June 19, 2023 June 29, 2023 6am - 9am PDT | 9am - 12pm EDT
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.
Students in this course will learn to understand human behavior through the lens of science. The focus of the course is on understanding research methods and experiment design.
Open to any high school student who will be entering freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year in Fall 2023. Space is limited. Each session is limited to 35 students per track.
Classes will be held via Zoom and facilitated in real-time by the instructor and a classroom coordinator.
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Real World Class Project
Throughout this course, students will work in small groups to design their own psychological experiment based on the formal experimental design.
Week 1: Students will kick off their week with a course orientation and begin learning about how to perform research and the scientific method. They will then explore the nature vs. nurture debate, memory, and learn more about the brain. They will finish the first week by learning about adaptive and maladaptive behaviors.
Week 2: In their second week, students will begin exploring consciousness and cognition. They will learn about common mental health issues, their origins and symptoms, and then they'll discuss various treatment strategies. Their second week will culminate with a final presentation about the experimental findings.