Since we were young children, we have tried to understand, to predict,
and to control behavior. We first dealt with our parents and teachers,
and later our friends and companions. This course shows, however,
how the understanding, prediction, and control of behavior require scientific
validation. By using tools that are systematic and objective, psychology
has learned how people behave and think.
Psychology is a very broad field of study and the course will include discussions of the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence and thinking, lifespan development, emotion and motivation, personality, social behavior, behavioral disorders, and psychological treatment of disorders. The course will include short lecture modules, demonstrations and experiments, and writing assignments.
This is a twelve-week Introductory Psychology course that is usually taught in the first year of college. There is a Spring Break during the week of March 17-21, 2014. Psychology is a broad discipline as you can see in the outline, and the course will
survey the many areas studied by psychologists. Psychologists study the mind and behavior.
This course was funded by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The QM certification mark recognizes that this course met Quality Matters review standards.
|Psychology as a Science||a. Introduction to the course
b. Analysis of pretest
c. Scientific methods
d. Example of experimental method
b. Nervous system
d. Methods of biopsychology and neuroscience
|Sensation and Perception||a. Introduction to sensation and perception
c. Receptive fields
d. Audition and the other senses
e. Depth perception
|Learning||a. Learning and classical conditioning
b. Operant conditioning
c. Other types of learning
|Memory||a. Introduction to memory
b. Types of memory
c. Episodic memory
d. Memory errors and amnesia
|Cognition, Language, and Intelligence||a. Language
|Development||a. Cognitive development
b. Social development
c. Aging and memory 1
d. Aging and memory 2
|Motivation and Emotion||a. Motivation
d. Measuring emotion
|Personality||a. What is personality?
b. Psychodynamic approach
c. Measuring personality
March 31-April 4
|Social Environment||a. Social cognition
b. Conformity, compliance, and obedience
|Psychological Disorders||a. Psychological disorders
b. Depression and mood disorders
|Treatment||a. Medical treatment
c. Cognitive therapy
d. Alzheimer's disease and wrap-up
This course is designed for college freshmen, so a high school diploma
The class will consist of online lecture videos, which are between 8
and 15 minutes in length. These videos will be supplemented by readings from the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) - an online textbook developed at Carnegie Mellon University. There will be one quiz per week and a final exam at the end of the course.
Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
Will I be able to join the Signature Track for this course?
Yes. For more information about what the Signature Track is and how to join it, please visit https://www.coursera.org/signature/guidebook/general.