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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.
Identify the major classifications of psychological disorders.
Describe perspectives on normal versus abnormal behavior.
Describe the major perspectives in the field of psychology.
Identify major ethical issues in the field of psychology research.
Identify research methods used by psychologists.
Describe the physical, emotional, and cognitive effects of stress.
Explain ways personality can be assessed.
Compare theories of personality development.
Outline physical, social, and cognitive development childhood to late adulthood.
Explore the connection between psychological needs and motivation.
Classify the range of emotions and related theories.
Compare different approaches to motivation.
Describe sensory, short-term, and long-term memory in relationship to each other.
Interpret a learning experience through the lens of observational learning.
Compare classical and operant conditioning.