The Great Courses: Psychology
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  • Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior |  The Great Courses

    Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark Leary

    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.

    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 BryanW (Georgia)
  • The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience |  The Great Courses, Andrew Newberg

    The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Andrew Newberg
    • Narrated By Professor Andrew Newberg

    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?


    When a topic like Science and Religious Experience is the focus I have a little caution. Depending on the authors bias and preconceptions the results ..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 20 2014 by Amazon Customer ()
  • How We Learn |  The Great Courses

    How We Learn

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Monisha Pasupathi

    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.

    Not very useful

    I've really enjoyed several of The Great Courses, so I was particularly disappointed in this one given that I've come to expect so much from them.
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    Reviewed on July 24 2014 by Amazon Customer (TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States)
  • Theories of Human Development |  The Great Courses

    Theories of Human Development

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Malcolm W. Watson

    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

    Great CLEP review

    This is the first audible book I've used and I used it as preparation for the Human Growth and Development CLEP exam. I thought that the speaker spoke..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 11 2014 by Mark (Staten Island, NY, United States)
  • The Great Ideas of Psychology |  The Great Courses

    The Great Ideas of Psychology

    • ORIGINAL (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Daniel N. Robinson

    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.


    I teach these concepts to graduate students and still learned a lot. I also wrote Dr Robinson to thank him--and he wrote back.

    I cannot r..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 11 2015 by Shirley Stone (Maxwell AFB, AL USA)
  • Explaining Social Deviance |  The Great Courses

    Explaining Social Deviance

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Paul Root Wolpe

    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."

    Deviance is not as deviant as you might think!

    Don't know

    Reviewed on August 01 2014 by Kim Drnec (Washington DC)
  • Psychology of Human Behavior | The Great Courses

    Psychology of Human Behavior

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David W. Martin Ph.D. The Ohio State University

    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.

    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.

    Reviewed on April 25 2015 by TJ (AK United States)
  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement |  The Great Courses

    Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John Medina

    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.

    Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

    In all of creation, the least likely thing ever to be well understood is the human brain. Professor Medina spins what we know and the fuzzy parts we t..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 22 2015 by Charles (Easley, SC, United States)
  • Music and the Brain |  The Great Courses

    Music and the Brain

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Aniruddh D. Patel

    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.

    New Interesting Science

    Yes. There were many fascinating facts, and I don't remember them all. I love music, and want to understand it on every level.

    Reviewed on January 03 2016 by Steven (Arizona, USA)
  • How You Decide: The Science of Human Decision Making |  The Great Courses

    How You Decide: The Science of Human Decision Making

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ryan Hamilton

    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.

    Compelling and instructive

    This course walks you through the theories and knowledge regarding how the human brain approaches decision making. Learning the concepts made me think..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 02 2016 by Francy_B ()