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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


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. 

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  • Introduction
    Learn what to expect in this course.
    The Instructor's Path To Psychology
    Learn what led me to the field of psychology and what it has done to my life.
    Power of Your Mind
    This activity will show you the power of your own mind and set the foundation for why psychology matters.
  • Foundations of Psychology
    What is Psychology?
    Dive into an understanding of the human mind and the field of psychology, and why it matters.
    Internal Approaches to Psychology
    Explore the biological and cognitive perspectives in psychology, which focus on how internal factors affect human behavior.
    Internal Approaches to Psychology
    External Approaches to Psychology
    Explore the behavioral/conditioning and social perspectives in psychology, which focus on how external factors (other people) affect human behavior.
    Research in Psychology: Observational
    Explore how psychologists study human behavior by observing through naturalistic observation, participant observation, surveys and case studies.
    Research in Psychology: Correlational
    Explore how psychologists determine whether two factors correlate—change in accordance with each other.
    Research in Psychology: Experimental
    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
    How We Engage Our World: Sensation and Perception
    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
    Right Brain vs Left Brain
    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
  • Emotion
    Emotions: Physiological and Cognitive Functions
    Explore how physiological/physical as well as cognitive/mental processes impact our emotions/how we feel.
    Emotions: Physiological and Cognitive Functions
    Emotions: Expressed and Experienced
    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
    Stress and Anxiety 1
    Learn what causes stress, how the stress-response in your body works, and how to reduce stress.
    Stress and Anxiety 2
    Stress and Anxiety
  • Memory
    How Do We Remember?
    Learn about how memory works.
    How Do We Remember?
    Memory Encoding
    How memory is programmed into the brain.
    Memory Encoding
    Why Do We Forget?
    Learn about why and how we forget information or experienced.
    Why Do We Forget?
    Reliability and Recall
    Understand how memory is retrieved and how to improve your memory.
    Reliability and Recall
  • Learning and Conditioning
    Classical Conditioning
    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
    BONUS: The Little Albert Conditioning Experiment
    The Little Albert Conditioning Experiment: Clip of the Watson’s famous Little Albert Experiment in which he conditions a baby to fear white rats.
    Operant Conditioning
    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.
    Other Kinds of Learning
    Explore intrinsic (self motivated) vs. extrinsic (reward) motives for learning, latent learning, and observational learning.
    Other Kinds of Learning
  • Human Development
    Parent-Child Interaction
    Explore different parenting styles (authoritarian, permissive and authoritative) and how parents and peers influence
    Parent-Child Interaction
    Attachment and Separation
    Explore different attachment styles (secure and insecure), separation anxiety and the effects of deprivation.
    Attachment and Separation
    BONUS: Monkey Attachment Experiment
    Clip of Harlow’s famous experiment on attachment using monkeys.
    Sexual Development and Gender Identity
    Explore how sexuality is formed, how gender identify is developed, and the differences between males and females
    Sexual Development and Gender Identity
  • Social Psychology
    Attribution and Making Impressions
    Explore social thinking and how we judge others’ behaviors.
    Attribution and Making Impressions
    Attitudes, Beliefs and Actions
    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
    Social Relations 1: Prejudice
    Explore why and how humans tend to pre-judge others, especially if they are different.
    Social Relations 1: Prejudice
    BONUS: A Class Divided
    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.
    Social Relations 2: Aggression
    Explore how psychological factors, life experience and social influences all cause aggression.
    Social Relations 2: Aggression
    BONUS: The Bobo Doll Experiment
    Clip of Bandura’s famous Bobo Doll Experiment showing how children learn aggression through modeling.
    Conformity and Obedience
    Explore how groups pressure people to at in certain ways (conformity) and how obedience to authority can lead to unexpected behavior.
    Conformity and Obedience
    BONUS: Obedience Experiment
    Clip of Milgram’s famous obedience study which tested how and why people listen to authority, even if it goes against their better judgment.
    Group Influence
    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
    Congratulations and Conclusion
    Congratulations, you did it!


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