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The Great Ideas of Psychology

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Overview

Get a complete overview of the exciting field of psychology in this comprehensive course that explains the fascinating debates over the continuing mysteries of the mind.

Topics Covered:
  • 1: Defining the Subject
  • 2: Ancient Foundations-Greek Philosophers and Physicians
  • 3: Minds Possessed-Witchery and the Search for Explanations
  • 4: The Emergence of Modern Science-Locke's "Newtonian" Theory of Mind
  • 5: Three Enduring "Isms"-Empiricism, Rationalism, Materialism
  • 6: Sensation and Perception
  • 7: The Visual Process
  • 8: Hearing
  • 9: Signal-Detection Theory
  • 10: Perceptual Constancies and Illusions
  • 11: Learning and Memory: Associationism-Aristotle to Ebbinghaus
  • 12: Pavlov and the Conditioned Reflex
  • 13: Watson and American Behaviorism
  • 14: B.F. Skinner and Modern Behaviorism
  • 15: B.F. Skinner and the Engineering of Society
  • 16: Language
  • 17: The Integration of Experience
  • 18: Perception and Attention
  • 19: Cognitive "Maps," "Insight," and Animal Minds
  • 20: Memory Revisited-Mnemonics and Context
  • 21: Piaget's Stage Theory of Cognitive Development
  • 22: The Development of Moral Reasoning
  • 23: Knowledge, Thinking, and Understanding
  • 24: Comprehanding the World of Experience-Cognition Summarized
  • 25: Psychobiology-Nineteenth-Century Foundations
  • 26: Language and the Brain
  • 27: Rationality, Problem-Solving, and Brain Function
  • 28: The "Emotional" Brain-The Limbic System
  • 29: Violence and the Brain
  • 30: Psychopathology-The Medical Model
  • 31: Artificial Intelligence and the Neurocognitive Revolution
  • 32: Is Artificial Intelligence "Intelligent"?
  • 33: What Makes an Event "Social"?
  • 34: Socialization-Darwin and the "Natural History" Method
  • 35: Freud's Debt to Darwin
  • 36: Freud, Breuer, and the Theory of Repression
  • 37: Freud's Theory of Psychosexual Development
  • 38: Critiques of Freudian Theory
  • 39: What Is "Personality"?
  • 40: Obedience and Conformity
  • 41: Altruism
  • 42: Prejudice and Self-Deception
  • 43: On Being Sane in Insane Places
  • 44: Intelligence
  • 45: Personality Traits and the Problem of Assessment
  • 46: Genetic Psychology and "The Bell Curve"
  • 47: Psychological and Biological Determinism
  • 48: Civic Development-Psychology, the Person, and the Polis

Taught by

Daniel N. Robinson, Ph.D.

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