Not all the substances that affect the brain are necessarily illegal or illicit. Caffeine is a behavioral stimulant that can have dramatic effects on behavior in certain individuals. The Caffeine Consumption Questionnaire is presented as in your Week Three folder. Please complete the questionnaire and share your results with the discussion board. Are you surprised at the amount of caffeine you actually use? What happens if you do not consume caffeine as your normally do? Do you experience any withdraw symptoms? Do you actually feel better if you go without it for a long period of time? Have you ever tried to quit using caffeine? Has anyone ever told you that you should drink less or maybe even more caffeine?
The survey can be found here as a Word download.
Please use the following link to complete the unit 1 quiz. You can take and re-take this quiz until you have your best score. Please complete the quiz by 4:00 today (August 28). Post each of your scores in the comment section of this site.
Test link: http://tinyurl.com/nyspktc
Maybe you have heard of the famous case of 38 Witnesses who did nothing to help someone as they watched her being murdered. This case has provided a great deal of interest in psychology and sociology as to what factors are behind a person’s behavior. You can read about his cased at
In the comments below, please identify at least three factors contributing to these 38 witnesses doing nothing. Please post your first name along with your comments.
Please identify two perspectives you most agree with and one perspective that you disagree with in psychology by explaining your reasoning with at least two sentence for each perspective. You can utilize the online textbook or you can review the following site: http://psychology.about.com/od/psychology101/a/perspectives.htm
Welcome to Psychology! Students enrolled in Mr. Bednar’s psychology class need to complete the online survey to introduce yourself to him at http://tinyurl.com/mjcy37a
College credit students will complete your assignments at http://perustatecollege.blackboard.com while high school credit students will complete assignments at this site.
We will be using the text, Essentials of Understanding Psychology Feldman, 10th Edition which can be rented or purchased on Amazon. A sample of the text can be found at
In addition, I will be posting notes on Schoology and Quizlet. You’ll need the Schoology Access Code 345ZN-PQGVK. Quizlet Access Code 345ZN-PQGVK http://quizlet.com/join/TsYYah5C4
A free online version of the textbook is at http://dev2.uniba.sk/~gal/files/Understanding%20Psychology%20(10th%20Ed)(gnv64).pdf
Watch a film, or movie of your choice, but the movie should have some type of psychology theme. This assignment is the lesson plan for December 14-22nd, or the last day of the semester for your school.
a. Take notes of the various characters in the film. You might note who are the protagonists, and who are the antagonists.
b. What problems, decisions, issues are solved in the film? How would you explain the causes to the problems presented in the film? (you could discuss a psychology theory as an explanation to these problems)
c. If the movie is based on real people and events, research this information in books at your local library or in online articles.
What needs to be submitted for a grade?
In the comment section of psychapplications.wordpress.com, please type the name of the movie or film you watched, then….
1. Retell the movie’s plot in about five to eight sentences.
2. Introduce the characters, including the protagonist — the main character — and the antagonist — the person against which the protagonist is fighting.
3. Explain what happens in the movie. Be succinct but give enough details so your readers will have a good idea of the storyline.
4. Explain to your readers your critical review, your true opinion of the film — to show that the hero really is not a hero or that the storyline is good but the cinematography was poor, for example.
5. How does the movie represent greater symbols in our culture or society? How does it represent cultural trends, themes, values, or problems that occur in our world?
6. How has this movie helped you to be motivated, inspired, goal directed, or wanting to achieve accomplishments in your life?
7. Write a conclusion paragraph to your movie critique. Mention whether you would recommend the movie to a friend and what you gained or lost by viewing the movie.
This assignment is part of the class evaluation, sent to you via gmail / google forms. In addition to the survey, please review the following comments, then answer the questions below. The comments are adapted from the blog site http://marshallgoldsmith.blogspot.com/2011/12/does-anyone-ever-really-change.html
We’ve discussed in class assignments the following issues:
a. Causes of human problems and misery are related to choice, childhood experiences, genetics, or our environment.
b. Reasons to be motivated in life are purely heredity and environment.
c. Intelligence is locked in at birth……or can you improve your intelligence?
d. Do people really change?
Your assignment is to answer (in depth) the following with your real true opinion:
1. “Does anyone ever really change?”
2. There is an enormous disconnect between understanding and doing. Why is that?
3. What is the cause of pain, suffering, and human problems?