An introduction of major principles of psychology and scientific modes of thought about behavior, thought, and emotions.
At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to answer the following questions:
- What are the differences between descriptive, correlational, and experimental study designs?
- How does physiology influence our subjective psychology?
- How are environmental stimuli transformed into one’s experience of the world?
- What are levels of consciousness, and how do they influence experience?
- How do humans and animals learn? Are these processes similar?
- What happens to information as it is being learned, and how does our memory work? Is it generally accurate or prone to error?
- What influences our motivation? How can we influence others’ motivation?
- How is human development influenced by genetics, motivation, and the environment?
- How do forces from our environment interact with internal forces to produce behavior? Is there such a thing as “free will?”
- Is stress healthy or unhealthy? What might moderate the influence of stress on health?
- What is psychopathology? What are the diagnostics for specific psychopathologies?
Experiment Replication Project. Student groups select from several options and then carry out the conceptual replication of a psychology experiment. This includes reviewing literature, creating the experiment in Qualtrics (social research software), collecting authentic data, data cleaning, analysis, & interpretation, crafting conclusions based on the observed evidence, and reporting results in an APA-style research paper and research poster.