1-1 Syllabus 2017.docx - SYLLABUS General Psychology 1-1 FPF UC Berkeley 2017 Lecture Monday Wednesday 11:00 12:00 Room 100 2515 Hillegass Bruce Mangan

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SYLLABUS General Psychology 1-1, FPF, UC Berkeley, 2017 Lecture: Monday & Wednesday, 11:00 - 12:00, Room 100, 2515 Hillegass, Bruce Mangan PhD [email protected] INSTRUCTOR’S OFFICE HOURS to be announced. Texts : Course Reader, including material from various editions of Grey’s & Grey and Bjorklund’s Psychology Man’s Search For Meaning, Victor Frankl Videos : Memento , Christopher Nolan Prisoners of Silence : Reader available on or after 21 August at Krishna Copy, 2595 Telegraph Ave. General Psychology covers a very wide range of topics, and at first students can find them unrelated or confusing. One aim of this course is to emphasize the overarching ideas that, in the end, will tie this diverse information together. One of these ideas is evolutionary adaptation, and the selections in the reader from Grey’s psychology do an excellent job of showing how adaptation helps us understand many kinds of biological phenomena directly related to psychology (e.g., genetics, epigenetics, neural and brain structure, types of learning, habituation). We will also consider unifying ideas that are prominent in the study of cognition. These include representations and their transformation, concept formation, Gestalt coherence, multiple-causation, the relation of conscious to non-conscious processing, and how organisms handle novel information.

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