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Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Introduction to Psychology
Audio Lectures and Notes
For each lecture, students are given a brief handout containing an outline, key questions, and points to ponder. Slides on visual perception and attention are also presented for lectures 4 and 5.
1: The Brain: Between the Ears, Behind the Eyes
2: Motivation and Emotion: "Reason Alone Cannot Move Us To Do Anything"
3: Learning: The Power of Association
4: Sensing: Gathering the Information
5: Attending: Limiting the Information
6: Perceiving: Interpreting the Information
7: Memory: What Do You Remember?
8: Cognition: How Do You Think?
9: Cognitive Development: How Do Children Think?
11: Language Development: What Do Children Say?
12: Intelligence: How Do We Know You Are Smart?
13: The Battle of the Sexes: Love and Evolution
14: Social Exchange: Romantic Economics
15: Attitudes and Behaviors: How Can We Be Controlled?
16: Who Are you? The Psychology of the Self
17: From Dissociation To Repression
18: Freud and Fairy Tales
19: Sleep and Dreams
20: Defining Mental Illness: Are Suicide Bombers Insane?
21: Causing Mental Illness: What Can Make You "Lose" Your Mind?
22: Successful Disasters: Eating Disorders
23: Successful Disasters: Date Rape
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