Introductory Psychology -- A Video Textbook

Topical videos to supplement materials from just about any beginning Psychology course.
  • Lectures 22
  • Video 3 Hours
  • Skill level all level
  • Languages English
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The videos for this “Introduction to Psychology" course are the ideal study tool for AP courses, CLEP:Introductory Psychology test preparation, and any college-level Introductory Psychology course. They cover some of the key issues in the study of psychology, and describe major theoretical frameworks for understanding what it is inside you that makes you do the things you do. Culled from the videos I use in my own courses, they're intended to supplement materials you might have available from your own college (or high school) psychology courses. Additional videos are available at the Social Psychology, Learning, and Personality courses here on Udemy.

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What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 22 lectures and 3 hours of content!
  • Describes how psychologists study human behavior
  • Offers frameworks for understanding key topics in psychology
  • Focuses on explanations of concepts, phenomena, and theories

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone taking (or preparing to take) courses in Introductory Psychology, Personality, Learning, Motivation, and related topics
  • Anyone interested in knowing more about what drives human behavior

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Section 1: Basic Stuff
An explanation of what the science of psychology is all about.
How can it be determined that changes in one variable cause changes in another?  It ain't like Blue's Clues.
Sometimes you can't do an experiment.  What's the next best thing?
Section 2: The Way We’re Put Together: Genes / Physiology / Biology.
Behavior Genetics
You'd really like to know whether genes cause some particular psychological characteristic (like intelligence), and so would I.

We're out of luck.

Heritability isn't what it used to be.  But it wasn't before, either.


The basic ideas behind the process of evolution aren't controversial at all.

Section 3: Things We Want. And Don’t Want.
People seem to want their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to be consistent with one another; not only will they do as they like, they'll like what they do.

What makes a feeling strong?

Section 4: Thinking and Problem-Solving
"Attributions" are explanations for people's behaviors.  We can be pretty logical about how figure we out why someone did what he or she did, but...
...but sometimes we don't do much thinking about it at all.
We don't always think much about other kinds of things, either.
Section 5: Internal Psychological Dynamics
Freudian thinking shows up all over the place.
What are id, ego, and superego?  Just three different kinds of choices.
Fear makes people do goofy things.
"Thoughtful flexibility is the key to good mental health."  And with good reason!
Section 6: Patterns of Stimuli
Learning that one thing is associated with another?  That's classical conditioning.
But if you monkey around with those 'things', some odd stuff can happen.
Learning that your behavior can make something happen?  That's operant conditioning.
Section 7: Other People's Behavior
Why do you 'relate' to your significant others? 
How do you 'relate' to your significant others?  And in how many ways does it matter?  (Lots!)
Section 8: More Psychology Videos on Udemy...
Social Psychology, Personality, and Learning courses at a huge discount!

Instructor Biography

Dr. Don J. Sharpsteen , Psychology professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Sharpsteen has been a professor of psychology for nearly 30 years, specializing in topics related to social psychology and personality. He's the author of REA's CLEP Introductory Psychology, a test preparation guide for introductory/general psychology courses.

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    • Stephen Henderson


    Comprehensive explanations with clear examples

    • Mr. Christopher M. Aquino

    Great for Novice

    I am an aspiring PsyD, and I have a degree of Bachelor of Communication Arts major in Journalism (yeah too far. I'm late bloomer though. Late in realizing what I want). Even though I have a Psychology class back when I was in college this gives more details about Psychology. This allows me to crave more for Psycho.

    • Trevor Mrochek

    Great source of information a little bland though

    I think that this course provides a lot of interesting and useful information. however on some of the longer videos it can get a little bland. over all I recommend taking this course.

    • Felix Watson

    Excellent course material,same as in my university,helped tremendously

    Excellent ! This online psychology course is easy to follow and the lectures presented general concepts of psychology in different ways with nice slides presentations and videos.

    • Madison Warner

    A Very Useful Intro to Psych

    this is really a wonderful thing for Dr. Don J. Sharpsteen to do for everyone. It's very useful and good for extra review. The video clips make it easier to remember the lessons. Thank you so much. Really needed this!

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