brief, in part because of its small representation on the AP Exam and our approaching Thanksgiving Break (yay!). As a result, you will not take a full-length unit test on this content. Instead, your mastery of the material will be determined by:

  1. Your Reading Quiz on Unit V (given on Nov. 30). AND
  2. Your completion of the States of Consciousness Unit Project. Also due Nov. 30.
Thankfully, these tasks should complement one another. And...the project involves something that I HOPE you were planning on doing anyway: sleeping!

All of the links you need are for the unit project are linked into the document above.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Studying for Your Sensation and Perception Test

By now you've probably noticed that, although this unit doesn't contain any more vocabulary than previous units have, the major challenge it presents is that so many terms and concepts seem to be only separated by subtle differences. And, given their abstraction, writing about them (like on an FRQ...) can be a challenge because of the sophistication of the description required.

So...let's get started reviewing! Here is a handy list of study tools that may help you in your efforts:
  • First, remember that our Study Session for this Unit is SUNDAY, November 15th at 5 PM. Because we've been struggling with space issues in the past, I've moved this one to the CAFETERIA. Here are the links to the study session materials used tonight!
  • You should have a list of the Unit Objectives for Sensation and Perception. You will want to be prepared to do any of the tasks listed on that handout!
  • Don't forget to brush up on that vocabulary! Quizlet can help make sure you don't miss anything.
  • Carefully review that list of Confusing Term Pairs from this unit. Can you describe how these things are kind of the same YET different from each other?
  • If you've already burned through the practice questions on the paper Study Guide you were given in class and are looking for more, here are some practice questions on Sensation and Perception.

Quizlet Flashcards

Basic Sensation and Perception Principles

Visual Process

Auditory Process

The Other Senses
Note...I may or may not use all of this in class. I'm contemplating a different activity for handling Module 21 content, so you might not actually view these slides in class. I'm posting them here in case I use them AND in case you miss Friday and need some way to access content covered that day.

Virtual Haircut Illusion

If you would like to experience a convincing illusion involving sound localization, follow this link to the Virtual Haircut. Use headphones while listening to experience the effect.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PsychSim: The Auditory System

In order to review material from Module 20 and prepare effectively for class on Wednesday, you'll need to complete a PsychSim module on The Auditory System.

To access the module:
  1. Go to this website.
  2. From the "Main Menu" select Sensation and Perception.
  3. Select The Auditory System.
  4. Use the navigation buttons to move through the module, and complete the accompanying worksheet
Also, a reminder: Headphones will be helpful on Wednesday, since you'll have the opportunity to experience some auditory phenomena using your Chromebook.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Color Blindness Test

You are welcome to participate in a short (non-diagnostic) color blindness test as part of today's activities.