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Course Summary

Introduction to Psychology is a journey through all of the major psychological concepts and principles. The knowledge gained from this course will allow students to critically evaluate psychological research and have a more in-depth understanding of human thought and behavior.

Why Take This Course?

Students will be able to:

  • identify and analyze the social dimension of society as a context for human life, the processes of social change and social continuity, the role of human agency in those processes, and the forces that engender social cohesion and fragmentation.

  • place contemporary developments in cultural, historical, environmental, and spatial contexts.

  • identify the dynamics of ethnic, cultural, gender/sexual, age-based, class, regional, national, transnational, and global identities and the similarities, differences, linkages, and interactions between them.

  • evaluate social science information, draw on different points of view, and formulate applications appropriate to contemporary social issues.

  • recognize the interactions of social institutions, culture, and environment with the behavior of individuals.

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites, but we encourage curiosity about human nature.

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Psychology

Lesson 2: Research Methods in Psychology

Lesson 3: The Biology of Behavior

Lesson 4: Sensation and Perception

Lesson 5: Human Development

Lesson 6: Consciousness

Lesson 7: Learning

Lesson 8: Memory

Lesson 9: Language and Thought

Lesson 10: Intelligence

Lesson 11: Motivation and Emotion

Lesson 12: Stress and Health

Lesson 13: Personality

Lesson 14: Social Behavior

Lesson 15: Psychological Disorders

Lesson 16: Treatments for Psychological Disorders

Instructors & Partners

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Lauren Castellano


Lauren Castellano earned her MA in Experimental Psychology from San Jose State University and her BA in Psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She has been a teaching assistant for three years. She is passionate about teaching psychology because she believes it applies to everything we do and anyone can benefit from learning about psychology. Lauren is also passionate about traveling and scuba diving; she is a certified rescue diver and a dive master candidate.

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Susan Snycerski


Susan Snycerski has been teaching Introductory Psychology for 15 years. It's one of her favorite subjects to teach as she feels students can learn so much about themselves and others in this course. She completed her BS in Psychology at Central Michigan University and her Master's and Ph.D. at Western Michigan University. She was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and holds a graduate certificate in Clinical Trials Administration. She has been teaching at San Jose State for 8 years. Susan enjoys hiking, gourmet cooking, and cheering for the Detroit Red Wings, her favorite NHL hockey team.

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Greg Feist


Gregory J. Feist is Associate Professor of Psychology in Personality at San Jose State University and Director of the MA Program in Research and Experimental Psychology. He teaches Introduction to Psychology, Test and Measures, and The Psychology of Science. He is co-author of the introductory text, Psychology: Perspectives and Connections (McGraw-Hill). He received his PhD in 1991 from the University of California at Berkeley.

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