one page papersEach class period, a response page is to be written. This response can be written in the first person, and must be referenced. Within the confines of this class, these pages will be called Journal Entries. Entries are due each Wednesday. As you come in the classroom, please place them in a pile on the desk.
The entry can be about any theory presented in class or from the reading. It is my advice that you go home and type it as soon as you can so that your thoughts about it are fresh. In the real world, this does not always happen. So, make sure you reference everything properly, the “journal tips” have been read, and your ducks are in a row. I do not expect you to be experts at APA format immediately, however, if your learning curve does not rise, we have a problem. On the main page of the website on the left hand side are all sorts of online resources to aid you in referencing and understanding the process. We will also go over it in class.
In terms of the journal topics, most of these are up to you. I have provided some ideas below, and there are a few that are required, but most of them are you choice. What fired you up about the conversation? If the only thing you do is what I suggest, then you have made it clear to me that you regard these entries as busywork, and do not plan to apply psychology to your life. You probably will not do as well in the class if you are not engaged in the material.
For those of you with A type personalities a Journal Example can be downloaded. It is an example of how to write “A” journal entries.
Can psychologists control behavior?
Why is there a fear of psychologists?
Why is Mary Calkins important and why don’t more people know about her?
Evolution is a best guess hypothesis
Gattaca as a possibility ( required)
How much of your genetics has influenced you?
A story form your childhood that has remained in effect
Has the idea of adolescence changed?
What do you think the gender differences in moral development are?
Pain as psychosomatic
Elite athletes and pain
Are dreams predictors of life?
A drug story from your past
Explain a dream using theory
Was Skinner right?
Explain a behavior that you have that has been reinforced, either positively or negatively (required)
Eyewitness testimony and you family: did it happen?
Take a few of the memory tests and write up the results
Self assessment page 311
Bi-lingualism in the classroom – what do you think?
What kind of smart are you and why (required)
Claude Steele: is he right?
The Mozart effect
Ch 10 Skip
Reaction to the Heroes blurb, page 404
Self-assessments and your results (one is required)
The androgyny scale and your results
Rape and its effects in a culture
Liking and Loving: anything you want here
Ch 13 skip
Ch 14 skip
Ch 15 Skip
Explain who you were (or are) in high school according to the groups you affliate(d) with
Give an example of when you made the FAE and what happened (required)
Give examples of how you have been a victim of prejudice, AND how you have propagated prejudice (required)