Module 2 Test This Week!

Due Dates and Study Activities

INSTRUCT: Music and the Brain EXTRA CREDIT

As you prepare for your test on Tuesday, take some time to complete the Extra Credit assignment for Module 2. Up to three (3) extra credit points will be added to your Module 2 MC test (up to a max of a grade of 100%) - make sure you complete all elements of the assignment for the credit - you may have to check back later in the day to finish your responses - enjoyable topic, worth the effort!

The New York Times - and many other media outlets - published a series of articles discussing the influence of music on our brain.

The quick and easy explanation is that music brings a unique pleasure to humans. Of course, that still leaves the question of why. But for that, neuroscience is starting to provide some answers.

More than a decade ago, our research team used brain imaging to show that music that people described as highly emotional engaged the reward system deep in their brains — activating subcortical nuclei known to be important in reward, motivation and emotion. Subsequently we found that listening to what might be called “peak emotional moments” in music — that moment when you feel a “chill” of pleasure to a musical passage — causes the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, an essential signaling molecule in the brain. (

CELEBRATE: Extra Effort

Congratulations for working ahead - and posted to the Extra Credit Forum early: Walker, Anna, Sophie, Josefina, and Sydney P.

Thank you for going the Extra Mile!

INFORM: Don't forget Module 2 Testing Starts TUESDAY, September 23rd!

After reading the following testing details, scroll down to find tips for preparing for your Tests!

There will be two days that the test will be open for you to take the multiple-choice and written part of your test. If you have a valid excuse for missing the testing window, there will be one makeup day. However, I will require verification from your ELA or your parent/guardian that the absence was due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances. (these are discussed in detail in the student handbook and the course syllabus).

The first test on Module 2 will be the multiple-choice test that can be administered September 23rd or September 24th. If you are on an A/B schedule, you should plan to take the test on the day you are in class. Remember - makeup days are for valid absences. If you are in class on the 23rd, you should take the test on the 23rd! You will have 40 minutes to complete this multiple-choice test.

The second part is a written timed essay will be administered September 24th or 25th. You will have 25 minutes to complete this timed essay. The timed essay for Module 2 counts as an Essay grade - as such, it will count 35% of your TOTAL GRADE for the QUARTER!

Testing Reminders!

Test Preparation Items:

textbook companion website

The textbook companion website can be accessed from the AP Psychology class in Moodle. The website has practice tests, flashcards, chapter summaries and activities to help students understand the material.

8th edition -

9th edition -

10th edition -

Annenberg Media's: Discovering Psychology Video Series with Companion Website

A FREE video instructional series on introductory psychology for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 26 half-hour video programs and coordinated books. Highlighting major new developments in the field, this updated edition of Discovering Psychology offers high school and college students, and teachers of psychology at all levels, an overview of historic and current theories of human behavior. Stanford University professor and author Philip Zimbardo narrates as leading researchers, practitioners, and theorists probe the mysteries of the mind and body.

Education Portal

Another free online resource is Education Portal, which has video based review resources for AP Psychology. Access them through this link:

Resources with some cost (Not Required)

Use the Study Guide.

Study Guides are available inexpensively through online booksellers. Although a study guide is NOT required, the MC questions that are in the study guide are either remarkably similar or the same as the ones on the test. The study guide is not only good for its practice tests, but for the "walk through the section" part which helps students find key facts in the material.


Psych2Go is a resource that accompanies your textbook. For 99 cents per chapter, or $9.99 for the book, you can access downloadable reviews, quizzes, and flashcards to help you review and master concepts for your course. It is NOT required, but may make studying and review more accessible.

The Boundless Psychology Open Textbook

From We work with domain experts to curate and organize high quality, openly licensed content. This content comes from government resources, open educational repositories, and other openly licensed websites. The result is a great free online learning resource. This is the FREE Resource!

However, for a fee (about $19.99) Boundless offers other options: Did you know we can re-organize this content to provide an alternative to your assigned textbook? For example, get the Boundless alternative to Psychology 10th Edition , Psychology 9th Edition or Psychology in Modules 10th Edition