Introduction to Psychology

Course is recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education's Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT)



Introduction to Psychology
Course is recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education's Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT)

Earn Psychology College Credits On Your Schedule. This course will introduce you to the study of the human mind, behaviour, thoughts, and emotions. Conclusion of this course will give you the confidence to sit and pass your final exam for college credit.

Psychology includes the study of topics such as how our brains work, how we view the world, why we dream, how we learn, and where our personalities come from. More specifically, psychology can be defined as the study of human behaviour and mental processes: how they influence physical and mental states and the external environment.

When we use the word behavior, we are talking about the actions people take that can be observed by others. These actions might include the words we say, the ways we move our bodies, or the facial expressions we make. By contrast, mental processes are thoughts, emotions, and motives that cannot be observed by others. Feelings of fear, thoughts about your boss, or a desire for a candy bar, are all examples of mental processes.

The first goal of psychology is to describe behavior and mental processes. The more clearly and accurately these experiences are described, the better they may be understood. This understanding is the first step toward psychology’s other goals.

Introduction to Psychology
Sample Syllabus Sections 1 & 2


1.1 Introduction - Define psychology and indicate ways that psychology relates to everyday life

1.2 Psychology as a Science - Define science and recognize the significance of the scientific method in the study of psychology

1.3 Goals of Psychology - Identify the four main goals of psychology. Indicate how psychology can be helpful in daily life

1.4 Critical Thinking - Identify the components of critical thinking. Highlight the importance of critical thinking in the study of psychology

1.5 Introduction to Central Concepts - Identify core, known elements of psychology. Recognize the scope of psychology as a field of study Unit


2.1 Philosophy - Identify two philosophers whose ideas influenced psychology. Indicate how philosophical perspectives and physiology contributed to the birth of psychology.

2.2 Early Approaches - Define and compare theoretical approaches of structuralism, functionalism, and behaviorism in the context of early psychological thought. Identify contributions to the field of psychology by key theorists such as Wundt, Titchener, Alston, James, Hall, Calkins, Watson, and Skinner.

2.3 Later Approaches - Define and compare different theoretical approaches to explaining behavior, including the psychoanalytic and humanistic approaches. Identify the contributions to psychology made by Wertheimer, Freud, Rogers, and Maslow.

2.4 Critical Thinking - Define the evolutionary, biological, and cognitive approaches to psychology. Identify the contributions to psychological thought made by Darwin and Miller.

2.5 Domains of Psychology - Define and distinguish the different domains of psychology: biological, clinical, cognitive, counsel, developmental, educational, experimental, human factors, industrial-organizational, personality, psychometric, and social.

2.6 Social Psychology - Identify common topics of research in social psychology. Differentiate between social cognition and social behavior.

2.7 Personality Psychology - Recognize research studies that relate to personality. Identify themes common to personality psychology.

2.8 Educational Psychology - Recognize the role of educational psychologists. Identify the five main tasks of an educational psychologist.

2.9 Human Factors Psychology - Identify the areas of focus for human factors psychologists. Learn the five main goals of human factors psychology.

2.10 Industrial/Organizational Psychology - Identify common areas of focus for industrial/organizational psychologists. Recognize how industrial/organizational psychology can benefit an organization Unit.

Sample Questions
Test Your Current Knowledge of Psychology

Introduction to Psychology Exam Study Guide with Sample Questions

The following sample questions do not appear on an actual examination. These questions are intended to give test-takers an indication of the format and idea of what to study!

  1. arousal
  2. mood
  3. sleep
  4. all of the above
  5. none of the above

  1. Autonomic
  2. Parasympathetic
  3. Peripheral
  4. Somatic
  5. Sympathetic

  1. Autonomic
  2. Parasympathetic
  3. Peripheral
  4. Somatic
  5. Sympathetic

  1. Amygdala
  2. Hippocampus
  3. Hypothalamus
  4. Reticular formation
  5. Thalamus

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