Psychology 1000

Updated May 2, 2016

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Instructor: Prof. Ines Segert
Office Hours:

W 1-2

125 Psychology Bldg


Adriana Boersner

Office Hours: Tues 2-4

208 Professional Bldg

Required Text: Psychological Science: Mind, Brain, & Behavior.
by: Gazzaniga & Heatherton, 2015, 5th Edition with In

Three exams: 60%

96 pts each


Expts or Readings: 10% 48 points
SmartWork Homework: 30% 144 points
Total Possible 480 points

Course Description: This course is a survey course which is designed to provide you with a general introduction to psychology, which is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. This course will present both the subject matter of psychology, as well as the methods and approaches used to collect and test information about the basis of behavior.

This course will cover selected issues and concepts in psychology, from basic processses such as learning, sleep, and memory to more complex behaviors such as mental disorders and decision-making. Passing this course is a prerequisite to more advanced courses in the psychology department which elaborate on topics described in this course.

Course Goals:

1. Provide an overview of Psychology as a Science

2. Create interest and appreciation for Psychology

3. Provide you with the ability to evaluate pseudo-science claims in the media

4. Strengthen your ability to use scientific thinking in answering questions.

Teaching Assistant: Adriana is available to answer questions related to the class material, participation in departmental research, and your course grades.  Note that she is NOT here to provide you with missed lecture notes. 

Gazzaniga, M., Heatherton, T., & Halpern, D.  (2015). Psychological Science, 5th Edition.  W.W. Norton & Co., with InQuizitive Online Homework system and Ebook). You have a choice between the paperback and e-book alone, if you purchase it in the MU Bookstore. You may also purchase either directly from WW Norton, for a small savings- We will not be using ZAPS.

This packaged edition of the textbook comes with InQuizitive and the e-book, an online set of resources.  InQuizitive is required for this course, as it will be used for homework assignments.   If you purchase the textbook from the university bookstore, it will be bundled with a registration code, so be careful when discarding packaging. If you are using a used edition, you will need to buy an access code. This can be done by purchasing just a code for $20 on the InQuizitive site.

More details on using InQuizitive are given below and will be provided in class on Thursday, Jan 21. 

Attendance: It is your responsibility to attend every class. Although my lectures will generally complement the material in the text, I like to present very recent findings and experiments, which means that much of the material presented in lectures will usually not be found in the textbook . Thus, it will be to your advantage to come to class. In addition, the lectures will help you organize the information presented in the textbook and focus on the important points. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get notes. My policy is not to give out my notes. If you miss a lecture, make sure to get a copy of the notes from someone who is a conscientious note-taker. I do not post copies of my lectures, but will provide a summary and important terms on review sheets posted on the syllabus for each exam.

I expect you to come prepared to listen and participate. I would also ask that you observe the following :

Class Participation: I will need your participation in many ways this semester.

No Laptop Policy: Like all other instructors for Psychology 1000 in the MU Department of Psychology, class policy does not permit use of laptops in the General Psychology lectures. A major reason for this is that use of laptops can be a distraction not only for the user, but for also for neighboring students. In addition, considerable evidence indicates that use of laptops during lecture is associated with worse grades. You may think you can multi-task, but again, evidence indicates that attempts to multi-task come with a cost in terms of attention and learning.  

Recording Policy: Lectures may NOT be recorded on video or cell phones. University of Missouri System Executive Order No. 38 lays out principles regarding the sanctity of classroom discussions at the university. The policy is described fully in Section 200.015 of the Collected Rules and Regulations.  Redistribution of audio or video recordings of statements or comments from the course to individuals who are not students in the course is prohibited without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded.  Students found to have violated this policy are subject to discipline in accordance with provisions of Section 200.020 of the Collected Rules and Regulations of the University of Missouri pertaining to student conduct matters.

Examinations: There will be 3 multiple-choice examinations given. Each exam will cover material from an approximate five-week period; required exams are not cumulative. Material will come from both the book and (primarily) lecture. The exams will be held during class period on the dates indicated on the class schedule below. There will be no optional papers or additional projects offered for extra credit. Therefore, it is important that you study for each exam.

