0.5 Credit

This course focuses on the study of human behavior. As an introduction to the field of psychology, this course includes consideration of psychological principles, terminology, major theories, careers, methods of experimentation, and practical applications. Special topics include personality development, problem-solving, group dynamics, and motivation.

1. Describe — The first goal is to observe behavior and describe, often in minute detail, what was observed as objectively as possible
2. Explain — While descriptions come from observable data, psychologists must go beyond what is obvious and explain their observations. in other words, why did the subject do what he or she did?
3. Predict — Once we know what happens, and why it happens, we can begin to speculate what will happen in the future. There’s an old saying, which very often holds true: “the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.”
4. Control — Once we know what happens, why it happens and what is likely to happen in the future, we can excerpt control over it. in other words, if we know you choose abusive partners because your father was abusive, we can assume you will choose another abusive partner, and can, therefore, intervene to change this negative behavior.
5. Improve — Not only do psychologists attempt to control behavior, they want to do so in a positive manner, they want to improve a person’s life, not make it worse. This is not always the case, but it should always be the intention.

1- Welcome To Class
1- Welcome
2- Course Description
3- MLA Formatting Word 2007
4- MLA Documentation updates
5- MLA Citation
6- MLA Incorporating Sources

2- Introduction to Psychology
1- A Soft Science
2- Psychology Dictionary
3- Experimental Methods
4- Types of Research
Quiz: Introduction

3- History of Psychology
1- Aristotle
2- Medieval Thought
3- Rene Descartes
4- Mind Body Problem
5- Postmodernism
6- Behavior Analysis
7- Cognitive Science
8- Zoology
9- Ethology
10- Charles Darwin
Handout: History of Psychology
Quiz: History
Assignment: History of Psychology
Essay: Pioneers in Psychology

4- Why Study Psychology?
1- What do Psychologists
2- Who Studies Behavior
3- Cross Cultural Psychology
4- Science Characteristics
5- Advantages of Science
6- Disadvantages of Science
7- Silly Example of Science
8- Real Example of Science
9- Experiments
10- Surveys, Questionnaires, and Tests
11- Case Studies
12- Naturalistic Observation
Quiz: Evolution
Essay: Major Fields in Psychology

5- Brain and Nervous System
1- Natural Selection Today
2- Physiological Psychology
3- Nervous System
4- The Neuron
5- Myelination
6- All-or-none and summation
7- Central Nervous System
8- Principles of the Brain
9- The Hindbrain
10- The Colliculi
11- Cerebrum
12- Hemispheric Specialization
13- The Endocrine System
Quiz: Brain
Worksheet: Nervous System
Essay: Brain Essay

6- Sensation and Perception
1- Psychophysics
2- Associated Sensory Systems
3- Comparative Sensory Systems
4- Vision
5- Audition
6- Chemical Senses
7- Skin Senses
8- Other Senses
9- Perception
10- Factors in Perception
11- Binocular Cues
12- Motion Parallax
13- Visual Constancies
14- Gestalt Psychology
15- Odor Perception
Quiz: Sensation
Worksheet: Sensation and Perception
Essay: Sensory Adaptation

7- Learning
1- Learned vs. Unlearned
2- Defintions of Learning
3- Spontaneous Recovery
4- Classical Conditioning
5- Time and Classical Conditioning
6- Ivan Pavlov
7- Taste Aversion
8- Autoshaping
9- Operant Conditioning
10- Positive and Negative
11- Schedules of Reinforcement
12- B. F. Skinner
13- Premack Principle
14- Primary and Secondary Reinforcement
15- Behavior Modification
16- Superstitious Behavior
17- Observational Learning
18- Pavlov’s Theory
19- Example of Conditioning
20- The PQ4R Method: Learning To Learn
Quiz: Learning
Worksheet: Operant Conditioning
Essay: Classical Conditioning

8- Memory
1- Process of Memory
2- Hermann Ebbinghaus
3- Amnesia
4- Mnemonic Devices
5- Stages of Memory
6- Theories of Memory
7- Summary of Memory Data
8- Repressed Memories
9- Schemas
10- Sensory Memory
11- Confidence and Memory
12- Norms and Heuristics
Handout: Memory Classification & Process
Quiz: Memory
Assignment: Memory Classification and Process
Essay: Three Stages of Memory

9- Personality
1- Personality
2- Sheldon’s Somatotypes
3- Studying Personality
4- Freud’ Stages of Development
5- Ego, Id, Super-Ego
6- Defense Mechanisms
7- Neo-Freudians
8- Learning and Social Learning Theories
9- Eysenck and Norman
10- Humanistic Theories
Quiz: Personality
Worksheet: Personality
Essay: Erik Erikson

10- Psychological Disorders
1- Abnormal Behavior?
2- Demonic Possession
3- Diagnoses
4- Anxiety Disorders
5- Mood Disorders
6- Dissociative Disorders
7- Schizophrenia
8- Personality Disorders
Quiz: Psychological Disorders
Worksheet: Psychological Tests

11- Treatment
1- History of Therapy
2- Types of Therapists
3- Assessing Psychopathology
4- Transference
5- Client-Centered Therapies
6- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
7- Biotherapies
8- AA and Therapy
Quiz: Treatment

12- Auditory System
1- Auditory System
Worksheet: The Ear

13- Scientific Method & Experiments
1- Scientific Method & Experiments

14- Neurotransmission
1- Neurotransmission
Essay: Neurotransmitters

15- Visual System
1- Visual System
Quiz: Final Exam

16- Course Survey
1- Course Survey
Handout: Course Survey
Assignment: Course Survey