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1.What is Psychology?
In this lesson, you will learn what psychology is and what you can do with these skills. You will also learn about the key players that contributed to the development of psychology as well as the major schools of thought within psychology.
2.What Really Happens in Therapy?
This lesson will teach you about the basics of psychological treatments and counseling, introduce you to different types of therapy, and teach you some basic therapeutic skills that you can apply to your everyday life.
3.Caring for Others
In lesson 3 you will learn about confrontation, multiple perspectives, and reframing the client's story, as well as influential skills. You will also learn about the five stages of microskill interviews and open communication.
4.Psychological is Biological
This lesson explores the role of the brain and nervous system in psychology, the structure of the brain and the function of the various regions of the brain, as well as how they impact your physiology and psychology. You will learn about neurons, neurotransmitters and chemicals, and their roles in psychology and daily functioning.
5.How Much of the Brain Do We Really Use?
This lesson will answer the question, how much of the brain do we really use? You will learn about the nervous system, the brain, as well as degenerative neural disorders.
In lesson 6 you will explore cognitive development, what it means and who contributed to this theory, as well as what their core principles were that contributed to cognitive development as we know it today. You will also delve into the nature versus nurture debate — does our environment determine who we are or is it our nature?
Lesson 7 looks at abnormal psychology. You will learn about the DSM-5, normality and abnormality which are concepts that not everyone will agree on. The DSM-5 categorises abnormal behaviours for the purpose of diagnosis.
In the final lesson of module 1, you will learn about social psychology. You will learn what social psychology is, its core social motives and key features. You will also explore 'ordinary personology' and social cognition. Why do people do what they do?
1.Attention and Consciousness
In this lesson, you will learn whether humans can actively process information even if we are not aware of doing so. Some of the functions of attention will be addressed in addition to some of the theories of attentional processes. Finally, we will investigate what cognitive psychologists have learned about attention by studying the human brain.
In this lesson, you will focus on visual perception. Core topics will include sensation and representation, theoretical approaches to perception and deficits in perception and how all of these are related to psychology.
This lesson introduces the student to some of the tasks used for studying memory, leading to the traditional model of memory. This model includes the sensory, short-term, and long-term memory storage systems. Alternative perspectives about memory will also be considered in addition to exceptional memory and insights provided by neuropsychology.
4.Knowledge Representation and Organisation
In this lesson, we will address knowledge representation in our brains, and how we organise it so that we can retrieve it and then use it. In addition, this lesson will describe a few models for representing procedural knowledge, which is knowledge about how to follow various procedural steps for performing actions.
5.Language: Nature and Acquisition
This lesson first briefly describes some of the general properties of language. The next topics discuss the process of language, including how we understand the meaning of particular words, and then how we structure words into meaningful sentences. The final section of this lesson elaborates the linguistic approach to language by describing how each of us has acquired at least one language. Language also brings up the nature-nurture debate, and it focuses on how acquired abilities interact with experience and these will be addressed in this lesson's final core objective.
6.Problem Solving and Creativity
This lesson considers the process of solving problems as well as some of the hindrances and aids to problem solving, the goal of which is to overcome obstacles obstructing the path to a solution. In many problems, we use our knowledge to solve them, however in other problems we use creative insights. Creativity may serve purposes other than that of being the goal of problem solving. All of the above will be discussed and presented in this lesson.
7.Decision Making and Reasoning
This lesson will adress the goal of judgement and decision making, which is to select from choices or to evaluate opportunities. The second section of this lesson addresses the various forms of reasoning. The goal of reasoning is to draw conclusions deductively from principles and inductively from evidence.
8.Human and Artificial Intelligence
In this lesson, you will learn about the definition of intelligence, the measures and structures of intelligence, and information processing and intelligence. Alternative approaches to intelligence will be addressed, such as the influence of the role of culture on intelligence, multiple intelligences, and finally we will enquire about whether intelligence can be improved and we will touch on artificial intelligence in the final part of the lesson.
