This substitute assignment contains 25 questions to accompany the Time magazine article “The Optimism Bias” by Tali Sharot, available for free on this website:
The Optimism Bias by Tali Sharot
The article is not included in the file, but is available for free in the link above. The article is eight pages when printed out, so it is long enough to occupy students for a full class period.
The article discusses the neurological basis for optimism. It describes current research using fMRI scanners, and discusses the areas of the brain that are responsible for optimism. It also explains the evolutionary need for optimism, and how it sets us apart from other animals.
The questions cover the following AP topics:
- Types of psychiatrists/psychologists and what they study
- Brain anatomy
- Independent and dependent variables
- How fMRI scans are used in research
- Learning and priming
- Construction of memories
This substitute assignment is appropriate any time after the biological basis of behavior and research units are covered. While it addresses other subjects, a deep understanding of later units is not necessary to understand the article, and it could offer an introduction to these later topics.
A detailed answer key and a student friendly objective are included.
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