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Group Assignments

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Here are your assignments for posting groups. These are not the same as your in-class discussion groups (these are organized by last name and apply only to blog posting). Check the syllabus for the posting and comments schedule for your group.

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Needs Work: "Deja Vu"

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The tendency of feeling that you lived past through that moment and going through the same experience is something that I struggle with everyday. Usually, it's a feeling that I get that I said thing before, or I have done this thing before. One day, I had a math exam and the night before I was dreaming that I was taking the exam, so I could remember all the questions very clearly. When I woke up and REALLY went to do my exam I saw some of the questions that was on my dream. I was really freaked out about the Idea that I knew the questions before even seeing them. It is a very interesting phenomena to witness and withhold such an amazing theory and to be the lab rat of that experiment.


"The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes..." (Audrey Hepburn)

Perhaps Ms. Hepburn knows what she's talking about. Page 137 of our psychology text books states that "The dilation (expansion) of the pupil also has a psychological significance." Psychologists have discovered that the pupil dilates when we find somebody physically attractive.

The book hypothesizes that people with larger pupils are found more attractive. This could be because we are attracted to those who are attracted to us ( So ladies, if you find a guy attractive don't hide your eyes, show them off. It could work to your advantage.


I was intrigued by these claims and wanted to find more. Being a student of the 21st century, I hopped on Google. I was surprised to discover how much our eyes really do convey. I found out the following things on a psychology today website ( Our eyes say a lot about our emotions, such as happy or sad. When we're happy our eyes also tend to dilate, but when we're sad they contract. Furthermore, when we see a sad face our pupils will contract as well, revealing compassion.

Fear can also make our eyes dilate. Big-Eyes-animal-humor-4515746-1280-800.jpg

Pupils also have to do with our memory. The website above states that when we learn something new our eyes dilate while we're storing it into our memories. When we draw information from memories already stored our eyes dilate once again.

While our eyes may not be "windows to our soul" per se, they do reveal a lot. So for you dark and mysterious types out there you may want to grab a pair of dark Oakleys. Those of you looking for a friend, keep your eyes "wide open" and don't be afraid of a little eye contact.

Writing 1 Instructions

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For this first blog post, you will be assigned a textbook chapter to look over. Here are Kate's instructions:

In your discussion section this first week, you have been assigned a chapter from the Lilienfeld textbook (see below for your chapter). For your first blog entry, first spend 10 or 15 minutes previewing this chapter. You don't have to read it in depth, just look through it, paying attention to what kinds of things are going to be covered there.

In your blog entry--remember, we're looking for 200 words or less--summarize for your readers what this chapter is about; in particular, what struck you? Spend most of your time describing to your readers what you found most interesting in this chapter. Why?

Can you find and upload a visual to support what you have written?

Look for your username below to see what chapter you should talk about:

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How to Post--The Basics

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**NOTE: More detailed instructions are available in the syllabus. I highly recommend you read those as well as these. Both sets of instructions have important information you need to know before posting.**

The first thing to remember about posting is that you should always log in through the UThink Blogs page rather than using an external link to the blog. This should take you to the dashboard page, which is where you want to post from. It is possible to post a different way once you are into the blog itself rather than your dashboard, but doing so will create all kinds of problems for you.

Once you are logged in this way, you can create a post in our blog, which is called Psy 1001 Section 04-05 Spring 2012. Some students have accidentally created their own separate blog and posted there, so be sure that Psy 1001 Section 04-05 Spring 2012 is displayed on the dashboard in the upper left corner. Once you have done this, go to the "Create" menu and then select "Entry" to make a new post.

Now it's time to file your post in the correct category. This crucial step allows me to find your post and grade it, and since it's so important you will lose points if you fail to do it. All you have to do is go to the "Categories" box in the lower right corner of the posting screen and select the correct category. If your class meets at 12:20, then you are in Section 4, and if it meets at 1:25, then you are Section 5. If you are in Section 4 and are working on the second blog assignment, then you should put that post in Writing 2; Section 4. Even if you missed your first post, still put it in Writing 2 and not Writing 1.

Without exceptions, there are always students who forget to do the category step on every blog assignment; it is probably the most common mistake in posting. It is important to note that it is not my responsibility to track down your post if you do not put it in the right place. Therefore, please check Blackboard to make sure that you have received a grade for each entry. If you are missing a grade, just send me a working link to your post and I'll take care of it.

Note that I may not grade posts until all posts for a given writing assignment are in. Since each writing assignment is done at different times by different groups (A,B,C,D), don't worry if you don't get a grade right away. I try to get grades in within one week of the last group's submissions (see the syllabus for the posting schedule).

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