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About the Course

What are people most afraid of? What do our dreams mean? Are we natural-born racists? What makes us happy? What are the causes and cures of mental illness? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, persuasion, emotions, and social behavior. We will look at how these aspects of the mind develop in children, how they differ across people, how they are wired-up in the brain, and how they break down due to illness and injury....

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Nov 4, 2023

A very comprehensive course, giving you the insights into the field of psychology, even with no prior background of psychology, and containing interesting references and examples throughout the course


Dec 27, 2020

I just ended this course smiling & 'happy' with the final topic. 🎉 Thank you for the wonderful experience. Professor Bloom did a great job in explaining and a very pleasant, soothing voice to present!

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By Indira B

Apr 11, 2022

This was the first online course I did where I really committed to study with discipline. It wans't hard because the videos were all very didactic, the course program very well developed and aligned, professor Dr. Bloom was a great teacher and was actually fun to listen to him speaks. I've learned so much about the brain and how my mind works, and sometimes I got a little pissed off about his extremely scientific view, but then Dr. Bloom always came with another hypothesis or another point of view. Also the coursera platform is so easy even to people who don't have practice with these kind of thing, and have subtitles and translation options. Anyway, thank you Yale University for making this available for us!

By Carlo A

Nov 11, 2020

Excellent Professor with every concept explained concisely. The videos are helpful. I definitely recommend others to take this course. I was incredibly amazed by this field and this has connections to my major and work. Moreover, I am always fascinated by the enduring ideas of James, Freud, Jung, Skinner, Bandura, and other figures of Psychology since college years. I took a Psychology class at the university but I had not had the slightest ideas about it because I was not directly interested in it before. Now it is one of the paths I want to explore in the future. I felt that I am immersed in the different ideas that can be learned and discovered in Psychology. It is truly remarkable. Thank you.

By Zahraa

Oct 14, 2020

Pr. Paul Bloom is such an inspiring teaching figure, not one moment was I bored from his topics. He includes personal anecdotes, a few jokes, and some extra resources that would help uncover more. He shares the most interesting experiments, speeches, and clips from movies that supply a more lively environment. I know so much more than when I began and everything I learned was worth while. I especially loved the Social psychology lectures and the happiness lectures, they really did provide some amazing insight, and the video quality overall, as in the animation, never once ceased to amaze me. I would totally recommend this course to virtually anybody who has some free-time and a keen mind.

By Cathy M

May 16, 2021

This may be second submission as I think I pressed a key by mistake. As I was saying: I loved this course and feel I have learned so much. It is so well presented: the personal introduction and ending by Professor Bloom; the intervening avatar presentations with a virtual whiteboard and cartoon figures made the learning experience engaging throughout. The level is higher than I expected being used to U3A (University of the Third Age) courses! The level is academic and appropriately so, but very thoughtfully explained with lots of clarifying examples. The tests are challenging and the 'try agains' are welcome.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to study and learn at my 79 years.

By Asher

Oct 10, 2022

5/5. The first coursera course I ever finished. I, a Greek teenager, originally started this course back in (if i recall correctly) 2020 but I had to basically ditch the course because the vocabulary was too advanced for me back then. I am really glad I ended up starting this course again.

I was also surprised at how respectful the professor was about a lot of topics including different sexualities, genders and more. For some reason, I am used to people searching for opportunities to include their rude opinions about these topics and I was caught off guard (in a good way) about how the professor did not say anything rude about that. I guess maybe there is hope in this world haha.

By Saima A K

Jun 5, 2020

Excellent course and highly recommended to people from all walks of life. This course gives a general overview of psychology but it does scratch the surface enough to make me want to learn more. The instructor, Dr.Bloom has an exceptional ability to explain complex concept in a simplified manner. And while learning I could not help but observe the application to everything around me from child development to wars.

Initially I didn't understand the need for the aminated-version but as I took the course, I realized that the visual representation of concepts really aided comprehension. I guess that too has been psychologically-tested. Overall, one of the best coursera has to offer!

By Nazanin S

May 15, 2024

it was an exceptional experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. This course provided a comprehensive overview of the subject, making complex concepts accessible and engaging. Each chapter was both entertaining and informative.The course content covered a wide range of topics, from the basics of psychological theories and methodologies to more specific areas such as cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and mental health. The material was well-organized, allowing for a logical progression through the subject matter. I appreciated how the course delved into both the historical context and contemporary advancements in psychology, giving a well-rounded perspective.

