Topic/Objective: Introduction to Psychology: Session Starter Activity: Name Game

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Topic/Objective: Introduction to Psychology: Session 1.

Starter Activity: Name Game




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Define what is meant by psychology.

Identify course content and expectations.







Outline different psychological perspectives

Apply to a case study



Compare and contrast psychological with other types of explanation.

Evaluate the usefulness of psychology to you.

Starter 1: Name

What is your name?

Why were you called it?

What does it mean?

Do you like it?

What is psychology?

  • Can Psychologists read your mind?
  • Let’s have a go …

You can see 6 cards.

Think of one of them.

Just think.

Think now.

Look into my eyes. Just think about your card.

I do not

know you.

I can not see you..

But I know what you think.


I took

your card !!!

I knew the choice you would be making!

  • So psychologists can read minds!
  • Or can they?

The human brain …

The human brain …

… tricks us whenever it can!

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Optical Illusions and Visual Phenomena Want to confuse your eyes and brain a bit? Yes? Then you might want to have a look at the following pics ..

It ...

Which center circle is larger?

Here are the same circles again.

Do you see the flashing dots?

The flashing is all in your head.

What is psychology?


The scientific study of the human mind and behaviour

Research seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion and behaviour.

Evolved from philosophy and biology


(greek means soul or mind)

Why people behave like they do?

Have you ever wondered

  • Why people behave like they do?
  • Why you remember some things but not others?
  • Why you are scared of spiders?
  • Are we products of nature or nurture?
  • Why do you feel so angry-anxious-depressed?
  • How do people become intelligent?
  • Why do we conform?
  • What is normal behaviour? Am I normal?
  • Why do some people commit crime?
  • How can psychology help people?


How is psychology different from ‘common-sense’



Everyday explanations

Best guess

Scientific psychology




Empirical Evidence:

How do psychologists develop theories?

Empirical Evidence:

Primary Research




Correlational studies

Consider how the following ‘ologies’ may help explain:

Compare different approaches

Consider how the following ‘ologies’ may help explain:


Teenage Pregnancy







Psychological Perspectives





Social Psychology


In groups, read Jake’s case study and come up with explanations for his aggression

Psychology Timeline

Course Overview

AS Overview

A2 Overview

How do you learn?

In pairs – Devise a list of 5 ways you like to learn and 5 ways you do not.


  • Was it easy to agree?
  • Is there a class consensus?

Mr Hickman’s House-keeping

  • Bring your Note book, Textbook each week.
  • Bring a pen, highlighter and ruler.
  • Complete homework on time!
  • Glossary – define key words.
  • Buy a textbook ASAP.
  • Attend each lesson – on time!
  • Take part in each lesson.
  • Ask for help.

How will I learn?

  • Weekly homework.
  • Independent Learning (5 hours per week).
  • Group tasks.
  • Pair and individual tasks.

How will I be assessed?

Weekly homework.

Independent Learning Tasks.

Oral contribution.

Short answers.

Essay-style answers.


  • The notes are for your benefit – but I would like to check your notebook once a week.
  • Use Headings and date your work.
  • Use Ruler and Colours to make it more memorable.
  • Key Questions:

    Do you have to write every word? Can you use abbreviations?

    Do you have to write at all?

    How will you make a set of notes that you can come back to?

What types of jobs use psychology?

Plenary: Draw a Penguin


On a blank piece of paper, draw a penguin.

The penguin is of the animal variety.

DO NOT look at your neighbor's penguin.


If the penguin is drawn toward the top of the paper you are a positive and optimistic person.

If the penguin is drawn towards the middle of the page you are a realist.

If the penguin is drawn toward the bottom of the page, you are pessimistic and have a tendency to behave negatively.

If the penguin is facing left, you believe in tradition, are friendly, and remember dates and birthdays.

If the picture is facing forward (towards you) you are direct, enjoy playing the devil's advocate, and neither fear nor avoid discussion.

If the penguin is facing right, you are innovative and active, but have neither a sense of family, nor remember dates.

If the penguin is drawn with many details, you are analytical, cautious, and distrustful.

If the penguin is drawn with few details, you are emotional, naive, care little for detail, and take risks.

The larger the penguin’s ears you have drawn, the better listener you are.

Is this psychology?

Why not?

Write a 400 word essay


Write a 400 word essay

‘What is psychology and how will it be helpful to me in the future?


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