Part I: Introducing Psychology’s Major Questions and Debates


Part I: Introducing Psychology’s Major Questions and Debates

  1. Choose one of the major questions of psychology discussed in the first chapter of your textbook:


  • Nature vs. nurture
  • Free will vs. determinism
  • Accuracy vs. inaccuracy
  • Conscious vs. unconscious processing
  • Differences vs. similarities


  1. Briefly summarize in 6-9 sentences the major question that you selected ANDprovide evidence from your own experiences that support one side or the other.


* Adapted from Introduction to Psychology textbook


Part II: Research Methods-Application


  1. Think about a human behavior that you find interesting. Briefly describe it in 2-3 sentences.
  2. List potential explanations or causes of the behavior that you described in Part A?
  3. Imagine you are a psychologist. How should this behavior be studied? In other words describe is it best to use a Descriptive, Correlational or Experimental methodology? Why?
  4. What is one possible hypothesis that you would test?
  5. What steps would you take to make sure the study is ethical?


*Adapted from Introduction to Psychology Chapter 2 Instructor’s Resources

This Discussion Activity is worth 10 total points and should take you between 1-2 hours to complete.

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