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Introduction to Psychology (110-0-20)


Wendi L Gardner
Swift Hall 203

Meeting Info

Fisk Hall 217: Tues, Thurs 11:00AM - 12:20PM

Overview of class

The purpose of this course is to present an overview of the field of psychology. The topics we will cover include research methods, the biology of behavior and emotion, perception, memory, thinking and problem solving, emotion, social influences on behavior, personality, and psychological disorders. A combination of class lectures, readings, and laboratory experiences will convey a sense of the foundational questions and methods of the science of psychology. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to impart an initial understanding of some fundamentals of human nature and behavior, as well as instill knowledge of the science of psychology. To this end, several hours of a laboratory experience are required across the quarter to allow you to have firsthand experience of the way research is conducted in psychology. Alternatively, a paper (requiring roughly the same number of hours outside of class) reviewing primary research articles in psychology may be substituted for the laboratory experience. If you are under the age of 18, you must use the paper requirement to satisfy your laboratory credit.

Teaching Method

Lecture with some live demonstrations/activities

Evaluation Method

Grades will be based on three non-cumulative examinations, weekly open-note practice quizzes, discussion posts, and three short papers. Completion of the lab requirement (through research participation OR through a comprehensive research paper) is required to complete the class.

Class Materials (Required)

Phelps, Berkman & Gazzaniga (2021). Psychological Science, 7th edition. W.W. Norton, Publisher. ISBN: 978-0-393-88493-7 . We have made arrangements with the publisher for ebook access at a reduced price. Details will be provided in the syllabus.

Class Attributes

Social & Behavioral Sciences Distro Area