Thursday, June 16, 2011

Next stop...Bratislava.

My permanent e-mail address is  Any and all former students needing a letter of recommendation, just let me know and I will be glad to provide one.  I wish all of you the best of luck and keep in touch - I am curious to see how each of you navigate through life.  See you out there, somewhere in the world.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Apocalypse Averted: Wish I hadn't emptied my bank account...

Why do so many people chose to believe in each unfounded revelation of the apocalypse? Are humans so starved for a path to follow that they cling to anyone who appears to have solved the mystery of the end of the world? Learn more about the psychology behind the apocalypse:
Mayan Calendar

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Best and Worst Psychological Studies and Experiments Of All Time

Psychology has always wondered why we do what we do and think what we think.  Studies and experiments have been designed over the years to answer the many questions we have about human (and animal) behavior.  While some of these investigations have been very helpful in understanding ourselves, many have gone wildly astray and become infamous for their diabolical nature.  Read more about some of psychology's best and worst moments.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

2009-2010 IB-Psychology Test Results - Great Job AST!

The American School of Tegucigalpa had 51 juniors who completed the Internal Assessment and sat for the year-end exams. (32 students were IB Diploma Candidates and 19 students were Certificate Candidates.)

Internal Assessment:  AST had 22 students that earned a grade of 7 on the Internal Assessment!  An additional 14 students earned a score of 6 and ten more came in with a very respectable score of 5. There were also three students who scored 4 on their paper.  Great job everyone.   One student submitted a perfect paper with a moderated mark of 20/20!  Two others came in with marks of 19/20 and three submitted papers earning 18/20. 

Overall Scores:  Of the 51 students who sat for papers 1 & 2 of the exam, 73% (37 students) passed with a grade of 4 or higher.  We had three 6's and one 7 on paper number 2. 

Great results for a great class of IB students - now, on to 2011!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

From Milgram to Zimbardo to Abu Ghraib

How would you respond to orders to hurt another person? Can a person's environment influence them to the point of doing things they once considered "evil"? Studies - often quite unethical - hace been conducted over the years to better understand the human mind, what it is capable of and how easily it can be manipulated.  Like most experiments, however, these were born out of of real-life situations that continue exist.  Find out about the famous experiments of Stanley Milgram and Phillip Zimbardo as well as the infamous prison: Abu Ghraib.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Does Spanking Result in Aggressive (and less intelligent) Kids?

The ongoing debate over whether spanking is an acceptable punishment has new fuel.  Researchers have concluded that spanking kids at an early age can increase the likelihood of aggressive behavior in children later in life.  Oh, and there may be an effect on the child's IQ as well.  Find out what the experts say...,8599,1981019,00.html,8599,1926222,00.html;101/4/723