Psychological Thinking

In this web quest the students will have a chance to work on their psychological thinking process.

Understanding the key components to psychological thinking  is a day-to-day thinking process of a psychologist. As students go into the psychology work force you should learn and understand these key concepts, and learn how to apply them to the actions and questions they do or are asked everyday.

These are the academic standards being reviewed in this web quest.   

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P.8.1 Understand the six steps involved in critical thinking; knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation

P.8.2 Locate and analyze primary sources of landmark experiments in psychology and other counter arguments.

First you will write/type out the definition of these 6 words: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation.

Next, you will look up 2 major past experiment(s). In the reading about the experiment you will need to state the psychologist conducting the experiment, the describe the experiment briefly (4-6 sentences), and then state the control of the experiment.  .


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First, get into groups of 2 or 3 so that you can split the work evenly and finish the web quest in a reasonable amount of time.

Next, with your partner(s), look up the 6 words given to you for definitions either online or in the textbook . (if you find more than one meaning for the words then put at least two of the definitions to review.)

Next, look up 2 major experiments that had very good arguments about a subject in psychology. When reading about these experiments, look for details that could be shown about the arguments that have to do with the words defined in the previous activity. Then write a 1-2 short paragraphs explaining how the words and actions about them were used in the arguments.

Wikipedia should not be used to look up information online!!

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In this class period you should cooperate with each other. The room should still be pretty quiet with the students only talking within their own groups.

You could be using information in the book or online ( excluding wikipedia, this site should not be used.)

At the end of the class you should have a majority of the assignment finished. If the assignment is not finished the the students will have a limited amount of time in class the next day to finish. If not finished in the extra time the next day then at the end of the extra time the assignment will be considered late.

Your groups will be responsible for 6 Definitions, 1-2 paragraphs each for the two major experiments done in the past. 

After the the activities have all been submitted then we will have a class discussion about the concepts that you have learned and done subjects about.


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All 6 definitions written 

clearly and have examples

 of words and be able to 

comprehend and explain 

definitions without reading 

off screen

4-5 definitions filled out

with some examples of 

the words. Just read 

straight off the screen.

3 or less definitions. 

read straight off screen 

and no examples.

Description of 

past psychological 


BOTH of the experiments are

well described. Psychologist

named for both experiments. Sure

to identify the control of the 


One of the experiments

are well explained; the

other isn't. Only one 

psychologist. Control not


Only one experiment. 

Poorly describe.

No psychologist

no control.


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