By Shenin

Jul 14, 2020

From blank slate to "something valuable" in psychology, after much procrastination and struggling. Personally speaking, this course is not merely a learning exercise, rather, it was a kind of conditioning. This course opens its doors to numerous worlds. It was exciting to know about the works of great philosophers and psychologists, listen to crazy ideas, fabulous concepts - initially they all sounded weird to me, but the more I started thinking about them, the more deeper they were. And, last but not the least, this professor is awesome! I would love to take another session with Professor Bloom. I love his style, and voice modulation techniques. Classy experience!

By Sarah H

Sep 12, 2020

This was an interesting and worthwhile course for anyone who wants an easy-to-understand, basic overview on the subjects included under the umbrella of psychology. I found the lecturer to be knowledgeable and interesting and the lectures were presented well. I learnt some things I didn't know about psychology before such as how memory works and how different types of mental disorders manifest and the different methods of treating mental disorders. The course covers the history of psychology, child development & language, memory & cognition, the evolution of emotion, variations in personality & intelligence between individuals, mental illness and finally happiness.

By Maria A M

May 19, 2020

Professor Bloom was so engaging not because he looked like a cartoon for the most part but he made the content easily digestible to everyone. There are times I would run two weeks worth of lecture in one sitting because I cant wait for the next. Very good format and I learned quite a lot. In terms of whats next? It made it easier for me to decide to take up masters in psychology ( I dont know when though). I started this course pre Covid19 and ending it still during lockdown in the Philippines. As mentioned during the last part of the course, happiness is relative. Im very happy to complete this course regardless of our situation, Keep it up and thanks!

By Chrissy S

May 7, 2024

The depth and breadth of this course exceeded all hopes and expectations. This course is extremely inciteful and offers tremendous amounts of knowledge and examples. I would take it two or three times just to listen to the professor explain theories. I have a B.S. and a M.A. in Psychology, but this intro course offered up theories to which I had not been introduced so I highly recommend this course to everyone including individuals who wish to establish a great foundation upon which to build a full spectrum psychology education, those who already have a degree (or two) in psychology, and/or those who would simply like to better understand the world around them.


Mar 30, 2021

It is a very interesting and engaging course! I like the anime and illustrations: they really help me to better focus! In terms of the content, I love the brain part and the mental illness part best. Although I do not have time for all the readings, I plan to do some readings on these two parts. Btw, as an anthropology student, I've found many arguments quite provoking and to some extent, on the contrary to some theories which I have taken for granted in anthropology. Overall, I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in psychology, social science, or just wants to learn some new things and have fun :). Hope you all enjoy it!

By Fahd H

May 7, 2020

Being a medical student, knowing that I'll have to deal with all sorts of patients in the future, made me realize that I'll need more than medical skills in order to succeed in my domain and provide the best healthcare experience t my patients. I was lucky enough to find this course by Professor Paul Bloom. Personally, I think this is the most complete course to introduce you to psychology. Pr. Bloom gave an overall view on psychology that will help you, by the end of the course, to talk about so many subjects you weren't aware of before. Huge thanks to Pr.Bloom, Yale university and Coursera for providing this amazing experience and journey.

By Emmanuel M H G

Jun 28, 2020

I am someone very found in psychology by never had the chance to study it as a complete, standalone, concrete course, so when I discovered it was offered by the University of Yale, I jumped on the opportunity as if it was the last hazelnut on planet Earth & the course delivered a wealth of information accompanied with real-life experiments done by psychologists throughout history, which further alleviated the drive within me all the more to dive even more in-depth into the world of psychology more profoundly, more articulately & more professionally.

Thank you University of Yale, thank you Prof. Dr. Paul.


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By Divya R

May 9, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course. I have an engineering backgound but am very interested in this topic. I would have definitely taken IntroPsych if I was offered it in school.

I have followed Professor Bloom's Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110) on youtube. So when I saw there was a course on Coursera, I wanted to take it.

Though the topics were familiar, I did not find the content repetitive from his earlier lectures.

I do have to say I would have preferred a video format of watching the professor speak instead of distracting animations as he has a passion for the subject and there is Transference. :D

Very well designed course.

By 杨柳笛

Aug 21, 2023



Aug 9, 2020

Prof. Paul Bloom has Good voice tone , He goes with Good flow and medium speed as Psychology requires us to think in that particular concept

"until if we are not thanking the concerned person it doesn't mean that we thanked the Almighty Allah" which is said by Prophet Muhammadh (sal).So I sincerely thank My Teacher Prof. Paul Bloom, Yale University, Coursera Officials ,My management and all other related persons for giving me an opportunity to undergo this course in an easier way.

