Introduction to Psychology

This course is all about you ... your mind, your behavior, and what underlies them both. It will be a fast paced tour of the most important experiments in psychology, one that is intended to fascinate, inform, and provoke deep thought. Come learn about yourself with us!

About The Course

This course will highlight the most interesting experiments within the field of psychology, discussing the implications of those studies for our understanding of the human mind and human behavior.  We will explore the brain and some of the cognitive abilities it supports like memory, learning, attention, perception and consciousness.  We will examine human development - both in terms of growing up and growing old - and will discuss the manner in which the behavior of others affect our own thoughts and behavior.  Finally we will discuss various forms of mental illness and the treatments that are used to help those who suffer from them.  

The fact of the matter is that humans routinely do amazing things without appreciating how interesting they are.  However, we are also routinely influenced by people and events without always being aware of those influences.  By the end of this course you will have gained a much better understanding and appreciation of who you are and how you work.  And I can guarantee you that you'll learn things that you'll be telling your friends and family about, things that will fundamentally change the way you think of yourself and others.  How can you resist that?!

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What resources will I need for this class?

For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, and the time to read, write, discuss, and enjoy some fascinating experiments and ideas.

What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?

The coolest?  Where do I begin?  Maybe the coolest thing about all of us is how many things we can do really well, and how we manage to do it.  No machine has yet come even close to being able to do what humans are able to do in the general way we can.  You will also learn about things that influence you without your awareness ... well, until you learn about them that is.  So many cool things! 

What kind of practical knowledge will I gain?  Why is this worth my time?

In addition to gaining a better understanding of yourself you will also gain a better understanding of those around you.  If you interact with other human beings at all (and who doesn't?) you will be able to do so more effectively.  If you are a manager, a coach, a parent or a friend, this course will help you work with others.

Recommended Background

No specific background is required.  If you have a hungry mind ... a mind that wants to learn more about itself, then you are most welcome in my course!