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An excellent resource for reviewing psychology vocabulary and concepts. Use this straightforward app in your psychology class to quiz learners on terms, theories, and prominent scholars in the field. Though the app is designed for an AP class, it would be helpful for learners of any skill level.
Creating a Psychology News Wiki
If you're searching for a way to keep your class informed of current psychology news, this ongoing assignment is both educational and engaging. Class members locate and read a psychology article of interest, write a psychological abstract, and then post it to the class Wiki. This resource includes all of the information you need to start a Wiki, links to student resources, a rubric and more. A great idea!
Diverse Psychological Effects of the Civil Rights Movement
Here is an outstanding cross-curricular lesson plan to combine psychology and US history. Teens read articles online by Alice Walker about the movement for civil rights. They focus on how it affected different groups of people and then write an essay, reflecting on the readings.
On Positive Psychology
What is positive psychology? Martin Seligman briefly reviews the history of psychology as a discipline, from its initial achievements measuring, discovering causes of, and inventing treatment for psychological disease, to a more modern approach focusing on positive emotion and practices. Seligman explores his field of study, highlighting the pursuit of meaning and engagement as the most important factors in life satisfaction.
Sparknotes provides this 10-question interactive quiz on psychological disorders. It includes questions on drug addiction, OCD, post-traumatic stress, antisocial behavior, schizophrenia, and more.
This Sparknotes quiz on social psychology includes 10 multiple choice questions that address attraction, persuasion, group polarization, and conformity. Test-takers submit their answers online for immediate feedback.
The Happy Secret to Better Work
This is a video that every individual, whether adolescent or adult, should have the chance to see! Using an incredibly humorous presentation style and fascinating statistics, psychologist Shawn Achor makes a compelling case for positive psychology. Demonstrate to your young learners how the brain performs significantly better in a positive state versus one that is negative, neutral, or stressed, and take this unique opportunity to inspire lifelong happiness and productivity.
Anger Management: Self Mentors Vs. Psychological Warfare
Students explore student psychology by reading an anger management story. In this conflict resolution lesson, students discuss the different causes for angry outbursts and define a list of psychological vocabulary terms. Students read a story about a boy who is overwhelmed with emotion and deals with it as best he can.
Should You Trust Your First Impression?
As humans, we perceive immoral behaviors as more revealing of a person's true character than good behaviors...but why? Peter Mende-Siedlecki conveys recent research in social psychology that suggests we are quick to form lasting impressions of others, but that we can also change our impressions in light of new information. Your class members will learn about the science behind impression updating, and what segments of our brain are responsible for weighting positive and negative information.
Naming Psychological Disorders
High schoolers discover the names, differences, and symptoms of various psychological disorders through small groups and entire class games and discussion.
Introduction to Psychology and Sigmund Freud
Young scholars learn about psychology. In this unconscious mind instructional activity, students examine the life and theories of Sigmund Freud. Young scholars define psychoanalysis, the conscious mind, the unconscious mind, Freudian slips, the ego, the id, the superego and the Oedipus Complex.
Students investigate why some people choose an avatar different from their own personality. In this psychology lesson, students explore three different virtual worlds to collect information. They analyze results and formulate a conclusion.
The Mind of a Terrorist: A Psychosocial Perspective
What a great way to make a psychology activity on personality development socio-politically relevant! Class members investigate causes of radicalism--specifically, becoming a terrorist. This resource includes background information, key terms, critical thinking questions, procedures, and the necessary resources. Almost everything is here for a week-long exploration of this interesting topic; the only missing component is rubrics.
The Science of Lance Armstrong
Live Strong! High schoolers will discuss some of the reasons behind Lance Armstrong's success in cycling and chart those reasons into four categories: Physiology, Psychology, Equipment, Training/Strategy. They will then choose one sport and research three examples of sports science that an athlete might use and summarize their research in a letter as a coach giving advice to an athlete. Very engaging instructional activity that ties science to athletes!
This worksheet includes 5 questions on psychological problems and different types of treatment. It serves as a review of previous material in the Sparknotes Psychology Study Guide.
Sparknotes provides Psychology Study Guides and this 5-question review of the material addresses individualist and collectivist culture, obedience, and more.
Research Methods in Psychology
This 5-question psychology review provided by Sparknotes addresses sampling bias, correlative data, statistical significance, and more.
Humor and Psychology
Get a chuckle from this presentation, which studies the types of humor in psychology and philosophy. The information provided would fuel a good conversation in your lecture, and the multitude of examples will get your class laughing. The slideshow seems long at 97 slides, but the last 60 slides consist of a very thorough bibliography.
Cyclical Psychology in Japanese Culture
Learners create artistic representations of various cyclical patterns after analyzing the importance of cyclical psychology in Japanese culture. This lesson can be done in an Art class or as part of a unit in a History or Language Arts class.
Lesson: The Romance Genre
Who buys romance novels? Older scholars discuss this demographic in a behavioral psychology study which begins with a discussion and data analysis. The data sheet can be found online and offers statistics about who and where this huge industry caters to. Using a viewing guide to take notes scholars watch three clips from the documentary "Guilty Pleasures," which can all be found on the POV website. After discussing these short clips have scholars do some research on theories of motivation. There is an online source provided here. They determine which best describes the case study featured and explain their reasoning. Extension ideas are included.