- Serendip Studio provides a more in-depth look at the development of psychology from Descartes to James
- History of Psychology is an interactive site that allows you to explore the timeline of psychology
Video 2-1: Birth of Psychology ((https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3m-Ge-bTPM) uploaded by Transmission
Watch The Early Reaction Time video to explore some of the early work on reaction time (i.e. how quickly a person can respond to a stimulus):
Video 2-2: Early Reaction Time Research in Psychology (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UhQoYBPfpQ&feature=youtu.be) uploaded by christoyork
Then think of a way to measure the reaction time of your friends and/or family. Is there an app on your phone you could use?
Now, come up with an hypothesis about something that might influence reaction time (e.g. it will be slowed by fatigue, children will have faster RTs than adults, people will be faster if I offer them a reward etc.) and see if you can test it.
How would you design a proper test of your hypothesis if you had more time and resources?
- Test my Brain: Now that you have explored other people’s reaction times why not test your own cognitive speed (https://www.testmybrain.org/)
- Which Famous Psychologist Are you Most Like? This pop quiz asks you a number of questions then claims to tell you which famous psychologist you are most like. Try it and see what you think!
Annenberg Foundation. (2017). History of Psychology. Retrieved from https://www.learner.org/series/discoveringpsychology/history/history_flash.html
Christoyork. (2010, October 1). Early reaction time research in psychology. [Video]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/8UhQoYBPfpQ
Hall, A. (2015, March 11). Which famous psychologist are you most like. Retrieved from http://www.playbuzz.com/ashleighh11/which-famous-psychologist-are-you-most-like
Neuro Transmissions. (2017, February 19). The birth of psychology. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3m-Ge-bTPM
Serendip Studio. (2018). Serendip studio: A digital ecosystem, fueled by serendipity. Retrieved from http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/Mind/Table.html
TestMyBrain. (2018). TestMyBrain. Retrieved from https://www.testmybrain.org/