Lecture DescriptionProfessor 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.
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