PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
Section: 002 Psychological Perspectives on College Experience
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
May not be included in a concentration plan in Psychology.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

When people leave the University of Michigan upon graduation, in what ways are they different from when they began? How does university life influence your marriage, your income, and most importantly (for this course) your thinking skills? How can you change the way you proceed through the university (from choosing your major, courses, and sleep habits) that can improve your chances for learning and success?

The primary goal of this course is to learn about the psychology of learning and thinking in the context of the university.

  • How long do your memories last?
  • What factors influence how well and for how long you will learn information?
  • How will your thinking change as you progress through the university?
  • Are some people better at learning than others?
  • How much does effort/practice play a role in how much you learn?
  • How do alcohol, drugs, anxiety, sleep, hormones, etc. affect how well you learn and think?

At the same time, we will evaluate in considerable detail the implications of the psychology of learning and thinking for our own learning and thinking (and, perhaps, of one's students and children if one becomes a teacher or parent). Thus, we will systematically examine through both empirical group projects and class activities and discussions, how what we might know about learning might mean for ourselves.

As a secondary goal, we will consider how the university as a whole works, and how university policies and university life affect you.

If we are truly successful in this course, you will have a fairly sizable body of knowledge about the psychology of thinking and learning, you will have learned to critically read and evaluate research on the psychology of thinking and learning, and you might even become better thinkers and learners. At the same time, you will understand something about the university and how it works.

PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
M 2:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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