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The Great Courses: Psychology
Books in series7
ORIGINAL
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  • 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.

    Bryan Walde says: "Nowhere near the depth of typical Great Courses"
    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 Bryan Walde ()
  • The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • 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?

    Douglas says: "A WARNING..."
    A WARNING...

    There are two groups of people who are going to be apt to preemptively judge this "book by its cover:" religious people and atheists. This is NOT a b..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 22 2013 by Douglas (Auburn, WA, United States)
  • 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.

    Douglas says: "A Fine Course On Various Learning Processes..."
    A Fine Course On Various Learning Processes...

    I have been devouring the Great Courses series on mind and brain of late (see my other reviews of same), and I have found that they very often dovetai..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 04 2013 by Douglas (Auburn, WA, United States)
  • 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 says: "A basic first year course in human development"
    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

    • 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.

    Saud says: "Excellent journey into the mind"
    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 mile..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 26 2014 by Saud (United States)
  • 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."

    Tom says: "Great grounding for social deviance"
    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

    • 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.

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