Psychology and Brain Sciences | Introductory Psychology 2
P102 | 10700 | Finn, P.


This course provides a general introduction to the psychological
theory and research in the areas of social, personality,
developmental, health, and abnormal psychology.  Broadly speaking,
the course highlights the scientific approach to the study of
behavior. We will examine such topics as how social interactions
affect self-perception, how people make decisions about the causes
and factors that influence their own behavior, what types of
psychological and biological processes might contribute to
individual differences(i.e., personality traits), what is the
structure of personality, what processes might underlie normal
development of cognition, speech, and emotional expression, what are
the important stages of development, what is mental illness, what
are the biological, social, and psychological processes that
influence the development of mental disorders, what types of mental
disorders are there, and how can they be effectively treated or
prevented.

It is assumed that all students enrolled in P102 have a sound
background of knowledge in the concepts covered in P101, especially
classical and operant conditioning.