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AP Psychology

Advanced Placement Psychology is designed to provide students with the foundation for the study of psychology as a survey course.  Students will become familiar with mental processes and behavior along with research studies as they apply to psychology. 

 

Advanced Placement Psychology Sample Syllabus AP-Course Audit Teacher Resources © 2020 College Board

 

Unit 1: Scientific Foundations of Psychology                                                                                                                                

1.1 Introducing Psychology                                                                1.2 Research Methods in Psychology

1.3 The Experimental Method                                                          1.4 Selecting a Research Method

1.5 Statistical Analysis in Psychology                                               1.6 Ethical Guidelines in Psychology

 

Unit 2: Biological Bases of Behavior                                                                                                                                                

2.1 Interaction of Heredity and Environment                                2.2 The Endocrine System

2.3 Overview of the Nervous System and the Neuron                 2.4 Neural Firing

2.5 Influence of Drugs on Neural Firing                                           2.6 The Brain

2.7 Tools for Examining Brain Structure and Function                 2.8 The Adaptable Brain

2.9 Sleeping and Dreaming

 

Unit 3: Sensation and Perception                                                                                                                                                   

3.1 Principles of Sensation                                                                 3.2 Principles of Perception

3.3 Visual Anatomy                                                                             3.4 Visual Perception

3.5 Auditory Sensation and Perception                                           3.6 Chemical Senses

3.7 Body Senses

 

Unit 4: Learning                                                                                                                                                                                   

4.1 Introduction to Learning                                                             4.2 Classical Conditioning

4.3 Operant Conditioning                                                                  4.4 Social and Cognitive Factors in Learning

 

Unit 5: Cognitive Psychology                                                                                                                                                            

5.1 Introduction to Memory                                                              5.2 Encoding

5.3 Storing                                                                                            5.4 Retrieving

5.5 Forgetting and Memory Distortion                                           5.6 Biological Bases of Memory

5.7 Introduction to Thinking and Problem Solving                        5.8 Biases and Errors in Thinking

5.9 Introduction to Intelligence                                                        5.10 Psychometric Principles / Intelligence Testing 

5.11 Components of Language/Language Acquisition

 

Unit 6: Developmental Psychology                                                                                                                                                 

6.1 Lifespan / Physical Development in Childhood                       6.2 Social Development in Childhood

6.3 Cognitive Development in Childhood                                       6.4 Adolescent Development

6.5 Adulthood and Aging                                                                   6.6 Moral Development

6.7 Gender and Sexual Orientation

 

Unit 7: Motivation, Emotion, and Personality                                                                                                                            

7.1 Theories of Motivation                                                                7.2 Specific Topics in Motivation

7.3 Theories of Emotion                                                                     7.4 Stress and Coping

7.5 Introduction to Personality                                                         7.6 Psychoanalytic Theories of Personality

7.7 Theories of Personality                                                                7.8 Humanistic Theories of Personality

7.9 Trait Theories of Personality                                                      7.10 Measuring Personality

 

Unit 8: Clinical Psychology                                                                                                                                                                

8.1 Introduction to Psychological Disorders

8.2 Psychological Perspectives and Etiology of Disorders

8.3 Neurodevelopmental and Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders

8.4 Bipolar, Depressive, Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

8.5 Trauma- and Stressor-Related, Dissociative, and Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

8.6 Feeding, Eating, Substance and Addictive, and Personality Disorders

8.7 Introduction to Treatment of Psychological Disorders

8.8 Psychological Perspectives and Treatment of Disorders

8.9 Treatment of Disorders from the Biological Perspective

8.10 Evaluating Strengths, Weaknesses, and Empirical Support for Treatments of Disorders

 

Unit 9: Social Psychology                                                                                                                                                                 

9.1 Attribution Theory and Person Perception                              9.2 Attitude Formation and Attitude Change

9.3 Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience                                9.4 Group Influences on Behavior and Mental Processes

9.5 Bias, Prejudice, and Discrimination                                           9.6 Altruism and Aggression

9.7 Interpersonal Attraction

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