After an almost two-month hiatus, I am back on the blog. In that time, I finished up my first semester research on Bipolar Disorder. Lily and I presented a brief version of what we learned to the school and gave a more in-depth presentation to Teacher Margaret. Overall, both of us were quite pleased with how we finished up the semester.
With college on the horizon, I thought it would be a good idea to shift focus and study general psychology for this semester. I want to see if psychology or neuroscience is something that I want to continue to pursue in college and am hoping that this semester will help me figure it out. The current plan is to finish-up the Yale Online Psychology Course that I started over the summer. While I’m watching the lectures I’m also going to see if I can study for the AP Psychology test. Even if I don’t place out of a Psychology 101 class in college, I still want a solid foundation.
Memorizing facts is an important part of psychology but I will be unfulfilled if I do that all semester. I plan on writing a research paper or creating some type of project as my Demonstration of Learning. As I keep going through the lectures I will find some topic that interests me. Right now, I am leaning towards creating a Brain Games type experiment. I always loved how the creators of the show fooled the audience and then explained how they did it through a explanation of the human brain and psychology. Still, this is not a firm plan and I am sure I will develop many more ideas as the semester progresses.
This week, I looked over my notes from the first five video lectures I watched. I also read the corresponding chapters from Peter Gray’s Psychology textbook. There are still a few confusing parts so I might skim over the lectures or meet with my mentor and ask her some of my questions. Since this is the foundation of psychology, I want to make sure that I have a firm understanding of the beginning concepts. Overall, I’m extremely excited for the semester. I love how Independent Seminar gives me the freedom to create my own path and go on tangents based on what interests me that day or week.
“Brain Games and Lunch at Weston Senior Center | The Weston Forum.”The Weston Forum. N.p., 03 June 2013. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.