• AP Psychology Summer Assignment 2016 Mr. Haberman, Mr Throckmorton INTRODUCTION AP Psychology is a college-level course designed to take the place of a two-semester, Introduction to Psychology offering.As such, students will be expected to show understanding of the full range of foundational topics in the field of psychology – from research methods and early history, to the biological basis for behavior, to cognitive, developmental and abnormal psychology, to the processes of sensation/perception, and finally to specific studies in memory, intelligence, personality, language and therapy. To be successful, AP Psychology students must be able to keep up with assigned reading, to take notes independently on the key understandings from both textbook and independent sources, and to then be able to apply the content to real-world situations, accurately using the terminology and concepts learned to support your position (in both free-response test questions and during independent research). SUMMER ASSIGNMENT Obtain a copy of John Medina’s Brain Rules, 2008, Pear Press (or the newer, revised version - either will suffice for the summer assignment).It is available in paperback form through online booksellers, and is also available in electronic format for e-readers such as Nook and Kindle.Total cost should not exceed $15, including shipping.If price is an issue for you, please contact the school for assistance with your purchase  We also have numerous copies of Brain Rules available for loan from the guidance office.Once you have the book: 1.Read and outline the “12 principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School”, focusing on the ways that Medina’s “rules” each illustrate one of the overarching themes we will study all year in psychology:everything psychological is simultaneously biological (see outlining example below).  NOTE:  the outline is for your use on the assignment and during the year, but is NOT turned in.  If you want to use your outline during the year in class, it should be handwritten, not typed. 2.Using your notes from step 1 above, choose 5 of the rules to include in your reflective essay.This essay should be a minimum of 2 - 3 pages in length, double-spaced (font 11), and should address the following: A.For each rule you choose, give an example from your own life that serves to illustrate the validity of this rule.Explain the events/persons involved, and describe the connection between the behaviors in your example and the underlying brain processes/functions and/or structures that made this example possible.What happened, and then how can this example be explained by the new things you are learning about the brain from Brain Rules? B.In your final paragraph, provide a couple of specific ways that you plan to use the things you have learned from one or more of the 12 rules to become more effective at school and/or home.In other words, knowing what you know now, how will you make better use of your own brain? 3.Your paper is due at the end of our first week of classes in the fall.All papers must be submitted through turnitin.com.No paper copies will be accepted.Your paper will be scanned for originality – be sure that it is!Directions, including class ID numbers and passwords, will be available on the instructor’s web pages (wait to submit until we have returned in the fall, as the class ID numbers usually change).Go to the web page for Dominion High School, click on staff, then Mr. Haberman/Ms. Mulloy, and follow the steps in the “turnitin instructions” link. 4.Finally, be sure to keep your copy of Brain Rules handy for a series of homework readings, assignments and quizzes during the year, as we delve into the topics of specific chapters, such as cognition, memory, brain anatomy and perception. Mr. Haberman and Mr. Throckmorton are eager to work with you this fall, and look forward to a dynamic and challenging journey together!Both instructors will be checking their email periodically through the summer, so do not hesitate to email questions about your paper, or from your reading, as needed. Outlining Example (from Brain Rules, 4, Attention, page 79)WHAT YOU READ:“So we have the ability to detect a new stimulus, the ability to turn toward it, and the ability to decide what to do based on its nature.Posner’s model offered testable predictions about brain function and attention, leading to neurological discoveries that would fill volumes.Hundreds of behavioral characteristics have since been discovered as well.Four have considerable practical potential:emotions, meaning, multitasking, and timing.” OUTLINE: Posner’s Model: 1.Detect the stimulus 2.Turn toward it 3.Decide what to do Impacts behavioral characteristics such as:emotions, meaning, multitasking, timing. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin
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