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Adolescent Psychology introduces students to the study of adolescent behavior and the research methods/statistics used by psychologists to answer basic questions concerning the human condition. The course provides students with the critical thinking skills and in depth knowledge necessary to understand the major concepts in the field of adolescent psychology. The pace of the course and depth of each unit of study is altered to accommodate the needs of this special population. Topics such as adolescent development, learning, memory, personality theories, emotions, therapy types, social psychology and the influence of culture and current social norms are explored. In addition to reading and class discussions, information will be gathered through experiments, projects and demonstrations.  Students will learn how to analyze data and draw conclusions.  This is a full year elective course open to 11th and 12th grade students.







Month or Quarter




Quarter 1


Unit 1:  Introduction and Research Methods


Unit 2:  Neuroscience and Behavior


Unit 3:  Sensation and Perception


Unit 4:  Consciousness and Its Variations


Quarter 2


Unit 5:  Memory


Unit 6: Motivation and Emotion


Quarter 3


Unit 7:  Lifespan Development


Unit 8:  Personality


Quarter 4


Unit 9:  Social Psychology

Unit 10: Psychological Disorders

Unit 11: Therapies


Thinking About Psychology:  A Science of Mind and Behavior. Blair-Broeker, Ernst. Worth, 2008. Approved by the Ridgewood Board of Education May 3, 2010.