The Great Courses: Psychology
Books in series8
ORIGINAL
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  • Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior | The Great Courses

    Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark Leary
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    Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what appear to be rather ordinary human behaviors. What makes you happy? Where did your personality come from? Why do you have trouble controlling certain behaviors? Why do you behave differently as an adult than you did as an adolescent?Since the start of recorded history, and probably even before, people have been interested in answering questions about why we behave the way we do.

    Nowhere near the depth of typical Great Courses

    Someone who is interested in psychology using this as the very first introduction. The lecturer did a fantastic job with voice modulation and enthusia..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 05 2014 by BryanW (Georgia)
  • The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience | The Great Courses, Andrew Newberg

    The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Andrew Newberg
    • Narrated By Professor Andrew Newberg
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    Does God exist? Do we have a soul? Is it possible to make contact with a spiritual realm? How should we respond to the divine? Will life continue beyond death?Most people, whether deeply religious or outright doubters of any spiritual power, have probably pondered these questions for themselves. In fact, the religious impulse is so powerfully pervasive that neuroscience has posed a provocative question: Are our brains wired to worship?

    Engaging

    When a topic like Science and Religious Experience is the focus I have a little caution. Depending on the authors bias and preconceptions the results ..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 20 2014 by Jeff (Strathroy, ON, Canada)
  • How We Learn | The Great Courses

    How We Learn

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Monisha Pasupathi
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    Learning is a lifelong adventure.It starts in your mother's womb, accelerates to high speed in infancy and childhood, and continues through every age. Whether you're actively engaged in mastering a new skill, intuitively discovering an unfamiliar place, or even sleeping-which is fundamental to helping you consolidate and hold on to what you've learned-you are truly born to learn around the clock.But few of us know how we learn, which is the key to learning and studying more effectively.

    Not very useful

    I've really enjoyed several of The Great Courses, so I was particularly disappointed in this one given that I've come to expect so much from them.
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    Reviewed on July 24 2014 by Amazon Customer (TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States)
  • Theories of Human Development | The Great Courses

    Theories of Human Development

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Malcolm W. Watson
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    In these 24 lectures, probe the field of "human development"; the science that studies how we learn and develop psychologically, from birth to the end of life. This very young science not only enables us to understand children and help them develop optimally, but also gives us profound insights into who we are as adults. Professor Watson introduces you to the six theories that have had perhaps the greatest influence on this field

    A basic first year course in human development

    Great if you're a psych student and want to review first-year material on Freud, Erikson and Piaget. Or good if you're just interested in psychology a..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 10 2014 by A (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
  • The Great Ideas of Psychology | The Great Courses

    The Great Ideas of Psychology

    • ORIGINAL (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Daniel N. Robinson
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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.

    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 ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 21 2014 by Gare&Sophia (Alexandria, VA, United States)
  • Explaining Social Deviance | The Great Courses

    Explaining Social Deviance

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Paul Root Wolpe
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    How do deviants reconcile their behavior with society's norms? This set of 10 lectures examines the complex topic of deviance and how major sociological theories have attempted to define it and understand its role in both historical and modern society. Professor Wolpe introduces deviance as "a complex, often ambiguous, social phenomenon that raises numerous questions about how a varied and often arbitrary set of characteristics can be used to name the same idea."

    Great grounding for social deviance

    The added value of the audio version is the inflection of the professors voice giving you additional insight into what he is trying to communicate.

    Reviewed on January 30 2014 by Tom (Arvada, CO, United States)
  • Psychology of Human Behavior | The Great Courses

    Psychology of Human Behavior

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David W. Martin
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    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.

    Great listen

    Good overview of Psychology with personal opinions, which often lacking in textbooks. The book is also a good supplement for an introductory course.

    Reviewed on April 25 2015 by TJ (AK United States)
  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement | The Great Courses

    Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John Medina
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    In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

    The standard fare for brain science

    The breadth of this lecture series is considerable, although I was hoping for a little more depth. The lecturer is very careful to qualify his informa..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 10 2015 by Daniel ()