Introduction to Psychology

Introduction to Psychology

$249.00

Teen Focus 12+

Why do people do the things they do? Why do people think and say certain things? What makes people different from each other? Why do cultures differ, and what characteristics do all humans share? Are we separate from our brains as individuals, or are we just creatures of habit? How much of what we do is inevitable and how much is a conscious choice? Psychology can answer all of these questions and more.

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Why do people do the things they do? Why do people think and say certain things? What makes people different from each other? Why do cultures differ, and what characteristics do all humans share? Are we separate from our brains as individuals, or are we just creatures of habit? How much of what we do is inevitable and how much is a conscious choice? Psychology can answer all of these questions and more. This Introduction to Psychology course will lay the foundation for an in-depth understanding of human behavior and the processes behind it.

In this course, we will learn about the following topics:

  • Subconscious processes
  • Development
  • Memory
  • Emotion
  • Motivation
  • Personality
  • Behaviorism
  • Biopsychology/Neuropsychology
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Learning
  • Intelligence
  • Sex, Gender, and Sexuality*
  • Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychological Disorders

Students will learn about these topics through live webinars and written discussion forums as well as through hands-on activities that involve conducting and participating in recreations of classic experiments throughout the history of psychology.  

*Families who feel that their students may not be ready for a mature, academic discussion of these topics may elect to skip this week’s webinar and readings.

This is a 16-week class for teens working at an advanced high school level. Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recordings are available for students who must miss a session.

Required Book:

This textbook is the latest revision of a text currently in use at respected universities across America.  We have selected this particular edition for its inclusion of the new online study technologies, InQuizitive and ZAPS online labs. Please be very careful to acquire the 2nd edition (ebook or printed copies are fine) with InQuizitive and ZAPS registration cards so that your student will be able to fully participate in all aspects of the course. We strongly recommend ordering directly from Norton to ensure you get the correct edition.

Topics Covered

Subconscious processes
Development
Memory
Emotion
Motivation
Personality
Behaviorism
Biopsychology/Neuropsychology
Sensation and Perception
Learning
Intelligence
Sex, Gender, and Sexuality*
Health
Social Psychology
Psychological Disorders

Challenge Level

Appropriate for Teens 12 and up. This course contains college-level material and references mature topics.

Time Commitment

Most students report spending approximately 3-4 hours per week on homework outside of the webinar.

Instructor

Counselor Cat

Reading List

Psychology in Your Life – W. W. Norton 2nd edition by Grison, Heatherton, and Gazzaniga

Usually Offered

Fall and Spring Semesters

Available Sessions

Spring 2019 Monday 1pm Pacific, Spring 2018 Thursday 1pm Pacific, Fall 2017 Tuesday 9am Pacific