JUSTIN . . .

Link to an online set of 26 videos, by the god of psych professors.




Thurs., 1/11: ice day

Weds., 1/10: Read PPT below through the male/female attraction diff.'s.

Tues., 1/9
Read ATTRACTION/LOVE POWERPOINT up through general attraction.

Mon., 1/8, nothing to make up


Fri., 1/5
Journal, Bad Seed day III:
• Write an overall review.
• Include what you think is the main point of the movie;
• and how well the producer/actors did in their execution.
• Give it a grade or stars?
• Etc.

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

Thurs., 1/4: last day of Bad Seed, we journal tomorrow . . .

Weds., 1/3
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?
• Predictions about the movie's outcome?

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.


Fri., 12/22: JOURNAL
Psychology of "Christmas"
Think of "Christmas" or "the Holidays" as commonly done in the US nowadays.

Write about how thinking/behavior/emotions change, compared to "normal," year-round life.

See if you can go deep and "get all psychological." What's REALLY goin' on?

Thurs., 12/21: TEST on disorders.


OPTION 1. So scientists can make a new animal from a male skin cell and a female's skin cell. Hm.

How do you feel/think about that?

What are some implications for the future (possible effects)?

Think of ethics; the economy; rights over your DNA info; rights of the new person; anything else . . .)

OPTION 2. Go to psychologytoday.com and find ANYTHING else you're interested in and write cogent thoughts about it.

Weds., 12/20: Read DISORDERS POWERPOINT IV: Dissociative Disorders.
Get and do mood/personality disorders practice sheet.

Tues,. 12/19:

Mon., 12/18: GET HANDOUT on 9 personality disorders. Make a matching quiz; there is the start of a sample one posted on the doorframe.


Fri., 12/15: Get PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS (due Jan. 2)

Thurs., 12/14:

Get and do practice sheet on anxiety disorders.

Read DISORDERS POWERPOINTII on mood disorders.

A) Write a diary entry as if you are one of the people you saw. It can be a "normal" day for "you," or one where you're getting better:
• Jean (agoraphobic) • Laura (germ-obsessed, hypochondriac mom)
• Louise (OCD) • man who hoards; woman with fear of flying
• Fred (comic-obsessed teen).

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

Weds., 12/13:
anxiety disorders video

Tues., 12/12: nothing to make up

Mon., 12/11:

Disorders POWERPOINT 1 on disorders in general and anxiety disorders.

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).


Fri., 12/8: TEST on emo/stress/happiness

Thurs., 12/7:
Do happiness practice sheet.

Weds., 12/6:
Get happiness handout.

Get study guide for FRIDAY'S Test on emo/stress/happiness

JOURNAL: "Write about at least one "good thing" that has happened lately using the format below.

"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."
"Three Good Things" © Univ. of Cal., Berkeley

Tues., 12/5:

Get stress reduction sheet/handout.

JOURNAL: Write which stress reduction techniques you could actually see yourself using. Which ones would you really not do? Any you do already? Etc. . .

Mon., 12/4:
JOURNAL: follow directions on last slide of powerpoint link below (Fri., 12/1).


Fri., 12/1:
Read emotion POWERPOINT #3 on stress.

Thurs., 11/30:
Read Emotion POWERPOINT #2 on emotion and culture and gender.

Weds., 11/29
You get to wave a magic wand and have humans not have emotions: no joy; but then, no sorrow, either! Would you wave that wand or not? Explain . . .

Tues., 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.)

Mon., 11/27: nothing to make up

WEEK THREE (pre-Thanksgiving Week)

Tues., 11/21, nothing to make up

Mon., 11/20: TEST on PERSONALITY


Freuday, 11/17:
Read PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 6 about "Humanism."

Get and do the last practice on Jung and Humanism.

JOURNAL: WOW, I'm asking you DEEP stuff for high schoolers lately!
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 "gets"? Or is it pretty complete?
• Etc.

Thurs., 11/16:


JOURNAL: Freud: pure, stinkin’ genius or whackadoodle nut job?Or in between? Or both? Hmmm. . . . Why? Explain. . .
(Think all the way back to the unconscious, id-ego-superego, his stages, defense mechanisms, etc.)

Personality Powerpoint 5 on Carl Jung.

Weds., 11/15: deer day

Tues., 11/14:

Link to powerpoint:
Personality Powerpoint 4 on Freud START at "Defense Mechanisms."

JOURNAL: Look over the list of defense mechanisms you learned, and 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?

Mon., 11/13: Read the Freud powerpoint posted below through all his "stages."
Get and do Freud practice sheet.

WEEK ONE (yes, one)

Fri., 11/10:
VIDEO LINK: http://www.learner.org/vod/vod_window.html?pid=1511

JOURNAL a) Three things you found especially interesting; b) one aspect you did not find that interesting; c) three things this video leads you to wonder more about.

Thurs., 11/9 -- no class --

Weds., 11/8:
JOURNAL: Do you buy the general idea that there is an "unconscious" mind: thoughts/feelings going on inside our minds we're not aware of? (As in, "What's the real reason I did that?")
Why or why not? Explain.

