Psychology Badge

(Discover Health and Safety)psychology (fg&q)

By Jacob and Rhonda Siserir


Penguin: Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* What is the basic definition of Psychology?

_____ 2.* How can you tell when someone is sad, happy, or angry? How do you feel when you are sad, happy, or angry? If you are sad, what can you do to feel better?


Otter:  Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* What kinds of things do psychologists study? Be able to give a brief description of the science of psychology to someone.


Dolphin:  Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Learn about stress. How can it hurt you? What are some things you can do to relieve stress? Talk to at least three different people about their favorite way to relieve stress and try at least one of their ideas yourself. Learn about a person's IQ and how it is measured.


Butterfly:  Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred      

_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Learn about the history of psychology as a science. Create a timeline of the advances in psychology and the different theories explored over time. How has the science changed through the years?


Eagle:  Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Learn about famous psychologists throughout history (Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, John Watson, Kenneth and Mamie Clark, Ivan Pavlov, B.F. Skinner – choose at least three people to study). Find out why they are famous, what their theories about psychology were, and whether or not their work is still useful today.


Owls: Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead


Optional Requirements


_____ 3. Learn about the seven senses of the body (vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch, vestibular [sense of where our body is in relation to gravity] and kinesthesis sense [sense of where our arms and legs are in relation to our body]). How do these senses affect you psychologically?

_____ 4. Learn about mediation and try it. How does it make you feel? Try to remember to use mediation the next time you get upset.

_____ 5. While watching TV or movies, look for characters who have some type of mental illness (i.e. depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc.) When you find one you are interested in, research it and find out if the TV or movie character acted correctly according to science.

_____ 6. Emotions are catchy. If you smile at someone, they will smile back at you. This is called Facial Feedback Hypothesis. Test this hypothesis, do an experiment and try it on friends and family.

_____ 7. Find 5 careers that are related to psychology. Learn about how much each one pays and what education is required.

_____ 8. Watch a superhero movie or cartoon. (Batman, Captain America, Spider-man, etc.) Does being a superhero make a person more lonely or sad? Why? Why do they act the way they do? What happened to make that person a superhero? How would it make you feel if you had super powers and could not tell anyone?

_____ 9. Explore what it means to be introverted or extroverted. Which type of person likes to go to parties and which one likes to spend time doing things by themselves? Learn about the psychology behind these behaviors, and determine which category you best fit in.

_____ 10. Study a diagram or drawing of the brain. Find out which parts of the brain control our emotions, memories, and how we act when we're in danger.

_____ 11. Complete the health and fitness badge. What does being active and healthy have to do with mental health and psychology?

_____ 12. With the permission of a parent, watch a clip from about False Memories by Elizabeth Loftus. What does Elizabeth Loftus specialize in? Write a short report on what you learned from her presentation. (Butterflies and up only).

_____ 13. Learn about how the media (through magazines, TV, movies, and even dolls) can influence how people feel about themselves. What does this do to people psychologically? How can we improve peoples' self-esteem to keep them mentally healthy?

_____ 14. Organize or help with a community service project that has to do with psychology or promoting mental health.

_____ 15. Create a poster about a subject in psychology (e.g. stress, the seven senses, mediation, etc.) and share it with your troop.

_____ 16. Mental illness is a subject that people are not comfortable with. However, mental illness affects 1 in 4 people sometime in their life. Why are people embarrassed to talk about it? Learn about why this is the case and discuss with your family or friends ways to make mental illness easier to discuss.