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The assignments for Introductory Psychology are ideas and suggestions to use as you see appropriate. Some are larger assignments spanning several weeks, while others are smaller, less-time consuming tasks. You can view them below or throughout the course.

You can view them below or throughout the course.

Discussions and Assignments by Module
Module Discussion Assignment
Psychological Foundations

Explain behavior from 3 perspectives

Watch a TED talk

Psychological Research

Describe and discuss a PLOS research article

Compare a popular news article with research article


Describe parts of the brain involved in daily activities


Create a visual/infographic about a part of the brain

*larger assignment

State of Consciousness  

Describe sleep stages and ways to improve sleep

Track and analyze sleep and dreams. Record sleep habits and dreams a minimum of 3 days.

*larger assignment, needs introduction at least 1 week prior to due date

Sensation and Perception

Demonstrate cultural differences in perception.

*If used in conjnuction with the “Perception and Illusions” assignment, this post could ask students to bring in examples/evidence from the illusion task

Apply Food Lab research and the Delbouef Illusion to recommend plate size and dinner set-up.

Apply an understanding of Martin Doherty’s research on developmental and cross-cultural effects in the Ebbinghaus illusion. Find an illusion, describe it, and explain whether or not it may show cross-cultural effects.

Thinking and Intelligence

Choose to respond to two questions from a list

Describe 3 smart people and analyze what contributes to their intelligence.

Examine an experiment about cognitive overload and decision-making when given many options.


Create a mnemonic and explain an early childhood memory


Apply knowledge from module on memory, thinking and intelligence, and states of consciousness to help a struggling student.


Write examples of something learned through classical, operant, and observational learning

Spend at least 10 days using conditioning principles to break or make a habit.

*requires sufficient time (10 days) of working on changing behavior, and should be introduced with two weeks of advanced notice.

Lifespan Development

Pick an age and describe the age along with developmental theories and if you agree or disagree with the theoretical designations

Find toys for a child of 6 months, 4 years, and 8 years, then explain theories for the age and why the toys are appropriate.

Social Psychology

Pick one question to respond to out of 4 options

Create a shortened research proposal for a study in social psychology (or one that tests common proverbs).

*larger assignment, possibly the largest assignment. Could be broken into multiple parts and given advanced notice.


Use two of the theories presented in the text to analyze the Grinch’s personality

Take two personality tests then analyze their validity and reliability.

Examine various types of validity and design a new way to test the validity of the Blirt test.

Emotion and Motivation

What motivates you to do your schoolwork?

Demonstrate the James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Schachter-Singer, and cognitive-mediational theories of emotion.

Take a deeper look at the Carol Dweck study on mindset and analyze how the results may appear different if the control benchmark varied.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Pick a favorite I/O topic or give advice on conducting an interview

Investigate and reflect on KSAs needed for future job.

Psychological Disorders  

Diagnose a fictional character with a psychological disorder

Research one disorder and create an “At-a-Glance” paper about the main points.

Therapy and Treatment

Choose to respond to one of four questions

Describe 3 different treatment methods for the fictional character diagnosed for the “Diagnosing Disorders” discussion.

*This assignment builds off of the discussion assignment in the previous module, in which students “diagnosed” a fictional character with a psychological disorder.

Stress, Lifestyle, and Health

Give advice on managing stress or increasing happiness

Pick from three options to do things related to tracking stress and time management.

*requires advanced noticed

Discussion Grading Rubric

The discussions in the course vary in their requirements and design, but this rubric below may be used and modified to facilitate grading.

Criteria Poor Good Excellent Points
Responds to prompt Response is superficial, lacking in analysis or critique. Contributes few novel ideas, connections, or applications. Provides an accurate response to the prompt, but the information delivered is limited or lacking in analysis. Provides a  thoughtful and clear response to the content or question asked. The response includes original thoughts and novel ideas. __/4
Supporting Details Includes vague or incomplete supporting evidence or fails to back opinion with facts. Supports opinions with details, though connections may be unclear, not firmly established, or explicit. Supports response with evidence; makes connections to the course content and/or other experiences. Cites evidence when appropriate. __/2
Comments and participation Provides brief responses or shows little effort to participate in the learning community. Responds kindly and builds upon the comments from others, but may lack depth, detail, and/or explanation. Kindly and thoroughly extend discussions already taking place or poses new possibilities or opinions not previously voiced. Responses are substantive and constructive. __/4
Total __/10


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