Sept. 25, 2020
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
Instructor: Vincent W. Hevern, S.J., Ph.D.
may read one non-fiction book that is directly related
to the psychology of any topic that we cover in this
course. Preference is given for books that are not
just "pop" psychology but ones written by professors
and other researchers. In order to substitute for a
poor test (any of Tests #1 to #3), you are expected to
read the book and write a 5 to 10 page book review.
Contact me if you elect to take this option and tell
me the name of the book and its author for my
approval. The grade on this option can then
substitute for the lowest grade on any of the
first three tests.
book review will be due by the end of final exam
week, that is, Dec. 2 to 8, 2020
Special Extra Credit Opportunities
giving students in PSY 101 two additional special credit
opportunities. Each is worth five (5) points of
the total of 500 points in this course and students can
do one, two, or neither of them. These opportunities are
in addition the one noted above.. 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. This year, final exam week runs
from December 2 to 8, 2020.
| E.C. Opportunity #1
Optimizing Learning in College: Tips from Cognitive Psychology
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.
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
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
your summary to me in typed form with your name on the
top, the class you are in (PSY 101-03 or PSY 101-04).
The summary must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf
format. It must be attached to an email sent to me at
email@example.com with the SUBJECT: space filled in
with "Putnam Paper summary". Do NOT just send
me a link to a Google Docs paper.
Applying Psychology to Real Life
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.
Submit your summary to me in typed form with your name on the top, the class you are in (PSY 101-03 or PSY 101-04). The summary must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .rtf format. It must be attached to an email sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the SUBJECT: space filled in with "Putnam Paper summary". Do NOT just send me a link to a Google Docs paper.
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, sexual harrassment or other Title IX offenses by others, or a current serious threat of personal danger to yourself or another. In such a case I am obliged to report this to the responsible officer, either in the college or New York State.
was first posted November 5, 2016