Zasaakallahu Hairah(Let God gives u the best)

I Pray to the Almighty Allah to all the related persons from top to bottom to get success in both the world.

By Widiasatria U

Sep 28, 2020

For me that coming from non social/psychology background this course is pretty comprehensive very well taught. Personally I have an interest in psyschology and after this course I wish that I can use what have been thought in this course in my professional and personal living. Thank you so much, Professor Paul! A bit of shame that the time required for readings is not accurate and takes me much more than the mere 10 minutes indicated each week. I wish that in the future another languange subtitle is added, adjusting with the most participant, I found some difficulties with the languange because I'm not from english speaking country.

By Gizem S

Aug 10, 2019

I have enjoyed the fact that we as learners are not just looking at a Keynote presentation. There is an animated Professor Bloom, and other animated people or objects when he elaborates certain topics with examples, which are quite captivating in terms of attention, along with the videos shown during the lectures. In addition, I believe that the topics presented are on point, and not drawn out. I also enjoy the opportunity for a learner to have access to the reading material regarding the topics discussed, at the end of each lecture. Overall, I would recommend the course to everyone else who are interested in psychology like myself.

By Sandra. L

Aug 14, 2021

My name is Sandra Lucien, I'm from Haiti, I am currently  an Instructional Assistant with ASD children, working in Public Schools.  I took the course for fun, knowing that I wouldn't understand certain things at first, but it turned out that this course was the best of the best. I loved the videos, my favorite ones were Charlie and Big brother, also the video lengths were great. I learned more about society, people in the workplace, babies being smarter than we think, etc. I now know that one should not criticize what they can't do or understand.

Thank you so much for having me and for making learning fun. I did get my certificate.

By Adnan B

Jul 8, 2022

This course was just exceptional. I am a student of biotechnology and I had no background of psychological studies. Yet, I found this course super engaging. I loved the lecture of Prof. Paul. He is, undoubtdly, an exceptional and a great teacher. Not only that, this course -unlike many others- was well planned and well thought. Illustrations and virtual environment was great. In short, I believe this is the best course I have taken on Coursera. My only complaint with this is that why is this only a single course. This sould have been a series of 3-5 courses packed in a specialization. Can't wait to see more courses like this.


Jul 16, 2019

This course provided me with all what I wanted to know about the general knowledge on Psychology. The content are well organized and professionally presented both in video and reading articles. I appreciate the opportunity to learn this course on Coursera and get access to the very distinguished ideas from the professor(s) from Yale University and other univeristies and research centers. In general, it worth all my efforts and time to take this course. My completion of the course in turn makes me more confident and inspires me to learn more about the subject and encourages me to keep learning in the future. Thank you very much.


Jul 27, 2020

I have always liked to think like a psychologist or much like a philosopher; getting deep into thoughts and finding the root cause of the emotions. But most of the times everything I could analyse was just intuitive and I couldn't name them or explain them in words. This course is just rightly designed that it has helped me to decode my thoughts into more expressable forms of language. I have always been a psychologist but only for myself (just kidding). And of course, it's a well designed course with interactive lectures. It will really make you want to keep learning more and more. TBH, I have completed this course in 4 days.

By Hân N N G

Aug 11, 2021

Overall, the course Introduction to Psychology has given me the foundation to the field of Psychology. It is no longer a vague idea to me, how the brain works, how prejudices form; you will probably find out more once you get into the very first lecture. The more you look at the mind and how it works from a scientific point of view, the more you appreciate its complexity, its uniqueness, and its beauty. The professor is absolutely dedicated into this course, that he has given so many examples and closely related materials. The discussion forums are very engaging also. My questions are mostly answered and discussed seriously.

By Haoran Y

Jan 13, 2021

This is the Best course I have ever had. It changes my life completely. Before I took this course , I was down and completely locked at home due to the Covid-19. Anxiety and depression nearly came to me. Lucky that my wife introduced this course to me. Unfortunately English is not native language, so it took much longer time for me to completely. But I am glad to take it. After 15 weeks study of it, I become more positive, happier. And now, I can understand most of psychology problems more deeply. If professor Bloom will release more classes online, I’d like to take further study. Many thanks to professor Bloom and Coursera.