Full year course – 4 credits This course covers core concepts in psychology beginning with the use of the scientific method in research and the physiological basis for behavior. Topics covered first semester include perception, learning, memory, and states of consciousness. During the second semester the focus is on human growth and development, personality, stress and adjustment, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy, and social psychology. Class time is divided between lecture, films, discussions, experiments, and demonstrations. During the first semester, students take frequent unit tests, write a paper on a movie selected by the instructor, and write a five page research paper. Second semester, students take frequent unit tests, read two books on which papers are assigned, construct a personal time line, and write a seven page research paper. By special arrangement, students may prepare to take the Advanced Placement examination in Psychology. (2-4