Grade level/band: 11–12
- This task incorporates the practice of text messaging – something that students use almost constantly – to get students thinking about the practical utility of empirical research. They start by reading three studies from Roger Hock’s Forty Studies That Changed Psychology. Next, they describe classical and operant conditioning and design an experiment that will test their hypothesis about either operant conditioning or classical conditioning as a cause of text messaging behavior. Students will record their experiment design in a 2- to 3-page paper.
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