Boston Leadership Institute: Intro to Psychology

Overview

Intro to Psychology is a fun and fast overview of the subject with hands-on experiments and research activities. Students will get to sample the major fields of psychology such as cognition and memory, personality and individual differences, lifespan development, neuroscience, and social psychology.

Students can complete tests and games that put their abstract and combinatorial reasoning skills to the test and help improve their performance. Optical illusions will also be used to provide insight into sensory perception. Memory games can be played to learn tips and techniques that almost instantly double or triple certain types of memory.

That's why activities centered on distraction and attention span can help illustrate research methods on the subject matter. Students will make tables, charts, and graphs for their experiments and may even use Chi-squares and t-tests to ascertain where difference across conditions are pronounced.

After that, students will complete a diagnostic questionnaire to see where they fall on major personality dimensions. They will then collect data, create their own measures, and use statistics like correlations and regressions to examine their hypothesized relationships as personality variables appear. Developmental psychology tasks will focus on changes during the teenage years.

Friendship patterns, personality, moral reasoning, and problem-solving patterns all show striking changes from adolescence to early adulthood. Teens will complete questionnaires and surveys to see how they have changed and where they are heading. Finally, students will examine the brain using models from neuroscience and anatomy. They might even create their own models to visualize parts of the brain and its functions.

Students can use casts of skulls to compare the brains of humans to those of other species too. They will learn about GroupThink and how to persuade someone successfully using psychology. Combined, the course will show students why psychology is one of the most popular college majors with jobs ranging from marketing and advertising to human resources and management.

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