Summer reading will be required and students will be asked to submit an assignment or take a test to demonstrate successful completion of summer assignment. Students who fail to satisfactorily complete the summer assignment will be removed from the course. New students to the district must see his/her teacher for individual instructions regarding completion of the required summer reading. The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Topics include: History and Approaches, Research Methods, Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation and Perception, States of Consciousness, Learning, Cognition, Motivation and Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Testing and Individual Differences, Abnormal Behavior, Treatment of Abnormal Behavior, and Social Psychology. 68 Students will be encouraged to sign up and take the AP exam in May. All Advanced Placement examination fees will be included in the student fees. The anticipated fee for the exam is approximately $91. They MUST be paid IN FULL by the end of the first semester (January) in order for the student to receive a weighted grade.