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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Emotion Minilesson Here is an exercise that can help the class gain an understanding of the James Lange Theory of Emotion. It is also good for a research methods class that can help students understand how to utilize data to either confirm or disconfirm a theory.
This is a brief CAP on mental health stigma and self-stigma for an Abnormal Psychology course and/or possibly Intro to Psychology.
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