Learn Psychology: Why We Think Feel and Act the Way We do
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Learn Psychology: Why We Think Feel and Act the Way We do

Learn how the human mind works and how you can use the power of your mind to your advantage
4.6 (33 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 2/2017
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  • 7 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • Describe key concepts, phenomena, theories and topics in psychology
  • Understand more about the field of psychology
  • Learn how the human mind works and how you can use the power of your mind to your advantage
  • Learn the reasons you think, feel and act the way you do, as well as understand other people better
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  • Be open to learning how the mind works.
  • A notebook or journal to take notes if you want to get the most out of the course.


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Why do people think and act the way they do?

Why are some people miserable and others happy for no reason?

How does the human mind work, how do we learn, and how does memory work?

Why does society and the media have so much influence on people?

We’ll cover all of this and more in this Introduction to Psychology course!

The key to unlocking success and happiness in life is UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF—including why you think, feel and act the way you do. The best way to learn about yourself is to understand psychology and then apply it to your own life. In fact, most people who enter the psychology field are initially drawn to it out of an interest in understanding and improving themselves.

Most of human behavior and experience takes place unconsciously, meaning we aren’t aware of WHY we feel or act the way we do. By learning what psychology is and how the human mind works, we become CONSCIOUS of what is taking place INSIDE of us and how this influences what we experience in life. This course teaches the foundation of psychology and provides a framework for understanding yourself AND human behavior in general.

Once you understand the power of your mind, and how it works, you can use it to consciously create the life you desire, as well as help those around you.

This course will also help students enrolled in AP Psychology and college-level Introduction to Psychology courses by providing reinforcement of concepts in a more interesting way with a fun professor! It is also a great course for anyone interested in pursuing a career in psychology.

About the Professor: Joeel A. Rivera is a former Psychology Instructor with over a decade in the field of Psychology. Loved by his students for being “the nutty professor,” he is known for making learning FUN and presenting information in every-day language that is interesting and easy to apply to your life. You can read college students’ reviews at Rate My Professor.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in a greater understanding of themselves
  • Anyone interested in human behavior and why people do what they do
  • Anyone who wants to use the power of their mind to create the life they desire
  • Anyone taking an AP Psychology or college-level Psychology course
  • Anyone interested in understanding the field of psychology as a career
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
3 Lectures 20:04

Learn what to expect in this course

Preview 03:09

Learn what led me to the field of psychology and what it has done to my life. 

Preview 10:25

This activity will show you the power of your own mind and set the foundation for why psychology matters

Preview 06:30
Foundations of Psychology
8 Lectures 01:23:48

Dive into an understanding of the human mind and the field of psychology, and why it matters

Preview 06:20

Explore the biological and cognitive perspectives in psychology, which focus on how internal factors affect human behavior.

Internal Approaches to Psychology

Explore the behavioral/conditioning and social perspectives in psychology, which focus on how external factors (other people) affect human behavior.

External Approaches to Psychology

 Explore how psychologists study human behavior by observing through naturalistic observation, participant observation, surveys and case studies.

Research in Psychology: Observational

Explore how psychologists determine whether two factors correlate—change in accordance with each other.

Research in Psychology: Correlational

Explore how psychologists design experiments to provide proper controls, test hypothesis and determine whether or not outcomes are due to the placebo effect.

Research in Psychology: Experimental

Learn how our senses translate the outside world and how our brain then translates sensation into meaning (or perception).

How We Engage Our World: Sensation and Perception

Learn what each side of the brain is responsible for and how each person is usually either left or right dominant, and how that impacts how they think and learn.

Right Brain vs. Left Brain
4 Lectures 01:01:13

 Explore how physiological/physical as well as cognitive/mental processes impact our emotions/how we feel.

Emotions: Physiological and Cognitive Functions

Explore how humans express emotions, interpret others’ emotions, and experience emotions within themselves, including how common emotions like anger and happiness work and how you can influence them

Emotions: Expressed and Experienced

Learn what causes stress, how the stress-response in your body works, and how to reduce stress.

Stress and Anxiety

Learn what causes stress, how the stress-response in your body works, and how to reduce stress.

Stress and Anxiety 2
4 Lectures 54:05

Learn about how memory works. 

How Do We Remember?

 How memory is programmed into the brain.

Encoding Memory

Learn about why and how we forget information or experienced.

Why Do We Forget?

Understand how memory is retrieved and how to improve your memory.

Reliability and Recall
Learning and Conditioning
5 Lectures 01:02:27

Explore how classical conditioning works (stimulus/response), how it impacts your life, and famous experiments such as Pavlov’s Dog and Little Albert.

