Syllabus - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY Psychology 1 Fall, 2010...

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Unformatted text preview: GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY Psychology 1 Fall, 2010 Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:10 - 4:00 p.m. 123 Sci Lec Instructor Ross A. Thompson, Ph.D. 279 Young Hall (754-6663) rathompson@ucdavis.edu Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. and by appointment Teaching Assistant Laura Castro-Schilo 266 Young Hall (754-5370) castro@ucdavis.edu Office hours: Tuesdays, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment Readings Psychology (10th Ed.), by Carole Wade and Carol Tavris (Pearson, 2011). This text is required of all students. It can be purchased in a variety of formats, including hardcover, looseleaf, as a book rental, or (least expensively) as an online download. In addition, there will be two copies of the text on reserve at the library on 2-hour reserve. The course Welcome! I have three goals for our work together this quarter: First, I will acquaint you with the range of ideas, questions, and perspectives of current thinking in psychology that makes this an interesting field of study. Psychology is an extremely broad field, and I cannot hope to introduce you to all the important and interesting topics. But I hope to acquaint you with many of them, and try to convey some of the excitement that psychologists feel for the work we do. This course will prepare you for advanced coursework in psychology, but it will also serve as a broader introduction if this is the only psychology course you ever take. Second, I hope you will learn that psychology is a research field with important 1 human applications. The dual tasks of developing new knowledge about human behavior through research, and applying that knowledge to human problems, are fundamentally linked in psychology. It is important that you become knowledgeable about each. Thus we will discuss research findings and the methods of psychological research, the proper interpretation (and misinterpretation) of research, and the relevance of psychological research to law, the workplace, child-...
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