Ap Psychology Review Assignment


Choose one of the books on this list, or you may choose another book that is related to Psychology as long as it has been approved by the instructor. Read the book!Please choose a book that you have not already read.If the book has been made into a movie, you can watch it after you read. Talk to people about the book. Tell them what you like about it and what you do not like about it. Tell them about the parts that are related to Psychology.Then write a review describing the book and sharing your opinions about it. If you watched a movie based on the book, don’t review the movie- we want to hear about the book!But do include a paragraph comparing and contrasting the book to the movie.

Approximately 4-5 pages typed and double spaced.

Take notes on the problems or symptoms that develop while you read the

book, and then write this review following this format. By reading your

review the reader should see depth of understanding in your reading.

1. Identify the book completely: author or editor, full title, publisher,

and place and date of publication, fiction or nonfiction. (one line)

2. Describe the subject and scope of the book. (paragraph overview)

3. Give information about the author, focusing on his/her qualifications for

writing this book.  Perhaps you could include the other books the author has written. Use in-text citation and reference your source. (one paragraph)

4. Outline or summarize the main topic of your book. If there are a number

of case studies (descriptions of a psychology patient), select several that you feel

are particularly interesting and summarize these. (one page minimum)

5. Describe whether or not the author was able to depict the psychological

relationship, problem, disorder and/or therapy technique so that you understood

more about it by reading this work. Use several examples/quotes to illustrate

this. (List the page you are quoting from) Do not just give me quotes, but make

them meaningful with your additional comments. (one page minimum)

6. Assess the quality of the book in regard to its accuracy of psychological

content. You should reference psychological information from a reliable

source. Use in-text citation and include the source on the reference page. (two or three paragraphs)

7.  Identify similarities and differences to the movie.If there is one… (one or two paragraphs)


8. Proper APA format and style reference page is always required! Cite the book plus any

other resources you used (movie, website, etc.)  Be sure to include in-text citation.

A combination of the above (1-7) and a mere telling of the “who, what, why, when

and where” is inadequate; your audience (your teacher) deserves to be able to

make their own opinion whether they will learn anything new by reading the book

and if they personally would like to read it. Your job as a reviewer is to engage

the reader in thought about the book’s content, quality and merit as a

psychological work.

Oral Review for Extra Credit (After the AP Exam and for AP students only)

The main distinction in a written and oral book review is your audience—your

teacher vs. your fellow classmates. You should explore the interesting aspects

of the book read, make psychological connections clear and help tell the story of

the work. If it is a piece of nonfiction or a series of case studies, briefly cover

several key points or cases and then do a more extensive coverage of one or two

that made the biggest impression on you. Your length should be approximately

five minutes and you should be prepared to answer questions afterward.

A combination of the above (1-7 in the description of Written Review) and a mere

telling of the “who, what, why, when and where” is inadequate; your audience

deserves to be able to make their own opinion whether they will learn anything

new by reading the book and if they personally would like to read it. Your job as

a reviewer is to engage them in a discussion of the book’s content, quality and

merit as a psychological work. If your book has been made into a movie, you

might want to use a few short video clips to help "sell the book." I have both

VCR and DVD players in the classroom. Bring your book to class the day you

are assigned to give your oral presentation.


These are only suggestions. Barnes & Noble has a terrific psychology

section should none of these strike your fancy. Any book related to psychology will

work, but if you chose a book that is not on this list, just email me with a brief

description of the book so I can let you know if it will not work.

The books must meet the following 3 criteria:

  • Not in the English Curriculum!
  • At least 200 pages
  • Related to psychology

You are free to choose any book that seems interesting and meets the 3 criteria.

All books must be approved by Mr. Dupuis!

The following is a list of possible titles that you can read, but you are not limited to this list.

