Psych. 2019-2020

** BAY PSYC 201 WINTER 2020:

Required Text: Exploring Psychology in Modules, 10th Edition (2016): ISBN 9781464154386

VERY recommended: Study Guide for Exploring Psychology in Modules, 10th Edition (2016): 
ISBN 9781464177767


Get a copy of Mars/Venus thinking about how men and women do love differently.
Get project grade slip back.


Fri., 1/3: Get Mars/Venus info (copies not available till Monday, 1/6) and a 5 Love Languages sheet.

THURS. 1/2: Go over the love ppt below, the part about what love is.


Fri., 12.20: final bit on attraction

Thurs.,  12/19 we built a perfect mate; and more on attraction. . .

Weds. 12/18: The ATTRACTION/LOVE powerpoint:

Tues., 12/17: nothing

Mon., 12/16: TEST on disorders

WEEK Six (6)

Fri., 12/13: Schizophrenia POWERPOINT

** DO NOT DO THIS . . . I need to store this topic here, but we didn't write this one.
Write an imaginary letter to . . .
or merely write about . . .
• Courtney (boy with sparkles and depression) or
• Sabrina (girl with voices);
• or just about schizophrenia in general.

Thurs., 12/12: SNOW DAY

Weds., 12/11: Read DISORDERS POWERPOINT III: Dissociative Disorders.
Do practice on mood/dissociative

Tues., 12/10: 
Get article about "Skip" with Antisocial Personality Disorder ("sociopaths"):
Write what thoughts come to mind, or questions you have, after reading the article. How does it feel to know these people are among us? Know anyone like this? If you want, you can try to think of questions I should ask next year. Thanks.

Mon., 12/9: Get handout of personality disprders. Make a matching quiz based on five of them ASAP. See the sample taped near the classroom door.


Fri., 12/6: Read DISORDERS POWERPOINT II on mood disorders.

What is “mood”? How is it different from “an emotion”? What sorts of things put you in a good mood? Bad mood?

Do "Three Good Things" again. For each:
1. Title the good thing
2. What happened, in detail
3. How it made you feel then and later
4. What caused the event

Thurs., 12/5: If absent, journal about odd or interesting behavior you've observed recently.

Write a diary entry as if you are one of the people you saw: 
• Jean (agoraphobic); Laura (germ-obsessed, hypochondriac mom); Louise (OCD); man who hoards; woman with fear of flying; Fred (comic-obsessed teen).  
• It can be a typical day; or one where you’re improving.  (Try to be sympathetic as you write.)

Weds., 12/4: Get and do practice sheet from 

Tues., 12/3
Disorders POWERPOINT 1 on disorders in general and anxiety disorders.

JOURNAL: Think of bodily illness (sickness).
• Define, explain, and/or give examples of “illness" or "sickness.” (I.e., what characteristics/features make something an "illness"?)
• How do you suppose mental illnesses are similar to, or different from, bodily illness?
• Write any questions you have about mental illness (and remember to ask them in the next coupla weeks).


Tues.,  11/26
JOURNAL: Write about at least one "good thing" that has happened lately using the format below. Repeat, if you need to, to get the wod count you desire.

"Each day for at least one week, write down three things that went well for you that day, and provide an explanation for why they went well. It is important to create a physical record of your items by writing them down; it is not enough simply to do this exercise in your head. The items can be relatively small in importance (e.g., “my co-worker made the coffee today”) or relatively large (e.g., “I earned a big promotion”). To make this exercise part of your daily routine, some find that writing before bed is helpful.
As you write, follow these instructions:

  1. Give the event a title (e.g., “co-worker complimented my work on a project”)
  2. Write down exactly what happened in as much detail as possible, including what you did or said and, if others were involved, what they did or said.
  3. Include how this event made you feel at the time and how this event made you feel later (including now, as you remember it).
  4. Explain what you think caused this event—why it came to pass.
  5. Use whatever writing style you please, and do not worry about perfect grammar and spelling. Use as much detail as you'd like.
  6. If you find yourself focusing on negative feelings, refocus your mind on the good event and the positive feelings that came with it. This can take effort but gets easier with practice and can make a real difference in how you feel."
"Three Good Things" © Univ. of Cal., Berkeley

Mon., 11/25: Write on a separate sheet of paper, about odd/interesting behavior you observe at Thanksgiving, and get all psychological about it! Give me ASAP. NOT in journal.


