Welcome to the wonderful world of psychology! This podcast is the audio segment of the course at http://www.introtopsych.com. It comprises the topics found to be most important based on a survey of 761 introductory psychology teachers at 490 schools (Miller & Gentile, 1998). These topics include introduction/methods, neuroscience, sensation/perception, learning, memory, thinking/intelligence, developmental psychology, personality, social psychology, and abnormal psychology. In addition, I have worked in sections on cognitive biases, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination, along with the debunking of popular psychology myths that just dont seem to die.
How do psychologists classify thinking and behavior as “abnormal”? In this chapter we discuss just that by looking at the. . .
Social psychology is the study of humans as social animals, that is the way that we influence one anothers’ behavior and th. . .
Personality Theories and Assessment07/11/2015
While psychologists cannot entirely agree on one definition of personality, this text uses the definition most people think o. . .
The scientific study of biological, cognitive, social, and personality development throughout the life span is known as devel. . .
Thinking and Intelligence22/10/2015
Building on sensation and perception, learning, and memory, this chapter discusses how we think, that is how we process infor. . .
Cognitive biases are tendencies to think in certain ways that can lead to systematic deviations from a "standard of rati. . .
Memory is essential for life as we currently experience it, allowing us to use what we know to interpret the world. This stud. . .
In this chapter we look at how psychologists have studied learning and what we know about how humans learn looking at how bot. . .
Sensation and Perception22/09/2015
To understand and live in the world around us we must first gather (sense) and then interpret (perceive) the information pres. . .
In this chapter we look at just how the brain and nervous system are able to control nearly everything we do by starting with. . .
In this lesson, we will go over an introduction to the course. I will give an introduction to psychology, and a summary of th. . .
The Science of Psychology09/09/2015
Rather than focusing on what we traditionally think of as psychology, therapy, this text seeks to highlight psychology as a s. . .