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
- Sensation and Perception
- Sex, Gender, and Sexuality*
- 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.
- Psychology in Your Life by Grison, Heatherton, and Gazzaniga (W. W. Norton 2nd edition)
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.