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Psychology

Instructor
Bret Polish
Term
2013-2014
Department
Independent Study
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Welcome to Psychology with Mr. Polish!  Our class will meet every Wednesday from 9 to 9:52 am (10th and 11th graders only) or Friday from 10 – 10:52 am (12th graders only) in Room 313 and your attendance there is required.  Because we only meet one day a week, it is important that you maintain communication with me by e-mail if you are having any issues with me, school, or the work.  My e-mail is bpolish@champscharter.org and I check it every day so expect me to get back to you no more than 24 hours after you have messaged me.

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Healthy Relationships: Psychology Final Project

What do you normally look for in a friend? What do you normally look for in a romantic partner? Would you say you have healthy relationships? What does a healthy relationship look like?

For your final psychology project you will create two poster-sized T-charts explaining both what you normally look for in a friend/romantic partner as well as what you think a healthy relationship should look like. Please see the attached file for more instructions.

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Take notes on the lessons "High Fidelity" teaches us about what makes a successful relationship (you need at least one page of notes). The entire film is available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6snVW3HHqxA&list=TLAFI64s7PZ1Q .

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“Romance, Sweet Love” HW Questions
READ BELL HOOKS’ ARTICLE “ROMANCE, SWEET LOVE” IN ITS ENTIRETY AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (AT LEAST 2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION) ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER.  The article is attached below.
1. According to the author, why do we seek romantic relationships? Why does she believe we construct a false self?
2. What does our culture tell us about romantic love? Why does Fromm believe that love is an “action”?
3. What does the author believe we need to look critically at in order to critically evaluate a partner? What lists did the author make and what discrepancy did she notice after making these lists?
4. Why are most people “profoundly cynical” about love? How do we move from “perfect passion” to “perfect love”?
5. What do all relationships have? Why does true love thrive on difficulties?
6. What is the difference between “heart connection” and “soul connection”? What is the essence of true love?
7. Why does the author say that “when we commit to true love, we are committed to being changed”? How come true love does not last forever?

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Bring the "Romance, Sweet Love" packet and questions to class.

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Bring the "Romance, Sweet Love" packet and questions to class.

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Take notes on "Flirting with Danger" (you need at least one page of notes). The entire film is available online at http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=250&template=PDGCommTemplates/HTN/Item_Preview.html .

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Sexism Collage Project

 

Does our society still have gender roles?  What is our society’s definition of beauty?  How much are we, psychologically affected by these standards? 

 

For this project you will create a poster-sized collage representing our society’s images of what a man/woman should be like.

 

To do this, you need to find at least 15 sexist images of men or women that you find in magazines, ads, internet sites, or newspapers.  You will cut out and combine these images to create a collage of what men or women are supposed to look like.

 

Then, on the other half of the poster, you need to create a collage or draw a picture representing how you are affected by sexist media brainwashing.

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Take notes on "Tough Guise 2" (you need at least one page of notes). The entire film is available online at http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=237&template=PDGCommTemplates/HTN/Item_Preview.html .

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Take notes on "War Zone" (you need at least one page of notes). The entire film is available online at http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=213&template=PDGCommTemplates/HTN/Item_Preview.html .

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Take notes on "Dreamworlds 3" (you need at least one page of notes). The entire film is available online at http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=223&template=PDGCommTemplates/HTN/Item_Preview.html .

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Take notes on "Killing Us Softly 4" (you need at least one page of notes). The entire film is available online at http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=241&template=PDGCommTemplates/HTN/Item_Preview.html .

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Print the R-Rated Material Permission slip and have a parent/guardian sign and fill it out.

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Behavior in Social and Cultural Context HW Questions
READ THE PSYCHOLOGY TEXTBOOK FROM PAGES 260-301. DEFINE ALL 39 BOLD WORDS AND ANSWER ALL 21 QUESTIONS FROM PAGE 301 IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (AT LEAST 2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION) ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER.

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CHAMPS Psychology Project

 

You are a professional psychologist and have decided to study student behavior using CHAMPS students as your subjects.  Just like a real psychologist, you must write up a consent form and get permission from the subjects you are observing.  This must be turned in to Mr. Polish along with your project. 

 

However, there is a process that comes before setting up a study.

  1. 1.     Come up with a hypothesis.  What do you think your study will prove?
  2. 2.     Decide whether or not you are doing a case or observational study.  Explain why you chose to do this kind of study.
  3. 3.     Are you going to use psychological studies or surveys?  Explain your decision.
  4. 4.     Your study must have at least one independent variable and only one dependent variable.  What are they?  Explain why you chose these variables.
  5. 5.     Your study must also have a control condition.  Explain your control condition.
  6. 6.     Is your study a single-blind or a double blind study?  Explain your choice.

 

When you conduct your study, make sure to record all of your results in some kind of chart that you will hand in.  After doing this, you will need to interpret the findings.

 

  1. 1.     Write a paragraph explaining the significance of your findings.
  2. 2.     Write a paragraph explaining the limitations of your findings.  If you could do the study again, what would you do differently?