Once exam grades are posted, you will have 2 WEEKS to discuss grading issues. During this time, check your exam grade carefully for any errors. If you have any questions about an exam item, first talk to our TA. After the two week period, I will make NO GRADE CHANGES.

Exam Schedule
Feb 18 (Week 5)
April 7 (Week 10)
May 5 (Week 15)

Make-up Policy: Students who are unable to take one of the exams for legitimate reasons ( medical or family emergencies, University-related travel such as athletic or academic competitions) are responsible for informing the our TA or me before the date of the exam. Students who are then approved will take an Essay make-up exam . No makeup exams will be given without prior approval from Dr. Segert. Please be aware that many students find the essay make-ups more difficult and consequently, that the average score on the make-ups is considerably lower than the average grade on the regular exam.

InQuizitive Homework Information

This course uses an online homework component, called InQuizitive. In order to use it, you must register and enroll in it.

You must access the InQuizitive site via the link on Blackboard, under the Course Materials tab. If you don't, your grades for each assignment will not appear in Blackboard.

  1. Select “No, I need to register, purchase, or sign up for trial access.”
  2. Enter your name, school email, and create a password.
  3. As you complete registration, you’ll have three access options:
    1. If you already have a registration code, enter your registration code and click “Register my Code.”
    2. If you want to purchase digital product access online, select the “I want to purchase access” option.
    3. If you want to try digital products before purchasing, select the “I want to sign up for 21 days of free trial access” option.

If you need help or have questions:

Open a help desk ticket at

Provide us with:
Your school
Your instructor’s name
Your section name

2. There are multiple online assignments available for you to take during the semester, one per chapter covered. They are scheduled at approximately 1 week intervals. Due dates are listed on our Blackboard site. You must complete at least 20 questions for each chapter in order to get credit.

All quizzes must be completed by 11:59 PM on the date indicated.  There are no “make-ups” for quizzes, and I will not respond to emails asking me to re-post the quiz or give you points for any quiz that you did not take.  Quizzes are available for a set amount of time, and it is your responsibility to take them within the allotted timeframe.  Don't wait until the last minute to start your assignments. Problems with InQuizitive while taking the quiz can only be addressed well before the due date. Do not expect to start late, and then if you encounter problems, get responses to e-mail in the hour or two before the deadline.


Research Participation: Experimentation is the main source of our understanding of human behavior. As psychologists, we determine what is true through careful scientific procedures. You are asked to become involved in this process and experience first-hand how psychologists begin to draw conclusions and make theories about human behavior.

Your involvement requires that you either:

Forty-eight (48) points, or 10% of your final grade, will come from experimental participation. Note that this is one letter grade. This is not extra credit, but a required part of the course. The requirement is 12 half hour credits. Completing 12 credits will earn you 48 points in the class. In other words, each credit is worth 4 points in the class. Students who have zero unexcused “no-shows” at the end of the semester will receive a 1-credit bonus.  This translates to 4 points in the class.  Note that you can not get credit for more than 6 credits of online experiments (not counting the mass pre-test survey described below). Other than the 1 credit bonus for having zero "no-shows", there is no extra credit for doing more than 12 credits.

Note that it can take up to a week after you complete a study for credit to appear in your sona account. You should monitor your sona account to make sure that you get appropriate credit for the studies you complete. Credits for the research participation won't appear in Blackboard until the semester is over, at which point I get a file with all the sona data for all students. Until this happens, I have no access to the sona system, so if you have a question about credits, etc, it is up to you to contact the experimenter directly.

Mass Pre-test Survey. At the beginning of the semester, you will have the opportunity to complete a mass pre-test survey. This is an online questionnaire, worth 2 credits, which identifies possible future particapants for specific studies. This survey will be available for approximately 2 weeks. Opening and closing dates will be posted on the syllabus. This survey DOES NOT count as one of the online studies. Credit will be granted to your sona account within 1 week of taking the survey.

Please direct any questions or concerns about the pretest to Mike Corcoran at

1. Sign-up for the official experiments is through an on-line system. The website address for research participation is: All Psychology experiments are listed on this Psych 1000 Research Participation Website. You must logon at this webpage to receive credits for participating in experiments.

