** Bay College Dual Enroll Winter 2017 PSYC 201 Syllabus HERE



Weds., 1/11:
You get to have some choice in what you learn about today. As a single or duo, go to

Find some article/feature having to do with something that interests you and read about it.
1. On a piece of paper, write a one-sentence summary.
2. Jot three details.
3. Extrapolate three ideas and write those coherently. E.g., ways the knowledge could be put to use; how it could affect the future; questions that remain in your mind; how the information is troubling or encouraging, etc.

After 20 minutes at the substitute's direction, form a group of three and educate each other.
Now shuffle about and educate totally different people so you hear about a lot of different ideas.


Mon., 1/9: Last journal evah -- INCLUDE THIS IN WEEK 8!
Write what thoughts come to mind, or questions you have, after reading the sociopath article Friday. How does it feel to know these people are among us? Know anyone like this? If you want, you can try to think of questions I should ask next semester. Thanks.

LINK to video for today.


Fri., 1/6: Read article about "the sociopath next door." You'll journal on it Monday

Thurs., 1/5:
JOURNAL Bad Seed Day 3: Write an overall review. Include what you think is the main point of the movie, and how well the producer/actors did at getting it across. Give it a grade or stars? Etc.

ABSENT? Journal about odd or interesting behavior you've seen recently and what was behind it.

Weds., 1/4:
JOURNAL: Bad Seed Day 2: Okay, Christine (Rhoda's mom) was adopted, and her birth mother was “Bessie Danker,” a sociopathic murderer. Yikes!!
• Might Rhoda indeed be “bad seed,” and have inherited from her grandma Bessie an inability to feel for others ("sociopathic tendencies")?
• But why would her mom (Christine) be seemingly ok?
• Also, what would be the best thing for Rhoda’s mom to do now?
• More predictions?

ABSENT? Journal about odd or interesting behavior you've seen recently and what was behind it.

Tues., 1/3:

JOURNAL Describe things that are odd about Rhoda so far. IF she has a mental disorder you’ve learned about, which would you say that it is? Etc., make predictions. . . .

ABSENT? Journal about odd or interesting behavior you've seen recently and what was behind it.

---- Christmas Break ----



Weds., 12/21
Read DISORDERS POWERPOINT III: Dissociative Disorders.
Get and do mood/personality disorders practice sheet.

Tues., 12/20
Turn in the matching exercise on personality disorders you made on Friday.

Get a study guide for Thurs.'s TEST on disorders.

(You haven't had powerpoint III yet, don't worry.

Mon., 12/19: cold day


Fri., 12/16: Get and read handout on personality disorders. Make a matching quiz like the partial sample near the door. You make a full one (all nine disorders). Give to me ASAP.

Thurs., 12/15:
Get and do practice sheet on anxiety disorders.

What is “mood”? How is it different from “an emotion”? What sorts of things put you in a good mood? Bad mood?

Do "Three Good Things" again. For each:
1. Title the good thing
2. What happened, in detail
3. How it made you feel then and later
4. What caused the event

Read DISORDERS POWERPOINTII on mood disorders.

Weds., 12/14:
JOURNAL (If absent you'll have to just write about anxiety disorders generally.):
Write a diary entry as if you are one of the people you saw. It can be a "normal" day for him/her, or one where he/she is getting better:
Jean (agoraphobic); Laura (germ-obsessed, hypochondriac mom); Louise (OCD); man who hoards; woman with fear of flying; Fred (comic-obsessed teen).
• It can be a typical day; or one where you’re improving.

OR you can write TO him or her, if you try to express empathy.

Tues., 12/13:
Disorders POWERPOINT 1 on disorders in general and anxiety disorders.

JOURNAL: Think of bodily illness (sickness).
• Define, explain, and/or give examples of “illness" or "sickness.” (I.e., what characteristics/features make something an "illness"?)
• How do you suppose mental illnesses are similar to, or different from, bodily illness?
• Write any questions you have about mental illness (and remember to ask them in the next coupla weeks).

Mon., 12/12, snow day


Fri., 12/9 TEST on emo/stress/happiness

JOURNAL: Write about at least one "good thing" using the format below.
"Three Good Things" © Univ. of Cal., Berkeley
Each day for at least one week, write down three things that went well for you that day, and provide an explanation for why they went well. It is important to create a physical record of your items by writing them down; it is not enough simply to do this exercise in your head. The items can be relatively small in importance (e.g., “my co-worker made the coffee today”) or relatively large (e.g., “I earned a big promotion”). To make this exercise part of your daily routine, some find that writing before bed is helpful.
As you write, follow these instructions:
  1. Give the event a title (e.g., “co-worker complimented my work on a project”)
  2. Write down exactly what happened in as much detail as possible, including what you did or said and, if others were involved, what they did or said.
  3. Include how this event made you feel at the time and how this event made you feel later (including now, as you remember it).
  4. Explain what you think caused this event—why it came to pass.
  5. Use whatever writing style you please, and do not worry about perfect grammar and spelling. Use as much detail as you'd like.
  6. If you find yourself focusing on negative feelings, refocus your mind on the good event and the positive feelings that came with it. This can take effort but gets easier with practice and can make a real difference in how you feel.

