Why do people behave the way they do? Can we predict behavior and mental processes in a particular situation? And, if necessary, can we change these behaviors and mental processes? Why do some people develop more quickly than others? How important are our childhood experiences for our future? How do nature and nurture interact in the development of psychological disorders? Why do we forget most of the things we have been taught? To find answers to these and many other complex but fascinating questions, we are going to explore the insights that have been acquired from decades of research within the domain of psychology.
In this introductory course, we will look at the various ways in which psychologists have approached these questions. This knowledge will not only enrich our understanding about psychological research, it will also provide us with a better understanding about our own behaviors and thoughts. We will explore most major domains of psychological research, such as clinical psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, and cognitive psychology. During lectures, class activities, discussions, and while conducting tests and research, we will examine the functioning of our bodies through the eyes of biological and cognitive psychologists. We will investigate the changes that take place in our bodies and minds during our lifespan through the eyes of developmental psychologists. We will look at our health and happiness through the eyes of clinical psychologists and health psychologists. We will investigate how we interact with other people through the eyes of personality psychologists, occupational and organizational psychologists, and social psychologists. And throughout this all, we will adopt the critical thinking of methodologists to weigh the evidence. In order to understand how ideas or theories in these fields were developed, we examine and engage in the scientific methods that psychologists use to study human behavior and mental processes.
By the end of this course you will not only have a better understanding about the richness and diversity of the domain of psychology, you will also better understand how psychology relates to other domains that investigate human behavior, and you will become aware of the many future challenges that psychological research has to face.
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