Videos for Psychology Teachers

High school psychology teachers can expand their knowledge with these videos of presentations from psychology conferences. The videos are sponsored by the APA Education Directorate and Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS), and funded by the American Psychological Foundation through the generous support of Lee Gurel, PhD. APA's Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology) also provided support for one of these videos.

Featured Talk: Understanding the DSM-5

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2014 APA Pre-convention Workshop

These sessions were recorded at the 2014 APA Pre-convention Workshop for Introductory Psychology Teachers in Washington, D.C. These videos range from 30 minutes to approximately one hour in length.

  • Understanding the DSM-5: What Every Teacher Needs to Know,” Greg Neimeyer, PhD, APA Education Directorate
    This lecture reviews changes in the DSM-5, including elimination of the traditional multiaxial system and the reorganization of numerous disorders previous held under different categories.

  • Update on the International Classification of Diseases,” Lynn Bufka, PhD, APA Practice Directorate
    This lecture discusses the ICD, including the history, when and how it will be updated, its functionality and flexibility as a global text and the issues that may arise when using the ICD.

  • Color Vision,” Jeffrey Stowell, PhD, Eastern Illinois University
    This lecture reviews two different color vision theories as complementary processes: the trichromatic theory of color and the opponent process theory of color.

  • Perplexing Neurons,” Jeffrey Stowell, PhD, Eastern Illinois University
    This lecture provides a comprehensive review of how neurons work. Topics include the sodium-potassium pump, action potentials and myelination.

  • Nature or Nurture? The New role of Epigenetics,” Jeffrey Stowell, PhD, Eastern Illinois University
    This lecture discusses epigenetics, including a look at genetics and behavior and epigenetic mechanisms.

  • Confusing Conditioning,” Jeffrey Stowell, PhD, Eastern Illinois University
    This lecture reviews the differences between positive and negative reinforcement and positive and negative punishment, explaining how to distinguish easily between the four different categories.

2012 APA Annual Convention

These sessions were recorded at the 2012 APA Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. Each video is approximately 45 minutes.

2012 APA/Clark University Workshop Presentations

These sessions were recorded at the 2012 APA/Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers, Worcester, Mass. The workshop is sponsored by APA, Clark University and the American Psychological Foundation, thanks to generous support from Lee Gurel, PhD. These videos range from 35 minutes to 90 minutes in length. 

Please note that the video descriptions underneath each video (in YouTube) of the presentations from the two master high school teachers include time codes to different activities or parts of the talks.
  • Scientific Inquiry and the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula,” Michael Sullivan and Debra Park

    This session provides teaching activities and resources for use in the high school psychology classroom, including activities to do with students on the first day of class to introduce the concept of scientific inquiry. 

  • Teaching Sensation and Perception,” Marianne Wiser, PhD

    This session provides strategies for teaching sensation and perception to psychology students, suggesting that teachers begin the unit with concepts that students usually grasp more easily, such as pain.

  • Presentations on Biological Bases of Behavior,” Michael Sullivan and Debra Park

    This session provides classroom activity ideas to help teach concepts in the biopsychology unit, such as neurotransmission and states of consciousness. Internet resources are provided. 

  • The Importance of Research Methods in Introductory Psychology,” Randy Smith, PhD

    The session stresses the importance of teaching research methods in the psychology classroom, emphasizing its role as the base for psychology as a discipline.

  • Learning Science Research and High School Psychology” Nancy Budwig, PhD

    This session discusses ideas surrounding how young people learn, reviewing an interdisciplinary approach that combines behaviorism, cognition and constructivism. Critical thinking and the role played by motivation in learning are highlighted. 

  • Presentations on Life Span Development,” Michael Sullivan and Debra Park

    This session focuses on adulthood, aging and stage theories, and provides some quick classroom activities to implement within the development unit.

  • Presentation on Individual Variations and Cognition,” Michael Sullivan

    This session focuses on individual variations, such as motivation and emotion, and cognition and includes a number of classroom activities that will help illustrate concepts of memory.

  • Adolescent Sleep,” Amy Wolfson, PhD

    This session presents a survey of research on adolescent sleep trends, including topics such as delays in circadian timing of sleep, adolescent caffeine use, and school start times and how they relate to staying up later and later during the adolescent years.

  • Presentations on Social Psychology and New Research,” Michael Sullivan and Debra Park

    This session reviews using social psychology topics to teach other units throughout the high school psychology course and presents ways to integrate new psychological research in the classroom.


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