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Psychology AP—Essential Learning Outcomes
1. Students will classify the major contributions of leading psychologists
including Wilhelm Wundt, E.B. Titchener, William James, Ivan Pavlov, B.F.
Skinner, John B. Watson, E.L. Thorndike, Albert Bandura, Sigmund Freud,
Erik Erikson, Karen Horney, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Carl Rogers, Abraham
Maslow, Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, Herbert Simon, Gordon Allport,
Hans Eysenck, Roger Sperry, Solomon Asch, and Stanely Milgram
2. Students will compare and contrast the following psychological
approaches: behavioral, psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive, behavioral,
evolutionary, behavioral neuroscience, and sociocultural.
3. Students will compare and contrast the following theories of personality
development: psychoanalytic (Freud’s theories and revisionist theories),
behavioral (Skinner), social cognitive (Albert Bandura), humanistic (Rogers
& Maslow) and trait theories.
4. Students will apply the scientific method and differentiate between various
research methods and data attainment including correctional, experimental,
observation, interviews & questionnaires, standardized test, case studies,
and physiological research.
5. Students will distinguish between various forms of learning including
classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and observational learning.
6. Students will identify the functions of the nervous system, the brain, and
the endocrine system on development and mental processes.
7. Students will explain how sensation and perception are related to one
another and compare sensory processing and principles of perception.
8. Students will identify aspects of consciousness, cognition, memory,
motivation, and emotion.
9. Students will identify required primary and secondary source information
through APA format on research assignment.
10.Students will compare and contrast the effects of nurture and nature on
11. Students will differentiate between various psychological disorders and
therapy options.
12. Students will explain and model aspects of social psychology such as
group behavior, conformity, obedience, and social interaction.
13. Students will research, make inferences, and provide support on written
assignments dealing with psychological topics.
14. Students will communicate orally with valid evidence to present various
psychological topics to peers.