• AP Psychology

    Course Outline & Curricular Requirements

     

    I. Introduction to Psychology

    A. History [CR1]

    1. Goals & Fields of Psychology

    2. Historical Approaches

    a. Roots

    b. Functionalism

    c. Structuralism

    d. Gestalt

    3. Contemporary Approaches

    a. Biological

    b. Evolutionary

    c. Cognitive

    d. Humanistic

    e. Psychoanalytic

    f. Behaviorist

    g. Sociocultural

    B. Psychological Methods [CR2]

    1. Conducting Research

    a. Scientific Method

    b. Statistical Analysis

    2. Methods of Operation

    a. Case-Studies

    b. Longitudinal & Case Studies

    c. Naturalistic-Observation

    d. Laboratory-Observation

    3. Experimental Methods

    4. Ethics in Research [CR16]

    II. Body & Mind [CR3]

    A. Biology & Behavior

    1. The Nervous System

    a. Structure

    b. Function

    2. The Brain

    a. Structure

    b. Function

    c. Methods of Studying the Brain

    3. The Endocrine System

    4. Heredity & Behavior

    B. Sensation & Perception [CR4]

    1. Psychophysics

    a. Thresholds

    b. Signal-Detection Theory

    c. Sensory Adaptation

    2. Sensory Organs & Transduction

    a. Vision

    i. rods & cones

    ii. feature detection theory

    b. Auditory

    c. Olfactory

    d. Proprioception

    i. kinesthesia

    ii. vestibular

    3. Perception

    a. Gestalt

    b. Rules of perceptual organization

    C. States of Consciousness [CR5]

    1. Levels of Consciousness

    2. Sleep & Dreaming

    3. Hypnosis

    III. Learning & Cognition

    A. Learning [CR6]

    1. Classical Conditioning

    a. Pavlov

    b. Watson

    c. Environmental Adoption

    d. Applications

    2. Operant Conditioning [CR15]

    a. Skinner

    b. Behavior modification

    c. Reinforcement

    d. Applications

    3. Cognitive Factors [CR7]

    a. Bandura

    b. Problem solving

    c. SQ5R

    B. Memory

    1. Three Kinds of Memory

    2. Three Processes of Memory

    3. Three Stages of Memory

    4. Forgetting & Improving

    C. Thinking & Language

    1. Problem solving

    2. Algorithms & Heuristic

    3. Problem solving

    4. Reasoning

    5. Language

    a. Whorf

    b. Chomsky

    D. Intelligence & Psychology Testing

    1. History

    2. Measurements

    3. Differences

    4. Influences

    IV. Development [CR9]

    A. Infancy & Childhood

    1. Physical Development

    a. Motor skills

    b. Reflexes

    2. Social Development

    a. Attachment

    b. Parenting Styles

    3. Cognitive Development

    a. Piaget

    b. Kohlberg

    B. Adolescence

    1. Physical Development

    a. Sexual Development

    b. Maturation Differences

    2. Social Development

    a. Relationships

    b. Influences

    3. Identity Formation

    a. Erikson

    b. Marcia

    4. Challenges

    a. Eating Disorders

    b. Substance Abuse

    5. Young Adulthood

    a. Developmental Tasks

    b. Divorce

    6. Middle Adulthood

    a. Development Tasks

    b. Empty-Nest Syndrome

    7. Late Adulthood

    a. Cognitive Changes

    b. Social Changes

    c. Death & Dying

    V. Personality

    A. Motivation & Emotion [CR8]

    1. The Theories of Motivation

    a. Instinct

    b. Drive-Reduction

    c. Maslow

    d. Sociocultural

    2. Biological Needs

    a. Hunger Drive

    b. Obesity

    3. Psychological Needs

    a. Achievement Motivation

    b. Balance Theory

    c. Cognitive-Dissonance

    4. Emotions

    a. Opponent-Process

    b. James-Lange

    c. Cannon-Bard

    d. Cognitive Appraisal

    e. Schacher-Singe

    B. Theories of Personality [CR10]

    1. Traits Theories

    a. Hippocrates/Humors

    b. Gordon Allport

    c. Hans Eysenck

    d. Five Factor Model

    2. Psychoanalytic Approach

    a. Freud

    i. Id

    ii. Ego

    iii. Super Ego

    b. Defense Mechanisms

    c. Stages of Development

    d. Jung

    e. Adler

    f. Horney

    g. Erikson

