Summer 2017

AP Psychology Reading - Giddy Up!


(Textbook information is at the very bottom)

-Summer reading is the book, "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell (see below)

-There will be 2 blog questions/topics (related to this book) for each month to keep you on pace:

*ALL 6 questions/blogs NEED TO BE ANSWERED and ENTERED BEFORE our first class (I will be checking it during the summer).
*You do not need to be approved to answer on the blog AND I will be the only one who views your responses.

CLICK ON THIS BLOG LINK to answer the questions from each month-

https://ranweiler.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/blog-post-title/comment-page-1/#comment-1

*Answer the questions/topics as they show up over these dates this summer:
*You do not need to be approved to answer on the blog.

JUNE questions:

1. The central argument of the chapter is that our unconscious is able to find patterns in situations and behavior based on very narrow slices of experience. This is called 'thin-slicing.'' What kinds of phenomena, if any, do not lend themselves to 'thin-slicing?'

2. The psychologist, Samuel Gosling, shows how 'thin-slicing' can be used to judge people's personality when he uses the dorm room observers. Visualize your bedroom right now. What does it say about you?



JULY questions:

3. In the cases of Kenna's music and the Aeron chair we see that first impressions can often lead us astray. What we initially judge as disapproval may just be a case of confusion or mistrust for something new and different. How can we distinguish a decision motivated by fear of the unknown from the ones that stem from genuine dislike towards something? Are we better off leaving it to the experts to tell us what we should like?

What if we have personal investment in the new product or person? Can we or how do we separate our emotional involvement from our intuitive judgment? Explain.

4. Priming refers to when subtle triggers influence our behavior without our awareness of such changes. An example of this occurs in Spain where authorities introduced classical music on the subway and after doing so, watched vandalism and littering drastically decrease. Can you think of situations when priming occurs? Should we introduce priming in schools to encourage better behavior or more diligent work patterns? What about the service industry? Could employers prime their staff to be more polite to customers? Explain.




AUGUST questions:


5. Autistic patients read their environment literally. They do not, like us, seem to watch people's eyes when they are talking to pick up on all those expressive nuances that Eckman has so carefully catalogued. What do you make of individuals who avoid eye contact during conversation? How do you think this affects their ability to understand or interpret the speaker? Could this explain how lying is often signaled by averted eye-contact? Explain using reason and detail.


6. Just as the National Symphony Orchestra members were shocked to find their newly employed horn player was a female, do you think that even as far as we've come with issue of race and gender equality, we still judge with our eyes and ears rather than our instinct? Are our interpretations of events, people, issues etc filtered through our internal ideologies and beliefs? Do you agree that perception is reality? And with this in mind, could improving our powers of rapid cognition ultimately change our reality? Explain your answer.



*These questions/blogs NEED TO BE ANSWERED BEFORE our first class (I will be checking it during the summer).
*You do not need to be approved to answer on the blog AND I will be the only one who views your responses.


The world of psychology is filled with many fascinating aspects!
Malcolm Gladwell touches upon some of these everyday elements
within our lives and what drives us to do (or not do) what we do.


Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
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Book by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a 2005 book by Malcolm Gladwell. It presents in popular science format research from psychology and behavioral economics on the adaptive unconscious; ... Wikipedia


//Malcolm Gladwell// - //Blink// - full show - YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TRioBKpUwY


Textbook Information:

*There will be more choices on Amazon.com and from past AP Psych students, which should make the price affordable.

Myers' Psychology for AP* by David G Myers

Myers' Psychology for AP*
Myers' Psychology for AP*

Myers' Psychology for AP*

Myers' Psychology for AP*
First Edition ©2011
ISBN-10: 1-4292-4436-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4292-4436-7
Cloth Text, 944 pages
publisher information/link:
http://www.highschool.bfwpub.com/Catalog/product/myerspsychologyforap-firstedition-myers

The Myers Psychology for AP book companion site:

http://bcs.worthpublishers.com/myersAP1e/#t_612492



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