OVERVIEW OF CLASS SCHEDULE - PSY 201
Introductions/Overview of Field
Includes Class Introductions; Organization & Major Foci of the Field, Objectives, Roles, Relationship to Other Social Sciences, Historical Sketch, Old Schools & Current Models, Major Issues and Questions, Research Methods & Statistics, Ethical Questions and Open Discussion.
Bio/Neurological Basis of Behavior: Biopsychology
Includes a discussion of: Neurons; Neurotransmitters; The Nervous System; Brain and Behavior; The Endocrine System; Current Research on Brain and Behavior and Biopsychology; Videos on the Behaving Brain and the Responsive Brain; Psychology Computer Simulations on Neural Messages, Hemispheric Specializations and Hunger and the Fat Rat; Readings from Annual Editions in Biopsychology.
Sensation & Perception
Includes a discussion of: Overview and Definitions of Sensation and Perception; Overview of the Human Senses; Critical Thinking and Visualization Exercise on Imagining Your Senses Being More Acute; Basic Concepts in Sensation; Vision and the Visual Receptors; Theories of Color Vision; Hearing and Theories Regarding Pitch; Types of Hearing Problems; Technological Advances in Audition; Touch and Pain; Theories and Research on the Cutaneous Sense; Phantom Limb Pain; The Chemical Senses of Taste and Smell; Research in Olfaction; Other Sensory Systems - Kinesthesis and the Vestibular Senses; The Physiological Base of Sensation. Also includes PsychSim Computer Module on the Auditory System and related Web Sites.
Perception includes a discussion of: Rules and Principles of Perceptual Organization; Ambiguous Figures; Laws of Grouping; Perceptual Constancies; Physical and Cognitive Illusions; Perception of Movement; Pattern Recognition, Depth and Distance Perception; and Extrasensory Perception. Also includes PsychSim Computer Modules on Visual Illusions and related Web sites.
Human Development Through The Lifespan: Developmental Psychology
Includes a discussion of: The Field of Developmental Psychology and Roles; Major Issues and Questions in Development; Developmental Theories; The Biological Bases of Development; Prenatal Development and Environmental Impacts on the Developing Fetus; An Overview of Childhood, Adolescence and Mature Adulthood and the Critical Impacts to These Developmental Stages.
Motivation and Emotion
Includes a discussion of: Overview, Definitions, Questions and Environmental Influences; Early Contributors to the Field of Motivation and Dynamic Psychology; Early and Current Theories and Perspectives on Motivation; Physiological Bases and Drives; Social Motives; Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation; Research on Work Motivation; and, Abraham Maslow's Theory of Self-Actualization. Also, Related Web Sites.
Emotion includes: An Overview and Definitions; Early Views and Studies on Emotional Development; Past and Current Theories on Emotion; The Emotion of Love and Types of Love; Related Research Studies on Emotional Development; and PsychSim Computer Module on Expressing Emotion.
The psychology of learning includes a discussion of the four basic forms of learning: classical conditioning, operant conditioning, observational learning and cognitive processes, including metacognition and artificial intelligence. In addition, practical applications of learning are discussed.
Lecture and discussion is accompanied by computer modules and video presentations on the subject, along with student concept models of learning.
Students also get an opportunity to operantly condition "Sniffy" a rat and to operantly condition a chicken to dance for food, using computer simulated modules.
Includes an overview and definition of memory and introduces the field and research on the psychology of memory. Includes a discussion of the tasks of memory, the memory systems, types of information in memory, other types of memory, the biology of memory, models of how the memory system works, research on long term memory and forgetting, memory in its natural contexts, repression and amnesias, and strategies for improving memory.
Computer simulations of iconic memory and other examples are also provided as well as video presentations of current research on the psychology of memory.
Thinking and Language
Introduces the relationship between learning, memory, thinking, language and intelligence. Begins with a discussion and overview of the relationship between these cognitive components.
Provides an overview of the types of thinking, including divergent, convergent, critical, productive, creative and creative problem-solving. Emphasis and discussion is focused on creative, critical, and productive thinking and the steps involved in the processes of each.
Computer simulations are also involved in this component as well as video presentations on thinking -- especially from the Mind series.
The component on Language introduces the different perspectives and theories on language development, including the learning, nativist and cognitive perspectives on language development. The stages and acquisition of language learning is also discussed, including the importance of using gestures in language development. Comparisons are also made between human and animal language and cognition and human, animal, and deaf children's learning of language.
