Monday, January 28, 2013

ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

In the spirit of Super-Bowl week I wanted to share this article that was in Newsday this past weekend about ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. We will be talking about it more extensively later in the semester in Brain and Behavior as well as General Psychology. In addition, as you might imagine, people with MLS also sufffer from a number of psychological disorders (i.e. anxiety/depression). The article gives you a glimpse into the lives of people afflicted with some of the toughest disorders to deal with.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Resource:

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS, especially Psychology 101 students:

      Suffolk Community College has developed additional student support for the Psychology Department as part of their Virtual learning Commons. While the Psychology section of the VLC is geared towards Introductory Psychology Students, the resources would help both Abnormal Psychology and Brain and Behavior students as well. Please take a moment to access it and become familiar with the available resources as part of your introductory week of the course!
      Virtual Learning Commons: The VLC/Psychology site contains over 100 videos, short tutorials, self-assessments, and various interactive activities that will enhance your understanding and/or help you review some of the more difficult concepts covered in your Psychology 101 class. Chapters covered include Research Methodology, Biological Perspectives, Learning, Human Development, and Personality Theory/Psychological Disorders. You can access the VLC through MySCCC on the College’s home page.- link to 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


just want to officially welcome everyone to the new semester. It is my sincere hope you will have a stimulating, rewarding, and successful semester. On that note, I would like to share a few ideas of things to focus on to both enhance your course experience and give yourself a chance to obtain the best grade possible:

·         Keep up with the reading: It is a general assumption you will be doing a reading to accompany the class lectures. This will help enhance your understanding of the material and give you a deeper knowledge of the subject matter

·         Familiarize yourself with my website and MyPyschLab. Between them, you will have the majority of resources you will need to complete course assignments and prepare for exams

·         Plan out your assignments: Writing assignments are a key component of the class. Make sure you develop a schedule early on for their completion and adjust accordingly if you fail to stay on time

o   Make sure you understand all the requirements for the writing assignments on the syllabus so you are not penalized for not following the assignment!

·         Stay in touch: Many issues can be resolved earlier in the semester and can make the rest of the semester go much smoother. Make sure you are familiar enough with course expectations to ask the questions early in the semester. Feel free to ask during class time so everyone can get the benefit of the information

·         Class Participation: Please feel free to share thoughts, ideas, and questions during class. One of the major aspects of a stimulating class is discussion and it is my hope you will be an active participant in the class.

·         If you find any websites that are helpful to you in the course please share them with me
as my website is a dynamic site and I am always looking for resources that will be useful to students