Lecture 1: Introduction
Lecture Details :
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.
Course Description :
Introduction - Foundations: This Is Your Brain - Foundations: Freud - Foundations: Skinner - What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought - How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth - Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Language - Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Love - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Evolution and Rationality - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions - Why Are People Different?: Differences - What Motivates Us: Sex - A Person in the World of People: Morality - A Person in the World of People: Self and Other - What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness - The Good Life: Happiness