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Psyc 3010, Summer Session

Dr. Mills


If you have questions, email me at: [memills@gmail.com]

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WEEK 1 ASSIGNMENTS:


IMPORTANT: SOME LINKS ARE NOT WORKING PROPERLY -- THEY HAVE A COUPLE OF EXTRA CHARACTERS AT THE END OF THE LINK. YOU CAN GO TO THE LINK, REMOVE THOSE CHARACTERS, PRESS ENTER, AND THE LINK SHOULD WORK. I WILL FIX THESE SOON!


SYLLABUS: First, if you have not done so already, read the summer course syllabus. (Note: the summer syllabus is different from the regular semester syllabus.)


EMAIL COMMUNICATION:

By default, I will use your LMU email address to contact you regarding course information. If you would like me to use a different email address, email me with the alternate info.


BOOKS:

If you have not done so already, order the required books required for this course, as noted in the syllabus. They are available at online book sellers (Amazon.com, etc.), as well as at your local bookstore.



SUNDAY EVENING: TESTS and SYNCHRONOUS COMMUNICATIONS:

Most of this class will be asynchronous (you can do the classwork whenever you wish). However, we may also meet online a few times during the course.

Let's reserve Sunday evening (say from 7 - 9pm, PST) for synchronous classroom exercises. If this won't work for you, please let me know.

Also, online quizzes and tests will be given on Sunday evenings.



CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR WEB BROWSER IS SET TO ACCEPT POP-UP WINDOWS

Your web browser must be set to accept pop-up windows, otherwise you will not be able to see some tests/quizzes and web pages.


ONLINE LECTURES:

You will have a choice of viewing either of two types of online lectures.

You can either watch a video recording of a classroom lecture, or, you can view basically the same same lecture recorded as a as PowerPoint presentation with narration. You might view both first to see which type you prefer.

If you are asked for a password to see a video, the password is: zebra



HOW TO SPEED UP LECTURE VIDEOS (not available for recorded classroom lectures):

You may find it helpful to speed up videos to 1.5 or 2.0 their normal playback speed. This makes the video lecture go by more quickly, and without a loss of comprehension. Speakers typically talk more slowly than we can process the information. For an overview of how/why to do this, see: [[2]] If you use Chrome for web browsing, here is an extension that can speed up Vimeo videos: [[3]] Otherwise, to speed up lectures, follow these steps:

Download and install VLC Media Player.

If you don't already have the VLC Media Player you can download it (free) here: [[4]]


To view a video and speed up the playback:

Directly from the web: Start the VLC Video Player Click on Media Click on Open Network Stream Copy the web address of the video Click on Play

From a file on your computer. Alternatively, you could download the video, and then play it in VLC.

To speed up the video: Click on Playback Click on SpeedIncrease the playback speed to 1x or 2x(you might wish to experiment to see whatplayback speed works best for you.)


WEEK 1 - TOPICS AND READINGS:


Overview of the course and theoretical approach / Importance and benefits of understanding opposite sex / Obstacles to understanding opposite sex Generalizations / Is vs. Ought: What is natural is not necessarily good.


VIEW THESE ONLINE VIDEOS:

Discovering Psychology, with Philip Zimbardo. Program 17, Sex and Gender

[[5]]


Note: This video is a bit dated, but it does illustrate the sometimes conflicting explanations of sex and gender. Note that sometimes sex differences are said to have biological causality, and at other times in the video, it is suggested that culture alone socializes males and females to be different. And, at other times, it is said that sex differences are determined by the interaction of both nature and nurture (this is the generally accepted scientific perspective today).



Online Lecture: Chapter 1 -- Introduction

Download the PowerPoint slides for this lecture: [[6]]

(If you do not have PowerPoint installed on your computer, you can download a free PowerPoint Reader here: [[7]] )

Or, if you don't have PowerPoint (or are using a Mac), you can download a PDF file of the slides here: [[8]]

You may wish to print out the PowerPoint file, so that you can write notes on it as you listen to the lecture. (Note: There may be a few slight differences between the PowerPoint on the recorded lecture and the PowerPoint that you download.)

LECTURE RECORDINGS:

You can either view a classroom recording of the lecture (Option 1), or, you can view a PowerPoint slideshow with narration (Option 2). You may wish to first view a bit of both to see which type of presentation you prefer.

OPTION 1//: VIDEO RECORDING OF CLASSROOM LECTURE:

This is a video of the introductory class lecture that was recorded during a previous classroom based course. It was recorded with the Echo360 system, which records both what appears on the classroom screen, as well as a video of the front of the classroom.

To view the online lecture, try to be at a computer with a high speed internet connection. If there are buffering problems (the video presentation stops to buffer), you may wish to allow the lecture to download/buffer for about 10 minutes before you start to watch it.

Once you have done that, you will be able to skip to various part of the lecture using the "Scenes" selection menu on the right side as indicated for each lecture.

