• Introduction to Psychology 
     
     

    Introduction to Psychology is an elective course. We try to take a three-step approach to each topic. Each unit begins with learning the theories related to a particular topic, such as Personality Development. Next, students increase their understanding by examining case studies. Finally, students try to apply the theories to their own experiences and their own personal development. Topics of study include the following:

    •  Introducing Psychology
      • What is Psychology?
      • Psychology as a profession
    • Human Development
    • The Body and Behavior
      • The Nervous System
      • Studying the Brain
      • The Endocrine System
      • Heredity vs. Environment
    • Altered States of Consciousness
      • Sleep and Dreaming
      • Hypnosis, Biofeedback and Meditation
      • Drugs and Consciousness
    • Sensation and Perception
      • Sensation
      • The Senses
      • Perception
    • Learning
    • Classical Conditioning
      • Operant Conditioning
      • Social Learning
    • Memory and Thought
    • Thinking and Language
    • Motivation and Emotion
    • Personality Theory
    • Psychological Disorders
      • What are Psychological disorders?
      • Anxiety Disorders
      • Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders
      • Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders
      • Personality Disorders and Drug Addiction
    • Therapy and Change
      • What is psychotherapy?
      • Psychoanalysis and Humanistic Therapy
      • Cognitive and Behavior Therapies
      • Biological Approaches to Treatment