Psychology employs the scientific method to investigate the many complexities of human existence. This unit is a comprehensive examination of the basic topics covered by high school or introductory college courses in psychology. Lessons are organized into the following parts: Learning; Brain/Body Relationship to Behavior; Consciousness; Human Development; Emotion/Motivation; Personality, Adjustment, and Stress; Mental Disorders; Social Psychology; and Research. Students study the learning process, beginning with classical operant conditioning; how the brain and body produce behavior; sleep, dreams, and the harmful effects of certain drugs; physical, intellectual, social, and moral development; personality theories and coping strategies; documenting and recording research and statistics; causes and treatments of mental disorders; and more.
Lessons provide a comprehensive manual for teachers as a primary teaching tool or as a supplementary resource. The unit may be used with any high school text.
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Social Studies curriculum units contain complete lesson plans with preliminary and follow-up work, teacher notes with background and rationale, ready-to-use worksheets, and suggested answers for student questions. These materials encourage the development of thinking , reading, speaking, research, and writing skills as well as critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Activities include reading and writing skill development, interpretation of charts and graphs, and application of psychological theories to everyday life. Students also role-play, participate in simple experiments and demonstrations, and contribute to small- and large-group discussions.