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1 Free-Response Questions An Introduction and Trial Run

2 The What’s and the How’s  You will be given two free-repsonse questions on the AP Test. 50 mins. to complete this section 50 mins. to complete this section  The questions test your knowledge of psychology, NOT your writing skills.  The questions are all given point values. These points are very very important to recognize These points are very very important to recognize  Sometimes you will be asked to… Define, Identify, or Explain Define, Identify, or Explain

3 Steps to writing a good essay… 1. Read the questions carefully 2. access points before you write (points normally range from 7-14) (10-11) 3. ALWAYS answer question in order it is asked 4. Budget 20 minutes per essay, 10 minutes for revisions

4 TOP 10 ESSAY TIPS 1. Avoid diatribes against anything 2. Use terminology from the field of Psych 3. Avoid “information dumping” (aka BS) 4. Say it and move on- Don’t overwrite 5. Write for your audience 6. Take your time- Be content specific 7. Take a breath and reflect 8. Highlight key elements of the question and respond to those directly 9. Budget your time- both questions have equal weight 10. Practice!.... Let’s do that now 10. Practice!.... Let’s do that now

5 A neuroscientist thinks he has developed a drug that can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people who are in the initial stages of the disease. Design a research experiment that will support of refute his hypothesis. In your research design describe the following:  Sample  Assignment  Independent variable  Dependent variable  Experimental group  Control group  Possible confounding variable  How you would determine whether or not the drug is effective Step 1 How many Points?? 8

6 A neuroscientist thinks he has developed a drug that can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people who are in the initial stages of the disease. Design a research experiment that will support of refute his hypothesis. In your research design describe the following:  Sample  Assignment  Independent variable  Dependent variable  Experimental group  Control group  Possible confounding variable  How you would determine whether or not the drug is effective portion of the population of Alzheimer’s patients (should be early stages)

7 A neuroscientist thinks he has developed a drug that can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people who are in the initial stages of the disease. Design a research experiment that will support of refute his hypothesis. In your research design describe the following:  Sample  Assignment  Independent variable  Dependent variable  Experimental group  Control group  Possible confounding variable  How you would determine whether or not the drug is effective portion of the population of Alzheimer’s patients (should be early stages) Random assignment so equal chance of drug or placebo

8 A neuroscientist thinks he has developed a drug that can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people who are in the initial stages of the disease. Design a research experiment that will support of refute his hypothesis. In your research design describe the following:  Sample  Assignment  Independent variable  Dependent variable  Experimental group  Control group  Possible confounding variable  How you would determine whether or not the drug is effective portion of the population of Alzheimer’s patients (should be early stages) Random assignment so equal chance of drug or placebo Drug/no drug or placebo

9 A neuroscientist thinks he has developed a drug that can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people who are in the initial stages of the disease. Design a research experiment that will support of refute his hypothesis. In your research design describe the following:  Sample  Assignment  Independent variable  Dependent variable  Experimental group  Control group  Possible confounding variable  How you would determine whether or not the drug is effective portion of the population of Alzheimer’s patients (should be early stages) Random assignment so equal chance of drug or placebo Drug/no drug or placebo Effects of the drug on Alzheimer’s symptoms

10 A neuroscientist thinks he has developed a drug that can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people who are in the initial stages of the disease. Design a research experiment that will support of refute his hypothesis. In your research design describe the following:  Sample  Assignment  Independent variable  Dependent variable  Experimental group  Control group  Possible confounding variable  How you would determine whether or not the drug is effective portion of the population of Alzheimer’s patients (should be early stages) Random assignment so equal chance of drug or placebo Drug/no drug or placebo Effects of the drug on Alzheimer’s symptoms Participants who receive the drug

11 A neuroscientist thinks he has developed a drug that can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people who are in the initial stages of the disease. Design a research experiment that will support of refute his hypothesis. In your research design describe the following:  Sample  Assignment  Independent variable  Dependent variable  Experimental group  Control group  Possible confounding variable  How you would determine whether or not the drug is effective portion of the population of Alzheimer’s patients (should be early stages) Random assignment so equal chance of drug or placebo Drug/no drug or placebo Effects of the drug on Alzheimer’s symptoms Participants who receive placebo or no drug Participants who receive the drug

12 A neuroscientist thinks he has developed a drug that can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people who are in the initial stages of the disease. Design a research experiment that will support of refute his hypothesis. In your research design describe the following:  Sample  Assignment  Independent variable  Dependent variable  Experimental group  Control group  Possible confounding variable  How you would determine whether or not the drug is effective portion of the population of Alzheimer’s patients (should be early stages) Random assignment so equal chance of drug or placebo Drug/no drug or placebo Effects of the drug on Alzheimer’s symptoms Participants who receive placebo or no drug Participants who receive the drug Gender, varying ages, other medical conditions

13 A neuroscientist thinks he has developed a drug that can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people who are in the initial stages of the disease. Design a research experiment that will support of refute his hypothesis. In your research design describe the following:  Sample  Assignment  Independent variable  Dependent variable  Experimental group  Control group  Possible confounding variable  How you would determine whether or not the drug is effective portion of the population of Alzheimer’s patients (should be early stages) Random assignment so equal chance of drug or placebo Drug/no drug or placebo Effects of the drug on Alzheimer’s symptoms Participants who receive placebo or no drug Participants who receive the drug Compare scores on tests or diagnosis Gender, varying ages, other medical conditions

14 More Practice…. Explain the behavior and perceptions of the participants in the pep rally using the concepts below. Be sure to apply the concepts to the scenario in your explanation Cocktail Party Effect ConformityDeindividuation Figure Ground Occipital Lobe Procedural Memory Sympathetic Nervous System

15 Got it??

16 Let’s Practice more…  Using the essay you wrote last night, trade with your group members and score each essay (you should read all essays in your group but not yours)  First…. how many points is this essay worth? 9 15 minutes to read 3 essays….

17 Scoring Guide  Case Study- explanation, positive, negative (2 point)  Correlation Study- explanation, positive, negative (2 point)  Experiment- explanation, positive, negative (2 point)  Vitamin J on Memory Case Study- key characteristic (i.e. before/ after research) 1 point Case Study- key characteristic (i.e. before/ after research) 1 point Correlation Study- key characteristic (i.e. connection made that vitamin J improves memory) 1 point Correlation Study- key characteristic (i.e. connection made that vitamin J improves memory) 1 point Experiment- key characteristic (i.e. experimental group and control group) 1 point Experiment- key characteristic (i.e. experimental group and control group) 1 point


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