1.The Psychology of Sexuality
This lesson will teach the student about the function that sex serves in society and how it is necessary for well-being of humans and not feeling alone and isolated. Sex is about connecting with another person and although it also serves us with the function of procreation it builds intimacy between partners. The problems of sex will also be discussed and how it may impact a relationship.
2.Early Childhood Development
In this lesson, the student will be taught how a child develops since before birth, up until adolescence. Complications at birth, together with early learning and motor skills in the infant will be addressed. The lesson will conclude with interesting facts about physical growth in the young child, the course of growth, brain development and factors affecting physical growth.
3.Psychosocial, Emotional and Moral Development
The goal of this lesson, in essence, is to provide the student with information regarding the development of a child's personality and social development and this entails the development of emotions, psychosocial, and moral development. The functions of emotions will be addressed, as well as the development of attachment, the development of the self-concept as well as morality.
This lesson aims to give the student knowledge about how language develops in the young child. The components of language will be discussed as well as theories of development of language. The prelinguistic stage will be addressed where the child gets ready to learn to talk. The lesson will conclude with the stages of language development.
In this lesson, you will learn about the development of sexuality in an adolescent, gender and adolescence, and the development and potential problems of adolescent behaviour.
6.Disorders Diagnosed During Childhood
In this lesson, you will be introduced to disorders that are generally diagnosed during childhood. The educator will describe these disorders to you in addition to providing you with the diagnostic criteria for meeting a specific diagnosis. Finally, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatry will be discussed in order for students to understand how a diagnosis is made.
7.The Family Life Cycle
In this lesson, you will learn about the family life cycle that every family go through. There are nine stages to the family life cycle and each will be described. In addition, any problems or potential problems that might arise in each of these life cycles will be discussed.
8.Concepts of Family and Family Therapy
The family will be discussed in this lesson. The definition of what makes a family and how everyday issues play out in family life. The core of this lesson will focus on the circular causality of family problems and family therapy from a structural family therapy approach will be discussed. Students will learn valuable informatoin about how problems originate in families and how they can be solved.
1.Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic and Other Cognitive Disorders
In this lesson, the student will learn about disorders such as Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic Disorders and other Cognitive Disorders. These disorders all have a biological cause and often occur in brain injured patients or the elderly.
2.Disorders of Mood
Mood disorders include depressive episodes, major depression and bipolar disorders. Characteristics of these disorders will be discussed as well as treatment options for such patients.
3.Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety is a symptom, however, if such symptoms persist and cause panic attacks we move into what we call anxiety disorders. Anxiety may have a variety of causes and are usually treated with psychotherapy as well as medication. The lesson will aim to give insight into anxiety and anxiety disorders and the treatment of those as well as diagnostic criteria for the various anxiety disorders.
4.Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders will be addressed in this lesson. These disorders are characterised by delusions and hallucinations and often have an organic cause, however, illegal drug use can also cause hallucinations and delusions. This lessone will explain the symptoms of such disorders, the diagnostic criteria and treatment options.
Eating disorders include bulimia and anorexia and other disorders. The statitistics of its occurrence will be discusssed as well as theoretical explanations for why someone develops such a disorder. These are not biological disorders, but rather psychological. The definition of each will be discussed as well as diagnostic criteria and treatment options.
The somatoform disorders are a group of psychological disorders in which a patient experiences physical symptoms that are inconsistent with or cannot be fully explained by any underlying general medical or neurologic condition. Such conditions are almost always psychological in nature. Examples of such conditions will be given, diagnostic criteria as well as treatment options.
Personality disorders are diagnosed after the age of 18 years. These disorders are divided and classified under certain clusters based on their symptoms and characteristics. These symptoms and clusters will be discussed, diagnostic criteria and treatment options.
8.Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology for Disorders
In this lesson, you will learn about the value of psychotherapy as well as the immense breakthroughs that have been made in terms of psychopharmacological treatments. You will be educated on types of psychological treatments with a stronger focus on introducing you to specific medication types that are prescribed for persons with mental disorders.