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University of Toronto

Introduction to Psychology

University of Toronto via Coursera


This course will highlight the most interesting experiments within the field of psychology, discussing the implications of those studies for our understanding of the human mind and human behavior. We will explore the brain and some of the cognitive abilities it supports like memory, learning, attention, perception and consciousness. We will examine human development - both in terms of growing up and growing old - and will discuss the manner in which the behavior of others affect our own thoughts and behavior. Finally we will discuss various forms of mental illness and the treatments that are used to help those who suffer from them.

The fact of the matter is that humans routinely do amazing things without appreciating how interesting they are. However, we are also routinely influenced by people and events without always being aware of those influences. By the end of this course you will have gained a much better understanding and appreciation of who you are and how you work. And I can guarantee you that you'll learn things that you'll be telling your friends and family about, things that will fundamentally change the way you think of yourself and others. How can you resist that?!

Taught by

Steve Joordens


4.8 rating, based on 27 Class Central reviews

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  • Bethenia Jane Dixon is taking this course right now and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I am taking this course right now and am on week 5 in the course outline. I just wanted to warn others that the instructor is off by a week in his lectures. The midterm quiz comes at the end of week 4 but includes questions relating to week 5. In we…
  • Even though this is only an inductory course, it's very comprehensive. And the supplymentary materials are very eye-opening. I wish there were more quizzes before the big tests so that I can do a self-check but it's still one of the best courses I've ever taken.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It's a great intro to psychology, it covers a broad range of sub-types and gives you a good grasp on psychology as a whole.
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    Maksim Kazlouski completed this course.

    Great course, very easy going and clear explanations of material. Professor doing a great job explaining things in a manner that everyone can understand the material. A lot of home work reading available, interesting studies overviewed. I'll advice that course to everyone interested in psychology.
  • Asdoost

    Asdoost completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This is one of my favorite courses. One of the reason that I really enjoyed taking this course is the instructor of the course, Steve Joordens, who teaches very enthusiastically. He really enjoys talking about psychology and his attitude is contagious.
  • Anja

    Anja completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I only audited the course out of couriosity. Very interessing! Gives a good overview of the topic. Great teacher! Connects the organ/brain function with the behavoir.

    SAMUEL OKOTH OWIYE is taking this course right now, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    The course is great,in fact am beginning to learn a lot that i didn't know about my life and the society as whole.
  • Jovelisa Ling
    I like it . I learned a lot. I plan to study deeper into psychology. Steve is very pleasant to listen to. I like the format, the suggested videos and readings. I am hoping to get back into it though. I got cut off. Hoping someone could help me get back into the program.
  • Zeinab
    I am from Azerbaijan and I have graduated from university 5 years ego with major in general psychology however due to various reasons i didn't follow this path (although i have some plans for masters degree related to psychology in Europe inn near future), it was like a deja vu and it reminded me why i did choose this subject.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This introductory course takes a great, broad view at psychology. We learn about some of the big names in the field, Freud, Wundt, etc. at a pace that is easily manageable and stress free. Steve Joordens makes learning addicting and offers plenty of great humor, study materials, and some recipes and music videos to keep the mood light and fun.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It is one of the best psychology course online right now. if you are willing to start to studying psychology i recommend this course . Professor Steve Joorden explains every basic topics of psychology in depth and it has quizzes and assignment for tracking your progress .overall very interesting course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This must have been the best decision of my life, I could not have found a better way for me to learn what I love.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have always wanted to study the human brain and thought process, why people act in the way they do and try to understand and rationale their thought process. This has given me a bit of groundwork on this,
  • Pearlie Ng completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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    Amazing course and amazing teacher. I guess one of the best teacher I have found online. The course is definitely worth it if you like psychology but you don't have much knowledge about it.
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