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This course overviews the foundations of psychology as the field applies to everyday life. The physical and mental aspects of psychology are traced through lifespan development with emphasis on psychological health and wellness. Further study focuses on personality; thinking, learning and memory; motivation and emotions; and gender and sexuality. Based in various historical traditions, the course is set in the context of contemporary psychological principles.
Describe how people cope with stress.
Compare the concepts of like and love.
Determine ways to reduce discrimination.
Explain social cognition.
Explain treatment approaches for psychological disorders.
Identify the major classifications of psychological disorders.
Describe perspectives on normal vs. abnormal behavior.
Summarize the theories of intelligence.
Explain behavioral assessments.
Compare approaches to personality.
Identify the cognitive changes that occur in late adulthood.
Explain social development in adulthood.
Summarize the major transitions that characterize adolescence.
Outline the milestones of physical, social, and cognitive development during childhood.
Contrast the influence of nature vs. nurture.
Classify the range of emotions.
Summarize the varieties of human needs.
Compare different approaches to motivation.
Explain the three-system approach to memory.
Summarize cognitive approaches to learning.
Compare classical and operant conditioning.
Describe the subfields of psychology.
Identify major ethical issues in the field of psychology research.
Identify research methods used by psychologists.
Explain the five major perspectives in the field of psychology.
Recognize behaviors associated with states of consciousness.
Describe sensation and perception.
Identify the structure and functions of the brain.