Psyc 4052, Evolutionary Psychology

Summer Session



Dr. Mills



If you have questions, email me at: memills@gmail.com

WEEK 1 ASSIGNMENTS:



SYLLABUS:
First, if you have not done so already, read the summer course syllabus. (Note: the summer syllabus is different from the regular semester syllabus.)



EMAIL COMMUNICATION:

By default, I will use your LMU email address to contact you regarding course information.
If you would like me to use a different email address, email me with the alternate info.



VIDEOS:

If a password is required for a video, the password is: zebra



BOOKS:

If you have not done so already, order the required books as noted on the syllabus. They are
available at online book sellers (Amazon.com, etc.).




SUNDAY EVENING: TESTS and SYNCHRONOUS COMMUNICATIONS:

Most of this class will be asynchronous (you can do the classwork whenever you wish).

Let's reserve Sunday evening (say from 7 - 9pm, PST) for synchronous classroom tests or exercises.
If this won't work for you, please let me know.


CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR WEB BROWSER IS SET TO ACCEPT POP-UP WINDOWS

Your web browser must be set to accept pop-up windows, otherwise you will not be able to see
some tests/quizzes and web pages.




CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN ACCESS OUR COURSE VIA Brightspace:


Note: More information re this to follow soon.



ONLINE LECTURES: YOU HAVE A CHOICE BETWEEN VIEWING RECORDED CLASSROOM LECTURES or POWERPOINT NARRATION LECTURES

You will have a choice of viewing either of two different types of online lectures.

You can either watch a video recording of a live classroom lecture, or, you can view basically the
same same lecture recorded as a as PowerPoint presentation with narration.

You might view both first to see which type you prefer. You do not have to watch both.

If you watch the narrated lecture, you have the option of speeding up the video playback.

Note: There may be a few slight differences between the PowerPoint slides on the
recorded lectures and the PowerPoint that you download.)





HOW TO SPEED UP LECTURE POWERPOINT NARRATION VIDEOS (not available for recorded classroom lectures):

You may find it helpful to speed up videos to 1.5 or 2.0 their normal playback speed. This makes the video lecture go by more quic:kly, and without a loss of comprehension. Speakers typically talk more slowly than we can process the information.
For an overview of how/why to do this, see:http://sites.google.com/site/variablespeedlectures/

If you use Chrome for web browsing, here is an extension that
can speed up Vimeo videos:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/vimeo-repeat-speed/noonakfaafcdaagngpjehilgegefdima?hl=en

Otherwise, to speed up lectures, follow these steps:

Download and install VLC Media Player.If you don't already have the VLC Media Player you can download it (free) here:http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
To view a video and speed up the playback:
Directly from the web:Start the VLC Video PlayerClick on MediaClick on Open Network StreamCopy the web address of the videoClick on Play
From a file on your computer.Alternatively, you could download the video, and then play it in VLC.
To speed up the video:
Click on Playback Click on Speed / Increase the playback speed to 1x or 2x (you might wish to experiment to see what playback speed works best for you.)


POWERPOINT FILES

A link is provided before each lecture to the PowerPoint files for that lecture.

(If you do not have PowerPoint installed on your computer, you can download a free PowerPoint Reader
here: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Other-Office-Tools/PowerPoint-Viewer.shtml )

Or, if you don't have PowerPoint (or are using a Mac), you can download a PDF file of the slides here:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B9CeNGEoAbqyNDYxMWU2Y2EtY2MzZS00MWExLThmYjQtMjgwMGYwNTA2OTdj&hl=en_US&authkey=CPurpc0D

You may wish to print out the PowerPoint file, so that you can write notes on it as you listen
to the lecture.




WEEK 1 ASSIGNMENTS

PART 1:


TOPIC 1. OVERVIEW: WHAT IS EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY?



READINGS:

Buss, Chapter 1. Pinker: Part 1 Intro, Chapters, 1 and 2.

POWERPOINT FILE:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9CeNGEoAbqyY25DRldhenhvUFE/edit?usp=sharing

LECTURE (note: there is no classroom version available for this lecture)
https://vimeo.com/99682448



PART 2:


TOPIC 2. UNDERSTANDING EVOLUTION / THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY / NATURE-NURTURE INTERACTIONISM


READINGS:

Class readings: Dawkins, Chaps 1 – 5; Buss, Chapter 2 - 3
Also read Evolutionary Psychology: A Primer at: __http://www.psych.ucsb.edu/research/cep/primer.html__




POWERPOINT SLIDES:

