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:
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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.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
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.
I am a fan of science, skepticism, and (oddly enough) fantasy. I love thought provoking ideas and intricate character development!
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.
Absolutely. Things that every educated person should know and consider were discussed.
Yes. I was listening to it when commuting and the hour flew by every time!
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.
The course seems to be divided into purely biological and physical explanations of psychology, but then the last half is 1/10th part Freud, and a mix of sociology and a few other random topics. The information is great, but doesn't appear to be coherently organized.
I wanted more about the "armchair" psychological theories, such as Freud, Jung, Erich Fromm, etc.
"Do you see?"
I don't think so -- I believe this is a very misleading title -- and while the professor's credentials are impeccable -- I was four lectures (2 hours) into this series and got so upset I was yelling at the speakers! How is this the Great Ideas of Psychology? Try the History of Philosophy -- starting at the very beginning... Groan!!
I was really expecting to have a well-thought out, well-defined list of the Great Ideas of Psychology and after listening about Plato and Socrates and the Salem Witchhunts, although entertaining, and spoken with erudition, I FELT CHEATED!!
The title is misleading. If you can make it past the first two hours with virtually no discernible Psychology, I think at some point he does get into Psychology. However, on principle, I couldn't and wouldn't wade through more of what I didn't want hoping someday this course would fulfill it's promise.
Anger and disappointment
people with a lot of time and patience to throw away for very little
make it shorter
%70 of the talk
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.
"A stimulating tour de force"
One of the best audiobooks I have listened to, and kept me engaged for all of the 23 hours.
Impossible: it's 23 hours long.
Thought-provoking and erudite.
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