Dec 092009
Lecture 1 – Introduction to Psychology

Professor Paul Bloom welcomes students and presents the course as a comprehensive introduction to the study of the human mind. Course readings and requirements are discussed.

The five main branches of psychology are presented:

  • neuroscience, which is a study of the mind by looking at the brain;
  • developmental, which focuses on how people grow and learn;
  • cognitive, which refers to the computational approach to studying the mind;
  • social, which studies how people interact; and
  • clinical, which examines mental health and mental illnesses.

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