PsychNow! Interactive Experiences in Psychology
PsychNow!, designed for students taking a college introductory psychology course, contains 40 fully interactive modules designed to pique students’ curiosity and enhance understanding of core concepts. With PsychNow!, students can do more than just read about a topic – they can read, watch, listen, select, and react to material. For example, students can participate in memory exercises, build facial expressions based on Paul Ekman’s cross-cultural research, and test their level of creativity by solving brain-teasing exercises. Instructional feedback is provided throughout to reinforce learning.
The Operant Conditioning module presents the user with a challenging situation – saving the fish in a cracked and leaking fish tank! Based on the premise that acts followed by reinforcing consequences tend to be repeated, the user must pay close attention to the consequences of his or her actions in order to learn how to remedy the problem. Concepts of positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, punishment, and extinction are covered.
The child development module introduces students to Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development. By observing children performing Piagetian conservation tasks and participating in activities, the user learns how to identify children at the various levels of cognitive development.