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Fig. 1 by Univ. of California - Psychology

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Nature, nurture, or hot wired? Journey into the brain with University of California researchers as they search for answers to age-old questions about personality, morality, behavior, and, of course, love.
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On Positive Psychology

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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AP® Psychology Cognition and Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
I can remember what happened five years ago, but I can't recall what I did last week! High school psychology students analyze how memory, cognition, and language impact one another. Hands-on activities, memory exercises, and research...
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Top 20 Principles from Psychology for PreK–12 Creative, Talented, and Gifted Students’ Teaching and Learning

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th Standards
Who knew getting a better grasp on learning and psychology requires understanding only 20 principles? The resource, especially ideal for high school Psychology, discusses 20 important principles that debunk common myths and provide...
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2003 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Intelligence testing can be a useful tool—but what are its limits? Scholars explore the question, considering issues such as the role of bias, using authentic College Board materials. Learners also examine the psychological factors...
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2005 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
How can diagnostic labels help children? Is hypnosis a useful tool or a fraudulent practice? An examination prompt explores controversies in psychology. A second, structured inquiry unpacks perception—and its various influences.
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How Psychology Benefits Society

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do people form their opinions about certain social issues? Scholars research current global issues to find out how psychology plays a role in swaying thoughts. Using blogs, writings, and presentations, they uncover why people think...
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A Career in Psychology

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Could you have a future therapist in your high school Psychology classroom? Find out by assigning the class to complete an activity where they discover more information about what a career in psychology looks like. Resources they view...
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2017 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
How does psychology affect other parts of people's lives? Scholars consider scenarios such as how stress affects a musician's audition or to what extent is a person's eating behavior connected to neurology. Analyzing such questions from...
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Using Psychological Perspectives to Answer Questions on Behavior

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Perspective is everything when it comes to assessing human behavior. Class members examine a series of statements and identify the perspective represented by each to demonstrate their understanding of different psychological perspectives.
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Activities from the Society for the History of Psychology Website

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The Society for the History of Psychology provides a list of teaching activities designed to acquaint learners with the various fields of psychology and introduce them to prominent psychologists. Details for several of the activities are...
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Shell Shock - The Psychological Scars of World War 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Scholars analyze the mental impact war had on some fighters in the 11th lesson of a 32-part series on World War I. Viewing a short video clip, they investigate the nature of psychological disorders of soldiers who survived the Great War...
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The Psychology Teacher's Resource Guide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The activities in a comprehensive teacher's resource guide provides budding psychologists with opportunities to design experiments to study behavior, apply their knowledge of research variables, critique online behavior surveys, and much...
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2014 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
A college undergrad has a lackluster first year. Why? A structured prompt from the College Board asks learners to explore various psychological dynamics and how they can affect a young man's freshman experience. A second question asks...
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2012 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Deciding where to go to college is a tough choice, but psychology helps shed some light on how people make up their minds. Learners consider factors such as ethnocentrism and crystallized intelligence using an exam from College Board. A...
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2002 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
A child tells a story of her visit to a fire house. How does her cognitive development impact how she remembers what she saw? Scholars explore a case study and a second prompt about psychological reactions using authentic College Board...
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2007 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
It's hard to make friends, and psychology helps explain why. Learners examine a case study where a new member to a club is looking to form friendships. What helps and what can get in the way? A second question asks scholars to examine...
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2008 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Parenting can befuddle new moms and dads, but psychology helps! Learners explain various theories of parenting and child development using a case-study model and materials from College Board. A second practice question asks scholars to...
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The Psychology Behind Irrational Decisions

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Heuristics? Prospect Theory? Behavioral Economics? Who would have thought so much research has gone into studying approaches to problem solving and decision making. This short video takes a look at the psychology behind decision making.
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Education and Career Options in Psychology

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Psychology class is the perfect time to talk about career options in the field! The resource helps class members research what degree they need to begin different career paths in the field of psychology. Resources include a few websites...
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Creating a Psychology News Wiki

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
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...
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AP® Psychology: Teaching Statistics and Research Methodology

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Psychologists use statistics? Scholars investigate the research behind the methodology of statistical analysis. Using hands-on practice, case-studies, and scatterplots, they complete various tasks to understand the very roots of high...
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Psychology

For Students 9th - 12th
Psychology, the scientific study of the human mind and behavior, is a popular major for many college students. An informative handout outlines common assignments in psychology courses. Scholars see how to design a research proposal,...
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Psychology Goes to Madison Avenue

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
As part of a study of well-known psychologists, class members create a name, a business logo, an advertisement for TV, online, radio, or print, and a pamphlet for the business run by one of the psychologists on a provided list. An...
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The Concept of Identity Lesson 4: The Psychological Approach

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Readers apply Sigmund Freud's theories of the unconscious mind and the psychological approach to literary criticism to analyze and evaluate the relationship between two characters in A Separate Peace.
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An Introduction to William James’s The Principles Of Psychology

