What You'll Learn
The Introduction to Psychology training program opens a window to the human mind in fascinating detail. Everything you learn will likely clarify an aspect of life that you have experienced or observed. The study of key topics such as sensation and perception, mental states, personality theory, psychological disorders and more should help you get along with others in your personal and professional life.
Lesson 1: What is Psychology
Lesson 2: How Psychologists Do Research
Psychology, pseudoscience and popular opinion; thinking critically and creatively about psychology; from the armchair to the lab; behavior, body, mind and culture; what psychologists do.
Lesson 3: Genes, Evolution and Environment
What makes psychological research scientific; establishing the facts; correlational studies: looking for relationships; hunting for causes; evaluating the findings; keeping the enterprise ethical.
Lesson 4: The Brain: Source of Mind and Self
Unlocking the secrets of genes; the genetics of similarity; language; courtship and mating; the genetics of difference; the case of intelligence; beyond nature versus nurture.
Lesson 5: Body Rhythms and Mental States
The nervous system; communication in the nervous system; mapping the brain; a tour through the brain;the two hemispheres of the brain; issues in brain research.
Lesson 6: Sensation and Perception
The tides of experience; the rhythms of sleep; exploring the dream world; the riddle of hypnosis; consciousness-altering drugs.
Lesson 7: Learning and Conditioning
Our sensational senses; vision; hearing; other senses; perceptual powers: origin and influences.
Lesson 8: Behavior in Social and Cultural Context
Classical conditioning; operant conditioning; operant and classical conditioning in real life; learning and the mind.
Lesson 9: Thinking and Intelligence
Roles and rules; social influences on beliefs; individuals in groups; us versus them: group identity; group conflict and prejudice; the question of human nature.
Lesson 10: Memory
Thought: using what we know; reasoning rationally; barriers to reasoning rationally; psychometry; dissecting intelligence; animal minds.
Lesson 11: Emotion
Reconstructing the past; memory and the power of suggestion; pursuit of memory; the three-box model of memory; the biology of memory; how we remember; why we forget; autobiographical memories.
Lesson 12: Motivation
Elements of emotion: body, mind and culture; putting the elements together: emotion and gender; the dilemma of anger: let it out or bottle it up?
Lesson 13: Theories of Personality
Motives to eat; motives to love; motives for sex; motives to achieve; motives, values and wellbeing.
Lesson 14: Development Over the Life Span
Psychodynamic theories of personality; the modern study of personality; genetic influences, environmental influences and cultural influences on personality; the inner experience.
Lesson 15: Health, Stress and Coping
From conception through the first year; cognitive development; learning to be good; gender development; adolescence; adulthood; the wellsprings of resilience.
Lesson 16: Psychological Disorders
The stress-illness mystery; the psychology of stress; the physiology of stress; coping with stress; how much control do we have over our health?
Lesson 17. Approaches to Treatment and Therapy
Defining and diagnosing disorder; anxiety disorders; mood disorders; personality disorders; drug abuse and addiction; dissociative identity disorder; schizophrenia; mental disorder and personal responsibility.
Biological treatments for mental disorders; kinds of psychotherapy; evaluating psychotherapy; the value and values of psychotherapy; how to evaluate self-help groups and books.
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What You Get
Study on your terms in our Introduction to Psychology Training program. Learn at your own pace and move ahead fast. We’ve eliminated the barriers to career advancement so that you can easily succeed.
A balance of important theoretical concepts and practical application makes the study of Psychology come alive. Your tuition covers:
- Fully illustrated, comprehensive psychology textbook & study guides
- Career search & time management guides
- Open-book online exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
Graduates receive a customized diploma and may attend our live graduation ceremony. Your diploma will be an asset on your resume and your psychology skills will be useful as you pursue a variety of careers.
Learn about the mind so you can set your mind to work. Start your Introduction to Psychology training program today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.