Introduction to Psychology

Yale Course , Prof. Paul Bloom

Lecture 17: A Person in the World of People: Self and Other - II

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Lecture Details :

This lecture begins with the second half of the discussion on social psychology. Students will learn about several important factors influencing how we form impressions of others, including our ability to form rapid impressions about people. This discussion focuses heavily upon stereotypes, including a discussion of their utility, reliability, and the negative effects that even implicit stereotypes can incur. The second half of the lecture introduces students to two prominent mysteries in the field of psychology. First, students will learn what is known and unknown about sleep, including why we sleep, the different types of sleep, disorders, and of course, dreams, what they are about and why we have them. Second, this half reviews how laughter remains a mysterious and interesting psychological phenomenon. Students will hear theories that attempt to explain what causes us to laugh and why, with a particular emphasis on current evolutionary theory.

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

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