Expand Your Mind

This page contains Website links related to course topics.

Introduction/Studying Behavior(Chaps. 1 & 2)

American Psychological Association : The largest North American organization of psychologists. Links for students and the public.

American Psychological Society: The largest North American organization devoted entirely to promoting psychological research. Links for students.

U.W. Department of Psychology: Learn about one of the best psychology departments in the country. Yes, we really are better than average, ranking #2 nationally in total research funding (involving both undergrad and grad students in the research process).



Brain and Behavior (Chap 4)

Probe the Brain & Make the Body Move: You can electrically stimulate areas of the motor cortex and see what body parts move. Notice how most movements exhibit contralateral control. (Requires Shockwave -- after linking to this site, click on "Probe the Brain" or the drawing). Thanks to one of your classmates for locating this website.

Exploring the Brain: Do we only use 10% of our brain? Explore this excellent website developed by Dr. Eric Chudler, U.W. School of Medicine.


British Dyslexia Association: General information about dyslexia.

Dyslexia Institute (United Kingdom): General information; links to an article that discusses possible causes of dyslexia. (click here for article)

International Dyslexia Association: General information about dylexia.


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Extensive information about epilepsy.

Drug Effects (Chaps 4 & 6)

Drug Effects: How do drugs affect our brain and behavior? This excellent website was developed by Dr Eric Chudler, U.W. School of Medicine.

Drug Effect Animations: This site shows how alcohol, cocaine, and optiates influence synaptic transmission. (Requires Shockwave Flash)



Sensation and Perception (Chap 5)

Visual illusions: Many interesting visual illusions, some with scientific explanations.

Motion illusions: More illusions and explanations. . Check out the "Motion After-Effect!". (This site requires QuickTime.)

Another Illusion Site: Some repeats and some new ones. (Some illusions requires QuickTime.)

Nine People: Test your perceptual ability. Can yout detect nine people in this unusual painting.illusions requires QuickTime.)

Rotating Window Illusion: Watch the window rotate.  Do you see it moving back-and-forth? After watching it for 30 seconds, read the description.  (Requires Windows Media Player or Real Player.  Try to use those versions. You can also try the Flash version, but the image is much smaller.)

Rotating Window Illusion: Version 2 (You Tube).

Rotating Window Illusion:Goose "British Mode" (You Tube).

Sleep and Sleep Disorders (Chap 6)

The National Sleep Foundation: Contains information about many sleep disorders and other aspects of sleep.

Stanford University Narcolepsy Center: One the world's top centers for narcolepsy research

American Academy of Sleep Medicine:  Contains information about many sleep disorders.

Napping & Memory:  An msnbc.com online news report about napping and memory, and a copy of the original scientific article on which the news report is based.


Dreaming (Chap 6)

The Dreams of Blind Men and Women: Students often ask, "How do blind people dream?" This recent research article provides some answers.

The Purpose of Dreams: A short article by sleep researcher Dr. G. William Domhoff (University of California, Santa Cruz), that just might surprise you. Realize, there are several competing views about the function of dreams.

Lucid Dreaming: The Lucidity Institute provides answers to frequently asked questions about lucid dreaming.



Learning (Chap 7)

Mice Learn From Experience: Even a mouse can learn how to
take risks more safely.

"The Office" (TV show) : YouTube clip from the TV show, "The Office", which is intended to spoof classical conditioning. But is it classical conditioning, operant conditioning, or a mixture of both?

"The Big Bang Theory" (TV show): YouTube clip from the TV show, "The Big Bang Theory", which is intended to spoof operant conditioning. But is it operant conditioning, classical conditioning, or a mixture of both?

"Cheers" (TV show): YouTube clip from the TV show "Cheers", which is intended to spoof a classical conditioning therapy approach called "aversive conditioning". But is it operant conditioning, classical conditioning, or a mixture of both?


Memory (Chap 8)

Alzheimer's Disease: A comprehensive report on Alzheimer's Disease by the The National Institute on Aging (2011-12).


Eating Disorders (Not Covered in our Readings)

Eating Disorders: Links to several sites that discuss anorexia and bulimia. Please note that eating disorders are considered to be a category of mental disorders.



Development (Chap 12)

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 1: This site by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) answers some frequently asked questions about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 2: This site by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also provides good information about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, with more detail about cognitive and behavioral impairments and possible causal mechanisms.

Sounds of the Dijeridu: What does a dijeridu (also spelled "didgeridoo" or "digeridoo)" really sound like? Listen to these sound clips. (Requires Quicktime or MP3)

Unconditional Love: Harlow's Surrogate Mother Monkey Experiments. A 10 minute radio interview from Chicago Public Radio. It features Pulitzer Prize winning author Deborah Blum, who investigated Harlow's research on infant--(surrogate)mother bonding in rhesus monkeys. She wrote a book on this subject titled: Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection

Mental Disorders (Chap 15)


The art of Louis Wain. Take a look at some of Louis Wain's whimsical cat drawings, and compare them to the drawings he created during his schizophrenic disorder.

A good biography of Louis Wain.

Brief biography and photo of Louis Wain; drawings while schizophrenic.

Catland Gallery: Other drawings by Louis Wain.

Autism: An excellent site by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); especially good coverage of the symptoms of autism.


Social Behavior (Chap 17)

Milgram's Obedience Research. Further Information
Wikipedia: More information about Milgram's research and findings, and about popular films and documentaries based on Milgram's studies.

Milgram's Obedience Research. Would People Obey Today? An ABC News Primetime article -- and an accompanying video -- about a 2007 experiment that updates Milgram's classic research.  The video link is buried at the end of the article, so here's a more direct link: when the page appears clidk on VIDEO:The Science of Evil (a video ad appears first then the video of the experiment.)
Updated Direct Link to Video

Preventing Airline Crashes: Behavior in the Cockpit. A 2007 article by James Wallace, Seattle Post-Intelligencer aerospace reporter. It discusses the pilot's and copilot's roles in causing a March 2007 crash of an Indonesian passenger jet, and how American and European airlines have implemented Crew Resource Management programs to enhance flight safety.  Speaks to the issue of crew communication, and obedience/conformity pressures in the cockpit.

The Strip-Search Prank Call Scam
Wikipedia: Information about a series of real-life events in which fast-food restaurant managers obeyed the orders of an anonymous caller (posing as a police officer) to strip search certain employees. Also see this ABC News story.

Social Influence Techniques




a) Instinct...or Learning?  Snowball

b) Consciousness & Attention: Attention Test

c) Chabris & Simons Attention Site