Category Archives: Intro Psychology

Nature vs Nurture Lesson Plan

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Learning Objectives:  Review the Nature/Nurture debate in psychology Critically think about these two perspectives when evaluating human attributes and behaviors Exercise self-reflection (make accurate self-observations) and apply these two concepts to oneself. Lesson Overview: This mini-lesson seeks to evoke critical thinking about the perspectives from both ends of the Nature/Nurture debate in an introduction to psychology classroom. By applying these… Read more »

Theoretical Perspectives on Learning Role-Play Lesson Plan

This lesson is an interactive student-centered method for reviewing the different theoretical perspectives on learning covered in an introduction to psychology course. This lesson should be included in the course scope as a review towards the end of the semester. The material included in this lesson is derived from sub-units on learning and development. Students will apply, analyze, and evaluate the theories of Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget, B.F. Skinner, and Ivan Pavlov in small groups. Each group… Read more »

Mini lesson: Moral decision-making

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Learning objectives: Students will  think critically about the philosophical foundations of moral psychology by discussing how their intuitions change from scenario to scenario or differ from individual to individual. In this lesson, students will see an example of how philosophical theory is utilized to empirically test psychological concepts- like intuition based judgment- in a real life demonstration of a common… Read more »

BIG FIVE and Personality LESSON PLAN

Attached is a lesson plan and supplemental Power Point slides for a 75 minute lesson on personality theory. The material is appropriate for an introduction to psychology course. The lesson focuses on the big 5 personality traits and provides examples of the dimensions of personality using figures from pop culture. There are two versions of the Power Point slides. The… Read more »

Mini-lesson: Can horoscopes predict personality?

Learning objectives: Students will think critically about pseudoscientific tests of personality and describe why often they appear to be accurate. In this activity, students are asked to read their “horoscope” provided in these slides: ToP_MINI_LESSON_HOROSCOPES and assess whether they believe it describes them well.  Most students will think that it does – but these are not “real horoscopes” they have been… Read more »

Short-Term Memory/Clustering

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Infusing lessons with data: Mini-lesson on Short-Term Memory/Clustering The following lesson could be incorporated in either and Intro to Psychology class or Cognitive Psychology class where the topic revolves around memory. Students will be shown a table of 25 random words for two minutes. The words will then disappear, and students will be asked to write down as many words… Read more »

Content Acquisition Podcast (CAP) on The Bystander Effect

Below is a Content Acquisition Podcast (CAP) discussing the Kitty Genovese case and research regarding the bystander effect. Specifically, the CAP details Latane and Darley’s (1968) study regarding group inhibition in emergencies. https://youtu.be/Lzj7FmoMJS0