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A.P. Psychology student syllabus

Preparing for Everyday Class Discussion (requirements)

What will happen in a typical week?

In-class formal presentations (requirements)

Focused unit topic presentations (requirements)

Unit Graphic Organizers (requirements)


This article recently appeared in The New York Times.   It exposes the efforts of one academic, a respected Dutch psychologist, to fabricate evidence in a variety of studies in the field of social psychology.



STRUCTURALISM (from Wikipedia):

“Titchener believed that the goal of psychology was to study mind and consciousness. He defined consciousness as the sum total of mental experience at any given moment, and the mind as the accumulated experience of a lifetime. He believed that if the basic components of the mind could be defined and categorized, then the structure of mental processes and higher thinking could be determined. What each element of the mind is (what), how those elements interact with each other (how), and why they interact in the ways that they do (why) was the basis of reasoning that Titchener used in trying to find structure to the mind. . . . The main tool that Titchener used to try to determine the different components of consciousness was introspection.”

FUNCTIONALISM (from Wikipedia):

“Functionalism was a philosophy opposing the prevailing structuralism of psychology of the late 19th century. Edward Titchener, the main structuralist, gave psychology its first definition as a science of the study of mental experience, of consciousness, to be studied by trained introspection.

William James is considered to be the founder of functional psychology. Although he would not consider himself as a functionalist, nor did he truly like the way science divided itself into schools. John DeweyGeorge Herbert MeadHarvey A. Carr, and especially James Rowland Angell were the main proponents of functionalism at the University of Chicago. Another group at Columbia, including notably James McKeen CattellEdward L. Thorndike, and Robert S. Woodworth, were also considered functionalists and shared some of the opinions of Chicago’s professors. Egon Brunswik represents a more recent, but Continental, version. The functionalists retained an emphasis on conscious experience.”

BEHAVIORISM (Wikipedia):

“Behaviorism (or behaviourism), also called the learning perspective (where any physical action is a behavior), is a philosophy of psychologybased on the proposition that all things that organisms do—including acting, thinking, and feeling—can and should be regarded as behaviors, and that psychological disorders are best treated by altering behavior patterns or modifying the environment.[1][2] According to behaviorism, individuals’ response to different environmental stimuli shapes our behaviors. Behaviorists believe behavior can be studied in a methodical and recognizable manner with no consideration of internal mental states. Thus, all behavior can be clarified without the need to reflect on psychological mental states. The behaviorist school of thought maintains that behaviors as such can be described scientifically without recourse either to internal physiological events or to hypothetical constructs such as the mind.[3] Behaviorism comprises the position that all theories should have observational correlates but that there are no philosophical differences between publicly observable processes (such as actions) and privately observable processes (such as thinking and feeling).”


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