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High School AP Psychology

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Immerse yourself in the scientific study of human behavior and cognition. Learn about notable figures and current psychological research utilizing new techniques and technologies. Investigate ethical considerations related to human and animal research. In this college-level course, you will learn about and apply important terms, concepts, and phenomena associated with each major area of psychology and enhance your critical thinking skills.

Segment One

Module 01 – Scientific Foundations of Psychology

  • The History of Psychology
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • The Experimental Method
  • Ethical Guidelines in Psychology
  • Statistical Analysis in Psychology

Module 02 – Biological Bases of Psychology

  • The Neuron
  • Neural Firing
  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine System
  • Tools for Examining the Brain
  • The Brain
  • Interaction of Heredity and Environment
  • Sleep, Dreams, and Psychoactive Drugs

Module 03 – Sensation and Perception

  • Principles of Sensation and Perception
  • Visual Sensation
  • Visual Perception
  • Auditory Anatomy and Perception
  • The Other Senses

Module 04 – Cognitive Psychology

  • Introduction to Memory
  • Encoding, Storing, and Retrieving
  • Forgetting and the Biological Bases of Memory
  • Introduction to Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Components of Language and Language Acquisition
  • Introduction to Intelligence
  • Psychometric Principles and Intelligence Testing

Module 05 – Learning

  • Introduction to Learning and Classical Conditioning
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Social and Cognitive Factors in Learning

Segment Two

Module 06 – Developmental Psychology

  • Life Span and Physical Development in Childhood
  • Cognitive Developmental in Childhood
  • Social Developmental in Childhood
  • Gender and Sexual Orientation
  • Adolescent and Moral Development
  • Adulthood and Aging

Module 07 – Motivation, Emotion, and Personality

  • Theories of Motivation
  • Specific Topics in Motivation
  • Theories of Emotion
  • Stress and Coping
  • Introduction to Personality and Psychoanalytic Theories
  • Humanistic Theories of Personality
  • Trait Theories and Measuring Personality
  • Behaviorism and Social Cognitive Theories of Personality

Module 08 – Clinical Psychology

  • Psychological Perspectives and Etiology of Disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental and Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders
  • Bipolar, Depressive, Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
  • Trauma- and Stressor-Related, Dissociative, and Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
  • Feeding and Eating and Personality Disorders
  • Psychological Perspectives and Treatment of Disorders
  • Behavioral, Cognitive, and Group Therapy and Evaluating Treatments
  • Treatment of Disorders from the Biological Perspective

Module 09 – Social Psychology

  • Attribution Theory, Attitude Formation, and Attitude Change
  • Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
  • Group Influences on Behavior and Mental Processes
  • Bias, Prejudice, and Discrimination
  • Altruism and Aggression
  • Interpersonal Attraction