Psychology Books


  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks-case studies of patients
  • Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Fletcher Wortmann
  •  Awakenings by Oliver Sacks-treatment of catatonic schizophrenics
  • The Minds Eye-Oliver Sacks
  • My Lobotomy by Howard Dully
  •  Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain- Oliver Sacks
  • Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Aninal- Herzog
  •  Passing for Normal by Amy Wilensky-obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can by Barb Gordon-A woman dealing w/anxiety
  •  A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar-life of John Nash     
  •  Sickened by Julie Gregory-munchausen by proxy
  •  The Quiet Room by Lori Schiller-schizophrenia
  •  The Day the Voices Stopped: A Schizophrenics Journey From Madness to Hope by Ken Steele
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
  • An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks-case studies by a psychologist
  • An Unconventional Family by Sandra Lipsitz Bern
  • As Nature Made Him:  The Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl by John Colapinto
  • Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy by Kuhn, Swartzwelder and Wilson
  • Cassandra's Daughter, A History of Psychoanalysis, Joseph Schwartz
  • Dibbs, In Search Of Self, Victoria Axline
  • Don't Ask Miranda, Lila Perl
  • Girl Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen
  • I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, Hannah Green
  • I'm Eve, Chris Costner Sizemore and Elen Sain Pittillo.
  • Listening to Prozac, Peter D. Kramer
  • Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • His Bright Light by Danielle Steel- bipolar disorder
  • The Eden Express by Mark Vonnegut- schizophrenia
  • Skin Game: A Memoir by Caroline Kettlewell-self-mutilation
  •  Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain by Marilee Strong
  • Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber-multiple personalities
  • Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation by Steven Levenkron
  • Wasted : A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbache
  • When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase-multiple personalities
  • Flowers For Alegernon, Daniel Keyes
  • Flock : The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality by JOAN FRANCES CASEY
  • First Person Plural : My Life as a Multiple by Cameron West
  • Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America : A Memoir -- by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  • Witness for the Defense: The Accused, the Eyewitness and the Expert Who Puts Memory on Trial by ,  Elizabeth Loftus
  • Over My Head: A Doctor's Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out by Claudia L. Osborn
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Ken Kesey
  • Ordinary People, JudithGuest
  • The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing : The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Judith L. Rapoport
  • Tales From A Traveling Couch, Robert U. Akeret
  • Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky "
  • My Life Among the Serial Killers : Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers by Helen Morrison, Harold Goldberg
  • Everything in Its Place : My Trials and Triumphs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Marc Summers
  • Survival of the Prettiest : The Science of Beauty by Nancy Etcoff
  • Flesh Wounds: The Culture of Cosmetic Surgery by Virginia L. Blum
  • The Minds Of Billy Milligan, Daniel Keyes
  • This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin
  • The Female Brain by Louann Md Brizendine
  • Look Me In the Eye  by John Elder Robinson-Asperger’s
  • Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet-genius with Aspergers
  • Broken Glass by Robert Vine-family story of personality disorder
  • The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn Saks-schizophrenia
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell-how we think
  • Nothing Was The Same by Kay Redfield Jamison-grief and loss
  • Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley
  • Beautiful Boy by David Sheff-story of son’s addiction
  • Tweak:Growing up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff- the son’s point of view
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells-parents with mental illness 