Thurs., 12/8: Happiness talk and handout.
Happiness practice sheet.
Time to study.

Weds., 12/7
1. Get study guide for FRIDAY's TEST.
2. Get stress reduction reading.
3. JOURNAL: Write which stress reduction techniques you could actually see yourself using. Which ones would you really not do? Any you do already? Etc. . .
4. Stress practice sheet

Tues., 12/6:
Read emotion POWERPOINT #3 on stress.
JOURNAL: follow directions on last slide of powerpoint link above.

Mon., 12/5: half-day; get and do practice sheet on emo ideas


Fri., 12/2: Read Emotion POWERPOINT #2 on emotion and culture and gender.


JOURNAL DO NOT DO THIS; I am parking it here for next year.
You get to wave your magic wand and have humans not have emotions: no joy; but then, no sorrow, either! No surprise, but no anger. Would you wave that wand or not? Explain . . .

Weds., 11/30:

Watch above video; then in singles, duos, or trios, WRITE a) Three things you found especially interesting; b) one aspect you did not find that interesting; c) three things this leads you to wonder.

THEN combine groups and share what you wrote.

Tues., 11/29:
You get to have some choice in what you learn about today.
Go to

Find some article/feature having to do with emotions/stress/happiness that interests you and read about it.
1. In your journal write a one-sentence summary.
2. Write three details.
3. Now extrapolate. (I.e., write about things such as how the knowledge could be put to use; how it could affect the future; questions that remain in your mind; how the information is troubling or encouraging, etc. etc.)

Mon., 11/28: JOURNAL
A robot asks you what “emotion” is. Try explaining the concept to it.
If you use the word “feeling,” make sure to explain THAT, since it doesn’t know what that means either. (Try thinking about what our bodies do when we emote - that can help you explain it.)



Tues., nothing to make up.

Mon., 11/21: TEST on personality: make up within one week.


CHOICE ONE: Which view do you appreciate more: Psychodynamic theory, which emphasizes unconscious guilt and how knotted-up we are because of unexpressed desires;
or Humanistic theory, emphasizing potential and positivity?
• Explain why you think one is "better" at getting at "us" and our personality.
The one you prefer -- could it still be missing things the other view focuses on? Or is it pretty complete? Etc.

Think of the defense mechanisms you learned:
• sublimation • projection • regression • displacement • repression of memories • reaction formation • denial
Write examples from real life when you have seen people use one or more of them.
Which do you see yourself using sometimes? Which ones rarely or never?


Fri., 11/18:
Personality Powerpoint 5 on Carl Jung.

Get and do practice sheet about Jung and Humanism.

Thurs., 11/17, KEEP reading that Freud/psychodynamic powerpoint below, and read through the defense mechanisms part. Get and do practice sheet and show me.

Weds., 11/16: Read Freud powerpoint below, thorough his "stages." GET PRACTICE SHEET AND SHOW ME FOR POINTS!

Tues., Deer Day

Mon., 11/14:
JOURNAL: What do you think of the general idea that there are thoughts/feelings going on inside you you're not aware of? (i.e., a "subconscious" or an "unconscious" mind)?
Try thinking about the phrase "What's the real reason I did that?")
Explain. Examples?

Read Personality Powerpoint 4 on Freud, through Id-Ego-Superego


Fri., 11/11: nada

Thurs., 11/10:
JOURNAL: Now that we're a day removed from the results, try writing about the election in terms of people's thinking/emotions/behavior (i.e. the "psychology of the election").

Here are some possibilities:
• Why did some people get so enthusiastic about Mr. Trump in spite of some very serious flaws?
• Why did Mrs. Clinton, also with many serious flaws, not get such love (though more votes)?
• Why are so many of the losing side SO despondent and/or protesting? (I don't remember this after any previous election?
• How does this election make people feel about elections and America?
• How about you? Any feelings/thoughts after all this?
• Any other psychological stuff about the election. . .

Weds., 11/9:
JOURNAL: Think of a personality trait you have (a typical way of thinking/behaving/emoting/responding).
How might you have learned it through rewards or imitation?
Write about another if this doesn't give you enough verbiage.

