Psychology in Action

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Instructor’s Resource Guide                              Chapter 4                                            Page   138                                                                            
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If you did not have time to do the psychic demonstration in Chapter 1 (The Scientific Method), Chapter 4’s section on ESP provides another appropriate opportunity. You could add sensory specific language during the demonstration mentioning, “the delicate perception” and how “ESP arises from higher brain functions”, and how “you need to concentrate on your (mystical) third eye point.” Active Learning Activity 4.15 – ESP at Work: Witching for Water Ask students what they know about witching for water or dowsing? Have they heard about it? Have they used it? What “sense” do they think is involved in dowsing? Ask for a count on how many believe it could work. Break into small groups and give them 5 minutes to think up ways that they would test the ability of dowsers scientifically. Afterwards show them the video Beyond Science , (Worth Publishers, Episode #802) and ask for reactions. If time allows you could place dowsing for water in a historical context by asking students how they could have located water 300 years ago and contrasting their answers with tools and techniques of today’s engineers. What was reasonable in one age and condition may not be valid or useful in the world of today. Active Learning Activity 4.16 – Seeing versus Feeling To illustrate the interconnectedness of sensation and interpretation, present the following scenarios: Situation 1: You have always enjoyed your favorite beach. One day you are swimming in the water when your skin starts burning fiercely. You are surrounded by a group of jellyfish and endure multiple stings before you can get out of the water. The next time you enter the water the waves look threatening and the darkness fearsome. Situation 2: You have always enjoyed playing in the snow. One winter you and a friend are skiing on a hill when an avalanche carries your friend away. As you look at the snow, it no longer looks friendly and inviting, but menacing. Situation 3: You have always enjoyed playing with animals. One day you are out walking when a dog runs up. You move to pet him but he bites your leg and won’t let go. You require 27 stitches to stop the bleeding. The next time you are out in the park you no longer see man’s best friend. You see dangerous, threatening animals. Situation 4: You have a lovely, cozy back yard. One night you hear a crashing noise followed by a curse. You grab your flashlight and check out the yard. Everything looks strange, threatening and sinister. Familiar trees become dangerous objects.
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