AP Psychology Review

A comprehensive review of terminology for AP Psychology. Definitions are for triggering other information. (Pulled from other lists.)
removal or destruction of brain tissue in a surgical procedure
intensity level at which one can detect a stimulus 50% of the time
the process of modifying a schema to account for new information; the process of the eyes lens changing shape in order to focus on distant or near objects
a neurotransmitter involved in learning, memory and muscle movement
desire for accomplishment, mastery of people, ideas, things, desire for reaching a high standard
a test that assesses what one has learned
a process in classical conditioning by which the association of a neutral stimulus with a natural stimulus is first established
the electrical process by which information is transmitted the length of an axon
the idea that dreams are the result of the cerebral cortex interpreting and organizing random flashes of brain activity, originating in the lower brain structures, especially the pons
source of the hormone norepinephrine which affects arousal
psychological disturbances of mood
desire to associate with others, to be part of a group, to form close and intimate relationships
an image that remains after a stimulus is removed, especially one in which the colors are reversed
drugs which mimic the activity of neurotransmitters
the most frequently used and abused CNS depressant in most cultures; its use affects mood, judgment, cognition
description of the action of neurons when firing
seen when an individual is in a relaxed, unfocused, yet still awake state
limbic system component associated with emotion, particularly fear and anger
Freud's pychosexual period during which a child learns to control his bodily excretions
an eating disorder in which one starves oneself even though significantly underweight
drug which blocks the activity of neurotransmitters
loss of memory for events that occur after the onset of the amnesia; eg, see in a boxer who suffers a severe blow to the head and loses memory for events after the blow
loss of memory for events that occurred before the onset of amnesia; eg a soldier's forgetting events immediately before a shell burst nearby, injuring him
antisocial personality disorder
psychological disorder in which one demonstrates a lack of conscience
the middle of the three ossicles
impairment of language usually caused by damage to the left hemisphere
condition in which the sympathetic nervous system is in control
a subdiscipline of computer science that attempts to simulate human thinking
interpreting new experiences in terms of existing schema
areas of the cerebral cortex which have no specific motor or sensory repsonsibilities, but rather are involved in thinking, memory and judgment
learning in which an organism learns that certain events occur together, such as my cat knowing that she will be fed when I get home from work
theory developed by Harlow; types include secure and insecure
a relatively enduring evaluation of a person or thing; Asch demonstrated that this doesn't always match one's behavior
feeling of being drawn toward another and desiring the company of a person
a way of explaining others' behavior by either one's disposition or one's situation
the area that sound waves pass through to reach the eardrum
style of parenting in which the parent creates strict rules for the child and the child has little or no input into determining the rules
division of the nervous system that control the glands and organs; its divisions arouse or calm
autonomy vs. shame and doubt
Erikson's stage in which a toddler learns to exercise will and to do things independently; failure to do so causes shame and doubt
this cognitive shortcut features the idea that events which are vividly in memory seem to be more common
extension of the neuron which carries, via an action potential, information that will be sent on to other neurons, muscles or glands
stage of language development at about 4 months when an infant spontaneously utters nonsense sounds
scientific investigations intended to expand the knowledge base
scientific investigations intended to solve practical problems
perspective on psychology that sees psychology as an objective science without reference to mental states
situation in which one's beliefs continue despite the fact that the ground for the beliefs have been discredited
big 5 personality factors
openness to new experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism
retinal disparity and convergence which enable people to determine depth using both eyes
perspective that stresses links between biology and behavior
eye neurons that receive information from the retinal cells and distribute information to the ganglion cells
mood disorder in one experiences both manic and depressed episodes
point in the retinal where the optic nerve leaves the retina so there are no rods or cones there
analysis that begins with sensory receptors and works its way up to the brain's integration of sensory information
we have two, right and left, and some brain functions seem to centered in one or the other
oldest part of the brain, beginning where the spinal cord swells upon entering the skull; controls fundamental survival processes like heartrate and breathing
eating disorder characterized by excessive eating followed by purging
the tendency to not offer help when needed if others are present who do not offer help
theory of emotion that says that a stimulus causes simultaneously psyiological arousal and the subjective experience of an emotion
scientific investigation in which a single subject is studied in great detail
a method of creating static images of the brain through computerized axial tomography
a form of schizophrenia in which the patient has muscle immobility and does not move
release of aggressive energy through activity or fantasy
consists of the brain and the spinal cord
brain structure that controls well-learned motor activities like riding a bike
the fabric of interconnecting cells that blankets the brain hemispheres; the brain's center for information processing and control
using operant conditioning to teach a complex response by linking together less complex skills
organizing units of information into manageable units such as memorizing a phone number as three groups of information 248-555-1212
the daily biological rhythms that occur in a 24-hour period
method of learning in which a neutral stimulus can be used to elicit a response that is usually a natural response to a stimulus
developed by Carl Rogers, this humanistic therapy includes unconditional positive regard
this type of psychologist studies, assesses and treats those with psychological disorders
this coiled structure in the inner ear is fluid-filled and in it the energy from sound waves stimulate hair cells
