PSY 1012 (Seq. No. 4628S): General Psychology


Spring, 2000

TuTh: 5:00-6:20 PM

Instructor: Graduate Assistants:

Dr. David F. Bjorklund Mr. Jesse Bering Ms. Priscilla Rouse

Office: 105-B Office: 105-G Office: 106-A

Telephone: 297-3367 Telephone: 297-3374 Telephone: 297-3033

E-mail: E-mail: E-mail:

Office Hours: TuTh: 4:00-5:00 Office Hours: Office Hours:

or by appointment or by appointment or by appointment

Text: Kalat, J. W. (1999). Introduction to Psychology. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.

In this course, we will examine the basic subject matter of scientific psychology. Material from the text will be supplemented with information from lectures. Studentsí knowledge of the subject matter will be evaluated by multiple-choice exams and homework and class assignments.

Exams: Exams will constitute 80% of the course grade. Four exams are scheduled during the semester. (See schedule below.) Each exam will represent 20% of the final course grade. Students must provide their own scantron sheets and a #2 pencil for each exam. In addition, a cumulative final exam will be given during the final-exam period. This exam is optional. Students may take the final to replace their lowest previous exam grade or to count for any missed exams. (If the final exam grade is lower than the previous lowest exam grade, the higher score will be used in computing the final grade.) If students miss one or more of the exams, they must take the final exam, which will serve as the grade for any and all missed exams. There will thus be no make-up exams, as the final exam will substitute for all missed exams.

Exam Schedule:

First Exam: February 3, 2000

Second Exam: February 29, 2000

Third Exam: March 30, 2000

Fourth Exam: April 25, 2000

Final Exam: May 2, 2000 (Optional)

Homework and In-class assignments: Homework and in-class assignments will constitute 20% of the final grade. I currently have scheduled 20 homework/in-class projects. All in-class projects and about half of the homework assignments will be worth 1 percentage point each toward the final grade; about half of the homework assignments will be worth 2 percentage points. In-class assignments can only be completed in class during the day they are administered, and homework projects are due at the class period immediately following their assignment, unless stated otherwise (i.e., homework will not be accepted "late"). Each assignment will be given a score of 0, .5, or 1 point (or 1.5 or 2 points for those assignments worth up to 2 points). Students who earn more than 20 points may use the additional points as extra credit toward their final grade.

Subject-Pool Obligation: Students are required to participate in three (3) studies conducted by faculty and graduate students in the Department of Psychology. This affords students the opportunity to get first-hand experience about the research process. Experiments are listed on the bulletin board outside the main office of the Department of Psychology, Room 109, in the Biological Sciences Building. Students may substitute a brief (one page) description of a research article for any or all of the three required experiments. Failure to complete the research obligation will result in a letter-grade reduction of oneís final grade. Detailed information about this research obligation will be provided by Shelrie Houlton, the Subject-Pool coordinator. Ms. Houltonís telephone number of 297-2226 and her e-mail is All inquires regarding the research obligation should be directed to Ms.Houlton. (See attachment for more details.)

I. Introduction to Psychology, Chapter 1.

II. Scientific Methods in Psychology, Chapter 2.

III. The Biological Basis of Psychology, Chapter 3.

IV. Vision, Chapter 4, Module 4.1.

First Exam, February 3


V. Nonvisual Senses, Chapter 4, Module 4.2.

VI. Altered States of Consciousness, Chapter 5.

VII. Learning, Chapter 6.

VIII. Memory, Chapter 7.

Second Exam, February 29


IX. Cognition and Language, Chapter 8

X. Intelligence, Chapter 9.

XI. Development, Chapter 10.

Third Exam, March 30


XII. Abnormal Psychology, Chapters 15 and 16.

XIII. Personality, Chapter 13.

XIV. Social Psychology, Chapter 14.

Fourth Exam, April 25

Optional Final Exam, May 2

PSY 1012 General Psychology Research Requirement ó Spring , 2000



Coordinator's Mailbox: Biological Sciences Rm. 108 (1st floor mail room)

office PHONE: 7-2226 ; e-mail: (if you have an account on the FAU vax you can just type: houlton)

Office Hours: TBA (or by appointment)

As a student in PSY 1012 General Psychology, you must complete THREE CREDITS of research experience. There are different options for receiving the three credits required:

1) You may elect to take part in Research Participation for a total of three credits.

2) You may choose to write three Research Papers for a total of three credits.

3) You may decide to do a combination of 1) and 2) for a total of three credits.



Failure to complete the research requirement will result in a letter-grade reduction of studentsí final course grade.


A. Overview

You may gain first-hand experience with the process of human psychological research by participating in studies conducted by faculty members in the Department of Psychology. This is comparable to a laboratory section of introductory courses in other sciences and serves to acquaint you with a broad cross section of contemporary psychological research. This teaching technique, which is used by departments of psychology across the nation, helps foster a greater understanding of the topics you will learn about in class. Your participation also provides a service to researchers who rely on willing participants for their investigations of human psychology. Each research session of up to one hour will provide you with one research credit.