    3. Learning Approach

    a. Behaviorism

    b. Social-Learning

    4. Humanistic Approach

    a. Maslow

    b. Rogers

    i. Self-Concept

    ii. Positive Regard

    5. Sociocultural Approach

    C. Psychological Testing [CR11]

    1. Achievement Tests

    2. Aptitude Tests

    3. Vocational Interest Inventories

    4. Personality Tests

    5. Projective Tests

    a. Rorschach Inkblot

    b. Myers-Briggs

    c. Thematic Apperception

    6. Test Taking Skills

    D. Gender Roles

    1. Stereotypes

    2. Differences

    3. Tying

    4. Variations

    VI: Health & Adjustment

    A. Stress

    1. Sources

    2. Social Readjustment

    3. Conflict

    4. Responses

    5. Physical Effect

    6. Psychological Factors & Health

    a. Diversity

    b. Cancers

    7. Coping

    a. Defensives

    b. Active Coping

    B. Psychological Disorders [CR12] [CR13]

    1. What are Psychological Disorders?

    a. Identifying Psychological Disorders

    b. Symptoms of Psychological Disorders

    c. Classifying

    d. The Legal System & Insanity

    e. Culture-Bound Syndromes

    2. Anxiety Disorders

    a. Types

    b. Explanations

    c. Terrorism & Anxiety

    3. Dissociative Disorders

    4. Somatoform Disorders

    5. Mood Disorders

    6. Schizophrenia

    7. Personality Disorders

    C. Methods of Therapy

    1. Goals

    2. Selecting a Psychologist

    3. Psychoanalytic Approach

    4. Humanistic Approach

    5. Cultural Differences

    6. Cognitive & Behavior Therapy

    7. Biological Therapy

    VII: Social Psychology [CR14]

    A. Social Cognition

    1. Attitudes

    2. Behavior

    3. Persuasion

    4. Prejudice

    5. Social Perception

    6. Interpersonal Attraction

    B. Social Interaction

    1. Group Behavior

    2. History of passive resistance

    3. Conformity

    4. Obedience

    a. Milgram’s Study

    b. Foot-in-the-Door Effect

    5. Aggression

    6. Altruism

    C. Psychology in Action

    1. Application of the Principles

     

    AP Psychology’s Curricular Requirements

    CR1- Evidence of Curricular Requirements: The course provides instruction in psychology’s history and approaches.

    CR2- Evidence of Curricular Requirements: The course provides instruction in psychological research.

    CR3- Evidence of Curricular Requirements: The course provides instruction in biological bases of behavior.

    CR4- Evidence of Curricular Requirements: The course provides instruction in sensation and perception.

    CR5- Evidence of Curricular Requirements: The course provides instruction in states of consciousness.

    CR6- Evidence of Curricular Requirements: The course provides instruction in learning.

    CR7- Evidence of Curricular Requirements: The course provides instruction in cognition.

    CR8- Evidence of Curricular Requirements: The course provides instruction in motivation and emotion.

    CR9- Evidence of Curricular Requirements: The course provides instruction in developmental psychology.

    CR10- Evidence of Curricular Requirements:  The course provides instruction in personality.

    CR11- Evidence of Curricular Requirements:  The course provides instruction in testing and individual differences.

    CR12- Evidence of Curricular Requirements:  The course provides instruction in abnormal psychology.

    CR13- Evidence of Curricular Requirements:  The course provides instruction in treatment of psychological disorders.

    CR14- Evidence of Curricular Requirements:  The course provides instruction in social psychology.

    CR15- Evidence of Curricular Requirements: As relevant to each content area, the course provides instruction in empirically supported psychological facts, research findings, terminology, associated phenomena, major figures, perspectives, and psychological experiments.

    CR16- Evidence of Curricular Requirements: The course provides instruction in ethics and research methods used in psychological science and practice.