Nov 05, 2016
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
Instructor: Vincent W. Hevern, S.J., Ph.D.
||I am giving students in PSY 101 two
additional special credit opportunities. Each is worth
five (5) points and students can do one, two, or
neither of them. These opportunities are in addition
the ones already announced and available. The due
dates for submitting the results of these
opportunities will be at the conclusion of the last
test of the semester, i.e., during final exam week.
| E.C. Opportunity #1
Optimizing Learning in College: Tips from Cognitive Psychology
Read the following
paper in its entirety: Putnam, A., L., Sungkhasette,
V. W., & Roediger, H. L. (2016). Optimizing
learning in college: Tips from cognitive psychology.
Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11(5),
652-660. doi: 10.1177/1745691616645770. A copy of
this paper can be found either at
this link at Sage publications (then, click on
Full Text PDF) or at
this link if the first one doesn't work.
Putnam and his
coauthors explain what the science of cognitive
psychology has discovered are the most effective
ways of studying in any college course. After you
read the paper, think about what you have done or
are doing already in your study habits for this
class in psychology. How do your study habits
compare with what the paper suggests are the best
In a one or two
page brief summary, describe (a) the three to five
study habits you already do which Putnam and his
colleagues say are helpful and (b) any new study
habits Putnam et al. suggest you might adopt to
improve what you are now doing to make yourself a
Hand your summary
in to me in typed form with your name on the top,
the class you are in (PSY 101-01 or -02), and, if
you are submitting 2 pages, the pages should be
|E.C. Opportunity #2
Applying Psychology to Real Life
|By the time we end the semester, we
will have gone over a very large number of topics. I
am hoping that you will have found that something in
this course will have proven to be helpful in
explaining something in your life that you didn't
previously understand very well. What do I mean by
"your life"? Obviously, it may be something about you
directly as an individual. But, it might be something
having to do with your family (your parents or your
siblings, your grandparents) or others that you know
very well (e.g., your close friends, your neighbors,
etc.). It might also be something about the world
around you, e.g., about people your own age or the
kind of society in which we live.
I want you to write a reflective essay that does two things. First, I want you to describe the situation about the person or the world that you didn't understand. What puzzled you? What was missing in your comprehension? Then, I want you to summarize what it was that you learned in this class that explained that puzzle and gave you some kind of insight or understanding that you didn't have before.
Your essay should probably be about two pages. Hand it in to me in typed form with your name at the top, the class you are in (PSY 101-01 or PSY 101-02) and make sure you staple pages together.
Note that I will maintain professional confidentiality about what you write insofar as I am permitted to do so legally, i.e., unless you were to reveal to me an experience of child abuse or a current serious threat of personal danger to yourself or another.
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