Intro to Psychology
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This fun, fast-paced overview of psychology is loaded with hands-on experiments and research activities that provide a sampling of major fields of psychology including: cognition and memory; personality and individual differences; lifespan development; neuroscience; and social psychology. Students may complete tests and games that test their abstract and combinatorial reasoning skills and learn how to improve their performance. Optical illusions will be used to provide insight into sensory perception. Students may play memory games and learn tip and techniques that almost instantly double or triple certain types of memory. Activities centering on distraction and attention span may be used to illustrate modes of research in this area. Students will create tables, charts, and graphs of various experiments. They may even use Chi-squares and T-tests to ascertain where differences across conditions are significant.
Next up, students will complete a diagnostic questionnaire to see where hey fall on major personality dimensions. Students may they collect data, create their own measures, and use statistics such as correlations and regressions to examine whether hypothesized relationships with personality variables appear. Developmental psychology tasks will focus on changes that occur during the teen years. Friendship patterns, personality, moral reasoning, and problem-solving patterns all show striking changes from adolescence to early adulthood. Teens will complete questionnaires and surveys to see how they have changed and where they are heading.
Students take a deep dive into the brain. They may use models from neuroscience and anatomy and even create their own models to visualize parts of the brain and their functions. They may use casts of skills to compare the brains of humans to those of other species.
The wonder excitement continues with the social psychology unit. How do characteristics of a group affect its performance? Under what conditions can group decisions be clouded – sometimes catastrophically – by GroupThink. If you want to persuade someone – should you make your case first or last?
Come experience for yourself why Psychology is one of the most popular college majors. From marketing to advertising to HR and management, psychology can b the ticket to a fascinating career. Start now!
Mr. Deehan is a teacher at Milton Academy and joined the history and social sciences department in 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Science and his master’s degree from the Andover-Newton Theological School. Mr. Deehan has previously worked at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA and the City on a Hill School in Boston, MA.
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