For this lecture, click on the "Scenes" button. Then scroll down the scenes until you come to Scene 11. When you mouse over Scene 11, it should be highlighted. This is the the beginning of this lecture. Click on Scene 11.

Here is the link to the lecture recording: [[9]]

You will note that you can choose certain Echo360 settings.

Configuration: If you choose Broadband, it will take longer to download, but you can also view videos that are presented during lecture. If you choose Dial In, it will download faster, but the embedded videos will only appear as a slide show (a frame from the video every 5 seconds or so) along with the audio of the video.

Generally, it is better to select Broadband unless you are on a very slow internet connection.

Theme and Layout: Your choice between a light and dark background.

Once you have viewed this lecture, continue on to Part 2.


Chapter 1 -- Introduction Lecture, Part 2: [[10]]

Start with Scene 31. Stop after Scene 46. (Again, it may take quite a while, perhaps over 20 minutes, for the presentation to download up to slide 31, so start this sometime before you wish to view it.)


OPTION 2: WATCH A VIDEO OF THE POWERPOINT SLIDES WITH NARRATION

This is a video lecture using PowerPoint slides with narration. It covers the same material as the classroom lecture recording.

Part 1: [[11]] Part 2: [[12]] Part 3: [[13]]



Readings:

Mills, Chapter 1 [14] ].


Psychology Today blog posts:

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[[16]]

[[17]]



CHAPTER 2 -- TOPICS AND READINGS:

Topics: Proximate differentiation: Fetal brain hormonalization / masculinization and defeminization.




READINGS:


Mills, Chapter 2 [18] (first ½, up to section: NEURAL MASCULINIZATION AND DEFEMINIZATION )


POWERPOINT SLIDES:

Download and print the PowerPoint slides for this lecture. (note, we will only cover the material in these slides up to this section: NEURAL MASCULINIZATION AND DEFEMINIZATION )

PowerPoint: https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B9CeNGEoAbqyMGRhOWY4NWYtYTQyZi00ZjZjLWEwOGItOWNlZTE0NWFiMTIw&hl=en_US&authkey=CLaNwSo

or PDF format: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B9CeNGEoAbqyODViMTI2OWEtMzFiOS00NjAyLWEyZjgtOWExOTcyMzA0MDVj&hl=en_US&authkey=CMGnyPgI


ONLINE LECTURE:

Chapter 2 -- Proximate Differentiation, Part 1:

OPTION 1: VIDEO RECORDING OF CLASSROOM LECTURE:

http://mentor.lmu.edu:8080/ess/echo/presentation/2f096caf-520f-47f3-b094-c04e485efd1b Start with Scene 46, and go to end. (Note: It may take quite a while, perhaps over 10 minutes, for the presentation to download up to slide 46, so start this sometime before you wish to view it.)

OPTION 2: WATCH A VIDEO OF THE POWERPOINT SLIDES WITH NARRATION

Lecture: [[19]]



REQUIRED ONLINE VIDEOS:

Watch these required online videos.

Brain Sex, Part 1 -- (26 minutes) -- Note: The audio is out of sync with the video --sorry. You should be able to get the main ideas, however. [[20]]

The Sexual Brain, with Roger Bingham (about 25 minutes) [[21]]



HOMEWORK: DISCUSSION FORUM POST and REPLY:


BEFORE Sunday, 6:00pm PST, POST TO THE CLASS WEEK 1 DISCUSSION FORUM (Worth up to 5 points)



Write at least a few sentences describing a question you have, or a relevant comment / reflection, related to one of the class topics this week. The more you demonstrate that you have given some serious thought / investigation to the issue (maybe cite and link to some relevant articles, news or research), the higher your points awarded for this assignment will be (up to a maximum of 5 points). Also, please respond to at least one other thread by another student.

> Go to my.lmu.edu Click on: System Login Click on Brightspace Click on our class Select Discussion from the menu item list at the top Click on the blue highlighted Week 1 Click "Start a New Thread" > Add your comment or question. Remember to include one or two links to an article(s) related to your topic and briefly summarize what you found. > Remember to write a reply to at least one other's post to get full credit. (Worth up to 5 points).


After you have written your comment, remember to save it before exiting.



QUIZ: On the above materials on Sunday at 8:00pm PST.

Our online quiz will available this Sunday starting at 8pm PST. You can start the exam at any time from 8:00 - 8:30 PST. The test timer will start when you begin to take the test. The quiz will be open until 8:00pm.

If you are in a different time zone (say, on the East Coast, or in Europe), email me and I will set up a different time that works for you to take the quiz.

There will be a total of 20 questions on the quiz. You will have 20 minutes to complete the quiz. You may spend as much or as little time on any particular question, as long as you do not exceed the time limit. Once the time limit is reached, your test session will automatically close.


> Go to my.lmu.edu Click on: System Logins Click on Brightspace Click on our class Select Quizzes from the menu item list at the top > Select Week 1 Quiz (or Quiz 1)


I will be monitoring my email during the testing time window. If you have any problems taking the test, email me immediately: [memills@gmail.com]



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