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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.
Explain behavior from 3 perspectives
Watch a TED talk
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
|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.
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.
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.
Pick a favorite I/O topic or give advice on conducting an interview
Investigate and reflect on KSAs needed for future job.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.