Sept 02 (Wed.)
Discuss course, text; get info.
Discuss questions on sleep and evidence for science.html theories. See notes
Labor Day (no class)
Final comments on evaluating "theories" (stories).
Evolution evolve.html primer
Biological bases of behavior (ch.2) : Cells and their functions: neurons, glial cells. Assembly into higher level structures; neural pruning (cell death and apoptosis). The brainís nerves.html basic structure and organization.
16- quiz 1 (see the quiz quide (9/13/98)
Essay on "organisms as machines". Multiple choice and short answer on book through chapter 4.
18 discuss essay question in q1
what's Descartes' answer? q1Essay.html
21 get assignments to next quiz on Oct 2. assignq2.html Discuss eating questions eating.html
23 overview of "learning"
Cole, J. (1991/1995). Pride and a daily marathon. Cambridge, MIT Press.
Collect penny memory data
28 blindspot assignment due
Oct 02 quiz 2 including chapters 4 through maybe 8.
14 Here are my notes on memory from today.
16 quiz 3
19 See the Language video; read the notes on this too!
21 Discuss quiz 3 and assignments to quiz 4.
23 (Midsemester) Review elements of ch. 8, on "thinking" and its relation to memory and language. Discuss the priming effect in the "mental set" demo -- most of us saying "yolk" when asked what the white stuff of an egg was called.
26 Review Gleitman on language, ch. 9. including the five properties of human language, the linguistic hierarchy, SAM, the difference between acquiring words and sentences, and some other issues in language development -- rate of acquisition, differences in age of acquisition, etc.
The essay question for Friday's quiz concerns the functions of language. List what you see to be the various functions of human language (at least 3 or 5?). Which two do you see as the most important and briefly explain why? (A more complete quide will be distributed Wednesday.)
30 quiz 4
04 Show "The social brain" video. (See notes.)
06 Review quiz 4 results. "Personality" test demonstration.
Handout notes and guide to quiz 5, including essay question. Discuss briefly chapter 11 in Gleitman. Comment on "attachment" and Harlow's work and its relationship to humans. (You also can access my notes on sex, aggression, and parenting from my Psychology of Primates class (512) from here -- though its not required that you do so.)
Veterans Day (no class)
13 quiz 5
See Milgram's Obedience video
Note how these last topics all depend on "measurement" -- development, intelligence, personality and psychopathology. A huge testing industry has grown up with the goal of measuring differences and changes for clinical, educational, and guidance purposes -- as well as research on these topics.
See your email for the essay question and study quide to quiz 6 covering chapters 13, 14, 15 and a few topics from social psychology, especially group effects and Milgram's research. Included in the study guide handout is my outline on development and some brief notes on Piaget and Harlow.
Discuss the nature of "intelligence" tests and the concept of IQ, using the Stanford-Binet as example. (Be sure to read the email discussion on tests; there were some good questions.).
Dec 02 quiz 6
Read ch. 16, 17, 18, 19
Return demo personality measures.
1) Go to this site:
Read the "game" described there and play few rounds. Before you leave, read about the game and its significance. Review Gleitman on the Prisoner's dilemma, pp.484-5.
Write a few paragraphs, double spaced, review of this "game." Indicate whether you see this as a worthwhile presentation of the ideas and say if you think it helped you understand these "game theory" concepts any better. Due Dec. 14.
2) Pick any topic in the realm of abnormal behavior or psychopathology. Do a web search looking for the best 3 sites in your opinion relevant to that topic. For the best site, write a paragraph outlining why you chose that one. Send an email to the 401 list with your topic in the subject, e.g "dyslexia sites" and in the text, just list the 3 sites in order with your reasons below. Do this by Dec. 11.
Dec 07 video on Abnormal Psychology (overview of intake interviews, diagnostic tests, different professionals, and types of therapy.)
Dec 11 quiz 7 on ch. 16, 17, 18, 19.
Dec 14 last class
18 final exam is scheduled for 1 to 3pm in Spaulding 16 unless otherwise noted. Be sure you have all your quizzes when you begin to study for the final.