Fri., 11/22: TEST

Thurs., 11/21: We reviewed happiness and had study time. Nothin' new.

Weds., 11/20: 1. View as a reminder about Dr. Paul Ekman and his famous method, FACS, to catalog all facial expressions.

Read story, FACES at your own speed.

JOURNAL (remember this is a fictional story!)
How plausible (believable) is the use of FACS as described in the story?  
Would you want such an ability?  
How could it be put to other use, both good and ill?
Overall review, etc. . . .

Tues., 11/19: 2nd Hour, get and do stress practice sheet.
All classes: get happiness facts handout.
All classes get study guide for TEST on Friday on emotion, stress, and happiness.

Mon., 11/18
Get and do STRESS practice (4th HOUR ONLY: Show me ASAP for points!).

Write which stress reduction techniques you could actually see yourself using. Which ones would you really not do? Any you do already? Etc. . .


Write about things that are stressors for you; try to tell which kind they are (from list below).  Tell how your body/mind react when “stressing.”
Remember the five +1 kinds we learned:
1. Change in circumstances (even a good one)
2. Hassles: petty annoyances, irritations, frustrations
3. Pressure: demands to do more, speed up, or “improve” behavior
4. Frustration: prevented from reaching a goal or fulfilling a desire
5. Conflicts: External or internal

* Self-imposed (“I should” or “I ought”)


Fri., 11/15 Go-shoot-a-mammal-day :)

Thurs., 11/14: Read emotion POWERPOINT #3 on stress.
You get to wave a magic wand and have humans not have emotions: no joy; but then, no sorrow, either! No pleasant surprise, but no disappointment. 
Would you wave that wand or not? Explain . . .

Weds., 11/13: Read Emotion POWERPOINT #2 on emotion and culture and gender.

Tues., 11/12: Read EMOTION POWERPOINT #1
JOURNAL: A robot asks you what “emotion” is. Try explaining the concept to it.If you use the word “feeling,” make sure to explain THAT, since it doesn’t know what that means either. (Try thinking about what our bodies/minds do when we emote - that can help you explain it.)

Mon., 11/11: TEST on PERSONALITY


Ya, my bad, one of the powerpoints wasn't up!!
Look over your prospectus. Write lots of thoughts and words about how Q1 went.
Feel free to write about Q2 too. 

Weds., 11/6: 

JOURNAL: Which view do you appreciate more: Psychodynamic, which emphasizes unconscious guilt and how knotted-up we are because of unexpressed desires; or Humanistic, emphasizing potential and positivity? Why? Does that say more about you than about which is actually better/righter? Or not?

Tues., 11/5: 
 Personality Powerpoint 5 on Carl Jung.

JOURNAL: Look over the list of defense mechanisms you learned, and write examples from real life when you have seen people use one or more of them. 
• Which do you see yourself using sometimes? 
• Which ones rarely or never?

Mon., 11/4: Read Personality PPT 4 below through the defense mechanisms.
Do the practice sheet on defense mechanisms.


Fri., 11/1: Finish reading Freud ppt below; do practice sheet found in blue box.

Thurs., 10/31Read Personality Powerpoint 4 on Freud, through Id-Ego-Superego

Weds., 10/30: 

Read PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 3, "learning our personalities."

JOURNAL: Think of a personality trait you have (a typical way of thinking/behaving/emoting/responding).
• Describe how the trait manifests (shows itself). 
• How might you have learned it through being rewarded or punished -- even if not on purpose?

 - or through social learning (imitation)?
• Write about another trait if this doesn't give you enough verbiage (word count).