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is psychology a natural science? A brief video explains William James's theory of psychology as it connects to physiology, known as the James-Lange Theory of Emotion, and his belief that the mind and body work together to create one's...
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The Psychology of Listicles

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Are listicles a satisfying intellectual treat? Or do they ruin the capacity of the mind? While learners may enjoy lists that run the gamut from politics to cute animals, experts unpack the psychology of what makes these tidbits of...
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Shell Shock - The Psychological Scars of World War 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The term shell shock has its origins in World War I. In England alone, there were more than 80,000 cases of soldiers experiencing post-traumatic stress after the war. Using the installment of a larger Technology and Warfare in World War...
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Psychological Treatment

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
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.
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Social Psychology

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Sparknotes provides Psychology Study Guides and this 5-question review of the material addresses individualist and collectivist culture, obedience, and more.
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Research Methods in Psychology

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
This 5-question psychology review provided by Sparknotes addresses sampling bias, correlative data, statistical significance, and more.
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Childhood Obesity

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The United States leads the world in the percentage of obese adults and children. Why? What can be done about the problem? High school psychology classes adopt a problem-focused approach to investigating childhood obesity and then...
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Key Terms Traffic Lights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How much does your class know about psychology? What about empirical evidence? If they could use some time to learn the essentials of psychology, use a quick reference sheet to note what they know before the test, after the unit, and at...
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2018 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
What mental health conditions could affect a student's performance while auditioning for a play? How do stress levels correlate with student absences? Scholars examine case studies to learn more about the mind and mental health or to...
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AP® Psychology: Special Focus - The Brain, the Nervous System, and Behavior

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How does the brain send signals to the rest of the body? Scholars research and analyze the functions of the brain and the central nervous system in the human body. Using hands-on activities, reflections, and research, they begin to...
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2010 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
A pep rally may seem like a simple ritual for a high school, but there are a number of psychological factors operating behind the scenes. Learners flesh out these features using a case study from College Board. A second prompt offers...
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2001 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
What could impact a patient's anxiety, and what should a therapist do to treat it? Learners consider the questions using a prompt from the College Board. A second question asks individuals to consider how key psychological dynamics...
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2000 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
The New York City police chief wants to know if teens commit more crimes after watching violent television shows. What kind of study helps answer the question? Learners must describe a successful study. They also examine the...
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1999 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
The interplay between biology and psychology is a complicated one. Learners explore the connection using free-response questions from an administered AP® exam. Scholars also ponder how bias helps people remember what they see.
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2006 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
A person wants to buy a car but is having a hard time making a decision. What is getting in the way? Learners turn to psychology to explain what is driving the ambivalence using materials from College Board. A second query asks scholars...
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2009 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Learners examine how psychological factors influence competitors at a dance contest, using materials from College Board. 
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Humor and Psychology

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
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...
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Psychological Research

For Students 9th - 12th
Planning a semester or year-long psychology course? Check out this series of videos that could be used as an overview for each unit of study. The second session of a 13-part course examines psychological research and research methods...
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Abnormal Psychology Project

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Working in groups of three, teams select a psychological disorder from the provided list, research the disorder, and then craft a brochure (the kind one would find in a doctor's office), a PowerPoint presentation, and create a fractured...
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Earworms: Those Songs That Get Stuck in Your Head

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
We've all been infected by earworms at one point or another. But don't worry! These aren't creepy crawly critters that live inside our heads. Follow along with this short video as it explores the interesting psychology behind the...
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Developing Adolescents

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Why to young people act the way they do? Scholars investigate the stages of adolescent development incorporating high school psychology techniques. Using research from the American Psychological Association, they uncover the five areas...
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The Psychology of Accents

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Everyone has an accent to someone from a different region! Middle and high schoolers learn more about the ways those with seemingly foreign accents are perceived by those who speak differently, and how individuals tend to have a bias for...
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What Happens When You Remove the Hippocampus?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Imagine not being able to remember what day it is or what food you had for breakfast this morning. This nightmare was a reality for Henry Molaison, whose life story is the focus of this video explaining how different parts of the...
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The Psychology of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Fear. Anxiety. Depression. Scholars examine the impacts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. They analyze the causes of PTSD through a short video clip and class discussion, understanding why it exists and what treatment options are...
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2015 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
To what extent is hyperactivity related to sugary treats at a birthday party, and to what extent is it caused by other factors? What goes into a person's adjustment to a new home? Case studies explore questions like these and offer...
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2016 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
What conditions influence a student's performance on a high-stakes test? What is the mental health aftermath of a car accident? Case studies examine these and similar questions. Pupils also sharpen their test-taking skills as they work...
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2013 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
A school district is trying to get its learners to read more, but what is the best way to motivate them? A scenario investigates whether the district should use pizza coupons to encourage literacy. Other practice questions from College...
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Psychological Disorders

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
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.
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Psychological Treatment

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
This Sparknotes 10-question quiz tests understanding of various psychological treatment approaches. It is interactive and provides instant feedback.
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Social Psychology

