Understanding the Importance of Belonging

Being part of a group is a fundamental part of the human, and animal, experience

The KEY takeaway in Social Psychology is the innate need to belong. This desire to be a part of groups has a profound impact on our behaviour in both positive and negative ways. Use the linked investigative learning activity below in order to acquire research based knowledge regarding these effects:

Understanding Belonging Linked here

Analysis: Understanding how to extract knowledge from research

It is important that you are able to read peer reviewed research and understand knowledge contained within. Research can be intimidating because of all the big words, data; tables and other obfuscating details.

However this activity is designed to make you a psychology detective, get your Sherlock Holmes on and demystify research!

This particular piece is relevant to our understanding of the effect of technology on cognition and is a recent study getting a lot of attention: It can be found on the google doc activity linked HERE

Understanding Bias: Applying knowledge

You and a partner will choose 1 of the established biases below. Detailed descriptions of each can be found on the amazing website of the DECISION LAB think tank; an organization with the aim of using behavioural science to make things better

Step 1: Chose 1 of the following Biases to learn about:

***Ikea Effect ***Cognitive Dissonance
***Confirmation Bias ***Availability Heuristic
***Halo Effect ***Bandwagon Effect
***Anchoring ***Self-Serving Bias

Step 2: Prepare a short presentation in accordance with the assignment linked HERE in which you’ll teach the class about your bias.

Click HERE for link to Evaluation RUBRIC !

Hey there you Epigeneticist!


Your job is to become an EXPERT on one element of EPIGENETICS and teach that element to a classmate.

Use the University of Utah Genetics Science Learning Center as your RESOURCE

You will be assigned to either:

  1. Epigenome at a glance & Gene Control
  2. Epigenetics and Inheritance
  3. Insights from identical twins
  4. Lick your rats

As a group, you’ll need to give a short presentation answering the big question, “Discuss epigenetics and the link to behaviour”

You’re the teacher!

Congrats! You’re a teacher! As luck would have it, your first unit of instruction is Hormones and Neurotransmitters! You’ve taught the units, but now you need to develop an assessment so you know what your students know! (and what they don’t). So, make a copy of the following resource: YOU’RE THE TEACHER and get to work!