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

Agenda

Tried & True: Investigative Psychophysiology Activities for Your Introductory Psychology Course
May 21 - 23, 2007: Itasca Community College- Grand Rapids, Minnesota
July 9 - 11, 2007: St. Olaf College- Northfield, Minnesota

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Day One
   
4:00 - 6:00 pm Registration
   
6:00 - 8:30 pm Dinner
Welcome, introductions & logistics

Bring-a-Thing Team Building Process

At tables participants share something they've brought (a stone, a picture, something you have a on a shelf or table, an article of clothing, a gift, etc.) that brings to mind a meaningful and enjoyable experience or memory associated with positive emotions. Participants share these items and their meaning with each other.

   
Day Two
   
7:30 - 9:00 am Breakfast & topical discussions
  • Considering introductory psychology
  • Thinking about introductory psychology learning goals and outcomes
  • Thinking about your own course goals
  • Thinking about connections to your community & what this means
  • Addressing your institutional context
  • Accommodating 21st century pedagogies
  • Thinking about 21st century psychological science
  • Flexibility, versatility, and adaptability
  • Introducing investigative experiences in your intro psychology course
   
9:00 - 10:00 am Plenary Session I:
Promoting a Passion for the Science of Psychology

There is a truly exciting biological revolution going on in psychology with new developments in neuroscience that are mapping behavior and mental functioning to the activity of the brain. Furthermore, groundbreaking research is showing how the nervous system that produces cognition, emotion and behavior is in turn influenced by diverse social, cultural and developmental contexts.

The big questions are:

  • Who? Community college teachers
  • What? Investigative Psychophysiology Experiences in Introductory Psychology Courses at Community Colleges
  • Where? An Introductory Psychology Course
  • When? Any time in the course term
  • Why? Community college teachers need training that will help them engage their students in the cutting edge of neuroscience research and think critically about it, especially since the bulk of post-secondary students begin their college careers at community colleges
  • How? Inquiry-based activities teachers can choose to use with most of the chapters of any introductory psychology text to help their students think like scientists.

Conversation & Comments

   
10:00 - 10:30 am Break
   
10:30 am - 12:0 pm Hands-on Session I
Connect: How to link psychophysiology to your favorite topic in introductory psychology

   
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch
Birds of a feather discussion

   
1:30 - 3:00 pm Hands-on Session II
Introduction: How to do Psychophysiology
   
3:00 - 3:30 pm Break
   
3:30 - 5:00 pm Hands-on Session III
Develop: How to build a psychophysiology investigative activity into your favorite introductory psychology topic
   
5:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner
   
7:00 - 8:00 pm Reporting Back
   
8:00 - 9:00 pm Plenary Session
Thinking critically with, and about, the science of psychology
Day Three
   
7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast with birds-of-a-feather groups

Topics:
  • Considering psychophysiology in introductory psychology
  • Thinking about introductory psychology learning goals & outcomes
  • Thinking about your own course goals
  • Thinking about connections to your community
  • Addressing your institutional context
  • Thinking about 21st century psychological science
  • Accommodating 21st century pedagogies
  • Flexibility, versatility, and adaptability
   
9:00 - 10:00 am Plenary Session II:
Promoting a Passion for the Science of Psychology

Investigative psychophysiology experiences can engage students in critical thinking during parts of a class to reinforce content of most chapters of the introductory psychology course text.

The big questions are:

  • Who? Community college students
  • What? Investigative psychophysiology experiences
  • Where? In class
  • When? Any time in the course term
  • Why? To help you in your goal to push the passion, and to help your students to think critically with and about the science of psychology
  • How? Use the plug-and-play activities you have chosen at the workshop.

Comments & conversation

   
10:00 - 10:30 am Break
   
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Hands-on Session IV
Linking: Taking home your choice of activity for your course, and critical thinking
   
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
   
1:00 pm Departure
   

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