Analyzing AA: Evaluating treatment programs

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Read the incredibly interesting Atlantic article titled, “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” linked here: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/the-irrationality-of-alcoholics-anonymous/386255/

While reading, fill out the following chart: AA Analyzed with the the goal of addressing the learning outcome, “Examine prevention strategies and treatments for substance abuse and addictive behavior”

The new science of addiction

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Check out the study below by Nora Volkow et al. (2011): 

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/37/15037.full

This research aligns with much of the work Volkow has been doing for much of the past 15 years. Her goal is to treat addicts. Like everything in treatment, treatment is most effective when underlying etiology is clear. Thus, Ms. Volkow is taking a reductionist approach to understand addiction at its most fundamental level.

After reading her research, we’ll watch her discuss her seismic findings:

Exercise mitigates stress…but why?

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Utilize the resources below with the goal of answering the question posed by this post!

  • Read this post from the American Psychological Association (APA) discussing the ways in which exercise can decrease the physiological effects of stress

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/exercise-stress.aspx

**What is the key conceptual commonality that the 3 resources above share????***

NEUROGENESIS

**What do we know about increased brain connectivity in the frontal lobe????***

What’s up with that? A PBL investigation in social psychology

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When students reflect on psychology, many of them consider behavioral analysis as the primary outcome. We’ve learned that “behavior” in a psychology context can also include thoughts, emotions and other cognition.

However, in Social Psychology, our focus is indeed on observable behavior.

There are so many interesting questions and quirks of humanity that can be investigated from a social psych perspective!

Task: Your task is to brainstorm interesting/shocking/confusing/amazing aspects of behavior and then formulate a driving question to guide your  research! You should engage in this process similar to the process you engage in to create your TOK presentation; beginning from a Real Life Situation.

Finally, you and your partner will then create a video that you’ll post to youtube or youku that answers your question!

The Assignment, with assessment rubrics, is linked here: social-psychology-pbl

 

 

Knowledge is a Gift

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Since it’s Christmas and Chinese New Year season, I decided that you all should give the gift of knowledge!!! WOOT WOOT!

Your task is to educate your classmates on the power of psychology!  You need to reflect on the following learning outcomes form the Biological Level of Analysis and create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to educate your fellow students:

  1. Environmental affect on physiology (brain plasticity)
  2. Biological correlates of addiction (avoid adderral perhaps?)
  3. Interaction between Cognition and Physiology on behavior (meditation / mindfulness)
  4. Extent to which genetics influence behavior

Your explicit assignment is linked here: biological-level-of-analysis-psa