We often have firmly held beliefs about why people think and behave the way they do. Sometimes our intuitions are correct, but often they are not.
Social psychology helps us understand how people think about themselves and other people and what motivates their behaviour in social settings.
This course explores a range of topics in social psychology, from how we think about ourselves, how we think about others, and how we interact and communicate with others. We will also discuss the ways that we can influence others and be influenced by others. Finally, we look at some problematic aspects of human behaviour, such as prejudice and aggression.
You should take this course if you are curious about why we behave the way we do.
Have you ever wondered what causes mental illness, or why we react to stress the way we do? Or what to expect as you get older?
Clinical psychology is the study of psychological disorders and the treatments designed to improve the day-to-day lives of people suffering from them. The focus of the course will be on common psychological disorders, such as schizophrenia, and the symptoms of each. We will also discuss the underlying role of stress and how it affects people mentally and physically. We will also consider more general issues and theories around personality and intelligence.
You should take this course if you want to better understand psychological disorders and how we can treat them.
Have you ever wondered what babies are capable of from the moment they're born?
Developmental psychology is the study of an individual's social, emotional, cognitive, and biological development through his or her lifespan. The focus of this course will be from infancy to later life.
This psychology course will examine how babies and young children develop the ability to function in our world, including their attachment to their caregivers, and their ability to communicate and think about the world. We will also cover specific changes during adolescence and later life.
You should take this course if you are curious to understand what we know about infants' abilities, how we know it, and about the important milestones that we all pass through as we develop.
Do we really only use 10% of our brain? How can we answer questions like this? We shouldn't just rely on our intuition, because unfortunately that can sometimes give us the incorrect answer.
In this psychology course, learn how psychological research is conducted, how to analyze the findings and results and effectively write a research report.
An understanding of psychological research methods allows us to test questions systematically and report the findings of our research so that others can critically evaluate the validity of our conclusions.
Roy Baumeister, Virginia Slaughter, Mark Nielsen, Nicole Nelson, Nancy Pachana, Vanessa Cobham, Wen Wu and Blake McKimmie