PSYCH 1001 Sec. 3
2:00 MWF Sabin 002
Hours: 9-10:30 Th, 2:00 T
Mailbox: Baker 334 times by appointment; drop-bys welcome.
Sites to Promote Academic Success
SUMMARY OF ASSIGNMENTS AND THEIR POINT VALUES*
This course will provide you with a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Among the topics we will cover are: gathering data on the causes and correlates of behavior, key figures in psychology and their theories, examples of research findings from the major subareas of the field, and using psychological knowledge to improve the quality of our lives. This survey of psychology will acquaint you with the major concepts and terminology of the discipline and give you a better understanding of self and others. We'll use a combination of lectures (oh boy!), video clips, demonstrations and games (volunteers needed!), and miscellaneous experiences (be on guard!). I hope it will make you want to learn more about psychology and have you asking "What's the evidence?" each time you encounter statements about behavior. Last of all, it should be fun and interesting!
Course Objectives To become aware of the major psychological approaches to the study of behavior. To become aware of the major aspects of behavior investigated by psychologists. To become familiar with the theories and contributions of major figures in the field. To become familiar with major research findings and theories of the field. To become conversant in the unique language of psychology. To learn the methodologies of psychology and their limitations. To learn how to locate, read and evaluate psychological resources. To become an informed consumer of psychological information. To gain self understanding and a greater understanding of others. To recognize ways to apply psychological findings to everyday life. To learn to appreciate the necessity of a multi-level explanation of behavior. To become fascinated by the study of behavior and mental processes! Tentative Schedule
**Bolded items are course requirements. Bolded dates should be entered into your planner!!
You are responsible for knowing due dates! (See these tips on planning your semester.)
Items not in bold are meant to help you and expand your learning.
Items below the horizontal line in a box are study tips to help you succeed.
Everything that is underlined is a hyperlink to be accessed from our online syllabus.
A note about this syllabus: last semester I taught this course to a section made up entirely of those in their first semester of college. Because adjusting to the study skills and independent learning required in college at the same time that you are adjusting to the college environment and lifestyle can be difficult, I built a number of study aids into the syllabus below. Although I expect this semester's class to be somewhat more experienced, I have left these links in the syllabus because so many students continue to be interested in improving their performance each semester. Study aids are NOT required. Only the bolded items in the syllabus are REQUIRED - other items are there to help you.
WK DATE TOPIC Assignments (bold) &
Suggested Aids (not bold)
1 M 1/14
Introduction to Psychology -
as a Discipline and as a Career
(cover pages 5-13 on your own)
Areas of Specialization In Psychology
Divisions of the American Psychological Association
Read the entire syllabus & Module 1 this week; complete Who are you? sheet & Syllabus Quiz for next class period.Recommended: Time Management Evaluation
What do you do with your 168 hours/week??? Making a weekly schedule*
Making a Time Management Schedule
Additional time management resources
1 W 1/16
Psychology's Goals & Approaches
Example: Learning About Autism
Who Are You & Syllabus Quiz due
Optional: To learn more about autism:
Autism is linked to several genes
More About Autistic Disorder
Tools for earlier diagnosis Autistic Savants
Advances in the study of autism
Listen to one family's experience - "Being Autistic, Being Human"
Module 1 History of Psych summary Begin working on Studylist 1 Autism: Locked in a Solitary World Autism Symptoms ChartSuggestions for taking notes on Module 1
Oliver Sacks Autism Video Rage for Order
Autistic Savant Temple Grandin
The Real Rainman - Kim Peek
Making Notes Instead of Taking Notes in Class
How to write daily To-Do Lists
Good vs. Bad To-Do Lists
How to Learn in Class
1 F 1/18
Goals and Approaches continued;
may begin Module 2
Video Pick of the Week: Rainman
(if you're renting a video, how about getting one related to class?)
Module 1 Do reviews & tests in book. Take a practice test on
Module 1 to see if you are absorbing what you're reading.
Module 1 Powerpoint
Mark Your Books Going to Class Ready to Learn
Tips on rewriting your notes each class day
How to Approach a Professor for Help
Research Methods in Psychology
Example: Investigating ADHD
Read about ADHD in Module 2;
Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD; ADHD
Suggestions for taking notes on Module 2
2 F 1/25
Print Research Methods Homework
What's Different About Experiments?