Part 1:
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B9CeNGEoAbqyOGI5NGVkNDItZWQ2Yy00YTA3LThjZjAtMDc3ZjhhZTFjNDBj&hl=en_US

Part 2:
https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B9CeNGEoAbqyNDU2MzkxZDQtOGRmMy00NjQ4LWFkMDItZTNhYzdlNTY2YzRk&hl=en_US

Or, if you don't have PowerPoint (or are using a Mac), you can download a PDF file of the slides here:

Part 1:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B9CeNGEoAbqyMTAxYTg1NTgtMzM2MS00MTc1LTk5ODYtNWM4Nzc0NjZjM2Fk&hl=en_US

Part 2:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B9CeNGEoAbqyMzY0ODBiZDctNDViYi00MTdjLThhNjEtMTFmYjVkNGFlMTll&hl=en_US

You may wish to print out the PowerPoint file, so that you can write notes on it as you listen
to the lecture. (Note: There may be a few slight differences between the PowerPoint on the
recorded lecture and the PowerPoint that you download.)




LECTURE:

Choose either Option 1 or 2 below (you do not have to watch both).

OPTION 1: PowerPoint Slides with Narration

Part 1:
https://vimeo.com/70364438

Part 2:
https://vimeo.com/70369166

Part 3:
https://vimeo.com/70601864

OPTION 2: Classroom Lecture Recording:


Part 1:
http://mentor.lmu.edu:8080/ess/echo/presentation/4f8ed56c-6c39-4def-befb-1c916510fbac
Start with scene 9, watch though the end (scene 37)

Part 2:
http://mentor.lmu.edu:8080/ess/echo/presentation/5e829343-da5d-4f35-b4a9-c9da8aa0ae81
Start with scene 1, end with scene 51

Part 3:
http://mentor.lmu.edu:8080/ess/echo/presentation/e971fe8e-2931-4245-a7d6-02f29838a3f3
Start with scene 2, to the end (scene 58).

Part 4:
http://mentor.lmu.edu:8080/ess/echo/presentation/93b67454-b94b-4c5f-a421-4260c750c55c
Start with scene 2, go to end (scene 40).




Additional video:

Video: The Blind Watchmaker -- Cumulative Selection
http://www.veoh.com/watch/v19781964SBhk


HOMEWORK : DISCUSSION FORUM.

BEFORE Sunday: 6:00pm PST, POST TO THE CLASS WEEK 1 DISCUSSION FORUM
(Worth up to 5 points)

Login to Brightspace.

NOTE: More information about Brightspace to follow soon.

Write at least a few sentences describing a question you have, or a
relevant comment / reflection, related to one of the class topics this week.
The more you demonstrate that you have given some serious
thought / investigation to the issue (maybe cite and link to some relevant
articles, news or research), the higher your points awarded for this assignment will be
(up to a maximum of 10 points). Also, please respond to
at least one other thread by another student.

Click on: System Login
Click on Brightspace
Click on our class
Select Discussion from the menu item list at the top
Click on the blue highlighted Week 1
Click "Start a New Thread"
  • Add your comment or question. Remember to include one or two links to an article(s) related to your topic and briefly summarize what you found.
  • Remember to write a reply to at least one other's post to get full credit. (Worth up to 5 points).


After you have written your comment, remember to save it
before exiting.





QUIZ: On the above materials on Sunday at 8:00pm PST.

Our online quiz will available this Sunday starting at 8pm PST.
You can start the exam at any time from 8:00 - 8:30 PST. The test timer will
start when you begin to take the test. The quiz will be open until 8:00pm.

If you are in a different time zone (say, on the East Coast, or in Europe), email
me and I will set up a different time that works for you to take the quiz.

There will be a total of 20 questions on the quiz.
You will have 20 minutes to complete the quiz. You may spend as much
or as little time on any particular question, as long as you do not exceed the time limit.
Once the time limit is reached, your test session will automatically close.

Click on: System Logins
Click on Brightspace
Click on our class
Select Quizzes from the menu item list at the top
  • Select Week 1 Quiz (or Quiz 1)

Although the test is "open book" -- you are prohibited in getting help from, or collaborating with,
anyone else. This would be considered academic dishonesty and would be dealt
with per university policies.

Please use a computer with a direct, wired connection to the internet
(not a wireless connection). Wireless connections are more likely to
be interrupted. Normally, this does not present a problem. However,
for security reasons, if you lose your connection even momentarily,
the system will not allow you to continue taking the test, and I will have
to re-set it for you.

Also, do not refresh the page, close the window, or click the browser's back button while taking a test.

I will be monitoring my email during the testing time window.
If you have any problems taking the test, email me immediately: memills@gmail.com




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