Books and movies i am Looking at for AP Psychology
When I get bored I read or watch movies based on the things I like. Sometimes I dive into works that deal with psychological issues. I will be posting things on this page to show you some of those that you might want to look into. As with the other course sites, leave a suggestion if you have one.
I give this book 4 1/2 coffee cups out of 5.
This book kept me thinking.
I mean reading about how people who are losing their eyesight can start having hallucinations is pretty crazy. Also, the chapters about nightmares are INCREDIBLE. If you are interested in the fringes of the biological aspects of psychology you should definitely go and get this. I will be reading more of Dr. Sacks' works in the future.
Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology
I give this book 4 coffee cups out of 5.
This book was a great read to tide me over between the movie being released in the theatres and NOW for the seemingly long wait for the Blu Ray release. This collection of essays about some of the iconic Marvel characters kept me wanting to turn the pages. This read is shorter than some of the other books by Dr. Langley but it is a read that you want to take slow so you can soak up the content of each essay. My favorite essay was entitled "Punching Hitler: Symbols in Red, White, Blue, and Gold."
The Stanford Prison Experiment
I give this movie 5 coffee cups out of 5.
I finally found a copy of this (at my local public library) and made myself sit down and watch it. I have always been fascinated by Dr. Zimbardo's experiment and was intrigued to see how a movie would portray this event. As I watched it I felt myself tensing up whenever the guards entered the hallway and began to taunt and humiliate the prisoners. I felt sick to my stomach when the prisoners were degraded to the point of breaking. I will probably NOT show this in class, but this would be a good movie to watch on your own or with a group of people who know about the study or are interested in conformity and obedience.
The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead
Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story
I give this movie 3 coffee cups out of 5.
I finally got my hands on a copy of this and watched it (no, I did not show it to my son). I really expected to see more of the Operator. The movie was another of those found footage pieces that keeps you guessing about what is around the corner. It did have an interesting twist though (not going to spoil it).
From the back of the DVD case:
"On the hunt for an intriguing news story, a small-town news team follows a crew inspecting repossessed houses. Inside a particularly strange house, the news team discovers a box of video tapes inside a locked closet. Sensing a story, they decide to take them back to their studio. From the tapes, they learn that the family who had lived in the house was not pushed out by the banks, but fled the house in fear for their lives. Trying to decode the story, the crew keeps seeing a faceless figure dressed in a dark suit appear in the footage that causes the videotape to scramble. Their fear mounts when this figure, The Operator as he is deemed, starts to appear in their real lives, standing quietly and always watching them. Tortured and terrorized, the three crew members must track down the mystery of The Operator before its' too late."
The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
This is a really fun book that presents a lot of information about the plasticity of the brain. Lots of fun stories help get the point across that our brain can correct itself if given the right circumstances. I have not finished it yet, but i will let you know more about it when I finish it.