Introduction to Psychology

Yale , Prof.Paul Bloom

The Good Life: Happiness

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Lecture Description

The last lecture in the course wraps up the discussion of clinical psychology with a discussion of treatment efficacy. Does therapy actually work? Professor Bloom summarizes the different types of influences that clinical interventions might have on people who receive therapy. Professor Bloom ends with a review of one of the most interesting research topics in "positive psychology, " happiness. What makes us happy? How does happiness vary across person and culture? What is happiness for? Students will hear how the most recent research in psychology attempts to answer these questions and learn how people are surprisingly bad at predicting what will make them happiest.

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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