Author: Erin Beaumont, PhD

Abstract: The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to basic psychology from perception and sensation to the concepts of personality, self-concept, and self-esteem.

Audience: Community college and high school students

Chapter 1 defines  psychology in psychological science. This is followed by the study of the living brain.

Chapter 2 distinguishes between perception and sensation. The Gestalt principle of perception and Maslow’s needs hierarchy is reviewed.

Chapter 3 discusses the classical conditioning process and identifies relevant vicarious learning observers. Also, the various elements of cognition are discussed.

Chapter 4 defines developmental psychology and describes the research methods of developmental psychology. Social and emotional development is discussed as well as the various researchers in this area.

Chapter 5 discusses the concepts of personality, self-concept and self-esteem. The diagnostic and statistical manual is reviewed, and its utility is discussed.