Tried & True: Investigative Psychophysiology Activities for Your Introductory Psychology Course

Expectations of Participation

The expectations of participation in the 2007 Psychophysiology Workshops at Itasca Community College and St. Olaf College.

To apply, complete the online application form.

As a participant in the workshop, you agree to:

  • bring your introductory course syllabus or plan to the workshop.
  • integrate workshop activities into your introductory course plan or syllabus.
  • agree to bring a laptop with you (either PC or Mac, preferably with an in-line port).
  • agree to bring with you easily-available materials of interest to you that can serve as stimuli for psychophysiology investigations during the workshop, just as your students would be asked to do for class. Such stimuli are numerous and varied. Examples could include such materials as favorite music (for EMG investigations of relaxation or arousal), favorite reading material or videos (for EEG investigations of attention), video games (for ECG investigations of cognitive load), art work (EOG investigations of eye movement), etc.
  • agree to provide feedback about what aspects of the workshop were beneficial, which were not, and why.
  • agree that you and your institution will share student information via web-form questionnaires.

    Cognitive measures will assess how much students have learned about the knowledge of science, what students know about psychological science concepts and processes, if links have been made between text content and investigative laboratory activities, quality of hypotheses and questions raised and critical thinking skills that will transfer to other courses, careers, and to informed citizenship.

    Behavioral measures will assess what skills students have developed in investigative methods and practices using a web-form skill-inventory checklist developed in the proof-of-concept NSF project. Other student behavioral measures will include grade-point averages, school attendance rates, course registration patterns, and verification of future enrollment plans.

    Affective measures will assess student engagement, attitudes about science and students' sense of what they can do.

  • agree to stay and participate for the entire workshop.
  • agree to provide feedback and information regarding your experiences with this approach in your classroom.
  • agree to be video recorded as a part of your participation. The workshops are being recorded for a broadcast-quality video story of the workshops for public television to spread the story to other community colleges and teachers of introductory psychology.

To apply, complete the online application form.