Friday, January 29, 2016

Slides: Infant Social and Cognitive Development

Because I've had a few people out sick this past week who could benefit, I'm posting slides on the topics we've addressed in class. Nothing new for those of you who were here, but for those who are trying to catch up, this should help.

Resources for Social Development Investigation

As part of today's activity you will be assigned a researcher who studied infant social development. After reading up on their research, you will be asked to summarize your findings and share them with others in a group to which you are assigned. If you misplaced your worksheet (or were absent), you can find it here.

You may find the following links helpful. You are also free to search the web for additional resources or videos as you see fit.

Harry Harlow
Mary Ainsworth
Lev Vygotsky
Diana Baumrind

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tuesday's Activities

Thanks for your patience and cooperation as I'm out today ( appointments...). You'll find all the links and videos you'll need for today's activities in this post.

Phenylketonuria (PKU) Video

Infant Reflexes
Your text does not cover some of these important infant reflexes, so I want to make sure you've had a chance to see them. All of them are present in newborns and aid survival of otherwise vulnerable infants.

Rooting Reflex

Sucking Reflex (this video will actually demonstrate both sucking and rooting reflexes)

Grasping Reflex

Moro Reflex (This is sometimes described as an infant's startle response. Can be brought on by any unexpected stimulus. Although this is nicely illustrated in the video below, I like this one better, because it's cute.)

Babinski Reflex (Ignore the weird, melodramatic tone in this video)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Welcome to 2nd Semester!

Congratulations on a successful end to 1st Semester. As we kick off 2nd Semester today, you'll be receiving this handout with updated dates for your syllabus

Given the changes in our study session locations (which now move around the building, based on availability) and the troubling realization that Prom is the WEEKEND BEFORE AP EXAMS, I had to make some (minor) changes.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Last Minute Study Resources

By request, I'm posting some of the resources we used in class today.  I'll also be updating this as the day goes on with information/prompts we'll use at tonight's study session.

Some Reminders About Study Opportunities:

  • Tonight's study session will be at 5:30 PM IN THE LIBRARY. (It was previously scheduled for the cafeteria, but there is a school board meeting there tonight.)
  • My 1st hour will begin their final at 9:00 AM on Tuesday. So, I will not be available for the entire resource period, but I can help with last-minute studying from 8:00-9:00 AM on Tuesday morning.
  • I will be available during resource time on Wednesday and during lunch on Wednesday as well.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Studying for Your 1st Semester Final

With 1st Semester Finals right around the corner, it's time to get serious about review.

Tips for Success

  1. Remember that the SPACING EFFECT is your friend. Plan to do a manageable chunk of reviewing each night from now until your test. Maybe a unit or two each day?
  2. The TESTING EFFECT (or "retrieval practice") is probably your best friend. Resist the urge to just "look over" your notes. Instead, practice retrieving information from memory. You've got a couple of GREAT tools to help you with that:
    • You received a Study Guide packet of practice multiple choice questions. Treat that like a test and see how you do.
    • Challenge yourself to write or say a definition AND example of vocab words. You can use the Quizlet flashcards below OR the "Magical List"
  3. BE SYSTEMATIC. Make checklists (or use some of the tools below) to make sure you don't miss any "big" ideas.
Study Resources
Study Session Materials - 1/17/16
  • Who Am I? (Famous Psychologists) and Answers
  • Also, I'll leave up the Socrative Practice Questions - Enter rm 109495 to attempt

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Study Tools for your Motivation, Emotion, and Stress Test!

Hi Scholars! It's hard to believe, but your LAST unit test for 1st Semester is nearly upon us. On Thursday, (1/14), you'll be taking your test on Motivation, Emotion, and Stress, so I'm compiling some links/tools here that may be of help as you prepare to finish strong!
  1. First, you may find it VERY helpful to review this unit's Learning Objectives. This is a list of things I would expect you to be able to know and do for the test. Especially since we began this unit before break, AND because there are a lot of different/separate topics we addressed, this is nice checklist to make sure you're not missing anything in your studying.
  2. You also received Study Guide with practice multiple choice questions following last week's quiz. If you've been through those, and feel that more practice/new questions would be helpful, here are some (created by another AP Psych teacher).
  3. Then, there's our good friend, Quizlet. I've embedded the flashcards below. 
  4. Study Session Materials:
    • Practice FRQ (also has confusing term pairs on pg. 2)
    • Slides (will use these to prompt different review activties)
    • (Short) vocabulary review [in part because I need to add to it]. Go to and enter game code 76532



Emotion and Stress
Note: Still making some final edits on tomorrow's stuff. But, if you've been gone and want to see notes from an absence, everything up until tomorrow's (1/13) slides is current.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Links for Today's Activities

Emotions & Cartoons Demo:

As we continue our exploration of basic emotion theories and research today, we'll be conducting a (somewhat modified) version of a classic experiment. You will be given instructions about how to hold a writing utensil while completing this exercise. Then, while following those instructions, you will use the appropriate form below to rate a series of psychology-themed cartoons/memes.

Pictures from Yesterday's Emotion Exercise
As promised, here is the link to the collection of photos from which I selected the images we used yesterday in class. Feel free to explore on your own time. Caution: several of the images are pretty emotionally evocative. Nothing overly graphic, but be warned that they may cause strong reactions, so you may or may not want to attempt. [Full disclosure: They made me there's that.]

Type A/Type B Inventory

When prompted, you will have the opportunity to complete the inventory below, to learn about how your own personality might align with research conducted by Friedman and Rosenman. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Emotion Theory Posters

Today in class you will be getting instructions for your Emotion Theory Poster project.

If trying to decide on a particular emotion to profile, this list might be helpful in sparking ideas. HOWEVER, please be aware that items on the list (and things that are best suited to your poster) are words that reflect EMOTIONS, not related physical states.

For example, the emotion "cold" means being distant and lacking display of affection, and this might be a good emotion to explore for your project. However, the physical state of being "cold" (e.g., having a lower than desired body temperature) is NOT an emotion, and will be very difficult to relate to the theories of emotion. Likewise, "spicy" is sometimes used as an emotion word (meaning "playfully flirtatious and provocative"). If you interpret it as a quality of a physical stimulus (e.g., foods that make you thirsty or burn your tongue), you are NOT describing an emotion.

Confused about emotion theories? Made sense in class but now you can't figure out what the difference is between them? This might help:

Monday, January 4, 2016

Pre-Break Resources

Welcome back! If you had been absent in the days before break, you might wish to check out these items.

Below you'll find the notes we completed up until break (more to come this week, of course, so this is an incomplete version of the slide show).

Also, you can try out the Mid-Year Review Questions we used on 12/23 by going to and entering code 39634. I will leave these practice questions active until 1/17/16, so you can access them at any time. :)