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Psychology in Society - High School Elective (Part 3 of 4)

In this 8-week course, learners will continue their study of psychology by exploring memory, cognition, intelligence, motivation, emotion, and personality.
April Williamson
36 total reviews for this teacher
New class
55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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This class is taught in English.
~ Processes of memory
1.1 Explain the processes of encoding, storage, and retrieval
1.2 Describe systems of memory (i.e., sensory, working, and long-term memory)
1.3 Differentiate types of memory (i.e., implicit and explicit)
~ Factors influencing memory
2.1 Explain strategies for improving the encoding, storage, and retrieval of memories
2.2 Describe memory as a reconstructive process
2.3 Explain kinds of forgetting or memory failures
2.4 Identify disorders that impact the function of memory

~ Fundamental processes of thinking and problem solving
1.1 Describe cognitive processes related to concept formation
1.2 Explain processes involved in problem solving and decision making
~ Effective thinking processes
2.1 Describe obstacles to effective information processing and decision making
2.2 Describe convergent and divergent thinking in problem solving and decision making

~ Perspectives on intelligence
1.1 Explain intelligence as a construct
1.2 Describe various conceptualizations of intelligence
1.3 Describe the effects of differences in intelligence on everyday functioning
~ Assessment of intelligence
2.1 Analyze the history of intelligence testing, including historical use and misuse in the context of fairness
2.2 Identify current methods of assessing human cognitive abilities
2.3 Describe measures of and data on reliability and validity for intelligence test scores
~ Issues in intelligence
3.1 Explain the complexities of interpreting scores on intelligence tests
3.2 Describe the influences of biological, cultural, and environmental factors on intelligence

Motivation and Emotion:
~ Influences of motivation
1.1 Explain biological, cognitive, and social factors that influence motivation
1.2 Explain the role of culture in human motivation
~ Domains of motivated behavior in humans
2.1 Identify factors in motivation that influence eating and sexual behaviors
2.2 Identify motivational factors that influence achievement and affiliation
~ Perspectives on emotion
3.1 Explain the biological and cognitive components of emotion
3.2 Describe the psychological research on basic human emotions
3.3 Differentiate among theories of emotion
~ Emotional interpretation and expression (interpersonal and intrapersonal)
4.1 Explain how biological factors influence emotional interpretation and expression
4.2 Explain how culture and gender influence emotional interpretation and expression
4.3 Explain how other environmental factors influence emotional interpretation and expression

~ Empirical approaches to studying and understanding personality
1.1 Explain how biological and environmental factors interact to influence personality
1.2 Explain social-cognitive approaches to understanding personality
1.3 Explain trait-based approaches to understanding personality
1.4 Describe methods used to study personality scientifically
1.5 Define self-concept
~ Assessment of personality 
2.1 Differentiate personality assessment techniques
2.2 Describe the reliability and validity of personality assessment techniques
2.3 Analyze how personality researchers address issues of stability and change
I have a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and have taught year-long high school psychology classes since 2014. 

I work hard to keep up with new research and developments in psychology. I attend online workshops often and I recently attended the American Psychological Association 2022 Convention on a grant from the American Psychological Foundation. 

I'm also a Nearpod Certified Educator. 
There will be recommended readings and extension activities each week. 
Note-taking handouts will be provided weekly.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
There will be four quizzes to be completed outside of class time throughout the course. A letter grade can be provided upon request prior to the start of the course. 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This class uses Nearpod interactive slides which provide learners with the opportunity to draw and type on slides, answer polls, manipulate drag and drop slides, and more. A Nearpod link will be shared at the beginning of each class. Nearpod does not require users to make an account. 
The suggested readings can be done after each class to reinforce and build on the content. They are from the free online Psychology book from OpenStax, available here: 
If you would prefer a print version, it is available for purchase for about $30. We will use this book for all four parts of the Psychology in Society - High School Elective class. 


April Williamson
Lives in the United States
High School English and Psychology Teacher
36 total reviews
70 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I have taught secondary English, psychology, and social-emotional learning since 2013, working in California, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, Japan, and now England. I've taught at educational summer camps and in public and charter... 
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