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
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.
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Research Methods in Psychology

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Sparknotes provides this 10-question quiz on research methods in psychology. It includes questions on validity, single-blind and double-blind experiments, bias, and more. Test-takers submit their answers electronically for immediate...
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Psychological First Aide (PFA) for Students and Teachers

For Teachers K - 12th
New ReviewListen, protect, connect! Using the resource, teachers learn how psychological first aid helps scholars adjust after a crisis or school emergency. They discover how to observe changes in pupils' school performance, listen and offer...
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Larger-Than-Life Lara

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explore child psychology by reading a children's book in class. For this bullying lesson, students read the book Larger Than Life Lara and discuss the characters and how they treat each other. Students answer study questions...
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The Psychology of Narcissism

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Is the self-esteem movement of the 70s responsible for the rise in narcissism? Perhaps. Is narcissism genetic? Perhaps. Check out this video that explores narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder.
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Psychology Concept Maps

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This 18-page document lists the primary topics and concepts related to a variety of psychology subjects, from personality and memory to neuroscience and cognition. For a quick synopsis of subtopics, or perhaps to determine a topic for a...
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What is Deja Vu? What is Deja Vu?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Deja vu, that feeling that you've experienced something before, is a fleeting moment that many may have experienced, but for which there is no definitive explanation. While more than forty theories attempt to explain this phenomenon,...
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Sampling or Assignment?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Each discipline has its own vocabulary, terms it uses to identify key concepts and processes. Sample, to psychologists, refers to those people (participants) a researcher is studying, while assignment refers to the treatment conditions...
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The Hidden Power of Smiling

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Smiling is something we may do every day and can appear benign, yet this common expression has more health benefits and psychological/physical implications than we realize! Using historical quotes, scientific studies, and a vast range of...
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The Difference Between Classical and Operant Conditioning

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Learn about the difference between two central concepts in behavioral psychology: classical and operant conditioning. Viewers are presented with images and clear narration explaining the two processes that result in learning, and...
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Psychology 202 Word Search

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
This word search includes over 50 psychology-related terms to locate in the puzzle. While there is little research to support the educational value of word searches, you might want to give this out as a sponge or anticipatory activity.
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Facebook Activity

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Imagine if Sigmund Freud or Charles Darwin had a Facebook page. As part of a study of major historical figures in the field of psychology, class members are assigned a psychologist and design a mock Facebook page that includes such items...
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AP Psychology Final Projects

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Debates, games, media portfolios, posters, videos, magazines, and yearbooks are all optional formats for final AP Psychology projects. The specific requirements for each format are detailed in the project packet. A link to suggested...
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Intro to Psychology

For Students 9th - 12th
Here's an introduction to a 13-part course on psychology, which the narrator defines as, "the science of behavior and mental processes." In the overview to the course, the narrator traces the development of this integrated science from...
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How Do Focus Groups Work?

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Do you have a favorite candy bar? Or cereal? Or brand of ice cream? You may be an ideal participant in a focus group! A short, informative video teaches high schoolers about the history of focus groups in both the political and...
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AP Psychology Final Project Choices

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Looking for a way to keep AP learners engaged after the exam? AP Psychology class members engage in self-analysis and present themselves to their colleagues by choosing one of two interesting project choices. Individuals may prepare a CD...
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Psychology of Computing: Crash Course Computer Science #38

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Computers sometimes need to use psychology to improve. The 38th installment of the Crash Course Computer Science playlist looks at how social, behavior, and cognitive psychology play a role in the development of computers and computer...
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Methods of Psychology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After studying different methods of psychology, use a graphic organizer to fill in the eight different ways psychologists study behavior. The worksheet is organized in a web design, putting the main topic in the middle with eight circles...
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The Science of Thinking

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How does your brain manipulate and store information? The installment of the Veritasium playlist explains the role of long-term and working memory. The lesson shows psychological problems and tests to illustrate these roles.
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Frightened

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore story structure by reading a scary story. In this human emotion lesson, students read the story Frightened and discuss the concepts of fear and psychology. Students complete a vocabulary activity dealing with the story...
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Anger Management: Self Mentors Vs. Psychological Warfare

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers 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. Middle...
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PsychGuide

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
If you need a condensed psychology resource with definitions, common career paths, and research methods, use an app created by a psychology professor for prospective students in the field. The app is a good way to sum up main concepts in...
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The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Does the psychology of teams shut down open-minded thinking? According to psychologist Jonathan Haidt, the key to civility and open-minded discussion in our highly polarized society may be understanding our inherent moral roots. Haidt...
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Altered States

For Students 9th - 12th
Episode 10 of a 13-part psychology Crash Course builds on learning from previous videos to explain the workings of altered states of consciousness. Hypnosis, psychoactive drugs, and non-drug induced hallucinations are all explored in a...
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A Slave is a Dead Soul: Examine the Psychological Impact of Slavery through the Writings of Juan Fracisco Manzano