cognitive dissonance theory
this says that we will suffer discomfort and act to change the situation when our thoughts and actions seem to be inconsistent
perspective on psychology that stresses the importance of mental activities associated with thinking, remembering, etc
treatment for psychological disorders that centers on changing self-defeating thinking
Jung's theory that we all share an inherited memory that contains our culture's most basic elements
a variety of disorders marked by inability to distinguish some or all colors
this adjective describes cultures in which the individual is less important than the group
Piaget's stage in which children learn such concepts as conservation and mathematical transformations; about 7 - 11 years of age
the extent to which two measures of the same trait or ability agree
in classical conditioning, the response elicited by the conditioned stimulus
generally, learning in which certain experiences make certain behaviors more or less likely; there are two forms of this
one type of hearing impairment caused by mechanical problems in the ear structures
neurons in the retina that are responsible for color vision
a tendency to search for information that supports one's preconceptions
adjusting behavior to meet a group's standard
extraneous factor that interferes with the action of the independent variable on the dependent variable
one's awareness of one's environment and oneself.
includes passion, intimacy and commitment
subjects in an experiment who do not receive application of the independent variable but are measured nonetheless for the dependent variable
a type of critical thinking in which one evaluates existing possible solutions to a problem to choose the best one
the transparent outer covering of the eye
the fibers that connect the right and left hemispheres, enabling them to communicate
the degree of relationship between two variables
a positive one near 1.0 indicates two variable are positively related; a negative number indicates a negative relationship; zero indicates no relationship
type of study that measures a variable across several age groups at the same time
giving participants in a research study a complete explanation of the study after the study is completed
Freud's processes by which individuals express uncomfortable emotions in disguised ways
when an individual seems to lose himself or herself in the group's identity
moving people with psychological or developmental disabilities from highly structured institutions to home- or community-based settings
largest brain waves, associated with deep, dreamless sleep
irrational, highly improbable belief
a branch off the cell body of a neuron that receives new information from other neurons
a defense mechanism in which unpleasant thought or desires are ignored or excluded from consciousness
the variable that the experimenter measures at the end of the experiment
any agent that reduces the activity of the CNS
an ability that we exercise by using both monocular and binocular cues
also called the jnd; smallest distinction between two stimuli that can consistently be detected
diffusion of responsibility
reduction in sense of responsibility often felt by individuals in a group; may be responsible for the bystander effect
treating members of different races, religions, ethnic groups differently; usually associated with prejudice
defense mechanism in which unwanted feelings are directed towards a different object
dispositional attribution
assuming that another's behavior is due to personality factors, not situational ones
dissociative identity disorder
also called multiple personality disorder
disorder in which one travels away from home and is unable to remember details of his past, including often his identity
a type of creative thinking in which one generates new solutions to problems
a neurotransmitter that is associated with Parkinson's disease (too little of it) and schizophrenia (too much of it)
this term describes an experiment in which neither the subjects nor the experimenter knows whether a subject is a member of the experimental group or the control group
occur most often during REM sleep; may be caused by activation-synthesis, or may be a way of cementing memories
theory that claims that behavior is driven by a desire to lessen drives resulting from needs that disrupt homeostasis
initials of the American Psychiatric Association's book that lists diagnostic criteria for many psychological disorders
a learning disability that results in difficulty reading and writing
also called the tympanic membrane
term that describes memory of sounds
electroencephalogram; initials of a method of representation of brain waves; detects electrical activity in brain through electrodes on scalp. Results show as wavy lines.
the Latin for "I"; in Freud's theories, the mediator between the demands of the id and the superego
in a toddler, the belief that others perceive the world in the same way that he or she does
counterpart to the Oedipus complex for females
electroconvulsive therapy
a treatment in which low level electric current is passed through the brain
early stage of human development, when cells have begun to differentiate
James-Lange, Cannon-Baird and Singer-Schachter are three
conversion of sensory information into a form that can be retained as a memory
the slow messenger system of the body; produces hormones that affect many bodily functions
neurotransmitters that give one a feeling of well-being, euphoria or eliminate pain
describes a type of memory that includes specific events that one has personally experienced
perspective that stresses the value of behavior in Darwinian terms
form of scientific investigation in which one variable is tested to determine its effect on another
subjects in an experiment to whom the independent variable is administered
term that describes memories that can be consciously recalled
external locus of control
this term describes what you have if your behaviors are driven mainly by outside forces
in classical conditioning, the process of eliminating the previously acquired association of the conditioned stimulus and conditioned response
one of the Big 5, a personality trait orients one's interests toward the outside world and other people, rather than inward
term that describes motivations that drive behavior in order to gain rewards from outside forces
a belief that others share the same opinion about something, when actually most don't
the ability of the brain to identify specific components of visual stimuli such as corners or edges
sometimes the result in a child of the mother's excessive drinking while pregnant, characterized by low birth weight, facial abnormalities, mental retardation

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