Introduction to Psychology

This course will highlight the most interesting experiments within the field of psychology, discussing the implications of those studies for our understanding of the human mind and human behavior. We will explore the brain and some of the cognitive abilities it supports like memory, learning, attention, perception and consciousness. We will examine human development - both in terms of growing up and growing old - and will discuss the manner in which the behavior of others affect our own thoughts and behavior. Finally we will discuss various forms of mental illness and the treatments that are used to help those who suffer from them. The fact of the matter is that humans routinely do amazing things without appreciating how interesting they are. However, we are also routinely influenced by people and events without always being aware of those influences. By the end of this course you will have gained a much better understanding and appreciation of who you are and how you work. And I can guarantee you that you'll learn things that you'll be telling your friends and family about, things that will fundamentally change the way you think of yourself and others. How can you resist that?!

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University of Toronto

Rating 4.8 based on 535 ratings
Length 13 weeks
Effort 18.5 hours videos and quizzes
Starts Feb 4 (next week)
Cost $49
From University of Toronto via Coursera
Instructor Steve Joordens
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science
Tags Social Sciences Psychology

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steve joorden in 51 reviews

One of the reason that I really enjoyed taking this course is the instructor of the course, Steve Joordens, who teaches very enthusiastically.

Steve Joordens is a rockstar of Psychology MOOC's - one of the best courses I have ever attended!

Dr. Steve Joordens is informative and interesting.

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Bravo à Prof Steve JOORDEN pour la clarté de ses explications et pour son enthousiasme.

The host, profesor Steve Joordens, brings the topics with such a enthusiasm that makes 10 weeks of course a pleasure to watch.

highly recommend in 28 reviews

If you have a gut for psychology and you don't know where to start from this is the course for you.I highly recommend it.

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highly recommended in 11 reviews

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Wonderfully delivered and highly recommended Phenomenal!

A highly recommended course by an exceptional inspirational teacher--Prof Steve Joorden I enjoyed everything about this course.

This course is highly recommended for everyone!

Those are minor issues, though, and overall this was a fantastic course - highly recommended.

prof. steve joordens in 8 reviews

Whats more to say other than huge thanks to Prof. Steve Joordens and all the people who made this MOOC possible !

Prof. Steve Joordens made it very interesting and I loved every subject.

Prof. Steve Joordens' lecturing is very interesting and fun.

It was beautiful the way Prof. Steve Joordens taught, his usage of examples made things about psychology so easy to understand and relate to even for someone like me who is typically from engineering background.

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Excellent Introductory course to Psychology by Prof. Steve Joordens!I recommend it for knowledge, excitement and fun!

In this course, psychology has been taught in a very lucid manner by Prof. Steve Joordens.

explained by Prof. Steve Joordens with real passion, a truly great communicator, with a deep knowledge of all topics in the course.

well structured in 8 reviews

Great course of lectures, informative, well structured.

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The course is well structured and doing the final assignment and reviewing peer assignments, was a great way to consolidate the learning.

The content was very well structured and the ideas were easily conveyed by the professor.

learnt a lot in 6 reviews

:DIt's a bit different from what i expected, but totally enjoyed it and I think I have learnt a lot from it.I did not like the first assignement though.

Learnt a lot of interesting theories and stories.

Really, I learnt a lot about brain, it's working, mental illness and treatment.

Simply amazing, learnt a lot!

the course was very enjoyable and I learnt a lot.

I learnt a lot about psychology as a science and of course applied it to my everyday life!


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University of Toronto

Rating 4.8 based on 535 ratings
Length 13 weeks
Effort 18.5 hours videos and quizzes
Starts Feb 4 (next week)
Cost $49
From University of Toronto via Coursera
Instructor Steve Joordens
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science
Tags Social Sciences Psychology