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Psychology

1110. Introduction to Psychology
This course surveys questions about human behavior and mental life ranging from how you see to why you fall in love. The great controversies: nature and nurture, free will, consciousness, human differences, self and society. Students are exposed to the range of theoretical perspectives including biological, evolutionary, cognitive, and psychoanalytic. One of the best aspects of Psychology is that you are the subject matter. This makes it possible to do many demonstrations in lecture that allow you to experience the topic under study. Lectures work in tandem with the textbook.
(Prof. Jeremy Wolfe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)

1115. Introduction to Psychology II
What do your dreams mean? Do men and women differ in the nature and intensity of their sexual desires? Can apes learn sign language? Why can’t we tickle ourselves? 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, religion, persuasion, love, lust, hunger, art, fiction, and dreams. 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.
(Prof. Paul Bloom, Yale University: Open Yale)

1120. General Psychology
This course surveys the scientific study of mind and behavior; nervous system structures and functions underlying human experience, thought, and action; learning; sensation and perception; attention and memory; thought and language; emotion and motivation; personality and social interaction; cognitive, social, and personality development; psychopathology and psychotherapy.
(Prof. John Kihlstrom, University of California, Berkeley: Webcast.Berkeley)

1210. Neuroscience and Behavior
This course covers the relation of structure and function at various levels of neuronal integration. Topics include functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, sensory and motor systems, centrally programmed behavior, sensory systems, sleep and dreaming, motivation and reward, emotional displays of various types, "higher functions" and the neocortex, and neural processes in learning and memory.
(Prof. Gerald Schneider, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)

1410. Developmental Psychology
This course explores the development of children from birth to adolescence, in a wide range of areas including biological, cognitive, linguistic, social, and personality development. It also covers the effects of genes, experience, and social context on children's development.
(Prof. Lori Markson, University of California, Berkeley: Webcast.Berkeley)

1510. Human Emotion
This course will examine two different theoretical perspectives on emotion: (1) the differential emotions approach with its strong evolutionary grounding, and (2) the social constructionist approach. Next, the course will investigate empirical research on many facets of emotion including facial expression, physiology, appraisal, and the lexicon of emotion. Finally, we will consider more specific topics including social interaction, culture, gender, personality, and psychopathology.
(Prof. Dacher Keltner, University of California, Berkeley: Webcast.Berkeley)

1610. Social Psychology: Self and Society
This course offers a broad survey of the various theories and perspectives advanced in social psychology. Social psychology is a field which bridges sociology and psychology and is primarily concerned with how individuals view and interact with one another in everyday life. The class is organized around a survey of the great ideas from the history of social psychology. We will study social psychological research on a wide variety of topics including conformity, obedience, identity, power, status, and interpersonal perception. (A full set of video lectures is included.)
(Prof. Robb Willer, University of California, Berkeley: Webcast.Berkeley)

2350. The Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food
This course encompasses the study of eating as it affects the health and well-being of every human. Topics include taste preferences, food aversions, the regulation of hunger and satiety, food as comfort and friendship, eating as social ritual, and social norms of blame for food problems. The politics of food discusses issues such as sustainable agriculture, organic farming, genetically modified foods, nutrition policy, and the influence of food and agriculture industries. Also examined are problems such as malnutrition, eating disorders, and the global obesity epidemic; the impact of food advertising aimed at children; poverty and food; and how each individual's eating is affected by the modern environment.
(Prof. Kelly D. Brownell, Yale University: Open Yale)

9000. Seminars in Psychology
A collection of interesting seminars, presentations and lectures from various institutions relevant to pschology.

 

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