Also read PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 3 about how we "learn our personalities."

Tues., 11/8: finish video and
JOURNAL: What do you think about the whole identical-twins-have-very-similar-personalities thing? Surprised or not? Is it cool? Creepy? What do you think/feel about the fact that about 50% of your personality is genetic? Is that ok? Would you like to find a long lost identical twin?

Mon., 11/7: twins video on VHS; not online


Friday, 11/4: Go HERE to choose a Zimbardo episode. Don't pick Sex and Gender; not because it's "naughty," but it's way out of date with 2016 thinking; things have changed very fast regarding this topic.

Thursday, 11/3:
JOURNAL: What have you inherited in your DNA from parents and/or grandparents? Of course I’d like you to think about personality traits; but you may include physical traits as well, if you wish.
What do you think/feel about that “inheritance” you received? (Are there inherited traits you like or dislike?)

Read PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 2, on BIO and Personality (inheriting it in DNA)

Wednesday, 11/2:
Go to http://www.outofservice.com. Follow the written directions about JOURNALING in the blue box.

Tuesday, 11/1: nothing to make up.

Monday., 10/31: Read



Fri., 10/28:

In group < 3, write three things you now know about memory that you didn't; three things you still wonder about. After you've done that, combine into larger groups and share your thoughts.

Thurs., 10/27
JOURNAL: What are some adjectives your friends would probably use to describe you? How right are they? Are there any adjectives to describe the typical "you" that friends would never know about? Why or why not? (Feel free to write "personal" on this one.)

Weds., 10/26:
TEST on "Learning."

Think big.
• What do you think about all this talk about manipulating people with rewards and punishment? Is it too cold/manipulative, or a fact of life?
• What could this make you think about what it is to be human?
• How can/will you use this in your future roles as student, parent, employee, boss, citizen, etc.?
• Etc.

Tues., 10/25:
Open study day for tomorrow's TEST; there was extra practice we did that you may do.

Mon., 10/24:

Get STUDY GUIDE for TEST on "learning" coming on Weds.

Forget conditioning and reinforcers/punishments for a day. What percent of human behavior would you say is learned by just copying others (whether on purpose or non-consciously)? Give some examples from real life (your own or others') of people (incl. children and high schoolers) copying/imitating other people's behavior.

Read LEARNING POWERPOINT 4 on social/cognitive learning.


Fri., 10/21: Do worksheet on operant conditioning in real life.

Thurs., 10/20:
Read LEARNING POWERPOINT 3 on Operant Cond in real life.

Read "Schoolkids on a Payroll" article.
- What are advantages of their system?
–Possible disadvantages?
–Would you want your kid to go to such a school?
–Should we do it here? Etc.

Weds., 10/19: Finish reading Learning Powerpoint II, below.
Get and do a practice sheet on conditioning. Check it with the answers on the door.

Tues., 10/18:
JOURNAL: Think of someone (boy/girlfriend, teacher, parent, manager, etc.) with a specific behavior you would like to change.
• Describe the behavior; why it bothers you;
• and how you could maybe use reinforcers (rewards) or punishments to get them to "learn" to act differently.
• What would be hard or easy about it?


Mon., 10/17: nothin' to make up; we practiced analyzing ads; you missed it


Fri., 10/14: Read Learning Powerpoint 1 below to the end.
GET PROJECT SAMPLE (partial sample, actually)

Thurs., 10/13
Read the powerpoint below through classical conditioning terms.
Get a hard practice sheet, do it and show me.
You might want to google Little Albert and read about how behaviorists trained a baby to fear rats which he liked before the scientists got to him.

Weds., 10/12

Read LEARNING POWERPOINT 1 on Learning and "Classical Conditioning."

JOURNAL: Write about a time or times you permanently acquired a new behavior (e.g. make a Big Mac, park a car, serve a volleyball, shoot a bow, format a journal entry, clean a gun, whatever).
• What did others do to get you to acquire the new behavior(s)?
• Or what did you do on your own to learn the behavior?
• Be specific.

Tues., 10/11:
Read dream analyses and
Write "WEEK SIX"
What do you think of the concept of dream analysis in general: big load of crap, or helpful and accurate? (Or in between?) What do you think about the idea of a dream “dictionary”? Try analyzing one of your own dreams? Etc...


Fri., 10/7:

TEST on bio stuff.

JOURNAL: Read one of the articles about biopsych/neuroscience. Summarize in no more than two sentences. Write good coherent thoughts about it. Try to think if there are any implications (possible effects) for the future. Etc.!


Weds., 10/5: Finish hearing about sleep (see powerpoint below). Get and do states of consciousness practice sheet.