Using the Scientific Method
Read about Research Methods in Module 2;
Countdown to test time
Module 2 Practice Test- see if your studying is working.
Don't forget the in-book review and test.
2 M 1/28
Research Methods Assignment Due
Module 2 Slides
3 W 1/30
The Nature of Memory
Video Pick of the Week: Memento
Module 11 except 253 and 254
Suggestions for taking notes on Module 11
Take a practice test on Module 11
3 F 2/1
Amnesia & Other Memory Problems
Video Pick of the Week: Bourne Identity
(Bourne still has his procedural memories)
Module 12 except 272
Suggestions for taking notes on Module 12
Take a practice test on Module 12
Is Memory Reliable?
Elizabeth Loftus's research on false memories
Memory research supports studying often, preferably
every class day, so you won't have to cram at exam time!
Test a week from Friday - here are some testing tips
Trying to predict test questions(1) (2)
Testing yourself is the best way to determine how prepared you are.
Dealing With Test Anxiety (2)
4 F 2/8 Yikes! Test 1
5 M 2/11 Stages of Sleep and Dreaming
Module 7 except 159 (covered later)
Suggestions for taking notes on Module 7
5 W 2/13 Sleep Disorders and Problems
Module 7 Practice Test Do tests in book.
Begin working on Studylist 2.
5 F 2/15 Learning About Brain/Behavior Relationships
Answer, then print Know Your Lobes
Answer, then print Structure of a Neuron
Print Brain Game Notes Outline for Wednesday
Module 4 except 69 & 85
Neural Structure Quiz (for practice)
A Method for Memorizing Brain Areas
Right Brain/Left Brain Differences
2 Labeling Assignments Due:
Know Your Lobes and Structure of a Neuron
Video Pick of the Week: Awakenings
Read pp. 50, 54-55 in Module 3
Brain Game - Come earn extra credit
Brain Games Notes on brain areas
and their functions due in class.*
Your Senses: The Brain's Input From the Outside World
Complete assignments for Monday rather than coming to class today.
Eye Assignment and Ear Assignment and Eye/Ear Questions
Take a practice test on Module 4 Do reviews in book
The Procrastinators' Support Center
Taste, Smell, Pain Sensation
Video Pick of the Week: At First Sight
Come to class with your completed Eye/Ear Questions Eye Assignment
and Ear Assignment
Module 5 except 110-111
Take a practice test on Module 5
7 W 2/27
Perceiving the World: Individual & Influenced
by the Mind, Not Just the Senses
A Podcast: Gestalt Principles at Work
Module 6 except 122-123, 136-137, 140-141
Perceptual Principles in Art Illusions;
Take a practice test on Module 6
7 F 3/1
8 M 3/4
Conditioned Fears & Learned Body Reactions
Print Classical Conditioning Homework
Module 9 except 202, 205, 207
Ivan Pavlov Watson
MIDTERM GRADES DUE
Begin working on Studylist 3
Classical Conditioning Slides
8 W 3/6
How Consequences Shape Behavior
Classical Conditioning Homework due
The Long-Term Effects of Spanking
Module 10 except 228, 229 and 231
B.F. Skinner Positive Reinforcement
Take a practice test on Module 9
See what AJ learned thru operant conditioning
8 F 3/8
Print Reinforcement Homework for Mon
"Signs" that Rf or Punishment are Possible
An Animal Trainer's Guide to Conditioning
Identify The Type of Consequence
Reinforcement and Punishment Concept Map
Take a practice test on Module 10
Operant and Cognitive Learning Slides
9 M 3/11
Cognitive Forms of Learning
The Secrets Inside Your Dog's Mind
Reinforcement Homework due
Learn More About the World-wide Application of Bandura's Research
Some jeopardy questions related to Module 9 (3 lefthand columns)
9 W 3/13
Earliest Development (Babies & Before)
Print Psych Journal Article Assignment
Module 17 except 392, 400-401,
but DO Read 338-343
Module 17 Lecture Notes
Sexual Differentiation and Gender Identity: Nature? Nurture?
