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									                                     Advanced Placement Psychology

To prepare for the required Advanced Placement Psychology Exam in May, this course will cover 17 Units of
Study covered over the course of 58 Modules. Each module will be completed in two weeks or so. Sometimes it
will seem, just like in college that homework assignments aren’t given on a daily basis. But the understanding is
that the student should stay ahead by reading the Module that is being studied. On the day the exam is
scheduled, students will hand in homework and take the examination. I expect students to study throughout the
time period and not simply cram the night before. As practice for college, students must learn to organize and
budget their own time. I understand this is not college and that this course is in preparation for the student’s
future. Thus, I allow students to invest EXTRA EFFORT for extra credit.

Below you will find a copy of the assignments you will need to complete for the summer assignment.
Assignments due on the first day of class. In order to complete Assignments #1, 2 & 3, you will need a copy of
Module 1 – History and Scope of Psychology. You can pick up these materials in Room A102 before the end of
the school year.

In addition to your summer assignments, I have attached a course description, course outline and classroom
procedure information sheet. Be sure to read these documents very carefully; if you are still willing to accept
the challenges that accompany the rigors of an AP Psychology curriculum – continue reading!!!

2012-13 AP Psychology Summer Assignments

Assignment #1: Read Module 1 – The History & Scope of Psychology
      (pick up in Room A102 or Guidance Office) Complete an outline of the Module

Assignment #2: Answer the Module 1 Review Questions.

Assignment #3: Complete the Multiple Choice Test for Module 1. You must pick up test before you leave
               for the summer (Room A102) or pick up a copy in the Guidance Office over the summer.

Assignment # 4: Part 1: Identify the research focus for each of the psychologists from the attached list of
                Part 2: Describe any 10 (of your choice) of the psychologists and their research

If you need to contact me over the summer; use one of the e-mails listed below.
These assignments will give us a good start to the course in September.
If you have any questions about these assignments, you may e-mail me over the summer at: or (those are 2 zeroes!)
Good luck to all…and have a great summer!

Mr. Bruno
AP Psychology Teacher
Assignment #2: Type the answers to the Module 1 Study Guide Questions. If you do not have a copy of the
module, one can be obtained in the Guidance Office.
Answers should be in complete sentences.

        1. Trace the views of pre-scientific thinkers regarding the origins of knowledge and how the mind and
           body relate. (hint: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Darwin)

        2. Discuss early psychologists’ efforts to understand the structure and function of the mind.
              (hint: Wundt, Titchener, James)

        3. Describe the course of events that describes the evolution of psychology from its earliest days
           through today.

        4. Name and briefly describe the 7 perspectives in psychology as stated in Module 1.

        5. Identify some of the basic and applied research subfields of psychology. Briefly
           describe the role of each in the area of psychology.

        6. Explain the difference between clinical psychology and psychiatry.

Assignment #3: Complete the Multiple Choice Test using Module 1 – History & Scope of Psychology
If you do not have a copy, one can be obtained in the Guidance Office (with a scantron!)

Assignment #4: (Part 1): Identify a key focus of research for each of the psychologists listed below. Merely
write a key word or phrase next to the name describing any focus of the psychologist’s research. Google can be
your friend…I have completed a few for you!!!
comp ALL of the psychologists on this list.
Type this list!!
      Adler, Alfred – inferiority complex                   Spearman, Charles
      Ainsworth, Mary                                       Sternberg, Robert
      Allport, Gordon                                       Terman, Lewis
      Asch, Solomon                                         TThurstone, L.L.
      Binet, Alfred                                         Tolman, E.C.
      Cattell, Raymond                                      Vygotsky, Lev
      Chomsky, Noam                                         Watson, John & Baby Albert
      Ebbinghaus, Hermann                                   Wechsler, David
      Ekman, Paul                                           Wertheimer, Max- founder of Gestalt psychology
      Ellis, Albert                                         Whorf, Benjamin
      Erikson, Erik                                         Yerkes & Dodson
      Eysenck, Hans                                         Zimbardo, Philip
      Festinger, Leon
      Freud, Sigmund
      Gardner, Howard
      Garcia, John – taste aversion in rats
      Genovese, Kitty
      Gibson & Walk
      Gilligan, Carol
      Harlow, Harry
      Hawthorne Effect
      Heider, Fritz
      Hilgard, Ernest – “hidden observer” in hypnosis
      Horney, Karen
      Huebel & Weisel
      Hull, Clark
      Izard, Carroll
      Jung, Carl
      Kohlberg, Lawrence
      Kohler, Wolfgang
      Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth
      Loftus, Elizabeth
      Lorenz, Konrad
      Marcia, John – identity achievement
      Maslow, Abraham
      McClelland, David
      Milgram, Stanley
      Pavlov, Ivan
      Piaget, Jean
      Ramachandran, Vilayunar
      Rogers, Carl
      Rorschach, Hermann
      Rosenhan, David
      Rotter, Julian
      Schachter, Stanley
      Seligman, Martin - positive psychology/learned helplessness
      Sherif, Muzafer
      Skinner, B.F.
Assignment #4: (Part 2)