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

Tues.,. 11/7: moot court

Mon., 11/6: JOURNAL: Think of a personality trait you have (a typical way of thinking/behaving/emoting/responding).
Describe how the trait manifests (shows itself).
How might you have learned it through rewards/punishments or imitation?
Write about another if this doesn't give you enough verbiage.

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


Fri., 11/3:
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?

Also get and do worksheet on traits n bio regarding personality.

Thurs., 11/2: finish twins video

Weds., 11/1: twins video and projects back

Tues., 10/31:
• 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)

Mon., 10/30:
Go to http://www.outofservice.com. Follow the written directions about JOURNALING in the blue box.


Fri., 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 people would never know about?
Why or why not? (Feel free to write "personal" on this one.)


Thurs., 10/26: nothing to make up

Weds., 10/25: TEST on Learning.

Write a letter to someone who would benefit by hearing something nice from you. On paper. Show me when done. Give/send it if you wish, later.

Tues., 10/24 JOURNAL WRITE WEEK 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
• 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.

Mon., 10/23: Do "operant in real life" thinksheet (three scenarios).
Get Study Guide for Weds.'s test.


Fri., 10/20:
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.

Read LEARNING POWERPOINT 3 on Operant Cond in real life.

Thurs., 10/19:

Also, get and do practice sheet.

Weds., 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?

Tues., 10/17: Finish reading the powerpoint below, on Thurs., 10/12.

Mon., 10/16
JOURNAL: about ads you love, hate: why? What actually makes people alter their behavior and try/buy a service/product?

Get ADS PROJECT direction.


Fri., 10/13: Finish reading the powerpoint linked below. Get and do a practice sheet about classical conditioning. Think hard!

Thurs., 10/12:
Think about aspects of "Every 15 Minutes".
What aspects or techniques do you think will truly be effective at getting people to do the behavior of not-driving-after-drinking? Why do you think so?
What aspects/techniques do you think won't be effective at getting people to do the behavior of not-driving-after-drinking? Why do you think so?

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

Weds., 10/11
Pre-Test on "learning"

TUES., 10/10
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., 10/6: TEST on BIO stuff.
JOURNAL: Any or all of the questions from bottom of practice sheet from yesterday.

Thurs., 10/5: Read the powerpoint posted on Mon., 10/2, through to the end.
Get and do practice on sleep and other states. Show me ASAP.

You-n-sleep: get enough? Weird sleep quirks?
• Is it a big waste of time? Wonderful?
• Try and tie it in with what you've learned so far.

Weds., 10/4: Read the states of consciousness powerpoint below (10/2), the part about sleep, through one full sleep cycle.

Tues., 10/3
• View the video HERE at 11:00, about hypnosis.

JOURNAL: Would you like to be hypnotized? Why/why not? Your overall thoughts on hypnosis (and other states of consciousness).
What about meditation? Sound good/worthwhile? Or "nah"?

Mon., 10/2
Read POWERPOINT on states of consciousness through hypnosis.

(Write "Week Five"!)
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.!


JOURNAL: If absent, you'll have to read about or google up a video about migrating neurons during brain formation in utero.

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?

Thurs., 9/28: Get brain booklet to keep forever.
Get and do practice sheet.

JOURNAL Do #20 and or #21 of the worksheet for you JOURNAL and/or add any more thoughts about the human brain.

Weds., 9/27:
Read BIO POWERPOINT 2 on nervous systems. Get and do practice sheet.

Tues., 9/26:
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 are stimuli (causes) for that reaction (feeling fired up)? How in-control are you of that response?

Get neuron diagram A and study it. Then label B without looking at A. Then look IF YOU HAVE TO. Then give me B for points!

Mon., 9/25: Finish reading bio powerpoint 1, see Thurs., below.


Fri., 9/22:
nothing to make up, since so many ppl were gone
View THIS ANIMATION on how ridiculously complex even ONE neuron is, when it "fires."

Thurs., 9/21:
Read and think about BIO POWERPOINT I on neurons.

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?

Weds., 9/20: TEST on The Science of Psychology.

Tues., 9/19: study day, nothing to make up

MON., 9/18:
Get study guide for Weds.'s TEST.

JOURNAL about the Zimbardo experiment (video).
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."

Write "Week Three"
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?


Fri., 9/15:
Get and do experiment worksheet.

Read article about an experiment and . . .
Summarize your article 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? (or not)

Thurs., 9/15:

Weds., 9/13: Get and do correlations worksheet. Show me ASAP.

Tues., 9/12: 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?

Mon., 9/11: Read "SCIENCE" POWERPOINT 2 through "tests."


Fri., 9/8:
Get a sheet that explains about journaling. Read it, then tear off the bottom; print, sign, give to me.

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

Thurs., 9/7: Get a chart that shows what different psychologists DO. Get a practice sheet on this material. Do it and show me ASAP.

If you were forced to be a psychologist, would you rather . . .
A) be a researcher; explain why; and if so, what would you like to experiment on or ask people about (behaviors, thinking, emotion, neurosicence, etc.)?
B) be in practice (helping clients/patients get better); explain why; and if so, what sort of patients/clients/issues would you like to work with?

Weds.., 9/6: Bring a single-subject spiral-bound notebook for journaling tomorrow (Thurs.).

Read and think about "SCIENCE" POWERPOINT I.
Do the practice and show me ASAP.

Tues., 9/5: nothing to make up.