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Research methods:
 
As far as the AP Psychology test is concerned, this is an important chapter.  You must know the proper way to conduct a scientific experiment and the proper vocabulary, in other words, use the scientific method. 

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who wants to be a millionaire review:
 
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Credit to:  Chuck Schallhorn
For years I have struggled with coming up with great examples and additional research that had not been dealt with by the introductory texts.  Now I have that book I've been looking for.  Some highlights and observations from my dog-eared copy:
  1. judging people's expertise by our own narrowly ranged knowledge base
  2. being seduced by character is something we do when attributing explanations of behavior
  3. using famous people in advertising testimonials--do they really use the products they are hawking?
  4. realizing that situations are often invisible to us--we need to learn how to see them and their influence (the tools in this book can help me do this with my students)
  5. Numerous explanations of situations and the influence of context on people's behavior ("what's wrong with these people?"
  6. The wisdom of crowds--how real is it?  when should we use/avoid it?
  7. Asch's study, conformity and mimicry of nonverbal behavior
  8. Who are you?  An examination of self-definition that is flexible by situation and context
  9. What we think we will do and what we do are often very different things--some research
  10. A breakdown of the Singer-Schacter experiment--some details that are missing in the textbooks
  11. An overview of what is commonly called "The Lake Wobegon Effect"--where everyone is above average
  12. how we are skilled at self-deception
  13. achievement based on what we are told about intelligence
  14. gender differences--how much is biology and how much is society
  15. proximity and love--how location influences who we are attracted to
  16. how making yourself visible makes you more attractive 

 

Point of Inquiry interview with Scott Lilienfeld, author of 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions About Human Behavior.  The interview is a solid one which can describe for teachers (and advanced students) that makes the distinction between scientific and pop psychology.  He and the interviewer also go through a number of the myths covered in the book.  Great reading and great listening.

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