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LO 1.2. Explain three theoretical controversies about human development.
Video Resource: Nature vs. Nurture Controversy
Description: This TEDxUIUC talk attempts to solve the nature vs. nurture dilemma. The speaker is the director of the University of Illinois Bee Research Facility, director of the Neuroscience Program, and leader of the Neural and Behavioral Plasticity Theme at the Institute for Genomic Biology and provides an understandable example of how to understand the nature vs. nurture debate.
LO 1.4. Distinguish operant and classical conditioning from social learning.
Video Resource: Conditioning
Description: This TED-Ed video highlights the difference between classical and operant conditioning.
LO 1.5. Compare Piaget’s cognitive-developmental theory and information processing theory.
Web Resource: Information Processing Theory
Description: This document walks the reader through all the concepts in information processing theory and provides an illustration of how the information processing approach can be used in the classroom.
LO 1.7. Compare self-report and observational methods of collecting information about participants.
Web Resource: The Dangers of Self-Report
Description: This blog post discusses the dangers of self-report methodology, including the issues of honesty, introspective ability, interpretation of questions, difficulty with rating scales, response bias, ordinal measures, and control of sample.
LO 1.8. Contrast the uses of correlational and experimental research.
Web Resource: How Do Correlational Studies Work?
Description: This article from the About Health website provides a closer look at correlational research, including purpose, limitations, and types.
LO 1.10. Discuss the responsibility of researchers to their participants and how they may protect them from harm.
Audio Resource: Facebook's Newsfeed Study
Description: This NPR audio clip provides a real-world example of the ethical issues in research. In 2012, Facebook changed its users’ newsfeeds without their knowledge for research. Host Michel Martin shares what he learned about the study and ensuing controversy.