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AP Psychology Unit I - History & Approaches

AP Psychology Unit I - History & Approaches

Author: Leah Kurtz

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Recognize how philosophical perspectives shaped the development of psychological thought.

Describe and compare different theoretical approaches in explaining behavior: structuralism, functionalism, and behaviorism in the early years; Gestalt, psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, and humanism emerging later; evolutionary, biological, and cognitive as more contemporary approaches.

Recognize the strengths and limitations of applying theories to explain behavior.

Distinguish the different domains of psychology:  biological, clinical, cognitive, counseling, developmental, educational, experimental, human factors, industrial–organizational, personality, psychometric, and social.

Identify the major historical figures in psychology (e.g., Mary Whiton Calkins, Charles Darwin, Dorothea Dix, Sigmund Freud, G. Stanley Hall, William James, Ivan Pavlov, Jean Piaget, Carl Rogers, B. F. Skinner, Margaret Floy Washburn, John B. Watson, Wilhelm Wundt).

In this unit, you will view the video and PowerPoint, then take a short quiz to assess your understanding of the materials.

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Crash Course Psychology #1: Intro to Psychology

Crash Course Psychology is a great YouTube channel with short videos providing overviews of topics we will discuss this year.

Unit I PowerPoint

Research Article - Unit I

Read the attached research article, and answer the following questions via by Friday, August 15, 2014:

1. Provide background information of the study at hand. Who was/were the researcher(s) involved in this study? What question(s) were they attempting to answer? What were their hypotheses/theories?

2. Describe the researchers’ methods. How did they test their hypothesis?

3. What were the results of this study?

4. What were the researchers’ conclusions? Was their hypothesis correct? How so?

5. In what ways were their findings significant?

6. Discuss recent applications of this study. If you were asked to modify this study in some way, how would you go about doing so?


Source: Forty Studies that Changed Psychology - Roger R. Hock

Additional Class Resources: Sir Ken Robinson on the Changing Paradigm in Education

This is the video by Sir Ken Robinson that we viewed in class. This provides our rationale for flipping our classroom this year.

Source: Sir Ken Robinson - TED Talks

Additional Class Resources: Martin Seligman on Positive Psychology

This is the video we will watch in class on Friday, August 8, 2014, on the newest direction of Psychology. Positive Psychology is a movement that is attempting to move Psychology from a focus on disorders into a focus on positivity.

Source: Martin Seligman - TED Talk

Unit I: List of All Vocabulary