Tues., 10/29:
Based on Friday's powerpoint (below) or the video in class:
JOURNAL: What do you think about the whole identical-twins-have-very-similar-personalities thing? 
• Surprised or not? Is it cool? Creepy? 
• What do you think/feel about the fact that about 50% of your personality is genetic? Is that ok? 
• Would you like to find a long lost identical twin?

Mon., 10/28: Take valid personality inventory; journal about it using written directions in blue box.


Fri.,  10/25: PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 2, on BIO and Personality (inheriting it in DNA)
• Do practice sheet on traits and bio, vis. personality.

Thurs., 10/24: Finish reading Personality Powerpoint I

Weds.,  10/23: job fair day, nothing to make up

Tues,. 10/22: Read PERSONALITY POWERPOINT 1 about basics and trait theory.

JOURNAL: What are some adjectives your friends would probably use to describe you?
How right are they?
Are there any adjectives to describe the typical "you" that people would never know about?
Why or why not? (Feel free to write "personal" on this one.)

Mon., 10/21: TEST on Learning

Think big.
• What do you think about all this talk about manipulating people with rewards and punishment? Is it too cold/manipulative, or a fact of life?
• What could this make you think about what it is to be human?
• How can/will you use this in your future roles as student, parent, employee, boss, citizen, etc.?• Etc.


Fri., 10/18
Read LEARNING POWERPOINT 4 on social/cognitive learning.

Thurs., 10/17: 
Get STUDY GUIDE for Test on Monday on Learning.

Get "Schoolkids on Payroll" article.
- What are advantages of their system?
–Possible disadvantages?
–Would you want your kid to go to such a school?
–Should we do it here? Etc.

Weds., 10/16:
Read LEARNING POWERPOINT 3 on Operant Cond in real life.
Do thinksheet on Operant Conditioning in real life.

Tues., 10/15: finish powerpoint below.
Do practice sheet.

Mon., 10/14: 
Think of someone (boy/girlfriend, teacher, parent, manager, etc.) with a specific behavior you would like to change.
• Describe the behavior; why it is bad or bothers you;
• and how you could maybe use reinforcers (rewards) or punishments to get them to "learn" to act differently.
• What would be hard or easy about it?
• Is altering people's behavior "ethical" (morally ok)?


Fri., no school

\Thurs., 10/10: 
What ads would you guess are truly effective at getting people to spend money, and why?
What ads do you love?

Weds., 10/9: Continue reading ppt below through classical conditioning in real life.

Tues., 10/8: Read powerpoint below. Do hard practice. Show me when done.

Mon., 10/7: 
Read LEARNING POWERPOINT 1 on Learning and "Classical Conditioning."

Think of any time you acquired a new behavior. Examples: parallel park, make a Big Mac, run a route, format a journal, tie a shoe, run the register, etc . . .
• What did other people DO to get you to know/do the new behavior?
• How hard or easy was it?
• Any behaviors you WISH you could do or do better? How would you learn them? 


Fri., 10/4: TEST on bio stuff.

Thurs., 10/3: Get dream dictionary and samples of dream analyses.
• What do you think of the concept of dream analysis in general: big load of crap, or helpful and accurate? (Or in between?) 
• What do you think about the idea of a dream “dictionary”? 
• Try analyzing one of your own dreams or one of your partner's using the dictionary or one online.

Weds.,  10/2: Get study guide for FRIDAY's BIO TEST.
Re-read BIO powerpoint 3 below.
Get and do practice sheet.

Tues.,  10/1: Read Bio Powerpoint 3 (below) to the end.

JOURNAL: You-n-sleep: get enough? Weird sleep quirks?
• Is it a big waste of time? Wonderful?
• Try and tie it in with what you've learned so far.

Mon., 9/30
Read BIO POWERPOINT 3 on states of consciousness through hypnosis.


Fri., 9/27: Read BIO POWERPOINT 2 on nervous systems. Get and do practice sheet.

JOURNAL: Write about a time or times you have felt really “hype” or “fired up.” What specific things do your body and mind do at such times? What for you is a stimulus (cause) for that reaction (feeling fired up)? How in-control are you of it all?

