Every aspect of our lives is touched in some way by the concepts of psychology, and no matter what you see as your future major or career, studying psychology will be useful. Learning about psychology will help you understand better your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and those of the people around you.
Understanding the science and research methods behind psychology can help you better sort out the truth from the fiction surrounding pop psychology (e.g., that we only use 10% of our brain is a myth!). There is always something amazing to learn about the human mind and behavior - from shocking psychological experiments in history that demonstrate our tendencies to obey authority to intriguing optical illusions that reveal the brain's inner workings. In this course, we will take a journey through a range of topics in psychology. At the lower levels of analysis, we will focus on molecules and brain structures (biological psychology). At the higher levels of analysis, we will discuss social and cultural influences on behavior (social psychology). There is much to learn in-between as well; we will explore thoughts, memory, language, emotions, and personality.
We will delve into developmental psychology in class, examining the causes of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social changes across one's lifespan. We will learn about the growing field of health psychology and explore theories of the mind-body stress link. We will also introduce you to a range of psychological disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, depression) and how professionals treat them. We will review research studies on these psychological concepts, improving our understanding of the value of scientific research methods to answer many of our questions about human nature. The format of this two-week course will include lectures, videos, class demonstrations, and group discussions on a range of topics, including recent news events, examples of the psychological concepts in pop culture, and psychological research. Individual and small group assignments will include readings, quizzes, and final research papers/projects.
By the end of the course, you will:
• Demonstrate understanding of the human mind, brain, and behavior at several levels of analysis and of how psychology is relevant to everyday life.
• Express the value of psychological research and be able to think critically about claims made in the media.
• Explain different theories in the realms of biological, cognitive, and social psychology.
• Identify the primary features of a range of psychological disorders and acquire an introductory knowledge of treating such conditions.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.