For Students 9th - 12th
Briefly introduce your class to Juan Francisco Manzano before jumping into his writings. There are excerpts provided here from both his early life as well as his later years. After reading, you have your choice of extension activities...
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Why Facts Don't Convince People (and what you can do about it)

For Students 9th - 12th
Birthers. Fake news. Terms all too familiar in the 21st century. Why is it that even when presented with facts it is impossible to convince some people that their opinions are wrong? Check out a short video that examines the psychology...
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Health Psychology

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
While word searches have not proven to be educationally beneficial, you may find this useful as a sponge or anticipatory activity when teaching health psychology.
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Freud, Jung, Luke Skywalker, and the Psychology of Myth: Crash Course World Mythology #40

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
How were modern thinkers influenced by ancient mythology? Scholars investigate the topic with the 40th of 41 videos in the Crash Course World Mythology series. Viewers meet two psychologists, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and learn about...
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Friendship

For Teachers 1st
First graders explore human psychology by reading a book in class. In this friendship activity, 1st graders identify the benefit of friends and strong relationships while reading the book The Rainbow Fish. Students analyze the images...
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All About Me Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore psychology by writing about themselves. In this personality lesson, students answer a list of questions that help analyze their own traits and history. Students create a personal "All About Me" book which they share with...
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The Stanford Prison Experiment

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Do people readily conform to the social roles they are expected to play? Do these roles shape behavior and attitudes? After reading a brief summary of Philip Zimbardo's simulation that has come to be known as the Stanford Prison...
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An Introduction to Abraham H. Maslow’s A Theory Of Human Motivation

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Abraham Maslow's A Theory of Human Motivation describes the hierarchy of human needs that individuals must meet before they can become self-actualized. A short video analyzes the process with the example of a woman who begins a comedy...
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2004 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Time influences mental health and behavior, but how? Learners explore the topic with authentic College Board materials. Using another scenario, scholars consider the various research methods used to explore the connection between stress...
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2011 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
A student is taking her first exam in Japanese. What are some factors that could affect her success? Learners consider the question, as well as examine a study on vision and feedback using authentic College Board materials. 
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Psychological Disorders

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
In this psychology worksheet, students complete 5 short answer questions on pscyhological disorders. They identify characteristics of have certain disorders.
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Why Are We So Attached to Our Things?

For Students 7th - 12th
Jean Piaget discovered that ownership has a huge impact on our psychology at a very young age. Watch a video that explains how our things carry a huge impact on human nature, and the idea that ownership greatly contributes to the...
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Lesson: The Romance Genre

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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The Effect of Math Anxiety on Cardiovascular Homeostasis

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Using a pulse monitor, learners will measure a resting pulse, take a math test, and then measure the pulse again. They analyze the change in pulse and compare it to performance on the test. This multi-purpose instructional activity can...
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Character Emotion and Feelings

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students explore student psychology by completing a visual arts project. In this human emotion instructional activity, students collaborate in groups and discuss how different situations cause emotions and feelings to rise in them....
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A Psychological Game

For Students 9th - 12th
In this psychological game worksheet, learners write positive integers.  They explore the relative frequency of the numbers used.  This one-page worksheet contains 1 problem.  The answer is listed at the bottom of the page.
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Neurons, Hormones and the Brain

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
In this psychology instructional activity, students complete a 10 multiple choice quiz on neurons, hormones and the brain. They identify its different parts and functions.
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Psychological Disorders

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss the nature of mental disorders. They research what abnormal behavior is and the perspectives of psychological disorders. Students practice diagnosing cases from the DSM-IV casebook.
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Introduction to Psychology and Sigmund Freud

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students learn about psychology.  In this unconscious mind instructional activity, students examine the life and theories of Sigmund Freud.  Students define psychoanalysis, the conscious mind, the unconscious mind, Freudian slips, the...
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Psychological Bias

For Teachers 11th - 12th
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.
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Psychology 1010

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students can engage in a variety of classes that can be found in a higher education Psychology class. Some of the activities include: Research new and old technology in brain imaging.Listen to lecture and take notes while forming a...
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Why Elephants Never Forget

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
They say elephants never forget, but why exactly is that? Find out with this enlightening video as it explains the neuroscience behind the amazing intelligence of these giant mammals.
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The Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
It's well known that people should get eight hours of sleep each night, but exactly why is that? Follow along with this short video as it investigates the crucial role sleep plays not only in peoples' physical health, but their memory...
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How Spontaneous Brain Activity Keeps You Alive

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
We all know that the brain is responsible for our thoughts, actions, memories, and emotions, but it's far busier than we can possibly imagine. Watch this short video as it explores how life as we know it is made possible...
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The Happy Secret to Better Work

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Does Your Diet Stack Up?

For Teachers 5th - 10th
An interesting way to learn about dietary requirements, this resource prompts learners to look at what someone in the U.S. eats and compare it to what someone in South America eats. They discuss the social, religious, psychological,...
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Does Stress Cause Pimples?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
After this video, make sure to give a pop quiz on pimples! The question that is answered is whether or not pimples are caused by stress. Stress hormones give our bodies what we need for a fight or flight, but what happens if we don't do...
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A Tasty Sample(r): Teaching about Sampling Using M&M’s

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Here's a sweet activity! As part of a study of psychological research methods and statistic gathering, individuals develop a hypothesis about the number of each color of M&Ms in a fun-size package. They then count the number of each...
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Skills and Attitudes

For Teachers 7th
You can use this lesson whether your class needs to practice self-discipline or just understand it better. They identify the relationship between discipline and maturity while discussing their own maturity levels. Then they define a...
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It's Important to Communicate Well—Kindergarten

For Teachers All
Students explore student psychology by participating in a class communication lesson plan. In this conflict management lesson plan, students identify the three types of behavior as assertive, aggressive and passive. Students read a...
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Humor Theories: Features vs. Functions vs. Subjects

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Great for a psychology, sociology, or language arts lecture, this presentation focuses on the features, functions, and subjects of humor. Complete with definitions and examples of each category, as well as links to humorous videos and...
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Consciousness

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Conscious, unconscious, subconscious? Consciousness is the focus of the eighth video in a psychology course, and for his purposes, the narrator defines consciousness as "our awareness of ourselves and our environment." Aspects examined...
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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

For Students 9th - 12th
Sleep, as another form of consciousness, gets the Crash Course treatment in the ninth video in a 13-part, introduction to psychology course. Information about the four stages of sleep, sleep disorders, and dream interpretation theories...
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Diverse Psychological Effects of the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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January: Conflict is Inevitable, Bullying is Not

For Teachers 1st
Learners explore child psychology by identifying bullying behavior in class. Pupils discuss the differences between normal conflicts and bullying behavior. The also define psychology vocabulary terms and read role-playing situations...
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Identifying Bullies

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Learners investigate human behavior by defining bullies.  In this psychology instructional activity, students read the book Just One Flick of a Finger, and discuss why bullies act out in front of other children.  Learners investigate...
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Sexual Exploitation

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students analyze psychology by completing a true or false worksheet. In this sexual health lesson, students read assigned text which dictates when it is or isn't appropriate to touch a person and what to do if you feel uncomfortable in a...
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Importance of Friendship

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students identify child psychology by completing a worksheet regarding friends. In this human relationship lesson, students discuss the characteristics that make a good friend and how to handle conflicts. Students answer study questions...
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Onions, Emotions, and Why We Cry

For Students 6th - 12th
Cheer up! Here is a fascinating featurette about why people cry. Hank explains different types of tears, what causes them, their purposes, and even their particular chemical components. This would make a nice addition to your human body...
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Experimental Variables Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th
Dependent variable, independent variable, hypothesis. Sounds like a math lesson, but instead psychology researchers are asked to identify these elements in 10 proposed experiments. Do birds experience visual illusions? Maybe it depends...
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Compliance

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Three strategies to encourage compliance—the Foot In the Door Technique, the Door in the Face Technique, and the Low-Ball Technique—are presented in a Simply Psychology article that should get middle schoolers thinking about manipulation...
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Humor Theories

For Teachers Higher Ed
Providing ample examples of humor in literature, psychology, and sociology, this presentation studies the concept and function of humor in society today. Covering what is classically "funny" and what is not, and why, the slideshow will...
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Why is Yawning Contagious?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How can a bodily function be contagious? It is a question scientists and psychologists are still grappling with, but some of the leading hypotheses are presented here in the case of the contagious yawn. Most likely, it is something we...
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Why We Love Repetition in Music

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why does music rely so heavily on repetition? This is an interesting video from which to explore not only the psychological answers to this question, but also the ways in which humans perceive and rate different types of music.
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Statistical Significance

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Our survey says ...! High school psychology scholars analyze how people create surveys. Three different scenarios help them discover the meaning behind statistical significance. Armed with new knowledge, novice psychologists uncover what...
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The Physiological and Psychological Development of the Adolescent

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the life of a teenager from their own perspective and an adult's. In groups, they focus on the biological changes and how they are different in a girl and a boy. Individually, they write a paper about these changes and...
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Movie Presentation Parent Letter and Slip

For Teachers 7th - 12th
This is a detailed movie presentation permission slip that begins by explaining to parents the choice of the movie(s) and what questions will be addressed after viewing the film. While designed for a psychology course assignment, you can...
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How to Train a Brain

For Students 9th - 12th
The influence of Ivan Pavlov, B.F. Skinner, and John B. Watson are examined in Lecture 11 in a 13-part Crash Course on psychology. Pavlov's Behaviorism School of psychology, associative learning, conditioning, and reinforcement are all...
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The Bobo Beatdown

For Students 9th - 12th
Poor Bobo, the clown. Albert Bandura experiments and the subsequent development of the concept of social-cognitive learning are the focus of Episode 12 in a 13-part video series on psychology. The narrator discusses how Bandura's...
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Rorschach Spots

