Research Extra Credit – Counting


You are invited to participate in a research study that involves taking paper and computer based cognitive tests, and completing a computer based experiment, in which you will answer some simple questions. The experiment will take about an hour. The purpose of the study is to understand how people do simple math.  We are studying participants who are native English speakers, and who do not have any known psychological or neurological conditions (e.g. dyslexia, ADHD, acalculia, autism, aphasia, finger agnosia).

You will receive 5 points extra credit determined by your instructor for participating in this study. We will provide you with a signed memo (to be given to your instructor) at the end of the experiment. All of the information that we collect from you in this study will be kept in strict confidence. Your data will be kept in anonymous form and your name will not be associated with your data in research reports.  This study will take about an hour to complete. We will continue to run this study until the end of this semester. If you are not available to sign-up right now, you can visit the page later to sign-up.

If you are interested, please indicate when you can come to our lab to participate in the experiment by filling out the form linked below. The study will take place in the Educational Neuroscience Lab  in the Tom Barne’s Education Building (Room 1057). You will come to the Educational Neuroscience Lab to participate in this study. Our lab is located in the Tom Barnes Education Center , Room 1057.  To locate this building and get directions from the interactive campus map please click here:


We provide temporary parking permits for the parking lot right by the Tom Barnes Education Building for our research participants. When you come to participate in our study you can park your car in the  Tom Barnes Education Building parking lot and walk to the lab to pickup the permit. Our lab is the first door on the right once you enter from the front door of the building.

Signup Page:

You can email if you have any questions.  You can also contact the principle investigator, Firat Soylu, at

Journal Entry 1 – Are Genes to Blame?

Read the article entitled “Are Genes to Blame” by noted scientist Steven Pinker (a link to the article can be found below and on course website). For the journal entry, state the main premise of the article (1 sentence) followed by your own view of the influence of genes versus environment on basic human traits and behaviors (1 paragraph). Be sure to provide a rationale for your view. DUE Aug 19, noon.


Twitter EC

Extra credit is available to students who tweet (or email me) links to web-articles on human development topics. However, remember the links must be to article in the ongoing news cycle (i.e., no static pages like or wikipedia like this LINK) and those articles must feature reports of scientific findings (i.e., no opinions, blogs, or definitions of topics like this LINK and no human interest stories that do not feature new science like this LINK).

See the class twitter account for examples: that qualify for EC.

Students can earn 1 point for each link that qualifies up to a total of 5 points. To earn points just email me the link or tweet a link from your twitter account and the class twitter handle: Scofield_HD101. Last day to submit links is Dec 2, 2016.


Berger Textbook

The required textbook for this course is Invitation to the Lifespan by Berger, 3rd Edition. You can find the book at the UA Supply Store on campus. Also, the UA Supply Store sells copies of the lecture notes (i.e., HD 101-006 – Scofield).

Berger 3rd Edition

The book comes with complimentary access to a companion website, view it here: The access code is available when you purchase the book (e-version or hard copy) from the Supe Store. Call 1-800-936-6899 for tech support if you have trouble/questions.