Select ANY 10 of the psychologists from this list and describe the name of the study/experiment, purpose
and set up and briefly discuss the results of the experiment.
One has been done for you below!:

Psychologist: Albert Bandura
Name of Study: The Bobo Doll Experiment
Purpose: The Social Learning Theory
Set Up: Children observed adult behavior in a room through a window. Adults were shown hitting
        a “Bobo” doll when frustrated.
Results/conclusion: Children imitated aggressive behavior when frustrated after watching adults hit a
                    a “Bobo” doll.
                                        AP Psychology - Course Outline

Unit                              % of questions on AP test              Textbook Modules

Introduction to Psychology                   (6 – 8 %)
      A. History and Scope of Psychology                                       1
      B. Thinking Critically w/Psychological Science                           2
      C. Research Strategies: How Psychologists Ask & Answer Ques.             3

Neuroscience and Behavior                       (8 – 10%)
      A. Neural and Hormonal Systems                                           4
      B. The Brain                                                             5

The Nature and Nurture of Behavior          (2 – 4%)
      A. Genetic Influences on Behavior                                        6
      B. Environmental Influences on Behavior                                  7

The Developing Person                      (7 – 9%)
      A. Prenatal Development and the Newborn                                   8
      B. Infancy and Childhood                                                  9
      C. Adolescence                                                           10
      D. Adulthood                                                             11

Sensation and Perception                       (7 – 9 %)
       A. Introduction to Sensation & Perception                               12
       B. Vision                                                               13
       C. Hearing                                                              14
       D. The Other Senses                                                     15
       E. Perceptual Organization & Interpretation                           16 – 17

States of Consciousness                          (2 – 4%)
       A. Waking and Sleeping Rhythms                                           18
       B. Hypnosis                                                              19
       C. Drugs and Consciousness                                              20

Learning                                         (7 – 9%)
      A. Classical Conditioning                                                21
      B. Operant Conditioning                                                  22
      C. Learning by Observation                                               23

Memory                                          (8 – 10%)
     A.   Introduction to Memory                                               24
     B.   Encoding: Getting Info In                                            25
     C.   Storage: Retaining Info                                              26
     D.   Retrieval: Getting Info Out                                          27
     E.   Forgetting and Memory Construction                                   28

Thinking, Language & Intelligence               (8 – 10%)
      A. Thinking                                                              29
      B. Language and Thought                                                  30
      C. Introduction to Intelligence                                          31
      D. Assessing Intelligence                                                32
                             AP Psychology - Course Outline (cont.)

Unit                                  % of questions on AP test Textbook Modules

Motivation and Emotion                        (7 – 9%)
      A. Introduction to Motivation                                        34
      B. Hunger                                                            35
      C. Sexual Motivation                                                 36
      D. Motivation at Work                                                37

      A. Theories of Emotion                                                38
      B. Experienced and Expressed Emotion                               39 – 40

Stress and Health                            (2 – 4%)
       A. Stress and Illness                                               41
       B. Coping With Stress                                               42
       C. Modifying Illness-Related Behaviors                              43

Personality                                 (6 – 8%)
      A. Psychoanalytic Perspectives                                       44
      B. The Humanistic Perspective                                        45
      C. Trait & Social-Cognitive Perspective                              46

Psychological Disorders                     (7 – 9%)
      A. Introduction to Psychological Disorders                           47
      B. Anxiety Disorders                                                 48
      C. Dissociative and Personality Disorders                            49
      D. Mood Disorders                                                    50
      E. Schizophrenia                                                     51

Therapies                                    (5 – 7%)
      A. The Psychological Therapies                                       52
      B. Evaluating Psychotherapies                                        53
      C. The Biomedical Therapies                                          54

Social Psychology                            (7 – 9%)
       A. Social Thinking                                                  55
       B. Social Influence                                                 56
       C. Antisocial Relations                                             57
       D. Prosocial Relations                                              58
                                       Advanced Placement Psychology
                                      Course and Classroom Procedures
                                                 2012 – 13

Teacher: Mr. John Bruno
Credentials: B.A., Psychology, Albright College, 1979
              New Jersey Standard Certificates:
                     Secondary Social Studies
      Elementary Education

Personal Information:
1982 – 1988    7th Grade Social Studies Jordan Road School, Somers Point
1988 – present Social Studies Teacher, Ocean City High School
1989 – present Head Boys Basketball Coach, OCHS/Head Softball Coach

Welcome to AP Psychology!
The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the
behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological
facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn
about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

The AP Program
From its’ inception 20 years ago, the AP Program has broadened to include more schools, students and
examinations than ever before. Each May, the AP Examinations are administered at OCHS and at other
participating schools around the country. The Examination will be a maximum of 2 hours long. The
examination is a blend of multiple-choice questions and a free-response essay section specifically designed to
measure the full range and depth of the student’s knowledge. It is expected the students taking an Advanced
Placement course, take the exam.

