Overview

Nothing is more fascinating and mysterious to us than each other. How do people work? How do I work?

Students will learn to tackle these fundamental questions with the tools of psychological science. Students will learn about classic experiments in psychology, with the goal of getting a hands-on, experiential understanding of how people work and how psychologists study them. They will explore social dynamics; emotions; personality; mental illness; the nature of beliefs; neuroscience; and the relationship between the mind, brain, and body. As a capstone project, they will construct their own miniature psychology theory, design/run an experiment to test it, and present findings to the class.

By the end of the course, students will:
- Gain a hands-on understanding of how people can be studied through the lens of science
- Develop a broad sense of contemporary psychological theories and a deeper appreciation of their own minds
- Learn how to construct a novel psychological theory and design experiments to test it (Research Methods)
- Discover what psychology is like as a profession, as an academic or clinician

Learning Outcomes

  • Uncover the mystery of how the mind works, and examine the connection between the brain and human behavior.
  • Develop solutions to the complex questions of human behavior through hands-on activities such as a brain dissection and real-world experiments.
  • Understand treatment strategies for a variety of mental health issues that affect millions of individuals
  • Interact with clinical psychologists, neurologists and researchers who are experts in this specialized field.