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2021 Spring

INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY - PSY150/1 Spring 2021

Katerina Vanova
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Course Contents: Schools of thought -Freud; dreams, altered states; brain and drugs, sensation and perception, learning and Memory Research Methods, intelligence, mental illness, DSM diagnosis, treatment.

Here is the course outline:

1. Session 1 - Welcome to the course/What is Psychology - February 10

Feb 10

• Introduction to the course: a course syllabus, a small questionnaire, a weekly plan, sessions dynamics and assessment methods. • What is Psychology: its types, basic research principles and major schools of psychology

2. Session 2 - Sensation and Perception - February 17

Feb 17

• Senses • Illusions • Influences on interpretation • How is our perception formed and how it influences our life

3. Session 3 - Consciousness and Unconsciousness - February 24

Feb 24

• Levels of awareness • Sleep and dreams, REM • Sleep disorders • Altered states of consciousness: drugs, hypnosis, meditation

4. Session 5 - Learning - March 10

Mar 10

• Innate (instincts) vs. learned behavior • Classical and operant conditioning • Cognitive learning and theory • Observational learning • Conditioned emotional response • Positive/negative reinforcements/punishments • Learned helplessness • Scaffolding • Pavlov, Watson, Köhler, Bandura, Skinner, Thorndike

5. Session 6 - Life Span Development I - March 17

Mar 17

• Developmental Psychology Aim • Nature vs. nurture • Continuity vs. stages • Stability vs. change • Social-emotional development: four types of attachment • Cognitive development (Piaget)

6. Session 7 - Life Span Development II - March 24

Mar 24

• Kohlberg´s Stages of Moral Development • Erikson´s Eight Stages of Life • Major influences on personality development • Parenting styles • Death and dying

7. Session 8 - Group presentations - March 31

Mar 31

GROUP PRESENTATIONS - INSTRUCTIONS: There have been four groups of students created, I will send each of the group a separate message so you know whom will you be working with. Each group will: 1) get together, get to know each other 2) talk about what interests you in psychology and brainstorm about possible topic - it must be relevant to our course material; otherwise, you are free to choose what interests you the most. 3) as soon as you choose the topic, let me know. I must approve it in advance to ensure each group has a different topic and your intentions are relevant to the course character. The topics will be recorded on first come first served basis. 4) your groups are large so you need to establish their structure, your roles and divide the work. Each member must contribute and each member will present a part of your final project. 5) once you have your topic approved, start working on the project! Imagine you are the lecturers and you want to teach your classmates about something really interesting - and you want to go deeper than your teacher! :) Do not procrastinate! You can consult with me if necessary. GOOD LUCK!!

8. Session 9 - Motivation and Emotion - April 14

Apr 14

• Types and theories of motivation • Self-efficacy and social motivation (Bandura) • Sensation seeking (need of arousal) • Hierarchy of needs (Maslow) • Eating disorders – anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa • What is emotion and what are its three basic components • Emotional intelligence • Cultural aspect of emotions displays • Six (seven) universal emotions

9. Session 10 - Stress and Health - April 21

Apr 21

• Health psychology aim • What is stress • Fight-or-flight response • General adaptation syndrome • Stressors • Stress and illness (psychosomatics) • Coping with stress • Positive psychology

10. Session 11 - Personality - part I - April 28

Apr 28

• What is personality • Historical perception of personality • Cultural understanding of personality • Personality assessment • Hans and Sybil Eysenck (personality and temperament) • Trait theories: Five Factor Model (Big Five), 16PF, Myers-Briggs Personality Types

11. Session 12 - Personality - part II - May 5

May 5

• Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Theories: psychological defense mechanisms, personality structure (id, ego, superego), level of consciousness, Freud´s five stages of psychosexual development, Adler´s individual psychology, Jung´s analytic psychology • Humanistic Theories: Rogers´ unconditional positive regard, Maslow´s search for self-actualization • Social/Cognitive Perspective: Bandura´s concept of self-efficacy, Rotter´s locus of control

12. Session 13 - Psychological Disorders - May 12

May 12

• Identifying and classifying abnormal behavior • Anxiety disorders and their causes: GAD, panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder • Obsessive-compulsive disorders: OCD, Body dysmorphic disorder, Hoarding disorder • PTSD • Mood disorders and their causes: major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, subtypes of depression, suicide • Schizophrenia and its causes • Dissociative disorders • Personality disorders

13. Session 14 - Therapy and Treatment - May 19

May 19

• What is psychotherapy and who can practice it • Five areas in which psychotherapy aims to help clients • Psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapies • Cognitive therapies: rational-emotive, cognitive-behavior • Humanistic therapies: client-centered, gestalt • Behavior therapies: exposure therapy, aversion therapy, principles of operant conditioning and social learning in therapy • Group, family, play therapies

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