Your logon and password for the website will be automatically created based on the class roster as of the first day of class. Shortly after the start of the semester, you should receive an email to your university email address with your logon and password information.This is not your regular MU password.  Please check your “junk” mail for this e-mail. 

If you do not receive an email with your Research Participation Logon and Password within the first 10 days of the semester, you should notify The Human Subjects Committee Coordinator ( so that she can create an account for you. Please include your first and last name, university UserID (pawprint), student number, course section, and university email address in your e-mail message. +

2. Alternative readings. If you choose, you can complete Alternative Assignments instead of participating in actual research.  To do an Alternative Assignment, you must write a 2-page, double-spaced, typed summary of one of the articles I post on our syllabus. All summaries must use 1-inch margins and a 12-point font.  Completing a two-page summary of one article is equivalent to 2 credits (8 points).  You can earn 1 credit (4 points) for each FULL page.  Partial credit will be given for partial pages.  If you choose to do only Alternative Assignments, 6 papers will substitute for the entire experimental requirement.  You may do both experiments and alternative reading summaries, in any combination.

DUE DATE: Last day to turn in papers in class is April 21, 2016, although they can be turned in at any time during the semester. Please turn in a paper copy in class.

3. Complete Research Participation Guidelines: A document with complete information about research participation can be found here.

4. Sona App: Note that the website we use to administer research opportunities has very recently released an app for Android phones and tablets and can be downloaded at:
or simply search for "Sona Systems" or "Sona Mobile" in the Google Play store.

The iOS (iPhone/iPad) version is available at
 or can be found by searching for "Sona Systems" or "Sona Mobile" in the App Store.

Grading. The total possible points you can earn is 480: 288 from Exams; 48 from Experimental Participation; 144 from Smartwork Homework. Letter grades for the course are based on total cumulative points, and will be determined as follows:

Letter Grade

Total Cumulative Points


471-480 Pts


447-470 Pts


432-446 Pts


423-431 Pts


399-422 Pts


384-398 Pts


375-383 Pts


351-374 Pts


336-350 Pts


327-335 Pts


303-326 Pts


288-302 Pts


Below 288 Pts

Rounding policy: Final Grades are determined by the points you earn in the class. It is to your advantage to study and prepare throughout the semester, so you are not in the position of missing the next higher grade by a point or two at the end of the semester.

Note: I will not respond to emails asking me to adjust or add points to your grade.  Exam scores are adjusted when necessary; such adjustments are made immediately after each exam and applied to all students taking that exam.  No other grade adjustments are made. 

Academic Honesty: Academic honesty is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person's work has been responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences that range from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, or collaboration, consult the instructor. The University has specific academic dishonesty administrative procedures. In particular, it is NEVER PERMISSIBLE to turn in any WORK THAT HAS BEEN COPIED from another student or from a published source.

In this course, cheating, or the appearance of it, will result in an automatic Zero on that exam or paper. Such actions include displaying a test for others to see, looking at another person's test paper, attempting to communicate in any manner with another student during the test, irregularities in research participation or Smartwork materials, or fabricated e-mails. In addition, any incident of cheating will be reported to the provost’s office

Accommodations For Students With Disabilities: If you have a disability and need accommodations (for example, extended testing time, notetakers, large print materials), please inform your instructor privately as soon as possible. In most circumstances, students with disablilities seeking academic accommodations should also register with the Access Office, A048 Brady Commons, 882-4696. As necessary, the Access Office will review documentation about your disability and about the need for accommodations you are requesting. The Access Office will then assist in planning for any necessary accommodations.

Intellectual Property Notice
All course materials including but not limited to the syllabus, course assignments, study guides, learning guides, online lecture videos and content, and lab book (i.e. course pack) are property of the instructor and University and may not be shared online or distributed in any manner to others. Students are prohibited from posting course materials or notes online and from selling notes to or being paid for taking notes by any person or commercial firm without the express written permission of the professor teaching this course. Doing so will constitute both an academic integrity violation and a copyright violation. Violations of copyright laws could subject you to civil penalties and criminal liability. Violations of academic integrity may subject you to disciplinary action under University policies