NOTE: The last day to drop a full semester course without getting an F on your transcript
is next Friday, 3/22 (during Spring Break)
Sexual Orientation; The Case of John/Joan
Social Development and Attachment 338-343 Harry Harlow
Psych Journal Assignment due today
Take a practice test on Module 17
10 F 3/29
Freud's Theory of Psychosexual Development & Personality Module 19 except 448
More Examples of Defense Mechanisms
Listen to a Podcast about Defense Mechanisms
11 M 4/1
Humanistic Psychology and Self; Personality Trait Theories
Where do you score on the Big 5?
Print Defense Mechanism Homework
Module 19/20 Lecture Notes 11 W 4/3
The Social Cognitive Approach to Personality
What is your locus of control?
Defense Mechanism Exercise due today.
Module 20 except 471
Albert Bandura & Self-efficacy
Take a practice test on Module 19
Take a practice test on Module 20
11 F 4/5
TEST 3!! Have others quiz you! Explain class concepts to someone else. 11 M 4/8
Introduction to Psychological Disorders
Print outline for Disorders Notes
Module 22 except 522
Psych Disorders Slides
11 W 4/10
Online Notes on Somatoform Disorders 12
Video Pick of the Week: Mr. Jones
Goldberg Depression Questionnaire
Goldberg Mania Questionnaire
13 M 4/15
Schizophrenia Module 23 except 546 but DO read p. 353
Begin working on Studylist 4
13 W 4/17
Disorders Notes Due - Be ready to play
What's My Psychopathology?
Take a practice test on Module 23
13 F 4/19
Four Case Examples:
Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD and Schizophrenia
Cover Somatoform, Dissociative and Personality Disorders on your own.
Take a practice test on Module 22
14 M 4/22
Biomedical Therapies Portions of Module 22 and 23
Listen to a patient's personal experience with ECT
14 W 4/24
Psychoanalytic and Humanistic Therapies Module 24
14 F 4/26
Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Hear about using CBT for social phobias
Research alternative papers are due
Hear Albert Ellis on cognitive behavior therapy
Aaron Beck talks about cognitive behavior therapy
Take a practice test on Module 24
15 M 4/29
Social Psychology: Social Influence 581, 592-598 15 W 5/1
Social Roles and Norms Hear Zimbardo talk about his Stanford Prison Study 15 F 5/3
Help or Not Help: Bystander Actions
Social Psych Slides
FINAL EXAM 3:00 Take good care of yourself during finals week!
Welcome to Introduction to Psychology! I am hoping we will have a great semester together.
I think Intro to Psychology is a great course for any student to take. I would recommend it even if a student had already completed the Liberal Arts Core/General Education requirements. All of us can benefit from a better understanding of the causes of behavior as we go through life trying to make sense of our own behavior or that of friends, family, lovers, co-workers, politicians - whoever! Everyone needs to be able to critically evaluate the claims concerning behavior that are so much a part of news reports, commercials, and conversation. This course will help you with each of these. Many of you, raising children - now or in the future, will be better prepared with some understanding of developmental psychology. And all of you, in one way or another, will cross paths with someone in psychology or related fields. Perhaps you already have, in school (counselors, school psychologists). Recent statistics suggest that 1 out of 2 Americans will suffer from some sort of psychological disorder in their lifetime. You or someone you care about may seek out some type of mental health treatment or advice. Or you may hear testimony from someone in this field while on jury duty. This course will help you understand the qualifications of and differences among professionals in the field. In addition, about 1 out of 5 Americans will have some kind of nervous system disorder or disease which affects behavior. Biopsychology, the study of brain/behavior relationships, can help you understand what is happening when someone you know is affected by autism or Alzheimer's disease or other neurological problem. But psychology is not only concerned with treating behavioral problems. A good part of it is focused on simply enhancing the quality of life and our ability to function in a wide variety of circumstances (education, work, relationships, etc.). You can use what you learn this semester to improve your life!
