PSY111C: Basic Principles of Psychology
Instructor: John H. Krantz

General Information

Meeting Times: 1:00-1:50 pm MTWF Text: Introducing Psychology 3rd ed., Schachter, Gilbert, Wegner, & Nock
Office: SCC151 Phone: X7316

Office Hours:
Others by appointment



September 11, 2015
Here is the link to the Stroop experiment:

Remember, do both the "Easy Practice Test" and the "Real Hard Test" collect both data values and send in an email to me. Make sure each condition of the text is clearly identified. Copy and paste data into email and send to me by 7 pm Thursday, Sept 10.

September 7, 2015
Look here for other announcements throughout the semester.


Welcome to Basic Principles of Psychology.  I hope that you will find this course enjoyable and beneficial.  So let me try to spell out what I hope you will gain from this course. 

There are several of you who will follow this route.  This course needs to serve as a foundation for your deeper explorations of the field of psychology as you proceed through the major.  Thus, the choice of content covered reflect many of the fundamental topics of the field.  We will also try to grapple with many of the significant and unanswered questions of psychology.  Thus, we will scatter broadly around the field to give some dimension to your appreciation of what psychology is inquiring about. 

For many of you this course will be a requirement for your other interests such as education or perhaps you are taking the course out of personal curiosity or lack of other course for your schedule. So many of you will take at most one other psychology course so what should this course be about for you?  How can I make this time bearable, even useful for you?  Well, I think a basic knowledge of psychology and some of its principles is of value to any life.  You interact with people and knowing some of the ways we have tried to figure out what make ourselves and others tick is useful.  However, there is no way in 13 weeks that I can get you to understand in any deep manner the findings that psychology has uncovered.  Most situations that you come across will fall quickly outside of what we will cover in this course.  Thus, to enhance your time here I have some additional goals and I draw them from the purposes statement for Hanover College.  I am going to quote one paragraph (also one sentence):  "We seek to provide our students with training and experience that will enhance their skills in communications, in creative self-expression, in critical-reflection, in research, and in leadership."  It is my belief that every course should work towards as many of these goals as possible.  To understand how this course can contribute to these overall goals of your educations, remember that psychology is not a finished product.  It is an active field of inquiry.  What we think we know today is thought wrong tomorrow.  Science as reported in the press can often seem like we waver back and forth on issues.  That is because there is no such thing as a final statement of truth in science.  Just deeper levels of knowledge.  We seek truth, we do not have it.  Thus, I will work hard in this course to give you exercises and class experiences to help you see how we do inquiry in psychology.  To do inquiry requires research, communication, critical reflection, and even creative self-expression in a way.


Read material before coming to class.  Remember there will be a quiz at the beginning of each chapter.

Attend Class.

No Electronic Devices in Class: That means no phones, no handheld devices, no laptops, not tablets, etc. are to be used at all during class.

Turn assignments in on time.  A letter grade is lost for each late day and nothing will be accepted more than three days late.  Late is defined as one minute after the start time of class.

Participation in Class.  As much of this class will be an investigation into the meaning of the findings we discuss we need all of you to ask questions, suggest ideas and critique other people's ideas, including mine.

Seek help as you need it.  Unfortunately my training in  psychology has not made me a mind reader.  If you are having troubles seek help from me and/or fellow students before the latter part of the term.  Seek the help as soon as the trouble begins.  That requires you thinking about the material and not just memorizing so that you know if you really understand it.



Week Chapter and Other Assignments (Links are active)
1 Chapter 1: Psychology: The Evolution of a Science/Mean and Media
2 Chapter 2: Methods in Psychology

Chapter 3: Neuroscience and Behavior


Chapter 4: Sensation and Perception

Friday, Oct 2 Exam 1
5 Chapter 7: Learning
6 Chapter 6: Memory
7 Chapter 9: Language, Thought, and Intelligence
8 Chapter 8: Emotion and Motivation
9 Chapter 10: Development/Theories of Child Development
Wednesday, Nov 10 Exam 2
10 Chapter 11: Personality
11 Chapter 12: Social Psychology
12 Chapter 14: Psychological Disorders
13 Chapter 15: Treatment of Psychological Disorders

Final Exam will be during the final exam week.



Learning Curve:

At the ened of each major section of each chapter, in the launchpad portal is a short Lerning Curve Quiz. Each quiz will be graded on completion (full points for completion, no point for incompletion) and each Learning curve quiz will be worth 1 point.


