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Psychology – Ind. Study


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Are you interested in learning more about the most notable (and ethically questionable) experiments in psychology? Do the concepts of conformity and obedience peak your interest? Where exactly does personality come from and how do we measure it? Do you want to better understand what situations and scenarios lead to humans thriving and happiness? Do you have questions about why prejudice, bias, and stereotypes exist? Do you want to understand psychological and psychotic disorders better? Do you want to better understand psychological therapies and how they work? Do you want to better understand where personal control ends and the power of a situation begins? Is there a particular researcher or theorist you want to study more in-depth?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of those questions, then this independent study may be a perfect fit for you! The purpose of this study is to follow Introduction to Psychology and put the student in the driver’s seat to direct what he/she wants to learn more about.

Together we will develop a study framed around what you are most passionate about within the science of Psychology. Students should contact the teacher before the semester begins to work out the details of what the goals of the study will be and how they will be measured.

Students should plan to meet with the teacher 3-5 times over the duration of this study. This Independent Study can run in the fall, spring or from the fall into the spring.


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Jenn Buonincontri believes that every person that crosses her path has something to teach her and vice versa. Learning is life-long, and she embraces the opportunity to share with others her love of learning while challenging those around her to expand their understanding. Jenn graduated from Hartwick College with a B.A.  in Psychology in 1998 and continued on to her first M.A. in Psychology focusing on Statistics and Neuropsychology in 1999. From there, she proceeded to the City University of New York and studied Developmental Psychology. Earning another M.A. in Developmental Psychology and a Masters in the Philosophy of Psychology in 2002, she then transitioned from her own studies to teaching others.

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