Many introductory courses at UNI or across the country take the lecture and 2 to 4 exams approach. While that is traditional and easy on the instructor and some of the class (good test-takers), it is not good for many students and often does not promote good learning and long-term retention. Listening and reading just aren't enough for most of us to really learn new material - we have to work with information to make it our own. Research has shown that actively engaging the material improves learning and retention. For that reason I have planned several small assignments during the semester related to the concepts we are covering. Since you can use your text and other resources, discuss assignments with friends, or consult with your prof or T.A.'s, a conscientious student should be able to earn nearly all the assignment points. Actively working with course content will help you remember the material and will help you determine whether you will be able to answer similar test questions. Almost all past students voted in favor of having some of the course points come from something other than exams. In all previous classes the points from the assignments allowed almost all students to significantly raise their grade above that which they would have earned from test scores alone. Take these assignments seriously and ask questions if you don't quite understand something.
Our text is written in a conversational style that is easy to read. You are responsible for that reading! Attending class is important but it is only part of what's involved in becoming an educated person. Do set aside time for that reading, preferably before or while we are covering that topic in class - it is key to your success. You'll need a minimum of 2 hours per module and additional time to do the study aids in the text and online practice questions (practice class material in as many ways as possible!). It is highly recommended that you map out a regular weekly study schedule for your classes (here's a sample completed schedule*) and try to stick to it. Plan on reading about 10 pages of Psych per class day. Take condensed notes as you read -- taking the time to outline main ideas, briefly define terms, list the pros and cons of the theories or techniques presented, etc.(preferably in your own words, with examples) I know you will absorb and remember material better than if you just read and highlight. To encourage you to do so we have a few assignments that require that you take notes. Again - this is not busy work but a tried and true technique for increasing learning. Also notice that, in the right hand column of our schedule, there are even links to outlines to help you take these shorthand notes on each module. If you do a good job of capturing the essentials it will be much easier to study for exams.
I will not be covering everything in class - not only would that be impossible, but we wouldn't have time for demonstrations, activities, videos, etc that help you remember the material. I will sometimes direct your attention to specific topics that you should cover on your own and spend extra time on - please write these helpful hints down and follow through! Of course you are always welcome to ask questions about text material (in or out of class or by e-mail). I recommend regularly integrating your class notes with your reading notes because the book will provide additional examples and help you fill in or clarify material when I might have gone a bit too quickly in class. Here are some online Strategies for Taking Notes Effectively. Reading and reviewing your notes regularly (i.e. every class day) is much more effective than cramming at test time. Many students find it helpful to type up their notes as a means of reviewing each classday. Use your text to fill in gaps or to clarify things in lecture that you might not be clear about.
About our exams: Exams will be all multiple choice. Many students find exams in college to be quite a bit more challenging than their tests in high school. And that makes sense. Your mental abilities are developing - you are becoming able to understand and work with knowledge in more and more abstract and sophisticated ways. Benjamin Bloom described these different levels of 'understanding' and the types of test questions associated with each. In high school most of test questions probably tested your understanding at the very first or most basic level of "Bloom's taxonomy", but now, in college, you will be expected to work at achieving higher levels of mental competence. So although some of our items may test your knowledge of facts or definitions, a larger number will assess your higher understanding of the material by asking you to apply the concepts we cover to examples. Being able to recognize how to apply class concepts to real-life examples requires deeper understanding rather than rote memorization. We will do some "application" in our in-class activities and homeworks that should give you an idea of what to expect on exams. This online resource gives you examples of multiple choice questions (like those you will find on our exams) of varying levels of difficulty: How Multiple Choice Questions Can Be Used to Measure Different Levels of Understanding of the Same Concept. Our text also includes concept reviews and summary tests that can help you prepare for exams and there are online multiple choice practice tests at Plotnik's website.Some of his items are likely to appear on our tests. You might want to go through these tips on How to Review Class Material.
Test scores will be posted on the Psychology Bulletin Board in the glassed-in entranceway to Baker Hall that faces the Campanile bell tower. Tests and test answer keys, once available, will be found outside my office, Baker 441. It is important to pick up your test and figure out what questions you got wrong, because some of those same questions will be on our final exam. In addition the same style test items will appear on all later tests, so looking at the format of items will help you to anticipate questions on our next test. NOTE:You must have a passing average (60% or better) on our 4 exams to pass this course (regardless of how many assignment or extra credit points you earn).
