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Introduction to Psychology – PSYC1010 Exam 1 – Chapters 1-4; Exam 2 – Chapters 4-7; Exam 3 – Chapters 8, 10-12; Exam 4 – Chapters 13-16 Lecture 1 – Introduction (May 10) Ted Talk – The Happiness Advantage – linking Happiness and Success – The ‘Unicorn Talk’ - Positive psychology: if we study what’s merely average, we only find the average – we delete the outliers. The lens through which you view the world, shapes the world - 90% of how we assess happiness is determined by optimism, by , how you view stress as a challenge and not about the external world - If we can raise positivity in the present, intelligence, creativity rises, productive, less burnout, better at sales, securing and keeping jobs, etc.. Dopamine helps your brain o Everytime we as humans achieve success, we change the goalposts – set new goals. We’re always pushing happiness beyond the horizon. - How to stay happy – do this 21 days in a row: o 3 gratitudes – train your brain to think of 3 o Journaling – reliving the happy moments o Exercise – train brain that your behaviour matters o Meditation – train brain to focus o Random acts of kindness – train brain to be grateful - Main Message of this talk: Happiness isn’t external, focus internally on finding happiness through the techniques above and more success can come from that state of happiness. Also, happiness feeds into success, not the other way around. Can’t base our emotions off external stimuli Lecture 2 – Evolution (May 12) Ted Talk - An Animated Tour of the Invisible - Everything in life is invisible - Gravity, consciousness (reading each other’s mind), laws of physics, time, past <3 years old, future - If we can’t see all of these things, then two questions: Why are we here? What should we do about it? o “I don’t know why we’re here, but I’m pretty sure it’s not to enjoy ourselves” o “We are here on earth to help others. What the others are here for, I have no idea” What is Psychology? - Does “I” control the body? Or something inside the body going along for the ride? - 2/3 of psychologists help others (counselling, etc.) o Commonly think of Sigmund Freud; BF Skinner - Psychiatrist (Medical Degree – prescribes medication; can do therapy if they want) vs psychologist (PhD – cannot prescribe) - Prior to 1879, psych didn’t exist; psychology is comprised of two terms – PSYCHE and LOGOS o Psyche – soul, spirit, mind, self/conscious personality o LOGOS – subject of study o Therefore, psychology is the study of the mind - 3 different historical views o Judaism/Christianity and Islam – these religions believe we are made by a higher power; this becomes a mechanistical view, humans become an artifact – we were built from different components/systems and if there are problems, we solve those problems (ex: teeth go to dentist; heart go to cardiologist). It’s all pieces to analyze and fix. BUT we started as two cells and we are now so complex, is that a sufficient view?

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