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Psychology Jokes & High School Psychology Lessons & Ideas

The following activities might be great for a high school or college psychology class. Click on the link to go directly to the activity. If the activity is bold, we have completed a detailed review of the activity.
Hopefully the activity review will help teachers save time and decide if the activity is a good fit for their classes.
Chapter 1: Foundations for the Study of Psychology

  1. Reaction Times: Studying the Mind (15 minutes):

Chapter 2: Methods of Psychology

  1. Correlational Analysis: Identifying Relationships (15 minutes):
  2. Distinguishing Between Correlational and Experimental Research (20 minutes):
  3. Controlling for Subject-Expectancy Effects (10 minutes)

Chapter 3: Genetic and Evolutionary Foundations of Behavior

  1. Heredity – Environment Interaction in Alcoholism (10 minutes)

Chapter 4. Basic Processes of Learning

  1. Maze Learning From a Rat’s Perspective (10 minutes)
  2. Classically Conditioned Tastes (15 minutes)

Chapter 5. The Neural Control of Behavior

  1. Examine the Evidence for Hemispheric Specialization (15 minutes)
  2. Hemispheric Specialization (15 minutes)

Chapter 6. Mechanisms of Motivation and Emotion

  1. The Hypothalamus and Hunger (10 minutes)
  2. Demonstrate Dream Reports (8 minutes)
  3. Hemispheric Specialization and Emotional Expression in Faces (15 minutes)

Chapter 7. Smell, Taste, Pain, Hearing, and Psychophysics

  1. Auditory Masking (10 minutes)
  2. The McGurk Effect (10 minutes)

Chapter 8: The Psychology of Vision

  1. Examine Evidence for Opponent Processes (5 minutes)
  2. Feature Integration (15 minutes)
  3. Investigating Your Own Depth Cues (5 minutes)

Chapter 9. Memory and Consciousness

  1. Chunking in Short-Term Memory (5 minutes): This is a great activity that students enjoy. The activity does a great job reinforcing the important concepts of chunking and short-term memory!
  2. Demonstrate the Tip-of-the-Tongue Experience (15 minutes)
  3. Implicit Memory (15 minutes)

Chapter 10. Reasoning and Intelligence

  1. Decisions and Judgments (20 minutes)
  2. Bilingualism, Thinking, and Language Learning (10 minutes)

Chapter 11. The Development of Thought and Language

  1. Testing Spatial Reasoning (10 minutes)
  2. Development of Thought: Which Stage Describes Your Thinking (15 minutes)

Chapter 12. Social Development

  1. Development of Attachment (10 minutes)
  2. Adult Attachment (5 minutes)

Chapter 13. Social Perception and Attitudes

  1. Implicit Association Test (10 minutes)
  2. Attributions for Achievement (5 minutes)

Chapter 14. Social Influences on Behavior

  1. Social Dilemmas: Cooperate or Not (15 minutes)
  2. Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (5 minutes)

Chapter 15. Personality

  1. Gender Roles (5 minutes)
  2. Personal Identity (5 minutes)

Chapter 16. Mental Disorders

  1. Phobias (10 minutes)
  2. Identifying Mood Disorders (20 minutes)
  3. Studying Antisocial Personality Disorder (15 minutes)

Chapter 17. Treatment

  1. Early Treatment of Mental Disorders (5 minutes)
  2. Evaluating Alternative Therapies (10 minutes)