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Analyze high schoolers' personalities with this activity. You are supposed to begin by teaching who Rorschach was and how his inkblot tests were designed to interpret personality. Unfortunately, this information is not furnished....
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The Hundred Dresses

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore psychology by analyzing characters in a story. In this tolerance instructional activity, 5th graders read the story A Days Work and discuss the reason the main character helps his native speaking Grandfather....
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Lesson: Nikhil Chopra: Performing Memory

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Film imitates life; that's what they say. Using performance theory to tie the lesson together, learners attempt to understand memory and daily rituals as seen in art, film, and life. They read two chapters from the book, watch the...
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How Sugar Affects the Brain

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Attention, sugar addicts! Here's why you can't quit the habit. Sweet taste receptors send a signal to the brain, which activates a reward system that responds by telling you to eat again. Over activating this reward system results in a...
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Advertising and Healthy Decisions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze alcohol and tobacco ads and create parodies of them. The eight lessons in this unit include discussions about why teens smoke or drink, the psychology behind the advertising, and writing persuasive letters to agencies,...
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The Speed of Life

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Time appears to go faster the older we get, but why? A timeless video explores this concept psychologically and scientifically. Through an experiment and neuroscience, viewers better understand the paradox of aging.
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Color Psychology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners develop a list of what they believe each feeling a color represents. Individually, they use the internet to research how different colors make us feel, behave or act. To end the lesson, they complete a worksheet and discuss...
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Z-Scores related to Psychology

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
In this z-score worksheet, students identify the z-scores and percentiles corresponding to thirteen values.  Students are also asked to find two probabilities.  Worked solutions are provided after each question.
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Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Interesting! Have your high schoolers watch this 13-minute clip from the documentay, "Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?" It examines the fear we have as a culture about death and whether or not the media increases those fears. The focus...
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Conflict Resolution in 9 Easy Steps

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students investigate student psychology by reading assigned text about nonviolence. In this conflict resolution lesson plan, students read nine specific steps they should take the next time they are in an argument with someone. Students...
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Memory: Storage and Biology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Your class is sure to remember this psychology presentation about memory. It includes useful information about memory storage, encoding, chunking, and the biology of the brain.
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Using Citations in a Research Paper

For Teachers 5th - 8th
As a prequel to a research assignment, class members explore writing citations in the modern Language Association (MLA) and American Psychological Association (APA) formats. In pairs, or individually, researchers use books and magazines...
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Writing Exercise: How to Spot a Loser Sentence

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
For this writing skills worksheet, class members read sentences about developmental psychology that need revisions and then revise them in order to make them better. The 11 sentences range from the humorous to the incomprehensible.
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The Most Dangerous Game

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Psycho, The Blair Witch Project, "The Most Dangerous Game." Even the titles of these tales create goosebumps and it's the setting, both physical and psychological, that instills this sense of dread. After reading Richard Connell's...
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Needs and Wants

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Students examine the difference between psychological needs and wants to control spending.
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Noting Facts and Analyzing Results

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Explore psychology by completing worksheets and study questions. Young writers read sentences and paragraphs, analyzing selected vocabulary terms as they read along. They complete vocabulary matching worksheets as well as reading...
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Science Can Answer Moral Questions

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Can questions of morality, good and evil, right and wrong, and/or what is worth living and dying for...be answered by science? Author Sam Harris presents a strong case for the need for a universal conception of human values. He argues...
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How Playing Sports Benefits Your Body ... and Your Brain

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Exercising is undeniably beneficial for our brains and bodies. But how do these benefits compare to the participation and joining of a sports team? Watch an educational video to discover the psychological and health benefits of joining a...
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Coping With Stress Research Project

For Teachers 7th Standards
To learn more about the current medical and psychological studies on stress, seventh graders conduct individual or group research and discuss what they found in a series of evaluation questions. They then decide whether they would use...
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Art/Architecture - Andrea Palladio

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The design principles of 16th Century Italian architect Andrea Palladio are the focus of an episode in the "Art/Architecture" School of Life playlist. The narrator points out how Palladio's belief that the purpose of architecture was to...
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Marijuana Awareness

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
February is Marijuana Awareness Month, and a set of interdisciplinary activities can make your class aware of the social, medical, legal, and psychological effects of marijuana. With writing prompts, research opportunities, and...
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Introduction to Media Literacy: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
How well does your class understand the types of media they use every day? Introduce them to the concept of media literacy with the first video in a Crash Course series on media literacy. Viewers discover the definition and types of...
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Media and the Mind: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Media really messes with your head! Psychological scholars explore the tricks our brains sometimes play when presented with new information during a video in a Crash Course series discussing media literacy. Topics include false memory,...
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Australian General John Monash

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
It is unlikely Americans have heard of Australian General John Monash. Despite that, he played a key role in the leadership of Allied forces during World War I. Young historians learn of the less famous warrior of the Great War,...
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The Mind/Brain: Crash Course History of Science #30

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The brain is a complex and mysterious organ. The history of brain research dates back to the early asylums where often unethical experiments took place. The narrator of a short video describes these experiments and their discoveries and...
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Why Do We Cry Sad Tears?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Although some may be crocodile tears, crying is a distinct honor humans hold. Scholars learn the biological reason behind the emotional crying in a video lesson. The lesson instructor explores the anatomical and psychological connections...
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Why Should You Read “Crime and Punishment”?