Makeup exams are strongly discouraged; if a makeup is necessary you must contact me on or before the scheduled day of the regular exam, provide documentation concerning why you must miss the exam, and the makeup must be taken before the exams are returned to the class. Makeup exams will include an extra page of essay questions. Except under extraordinary circumstances, only 1 makeup exam per student will be allowed per semester.
Grades will be based on the total number of points accumulated during the semester. Tests 1, 2,3 and 4 will each be worth about 60 points plus a few extra credit points. The Final will include about 60 questions on new material as well as 45 old questions drawn from Tests 1-3. These exams make up about 73% of your grade. The other ~27% comes from graded assignments and about 15 attendance points (awarded on about 15 random class days during the semester). ( ~ means "approximately")
Test 1 ~60 + a couple extra credit
Test 2 ~60 + a couple extra credit
Test 3 ~60 + a couple extra credit
Final ~105 (~60 new & ~45 old questions) + a couple extra credit
Assignments 90 + a few extra credit
In-Class Points ~15 (attendance points and other in-class point earning activities occur randomly throughout the semester)
Total = ~390 + about 30 extra credit available
Grading - Your final course grade will be based on the total points earned, but you must have a passing average (60% or better) on the 4 exams to pass the course. Because a significant number of extra credit points will be available during the semester, end-of-semester grades will be assigned strictly according to this scale:
Grade Percent Grade Percent Grade Percent A 93.0-100.0% B- 80.0 - 82.9% D+ 67.0 - 69.9% A- 90.0 - 92.9% C+ 77.0 - 79.9% D 63.0 - 66.9% B+ 87.0 - 89.9% C 73.0 - 76.9% D- 60.0 - 62.9% B 83.0 - 86.9% C- 70.0 - 72.9% F 0.0 - 59.9%
1. Start studying now! Commit to putting in the necessary time to remember information from the course! There is a direct relationship between the amount of time you spend learning material and the length of time you remember it. The general rule of thumb is 2 hours out of class for every hour in class (YES - carrying a full load is like a full-time job!). It will take you at least 2 hours to read each module - block out that time in your schedule. An ideal situation is to review your notes and do some reading/studying shortly after each class period while class is fresh in your mind.
2. Space your study sessions. All night cram sessions are one of the least effective ways to learn or memorize new material. Repeated spaced practices (e.g. reviewing a little every classday) allow you to mentally process and incorporate the information into memory. It's a basic fact about the way human memory works. Students who take the distributed practice approach to learning retain significantly more information than students who use cramming. Can you imagine if the Panthers tried to win after a single cram practice just before the game? Or a band tried to perform after only a single cram practice?
3. Read material BEFORE we cover it in class. Another function of human memory is that we tend to remember things much easier when we have some sort of mental framework to guide us. That's exactly what reading the material ahead of time does; it gives you that all important mental framework so that when the professor mentions the concept, you already have a place to "hang" the information.
4. Find a place to study where you can concentrate. Problems in absorbing new information arise when distracting thoughts, background noise, televisions, stereos, and friends sidetrack your attention. I recommend the library. How does your study location rate: Study Distraction Analysis
5. BEWARE - so much of psych sounds familiar that it is very tempting to think you are grasping it all just by passively listening in lecture. This is not enough to actually learn and be able to use the material in the course. You must be an active, involved learner and really work with the text and lecture notes to get a good grade. Test yourself before I test you -can you answer all the questions in our book or on the Plotnik website without difficulty? If you take the online practice test and only get 60% right, there is a pretty good chance you' ll only get ~60% (D-) on our test too! The study aids you actually produce yourself (flashcards, outlines, concept maps) are extremely important to your learning.
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Class Resources on the World-Wide Web
Intro to Psych Students are also encouraged to visit
and make use of the following class resources:
Sites to Promote Academic Success (Study Skills Page)
Help for Newcomers on Campus (Info About On-Campus resources)
Intro to Psych Powerpoint Lecture Outlines
Plotnik Student Resources
Who Are You Sheet and Syllabus Quiz (5 pt)- Due 1/16.
Exercise (up to 20 pt) Due 1/28.
Identify the independent and dependent variables &
experimental & control group in several examples.
