Introductory Psychology -- A Video Textbook
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Introductory Psychology -- A Video Textbook

Topical videos to supplement materials from just about any beginning Psychology course.
3.7 (97 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Last updated 8/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • Describes how psychologists study human behavior
  • Offers frameworks for understanding key topics in psychology
  • Focuses on explanations of concepts, phenomena, and theories
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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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Who 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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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
Basic Stuff
3 Lectures 30:00
An explanation of what the science of psychology is all about.
Preview 07:40

How can it be determined that changes in one variable cause changes in another?  It ain't like Blue's Clues.
Preview 11:17

Sometimes you can't do an experiment.  What's the next best thing?
Correlational Research
The Way We’re Put Together: Genes / Physiology / Biology.
4 Lectures 19:36
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.
What Heritability Is.

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

What Heritability Isn't.

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

How Evolution Works
Things We Want. And Don’t Want.
2 Lectures 16:09
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?

Two-Factor Theory and Excitation Transfer
Thinking and Problem-Solving
3 Lectures 32:45
"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.
Attributional Bias

We don't always think much about other kinds of things, either.
Heuristics: Making Judgments You Maybe Shouldn't Be Making
Internal Psychological Dynamics
4 Lectures 29:03
Freudian thinking shows up all over the place.
An Introduction to Psychoanalysis

What are id, ego, and superego?  Just three different kinds of choices.
You've Got Needs. And You've Got Choices.

Fear makes people do goofy things.
Fear is the Big Bugaboo.

"Thoughtful flexibility is the key to good mental health."  And with good reason!
Sharpsteen's Motto
Patterns of Stimuli
3 Lectures 25:55
Learning that one thing is associated with another?  That's classical conditioning.
Classical Conditioning -- Basics

But if you monkey around with those 'things', some odd stuff can happen.
Classical Conditioning -- Monkeying Around with Stimuli

Learning that your behavior can make something happen?  That's operant conditioning.
Operant Conditioning -- Basics
Other People's Behavior
2 Lectures 20:48
Why do you 'relate' to your significant others? 
Attachment Theory

How do you 'relate' to your significant others?  And in how many ways does it matter?  (Lots!)
Attachment Styles
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About the Instructor
Dr. Don J. Sharpsteen
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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.