Instructor: Nichols, M.

    1 Credit
    Grades 11-12
    Are you interested in why people behave the way they do? Do you try to understand yourself, friends, family? Would you like to improve your personal relationships, further develop your personality, and adjust better to life’s problems and situations? If so, psychology may be for you! We examine different theories of human behavior, basic emotional needs, personality theories, emotional problems and mental illnesses. Required proficiencies: 1.04, 2.02, 2.04


  • Course Objectives

    Following are the course objectives I. History and Approaches  (Psychology and Life Chp 1) Psychology has evolved markedly since its inception as a discipline in 1879. There have been significant changes in the theories that psychologists use to explain behavior and mental processes. In addition, the methodology of psychological research has expanded to include a diversity of approaches to data gathering.   II. Research Methods (Psychology and Life Chp 2) Psychology is an empirical discipline. Psychologists develop knowledge by doing research. Research provides guidance for psychologists who develop theories to explain behavior and who apply theories to solve problems in behavior.     III. Biological Bases of Behavior (Psychology and Life Chp 3) An effective introduction to the relationship between physiological processes and behavior — including the influence of neural function, the nervous system and the brain, and genetic contributions to behavior — is an important element in the AP course.   IV. Sensation and Perception (Psychology and Life Chp 4 & 5) Everything that organisms know about the world is first encountered when stimuli in the environment activate sensory organs, initiating awareness of the external world. Perception involves the interpretation of the sensory inputs as a cognitive process.     V. States of Consciousness (Psychology and Life Chp 6) Understanding consciousness and what it encompasses is critical to an appreciation of what is meant by a given state of consciousness. The study of variations in consciousness includes an examination of the sleep cycle, dreams, hypnosis, circadian rhythms, and the effects of psychoactive drugs. VI. Learning (Psychology and Life Chp 7) This section of the course introduces students to differences between learned and unlearned behavior. The primary focus is exploration of different kinds of learning, including classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and observational lea

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