COURSE OUTLINE:

This course conforms to the American Psychological Association’s recommended guidelines for a high school psychology course.

I. Introduction to Psychology
A. What is Psychology?
B. Research Methods
C. Ethical Issues in Research
D. Major Psychological Perspectives

II. Personality
A. Psychodynamic Theories
B. Humanistic Theories

III. Social Psychology
A. Social Cognition
B. Attitude Formation
C. Interpersonal Attraction
D. Social Influence: Conformity, Compliance and Obedience
E. Aggression, Prejudice and Discrimination
F. Social Action: Deindividuation and Altruism

IV. The Biological Basis of Behavior
A. Neurons: the Messengers
B. The Central Nervous System
C. The Peripheral Nervous System
D. The Endocrine System

V. States of Consciousness
A. Daydreaming
B. Sleeping and Dreaming
C. Sensory Deprivation
D. Meditation and Hypnosis
E. Drug-altered Consciousness

VI. Learning and Memory
A. Classical Conditioning
B. Operant Conditioning
C. Cognitive Learning
D. Social Learning
E. Theories of Memory

VII. Human Development across the Life Span
A. Physical Development
B. Social Development
C. Moral Development
D. Cognitive Development
E. Gender Differences
F. Death, Dying and Grieving

VIII. Abnormal Behavior
A. Definition of abnormal
B. Anxiety Disorders
C. Personality Disorders
D. Schizophrenic Disorders
E. Mood Disorders
F. Somatoform and Psychophysiological Disorders
G. Dissociative Disorders

IX. Treatments and Therapies
A. Insight Therapies
B. Behavior Therapies
C. Cognitive Therapies
D. Group Therapies
E. Effectiveness of Psychotherapy
F. Biological Treatments

X. Testing and Intelligence
A. Personality tests
B. Intelligence tests
C. Theories of Intelligence
D. Emotional Intelligence