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The Science of Psychology
The Biological Perspective
Sensation & Perception
Motivation and Emotion
Testing and Intelligence
Treatment of Psychological Disorders
2013-14 Example Starters
When I was a kid...
In the future...
At a concert...
In a world...
If you were raised by wolves...
At a restaurant...
Basically I got in trouble because...
One does not simply...
If you were alone in the world...
When the zombies come...
When you're driving...
When I have kids...
We could test this out...
If we didn't have this...
In a rap battle...
I could use my knowledge of this to predict that...
While studying for my test...
_______ is related to _______ because...
When you are playing call of duty...
Biology, natural selection, and adaptation
Heightened human abilities
The Ninja and His Nemesis
Nature v Nurture
Gina and Tina: Separated Twins
AP Psych Summer Assignment
Dear AP Psychology Student,
Your summer assignment for AP Psychology is to read up on 5
more important perspectives of Psychology;
A Psychological perspective is a different way to look at human feelings, actions and thoughts. Each perspective may have an entirely different explanation
same situation. To
you in this task it would help for you to associate certain famous psychologists with each of these perspectives. Here they are.
, learn about this guy named
he does all these experiments with rats and pigeons in
with levers and so forth. If you're still not sure how behaviorism works, check
who also did some experiments, most (in)famously on a
who has all sorts of things to say about the deeply rooted
conflicts and motivations that drive us.
who said that there is a
hierarchy of needs
that motivate humans to be better people.
who studies how reliable (and unreliable) memory can be through her studies of
, go see what
has to say about how humans grow
over their lifespan. If you still need some more developing for developmental development, check out how
different stages of development
Once you grasp the scope of the perspectives you will be able to understand the next step. Think up ONE SITUATION from your life. Examples could be anything; they just need to be specific. Look at the table below, and note how the good example is just like the corresponding bad example, only waaaaaay more specific.
GOOD Examples that are specific enough
BAD examples that are TOO GENERAL
That one time that I had to wait on the really mean lady at my
The moment we won the county championship
When I failed the parallel parking part of the driver’s test
Working as a waitress
Driving a car
Don't keep reading unless you've got a real good specific situation. Oh, you've got one? Ok, good. Let's continue.
Type the summary of the situation along with an analysis from each perspective into
doc. Anything handwritten will raise eyebrows. It will also raise suspicions. It might also raise our ire. You never know. It also won't get graded. You've got all summer, so the email with your sob story about how the computer clunked out won't make our ire raising any less probable. College readiness, people!
The first few sentences of your assignment is dedicated to describing your example situation to us. Don't go overboard. Your description of the situation should be much smaller than the rest of your activity.
In the main body of your paper, think of how the feelings you had, actions you did and thoughts in your head from that situation could be explained from each of the perspectives. To do this, explain how each of those famous psychologists would interpret the situation that you wrote about from your life. Using at least one key term from each perspective is the difference between an "excellent paper" and a "meh" paper.
Checklist You Should Follow So We Can Be Cool On The First Day Of Class, Ok? Cool.
I thoroughly read about each perspective and each of the people from each of the links above. I've read everything that I think I should've read, considering there's fifteen links above that Mr. Wray and Mrs. Woods thought were important enough to link to this document.
I thought out a specific event from my own life.
I began my assignment by putting a name and title on it.
I described that event in a few sentences to start off my paper. This is not a Hemmingway-esque short story about said life event, because ain't nobody got time to read all that.
I explained my feelings, thoughts, and/or actions from each of the five perspectives, as they apply.
When explaining each perspective, I used at least
associated with that perspective.
This shouldn't be a problem, you know, because of the links we gave you.
When explaining each perspective, I used at least
associated with that perspective. This shouldn't be a problem, you know, because of the links we gave you.
When explaining each perspective, I used a
when I used a
that I read about and want my teachers to know that I read about them, making me seem like I know what I'm talking about. Bold = Meta.
Each perspective should take up a paragraph. When you're done with one perspective, move to another paragraph. So, in all, you should have 6-7 paragraphs (your story, 5 perspectives, maybe a little concluding ditty, and that's it). If you have 13 paragraphs, you're making our lives difficult. We're both getting old enough where massive strokes and heart attacks are on the table. Do you want to be responsible for that!?!
I used a regular 12-point font. I'm fully aware that typed assignments with ridiculous huge fonts like
will be seen as a joke and won’t
; I mean those are joke fonts right? Feel free to make your situation about a joke, but your completed assignment should not be a joke. Stick with using good fonts like Calibri,
Times New Roman
or the most intelligent looking font…
My paper is no longer than 3 pages. We’re thinking that the average number of pages will be somewhere around 2, with a standard deviation of about 0.45 pages. You’ll find that it will take a few pages to cover all the individual perspectives, but not too long. Anything written after 3 pages won't be read, or, consequently, scored. Find solace in brevity.
My paper is printed but also is saved digitally somewhere that it can be accessed while at school... for example google drive, or your email.
is now in a folder or bookbag of some sort, so the dog, cat, catdog, pig, or
cannot eat it.
eaten paper is ready to hand in on the first day of psychology. Bring the completed summer assignment, some curiosity, knowledge of perspectives, a bit of fascination and some work ethic to class on day one and we’ll be cool. Alright? Well, allllllllllright.
Mr. Wray & Mrs. Woods
AP Psychology Team, Chubacabra Enthusiasts
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