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This page focuses on the course 9.00 Introduction to Psychology as it was taught by Prof. John Gabrieli in Spring 2011.
Introduction to Psychology is designed to introduce you to the scientific study of human nature. Compared to other psychology courses, it places more emphasis on neuroscience and the scientific methods used to measure and understand the human mind. The course meets twice weekly for lectures that include in-class demonstrations. Topics include the mental and neural bases of perception, emotion, learning, memory, cognition, child development, personality, psychopathology, and social interaction. The class divides into twelve recitation sessions to discuss course topics each week.
Learn to think critically about psychological evidence and to evaluate its validity and its relevance to important issues.
This course helps students understand how humans work, how people tick. It provides a useful foundation for thinking about marketing, economic decision-making, and politics. As an introductory course, it prepares students for further study in fields such as neuroscience, developmental psychology, and social psychology.
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This large lecture hall features wooden tablet armchairs and a projector screen hidden from view.
The students' grades were based on the following activities:
During an average week, students were expected to spend 4 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
In the following pages, Prof. John Gabrieli describes various aspects of how he taught 9.00 Introduction to Psychology.