Great resources online

Several universities are offering free online courses or supporting work that could help with IB Psych. I have not actually previewed these courses except for Zimbardo’s work. They are excellent.

Resource: The Brain: Teaching Modules:

Developed from the original series The Brain, these flexible resources offer extensive footage and research into the inner workings of this amazing human organ, including findings on Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, autism, Parkinson’s disease, and many other topics. The modules are appropriate for use in general and advanced courses in psychology, abnormal and physiological psychology, neuropsychology, and occupational therapy.

Resource: Discovering Psychology: Updated Edition:

Highlighting major new developments in the field, this updated edition of Discovering Psychology offers high school and college students, and teachers of psychology at all levels, an overview of historic and current theories of human behavior. Stanford University professor and author Philip Zimbardo narrates as leading researchers, practitioners, and theorists probe the mysteries of the mind and body. Based on extensive investigation and authoritative scholarship, this introductory course in psychology features demonstrations, classic experiments and simulations, current research, documentary footage, and computer animation. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter.

Resource: The Mind: Teaching Modules:

Unravel the mysteries of the mind with these video teaching modules. An extension of topics covered in The Brain: Teaching Modules, these programs explore cognition and human behavior. The modules present current findings on language processing, drug treatment and addictions, and cognitive development throughout the life span. The programs also cover mood and personality disorders, and pain and its treatment. These modules are flexible additions to courses in psychology, abnormal and physiological psychology, neuropsychology, and occupational therapy.

Resource: The World of Abnormal Psychology:

See how people with diagnosed psychological disorders actually behave. Case studies, enriched with commentary from experts, help demystify the biological, psychological, and environmental causes of dysfunctional behavior. The series explores current theory and practice in the treatment of the mentally ill, covering the multiple approaches that prevail in the field today. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter.

Open Learning Initiative > COURSES:

The OLI Empirical Research Methods course bridges the gap between the mathematical foundations of regression and its practical application. We teach students how to move from an interesting question about the world to a regression model that, when estimated, meaningfully addresses the question asked. It emphasizes causal analysis as the main research goal and multivariate linear regression as the main statistical tool. We teach a process that involves: 1. Formulating a research problem, 2. Developing and formalizing hypotheses, 3. Collecting data relevant to these hypotheses, 4. Analyzing the data using an appropriate regression model, and 5. Critically interpreting the results of these analyses

Psychiatric Epidemiology:

Psychiatric Epidemiology reviews descriptive and analytic epidemiology for major mental disorders of childhood, adulthood, and late adult life. The course will also examine issues of classification and the nosology of psychiatric disorders as well as operational case definitions and the measurement techniques to enhance field surveys and risk factor research.

OpenCourseWare – Cognitive Science:

Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of the mind, the brain, and computing technology. Hampshire’s diverse program serves students with interests in many areas, including psychology, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, biology, animal behavior, computer science, anthropology, education, child development, learning, digital multimedia, and the social effects of new information technology.

MIT OpenCourseWare | Brain and Cognitive Sciences:

The human brain is the most complex, sophisticated, and powerful information-processing device known. To study its complexities, the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology combines the experimental technologies of neurobiology, neuroscience, and psychology, with the theoretical power that comes from the fields of computational neuroscience and cognitive science.

Webcast Lecture | Psych 1 General Psychology | Fall 2006:

Psych 1 General Psychology: This course will survey the scientific study of mental life and the mental functions that underlie human experience thought, and action. The emphasis is on cognitive processes and social interactions characteristic of adults. However, research on nonhuman animals, as well as biological, developmental, and pathological processes, will be introduced as relevant.

Webcast Lecture | Psych 119 Drugs and Behavior | Fall 2006:

Psych 119 Drugs and Behavior: A survey course exploring the basic principles of psychopharmacology. The major focus of the course is on the relationship between behavior and the physiological actions of drugs. Emphasis will be placed on effects of pharmacological agents on complex mental processes such as attention, motivation, learning, and memory.

Webcast Lecture | Psych 130 Clinical Psychology | Fall 2006:

Psych 130 Clinical Psychology: This course will consider the field of Clinical Psychology by focusing primarily on the scientific study of psychological disorders. We will begin by discussing historical notions of abnormality and specifying a multidimensional approach to the study of psychopathology. We will then proceed to cover the descriptions, causes, and treatments of many different forms of psychopathology. Throughout the course, we will also consider the various career paths of the clinical psychologist, including their roles as scientists, practitioners, and policy advocates. The required textbook for the course will provide you with an overview of the current research on different psychological disorders. Lectures, discussions, films, and discussion sections will supplement the text, allowing for a more broad-based coverage of the material.

Webcast Lecture | Psych 156 Human Emotion | Fall 2006:

Psych 156 Human Emotion: This course will examine two different theoretical perspectives on emotion: (1) the differential emotions approach with its strong evolutionary grounding, and (2) the social constructionist approach. Next, the course will investigate empirical research on many facets of emotion including facial expression, physiology, appraisal, and the lexicon of emotion. Finally, we will consider more specific topics including social interaction, culture, gender, personality, and psychopathology.

Webcast Lecture | Psych 160 Social Psychology | Fall 2006:

Psych 160 Social Psychology: Social psychology is the scientific study of the way people think about, feel, and behave in social situations. It involves understanding how people influence, and are influenced by, the others around them. A primary goal of this course is to introduce you to the perspectives, research methods, and empirical findings of social psychology. Topics to be covered include: impression formation, conformity, prosocial behavior, interpersonal attraction, persuasion, stereotyping and prejudice. Equally important is the goal of cultivating your skills for analyzing the social situations and events that you encounter in your everyday lives. Finally, throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on developing critical and integrative ways of thinking about theory and research in social psychology.

Optical illusions

What’s wrong with this picture?

Clearly something does not look exactly the same. But what is it? Rotating the picture will help you understand better. rather than turning yoru computer, try
Mighty Optical Illusions:

Open this article to see the second picture. This has something to do with brain recognizing the faces… am not sure how this illusion works, but it works!

They are the Interents’s biggest optical illusion database. Youc could have hours of fun here and it will help you better understand the cognitive perspective.

A bit about IB

Greetings from Shanghai!

I am an IB Psych teacher and examiner. I created this site a coupel fo years ago when I taught in Caracas. Back then, I created the pages as static pages. But as the course evolved I found myself adding content almost daily. I finished the course, the students did pretty well and appreciated the website, especially when it came to review time. Actually I noticed a serious bump in traffic during IB review time, and could see that people from all over the world were checking it out, downloading the powerpoints etc.

Last year I moved to Shanghai, but did not teach IB Psych, which is a shame because I really like the course. I left the website as is since people continued to access it and send feedback.

This year, I decided to approach a couple of teachers to see if they want to use it as their course web. They are interested, but just getting started. I have kept all the content over in the sidebar on the links. I changed it to a blog format, becuase i think it will lend itself better for an ongoing course.

I have not bee posting because I want the teachers to start using it as they see fit. I will on occassion post items of particular relevance to Psych students. Hopefully we will be ramping up the postings soon.

Leave a comment if you are interested in specific content for this site. Thecomments are moderated and I will check every few days to publish them.

In the meantime, I will be posting daily at The International Counselor, a website for students looking for college and university information and application tips. I also contribute to UtechTips, a guide to technology and education, specifically aimed at overseas teachers, but has use for anybody interested in technology.