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The Great Ideas of Psychology Lecture

The Great Ideas of Psychology

If you’ve ever wanted to delve more deeply into the mysteries of human emotion, perception, and cognition, and of why we do what we do, these 48 lectures offer a superb place to start. With them, you’ll see the entire history of psychology unfold. In the hands of Professor Robinson, these lectures encompass ideas, speculations, and point-blank moral questions that might just dismantle and rebuild everything you once thought you knew about psychology.
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If you’ve ever wanted to delve more deeply into the mysteries of human emotion, perception, and cognition, and of why we do what we do, these 48 lectures offer a superb place to start. With them, you’ll see the entire history of psychology unfold. In the hands of Professor Robinson, these lectures encompass ideas, speculations, and point-blank moral questions that might just dismantle and rebuild everything you once thought you knew about psychology. In fact, you’ll not only learn what psychology is, but even if it is, as Professor Robinson discusses the constantly shifting debate over the nature of psychology itself.

Lecture by lecture, Professor Robinson navigates from one subject to the next, and you’ll follow along as he recreates a Platonic dialogue; explains brain physiology; or explores the intricacies of middle ear construction, the psychological underpinnings of the Salem witch trials, and the history of the insanity defense.

Among other things, you’ll learn:

  • How a brilliant young scientist’s temporary blindness led to pioneering research in sensory psychology
  • How the once-prestigious, now-derided, ”sciences” of phrenology and mesmerism contributed to psychological knowledge
  • What happened when a Stanford psychologist and his students decided to study “being sane in insane places” by getting themselves committed to a mental institution
  • How the brain is able to “rewire” itself to compensate for particular traumas at an early age
  • If high heritability determines how much the environment influences the value of a trait, and more.
    • 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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    Gare&Sophia Alexandria, VA, United States 01-21-14
    Gare&Sophia Alexandria, VA, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2012

    Private intellectual, writer, and retired academic. Currently R&D director for Gravitational Systems Engineering, Inc.

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    "The Oxford level of examination of psychology"

    The teaser review that comes up for this course is just plain misguided. As a former Ivy league professor I applaud Professor Robinson's approach to the topic. He puts modern and historic psychology and its underlying theories in the perspective necessary to understand the rational basis from which they were derived.

    I am a scientist and I felt this his approach and coverage of a diverse set of related topics was excellent. I should also point out that my wife who is a mental health professional also found this book to be not only a great read, but an excellent coverage of the topic.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Deep Reader 02-26-14
    Deep Reader 02-26-14

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Excellent journey into the mind"

    This course explores the development of the field of psychology, going through all the major developments, ideas, and problems it has faced. Your mileage may vary based on how seriously you take psychology as a legitimate field of study. While I have some doubts about some concepts, overall this is an interesting ride on the human understanding of mind, personality, and to a certain degree criminal law.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Booth Albuquerque 05-10-14
    Carrie Booth Albuquerque 05-10-14 Member Since 2011

    I am a fan of science, skepticism, and (oddly enough) fantasy. I love thought provoking ideas and intricate character development!

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    "How did Psychology come to be what it is now?"
    What made the experience of listening to The Great Ideas of Psychology the most enjoyable?

    This was so thought provoking. It was very similar to an undergraduate course I took years ago, but at the time I didn't really appreciate it as much as I do now. I love gaining the perspective of how ideas and fields came to be, and what influences the different approaches to psychology in study and practice.


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    mark o reilly 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Only if you like a lot of talk about the Greeks"

    Really informative and interesting. Overall it leans heavily into pholosophy and the history of thought with quite a few hours dedicated to (fawning over) aristotle. So quite different to any psych course focusing more on modern experimental theories, though they are in there too. Maybe not for everyone but I gave it full marks as it is a great listen, the speaker is engaging and I learned a lot.

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    Lexloco 01-13-15
    Lexloco 01-13-15
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    "Very interesting lecture"

    Interesting subject, well read. The author not only commands the topics but has an extraordinary vocabulary, making it a great listen.

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    Vance 01-19-15
    Vance 01-19-15
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    "Very interesting"

    Some stuff was over my head and will probably need another listen but very interesting course. It is Very good

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    vika Oceanside, CA, United States 11-16-13
    vika Oceanside, CA, United States 11-16-13
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    "Thorougly enjoyed the lectures"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Things that every educated person should know and consider were discussed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I was listening to it when commuting and the hour flew by every time!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Beau 10-14-15
    Beau 10-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dry"

    The Lecturer is super dry. A lot of needless detail and off topic droning on.

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    Shirley Stone Maxwell AFB, AL USA 10-11-15
    Shirley Stone Maxwell AFB, AL USA 10-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding"

    I teach these concepts to graduate students and still learned a lot. I also wrote Dr Robinson to thank him--and he wrote back.

    I cannot recommend this course enough to the serious student of humanity.

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    Nate 09-19-15
    Nate 09-19-15
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    "Fantastic"

    This is probably the single best of the 30+ Great Courses series I've listened to on any topic. Very engaging, well delivered, and worthy to be enjoyed many times by everyone with an interest in provoking thought.

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  • Mirenda Rosenberg
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    3/30/15
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    "Perfect!"

    I'm taking an Intro to Psychology class. The Great Ideas of Psychology is the perfect supplement. I've re-listened to several chapters whilst studying relevant information in class.

    This audiobook is very enjoyable. No prior knowledge of psychology is needed, however this is not an audiobook that can be listened to passively. Many of the concepts presented require your full attention. I've often had to pause the audiobook and take a moment to process the information Id just heard.

    I've enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it highly to sony one with a serious interest in Psychology.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tony C (London)
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    "Excellent"

    A well-structured course of lectures, with each lecture summarised at the start and recapped at the end. Not quite the flair of Prof. Martin's Psychology lectures,-- sometimes he gives the impression of having given the lectures on one too many occasions. Nonetheless, highly recommended. I've no background in psychology but I've now listened to two courses of Psychology lectures -- as well as the audiobook of Ruby Wax's Sane New World.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    12/2/15
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    "Great introductory course"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Ideas of Psychology to be better than the print version?

    This course was structured as 30-35 minutes lectures, which each of them covers an individual topic. Perfect for my daily commute.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lecturer,who is very articulate and has a good sense of humour.


    Any additional comments?

    The course covers a wide range of topics in Psychology. Since this is a relatively young discipline, the lecture also attempts to provide a historic view. In addition, prof. Robinson is enthusiastic about the subject, which make it interesting and easy to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julien
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    "A stimulating tour de force"
    Where does The Great Ideas of Psychology rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I have listened to, and kept me engaged for all of the 23 hours.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator.


    What does Professor Daniel N. Robinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Impossible: it's 23 hours long.


    Any additional comments?

    Thought-provoking and erudite.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • wells
    11/8/15
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    "great course"

    loved it, comprehensive overview. I learned so much from witch craft to mental illness, homosexuality , fundamental attribution error etc , amazing stuff . it's also beautifully narrated, bravo.

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