PSY210 Syllabus

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Syllabus for PSY 210, Dr. Schreiber, p. 1 Course Syllabus Fall 2008 PSY210-07 Introduction to Psychological Science MWF 8:00 - 8:50 a.m., 337 Pasteur Hall Course ID# 001737 Dr. Charles Schreiber Office Hours: 231K Phelps (507) 457-2576 [email protected] http://course1.winona.edu/cschreiber GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION In this course, we will define psychology primarily as the scientific study of the mind and behavior. We will consider the mind and behavior at three fundamental levels: the brain, the person, and the group. More specifically, after briefly introducing the history and methodology of psychological science, the course will touch on six broad areas of psychology: 1) the structure and processes of the nervous system that produce mental activity and behavior, 2) the basic building blocks of thought, including perception, memory, language, and reasoning, 3) the ways in which people influence each other's thoughts and actions, 4) the changes that occur in minds and behavior as we mature and age, 5) the ways in which we differ from each other as individuals and how those differences may arise, 6) the disorders of thought and behavior that can occur and the treatments available for them. Modern psychology has become an increasingly biological science, which may surprise some students. This trend will be evident in this course, and biological aspects of the above topics will be among the recurring themes. I hope that you will leave this course with a new appreciation for the human mind and for psychology as a field of scientific inquiry. I also hope that along the way you will encounter information that you can apply in your everyday life and future career. However, this course is not intended to aid you in resolving personal issues nor will you be trained to assist others with mental health or emotional difficulties. My background in psychology is as a researcher in the field of cognitive psychology, studying memory, judgment, and vision in normal humans. I am probably no more qualified to help you with your personal problems than is your physics or literature professor. Introductory Psychology can be a surprisingly difficult class due to the large amount of material that must be covered in any introductory psychology course. To do well in this course, you should attend class faithfully and set aside a time every day for reading a portion of the textbook and memorizing the large amount of terminology introduced in this course.
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Syllabus for PSY 210, Dr. Schreiber, p. 2 TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE Week Date Topic Read BEFORE Class 1 M, Aug. 25 Introduction W, Aug. 27 History Chapter 1 F, Aug. 29 Research Methods Chapter 2 2 M, Sep. 1 no class W, Sep. 3 Research Methods F, Sep. 5 Research Methods 3 M, Sep. 8 Statistical Methods W, Sep. 10 EXAM 1 F, Sep. 12 Biological Psychology Chapter 3 4 M, Sep. 15 Biological Psychology W, Sep. 17 Biological Psychology F, Sep. 19 Biological Psychology 5 M, Sep. 22 Biological Psychology
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