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Mary V. Mc Guire
B CUSP 170
Bothell Campus

Introduction to Psychology

Surveys major areas of psychological science. Core topics include human social behavior, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, learning, memory, human development, biological influences, and research methods. Related topics may include sensation, perception, states of consciousness, thinking, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, stress and health, cross-cultural psychology, and applied psychology. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

This is a survey introduction to the field of psychology—the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes, and the application of that knowledge in the service of human welfare. You will be introduced to the main sub-disciplines of psychology and the primary approaches to understanding human behavior, as well as to the constructive tensions within and between those approaches. Central topics include research methods, human development, biological factors, human diversity and similarities, social and personality theories, learning and motivation, and psychological disorders. Students will develop skills and analytical frameworks associated with “psychological mindedness,” and the evaluation of sources and statements on human behavior and mental processes. That is, you will become better critical observers, thinkers, and questioners in relation to human behavior in a variety of contexts.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mary V. Mc Guire
Date: 10/11/2013