Mr Neuzil's psychology class

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the science of the mind and behavior. The word "psychology" comes from the Greek word psyche meaning "breath, spirit, soul", and the Greek word logia meaning the study of something.

  • Psychology is a diverse discipline, grounded in science, but with nearly boundless applications in everyday life. Some psychologists do basic research, developing theories and testing them through carefully honed research methods involving observation, experimentation and analysis. Other psychologists apply the discipline's scientific knowledge to help people, organizations and communities function better.​
  • As psychological research yields new information, whether it's improved interventions to treat depression or how humans interact with machines, these findings become part of the discipline's body of  knowledge and are applied in work with patients and clients, in schools, in corporate settings, within the judicial system, even in professional sports.
  • Psychology is a doctoral-level profession. Psychologists study both normal and abnormal functioning and treat patients with mental and emotional problems. They also study and encourage behaviors that build  wellness and emotional resilience. Today, as the link between mind and body is well-recognized, more and more psychologists are teaming with other health care providers to provide whole-person health care for patients.

American Psychological Association 

Student Goals

 1. Develop an understanding of the major core concepts and theories of psychology.
2. Learn the basic skills of psychological research.
3. Apply psychological concepts to their own lives.
4. Build reading, writing, and discussion skills.
5. Learn about the ethical standards governing the work of psychologists.
6. Develop critical thinking skills.
7. Demonstrate and understanding of differences in individual and group behavior. 

units of study

Unit One: Scientific Inquiry Domain

  • Origins of Psychology as a Science
  • Psychological Perspectives
  • Psychological Research and Methods

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Unit Two: Biopsychology Domain

  • Nervous System
  • Endocrine System
  • The Brain
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Sleep and Dreams
  • Psychoactive Drugs

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Unit Three: Development and Learning Domain

  • Life Span Development
  • Learning
    • Classical Conditioning
    • Operant Conditioning
    • Observational Learning

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Unit Four: Cognition Domain

  • Information Processing
  • Forgetting and Memory
  • Intelligence 

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Unit Five: Individual Variations Domain

  • Personality
    • Psychodynamic Perspectives on Personality
    • Humanistic Perspectives on Personality
    • Trait Perspectives on Personality
    • Social-Cognitive Perspectives on Personality
  • Psychological Disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Mood Disorders
    • Dissociative Disorders
    • Schizophrenic Disorders
    • Personality Disorders

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Unit Six: Applications of Psychological Science Domain

 Treatment of Psychological Disorders

  • Psychological Therapies
  • Biomedical Therapies

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Unit Seven: Sociocultural Context Domain

  • Social Thinking
  • Social Influence
  • Social Relations

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Additional Materials on the Web

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