Month: November 2014

Rat Park: An incredibly interesting experiment on the social and cognitive factors of addiction

Rat Park: An incredibly interesting experiment on the social and cognitive factors of addiction

http://www.stuartmcmillen.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2013-05-en-Rat-Park-01.png http://www.stuartmcmillen.com/comics_en/rat-park/ Read and document the above study (click the picture) on societal factors of addiction! It’s really incredible! But makes intuitive sense! After reading, answer the following questions: What social psychology principals come to mind while contemplating the results of the study? What other […]

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

A Healthy Mind can often lead to a healthy body and certainly vice versa due to the bi-directionality of wellness.  Your task is to understand the cognitive, social and Physiological factors of obesity and then design a prevention program grounded in psychological rationale and research.  […]

Effective Treatments for Addictive Behavior

Effective Treatments for Addictive Behavior

Addiction has biological, psychological and social origins.  Like all aspects of psychology, it’s crucial to understand etiology in order to design a proper treatment approach.  Read the following research regarding treatment approaches to addiction and complete the linked assignment below.  Changing Addictive Behaviors: A Process […]

I Whip My Prana Energy Back and Forth:  Jaden and Willow Smith on Time, Life, creativity and driver’s ed

I Whip My Prana Energy Back and Forth: Jaden and Willow Smith on Time, Life, creativity and driver’s ed

This is what TOK is all about…this post.  When the average person reads the follwing interview with Jaden and Willow Smith, they come away thinking, “Wow. psycho.”  I’m not saying that emotional response isn’t valid, nor am i saying it’s valid. What I am suggesting […]

What if Walmart Paid a Living Wage? To What Extent Should Gov’t intervene in Price Floor establishment?

What if Walmart Paid a Living Wage? To What Extent Should Gov’t intervene in Price Floor establishment?

A major critique of the “living wage” regulation adopted by some states (california) and suggested for a the federal government to implement is the worry that it would create large economic ripple effects such as raising the price of goods. In this video, slate magazine […]

Mental Sets and Effects On Perception

Mental Sets and Effects On Perception

This is both hilarious and intellectually relevant to both IB psychology and TOK as it deals with the way of knowing of Perception and the specific concept of “mental sets” in perceptual construction in IB psychology. See how foodies react to mcdonalds food when they’re […]

Public…debate….????

Public…debate….????

Read the article from The Atlantic below: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/04/the-culture-of-shut-up/360239/ and then consider the following: Do you think the fictional village in the rain forest is an accurate portrayal of america? What is the harm of such methods of press and discourse? What explains the Polarity within […]

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is growing in popularity thanks to the expanding knowledge of the impact meditation has on cognition. The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been doing amazing research in this regard, even giving an fMRI to the Dalai Llama himself! http://www.news.wisc.edu/22370 There are also […]

Stress Understood

Stress Understood

Complete the Stress Understood Learning Helper below and we’ll work on Coping Strategies next class! Health Psychology – stress response

Stress: Portrait of a Killer

Stress: Portrait of a Killer

  As we watch the National Geographic Documentary, Stress: Portrait of a Killer you must follow along actively using the following note taking guide custom designed JUST FOR YOU!!! Awesome!  Stress Portrait of a Killer Video Notes Also, make sure you’re taking in all the above while […]