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 email@example.com 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.
“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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Be prepared to share your findings with the rest of the class in a two-minute presentation to be held on Wednesday, December 18th.
Students need to bring their psychology textbooks to class.
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.
Students need to bring their psychology textbooks to class.