Course Description
AP Psychology is a college level course designed to introduce students to the systematic scientific study of
human behavior and mental processes. Students will be exposed to within each of the major fields or
perspectives in psychology. In addition, students will learn about, practice, and evaluate research methods used
by psychologists. The development of critical thinking skills, written and oral expression, and preparation for
the AP Examination in Psychology will be emphasized.

National Standards
The National Standards for the Teaching of High School Psychology were adopted by the American
Psychological Association, August 1999. Access at:

Advanced Placement Psychology Course Objectives:
  1. Students will learn the history, concepts, methodology, and vocabulary of contemporary
  2. Students will develop advanced critical thinking skills.
  3. Students will prepare for success on the AP Psychology exam.
Myers, David G. Psychology, 8th Edition New York: Worth Publishers, 2004. It is very helpful to stay ahead in
your reading of the modules.
Additional textbook materials can be found online: (must sign up!)

Classroom Expectations:
Students will arrive on time and leave all mental and physical distractions outside the classroom. The classroom
atmosphere will be one of mutual respect where we actively listen to each other and speak one at a time. This
course will involve mature, college level discussions in which students feel comfortable sharing their ideas and
opinions as well as commenting on the opinions of others in a thoughtful and respectful way. Cell phones, ipods
and other electronic devices should be turned off and put away before you enter the classroom. There will be
a form signed concerning cell phone use at the beginning of the school year

Students are expected to take notes during presentations or completed on their own using the modules in the

Homework Expectations:
Students are expected to read each module in Myers well as several articles per unit. This comes to 25 – 40
pages per week of mandatory reading with accompanying notes. These notes must be kept in a spiral notebook
dedicated specifically to the course. Notebooks will be checked periodically for completion. Students are also
required to build a set of flashcards with important vocabulary and psychological terms. Students will use these
notebooks and flashcards to study for the AP exam as well as class tests and quizzes.

Students who are absent are responsible to get all assignments and class notes from another student in the class
or from me during office hours. Students with excused absences may turn in work the day they return. No late
homework will be accepted!

AP Exam:

The standard fee is $87.00.

This course is designed to help you pass the AP exam. Students who score 4 or 5 on the AP exam’s five point
scale can earn college credit for the course at most colleges and universities. If you do all the assigned work
diligently, and you study hard all year, you will be well prepared to pass the AP exam.

AP Study Books
I have found two that I like and recommend highly that you buy one and use it.
The ones I recommend are Laura Maitland’s 5 Steps to a Five on the AP Psychology Examination (McGraw
Hill $15.95) and Rob McEntauffer’s Barron’s Guide to the AP Psychology Exam (Barron’s $15.95). These are
both available at any Borders Book Store. Which one do I prefer? It depends on your type of personality. Look
at all of them before you buy. You may also choose one of your own!

College Board Website
Has the AP Psychology Course Book online at
You need to register for this; you can access the psychology site once you do. It also saves me having to copy a
41 page guide for you.

Grading will be based upon the following: Tests (60%); Free Responses (20%); Quizzes (10%);
Homework/Assignments (10%)
Upon completion of a module(s), an exam will be given consisting of multiple choice questions. There will be a
mid-term examination. Students who DO NOT take the AP Examination will be required to take a final

Free Response Questions
Free responses will be given periodically to measure the level of progress. In addition, students will review their
work in order to prepare for the Free Response portion of the AP Exam.

Quizzes may be given periodically covering reading material or vocabulary. Quizzes will usually be given at the
beginning of the class.

Students will be expected to complete all homework assignments promptly. The will include review questions
for the modules as well as activity sheets to review in class.

Cheating during a test will result in a zero for that test/assignment with no make-up
privileges. Your warning has been given. Avoid any indicators that may arouse the
suspicion of cheating. All students and parents must submit a signed plagiarism contract regarding school

Teacher Contact Information
Good communication is an essential part of learning! I am available to help you before
and after school. You will be able to find me in room A102. I will typically at school by
6:45 am and will remain in the building until at least 3:00 pm.

Tips for Students
       1. Learn to read more effectively; don’t just look at the words
       2. Do not ignore pictures, diagrams, tables and sidebars in your textbook
       3. Take notes as you read; it is much easier to review a few pages of good notes rather than re-read the
           entire 30 pages!
       4. Half the battle is vocabulary. Do Term Book early in the reading. As you
           complete the Term Book, you will begin to learn the vocabulary.

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