Tues., 10/4:
Read powerpoint linked below, about sleep.

You-n-sleep: get enough? Weird sleep quirks?
• Is it a big waste of time? Wonderful?
•Sleepers are vulnerable to attack. Why would nature or God(s) need us to lose consciousness for hours every night!?
• Etc.

Mon., 10/3: Read POWERPOINT on states of consciousness through hypnosis.
• View the video HERE at 11:00, about hypnosis.

JOURNAL: Turn the page; write WEEK FIVE.
Would you like to be hypnotized? Why/why not? Your overall thoughts on hypnosis (and other states of consciousness like daydreaming, consciousness or lack thereof) . . . .


Fri., 9/30 View VIDEO
Write three things you find interesting; and three things you still wonder about.

Thurs., 9/29: View Bio
Read BIO POWERPOINT 22 on nervous systems. Get and do practice sheet.

JOURNAL: Write about a time or times you have felt really “hype” or "wild." What specific things do your body and mind do at such times? What for you is a stimulus (cause) for that reaction (feeling fired up)? How in-control are you of it all?

Weds., 9/28: Get brain booklet; do practice sheet on neurons and brain parts.

Tues., 9/27:
JOURNAL: Right-brain IMAGINATION DAY: Pretend you’re a “vision” neuron inside a fetus migrating to the rear of the growing brain (where you know you’re supposed to end up). Write a diary entry for that day. What do you, the neuron, think/notice/do?

Mon., 9/26: JOURNAL: write about odd or interesting human behavior you've witnessed recently. Describe and try to explain what's goin on.

Also, study neuron diagram A; then label B. Give to me for points.


Fri., 9/23: We went over the powerpoint below and talked of dual enrolling.

Thurs., 9/22: JOURNAL: You - n - your ol' buddy, your BRAIN.
What does it seem better-than-average at? (Remember the brain handles coordination, interpersonal-relations, etc., NOT just school stuff.) What is it worse-than-average? How has it changed over time? Any areas you really wish it was better or worse at?

Read and think about BIO POWERPOINT I on neurons.

Weds., 9/21; TEST! Make it up within a week, before/after school.

Tues., 9/20:
JOURNAL about the Zimbardo experiment (video):
Pick one or all of the below . . .
• What do you think of the research design overall?
• Which is weirder: the “guards” being so mean, or the “prisoners” being so passive?
• Dr. Zimbardo says, “We learned a lot.” Does the experiment tell us anything about human behavior in general?
• Was it worth doing, if indeed people were temporarily traumatized?

IF you weren't here, you'll have to go online and read about it or find a video. It's hugely famous. Google Zimbardo Prison Experiment.

Mon., 9/19: Get STUDY GUIDE for Weds.'s TEST on SCIENCE of psychology.


Fri., 9/16:

Get and do experiment worksheet.

Read article about an experiment.
Read one of the articles about a psych experiment and write about the following:
Summarize it in one or two sentences.
What do you think of
a) how the research was designed
b) the results obtained
c) how the knowledge gained (if any) might be used in real life?

Thurs., 9/15:

Weds., 9/14:
JOURNAL: Analyze the book cover. What might the individual things represent? What overall “meaning” can you make of it? How might it all tie in with psych.? Go deep.

Also, get practice sheet on correlations, do, and show me.

Tues., 9/13: Read case study: "Musical Hallucinations."
[New front of a page: Write "WEEK TWO."]
Write on any or all of the following:
• What do you make of Mrs. C’s hallucinations?
• "Curse," "blessing," or other?
• How do you think you would have handled them?
• What do you think of Dr. Sacks’ attempts to help?
• Does all this raise any unanswered questions?

Read continue
SCIENCE POWERPOINT 2 through correlational studies.

Mon., 9/12: Read SCIENCE POWERPOINT 2 through "tests."


• Go here, and watch the intro psych video.
• Then JOURNAL: what were interesting parts, dull parts, good, bad, etc.? What do you remember? Any thoughts/questions you have about psychology in general?

Thurs., 9/8: Get a handout about what different psychologists DO. Do it and show me.
Get a sheet that explains about journaling. read, then tear off the bottom; print, sign, give to me.

If you were forced to be a psychologist, would you rather
A) be a researcher, or
B) be in practice (helping clients/patients get better)?

• If A, what sort of things would you be interested in doing research about, and why?

• If B, what sort of clients or problems would you like to help with, and why?

Weds., 9/7. Bring a single-subject spiral-bound notebook for journaling tomorrow (Thurs.).
Read and think about SCIENCE POWERPOINT I.
Do the practice in the blue box and show me when done.

Tues., 9/6: nothing to make up