Psychology of Human Behavior

Narrated by: David W. Martin
Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

But as indebted as they may be to Freud's landmark explorations of our psychological landscape, modern psychologists are involved in far more than helping people cope with their inner demons. Instead, they are working in areas that now encompass every part of the process by which we develop and function as people:

  • How we perceive, remember, and learn
  • How we select our friends and partners and retain their affection and love
  • The things that motivate us

Now you can gain a basic introduction to psychology - beginning with its historical context and looking ahead to some of the directions it is likely to take in the future - in this fascinating series of 36 lectures from an acclaimed teacher and author. It explores all of the many new areas that now fit comfortably beneath psychology's umbrella and the sophisticated new research methods that have emerged.

These lectures are both an excellent summary of a transformed profession and an ideal starting point for those eager to expand their understanding of the human mind.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses

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  • TJ
  • 04-25-15

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.

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Loved It

I downloaded 5 psychology books and this the only one that caught my attention. He breaks down all the different areas of psychology and it's very easy to understand. I have recommended this audio book to many people. I would definitely recommend it.

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Should be titled Intro to Psychology

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor David W. Martin?

Probably not since the professor did not go out of his way to make the course especially interesting or unique.

Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

Most books from The Great Courses are excellent, but sometimes, as in this case, the course was mediocre at best. This was clearly just sections of the first few introductory classes that he usually teaches with nothing extra or particularly interesting to capture your attention.

Did Professor David W. Martin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

N/A

Could you see Psychology of Human Behavior being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Absolutely not.

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Course does not really get interesting until lecture 23. This course does not emphasize human behavior, and, in reality, is only about human behavior to the same extent that all of psychology captures that topic. The professor made an obvious and dangerous blunder when describing the scientific method in terms of its origin and reliability. I think that was maybe in lecture 4, and he basically indicated that the scientific method is nothing more than a choice in epistemology that some people have decided to accept as a means to obtaining knowledge - somewhat like a faith-based methodology. This is clearly wrong; there are much better reasons for how and why the scientific method evolved into what it is today, and why it is continually relied upon.

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Magnificent! 97/100

I have over a hundred audiobooks and taken many of the Great Curses, several psychology related and this is the first time I felt I compelled to write a review specially for the long time I and you will invest on it. If you are looking for complete overview of the field of psychology look no further this is it. Very well structured Very clear Great examples Down to earth The profesor makes an excellent job over all since I never got bored. If you are wondering if there is something bad the only MINOR thing I notice is every now and then he gets tangle with the words but since it seems to be a life performance is completely natural. If any errors on this review please excuse my spelling, grammar, and punctuation. English is not my native language.

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Extremly intresting course

Would you listen to Psychology of Human Behavior again? Why?

A great overview of subjects in psychology and a lot of material packed in the lectures so it is a great place to revisit.

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amazing!

dense material, but extremely good, especially toward the end. the chapters are just the right length: not too long, not too short.

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great course

great course. very informative and entertaining. professor gives great real world examples. I will probably listen to it again.

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Horribly outdated, meandering presentation

I've listened up to lesson 6 and can't go further. The prof. speaks clearly but his lectures seem vacuous and devoid of much critical engagement with his discipline, making them semi-unbearable to listen to. The two lectures on Freud are what finally did me in, the prof. must have trained decades ago and hasn't stayed current since then. His presentation style is meandering, but at least that helps you avoid thinking about how poorly framed most of his points are.

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Wonderful overview

What did you love best about Psychology of Human Behavior?

This lecture series covers essentially every concept discussed in an introductory psychology course. Because I was familiar with many of the concepts, the lectures were easy to follow and addictive to listen to. Dr. Martin provides additional information on evolutionary psychology that I had not previously heard of.

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Awesome Investment

If you have ever wondered the why or how of how us humans work, this is an awesome choice. Engaging and easy to comprehend, Dr. Martin does a fantastic job of using proper terminology while he accessible to all backgrounds.

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  • J Carrington
  • 07-07-14

Wonderful lectures. Very clear and to the point.

What made the experience of listening to Psychology of Human Behavior the most enjoyable?

Very interesting insights into the complex human mind. Explained in such a clear and direct manner that every minute feels valuable.

What did you like best about this story?

This is not a story, but I liked how the lectures were structured in a way that you got to experience a whole year of lectures without needing to leave the comfort of your own home.

What does Professor David W. Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His personality and ability to make the lectures even more interesting with just his general tone and personality.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No not really!

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Brilliant. Will look out for more from this series.

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  • Niall
  • 11-30-14

The perfect introduction for any psychology major!

What made the experience of listening to Psychology of Human Behavior the most enjoyable?

The lectures were short and focused on detail.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that every chapter focused on a key aspect of the subject content

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed all of the lectures but the Psychology of Emotion was my favourite

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment at the end of each chapter in which I learnt something extremely valuable to my course.

