This course surveys the major areas of contemporary psychology and its application to everyday life. Students will focus on psychological methods of inquiry while exploring the biological, cognitive and sociocultural factors that influence behavior. Topics include, but are not limited to, biological basis of behavior, cognition, learning, human development, personality, motivations and emotions, states of consciousness, sensory processes and psychopathology.
Introduction to the study and principles of behavior. Topics include general principles of scientific investigation; physiological bases of behavior including sensation, perception, learning, emotion and motivation; development; individual differences; attitudes and group dynamics.
Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and methods of psychology. Course content surveys scientific methods, the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning and memory, personality, psychological disorders, and treatment. The classroom time will be composed of a combination of lectures (including PowerPoint multimedia lectures which I have designed) with student discussions, classroom experiments and demonstrations, discussions of articles and additional reading materials, in-class group work, films, in class use of technology, and student participation. Active note taking and critical thinking are strongly suggested.
This course is the systematic study of behavior including the development of psychology as a science, the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, motivation, sensation and perception, personality development, cognitive processes, maturation and development, and adjustment.
This module uses the case of Phineas Gage as an opportunity to apply concepts and critical thinking about intelligence. The module is appropriate for Introduction to Psychology courses and includes learning objectives, readings, and critical thinking questions.
Summary: Survey questions used to review Introduction to Psychology concepts in the area of Research Methods, Brain and Brain Imaging, and Psychopathology. These activities are designed to help students master the following course outcomes:MassTransfer Academic PathwaysDiscipline: PsychologyGeneral PsychologyStudent Learning Outcomes Note: The American Psychological Association (2013) provides guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major and, in those guidelines, outlines 5 learning goals for the major. Introduction to Psychology is a foundational course within the major and, as such, upon completion of the course students will be able to exhibit basic competencies within each of the five areas.