Introduction to psychology

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Welcome to Introduction to Psychology which provides learning resources that can be used to introduce learners to psychology.


At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Describe the scientific methods utilized in the study of human behavior;
  • Appreciate the diversity of the field of psychology and the dynamic nature of its continuing development and growth;
  • Understand the influence of biology, learning histories, situations, cognition, personality, and cultural factors, in the shaping and development of human behavior;
  • Understand the concepts, histories, methods of investigation, and theories of the different subfields of psychology;
  • Appreciate the importance of psychological principles as they apply to everyday life.


  1. Introduction to Psychology as a science
  2. Research methods in psychology
  3. Biological basis of behavior
  4. Sensation and Perception
  5. States of Consciousness
  6. Human Development
  7. Learning
  8. Memory
  9. Language and Cognition
  10. Motivation and Emotion
  11. Personality
  12. Intelligence
  13. Psychological Disorders
  14. Psychotherapy and Intervention
  15. Social Psychology
  16. Media and communications Psychology


Introductory psychology textbooks tend to cover a similar range of topics. It is recommended that this course use Introduction to Psychology (Wikibooks), as well as other online resources.


  • Saul Kassin's 'Psychology'.
  • Psychology, by Alan J. Fridlund, Daniel Reisberg, Henry Gleitman, both Stanford, Penn, MIT, Harvard treated it as a textbook for an "Introducion to Psychology" course.
  • Bernard J. Luskin, Casting the Net Over Global Learning, New Developments in Workforce Training and Online Psychologies, Griffin Publishing Group, 2002.


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