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Intro to Psychology

Free Course

The Science of Thought and Behavior

Related Nanodegree Program

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In collaboration with
  • San Jose State University

About this course

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.

What you will learn

  1. Introduction to Psychology
    • Practice versus research.
    • Industrial and organizational psychology.
    • Forensic psychology.
  2. Research Methods
    • Sex chores correlation and correlation coefficients.
    • Beach correlation study.
    • High fives study.
  3. The biology of behavior
    • Introducing Matt Sputnik and genetics.
    • Timeline of humans and human evolution.
    • Genetic code and dominance complexity.
  4. Sensation and Perception
    • Weight difference threshold.
    • Mechanoreceptors and the Golden brain ceremony.
    • Nearsightedness and the eye and the Odins eye theory.
  5. Psychological development
    • Nature vs nurture.
    • Developmental stages and domains.
    • Prenatal exposure.
  6. Consciousness
    • Coma and consciousness, and attention.
    • Meditation.
    • The function of sleep, sleep apnea and Insomnia.
  7. Depressants, Hallucinogens and Opioids
    • Barbituates and benzodiazapines, alcohol and other depressants.
    • Heroin and other opioids, cannabis, marijuana effects.
    • Psilocybin for terminal illness, MDMA for PTSD.
  8. Memory
    • H.M. or Henry Molaison, removal of the hippocampi.
    • Sensory memory, central executive.
    • Introduction to long-term memory.
  9. And much more...
    • Language, intelligence, motivation and emotion.
    • Stress and health, personality.
    • Social behavior, psychological disorders.

Prerequisites and requirements

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

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

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.

Learn with the best.

  • Susan Snycerski
    Susan Snycerski


  • Greg Feist
    Greg Feist


  • Lauren Castellano
    Lauren Castellano