Psychology is the study of thought and behavior. It can help you understand yourself and others, and is relevant to health, education, business, and law. This course will survey the field. We will overview biological bases of behavior and thought, sensation, perception, consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, motivation, emotion, health and behavior, development across the life span, social cognition, social behavior, personality, mental disorders, and psychological treatments. At the end of the course students should know key findings about these topics, as well as how to evaluate purported facts about psychology.
The cost of new versions of the two required textbooks is over $100, but less expensive used versions and electronic versions of the texts are available.
Evaluation is based on web submitted assignments, quizzes, and three multiple choice exams.
Students will attend lecture twice per week, as well as a discussion section once per week.