Today's psychologist is apt to be very different from the image most people conjure up when asked to picture one - an image that almost always suggests Sigmund Freud or someone like him, complete with leather couch.
But as indebted as they may be to Freud's landmark explorations of our psychological landscape, modern psychologists are involved in far more than helping people cope with their inner demons. Instead, they are working in areas that now encompass every part of the process by which we develop and function as people:
Now you can gain a basic introduction to psychology - beginning with its historical context and looking ahead to some of the directions it is likely to take in the future - in this fascinating series of 36 lectures from an acclaimed teacher and author. It explores all of the many new areas that now fit comfortably beneath psychology's umbrella and the sophisticated new research methods that have emerged.
These lectures are both an excellent summary of a transformed profession and an ideal starting point for those eager to expand their understanding of the human mind.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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Good overview of Psychology with personal opinions, which often lacking in textbooks. The book is also a good supplement for an introductory course.
The course was poorly researched and had many factual errors in it. The lectures are so full of urban legends and half truths that you can have no confidence in the lecturer saying anything scientific.
These lectures ruined the great courses reputation in my mind. I will think a lot before purchasing another great course.
Extremely basic in every way.
The question is: what makes this course "Great"? It's a series of mediocre lectures.
His lecture style and content might be appropriate for an evening continuing ed class at a community college. I forced myself to stick with the first few chapters. It's Dr. Wade's job to present the information in a confident and professional manner. When he openly struggles to overcome his embarrassment while explaining the sexual aspects of Freudian theory I realized that the caliber of this course was not what I expected or paid for.
This lecture series covers essentially every concept discussed in an introductory psychology course. Because I was familiar with many of the concepts, the lectures were easy to follow and addictive to listen to. Dr. Martin provides additional information on evolutionary psychology that I had not previously heard of.
"The perfect introduction for any psychology major!"
The lectures were short and focused on detail.
The fact that every chapter focused on a key aspect of the subject content
I enjoyed all of the lectures but the Psychology of Emotion was my favourite
The moment at the end of each chapter in which I learnt something extremely valuable to my course.
The Psychology of Human Behaviour is the perfect book for any undergraduate psychology major. The series of lectures break down the subject into its key area and explain in great detail to the student, the theories of psychology today. The quality of the teaching is of an extraordinary standard and allows the student to engage in each of the lectures. Every second of the audio book is relevant to the understanding of the subject. Each lecture is short and to the point. The student can focus for half an hour and then come back to learn more another time whenever it suits. Overall, a truly wonderful listen and an incentive to study and learn more of courses on offer by The Great Courses series.
"Basic, but fairly interesting."
I have done, but only those with very little knowledge on the subject.
Yes, I have downloaded a few.
I think the guy needs to do some more reading himself, especially regarding the pharmacology aspects of the talk, as he does not have a clue. Many of the words he can not even pronounce correctly.
It is like he read some bad websites 10 minutes before his talk, made notes, and was reading from them.
I would certainly not like him to be my professor.
Much of the sections on psychoactive drugs was incorrect, and some of the other parts of the lectures were too, and I picked that up from my basic knowledge.
This came as a bit of a surprise to me.
Some of the studies cited do confirm that psychology researchers have way too much time on their hands.
It took weeks to get through this. He is a brilliant lecturer. Inevitably there are aspects you won't be so interested in, for example, the workings of the eye. But overall, highly recommended.
"Wonderful lectures. Very clear and to the point."
Very interesting insights into the complex human mind. Explained in such a clear and direct manner that every minute feels valuable.
This is not a story, but I liked how the lectures were structured in a way that you got to experience a whole year of lectures without needing to leave the comfort of your own home.
His personality and ability to make the lectures even more interesting with just his general tone and personality.
No not really!
Brilliant. Will look out for more from this series.
The lecture is good, it will give you an overview of the subject. It doesn't go deep into specific areas.
"A very interesting introduction to psychology"
It was a perfect for me as someone interested in psychology but not having any education in it. Gives a very good overview with brilliant examples. Prof Martin is a very engaging lecturer. I especially enjoyed the chapters about mental disorders as well as social psychology.
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