Distinguish experimental vs correlational research. TIP: You
will be asked to to identify IVs, DVs, and the experimental
and control groups of sample experiments on our 1st exam, so
be sure you understand these terms.
Your Lobes and Label
of a Neuron (10 pt) (answer, then PRINT these to turn in
and to study later) - Due 2/18.
Notes (up to 10 pt plus possible extra credit) Due
Come to class with organized notes on the parts of the nervous system and brain and the behaviors/functions each part is related to. Include the neurotransmitters mentioned in the book and class and their links to behavior as well, as well as any additional brain areas mentioned in lecture. Make yourself a sketch or 2 to remind you where the various brain areas are located. You will use these notes to play the Brain Game, where you will "diagnose" what part of the brain has been damaged based on the patients' symptoms. Correct diagnoses will be rewarded and everyone who turns in good notes will earn 10 pts. TIP: Taking notes and working on the Brain Game cases should also help to prepare you for the approximately 20 questions about this module that will be on our first test. Try to predict what our 20 questions might be.
NEW: Print of and label the parts
of The Eye
Ear and answer Eye/Ear Questions. Due 2/25.
Conditioning Homework (up to 12 pt plus 2 extra
credit): Due 3/6.
Identify the UCS, UCR, CS & CR in several classical conditioning examples. TIP: You will have to identify these same
components of classical conditioning in examples on Test 2, so be ready!
Homework (up to 13 pt) Due 3/11.
Identify the schedule of reinforcement in several operant examples. Distinguish between positive and negative reinforcement and punishment. TIP: Test 2 will include some similar examples for you to identify, so consider this practice.
Article Assignment (12 pt +
4 extra credit possible) Due 3/27.
Use Unistar to locate the call number of selected Psychology journals. Find the journal in the stacks in the basement and browse through until you find a research report in you find interesting. (Note: a research report article should have a Methods section telling you how the research was conducted as well as a Results section telling you what they found.) Read how the investigators conducted their research and try to determine if they have used one of the research methods discussed in class or in the text. Tips on Reading Research Reports
Mechanisms Homework (up to 10 pt) Due 4/3.
Identify the defense mechanism operating in several examples. TIP:You'll have to do the similar identifications on Test 3.
Notes to play What's My Psychopathology (up to 10 pt) Due 4/17.
Take notes on the disorders in Modules 22 and 23 in preparation for an in-class game where you must identify the disorders portrayed in case reports. Correct diagnoses will be rewarded and everyone who turns in good notes will earn 10 pts. TIP: Good notes and working on these cases should also help prepare you for the 40 or so questions on these modules on our Final Exam.
4 credits of Required
Research Participation or Research
Methods Paper Alternatives: Turn in Papers by
The other requirement in this class is a department requirement designed to expose you to research in the field of psychology. You may meet this requirement either through research participation or reading and summarizing published research. Sign-up online by clicking on the link above and clicking on PSPM. New studies are posted sporadically throughout the semester. If you sign-up do show up (or you'll get negative credits). Because of the diverse opportunities available these participations or alternatives do not carry a point value but are graded complete or incomplete. Although your credits will be posted online, also keep track of your credits yourself (space is provided below), with info about each study, in case there should be any dispute. For more information see: Research Participation-Student Information and Step-by-Step Instructions.
You may earn up to 9 pts extra credit by earning up to 3 additional credits beyond the requirement.
Record Your Research Participation or Alternatives Here:
Title Time & Date Location What I Did
Record your test scores ____ ____ ____ ____ and your assignment scores ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ _____
About Your Prof
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Education: B.S. (Psychology) University of Illinois, Chicago; M.A. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago; Ph.D. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago
Married: James Walsh (attorney)
Children: 3 girls (Jen, Sara, & Annie)
Hobbies: Gardening, gourmet cooking, travel, reading, concert-hopping
Most unusual experiences: Performing brain surgery on rats, riding an elephant (twice!), wearing a live python around my neck, climbing the Great Pyramid, flying in a blimp, visiting ancient Greek ruins, giving birth
Goals: Continue to learn for the rest of my life, enjoy my professional and private lives, help others discover psychology (especially biopsychology)
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