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Website links related to course topics.
Behavior(Chaps. 1 & 2)
Psychological Association :
The largest North American organization of psychologists. Links for
students and the public.
Psychological Society: The largest North American organization devoted
entirely to promoting psychological research. Links for students.
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).
and Behavior (Chap 4)
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.
the Brain: Do we only use 10% of our brain? Explore this excellent
website developed by Dr. Eric Chudler, U.W. School of Medicine.
Dyslexia Association: General information about dyslexia.
Institute (United Kingdom): General information; links to
an article that discusses possible causes of dyslexia.
(click here for article)
Dyslexia Association: General information about dylexia.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Extensive information about epilepsy.
Effects (Chaps 4 & 6)
Effects: How do drugs affect our brain and
behavior? This excellent website was developed by Dr Eric Chudler, U.W.
School of Medicine.
Effect Animations: This site shows how alcohol, cocaine, and optiates
influence synaptic transmission. (Requires Shockwave Flash)
and Perception (Chap 5)
illusions: Many interesting visual illusions, some with scientific
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.)
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).
and Sleep Disorders (Chap 6)
National Sleep Foundation: Contains information about many sleep
disorders and other aspects of sleep.
University Narcolepsy Center: One the world's top centers for narcolepsy
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.
Dreams of Blind Men and Women: Students often ask, "How do
blind people dream?" This recent research article provides some
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
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).
Disorders (Not Covered in our Readings)
Disorders: Links to several sites that discuss anorexia and bulimia.
note that eating disorders are considered to be a category of mental
Alcohol Syndrome 1: This site by the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) answers some frequently asked questions about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
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.
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
Disorders (Chap 15)
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
good biography of Louis Wain.
biography and photo of Louis Wain; drawings while schizophrenic.
Gallery: Other drawings by Louis Wain.
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