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 tips and techniques that almost instantly double or triple certain types of memory. Activities centering on distraction and attention span may be used to illustrate research methods in this area. Students will create tables, charts, and graphs for 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 they fall on major personality dimensions. Students may then 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 skulls to compare the brains of humans to those of other species.
The wonder and excitement continue 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 be the ticket to a fascinating career. Start now!
Jane Bybee received her PhD in Psychology from Yale University. She completed post-doctoral research at the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine.
Dr. Bybee won the Excellence in Teaching Award at Northeastern University, where she taught Developmental Psychopathology. She played a leading role in gaining American Psychological Association accreditation for the Clinical Psychology doctoral degree at Suffolk University, the school’s first PhD program. She taught courses in Childhood Psychopathology at Suffolk University at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Bybee edited a book (Guilt and Children) and authored numerous journal articles. Her research has been featured in the Boston Globe and Boston Herald as well as on 20/20.
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