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Psychology of Human Behavior | [The Great Courses]

Psychology of Human Behavior

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • How we perceive, remember, and learn
  • How we select our friends and partners and retain their affection and love
  • The things that motivate us

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.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses

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  • M. Mcdermott
    6/2/14
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    "Basic, but fairly interesting."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have done, but only those with very little knowledge on the subject.


    Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

    Yes, I have downloaded a few.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

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    Do you think Psychology of Human Behavior needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J Carrington
    North Yorkshire, UK
    7/7/14
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    "Wonderful lectures. Very clear and to the point."
    What made the experience of listening to Psychology of Human Behavior the most enjoyable?

    Very interesting insights into the complex human mind. Explained in such a clear and direct manner that every minute feels valuable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Professor David W. Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His personality and ability to make the lectures even more interesting with just his general tone and personality.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No not really!


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant. Will look out for more from this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tony C (London)
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    10/18/14
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    "Excellent"

    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.

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