Thurs.,  9/26: LINK to Baby Brain video.
Right-brain IMAGINATION DAY: Pretend you’re a “vision” neuron inside a fetus migrating to the rear of the growing brain (where you know you’re supposed to end up). Write a diary entry for that day. What do you, the neuron, think/notice/do?

Weds., 9/25: Get brain booklet and read. Do practice sheet on neurons and brain parts.

Tues., 9/24: Get and study neuron diagram A; Label diagram B without looking at A, as best you're able. Turn in ASAP.

Mon., 9/23  BIO POWERPOINT I (link)
JOURNAL (Write "Week Four"):
You - n - your ol' buddy, your BRAIN.
• What does it seem better-than-average at? 

(Remember the brain handles coordination, interpersonal-relations, emotions, etc., NOT just school stuff.) 
• What is it worse-than-average at? 
• How has it changed over time? 

• Any areas you really wish it was better or worse at?


Fri., 9/20
Psychology of Homecoming!
• Dress up days: Why do ppl dress as they do? Or don't?
• Aside from dressing, write about how people's behavior changes during homecoming and what is really underlying it (causing it).

• How about "losing oneself" in the group?• Anything else "psychological" you want to add. . 

Thurs., 9/19: Test #1

Weds., 9/18: Get ethics handout/info.

JOURNAL about the Zimbardo experiment (video). 

(IF you weren't here, watch THIS.)

Pick one or all of the below . . .

• What do you think of the research design overall?
• Which is weirder: the “guards” being so mean, or the “prisoners” being so passive?
• Dr. Zimbardo says, “We learned a lot.” Does the experiment tell us anything about human behavior in general?
• Was it worth doing, if indeed people were temporarily traumatized?

Tues., 9/17: Get and do experiment practice worksheet.

Read one of the articles about a psych. experiment and . . .
Summarize your article in one or two sentences.
Then write what you think of . . .
a) how the research was designed
b) the results obtained
c) how the knowledge gained (if any) might be used in real life? (or not)

Mon., 9/16 Read "Experiment" SCIENCE POWERPOINT III .


Fri.,  9/13: Get and do thinksheet on correlational studies.
Well, it's been about a fortnight (two-week-period). How's it going so far?
• Give the first couple weeks of school a grade and explain why it gets the grade you give it.
• Don't think only about academics! Think back to the different areas of life: work, friends, family, etc. (Rate each separately if you want.)
• This might be one you mark "private," but be sure to stay on topic.

Thurs., 9/12: Read science powerpoint 2 below through correlational studies.

Weds., 9/11: Read "Musical Hallucinations" case study.
Write on any or all of the following:
• What do you make of Mrs. C’s hallucinations?
• "Curse," "blessing," or other?
• How do you think you would have handled them?
• What do you think of Dr. Sacks’ attempts to help?
• Does all this raise any unanswered questions?

Tues., 9/10: Read "SCIENCE" POWERPOINT 2 through "tests."

Mon., 9/9
If you were forced to be a psychologist, would you rather . . .
• A) be a researcher; explain why; and if so, what would you like to experiment on or ask people about (behaviors, thinking, emotion, neurosicence, etc.)?
• B) be in practice (helping clients/patients get better); explain why; and if so, what sort of patients/clients/issues would you like to work with?


Fri., 9/6
Get instructions about journaling; print and sign name and hand the bottom portion back to me.

Go here, and watch the intro psych video.
• What did you find  interesting or challenging in it? Anything dull or not so good?
• Any learnings you think you will remember? 
• Any thoughts/questions you have about psychology in general or this class? (Make sure you ask me in person later, since I might not see your writings.)

Thurs., 9/5: Class Mtgs, nothing to make up

Weds., 9/4:
Bring a single-subject spiral-bound notebook for journaling tomorrow (Thurs.).
Read and think about "SCIENCE" POWERPOINT I.
Do the practiceand show me ASAP.

TUES., 9/3: Get and do "7 Stupid Rules."
Also get and do the Q1 Prospectus.
Show me both when done.