Lecture 1 - Introduction to Psychology

author: Paul Bloom, Department of Psychology, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: Oct. 7, 2009,   recorded: March 2007,   views: 6440
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Professor Paul Bloom welcomes students and presents the course as a comprehensive introduction to the study of the human mind. Course readings and requirements are discussed. The five main branches of psychology are presented: neuroscience, which is a study of the mind by looking at the brain; developmental, which focuses on how people grow and learn; cognitive, which refers to the computational approach to studying the mind; social, which studies how people interact; and clinical, which examines mental health and mental illnesses.

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Comment1 Donovan, November 3, 2009 at 7:13 p.m.:

Thank you very much for these video's. i am a psychology student myself and would like to get help with certain topics..


Comment2 scjk567, November 20, 2009 at 9:31 p.m.:

I have just seen one lecture (#7) from Dr. Bloom's openlecture.
I am a student and just these weeks becoming a M.A Psychologist (from germany) but anyway,If you are from a different field or not, if you know a lot about psychology or not it does not matter, I can recommend to watch it, it is on the edge of present questions of the human nature and it is perfectly tempered!

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Comment4 Eddie Bryan, January 9, 2013 at 6:36 p.m.:

I am taking an introductory psychology class at an online university. I have been to school before and am familiar with some concept but thought I could find some help here. I have seen lectures in philosophy and was impressed. Right now I am studying interpersonal effectiveness.

Comment5 MARTIN NDEDYA, April 11, 2016 at 8:28 a.m.:

Thanks very much to this lecture, as teacher educator teaching my NTA level 4 student teachers Introduction to Psychology helped me much

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