Psychology 110 - Fundamentals of Psychology

Course Catalog Description

According to Illinois State University's 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog, Psychology 110-Fundamentals of Psychology is "A review and critical analysis of psychology's most influential explanations of human behavior." Students may be expected to participate in experiments. Not for credit if had PSY 111. Not for credit in PSY major. May not be taken under the CT/NC option. Formerly EXPLAINING HUMAN BEHAVIOR. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or COM 110 or concurrent registration.



If there are ever any announcements related to the class (e.g., if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather) I'll post them here.

My Office Hours
Each week I will hold regularly scheduled office hours (444 DeGarmo) at the following times:

Mondays 1-2
Thursdays 10-11

You are welcome to stop by during those times with no appointment needed. If those times don't work, please send me an e-mail with some times you're free, and I'll let you know what times I could meet with you.
Teaching Assistant
Paige will help with the course this semester. She will hold a weekly office hour during which you may stop by to discuss course material, seek help with exam preparation, look at exams you've taken, or copy notes if you missed a class. Her office hours will be held at a desk in the hall across from DeGarmo 444 (4th floor) during the following time each week:

Mondays 2-3


Syllabus (PDF)
The course syllabus is the same as the one we distributed on the first day of class.


Click this link to get to your Psychology 110 gradebook. This will allow you to check your grades any time throughout the semester. I try to be as accurate as possible when recoring grades, but if you think there is a mistake, please let me know. You will need to enter your ULID and ULID password in order to access the gradebook. I do not know your ULID password, so if you forget yours, you will need to re-set it here.

I have now posted scores from Exam 4 and final course grades.

On Exam 4, the class did just fine once again. The scores ranged from 40% to 100%, with a class average of 76%.

Please contact me if you believe I made a clerical error in calculating your grade. Please do not ask if I'll give additional opportunities to earn extra points or bump your score up for other reasons. I realize it's incredibly frustrating to be within a point or two of the next letter grade, but grade cut-offs have to be set somewhere, and the only way I can grade fairly is to establish the grading criteria at the beginning of the semester and then stick to them for all students.

Good luck with any remaining exams, and best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break!


 Study Guides and Exam Review Sessions

For each exam, I have developed a study guide telling you what I think is most important for you to know from the text. You can download the study guides here. Information about review sessions will be posted here once times and locations have been set.


Study Guide for Exam 1 (PDF)


Study Guide for Exam 2 (PDF)


Study Guide for Exam 3 (PDF)


Study Guide for Exam 4 (PDF)


Paige has agreed to hold an optional review session for those who would like extra assistance with preparation for the last exam. At the review session, she will tell you how she prepared for exams, answer questions you might have about the course material, and present some practice questions for you to try. If you would like to attend, the review session will be at the following time:


Thursday, December 4 - 5:30 p.m. -- Schroeder 103


If you're not able to attend the review session but would like to go over information or try practice questions, you're welcome to come to any of our office hours.




Extra Credit

You may earn up to 5 optional extra credit points during each unit of the course. See the syllabus for the deadlines; once a deadline has passed, no additional extra credit may be earned for that unit. You may earn extra credit anytime before the deadline. If you earn more than 5 points for one unit, the remainder will be applied to the next unit.

There are two ways to earn extra credit (you can do one or both for each unit if you choose):

(1)  Participate in psychology research studies.

Start by going to this website to read about your rights and responsibilities as a participant:

Then, sign up for studies using the Sona Systems on-line program: The user id is the same as your ULID. The password will be generated by the Sona Systems program early in the second week of the semester and sent to your ISU e-mail account. Please check your ISU e-mail and let the Experiment Coordinator ( know if you do not receive a password from Sona Systems by the end of the second week of the semester. When contacting him, please supply the following information: First Name, Last Name, Course(s) you wish to use your credits in, and your User ID (your ULID).

Once you sign up for a study, you will show up at the appointed time and location, and the researcher will describe the study. You always have the right to choose not to participate in a study once you hear about what it involves. Following your participation, researchers will award you the appropriate credit for the study. Credit is awarded based on time (e.g., a one-hour study = 1 credit; a half-hour study = .5 credits, etc.). You will receive an automated e-mail notification of the credit you were awarded for each study. For this course, you will earn 2 extra credit points per hour of research participation. I will update the course gradebook with your extra credit points shortly after each deadline.

(2)   Summarize research studies from journal articles.

For each unit of the course you may choose one of two articles to read and summarize:  

Unit 1

     Milner, B., Corkin, S., & Teuber, H. L. (1968). Further analysis of the hippocampal amnesic syndrome: 14-year followup study of H.M. Neuropsychologia, 6, 215-234.


     van Honk, J., Tuiten, A., Hermans, E., Putnam, P., Koppeschaar, H., Thijssen, J., Verbaten, R., & van Doornen, L. (2001). A single administration of testosterone induces cardiac accelerative responses to angry faces in healthy young women. Behavioral Neuroscience, 115, 238-242.

Unit 2

     Talarico, J. M., & Rubin, D. C. (2003). Confidence, not consistency, characterizes flashbulb memories. Psychological Science, 14, 455-461.


     Hamilton, M. E., Voris, J. C., Sebastian, P. S., Singha, A. K., Krejci, L. P., Elder, I. R., et al. (1998). Money as a tool to extinguish conditioned responses to cocaine in addicts. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 54, 211-218.

Unit 3

     Emerson, M. O., Kimbro, R. T., & Yancey, G. (2002). Contact theory extended: The effects of prior racial contact on current social ties. Social Science Quarterly, 83, 745-761.


     Jaffee, S., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T. E., Belsky, J., & Silva, P. (2001). Why are children born to teen mothers at risk for adverse outcomes in young adulthood? Results from a 20-year longitudinal study. Development & Psychopathology, 13, 377-397.

Unit 4

     Caspi, A. (2000). The child is father of the man: Personality continuities from childhood to adulthood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 158-172.


     Wegner, D. M., Schneider, D. J., Carter, S. R., & White, T. L. (1987). Paradoxical effects of thought suppression. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 53, 5-13.

After choosing the article you want to summarize, you will need to obtain a copy of the article by going to Milner Library or by downloading it from Milnerís website. Click here to see a tutorial on how to find the articles from Milner (and make sure your computer's volume is not muted).

Summaries should be 2 double-spaced, typed pages and should include a description of the purpose of the study, a description of the method, and a description of what the findings were. Only thorough and well-written summaries will receive full credit; typos, grammar errors, or less thorough work will result in less than full credit. Each summary may earn a maximum of 5 points. Be careful not to plagiarize. Use your own words.


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