Advanced Placement Psychology Summer Assignments
2012-2013 School Year
Welcome to Advanced Placement Psychology. AP Psychology is a college-level course offered to
juniors and seniors at Friendly High School. The course is divided into fourteen areas of concentration
including: the history of psychology, research methodology, biological approaches and differences,
sensations and perception, states of consciousness, learning and cognition, motivation and emotion,
developmental phases, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal behaviours, treatments
for abnormal behaviours and social psychology. The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce
students to a 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.
Assignments for the AP Psychology class are extremely challenging. The text is a college-level
textbook and is written at a significantly higher reading level than most textbooks used in high school.
AP Psychology has a significantly large amount of reading assignments and students are expected to
read daily in preparation for class.
Note: All students will be required to complete a year long research project. Please plan ahead and
begin looking at subject areas and sources.
Do not wait until the first day of school to begin this assignment.
I will be checking my email throughout the summer, please contact me as soon as
you have any questions!
The assignment is also listed on the Friendly High website should you misplace
ALL WORK MUST BE TYPED AND PRINTED OUT! I WILL NOT ACCEPT
All work is due the second day of class. Late work is not accepted.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Kaplan AP Psychology or 5 Steps to a 5 or Barron’s review guide
Barron’s AP Psychology Flash Cards by Allyson J. Weseley Ed.D
Summer Assignment Part One:
Define the following terms or identify the following people. Give examples or significant
characteristics for each. For each definition, cite your source and be specific.
Addiction Clinical Psychology Object Permanence
Alzheimer’s Disease Experiment Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Anorexia Nervosa Formal Operational Stage Operant Behavior
Antisocial Personality Disorder Frontal Lobes Panic Disorder
Anxiety Disorders Fundamental Attribution Error Personality Disorders
Attention Deficit Disorder Gender Phobia
Attribution Theory Hierarchy of Needs Placebo
Cognitive Dissonance Hypothalamus Psychiatry
Cognitive Therapy Industrial-Organizational Minnesota Multiphasic
Psychology Personality Inventory
Concrete Operational Stage Latent Learning Positive Reinforcement
Conditioned Response Learned Helplessness Preoperational Stage
Conditioned Stimulus Long-term Memory Random Sample
Defense Mechanisms Major Depressive Disorder Range
Double-Blind Procedure Mnemonics REM Sleep
DSM-IV Modeling Schema
Behavioural Therapy Mood Disorders Schizophrenia
Bipolar Disorder Motor Neurons Short Term Memory
Case Study Natural Selection Social Exchange Theory
Cerebellum Negative Reinforcement Standard Deviation
Cerebral Cortex Neurotransmitters Statistical Significance
Classical Conditioning Normal Curve Unconditioned Response
Summer Assignment Part Two:
Using Nickel and Dimed, write a two to three page typed 11 point font Times New Roman paper
answering the following prompt. Be sure to use examples in your writing and analyze the content
and information given. Edit your work carefully. I do not want a book review. I do want an analysis
of the information given.
In Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich looks at social class and the impact of the working poor
on America. Analyze the impact of class on work and interactions, look at Ehrenreich’s analysis?
How are the people she encounters portrayed throughout her work? How can this information be
applied to both psychologists and law makers when looking at the American public?
Summer Assignment Part Three:
Select one abnormal disorder (look at places like http://www.mentalhealth.com/p20-grp.html
and avoid Wikipedia at all costs). Type a one page 11 point font Times New Roman summary of the
disorder, its appearance in the population, its symptoms and its treatments. Be sure to cite your
sources and properly cite an information taken from those sources.