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National Geographic: Brain Games: Pay Attention Assignment


National Geographic: Brain Games: Pay Attention Assignment

National Geographic: Brain Games: Pay Attention Assignment

The assignments below are the ones assigned in class to do via this Website. In some cases, you are to answer questions on paper and turn them in at class.

To get credit for the logic test, the personality test, or the practice quiz, put the last four digits of your student ID (CWID) in the comments box. Some of these materials are notes to help you study or perceptual demonstrations to experience, rather than items for credit. For example, notes on the history of medicine are included to help you organize what has been presented in class that is not in Kalat’s book; these will help you be able to analyze the “medical model” of mental illness.


  1. Columbus Debated the Scholars (Powerpoint)
  2. World Map (JPEG)
  3. National Geographic: Brain Games: Pay AttentionAssignment: Watch this program and turn in your answers to these questions: (1) How many times did David Copperfield’s name or image appear? (2) How many times did he say “magic”? (3) Was the corporate CEO able to talk on the phone and drive his car safely at the same time? (4) Was he better, worse, or average in his ability to do two things at the same time, compared to other people? (5) Based on the information in this program, do you think that a person can learn from a class and also talk to a friend, or can a person learn in class and simultaneously check text messages?If the above link does not work, try this one for the program:
    Attention Video
  4. View the FRONTLINE program about Facilitated Communication, Prisoners of Silence.If this link does not work, you can view in in parts via YouTube (see below). Homework: Write out answers to these questions and turn in at the next class: (a) Did all of the facilitators (e.g., Marian Pitsas) continue to believe in facilitated communication after they saw the results of the “Clever Hans” test of communication (O.D. Heck study)? (b) Was it true that the son of the pharmacist (Matthew) could answer questions about Shakespeare? (c) What did the facilitator who “uncovered” the accusation of sexual abuse against the pharmacist (who was accused of abusing his son, Matthew) end up doing after the Clever Hans test? (d) What did the son’s High School end up doing about facilitated communication, as of the end of the program? (e) What were the conclusions of the program regarding facilitated communication?
  5. Logic Test
  6. Personality Questionnaire
  7. Eliza, the Rogerian Therapist. Tell her your problems. Tell her your last four digits of CWID.
  8. Philosophy of Science: Basic Terms (PowerPoint)
  9. Theory of Unverifiable Brownies (Powerpoint)
  10. Discovering Psychology: Free Video on Demand: View Programs #21 and #22:Psychopathology and Psychotherapy. (Take notes and expect quiz and exam items on these videos; e.g., What are the purposes of psychodiagnosis (#21)? What are the major categories of psychopathology? What are the 4 major types of medical/biological therapies and what are the 4 major types of psychological therapies (#22)? What evidence did you see in #22 on the effects of psychotherapy?
  11. Notes on History of Medicine
  12. View this program on YouTube on Amazing Randi, Uri Geller, and Peter Popoff and answer this question for homework: What is the last thing that Randi is doing at the end of the program? Turn in your answer at the next class.
  13. Discovering Psychology: View Program #8 on Learning. Take notes and prepare for quiz and exam items on this video. Answer this question for homework: why did the rats die when drinking sweet water? Use the terminology of learning in your answer.
  14. Notes on History of Astronomy
  15. Link to Kalat Web site–practice tests, flash cards and more. When exams are assigned, print out and turn in p. 1 only. Do pretest, multiple choice test, and post-test for Chapters 2 (Research Methods) and Chapter 6 (Learning) Do NOT send as e-mail!!!
  16. Review this before Exam 1
  17. Study Guide: Review Questions
  18. Practice Quiz (Do this before Exam 1 for practice)
  19. Links to Statistics Reviews
  20. Link to Kahn Academy–free lectures on many topics, including statistics
  21. Against All Odds: Inside Statistics. View Program # 1. For homework: identify the Independent Variable and Dependent Variable of the experiment on rewards and creativity.

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