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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 Perspectives in Psychology

Explain behavior from 3 perspectives

Topics in Psychology

Watch a TED talk

Psychological Research Analyzing Research

Describe and discuss a PLOS research article

Psychology in the News

Compare a popular news article with research article

Biopsychology Using Your Brain

Describe parts of the brain involved in daily activities

Brain Part Infographic

Create a visual/infographic about a part of the brain

*larger assignment

State of Consciousness Sleep Stages

Describe sleep stages and ways to improve sleep

Sleep and Dream Journal

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 Cultural Influences on 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

Applications of the Delbouef Illusion

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

Perception and Illusions

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 Thinking about Intelligence

Choose to respond to two questions from a list

What Makes Smarts?

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

Thinking and Intelligence—The Paradox of Choice

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

Memory Explaining Memory

Create a mnemonic and explain an early childhood memory

Study Guide

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

Learning What I Learned

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

Conditioning Project

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 Stages of Development

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

Developmental Toys Assignment

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 Thinking about Social Psychology

Pick one question to respond to out of 4 options

Designing a Study in Social Psychology

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.

Personality Personality and the Grinch

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

Assessing 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?

What motivates you to do your schoolwork?

Theories of Emotion

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

Growth Mindsets and the Control Condition

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 Thinking about Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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

KSAs Assignment

Investigate and reflect on KSAs needed for future job.

Psychological Disorders Diagnosing Disorders

Diagnose a fictional character with a psychological disorder

Disorder At-a-Glance

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

Therapy and Treatment Thinking about Treatment

Choose to respond to one of four questions

Treating Mental Illness

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 Thoughts on Stress and Happiness

Give advice on managing stress or increasing happiness

Time and Stress Management

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

*requires advanced noticed



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