Course Description: The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, analyze bias, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas.
Course Structure: The course is structured around fourteen psychological themes. The themes are entitled history and approaches, research methods, biological basic of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal behavior, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. The course will have a duration of ten days with an overview being provided of each theme, with multiple small themes being tackled on some days.
Course Materials: Due to the condensed nature of the course, Barron's AP Psychology guide will be used in order to gain an insight into each theme. In addition, a variety of prominent psychological experiments will be analyzed.