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Dostoevesky's Crime and Punishment is known as the first psychological thriller and a critique of 19th-century Russian society. The narrator of a hauntingly bleak video sets forth a case for reading the infamous novel.
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The Wellness Triangle

For Students 6th - 9th
Health is not simply the absence of disease or a one-dimensional notion, but is really a combination of physical, emotional, and social components. Discover the wellness triangle, which not only includes signs of health and ways to...
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Martin and the Tooth Fairy

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students explore children's stories by reading a book in class. For this child psychology lesson, students read the book Martin and the Tooth Fairy and identify the main character, setting and plot. Students define a list of vocabulary...
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Hyena's Dilemma at a Fork in the Path

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore human psychology by reading a story in class. In this conflict management lesson, students read the story Hyena's Dilemma at a Fork in the Path and identify the character and plot of the story. Students identify ways to...
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Conflict Management: Building Friendships

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders identify bullying tactics. For this conflict management lesson, 6th graders discuss the feelings associated with being included or excluded from a group. Students answer psychological questions about their own life and...
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The Science of Psychology

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students explain the differences between psychology, pseudoscience and popular opinion. In groups, they describe, compare and contrast the various biological and cognitive perspectives in the field. Using the internet, they describe the...
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Virtual Hallucinations

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students research about the key symptoms of Schizophrenia. In this psychology lesson, students role play a psychologist who's evaluating a patient showing Schizophrenic symptoms. They experience life from the patient's point of view...
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Wilderness Survival: A Field Practicum

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are provided with hands-on-field testing of authentic applications from principles pertaining to: Psychology A. Develop a positive, can-do attitude with a high degree of self-reliance that is transferable to human interactions...
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Wilderness Survival: A Field Practicum

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use hands-on field-testing of authentic application from principles pertaining to: Psychology- A. Develop a positive, can-do attitude with a high degree of self-reliance that is transferable to human interactions outside of the...
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Rorschach Spots

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners are introduced to Psychology. They become aware of their feelings and attitudes, explain a psychologists work and explain people's points of view and behaviors.
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The Stroop Effect

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the specific areas of the brain that process different types of information. They examine processing conflicts. Students participate in a hands-on minds-on activity using the Stroop Effect. They design psychological...
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Introducing Psychology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the concept of observable behavior. They watch someone for three to five minutes and record everything that is seen. Students must be as objective as possible, avoid any value judgments about physical appearance or...
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Semantics

For Teachers Higher Ed
Use this PowerPoint in your college linguistics, English, psychology, or communications studies course. Not flashy, this presentation is still full of high-level concepts and vocabulary regarding semantics and verbal ambiguities, irony...
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The Surprising Science of Happiness

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Take a close look at the ways humans work to achieve and increase happiness. Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff offers a wide range of statistics and findings on the science behind happiness, including cultural dispositions, biological...
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How to Calculate Margin of Error and Standard Deviation

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
What did the math book say to the psychology book? I have a lot of problems. A helpful video covers how to calculate the margin of error with various standard deviation numbers. 
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Should You Trust Your First Impression?

For Students 9th - 12th
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...
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Beyond The Catcher in the Rye

For Teachers 7th - 9th
J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is still a classic after more than 60 years because the novel answers the questions of human psychological needs.
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The Science of Lance Armstrong

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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What Makes Good People Do Bad Things?

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Phillip Zimbardo's famous Stanford Prison Experiment is the subject of Melissa Dittmann's article that considers situations that can foster brutal and even evil behavior. After reading about the conclusions researchers drew from...
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Final Project: Top 10 List

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Whether you're looking for an end-of-the-year project or a simple method of review, this resource may be the choice for you. Pupils work with a partner to create a "Top 10" list of the most essential terms or concepts they have learned...
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American Families

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students research psychology by participating in a role-play activity. In this human relationship lesson plan, students define the term "family" and read assigned text which discusses how family relationships work. Students answer study...
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The Asch Experiment

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Why do people conform to the opinions of others? Class members have a chance to ponder this essential question based on a reading of a summary of Solomon Asch's experiment in which he investigated how individual opinions can be...
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Research Ethics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Psychologists designing experiments to research human behavior must consider weighty ethical concerns. Class members act as members of an institutional review board and examine proposals to determine whether included provisions...
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Counting Fidgets: Teaching the Complexity of Naturalistic Observation