Class Schedule and Assignments
Week Date Topic Assignments
01 1/19

Course Overview

Scientist at Work: Video Interview with Gazzaniga

NYT Profile: Michael Gazzaniga


Song: Don't Stop (Believing) ; Journey



Scientific Thinking: Biases

Article: Autism and Vaccines

Journal Article: Talk Rates in College Men vs. Women

Chapter 1

Mass Pre-test Now Open

Direct Link to Mass Pre-test

Main Sona Site

Song: Superstition; Stevie Wonder

02 1/26

Scientific Method

Article: Facilitated Communication

Article: Learning Styles Review

Article: Massa & Mayer


Chapter 2


Song: There, There; Radiohead




Research Designs: Descriptive STudies

Meier, et al: Cannabis Use

Chapter 2

How To Use Inquizitive DUE


Song: I Turn My Camera On; Spoon

03 2/2

Research Designs: Correlational Studies & Experiments

Article: Lumosity Claims

Chapter 2

Song: Effect and Cause (The White Stripes)



Brain & Behavior

Video Clip: Deep Brain Stimulation

Chapter 3

Song: Read My Mind ( The Killers)



04 2/9


Brain & Behavior


Chapter 3

Song: Phantom Limb (The Shins)



Brain & Behavior, con't

Article: Identical Twins, separated at birth

Article: The Mixed-Up Brothers of Columbia


Song: Cat's in the Cradle (Harry Chapin)

05 2/16


Catch Up and Review

Study Guide for Exam 1

Facilitated Communication Video

Transcript of Video

Chapter 3

Song : Under Pressure ( Queen, w/David Bowie)

  2/18 Exam 1

During Regular Class Time




Consciousness: States of Consciousnes

Chapter 4

Song: Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)



Article: The Interpreter and StoryTelling

Article: Truth About Left/Right Brain

Split Brain Video

Song: Can't Explain ( The Who)

07 3/1 Sleep

Chap 4

Song: I Don't Sleep, I Dream (REM)





Song: Dreams (Allman Brothers)

08 3/8

Sleep Disorders

Learning: Non-Associative

"Mint, Dwight?"

Article: How to Train Your Husband

Chapter 6

Song: Talking in your Sleep ( The Romantics)


Learning: Classical Conditioning


Chapter 6

Song: Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen)


09 3/15

Learning: Operant Conditioning


Chap 6

Song: Shock the Monkey (Peter Gabriel)



Learning: Observational Learning


Article: Clive Wearing

Article: H.M. Obituary

Article: Original 1957 Scoville & Milnor Report on H.M.

Video Link: Superior Autobiographical Memory

Video Link: Brenda Milnor Studies

Chap 7


Song: Vicarious (Tool)




10 3/22

Memory Systems



Chap 7

Song: Forget You (CeeLo Green)

  3/24 NO CLASS



  3/26-4/3 SPRING BREAK  
11 4/5

Catch up and Review

Updated Study Guide for Exam 2



Song: Think ( Aretha Franklin)



Exam 2



12 4/12

Memory: Distortion & False Memories

Article: Problems with Eyewitness testimony

Article: Ryan Ferguson Case

Video: Problems with Eyewitness Memory



Song: My Favorite Memory ( Merle Haggard)



Social Psych: Attribution; Prison Study

Youtube Video: Stanford Prison Study



Chapter 12



Song: You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison ( My Chemical Romance)

13 4/19

Social Psych: Conformity, Compliance, Obedience

Group Decision Making

Chap 12


Song: We Do as We're Told (Peter Gabriel)


Social Psych: Attitudes; Cognitive Dissonance

Helping Behavior

Article: Darley, Good Samaritan


Chapter 14


Last Day to turn in Alternative Assignments: please turn in paper copy in class


Song: Help (The Beatles)

14 4/26

Psychological Disorders: Criteria for Diagnosis


Chapter 14

Song: Crazy in Love ( Beyonce)


Anxiety Disorders


Chap 15


Song: Psycho Killer ( The Talking Heads)

15 5/3

Schizophrenia; Mood Disorders

Catch- up and Review

Latest Study Guide for Exam 3

Chapter 15




Exam 3

During Regular Class Time







Make-Up Exams

Make-Up Exams:

Essay/short answer

Cover same material as on regular exam


If you missed an exam, make-ups are by prior approval only.


Please contact our TA to schedule make-ups approved by Dr. Segert



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