Upon completion of this course, students will able to:
1. Define psychology; outline its historical roots; identify what psychologists do; and apply the critical thinking process to psychological phenomena and research outcomes.
2. Describe and apply with examples the various psychological research methods used to study behavior; include description of case studies, naturalistic and laboratory observations, correlational studies, surveys and tests, the experimental method, and longitudinal and cross-sectional studies.
3. Diagram the structure of the brain and its neuron cells; include descriptions of hemispheric specialization, location of important structures and their functions, and male/female differences.
4. Discriminate among the following body rhythms and mental states: circadian rhythm and the sleep cycle, infradian rhythm and the premenstrual cycle, and ultradian rhythm and the stages of dream.
5. Analyze the processes of sensation and perception and relate how abilities, beliefs, and emotions can affect sensory perception.
6. Summarize the principles of classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and social-cognitive learning and apply these principles when explaining the origins of phobias, fetishes, and aggression.
7. Determine how societal roles and rules, authority figures, and group opinions and behaviors affect an individual's opinions, actions, and emotions; generate a plan on how to decrease stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
8. Distinguish among the different theories of intelligence, including Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence and Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligence.
9. Discuss how the body, the mind, and culture influence the experience and display of emotions; assess the components of stress and describe how to cope and manage stressful events.
10. Compare and contrast the following theories of personalities: biological (genes and heredity), environmental (parents, peers, situations), cultural (values and traits), psychodynamic (unconscious conflicts and desires), and humanistic (present inner self).
11. Analyze and describe the following categories of psychological disorder: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, dissociative disorders and schizophrenia.
12. Apply the following treatment strategies and therapeutic styles to their appropriate psychological disorders: lobotomy, ECT, antianxiety, antidepressant, antipsychotic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, humanistic, group, and family.
1. Introduction to Psychological Theories
2. Psychology Research Methods
3. Evolution, Genes, and Behavior
4. Neurons, Hormones, and the Brain
5. Body Rhythms and Mental States
6. Sensation and Perception
7. Learning and Conditioning
8. Behavior in Social and Cultural Context
9. Thinking and Intelligence
13. Theories of Personality
14. Development over the Life Span
15. Health, Stress, and Coping
16. Psychological Disorders
Understanding Psychology, 11th edition. Feldman, Robert S., McGraw-Hill: 2010
Discovering Psychology, Hockenbury, 5th edition. Don H.; Hockenbury, Sandra E. Worth: 2011
The Science of Psychology, King, 2nd edition. Laura A., McGraw-Hill: 2011
Psychology, 10th edition. Myers, David G., Worth: 2013
Introduction to Psychology, 10th edition. Plotnik, Rod; Kouyoudjian, H., Wadsworth/Thomson: 2011
Psychology - Concepts and Connections,Rathus, 10th edition. Spencer A., Cengage Learning: 2011
Invitation to Psychology, 5th edition. Wade, Carole; Tavris, Carol, Pearson: 2012
Mastering the World of Psychology, 5th edition. Wood, Samuel E.; Wood, Ellen Green; Boyd, Denise, Pearson: 2014