B. Scheduling Procedure

You may sign up for studies on the forms posted on the bulletin board outside of Room 109 in the Biological Sciences Building. Direct all questions to the experimenters or to the Subject Pool Coordinator - NOT TO THE SECRETARIES!


2) Then, read each individual EXPERIMENT SIGN-UP FORM carefully to determine if you are eligible to participate. (Examples: If the researcher is requesting only males for the experiment, females may NOT sign up for the experiment; if the researcher has noted a restriction that ONLY right handed persons are needed, then left handed students may NOT sign up.)

3) Print your full name, ID number, and contact phone number across from the appointment time you have selected.

4) Remove and take the "tear off" tag across from your appointment time. Be sure to KEEP this tag so that you know when and where to go for the study. Note the experimenter's name and phone number so that you may call him or her if you discover a schedule conflict.

5) Fill out a STUDENT'S EXPERIMENT RECORD FORM (small pink form) for yourself.

6) Bring your STUDENT'S EXPERIMENT RECORD FORM with you to your appointment and ask the experimenter to sign your form (see following section title "Record of Participation").

NOTE: Do not sign up more than once for the same experiment unless you are specifically requested to do so by the experimenter.

C. Cancellations

If it is necessary for you to miss an appointment because of an illness or an emergency, call or contact the experimenter AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you miss an appointment without canceling at least 24 hours in advance, you MAY LOSE ONE CREDIT FOR EACH SCHEDULED HOUR OF PARTICIPATION. Lost credits must be made up by participating in additional studies.

If the experimenter fails to keep your appointment, or you have any other grievance, complete a RESEARCH PARTICIPATION COMPLAINT FORM. (These forms are on the same bulletin board where you signed up for the experiment. Follow the instructions listed on the form.) If at any time during the experiment you find any aspect of the study procedures to be objectionable or uncomfortable, you have the option of withdrawing from the study without adverse consequences. (This has rarely happened; if it does, you will still receive credit for participation.)

D. Record of Participation: VERY IMPORTANT TO RECEIVE CREDIT!!!

Each student who participates in the research program shall complete a STUDENT'S EXPERIMENT RECORD FORM (pink). This form must be presented to each experimenter for a signature. SAVE this form; it is your "receipt" for your research participation. You will also be requested to complete and sign a brief form titled RESEARCH PARTICIPATION FORM (gold). This form is used to report your credit hours earned to the Subject Pool Coordinator. Do not leave your experiment without completing and signing one of these forms.

E. Debriefing and Research Participation Report

At the end of each study, the experimenter will provide a debriefing (a short explanation of the purpose of the study). The debriefing should provide most of the information you will need to complete your Research Participation Report (except for question #5 below). You should always feel free to ask other questions about the study as well. It is important to get the information you will need for your Research Participation Report BEFORE you leave the study.

In order to encourage a questioning attitude on your part, you are required to complete a short report for each study in which you participate. This report should include the following background information: (a) your name and student ID number, (b) your course and instructorís name, (c) title of the experiment, (d) name of the experimenter, (e) number of credits for your participation, and (f) answers to the following questions:

1) What area of psychology is represented by this study (e.g., cognitive, developmental, social)?

2) What technique(s) of data collection were used (e.g., questionnaires, observation, interview)?

3) What was the purpose of the study?

4) What significance might the study have for our understanding of day-to-day behavior?

5) In what way(s) does your research experience and the information you acquired from participation relate to material covered in class?


A. Overview

This option provides the opportunity for students who do not participate in an actual experiment to do critical, in-depth reading about a completed experiment. Each paper should summarize a current article (published within the past 5 years) from a journal listed below or approved by your course instructor. The article must be about an actual experiment completed and NOT just a theoretical discussion or historical review.

B. Contents

All papers must be typed, double spaced, and stapled. No report covers are needed. The summary should require 1-2 pages including:

1) A cover sheet with personal information: name, student ID number, course instructor, date, and article information: title of article, author(s), title of journal, volume, page, year.

2) A brief summary IN YOUR OWN WORDS which is organized into:

a) Introduction: Why the experiment was performed.

b) METHOD: How it was carried out.

c) RESULTS: What was the outcome? (You may rely on the authorís interpretation of statistical analyses.)

d) DISCUSSION: The implications of this experiment. (You may include your own interpretation.)

Submit papers to Subject Pool Coordinator's mailbox. You will receive one credit per paper that is judged acceptable according to the above guidelines. Papers will not be returned unless unacceptable and no papers will be accepted after the deadline of April 7, 2000.

III. Posting of Credits earned

Credits earned will be posted periodically on the bulletin board outside of BS 109. There is often some lag between experiment participation and the receipt and posting of credit. However, if your credits are NOT reported accurately, please contact the subject pool coordinator.