University of Pennsylvania
University of Chicago
Think you want to study Psychology? Let’s find out before you invest the time and money in a four year program! This EXPLOREMYX is designed to introduce you to a variety of the courses required for a major in Psychology. In general, Psychology studies the relationships between thought, attitude, and behavior, both individual and social. We love the field of psychology because it is so interdisciplinary. Psychology is a fascinating way of gaining understanding of the overall human condition and better understanding yourself and those around you.
PLEASE NOTE: You have the choice of Wesleyan: Social Psychology or The University of Chicago: Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life. In addition, the Yale University course, The Science of Wellbeing is optional.
What are people most afraid of? What do our dreams mean? Are we natural-born racists? What makes us happy? What are the causes and cures of mental illness? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, persuasion, emotions, and social behavior. We will look at how these aspects of the mind develop in children, how they differ across people, how they are wired-up in the brain, and how they break down due to illness and injury.
Introduction to the basic concepts of psychology
Topics such as perception, communications, emotions and social behavior
How the mind develops in children
How the brain is wired and how it reasons
Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman—renowned worldwide as the “father of Positive Psychology”—has led visionary leaps in the scientific research, empirical data and personal understandings of human flourishing. This course explores the past, present and future of positive psychology as a journey through the key scientific leaps led by Dr. Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center and Master of Applied Positive Psychology program.
Understand the scientific foundations of Positive Psychology
Explain how skills of well-being can be learned and taught
Describe why mind and body flourish together
Discuss inspiring new developments in the field of Positive Psychology
Each of us is dealt a different hand in life, but we all face similar questions when it comes to human behavior: What leads us to like one person and dislike another? How do conflicts and prejudices develop, and how can they be reduced? Can psychological research help protect the environment, and if so, how? This course offers a brief introduction to classic and contemporary social psychology, covering topics such as decision making, persuasion, group behavior, personal attraction, and factors that promote health and well-being.
Our focus will be on surprising, entertaining, and intriguing research findings that are easy to apply in daily life. The course will also draw from the websites of Social Psychology Network, the world's largest online community devoted to social psychology. I hope you'll join me for this course, have fun, and learn some useful information that enriches your life.
What leads us to like one person and dislike another?
How do conflicts and prejudices develop, and how can they be reduced?
Can psychological research help protect the environment, and if so, how?
A brief introduction to classic and contemporary social psychology
Learn how the nervous system produces behavior, how we use our brain every day, and how neuroscience can explain the common problems afflicting people today. We will study functional human neuroanatomy and neuronal communication, and then use this information to understand how we perceive the outside world, move our bodies voluntarily, stay alive, and play well with others.
How the nervous system produces behavior
How we use our brain every day
How neuroscience can explain the common problems afflicting people today
Economics, psychology, and neuroscience are converging today into a unified discipline of Neuroeconomics with the ultimate aim of creating a single, general theory of human decision-making.
Neuroeconomics provides biologists, economists, psychologists and social scientists with a deeper understanding of how they make their own decisions and how others decide. Neuroscience, when allied with psychology and economics, creates powerful new models to explain why we make decisions. Neurobiological mechanisms of decision-making, decisions under risk, trust and cooperation will be central issues in this course. You will be provided with the most recent evidence from brain-imaging techniques (fMRI, TMS, etc.) and introduced to the explanatory models behind them.
The course does not require any prior study of economics and neuroscience; however, it might require you to study novel interdisciplinary materials. The course provides an introduction to the methodology, assumptions, and main findings of Neuroeconomics. This course will help you to start your progress in the field of Neuroeconomics and to further develop your skills during other more advanced courses and trainings in the future. For some topics, the course will also provide supplementary videos to reveal the opinions of leading experts in the field. Each module provides optional reading material.
Powerful new models to explain why we make decisions
Neurobiological mechanisms of decision-making
The most recent evidence from brain-imaging techniques (fMRI, TMS, etc.)
Introduced to the explanatory models behind neurobiology
In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.
This work totals 146 hours over the course of 15 weeks
Please note that MYX will enroll you in these courses before the start of term.
University of Pennsylvania
University of Chicago