Unit 1: Introduction
- The history of psychology as an academic discipline
- Psychology as a science
- Research methods
- Working with experimental results
Unit 2: This is your brain
- Brain neurophysiology at the cellular level
- The brain structures
- The separation of brain and mind?
Unit 3: The development of thought and language
- Learning to think
- The development of language
- Can animals learn language?
Unit 4: How memories are formed
- Memories are made of this
- The biological basis of memory
- Memory for future events
- Brain damage and forgetting
Unit 5: Behaving ourselves: Reward and punishment
- Learning to behave: Skinner’s theory
- Classical conditioning
- Applications to everyday life
Unit 6: The development and measurement of personality
- Early theories of personality – the four humours
- The ‘super three’ or the ‘big five’ traits?
- Reliability and validity
- Biological approaches
Unit 7: Why do we conform and whom do we obey?
Unit 8: Eating, drinking, sleeping and sex: Theories of motivation
- Biological and psychological theories of motivation
- To sleep perchance to dream ...
- Psychological theories of motivation
Unit 9: Why do fools fall in love? Theories of attraction and relationship formation
- The formation of relationships
- How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...
- Theories of romantic relationship formation
- Evolutionary theories of partner selection
Unit 10: When it all breaks down: Brain damage, tumours and strokes
- Brain damage
- The case of Phineas Gage
- Neuropsychological problems
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