The subject matter of this program– the science of the mind and behavior – is something that all students are intimately involved with on a daily basis, whether they know it or not. These interactions could include how we recognize something or someone we see or hear, being influenced subconsciously by those around you, or how we learn and remember new information. How and why do our personalities differ? Just how does the brain relate to behavior? Understanding these concepts and more can help us address and further understand ourselves, our community, and many issues in society today. We will also recognize that our understanding of psychology does not end with humans. For example, do non-human animals have consciousness, intelligence, or emotion? Together, we will explore these types of processes through multiple forms including readings, live-online activities, discussions, documentaries, and your own observations.
This program will act as an introduction to the study of psychology, in both humans and non-human animals, as a science and an art. Core topics include: scientific methods, learning, memory, consciousness, language and thought, intelligence, development, personality and social psychology, perception and sensation, neuroscience, cognition, emotion, evolution, sexuality, psychological disorders and their treatment. This program will also cover current empirical investigations into the nature and function of behavior and how the psychological concepts described may (or perhaps may not) be reflected in real world examples.
By the end of the term, you will have the skills to: (1) Identify and describe key theories in the core areas of psychology, (2) Interpret, critically evaluate, and discuss scientific research on human & animal behavior, and (3) Relate and apply the findings to experiences from your daily life. Along the way we will also explore careers related to the different areas of psychology. Credits may be awarded in Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Animal Behavior.
To successfully participate in this program students need a computer and internet access. Students should expect 8 hours of Canvas and Zoom work, including live hangouts and seminars, and occasional asynchronous activities. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require.