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Copernican Revolution Activities

Psychology teachers and professors, like me, like to understand how our students’ thinking about Psychology changes as they go through our classes.  Since Psychology is a science, we’re drawn to quantify what’s happening.  That is, make the qualitative things we see - like your puzzled looks and ah ha moments - and turn them into numbers.  The reason we use numbers is we know how easy it is to see what we want to see instead of what actually is.  Many Psychology studies demonstrate this!  Quantifying is a way to reduce our biased inclinations. Here you will complete a post-test.  “Post” means after and we’re getting a sense of where you are after our class.  At the beginning of the course, you may have done a pre-test - to see how you’re thinking was before. Now we can see how you change, if at all. There is no correct or incorrect way to respond.  It’s just seeing how you think about Psychology.

 

Estimated Time for Completion: 11 to 22 minutes

My Psychology students share with me how our activities are their favorite part of class.  I’m designing our Copernican Revolution Project so anybody, anywhere with internet, can learn about psychological concepts through self-exploration.  With every activity, like this one, you'll get your personalized results, an interpretation guide, and a certificate of completion you can share with your teacher if you’re here for class credit.

Occasionally I combine your answers with many, many other people’s responses and describe our experiences and discover patterns about human nature.  Our interpretation guides show you how your results compare with others and I’m making guides with your answers.  Sometimes I combine different activities to discover new psychology findings and I share findings with others (e.g., conference presentations with other Psychology professors).  Someday I may create completely anonymous datasets so students can practice statistical analyses and other researchers can test hypotheses.  Regardless, I’ll never single people out and all responses are confidential.  Please feel free to skip any items you prefer not to answer, though your results may become less precise and less accurate the more items you skip.

Of course, you can share your results with anyone you choose!  Actually, please do!  The Copernican Revolution is my labor of love and when you share your experience, you may inspire friends and family to explore our project and self-reflect too.

KT Grobman, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
California State University – Monterey Bay

May I please include your responses within the Copernican Revolution Project?  I appreciate your help, but if you're uncomfortable with your answers analyzed, it’s completely okay!  You can still get your personalized feedback, read our interpretation guides, and you'll still get a certificate of completion.