Classical Conditioning

The Little Albert Conditioning Experiment: Clip of the Watson’s famous Little Albert Experiment in which he conditions a baby to fear white rats.

BONUS: The Little Albert Conditioning Experiment

Explore how operant condition works (learned response to consequences), how it impacts your life, how it’s used to train animals (and people!) and how positive and negative reinforcement work

Operant Conditioning

Explore what drives us to act, including: Instinct, Drive-Reduction, Arousal, and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs.


  Explore intrinsic (self motivated) vs. extrinsic (reward) motives for learning, latent learning, and observational learning.

Other Kinds of Learning
4 Lectures 45:46

Explore different parenting styles (authoritarian, permissive and authoritative) and how parents and peers influence

Parent–Child Interaction

Explore different attachment styles (secure and insecure), separation anxiety and the effects of deprivation.

Attachment and Separation

  Clip of Harlow’s famous experiment on attachment using monkeys.

BONUS: Monkey Attachment Experiment

Explore how sexuality is formed, how gender identify is developed, and the differences between males and females

Sexual Development and Gender Identity
Social Psychology
9 Lectures 01:29:40

Explore social thinking and how we judge others’ behaviors.

Attribution and Making Impressions

Explore how our attitudes and beliefs impact our actions, as well as the other way around, including the importance of roles.

Attitudes, Beliefs and Actions

Explore why and how humans tend to pre-judge others, especially if they are different.

Social Relations 1: Prejudice

Clip of a famous social experiment conducted after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, observing the impact being told blue eyed people are better than brown eyed people had on a class of third graders.

BONUS: A Class Divided

Explore how psychological factors, life experience and social influences all cause aggression.

Social Relations 2: Aggression

 Clip of Bandura’s famous Bobo Doll Experiment showing how children learn aggression through modeling.

BONUS: The Bobo Doll Experiment

 Explore how groups pressure people to at in certain ways (conformity) and how obedience to authority can lead to unexpected behavior.

Conformity and Obedience

Clip of Milgram’s famous obedience study which tested how and why people listen to authority, even if it goes against their better judgment.

BONUS: The Obedience Experiment

Explore why we try harder when working in groups, how we lose our identify in groups, how our thinking is influenced by groups, and why people tend not to take action when other bystanders are present.

Group Influence
Conclusion and Next Steps
2 Lectures 03:19

Congratulations, you did!

Congratulations and Conclusion

Attached you will find the January issue of y Transformation Magazine: Renew. 

Bonus: Transformation Magazine: January Renew
About the Instructor
Joeel & Natalie Rivera
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Joeel & Natalie are firestarters, entrepreneurs, coaches and professional speakers. They are powerful, passionate, and REAL! They have had over thirty thousand students from over 170 countries take their courses. They take students beyond the typical online course experience by evoking deep, emotional reactions that transform them from within. Rather than simply learning information, students finish each course with a clear, immediate action to take and practical tools to stay empowered and achieve success.

Their goal is to challenge individuals to step outside their comfort-zones and break free of their old patterns and limitations. They inspire students to rewrite their life stories, turn their curses into blessings, discover their greater purpose, and be the change they want to see in the world.

More about the instructors:

Joeel A. Rivera, MEd: From an early age, Joeel faced adversity, including failing his first year of college and losing his brother to a car accident at the age of 19. This experience transformed his life and instilled a deep sense of purpose by inspiring him to give his brother Daniel's name a meaning by helping others find their true path. He returned to college, earning a Master's Degree in Counseling, and he is currently completing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Psychology, with an emphasis on happiness. In almost a decade, Joeel has reached over ten thousand people from different parts of the world as an educator, entrepreneur, speaker, curriculum developer, and consultant. His clients have included school systems, the juvenile justice system, non-profits, the penitentiary system, medical centers, legal firms, individuals and small businesses.

Natalie Rivera is passionate about empowering others to live authentically and embrace their inner callings. After a decade of living a life that wasn't hers and developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Natalie let go of everything and completely transformed. Through her journey to healing she rediscovered her true self and greater purpose—to be an entrepreneur and inspire others to transform their lives. Natalie “retired" from the rat race at 24, put herself through school as a freelance designer, and created a non-profit teen center. She is also the Publisher of Transformation Magazine.

Transformation Services, Inc. (a.k.a. Transformation Academy) offers online courses, life coach training programs, professional speaking, curriculum development, life coaching, event management, and publishing for individuals on a path of transformation.