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This course introduces students to the art and science of psychology. You will explore how to apply the “science of human behavior” to a variety of settings: vocational, personal, academic, and clinical. Throughout the course the history of psychology, major theories of personality and learning, current research and developmental issues will be illustrated.
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Psychology has been crafted in close collaboration with faculty at American Public University System (APUS). It is based on OpenStax content, and enriched with dozens of video clips, assessments and learning activities. Combined with our Advanced Adaptive Learning methods, it provides a state of the art courseware experience.
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Introduction to Psychology
Clive Wearing is an accomplished musician who lost his ability to form new memories. While he can remember how to play the piano, he cannot remember what he ate for breakfast just an hour ago. How does the human brain work? And what is the connection between the brain’s internal processes and people’s external behaviors?
Have you ever wondered whether the violence you see on television affects your behavior? Are you more likely to behave aggressively in real life after watching people behave violently in dramatic situations on the screen? How are children influenced by the media they are exposed to? How can we go about finding answers that are supported not by mere opinion, but by evidence that we can all agree on? The findings of psychological research can help us navigate issues like this.
Have you ever taken a device apart to find out how it works? A device’s internal workings are often distinct from outside. Similarly, the inner workings of the human body are often distinct from the external expression.
This module explains the biological mechanisms that underlie behavior. These physiological and anatomical foundations are the basis for many areas of psychology. In this module, you will learn how genetics influence both physiological and psychological traits. You will become familiar with the structure and function of the nervous system. And, finally, you will learn how the nervous system interacts with the endocrine system.
Sensation and Perception
We rely on our sensory systems to provide important information about our surroundings. We use this information to successfully navigate and interact with our environment so that we can find nourishment, seek shelter, maintain social relationships, and avoid potentially dangerous situations.
This module will provide an overview of how sensory information is received and processed by the nervous system and how that affects our conscious experience of the world. We begin by learning the distinction between sensation and perception. Then we consider the physical properties of light and sound stimuli, along with an overview of the basic structure and function of the major sensory systems. The module will close with a discussion of a historically important theory of perception called Gestalt.
State of Consciousness
Our lives involve regular, dramatic changes in the degree to which we are aware of our surroundings and our internal states. While awake, we feel alert and aware of the many important things going on around us. Our experiences change dramatically while we are in deep sleep and once again when we are dreaming.
This module covers the states of consciousness with a particular emphasis on sleep, and it also covers altered states of consciousness produced by drugs and meditation.
We have an amazing capacity for memory, but how, exactly, do we process and store information? Are there different kinds of memory, and if so, what characterizes the different types? How, exactly, do we retrieve our memories? And why do we forget?
Welcome to the story of your life. In this module we explore the fascinating tale of how you have grown and developed into the person you are today. We also look at some ideas about who you will grow into tomorrow. Yours is a story of lifespan development, from the start of life to the end.
We humans pride ourselves on our ability to learn. In fact, over thousands of years and across cultures, we have created institutions devoted entirely to learning. But have you ever asked yourself how exactly it is that we learn? What processes are at work as we come to know what we know?
Thinking and Intelligence
Thinking is an important part of human experience, and one that has captivated people for centuries. In this module, we will focus on high-level cognitive processes. As a part of this discussion, we will consider thinking and briefly explore the development and use of language. We will also discuss problem solving and creativity before ending with a discussion of how intelligence is measured and how our biology and environments interact to affect intelligence. After finishing this module, you will have a greater appreciation of the higher-level cognitive processes that contribute to our distinctiveness as a species.
On September 16, 2013, a man killed 12 people in the Washington, DC. Alexis’s action cannot be excused, but he had some form of mental illness. Mental illness is not necessarily a cause of violence; it is far more likely that the mentally ill will be victims rather than perpetrators of violence.
Therapy and Treatment
In this module, you will see that approaches to therapy include both psychological and biological interventions, all with the goal of alleviating distress. Because psychological problems can originate from various sources—biology, genetics, childhood experiences, conditioning, and sociocultural influences—psychologists have developed many different therapeutic techniques and approaches.
Humans are diverse, and sometimes our differences make it challenging for us to get along with one another. This module explores how the presence of other people influences the behavior of individuals, dyads, and groups. Social factors can determine whether human behavior tends toward conflict or harmony.
How does the change in company affect employees, particularly working parents and those taking care of elderly relatives? Was the change introduced in the most effective way? These are questions that are commonly studied by a branch of psychology called industrial and organizational psychology.
William was raised by his mother and stepfather and he became the 42nd president of the United States. While William was making his political ascendance, his half-brother was arrested for drug cases. Two brothers took different paths in their lives. What internal forces shaped their decisions? Personality psychology can help us answer these questions and more.
Emotion and Motivation
What makes us behave as we do? What drives us to eat? What drives us toward sex? Is there a biological basis to explain the feelings we experience? How universal are emotions?
In this module, we will explore issues relating to both motivation and emotion. We will begin with a discussion of several theories that have been proposed to explain motivation and why we engage in a given behavior. Next, we will consider both eating and having sex as examples of motivated behaviors. What are the physiological mechanisms of hunger and satiety?
This module will close with a discussion of emotion. You will learn about several theories that have been proposed to explain how emotion occurs, the biological underpinnings of emotion, and the universality of emotions.
Stress, Lifestyle, and Health
Life is filled with many challenges and it results in stress. This module examines stress and highlights our current understanding of the phenomenon, including its psychological and physiological natures, its causes and consequences, and the steps we can take to master stress rather than become its victim.
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