Sept. 9, 2021
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 Monday, December
Special Extra Credit Opportunities
||I am 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 on Monday,
December 13, 2021
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 "PSY 101 Putnam Paper summary". Do NOT
just send me a link to a Google Docs paper.
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
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 or three 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 "PSY 101 Real Life Essay". 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 harassment 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.
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