These are ativities in Lauchpad designed to help you engage some of the more complex topics at a deeper level. Some of these have been assigned are you are expeted to comlete them. Each is worth 1 point. They take awhile so don't put them off till the last minute.

Chapter Quizzes:

Generally by the end of Monday of the week that every chapter will be covered, a short quiz will be given in the Launchpad Portal covering the material in the text. On that Monday at the beginning of class, there will be 10 minutes for questions about the chapter before the quiz..  The quizzes are given at the beginning of the first class covering that material.  These quizzes will count for 15 points each of your final grade.  The grading scale will be adjusted. At present I plan to add the equivalent of one question to each grade. I will drop the lowest two quizzes.  Missed quizzes will not be made up. They become part of the lowest grade to be dropped.


There will be two exams and a final examination.  The examinations will be primarily multiple choice with the addition of an essay component.  The final will be cumulative.  The exams examinations will be 100 points and the final will be 200 point. All exams will focus more on that material that overlaps between what is coverd in the class and text.

Reaction Papers:

There will be two reaction papers due throughout the term.  In these short reaction papers you are to find an article from the popular media (e.g., newspapers, Time Magazine, blog) that deals with a psychological topics.  In your paper you are to identify the point of the article, i.e., what are they trying to get you to believe, and evaluate the evidence provided in support of this point. The first paper will be 50 points and the next one will be 100 points.  The papers are due: 

Paper 1 Oct 10
Paper 2 Nov 25

Late Policy on the Papers:

The papers are late if they are not handed in at the beginning of class on the due date.  After that time they lose a letter grade.  They will lose a letter grade for each succeeding day that they are late.  Notice that these papers will be due on quiz days.  I will give the quiz at the beginning of class, right on time.  So if you are late, you will miss the quiz and lose a letter grade on the paper.


Fifteen percent of your grade comes from class participation. That total is 135 points.  I hope to do as much discussion in the class as possible, but discussion requires that more than I talk.   Thus, first you need to be in class.  Second, you need to add to the class discussions, talk without being called on, and actively use your intelligence to contribute to the class.

Research Participation:

Throughout the semester, you will have opportunities to participate in research projects conducted by students and/or professors. In addition to getting extra credit for this participation, you can learn first-hand how research is done, and make a contribution to psychology’s body of knowledge – someday a study you were in may end up in an Intro Psych textbook and/or may end up guiding educational, parental or legal decisions! You need to participate in 3 studies. For each study you do not participat in, your participation grade will be reduced to the amount of 1.5 percentage points relative to the final 100% of the total grade. You need to get the researcher to sign the attached form and answer these questions. You may also participate in up to two more studies for 2% points of extra credit. If you do not wish to participate in the research, you can obtain the credit by writing a 2-page summary and critique of an approved psychological journal article.  The guidelines are here.



Here is a summary of the points for each type of assignment:

Assignment Points % Final Grade
PsychSim 12 1
Learning Curve 43 5
Chapter Quizzes 165 18
Exams 200 22
Final Exam 200 22
Reaction Papers 150 17
Participation (including Research) 135 15
Total 905 100


Grades will be convereted to percentages and assigned as follows:

Grade Percent Range
A 100%-93.4%
A- 93.3%-90%
B+ 89.9%-86.7%
B 86.6%-83.4%
B- 83.3%-80%
C+ 79.9%-76.7%
C 76.6%-73.4%
C- 73.3%-70%
D+ 69.9%-66.7%
D 66.6%-60%
F < 60%


Statement on Self-Care
Your success in this course and throughout your college career depends heavily on your personal health and wellbeing.  Stress is a common part of the college experience, and it often can be compounded by unexpected life changes outside the classroom.  Your other professors and I strongly encourage you to take care of yourself throughout the term, before the demands of midterms and finals reach their peak.  Before circumstances and conditions become overwhelming, please don’t hesitate to speak with me about any difficulty you may be having that may affect your academic performance.  Please know as well that there are a number of support services on campus available to assist you, as needed.  You can make appointments with Health Services by calling x-6102.  Appointments for Counseling Services can be made online at any time through MyHanover.

Health Services
Sandi Alexander-Lewis, Director
866-7082 or

Counseling Services
Catherine Le Saux, Director
866-7399 or

Sara Crafton, Staff Counselor
866-7074 or

Chaplain’s Office
Reverend Catherine Knott
866-7087 or

Gladish Center for Teaching and Learning
Kay Stokes, Director
866-7215 or

Career Center
Margaret Krantz, Director
866-7126 or