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