The Great Courses: Psychology

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Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior Publisher's Summary

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. And many fields - including philosophy, psychology, and even theology - are focused on finding explanations. But it's only in recent decades that researchers can finally approach, understand, and solve the mysteries of emotion, thought, and behavior - solutions that help each of us to better know ourselves and the people around us. The result is not only a more solid understanding of what it means to be human, but a stronger foundation from which to live more effectively with others and to grasp their intricate behaviors and quirks.

Now you can gain those benefits through a series of 24 intriguing lectures from an award-winning teacher. Professor Leary takes you on a fascinating journey into the complex heart of who you are, using the latest theories, case studies, experiments, and stories to cast light on a wide variety of human behaviors, both ordinary and puzzling.

Throughout these lectures, you'll learn about the various interacting forces that influence your behavior. These include your genetic blueprint, your personal experiences, your upbringing, and the people and social groups that surround you.

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    • Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark Leary
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I wanted to like this course

    • By Diane Tincher on 08-06-18

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    • The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience

    • By: Andrew Newberg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Andrew Newberg
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-20-14

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    • How We Learn

    • By: Monisha Pasupathi, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Monisha Pasupathi
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not very useful

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-24-14

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    • Theories of Human Development

    • By: Malcolm W. Watson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Malcolm W. Watson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
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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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great CLEP review

    • By Mark on 02-11-14

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    • The Great Ideas of Psychology

    • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
    • Length: 23 hrs and 27 mins
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How did Psychology come to be what it is now?

    • By Carrie on 05-10-14

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    • Explaining Social Deviance

    • By: Paul Root Wolpe, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Paul Root Wolpe
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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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."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent content, though outdated

    • By MsTurkish on 11-29-15

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    • Psychology of Human Behavior

    • By: David W. Martin, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David W. Martin
    • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
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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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Should be titled Intro to Psychology

    • By QuantumNorth on 01-03-18

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    • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

    • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John Medina
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
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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.

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    • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

    • By Charles on 07-22-15

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    • Music and the Brain

    • By: Aniruddh D. Patel, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Aniruddh D. Patel
    • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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    Music is an integral part of humanity. Every culture has music, from the largest society to the smallest tribe. Its marvelous range of melodies, themes, and rhythms taps in to something universal. Babies are soothed by it. Young adults dance for hours to it. Older adults can relive their youth with the vivid memories it evokes. Music is part of our most important rituals, and it has been the medium of some of our greatest works of art.

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    • New Interesting Science

    • By Steven on 01-03-16

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    • How You Decide: The Science of Human Decision Making

    • By: Ryan Hamilton, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ryan Hamilton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
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    In How You Decide: The Science of Human Decision Making, Professor Ryan Hamilton, associate professor of marketing at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, uses research revealed via the scientific method to understand and explain human decision making. While his easygoing manner and anecdotes about surprising and bizarre choices will keep you enthralled, Professor Hamilton also shares what decision science has revealed through empirically tested theories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling and instructive

    • By Francy_B on 12-02-16

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