The Most Notorious Psychology Experiments in History – Early Semester


    NEW Course! “Learning about the most famous psychological experiments in history offers students a captivating glimpse into the human mind and behavior, and helps them better understand how people think, feel, and act while sparking their curiosity about the fascinating field of psychology.”
    ~ Dr. Jessica


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    Art showing scientists investigating brains - The Most Notorious Psychology Experiments in History
    InstructorDr. Jessica Koehler
    Content LevelsGrades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
    Course Length8 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnThursdays, 3:00 - 3:50 PM Pacific - 1/25/24 - 3/16/24

    The Most Notorious Psychology Experiments in History is a course designed to introduce high school students to some of the most famous and controversial psychology experiments in history.

    In this course, students will learn about the history and ethics of psychological research while exploring a range of classic and modern experiments that have had a significant impact on our understanding of the mind and behavior. The course will cover experiments such as the Stanford Prison Experiment, the Milgram Obedience Experiment, and the Asch Conformity Study, and will involve both class discussions and activities.

    By the end of the course, students should have a deeper understanding of the history of psychology and the role of experiments in shaping our understanding of the human mind and behavior.

    Note to parents:

    • While every effort is made to steer away from overly-mature topics, due to the discussion-based nature of the class, the level of study, and the subjects encountered within the field of psychology (especially as it relates to psychology experimentation), topics that will be discussed will 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.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Read the weekly assignment in the course textbook.
    • Watch 1-2 videos about the weekly subject.
    • Respond to 1-2 forum posts
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 9th-grade level or above.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • Excerpts from The Forty Studies that Changed Psychology found here: