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General Psychology

Department: Social Sciences
Teachers: Michael Porterfield '73
Open to: Seniors
Length: 1 Semester

This is an introductory course in psychology designed to acquaint the student to the definition, history and goals of this rapidly evolving field. The class presents an understandable, yet thorough and accurate, picture of the major findings, methods and applications of psychology. Topics covered include; learning theory, memory formation, hemispheric separateness, perception, motivation, emotions, altered states of consciousness, developmental theory, stress, personality theory and abnormal behavior, as well as the work of major psychologists. Psychology is shown as a rigorous and comprehensive science whose fundamental aspects apply to the individual and society.

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