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The Psychology of Human Behaviour is the perfect book for any undergraduate psychology major. The series of lectures break down the subject into its key area and explain in great detail to the student, the theories of psychology today. The quality of the teaching is of an extraordinary standard and allows the student to engage in each of the lectures. Every second of the audio book is relevant to the understanding of the subject. Each lecture is short and to the point. The student can focus for half an hour and then come back to learn more another time whenever it suits. Overall, a truly wonderful listen and an incentive to study and learn more of courses on offer by The Great Courses series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-19

Irrelevant to modern studies, elementary

Biased narrative, very past, very right-wing presentation. Poor generalised examples- oversimplification. This is fine for someone that would like to pass time and get a blanket round off of important figures from one perspective.

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  • Ania
  • 04-29-15

A very interesting introduction to psychology

It was a perfect for me as someone interested in psychology but not having any education in it. Gives a very good overview with brilliant examples. Prof Martin is a very engaging lecturer. I especially enjoyed the chapters about mental disorders as well as social psychology.

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  • Vanessa Barrett
  • 08-13-17

More 'abnormal' than normal behaviour

Would you try another book written by The Great Courses or narrated by Professor David W. Martin?

I have already purchased dozens of Great Courses across a wide variety of subjects, and never before been disappointed.

What was most disappointing about The Great Courses’s story?

Ten of the first 13 lectures were about psychiatric conditions and about medication and therapies like ECT (the Professor concluded psychology can't 'explain' these conditions in terms of human behaviour or why the treatments work!) The remaining sessions were more about mainstream psychology but most examples of experiments seemed based on small scale studies done on students in US colleges. There was little to be learned that I didn't know 40 years ago from general reading.

What didn’t you like about Professor David W. Martin’s performance?

The sessions followed classical theory in terms of helping people remember the content, but there was so much repetition with very little new material.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment predominantly.

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I have bought over 30 Great Courses from Audible and many more DVD series direct from the company. Always I have found new knowledge or a refreshing new slant on facts I did already know. I ploughed on through all 36 lectures of this course thinking it must get better. For me, it didn't!!

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  • Lopsey
  • 05-07-16

Excellent overview

What made the experience of listening to Psychology of Human Behavior the most enjoyable?

good and wide ranging of both mental health problems and then preception

What about Professor David W. Martin’s performance did you like?

He has a wonderful way of making the most interesting observation at the end of the paragraph, so you think he has made an oversight and then he addresses your questions

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-17

It's more about the study of psychology than about psychology

Too much time on methods, theories, treatments, therapies, and too little time on actual human psychology. Too much about the people who study psychology and their categories and ideas, than about the actual object of study: humans and their behaviour.

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  • shikha
  • 04-24-16

loved it

going to listen to it again best way to start my degree. I know what it covers and hopefully it stays on my library to come back to it

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  • Glen Harding
  • 04-06-16

Great natural performance

This was a fascinating course which was very naturally delivered. It felt at times like I was in a university lecture hall and the performance made the subject matter engaging. if you want a starting point to learn about psychology this book is highly recommended!

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  • Sarah
  • 01-20-16

Interesting and informative

I really enjoyed this book which gave a clear overview of some of the most interesting areas of Psychology.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-19

It was really interesting but I found the lecturer did not take enough care relaying past studies or other information.

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  • ModsterMan
  • 06-05-17

Many Nuggets, but More Behaviour than Psychology

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This had many good nuggets, but it wasn't what I was looking for. I disagree with many things in the text, but I liked the orderly way in which they were grouped and presented. This would be good listening for the budding psychotherapist, but it wouldn't be essential by a long shot.

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  • shane
  • 04-21-17

Excellent for 1st year psych students or enthusiasts

lectures are 1/2hr so content is a general overview of main topics in a 1st yr psych textbook. Despite this I really enjoyed the content and the lecturer teaching style and his perspective on certain subjects

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  • jaise
  • 05-28-16

very easy to listen to.

Professor Martin is fantastic in presenting this topic. Helping greatly in my understanding for BSSc.(Psychology). Thanks.

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  • Anthea Taitt
  • 08-28-20

Excellent grounding in the topic of Psychology.

Dr. Martin makes it easy to listen and understand the information. He engages his audience with real life examples on the topics, which makes it very relatable. I have throughly enjoyed this experience and the series of lectures.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-19

A very worthwhile listen!!!

This guy is great! There was so much content covered and comprehensively explained, yet it was simple enough to listen to in the car every day. If you are interested in learning about psychology, I highly recommend you start here.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-26-18

Dr Martin is delightful!

He is funny and offers the course in a very conversational way. Absolutely love it! Really good value!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-18

Wow that explains it.

The beginning is very hard and deep but persevere as it helps with the bulk of the book. Once you’re flowing through this set of lectures it’s great and the narrators style is easy to hear and enjoy. This book should be an essential for all to read or hear.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-17

Very informative

Really enjoyed the lecturer's explainations and relativeness. Very enjoyable way to learn the basics of psychology

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  • Smithy1
  • 08-08-19

A great speaker on a fascinating subject

David Martin speaks very well on psychology and is a pleasure to listen to. I look forward to enjoying this course again in the future.