Advanced Placement Psychology
Grades 11, 12
The AP Psychology course is a challenging and fascinating journey into the study of the mind and matters related to it. Throughout history people have sought to describe, explain, and predict human thoughts, feelings, and actions. This course exposes students to classic and contemporary views of the human struggle to adapt to the physical, psychological, and social worlds we inhabit. Have you ever wondered what déjà vu is? Why do some people have irrational fears of spiders or high places, while others are attracted to them? Is it our genes or our experiences that shape our personalities? What are dreams and what is their significance? How is the mind different from the brain? Do all animals have a conscious mind? To investigate these and other questions, this course delves into the realms of neuroscience, human development, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning theory, memory, intelligence, personality, and abnormal behavior. The student gains valuable knowledge and insight regarding mind-body interaction as well as interaction of the individual and society. The purpose of the Advanced Placement course in Psychology is to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology. They also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. The aim is to provide the student with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory Psychology courses. The Advanced Placement course in Psychology gives the student the chance to try college-level work in high school. A "qualifying" grade on the AP exam is accepted by thousands of colleges worldwide.