AP Psychology, 2022 – 2023
AP psychology is designed to introduce students to the scientific study of human behavior and experience and the major perspectives in the field. Students will gain understanding of the methods used by the different perspectives to verify their theories, including their study of human and animal behavior. The course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination in Psychology.
Students in this course will:
- gain an understanding of the nature of psychological diversity of human beings and the contribution biological, social, and cultural influences on behavior.
- develop appreciation of psychology as an academic discipline.
- recognize the application of psychology to students’ personal lives.
- demonstrate understanding of various methods of psychological inquiry.
- gather and interpret data using the empirical method of inquiry.
- demonstrate an understanding and respect for the ethical demands of research with humans and respect for the individual.
- demonstrate an understanding of the different theoretical approaches to understanding behavior.
- demonstrate a clear understanding of the major psychological perspectives (psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and humanistic).
- undertake one research study
- demonstrate mastery of critical thinking and communication of ideas, especially in preparation for the demands if the AP exam.
The AP psychology program is governed by a set of national standards created by the American Psychological Association. These standards build on each other, so it is vital to understand what comes first in order to understand everything after it.
Homework: You will have a weekly “In Real Life” assignment that asks you to apply class topics to a real life event. You will also have periodic “authentic” assignments and vocab assignments.
College Board: You are required to join the AP Classroom for this course through the College Board. Progress checks, quizzes, and tests will be assigned through this site.
People: As we encounter important people in the history of psychology, keep track of them. Create a three-column list. Label the columns PERSON/PERSPECTIVE, BEST KNOWN FOR, and APPLICATIONS.
Mnemonics: Mnemonics are “memory tricks” that help you remember concepts and ideas. I’ll be giving you a bunch of them. Keep track! Keep a Mnemonic list with the concept and the memory trick. I’ll check these periodically.
There are nine units required for this course be the College Board. There will be a College Board test at the end of each unit. Aligning to your textbook, these units are:
- Scientific Foundations of Psychology
- The Need for Psychological Science
Reading: Text pp. 18 - 29
- Description (Case Study, Survey, Naturalistic Observation)
Reading: Text, pp. 26 - 29
Reading: pp. 30 - 36
Reading: Text, pp. 37 - 40
- Statistical Reasoning
Reading: Text, pp. 42 – 43
TEST: Experimental methods
- Biological Bases of Behavior
- Neural Communication
Reading: Text, pp. 56 - 61
- The Nervous System
Reading: Text, pp. 65 - 67
- The Brain
Reading: pp. 69 – 92
- The Endocrine System
Reading: pp. 94 – 97
- Drugs and Consciousness
Reading: Text, pp. 294 – 305
- Sleep and Dreams
Reading: Text, pp. 269 - 284
TEST: Biology and Behavior
- Sensation and Perception
- Sensing The World
Reading: Text, pp. 192 - 198
Reading: Text, pp. 199 - 211
Reading: Text, pp. 212 - 218
- The Other Senses
Reading: Text, pp. 219 – 227
- Perceptual attention, illusions, organization
Reading: Text, pp. 230 – 247
- Perceptual Interpretation
Reading: Text, pp. 248 - 258
- Learning Theory
- Classical Conditioning
Reading: Text, pp. 308 - 321
- Operant Conditioning
Reading: Text, pp. 322 - 335
- Cognitive Learning/Observational Learning
Reading: Text, pp. 336 – 337
TEST: Learning Theory
- Cognitive Psychology
Reading: Text, Chapter 9
- Thinking and Language
Reading: Text, Chapter 10
- The Origins on Intelligence Testing
Reading: Text, pp. 418 - 421
Reading: Text, pp. 422 - 440
- Individual Differences
Reading: Text: pp. 441 - 453
- Developmental Psychology
- Prenatal Development and the Newborn
Reading: Text, pp. 134 - 139
- Infancy and Childhood
Reading: Text, pp. 140 - 158
Reading: Text: pp. 159 - 159
Reading: Text: pp. 172 - 191
- Motivation, Emotion, and Personality
- Motivational Concepts
Reading: Text, pp. 454 - 458
Reading: Text, pp. 459 - 466
- Sexual Motivation
Reading: Text: pp. 467 - 482
- The Need to Belong
Reading: Text: pp. 483 – 497
James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Schachter-Singer
Reading: Text, Chapter 13
- Historical Perspectives on Personality
Reading: Text, pp. 574 - 589
- Contemporary Research on Personality
Reading: Text, pp. 590 - 617
- Clinical Psychology
- Perspectives on psychopathology (demonic possession to disease)
Reading: Text, pp. 618 - 626
- Anxiety Disorders – When your hands are way too clean
Reading: text, pp. 627 - 632
- Mood Disorders – It’s not the ups and downs, it’s the little jerks along the way
Reading: Text, pp. 633 - 645
- Schizophrenia – Head voices holla’ back, girl!
Reading: Text, pp. 646 – 652
- Personality Disorders – I crashed your car because I love you!
Reading: Text, pp. 653 - 655
- Dissociative Disorders – Me, Myself, and Irene
- Somatoform Disorders – But my arm worked yesterday!
- Categorization, etc.
- Psychoanalysis, Behaviorist, Humanist, Cognitive, Group/Family Therapy
Reading: Text, pp. 658 - 673
- Evaluating Psychotherapy
Reading: Text, pp. 674 - 684
- Biomedical Therapies
Reading: Text: pp. 685 – 693
- Social Psychology
- Social Thinking
Reading: Text, pp. 694 - 701
B Social Influence
Reading: Text, pp. 702 - 713
- Social Relations
Reading: Text: pp. 714 – 738
Vocabulary: Vocabulary assignments and periodic pop quizzes
Homework and Projects:
“People” and Mnemonic Devices: Keep two lists. One is for the important people in psychology as they come along. The other is for the mnemonic devices (memory aids) that I give you throughout the class. Both of these will help you a lot on the AP Test.
Tests: Multiple choice tests. Free Response tests as assigned.
Reviews: You are required to attend 3 AP Test review sessions. These will happen in the spring semester, mostly in March and April.
Updated Course Grading Policy as of January 9, 2023:
Missing assignments will receive a 0% grade.
Parents notified of change via ParentSquare December 15, 2022
6. Final Exams: There will be an AP style test – multiple choice and free response, for your first semester final. This test will be comprehensive to that point. The second semester final will be a project. Both are worth ¼ of your semester grade.