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Why do psychologists conduct experiments in controlled laboratory settings? High schoolers gain an understanding of the importance of controls with an activity that involves naturalistic observations with no imposed controls.
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The English Roses

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners explore psychology by reading a children's book in class. In this bullying lesson, students read the story The English Roses and discuss the main characters, story and setting. Learners identify the moments when the main...
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The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, Volume 1 by Michel Foucault: Short Answer and Essay

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive psychology worksheet, learners respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Foucault's The History of Sexuality: An Introduction. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
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The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, Volume 1 by Michel Foucault

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive psychology worksheet, students respond to 24 multiple choice questions about Foucault's The History of Sexuality: An Introduction. Students submit their answers to be scored.
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Be a Brave Bystander

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore human behavior by completing a worksheet. In this student psychology lesson, 5th graders identify bullying behavior and discuss ways to prevent bullies from causing harm to other students. Students complete a...
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Bullying Can Be Stopped—1st Grade

For Teachers 1st
Learners explore human psychology by completing a bullying role-play activity. For this conflict management lesson plan, 1st graders discuss the impact of bullying on behavior and answer study questions based on "The 3 R's." Learners...
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Bullying Can Be Stopped—3rd Grade

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders consider characteristics of class bullies. In this human psychology instructional activity, 3rd graders discuss the importance of telling an adult about a bully and using the "3 R's" when approaching a bully. Students read...
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Bullying is NOT a Normal Part of Growing Up—3rd Grade

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders read stories about bullying. In this conflict management instructional activity, 3rd graders discuss the common characteristics of bullies and how to prevent them from causing physical or psychological harm. Students read...
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Bullying is Not Acceptable—6th Grade

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore student psychology by participating in an anti bullying activity. In this conflict management instructional activity, 6th graders define "bullying" and discuss what the methods of bullying are and how they can be...
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We All Want to Feel Included

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars investigate human psychology by participating in a student role-play. In this friendship lesson, students complete a worksheet based on human relationships and the role of a friend. Young scholars participate in a...
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Looking for Love? Not Always! Exploring Human Relationships

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners research psychology by examining real life situations. In this human relationships instructional activity, students discuss the importance of respect among two people in a romantic relationship. Learners examine images of people...
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Decision-Making

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students inquire about human psychology by completing a worksheet. In this sexual health instructional activity, students identify the types of decisions they will need to make in the future regarding sexual activity. Students define...
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Rebel with a Cause: Rebellion in Adolescence

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Psychologist Dr. Carl Pickhardt discusses three stages of adolescent rebellion in a resource that asks readers to consider these patterns of behavior and identity.
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Why Do We Hate Love?

For Students Higher Ed Standards
How does adolescence shape adult identity? After reading Car Pickhardt's article "Adolescence and the Teenage Crush" individuals respond to a series of text-based questions and then join a discussion of how experiences shape our attitudes.
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Pluses and Minuses

For Students 6th - 12th
Making decisions can be difficult. Here's a form that provides a starting point. After listing two options, individuals are asked to list the pluses and minuses of each.
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Why Incompetent People Think They're Amazing

For Students 9th - 12th
Why do people tend to overestimate their abilities? Even viewers who think they already know the answer to this question will learn something from watching a short video about the Dunning Kruger Effect. Do you know enough to recognize...
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Analyzing the Content of a Model Essay: “How Ha’s Mother Is Turned ‘Inside Out’”

For Teachers 8th Standards
What are the psychological and emotional effects associated with being a refugee? Scholars consider the question by reading and analyzing an essay, "How Ha's Mother is Turned 'Inside Out.'" Once finished, they engage in a whole-class...
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The 16 Habits of Mind

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Study the 16 Habits of Mind with a professional resource. Based on Describing 16 Habits of Mind by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick, the resource details 16 ways learners perceive problems around them and produce ways to deal with those...
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Personality

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
In this psychology worksheet, students answer a quiz with 10 multiple choice questions on personality and different humanistic theories.
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Wishes, Dreams and Goals: Lesson 16

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore psychology by participating in a grammar game. In this parts of speech instructional activity, 6th graders read the book write a summary of the book The Wish Giver and practice identifying pronouns in the story....
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Elements of Personality

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students discover Sigmund Freud's theories about personality. In this psychology lesson, students examine the "Freud Conflict and Culture" virtual exhibit from the Library of Congress as they are introduced to the psychologist's thoughts...
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An Exercise in Time Perception

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Some experiences can feel very brief or excruciatingly interminable. How is it that we come to miscalculate time so easily? Our perception of time is heavily influenced by the number of memories and data we record in our brains. Learn...
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Do High Fives Help Sports Teams Win?

For Students 7th - 12th
UC psychology professor Dacher Keltner shares his research into whether high fives help NBA teams win. And the answer is . . . 
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Inside the Minds of Animals

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Is it instinct and intelligence that divide animals from humans? What are they really thinking, and how do we define that? Check out this great video that discusses everything from Descartes' thoughts on the topic and Darwinian evolution...

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