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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Private intellectual, writer, and retired academic. Currently R&D director for Gravitational Systems Engineering, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A very insightful and sometimes funny look into the history of psychology and a selection of its major ideas. The lecturer makes sometimes complex theories easy to understand. What I liked best was the way he related the ideas presented to how humans behave in real life. Recommended.
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.
Fantastic narrator, needs a bit of updating, and I would have liked to have heard a bit about transactional analysis by Eric Berne. Enjoyed the full production very much.
A Friend of St. Paul
Imagine going to hear a lecture of theories of chess moves, but instead of explaining the ideas and or the theories of chess moves, the lecturer proceeds to give you a history of how chess pieces are made, how we perceive chess pieces, the different kinds of wood that are used to make chess pieces. Would you be disappointed with the content. Absolutely. The science provided in the first six lectures could be used for anything, as it is so specifically scientific and yet so extremely generalized when it comes to the ideas or theories of psychology. Save your credit and get something else.
The lecture is close to 20 years old and the professor refers to 'the camera' several times so there must be video associated with this lecture. He also refers to course materials early on, neither of which do you get when you buy this audiobook. Given that it is a history as much as anything you may not find it entirely useless due to its age. Moreover the audio doesn't depend on video or course materials to be understood so again it's not a waste to listen.
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.
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.
"Great introductory course"
This course was structured as 30-35 minutes lectures, which each of them covers an individual topic. Perfect for my daily commute.
The lecturer,who is very articulate and has a good sense of humour.
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.
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.
"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.
"Engaging and Informative"
As usual, Dr. Robinson does a masterful job of outlining the rough edges of a vast, complicated, and extremely difficult subject. He has a knack for negotiating the narrow passage between compelling simplicity, and oppressive exactitude.
I especially appreciated the judicious mingling of philosophy with some of the topics, as a means of highlighting the many larger questions that remain wide open in psychology. In spite of the fact that these lectures were given almost 20 years ago, the vast majority of the content remains quite relevant today.
I'm not sure if that's a testament to Dr. Robinson's lecture skill, or to the glacial pace at which knowledge of the mind moves forward.
"Great Courses Psychology courses really dire"
This is the second Great Courses psychology related course I have tried to listen to. First time I thought it was because the course was an intro to the subject. I had higher hopes for this one. I found the course content really dull and boring, giving no real info. Verbose and academic. I am interested in psychology for a variety of personal and professional reasons. There are far better resources for psychology. I have like Great Courses material previously but having to bad experiences in a row I am reconsidering my preference for them.
I really enjoyed the broad scope of this engaging review of the thinkers, concepts, theories, developments etc in psychology which was delivered with an amazing co-relational approach with other disciplines. Well worth the long hours of listening!!!!
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