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Chris Ciampa earned his B.A. at Wesleyan University where he majored in Psychology. While earning an M.F.A. in Computer Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Mr. Ciampa began working for Eastman Kodak as an Applications Specialist, training personnel at various digital effects facilities to use Kodak's digital effects software called Cineon. This led to a career doing digital effects for feature films such as X-Men, Star Wars Episode 2, and many others.

While earning his second Masters, this time in Secondary Education at Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Ciampa taught English, English Language Development and Reading Intervention first at Bunche Middle then at Centennial High School in Compton. Mr. Ciampa has taught Communications, Student Government, and 11th Grade English at CHAMPS. He currently teaches Psychology, AP Psychology, Speech and Debate, and is the coach of our Speech and Debate Team.
 

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AP Psychology 2018-19

This message is intended for students who have enrolled in and are planning on taking AP Psychology in the fall. 

For my fellow travellers through the human mind, bienvenidos and namaste. Please turn your brain on now. I hope you are having a restful and rejuvenating summer. Get ready to have some AP Psychology summer fun!

The first summer assignment I'd like you to do is to read Pavlov's Dog by Adam Hart-Davis.  You should pay particular attention to Chapter 4: Are The Eyes The Window To the Soul? and Chapter 5: Can Psychiatrists Tell If You're Sane? As this material will probably show up on a test. I'd like you to pick one of the experiments in the book besides the ones I just mentioned and answer the following questions in the form of a short expository essay:

Why would people find this experiment interesting?

What insights, and/or new information did this experiment provide to the study of psychology?

What was the long term impact of this experiment on the field of psychology?

Next you should read The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Olliver Sacks, then make a list of at least 20 words with which you are unfamiliar. I know some of you have expansive and impressive vocabularies, but if I could find 20 words I didn’t know when I first read the book (I did), then I think it is reasonable to expect you to be able to do the same. Once you have your list, you may use a variety of resources to define the terms. I recommend the glossary of terms published by the American Psychological Association or APA: http://www.apa.org/research/action/glossary.aspx

I would like you to select one of the case studies from the Sacks book and on a typed, double spaced single page answer the following questions:

Why did you select this case study?

What are the symptoms that qualify this case as a disorder?

What is the physiological basis of the disorder?

Are there any advantages to having the disorder you described?

Throughout the year I will have additional credit assignments drawn from a book called The Story of Psychology by Morton Hunt. This is a great book to own (in paperback), and while nothing from it is immediately due, you may want to familiarize yourself with it for future assignments.

Once I have a finalized roster, I will be inviting each of you to a google classroom for your class period. It would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with this tool, if you haven’t done so already, as most assignments for the class will appear here first. I am totally psyched to be working with you.