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Psychology

Course Syllabus

Purpose

The purpose of this Psychology course is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of
the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a
consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the
major sub-fields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods
psychologists use in their science and practice.

I. Introduction To Psychology
A. What Is Psychology?
1. Why Study Psychology?
2. What Psychologists Do
3. A History of Psychology
4. Contemporary Perspectives
B. Psychological Methods
1. Conducting Research
2. Surveys, Samples, & Populations
3. Methods of Observation
4. The Experimental Method
5. Ethical Issues
II. Body & Mind
A. Biology & Behavior
1. The Nervous System
2. The Brain: Our Control Center
3. The Endocrine System
4. Heredity: Our Genetic Background
B. Sensation & Perception
1. Sensation & Perception: The Basics
2. Vision
3. Hearing
4. Other Senses
5. Perception
C. Consciousness
1. The Study of Consciousness
2. Sleep & Dreams
3. Meditation, Biofeedback, & Hypnosis
4. Drugs & Consciousness
III. Learning & Cognition
A. Learning
1. Classical Conditioning
2. Operant Conditioning
3. Cognitive Factors In Learning
4. The PQ4R Method: Learning To Learn
B. Memory
1. Three Kinds of Memory
2. Three Processes of Memory

Personality Tests 4. 3. Psychological Tests 1. Forgetting & Memory Improvement C. Death & Dying V. Late Adulthood 4. Gender Differences . Language D. What Is Intelligence? 2. What Is Thinking? 2. Development A. Gender Roles 1. Motivation & Emotion 1. Measuring Achievement. Adolescence 1. Thinking & Language 1. Taking Tests D. The Psychology of Motivation 2. Intelligence 1. & Interests 3. Measurement of Intelligence 3. Social Development 4. The Sociocultural Approach C. Challenges of Adolescence C. Identity Formation 4. Biological Needs: Focus on Hunger 3. The Study of Development 2. Adulthood 1. Physical Development 2. Middle Adulthood 3. What Are Gender Roles? 2. Personality A. Infancy & Childhood 1. Young Adulthood 2. The Trait Approach 2. Social Development 3. Three Stages of Memory 4. Abilities. Problem Solving 3. Emotions B. Physical Development 3. The Humanistic Approach 5. Decision Making & Judgment 5. What Influences Intelligence? IV. Psychological Needs 4. Cognitive Development B. What Are Psychological Tests? 2. Reasoning 4. Theories of Personality 1. The Psychoanalytic Approach 3. Differences In Intelligence 4. The Learning Approach 4.

Variation In Gender Roles VI. Biological Therapy VII. Social Perception 5. What Are Psychological Disorders? 2. Ways of Coping With Stress B. Physical Effects of Stress 4. What Is Therapy? 2. Health & Adjustment A. The Psychoanalytic Approach 3. Cognitive & Behavior Therapy 5. Social Cognition 1. Stress & Health 1. What Is Stress? 2. Persuasion 3. Obedience 4. Psychological Disorders 1. Social Interaction 1. Social Psychology A. Attitudes 2. Mood Disorders 6. Group Behavior 2. Anxiety Disorders 3. 3. Dissociative Disorders 4. Psychological Factors & Health 5. Schizophrenia 7. Aggression 5. The Humanistic Approach 4. Conformity 3. Methods of Therapy 1. Responses To Stress 3. Somatoform Disorders 5. Gender Typing 4. Interpersonal Attraction B. Altruism . Personality Disorders C. Prejudice 4.