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Get Psyched about Psychology


Take on the role of psychologist to unravel the mysteries of human behavior during this fascinating overview of the field of psychology.

Through group projects and hands-on activities, we will explore dreams, personality, memory, brain anatomy and other central topics in the field. Students will make and analyze their own inkblots, build and label clay brains, create optical illusions and keep dream journals. We will learn about the different branches of psychology and also explore the theories of Freud, Maslow and other influential figures. The course will give students a good base of knowledge to move on in the study of psychology and to begin thinking about careers in the field.

What You Will Learn

  • Become familiar with the idea of psychology as the study of behavior
  • Gain a basic knowledge of what social psychology, developmental psychology, personality psychology and perceptual psychology entail
  • Learn to identify the four major lobes of the brain
  • Gain an understanding of how our brains are tricked during optical illusions
  • Learn the difference between short-term and long-term memory
  • Learn the basics of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and personality theories including Freud’s psychoanalytic theory and the “Big Five” theory.

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Course Number: WKSP-90138
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)