There is a special component on the research on animal language and cognition and the various research projects across the world highlighting the work of psychologists and primatologists on animal development, language and cognition. In addition, Rob Shumaker, Coordinator of the Orangutan Animal Language Project at the new Think Tank at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park in Washington, DC is a regular guest speaker each Spring semester, highlighting his current research and work on animal language and cognition.
This is accompanied by many video presentations on human and animal language, including the work and research of Sue Savage-Rumbaugh at Georgia State University and others.
Provides a historical overview of the discussions about intelligence, including Gould's book on the "Mismeasure of Man." Introduces and explains many of the IQ analytical models developed and presented over the centuries, up to the present time. Also discusses the most revolutionary perspectives on intelligence, including the work of Howard Gardner and his theory of multiple intelligences. Students get an opportunity to hear Gardner first hand discuss his theory and provide examples of how his theory is being applied and implemented in public school settings across the country.
Students also get an opportunity to conceptualize and present their own models of intelligence.
Theories of Personality
Includes an overview and discussion of the field of personality psychology. Introduces many of the theories and perspectives on how humans develop personality, the critical period for its formation, and its many characteristics. Discusses the viewpoints of psychologists such as Sigmund Freud and the psychodynamic view; Carl Jung and the Collective Unconscious and Man and his symbols; Alfred Adler and individual psychology; Karen Horney and social and cultural factors; Erik Erikson and psychosocial development; Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow and humanistic models; the trait perspective of Gordon Allport, Raymond Cattell, Hans Eysenck and the 5-Factor theorists; as well as the behavioral, learning and social-cognitive theorists such as Watson, Skinner, Bandura and Rotter.
In addition, there is discussion of the tests, projective techniques and other measurements of human personality. A video presentation focusing on an analysis of the self also is highlighted and discussed.
Altered States of Consciousness
Discusses the psychological phenomena and research and reports that are not usually discussed relative to states of consciousness. Begins with a discussion of the external influences on shifts in consciousness, including the influence of drugs such as LSD, amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, heroin, nitrous oxide, alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.
Also discusses the influence of food and plant substances, with excerpts from the published literature in such works as Casteneda's, The Teachings of Don Juan.
Also includes a discussion of internal shifts in consciousness and its impact such as dream states, including lucid dreaming. There also is a discussion of suggestibility such as hypnosis and the effects of placebos. Discussion is also included on the new research on altered states and multiple personality disorders, traumas, mystical states-- stigmata, levitation, meditation and transitional states such as astral travel, out-of body experiences, near-death experiences, the ethereal plane and reincarnation.
Psychopathology and Therapies
Presents an overview and discussion of the field of abnormal psychology or psychopathology and methods of therapy. Includes a discussion and presentation of the models of causation, a typology of the current listing of psychological disorders with their symptoms and videotaped case scenarios, along with chemical and therapeutic treatment protocols.
Includes a discussion and presentation of anxiety, somatoform, dissociative, eating, mood, schizophrenia, personality, sexual and organic disorders.
An overview of the accompanying types of therapy models is also presented.
Many video clippings are illustrated highlighting the display and symptoms of the various disorders.
Presents an overview of the field and work of social psychologists. Discusses the major areas of focus and the major areas of research inquiry. Includes a discussion of: Social influence - social comparison, social facilitation, social interference, social norms, conformity, compliance and obedience; Attitudes, persuasion and attitude change - the nature of attitudes, prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination, persuasive communication, behavioral and cognitive influences; Social perception - impressions, group stereotypes and prejudice, and attribution theory; Group Influences - conformity, compliance, obedience, aggression, altruism, cooperation and competition, group dynamics, group decision-making, group performance, and group leadership; and Interpersonal Relations - friendship, love, marriage and family and prosocial behavior.
SUMMARY & CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Will include a summary of part 2 of introduction to psychology. Will reflect on the field, the perspectives, theories and models presented. Students also will provide their assessment of the field and course, and provide their comprehensive definition of psychology as they currently understand psychology.
The related careers in psychology pertaining to the areas and sub fields studies in part 2 will be presented. This will include a discussion of roles and educational requirements for each profession.
These class sessions are devoted to students' presentation of their research paper or project. This is an opportunity for all members of the class to benefit from research by sharing information, knowledge and scientific data.
Students are required to make a formal presentation for 3 to 7 minutes on their research or project. Discussion includes the purpose of the research/project, the major research question(s), why student was interested in the topic, and a summary of the major findings. Members of the class can ask questions and discuss each presentation. Student presenters can use a variety of presentation formats, including the overhead, Power Point, the Internet, Videos, among others.