 

Be prepared to share your findings with the rest of the class in a two-minute presentation to be held on Wednesday, December 18th.

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Students need to bring their psychology textbooks to class.

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“How Psychologists Do Research” Classwork Questions

READ THE PSYCHOLOGY TEXTBOOK FROM PAGES 34-64.  DEFINE ALL 40 BOLD WORDS AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (AT LEAST 2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION) ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER.

 

Part 1:  How Psychologists Do Research

1.  What was the point of the “facilitated communication” autism study conducted by psychologists?  Why do research methods matter to psychologists? 

Part 2:  What Makes Psychological Research Scientific?

2.  What do scientists start with when they investigate a subject?  What do they derive based on that?

3.  How do skeptical scientists treat new and old conclusions?  What do they look to in order to prove their conclusions?

4.  What are scientists sometimes do to support their favorite theories?  Why can’t scientists keep their studies secret?

5.  Why might a scientist not live up to the academic standards expected of them?  Why do scientists get their work peer reviewed?

Part 3:  Descriptive Studies:  Establishing the Facts

6.  What kind of information is included in a case study?  What are the serious drawbacks of case studies?

Part 4:  Observational Studies

7.  What is the difference between a case study and an observational study?  What is the purpose of a naturalistic study?

8.  Why do psychologists sometimes prefer to make observations in a laboratory setting?  What is the problem with this kind of study?

Part 5:  Tests

9.  According to the textbook, why are “good” tests standardized?  How do psychologists measure the reliability of a test? 

Part 6:  Surveys

10.  What is the difference between a psychological test and a survey?  Why is it difficult to do a survey well?

11.  What do people often do on surveys when they are asked about a touchy subject?  How can this be likelihood be reduced?  How did Alfred Kinsey deal with this problem?

12.  How can technology help researchers conduct better survey?  What is the risk of conducting an internet survey?

Part 7:  Correlational Studies:  Looking for Relationships

13.  What are some kinds of variables psychologists look at?  When are two variables uncorrelated?

Part 8:  Cautions about Correlations

14.  Why are some correlations meaningless?  When can reliable correlations be misleading?

Part 9:  Experiments:  Hunting for Causes

15.  When do researchers use the experimental method?  What does a researcher do in an experiment?

Part 10:  Experimental Variables

16.  What kinds of variables must every experiment have?  What is the difference between these two variables?

17.  How would things work in an ideal experiment?  Why would this be ideal?

Part 11:  Experimental and Control Conditions

18.  Why is a control condition important to an experiment?  Why do psychologists use placebos?

Part 12:  Experimenter Effects

19.  What is the point of Robert Rosenthal’s study?  What is the difference between a single-blind and a double-blind study?

Part 13:  Advantages and Limitations of Experiments

20.  What is the main problem with the participants in psychological studies?  How do participants often act in studies?  What can psychologists do to avoid this?

Part 14:  Evaluating the Findings

21.  What is the first step a psychologist does after conducting an experiment?  What kinds of mathematical computations does a psychologist do?

Part 15:  Inferential Statistics:  Asking “So What?”

22.  How come the results of psychological studies are not always clear?  How do psychologists know if their results prove something?

Part 16:  Interpreting the Findings

23.  Why is it hard for psychologists to explain their results?  What do psychologists do in order to find the best interpretation?

Part 17:  Keeping the Enterprise Ethical

24.  What must a psychologist get before they conduct a study at the university level?  What must they follow in setting up the study?

Part 18:  The Ethics of Studying Human Beings

25.  What does the APA code call on psychologists to do?  What must psychologists get from their participants?  What must psychologists prove if they want to deceive their subjects?

Part 19:  The Ethics of Studying Animals

26.  Why do psychologists use animals in research?  Come up with at least two reasons and explain each in a sentence.

 

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Students need to bring their psychology textbooks to class.

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Freudian Skit Assignment

You and a partner will be required to illustrate Freud’s major ideas in a short (2-3 minutes) skit.

First, your group must create a storyboard illustrating what will take place in your skit. Your storyboard should resemble a comic strip with at least 5 panels and must be accompanied by narration explaining the Freudian concepts you have drawn. Your comic strip should illustrate 6 Freudian concepts.

