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.


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 to the class. 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 they were 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.

Students developing portfolios are also required to make presentations to the class.