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Course SummaryDemonstrate your understanding of psychology topics to future employers with this fun certificate program. In just a few weeks, you can earn an Introduction to Psychology Certificate by watching our short video lessons to boost your knowledge and taking multiple-choice quizzes and chapter tests.
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About This Course
Earn your Intro to Psychology Certificate in less than two weeks through fun and engaging video lessons that bring psychology concepts to life. You'll learn how memory distortion can lead people to remember events very differently from how they actually happened and how to use classical conditioning to influence behavior.
Who's This For?
This course could benefit individuals involved with teaching, social services, consumer relations, or any profession that involves daily interactions with people.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Benefits of the Certificate
A variety of benefits can result from completion of this course. You can:
- Appeal to current and potential employers by demonstrating your mastery of psychology concepts
- Potentially use this certificate to fulfill continuing education requirements
- Improve your social and professional interactions
- Strengthen your decision-making skills
Intro to Psychology Program Breakdown
The Intro to Psychology program is divided into 13 chapters. You'll start with a high-level overview of the study of psychology and then go deep into different areas of the field, such as learning and personality.
History and Approaches
This chapter starts with the definition of psychology and the history of the field. Learn different approaches and specializations used by psychologists over the last 150 years and understand the ethics of conducting experiments in psychology.
Biological Bases of Behavior
In this chapter, learn how the brain, nervous system, and endocrine system influence human behavior. This chapter includes details on the parts of the brain and other aspects of anatomy and physiology.
Sensation and Perception
This chapter teaches you about the five senses: taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound. You'll learn how the senses influence behavior as well as the scientific basis for how they work, such as the mechanics of hearing.
States of Consciousness
This chapter covers the spectrum of the states of consciousness, from dreaming to being under the influence of psychoactive drugs. You'll also learn about hypnosis, meditation and why we dream.
You'll learn the several different ways that humans learn behaviors and how outside conditions can reinforce these behaviors.
One of the most interesting topics in psychology is how we think, and these lessons cover everything from language acquisition to memory to intelligence testing.
Motivation and Emotion
Learn why humans get hungry, the different types of emotions we experience, and how the fight or flight response works.
Over the course of this chapter, you'll learn about prenatal development all the way up to the different parenting styles of adults. You'll also learn about different aspects of development, including cognitive and moral development.
What really influences personality? These lessons cover the genetic and environmental influences on human personality as well as the different ways to evaluate personality.
Social psychology covers the different ways humans interact with each other and the outside world. The lessons in this chapter will teach you about different aspects of this field, including attraction and aggression.
Psychological Disorders and Health
This chapter provides an overview of various psychological disorders and mental illnesses. Learn about the main types of disorders as well as a few specific mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia.
In this chapter, you'll learn the different strategies psychologists use to treat the disorders you learned about in the previous chapter. These lessons cover techniques such as group therapy and treatment through drugs.
Statistics, Tests and Measurement
Wrap up your Intro to Psychology certificate with an overview of psychology research methods and statistics, including types of research designs.
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