Your group will be graded on the accuracy and complexity of your performance as well as the creativity and accuracy of your storyboard. Your group must choose two concepts from each of the following packets:

FREUD’S VIEW OF THE PERSONALITY” PART 1

Id
Ego
Superego
Pleasure Principle
Sublimation
Civilization

FREUD’S INSTINCTUAL DRIVES
Oral Stage
Anal Stage
Phallic Stage
Latency
Genital Stage
Fixation
Oedipus Complex
Elektra Complex

FREUD’S VIEW OF THE PERSONALITY” PART 3
Neurotic
Repression
Projection
Reaction-Formation
Sublimation
Denial
Compensation
Rationalization

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Freud’s View of the Personality: Part Three Questions
READ THE “FREUD’S VIEW OF THE PERSONALITY” PART 3 PACKET, DEFINE ALL 10 UNDERLINED WORDS AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (AT LEAST 2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION) ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER.
1. How do we know that someone has a well-developed ego? Why does Freud believe some adults are neurotic?
2. According to Freud, how do people escape anxiety? Why people experience internal conflict between the id and the superego?
3. What do defense mechanisms provide people with? What are the two major problems with defense mechanisms?
4. Provide an example of repression and projection. Explain each one in a sentence.
5. Provide an example of reaction-formation and sublimation. Explain each one in a sentence.
6. Provide examples of denial, compensation, and rationalization. Explain each one in a sentence.

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Freud’s Instinctual Drives and the Stages of Sexual Development
READ THE “FREUD’S INSTINCTUAL DRIVES” PACKET, DEFINE ALL 19 UNDERLINED WORDS AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (AT LEAST 2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION) ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER.
1. Why was there a lot of resentment against Freud when he was alive? Give and explain two reasons for this.
2. What are the names of each childhood development phase based on? What does Freud believe each child must get in order to pass through each stage successfully?
3. Name at least three adult fixations and explain each.
4. Why does Freud believe boys don’t get along with their fathers? What fear do boys develop because of this?
5. Why does Freud argue that boys become like their fathers? What do some boys develop because of their resentment against their fathers?
6. Why did Freud believe girls develop the Electra Complex? Why does he believe that girls don’t get along with their mothers?
7. Why does Freud believe many men and women have problems in adulthood? What does Freud believe characterizes the Latency Phase?
8. Does Freud believe adults can have happy, successful relationships? Explain why or why not.

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Freud’s View of the Personality: Part One Questions
READ THE “FREUD’S VIEW OF THE PERSONALITY” PART 1 PACKET (which is attached below), DEFINE ALL 9 UNDERLINED WORDS AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (AT LEAST 2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION) ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER.
1. According to Freud, what parts of the personality are innate and what parts are not innate? Why does Freud say that infants are “all identity”?
2. What two things did Freud believe guide all our actions? As a result, what happens when people are sexual or aggressive?
3. Where does Freud believe our mental energy comes from? How much of this energy does a person have?
4. What does Freud believe about holding in aggressive energy? Why does Freud believe society has not been successful in bringing about peace?
5. According to Freud, why do we experience guilt? Why are many people unaware of their sexual and aggressive drives?
6. How can civilization alleviate the problems of the id? What can sexual and aggressive energy be used for?
7. How does Freud see work? Why does Freud believe we do work?

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“What is Psychology?” Classwork Questions
READ THE PSYCHOLOGY TEXTBOOK FROM PAGES 2-28. DEFINE ALL 17 BOLD WORDS AND ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES (AT LEAST 2 SENTENCES PER QUESTION) ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER.

Part 1: What is Psychology?
1. According to the textbook, what is psychology based on? What do people normally think psychologists study? What do psychologists generally study?
Part 2: Psychology, Pseudoscience, and Popular Opinion
2. What kinds of things does pseudoscience promise? What is the difference between psychobabble and psychology?
Part 3: Thinking Critically and Creatively About Psyschology
3. According to the textbook, why are not all opinions equal? How does the book define lazy thinking?
4. What do critical thinkers try to identify and evaluate in claims and arguments? What is a bias?
5. What is a common form of over-simplification? What does a critical thinker do before settling on an explanation?
6. Why must critical thinkers accept uncertainty? How come critical thinking cannot provide all of the answers?
Part 4: Psychology’s Past
7. What makes psychologists different from scholars of the past? What did phrenologists used to believe?
8. When was the first psychological laboratory built and who built it? What kind of research methods were used there?
9. What was structuralism and what happened to this approach? How were functionalists different from structuralists?
10. Who was Sigmund Freud? What did he believe was responsible for his patients’ problems?
11. What did Freud believe made up the unconscious mind? How did he argue the unconscious mind makes itself known?
Part 5: The Major Psychological Perspectives
12. According to evolutionary psychologists, what do we need to know to know ourselves? What do behaviorists believe determines how we act?
13. What have cognitive psychologists contributed to psychology? What do social psychologists study? What do cultural psychologists study?
14. Where does the psychodynamic perspective come from? What do many psychologists believe about psychodynamic psychology?
Part 6: Two Influential Movements in Psychology
15. How did humanists criticize psychoanalysis? How did they criticize behaviorism?
16. What did many female psychologists prove in the 1970s? How did this change psychology?
Part 7: What Psychologists Do
17. What are the three main things psychologists do? Explain each in a sentence.
Part 8: Psychological Research
18. How are basic psychology and applied psychology related to each other?
Part 9: Psychological Practice
19. What is the goal of psychological practitioners? What does it take to get a license to practice clinical psychology?
20. What is the difference between a psychoanalyst and a psychiatrist? What do many research psychologists worry about?