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Psychology of Human Behavior Lecture

Psychology of Human Behavior

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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
    TJ 04-25-15 Member Since 2013

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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carns 03-30-17
    Carns 03-30-17 Member Since 2015
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jon B. 01-13-16
    Jon B. 01-13-16 Member Since 2014
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Reynir Orn Bachmann Gudmundsson Reykjavik, Iceland 08-11-15
    Reynir Orn Bachmann Gudmundsson Reykjavik, Iceland 08-11-15 Member Since 2017
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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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin 03-30-16
    Dustin 03-30-16 Member Since 2015
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila 09-28-15
    Sheila 09-28-15
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    "Headline is most certainly not optional"

    Professor Martin was humorous and knowledgeable. He uses many real-world examples which makes for a more interesting experience. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an all-encompassing psychology course.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsie 06-29-15
    Chelsie 06-29-15 Member Since 2014
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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.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    fatima houston, tx, US 04-05-17
    fatima houston, tx, US 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    Every chapter is well defined and well explained. Will listen over and over again. Highly recommended

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    Brandon 09-14-16
    Brandon 09-14-16 Member Since 2014
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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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    barrie 04-03-16
    barrie 04-03-16
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    "Should be short course for all secondary students"

    Great listen broad spectrum of the field of psychology. A brilliant intro to the field with accurate upto date discussion on the latest techniques

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  • J Carrington
    North Yorkshire, UK
    7/7/14
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    "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!


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant. Will look out for more from this series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Niall
    11/30/14
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    "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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lazmac
    5/7/16
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    "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


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ania
    4/29/15
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • shikha
    4/24/16
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    4/6/16
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    "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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/2/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sandie
    1/20/16
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    "Interesting and informative"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Florentino Quintero
    Monterrey, Mexico
    5/25/15
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    "Introductory course"

    The lecture is good, it will give you an overview of the subject. It doesn't go deep into specific areas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tony C (London)
    West London
    10/18/14
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    "Excellent"

    It took weeks to get through this. He is a brilliant lecturer. Inevitably there are aspects you won't be so interested in, for example, the workings of the eye. But overall, highly recommended.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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