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Publisher's Summary

Psychology in the 21st century is not the seemingly static clinical field that you may have learned about in high school. Now there’s a substantial focus on “mindset” and the malleable nature of our experiences. When we understand how our mindset works, we can influence our behavior. There is also a greater emphasis on how the principles of psychology can help you to improve your everyday life, including how understanding your perceptions can help you to better understand the world. 

Human beings are endlessly fascinating. Our social organization, our perceptions of the world, our emotional range, and our inner thoughts all define what it means to be human. The field of psychology has always been the scientific study of mental processes and behavior, helping us to understand ourselves and the world around us. How do we think, feel, and remember? Why do we act the way we do? And, most important, is there any way we can train our minds to improve our lives?

What’s new in the field of psychology is that many answers to these questions are beginning to be well understood. From the days of Freud and Skinner to the modern science of fMRIs and genetics, Introduction to Psychology is a grand introduction to one of the most captivating fields of inquiry - where the subject is you, and everyone around you. Taught by Professor Catherine A. Sanderson of Amherst College, these 36 insightful lessons not only give you a panoramic grounding in the history, methods, and fundamental findings of psychology, but they also introduce you to the most up-to-date 21st-century research and discoveries - including strategies to increase your happiness and to improve how to live your life.

When you complete Introduction to Psychology, you will come away with a new way of looking at the human experience. You will have gained insights to help you better understand yourself. And your new wealth of strategies will help you to think more clearly, be more courageous, strengthen relationships, and generally experience greater psychological and physical well-being.

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  • 05-23-21

Cool TED talk

This is not chronological or even clearly divided into domains. It's not a history of psychology at all. I wanted James, Dewey, Freud, functionalism vs. structuralism etc.. Unless you're into the TED talk personal development careerist type of bs Brene Brown psychology, get the Daniel N Robinson one instead. :)

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Needs a professional narrator

After 3 tries I gave up on the narration, sounds like a frog with all the croaking and fry vocals. Smoker perhaps. Makes me appreciate a skilled, practiced, effortless narration. I thought there would be some history and background on the topic instead of jumping around “pop” psych topics from books written in the 1970’s. Not interesting nor educational.

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It will make you want to major in Psychology

I was interested from beginning to end. I learned alot and was able to relate and/or apply to my daily life. It also shifted my perspective on various topics by acknowledging some false preconceived notions about a topic.

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A great introduction

I found this to be a fantastic and pivotal book that helps unpack the basic principals of the discipline. I highly recommend this book.

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One of the best introduction to psychology

I have been searching for a good book on psychology. I have come across many of them but this one is the absolute best. It is because the other categorize the sections topically as opposed to the storage place, so the listeners and learners get to learn about psychological concepts through what makes sense rather than what makes sense only to psychologist. I recommend it to everybody.

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Interesting and Inspiring

Professor Sanderson’s passion for the field of psychology and her suggestions for living happy lives through appreciation and optimism were very inspiring. Her voice was also pleasing to listen to throughout the course. I learned a lot!

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Don't bother

Full of inaccuracies, opinions and propaganda. Could also use a professional narrator. Disappointing audio book.

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Repressed memoris are REAL!

This book says repressed memories are basically a myth, but they've been proven real! There have been so many cases of this happening but the author says it has never really happened. I dropped the book immediately. Clearly this author needs more research in the field of Therapy. Im glad i didnt waste my money buying this.

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Wealth of information

This book encompasses so many things about human psychology. It was every insightful and a great read.

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Great book!

this course is amazing! great information everyone should know and easy to understand and follow along!

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  • 04-01-22

Excellent (but biased)!

Great introduction to psychology but it's difficult to ignore the bias. The nature Vs nurture debate in psychology seems to be never ending, whilst practically all researchers in the field accept that most of our behaviours and characteristics are a product of both, ideological standings often make them favour one side or the other

Sanderson clearly has a nurture bias, in nearly all topics she mentions genetic influences of behaviour before brushing them off and then giving much heavier weight to the nature argument (even if the argument and evidence are much weaker than that provided by the nature side).

Despite this, the course was a great overall introduction to the field of psychology.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-21

"Does exactly what it says on the tin"

This is a good overview to the subject, particularly for those with little or no background knowledge.

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  • Alice DG
  • 05-18-22

you need to listen to this couse

I have loved every single lecture of this course, it gives a beautiful overview of all psychological processes and provides great awareness of our way of thinking. it's a must listen

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  • SteveN
  • 05-07-22

Brain Food

As with all the Great Course books I have listened too, this one, by Catherine A Sanderson, is exceptional.

Well narrated, and (briefly) covering virtually every aspect of Psychology, this book is a must listen to anyone wanting to know more on the subject of hiw we think the way we think!

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  • keith
  • 03-23-22

Informative.

Loved it. Easy listening and educational. Well written and narrated and can be used ttime and time again.

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  • Bev
  • 03-16-22

Informative

Topics covered are interesting and informative but sadly the voice is so grating and annoying 😕

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  • 06-27-21

So much to learn but worth it

The narrator was excellent and I was appreciative of all the experiment results and their impact. Thanks

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  • Paul R. Hemsworth
  • 04-22-22

All American examples, limited global knowledge

All American examples, limited global knowledge.
Would be a great book if the language and examples were broader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-22

Brilliant

Really enjoyed it right through from the start till the end. Very informative, perfect introduction indeed to psychology. Highly recommend this course.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-22

Engaging and well presented

I enjoyed this course and my introduction into Psychology. The lectures were enjoyable, and delivered well. Thank you for sharing this.

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  • Sarah Cook
  • 02-25-22

Excellent

Interesting the whole way through. The content is academic but accessible, and an excellent delivery from Professor Sanderson. Very enjoyable.