PSK 102 introduction to psychology II

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Psychology has long past, yet its real history is short.

- Hermann Ebbinghaus

PSK 102 Introduction to Psychology II

Psychology has long past, yet its real history is short.” - Hermann Ebbinghaus

We cannot state a specific year when people talked about psychology of things around themselves. It appears that as Ebbinghaus stated, although psychology has a short written story, its past had begun with the evolution of the first human being. In this course, students will be able to get knowledge on how to look at different perspectives of psychology in order to solve the problems within each perspective. The basic topics include testing psychological research hypotheses and the theories of mind-body relationship. This course includes topics such as research methods, physiological bases of behavior, brain and behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, language and intelligence.

At the end of this course students will be able to;
1. Think both as a scientist and psychologist,
2. Differentiate between the different psychological approaches and analyze psychological issues from the perspective of these different approaches,
3. Follow through the several steps of assessment in investigating a certain psychological research hypothesis,
4. Accumulate knowledge on the theories and research regarding the normal and abnormal functioning of the brain, the senses and the mind, and develop habits of critical inquiry on related issues.

Reading List
Main Textbook: King, L. (2017). The Science of psychology: An appreciative view (4th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill.

Evaluation and Grading
Mid Term (%50)
Part A (20%): A multiple choice exam in the midterm week.
Part B (30%): An essay exam in the midterm week.

Final Exam (%50)
Part A (20%): A multiple choice exam.
Part B (30%): An essay exam.
(If you do not join 5 or more lectures you are going to receive F2 and will no be allowed to take the final exam.)

Course Plan

01 - Motivation
Read King's Book (Chapter 10 Motivation and Emotion, pp. 326 - 339)
- Theories of Motivation
- Hunger, Obesity, and Eating Disorders
- Approaches to Motivation in Everday Life

02 - Do You Feel Your Emotion?
Read King's Book (Chapter 10 Motivation and Emotion, pp. 339 - 349)
- Emotion

03 - What is Personality (Psychoanalysis)?
Read King's Book (Chapter 12 Personality, pp. 392 - 401)
- Psychodynamic Perspective

04 - What is Personality (Humanistic and Trait)?
Read King's Book (Chapter 12 Personality, pp. 401 - 409, 419-421)
- Humanistic Perspective
- Trait Perspectives
- Personality Assessment

05 - Do You Feel Blue?
Read King's Book (Chapter 04 Sensation and Percepiton, pp. 100 - 113)
- How We Sense and Perceive the World

06 - What is Reality in Percepion?
Read King's Book (Chapter 04 Sensation and Percepiton, pp. 113 - 123)
- The Visual System

07 - What is Scientific method?
Read King's Book (Chapter 02 Psychology's Scientific Method, pp. 25-47, 51-53)
- Psychology's Scientific Method
- Types of Psychological Research
- Research Samples and Settings
- Conducting Ethical Research