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Below is a sample breakdown of the Psychology History and Approaches chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Introduction to psychology and the major approaches||Experiments, weekend effect, magnitude, first psychology lab, biological psychologists, psychodynamic approach, B.F. Skinner|
|Tuesday||Psychology as a science||Scientific method, hypothesis, control group, independent and dependent variables, clinical research|
|Wednesday||The early approaches to psychology||Structuralist and functionalist approaches, William James, introspection, Wilhelm Wundt|
|Thursday||The later approaches and psychology post 1950||Gestalt psychology, behaviorism, Law of Proximity, Law of Similarity, Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud|
|Friday||The ethics of psychological experiments||Stanford Prison Experiment, informed consent, Institutional Review Board, deception|
1. Why Study Psychology? - Overview & Experiments
What at first seems obvious may not be the case. Psychology looks past intuitions and feelings to search for the true roots to our behaviors. Watch this lesson to learn about two experiments that demonstrate how testing the 'obvious' can yield surprising results.
2. What Is Psychology?
Psychology is the scientific study of how we think, feel and behave. In this lesson, you'll get an overview of the five main approaches that have guided modern psychological research.
3. The Science of Psychology: Experiments & the Scientific Method
How do psychologists use the scientific method to research behaviors? From formulating hypotheses to reducing biases, psychology carefully analyzes behaviors and their potential causes.
4. Two Early Approaches: Functionalism and Structuralism
What were the first two approaches to psychology, and how were they related? What do introspection and evolutionary principles have to do with it? In this lesson, you'll explore structuralism and functionalism.
5. Three Later Approaches: Gestalt, Psychoanalysis and Behaviorism
How was psychology studied in the early twentieth century? In this lesson, you'll look at three common approaches of the early twentieth century and get a sense of the diverse routes psychologists can take as they study how the mind works.
6. Psychological Specializations: Cognitive, Humanistic, Social, Developmental & Clinical
Psychologists today study behavior through five main specializations: cognitive, humanistic, social, developmental and clinical. In this lesson, you'll focus on the central ideas behind each approach.
7. Ethics in Psychological Experiments: Importance & Examples
What are the ethical principles of psychological research? In this lesson, you'll take a look at the careful considerations a psychologist must make with respect to her participants when she designs a test.
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