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Introduction to Psychology

Winter semester 2010/2011


INSTRUCTOR

dr Jasia Pietrzak -- jasia@psych.uw.edu.pl


Office hours: Tuesdays 12-14 and 16-17 and by appointment in room 314

OVERVIEW

The goal of the course is to give you an overview of some of the exciting
topics in psychology, with an emphasis on the scientific study of behavior.
Because we have so few class sessions, and because psychology has so
many fascinating subfields, we will barely skim the surface of a few of them,
and skip others altogether. The idea is that you gain an understanding of
the range of topics that psychologists study, and the ways in which they do
it. An intro class of this sort should be treated somewhat like a language
course -- it's about learning the nomenclature and categories of the science
you are entering.

Mondays 10:15-11:45 and Wednesdays 13:45-15:15 and Fridays 10:1511:45


room 404/405
LECTURES
Attendance at lectures is strongly encouraged. If you cannot attend a
lecture, be sure to borrow notes from someone, as you may be tested on
material that is covered in lecture but is not in the textbook. Clarification
questions are welcome during lectures, as are questions of pure curiosity
even if tangential to the lecture topic. You will learn more psychology, more
easily, with more pleasure, if your mind is active during lectures compared
to simply taking notes like a stenographer with your mind turned off. Or
compared to staring off into the distance.
Lecture notes will are posted below. E-mail me if you have trouble
downloading them.

The textbook we will be using is

Psychology Second European Edition (2004) or Third European Edition


(2007)
TEXTBOOK
by NR Carlson, GN Martin, & W Biskist, published by Pearson Ed.
We will be supplementing this intro text with readings from Gustav
Ichheiser's "Misunderstandings in Human Relations", American Journal of
Sociology, 55, 1949. This set of readings is right here (in pdf format):
Ichheiser Part 0

Ichheiser Part 1

Ichheiser

Part 2
Ichheiser Part 3
Part 5

Ichheiser Part 4

Ichheiser Part 6

Ichheiser Bibliography

Ichheiser

Quizzes

GRADING

30% of your grade will be calculated based on your score on 5 of 7 short


quizzes held in-class throughout the semester. If you write all 7 quizzes,
your top 5 scores will go into the calculation. The purpose of these quizzes
is to motivate to you to keep up-to-date with the readings and to give you a
chance to practise the terminology that you are learning. Studying for these
quizzes will make studying for the exams much easier (as you will learn
when we discuss memory!). Quizzes will be made up of multiple-choice and
fill-in-the-blank questions.

Group project
20% of your grade will come from a group project. For these projects, the
class will be divided into groups of 4-5, each of which will prepare a 15-20minute in-class presentation based on the supplemental reading (Ichheiser,
downloadable above). Which aspect of the reading you choose to present is
up to you, as is how you choose to present it. The goal of this presentation
is that everyone has new understanding of the material we have all read.
You should focus on demonstrating or elaborating on something you think is
particularly important or interesting in Ichheiser's writings, and relate it to
the material covered in class, to real-life events, and to possible research
projects. Provoke the class to think. Each presentation should be
accompanied by a handout for the class. Half of the grade for this
presentation will come from the instructors; the other half will come from
the students. Click here to download the external group presentation
evaluation form (this may change!).

Click here to download ideas about making groupwork work.

Click here to download an internal grading sheet of group processes. If You


fill out this sheet and bring it to me signed by the other members of Your
group, I'll give You an extra point. Regardless of the evaluation itself. This is
a person-by-person thing, but You'll have to show the filled-out sheet to me
and risk talking to Your group members about the process to get their
signatures. Remember. This is an opportunity to get feedback that will help

You develop groupwork skills.

Exams
30% of your grade will come from your score on the midterm exam, and
20% will come from your score on the final exam. The final exam will *not*
be cumulative. The exams will be made up of many multiple-choice
questions and a few short-answer questions, based both on lectures and on
readings from the textbook. If for some non-trivial reason you cannot come
to one of the exams, you must let us know as soon as possible. Make-up
exams will be scheduled during the exam session in February.

SCHEDULE OF TOPICS*
W.6.X
W.13.X
F.15.X
W.20.X

READING

The science of
psychology
Research methods in
psychology

Chapter 1

Evolution, genetics
& behavior
Psychobiology &
neuroscience

Chapter 3

EVENTS

Chapter 2

Chapter 4

Quiz 1 (1/2/3)
HMs brain

F.22.X

Sensation

Chapter 5

M.25.X

Perception

Chapter 6

W.27.X

Learning & behavior

Chapter 7

F.29.X

Memory

Chapter 8

Consciousness

Chapter 9

M.15.XI

Quiz 2 (4/5)
FalseMemories
are scary
Quiz 3 (6/7/8)
Interesting
articles from the
NYT about
nightmares
and about the
mind

M.22.XI

Language

Chapter 10

W.1.XII

Intelligence &
thinking
MIDTERM

Chapter 11

Developmental
psychology

Chapter 12

W.8.XII
M.13.XII

Quiz 4 (9/10)
EXAM (1-11)

W.15.XII

Motivation &
emotion

Chapter 13

M.20.XII

Personality

Chapter 14

M.3. I

Social cognition &


attitudes

Chapter 15

W.5.I

Interpersonal &
group processes

Chapter 16

NYT on first
impressions

W.12.I

Health psychology

Chapter 17

Quiz 6
(14/15/16)

W.19.I

Abnormal
psychology

Chapter 18

Quiz 5 (12/13)

Great radio
show about
STRESS
Cool NYT piece
on diagnostics

And a little
something about
APD
F.21. I

Group presentations

Quiz 7 (17/18)

M.24. I

Review session

Teaching Evals

FINAL EXAM

EXAM (12-18)

M.31. I
(MAYBE)

* subject to change

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