Monday, February 27, 2017

Stress in America

As the President readies to address a joint session of congress, Psychologists are attempting to understand how the unprecedented political environment is affecting people. The following article is an excellent introduction to this topic.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


The field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology revolves around applying principles of Psychology to the world of business. The following article talks about how to develop behaviors designed to increase chances of success in the work environment:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017



All psychology classes have a major paper that is due during the semester. You are strongly encouraged to utilize the college's resources to assist you in developing your writing skils/this project.

Writing Center hours for Spring 2017:


Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

The Writing Center also has a web site to assist students and faculty:

If you haven't already begun your paper you definitely should!!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


Due to the missed classes the past two weeks, we will not be covering the following topics in class that are part of the Anxiety Disorder chapter. Please make sure you review the slides, videos and readings as they will be included on the 2nd quiz as well as the midterm.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask:

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Body Dysmorphia
Hoarding Disorder

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


In Brain and Behavior we just spent some time discussing the Human Genome Project. This is a major scientific endeavor that will have lasting effects on the way we live our lives. As with much of science/technology, there are a host of ethical/moral questions that arise in terms of when we begin to utilize it. The following article discusses one of these issues as it pertains to the developing ability to edit ones genes......

Monday, February 13, 2017


There has been so much debate about the impact of technology on behavior and our society. The following article dissects an experience we all have...our compulsion to check our phone!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


WEATHER ALERT: As you know there is a real possibility of a significant snowstorm for tomorrow, February 9th. Please check the college website to determine whether or not classes will be held. Unless it is otherwise noted on this announcement page, we will be following the college's schedule.


Psi-Beta is the Suffolk County Community College Honors Society for Psychology. In order to qualify, you must

1) Have a minimum 3.5 GPA
2) be student at Ammerman
3) Completed a minimum of 12 credits at Suffolk
4) obtained a B or better in all Psychology classes taken

Psi-Beta is an excellent opportunity to meet other like-minded students, get more exposure to the field, and build your resume. If you are interested in joining you can get an application from me or email Professor Nellie StaMaria at

Please let me know if you have any questi0ons.


As part of our class discussion we will be confronting the issue of how stress impacts our lives. One of the major issues challenging our society is the issue of "Caregiver Stress"- when someone is caring for a sick/disabled loved one. The following article from the American Psychological Association (APA) is an excellent introduction to this issue and many of the current thoughts regarding it!

Monday, February 6, 2017


All brain and behavior students- the following link replaces the one for "The Difference between a CAT Scan and MRI" video homework assignment on the syllabusw.

Imaging Techniques and the Brain

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


As part of our class discussion in Brain and Behavior, we have been talking about the power of some of the newer technological data collection methods. While giving us the capability of collecting vast amounts of data, it is important to keep in mind there are limits to even what the most sophisticated tools we have available can offer. The following article delves further into this issue....