PSYCH 114 - Honors Introduction to Psychology
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PSYCH 111, 112, or 115.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
LSA Honors Students.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Non-honors students must obtain permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
May not be included in a major in Psychology or a major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Students in PSYCH 114 are required to spend three hours outside of class participating as subjects in research projects.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is designed to introduce Honors students to contemporary psychology. At the end of this class, the student should realize that psychological research addresses a wide range of issues, and that the methods used to study these issues are equally numerous. In order to achieve these objectives, this course will cover a broad range of topics:

  1. Part one is a general introduction to psychology (definitions, history, methods).
  2. In Part two, we will look at psychology on four levels of analysis, namely

    1. on a biological level (nervous system, behavioral genetics, and evolutionary psychology),
    2. a "basic processes" level (perception, learning, memory, information processing, motivation, and emotion),
    3. on a level considering the person as a unit (development, personality theories, psychopathology, treatment of mental disorders), and finally,
    4. on a "social / cultural" level, which focuses on understanding the individual in a social / cultural context (social cognition, social influence, social interaction: intragroup and inter group processes.).
  3. In Part three, we will study one specific problem, namely stress in college, and how psychologists study this problem
    1. on a biological level (stress and health, sleep, eating behavior),
    2. on a basic process level,
    3. on a person-centered level (are there personal styles that might make coping with stress easier?), and
    4. on a social level (how does social support influence our adjustment to stress?).

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PSYCH 114 - Honors Introduction to Psychology
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:00AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9781464106033
Psychology., Author: Daniel L. Schacter, Daniel T. Gilbert, Daniel M. Wegner, Matthew K. Nock., Publisher: Worth Publishers 3rd editio 2014
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