Sample Summer Reading Assignment

Freshman Seminar sample summer reading assignment:

To:       Incoming Psychology Majors
From:    Dr. James Buchanan
            Chair, Department of Psychology
Date:    July 19, 2011
Re:       Summer Reading Assignment

Welcome to the Psychology Department at The University of Scranton.  You will begin your studies here in late August with about 57 other freshman psychology majors.  Our faculty members look forward to working with all of you.

All freshmen at the University participate in the Freshman Seminar during the fall semester.  There are three sections of Freshman Seminar set aside for psychology majors.  You will be assigned to one of these sections.

Freshman psychology majors have a summer reading assignment.  The book is identified below.  You will take a quiz on the book during your first class in Psyc 110L (Fundamentals of Psychology Laboratory).  In addition, the Freshman Seminar will include discussion of  the book’s content.  Your grade on the quiz and your participation in the discussions about it will help determine your final grade in Freshman Seminar. 

The book for this summer’s reading assignment is Forty Studies That Changed Psychology, Sixth Edition, by Roger R. Hock, ISBN-10: 0-13-603599-X; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-603599-2 (paperback).  You do not have to read the entire book prior to the beginning of the semester.  The ten studies within the book required as reading for the summer are listed on the attached page.  These studies total approximately 75 pages of reading.

This book will also be used as a required text for your Psyc 110L (Fundamentals of Psychology Laboratory).  The cost of this book is approximately $45.00 new (less if you are able to obtain a used copy).  New and used copies are available at The University of Scranton Bookstore or through

Note that this reading assignment for psychology majors is in addition to the reading assignment for all university freshmen (In Search of Civility by Kent M. Weeks) which you heard about during your recent summer orientation.

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Again, we look forward to working with you in the Psychology Department.


Forty Studies That Changed Psychology, Sixth Edition
by Roger R. Hock
ISBN-10: 0-13-603599-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-603599-2

Nine required studies to be read prior to the beginning of the Fall semester:

1.  More Experience = Bigger Brain? (page 11)
2.  Are You A “Natural?” (page 19)
3.  See Aggression…Do Aggression! (page 85)
4.  Thanks For The Memories! (page 117)
5.  Discovering Love (page 126)
6.  How Moral Are You? (page 143)
7.  I Can See It All Over Your Face! (page 168)
8.  Learning To Be Depressed (page 242)
9.  Relaxing Your Fears Away (page 264)
10.  A Prison By Any Other Name… (page 287)


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