- Have you ever wondered why your dog salivates at the sound of a can opener?
- Is it possible to improve your memory?
- What is the best way to study for a test?
- Do opposites really attract?
- Is there safety in numbers?
This class will help you to answer these and many other intriguing questions about human and animal behavior!
AP® Psychology will introduce students to the systematic study of the behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals. Students will be exposed to psychological principles and phenomena associated with the major fields of psychology. Students will also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. The major aim of this course is to provide each student with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in introductory college psychology courses, with an emphasis on facilitating an appreciation for the science of psychology. In addition, this course has been designed to help students prepare for the AP Psychology Exam.
Major Course Objectives:
- Students will become familiar with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Students will be able to describe fundamental ideas and research findings from each of the fourteen sub-disciplines listed below.
- Students will develop an understanding of the research methods used in psychological research and use this understanding to think critically about psychological issues and research encountered in both the scientific literature and the mass media.
Note to parents:
- Domains covered are those recommended by the American Psychological Association (APA) National Standards for High School Psychology.
- The following topics will be discussed within the course: the history of psychology, research methods, biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, consciousness, human development, learning, memory, intelligence, language, emotion, motivation, personality, psychological disorders, psychological treatments, and social psychology.
- While every effort is made to steer away from mature topics, due to the discussion-based nature of the class and the subjects encountered within the field of psychology, some topics may be brought up by students that require a certain level of maturation. If you feel you may need more information to help determine whether this course is right for your child, please contact the instructor, Dr. Jessica, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- AP® Psychology Syllabus