PSYC 100 Syllabus (Spring 2012) 301-308-2 copy

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Introduction to Psychology PSYC 100 Sections 0301-0308 University of Maryland Spring 2012 L EARNING O UTCOMES I’m sure before you signed up for this course you could have told someone that psychology is the scientific study of thought and behavior. But what does that really mean? What are the basic theories that help explain why we do what we actually do? Is common sense as accurate as we tend to think? In learning to see and think about ourselves and our world from a scientific perspective, we’ll see that understanding the reason why we do what we do can be tremendously helpful in our own daily lives. Before we can get into specifics it is essential that we understand the difference between “common sense” and research evidence. That is, despite how sure we might be of something, it’s just an assumption until we support it with scientific data. We’ll start by learning how we can design research studies to gain that knowledge, the rules for interpreting data, and the ethical guidelines for conducting that research. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: > Use all four general perspectives of psychology to explain a wide variety of thought and behavior > Design a study to answer a specific research question > Effectively train animals (and humans) > Apply what we know about learning and memory to develop more effective study habits > Label and describe how thought and behavior is controlled by specific areas of the brain > Describe our sensory systems and explain how illusions trick us into perceiving things that don’t exist > Reduce their own stress with effective strategies > Explain why sleep and dreaming are important > Identify the major classes of drugs and their effect on the brain, thought and behavior > Analyze their own behavior using theories and research on how we are influenced by other people > Draw connects between the development of humans from babies to adults and the evolution of the species > Identify the major categories of psychological disorders by the symptoms presented R EQUIRED R ESOURCES A Turning Technologies clicker such as: Response Card: RCRF-LCD ISBN# 978-1-9- 3493140-0 There is no required textbook for this course . In collaboration with Dr. Scott Roberts, I have prepared a collection of freely available online resources, so ensure that you have access to a personal or campus computer and a pair of headphones. Lecture Meets: Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-5:20 PM BRB 1101 Instructor: Dr. Ryan Curtis Email: The vast majority of email (including excused absences) should go to psyc100curtis@gmail.com For email that should only go to Dr. Curtis use curtis@umd.edu Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 11:00-12:00 Tuesday & Thursday 2:00-3:00 BPS 3147E (and by appointment) Teaching Assistants: Jennifer Sowers Kristen Aquilino Office: 1134 BPS Blackboard (assignments): www.elms.umd.edu Research Participation: http://umpsychology.sona- systems.com
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