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Lesson Introduction

In this lesson, we will go over an introduction to the course. I will give an introduction to psychology, and a summary of the content.

Lesson To Do List

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Watch the presentation
Watch the videos
Match the terms with the definitions
Review the discussion questions
Do the assignments
Complete the quiz

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Lesson Presentation (00:27:28)

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Lesson Videos

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"This Is Psychology" Introduction: What is psychology? (00:02:25)

In this episode, Dr. Anderson defines psychology as the study of the mind and behavior and explains how psychology affects all aspects of the human experience.

William James His Life and Philosophy (01:08:59)

[Optional] A lecture delivered at Peninsula College by Wesley Cecil Ph.D. on the the life and philosophy of William James. Part of the Modern Philosophers lecture series.

Wundt and the Founding of Psychology (00:19:04)

[Optional] This is a lecture for my PSYC 487 Capstone: History & Systems course at Boise State University.

The top 10 myths of psychology | Ben Ambridge | TEDxYouth@Manchester (00:15:23)

TEDxYouth@Manchester is proud to present its 6th TEDxYouth conference on Wednesday 5th November 2014. Our event is presented to 450 post 16 students from The Fallibroome Academy in Macclesfield, UK and to over 150 invited students from local schools. We live stream our conference around the world and our theme is ‘Reset’ and the exciting programme includes brilliant speakers, and stunning student performances.

Lesson Terms and Definitions

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The scientific study of the mind and behavior.
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An American psychologist who developed an approach which came to be known as functionalism, which emphasized the causes and consequences of behavior.
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Refers to psychological concepts that appear oversimplified, out of date, unproven, misunderstood or misinterpreted.
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A German psychologist who developed an approach which came to be known as introspection, which explored what was going on in their minds of individuals while performing a certain task.

Lesson Discussion Questions

How is psychology different from philosophy?
Why do you think William James and Wilhelm Wundt were credited as the founders of modern psychology?
What is the most interesting part of psychology to you and why?
How do you think psychology can help you in your personal life and professional life?
Why do you think pop-psychology myths are so prevalent?

Lesson Assignments

Assignment #1:

This assignment is for students with the instructor-evaluated course option.

Order the textbooks for this course. Again, those books are:

Griggs, R. (2014). Psychology: A Concise Introduction (Fourth Edition). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
Get on Amazon for $30-$40 (ebook or paperback is fine): http://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Introduction-Richard-A-Griggs/dp/1429298901

Lilienfeld, S. (2009). 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior (1st edition). Chichester, West Sussex : Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Get on Amazon for $18-$20 (ebook or paperback is fine): http://www.amazon.com/Great-Myths-Popular-Psychology-Misconceptions/dp/140513111X

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Assignment #2Answer one of the following question found in the "Lesson Discussion Questions" section using the discussion section below, and respond to/comment on at least one student's post. Comment on a post that has no comments yet, if possible.
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Introduce yourself using the video recorder below. This will only be visible to the instructors, and NOT made public. Alternatively, you can just write a little something about yourself.

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    #2: The Science of Psychology
    #3: Neuroscience
    #4: Sensation and Perception
    #7: Cognitive Biases
    #8: Thinking and Intelligence
    #9: Developmental Psychology
    #10: Personality Theories and Assessment
    #12: Abnormal Psychology
    #13: Course Summary and Final Assignment
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    1) Which person has nothing to do with the founding of contemporary psychology?
    a) William James
    b) Wilheml Wundt
    c) Al Gore
    d) none of them did
    2) About how many sub-fields of psychology are there?
    a) about a dozen
    b) about 30
    c) over a hundred
    d) a billion
    3) Why study psychology?
    a) it can help with well-being
    b) it can help in your personal life
    c) it an help in your professional life
    d) all of the above
    4) Humans only use a bout 10% of their brain.
    a) true
    b) false
    5) Humans have only 5 senses.
    a) true
    b) false - we have many more
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