Intro to Psychology with Chris Grace

Video Lectures

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Lecture 1
What is Psychology?
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What is Psychology?
Dr. Chris Grace introduces his class to the topic of psychology. With various examples, he explains what sort of human behaviors psychology is interested in studying. Dr. Grace has his class contribute with examples from their own experience.
Lecture 2
Psychology and Its Mysteries
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Psychology and Its Mysteries
Dr. Chris Grace explains the questions and topics that psychology seeks to answer. He presents a number of questions aimed at popular notions of psychology and shares their sometimes surprising results. Dr. Grace teases a handful of topics that will be presented later in his course.
Lecture 3
What Does Psychology Seek to Accomplish?
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What Does Psychology Seek to Accomplish?
Dr. Chris Grace explains the goals of psychology and gives a brief overview of the variety of perspectives that exist in the field. He shares some of the assumptions that underly much of modern science and explains how Christian assumptions play an equally valid role.
Lecture 4
History of Psychology
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History of Psychology
Dr. Chris Grace explains the history of psychology. He describes its development out of philosophy and medical science as well as the early ideas that existed at the start of the field. Dr. Grace also breifly discusses who is considered a psychologist and the range of jobs in psychology that exist today.
Lecture 5
How is Psychology Practiced? Part 1
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How is Psychology Practiced? Part 1
Dr. Chris Grace discusses the methodology behind the study of psychology. He explains that psychology is rooted in empericism and skepticism, and that together these seek to find reliable data and answers to questions of the mind. Dr. Grace uses a handful of examples to demonstrate how a third variable often comes to play in correlated data.
Lecture 6
How is Psychology Practiced? Part 2
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How is Psychology Practiced? Part 2
Dr. Chris Grace describes the principles of correlation and causation. He shares a number of ways that observation is used to collect data. Dr. Grace goes on to explain how experimentation can be used to isolate specific variables and determine whether a correlation is related causally.
Lecture 7
Neuroscience Part 1: Introduction to Neuroscience
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Neuroscience Part 1: Introduction to Neuroscience
Dr. Chris Grace introduces the topic of neuroscience. He explains some of the basic biology behind the nervous system and how this plays a role in psychology. Dr. Grace speaks briefly about addictive behaviors as they relate to neuroscience.
Lecture 8
Neuroscience Part 2: Neurotransmitters
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Neuroscience Part 2: Neurotransmitters
Dr. Chris Grace describes the function of neurons in the human nervous system. He explains how neurotransmitters work and how electrical and chemical impulses are relayed between neurons. Dr. Grace explains how drugs affect these electro-chemical processes.
Lecture 9
Neuroscience Part 3: Organization of the Brain
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Neuroscience Part 3: Organization of the Brain
Dr. Chris Grace describes the organization of the human brain. He explains where certain functions are localized and how affecting these locales can result in significant behavioral changes. Dr. Grace also discusses the plasticity of the brain.
Lecture 10
Child Development Part 1: Pre-Natal and Newborn
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Child Development Part 1: Pre-Natal and Newborn
Dr. Chris Grace describes the earliest stages of brain development in pre-natal and newborn people. He explains several of the brain functions that manifest early on and even some of the personal qualities that seem to be genetic. Dr. Grace differentiates between nature and nurture in psychological development.
Lecture 11
Child Development Part 2: Childhood to Adolescence
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Child Development Part 2: Childhood to Adolescence
Dr. Chris Grace discusses early development of the mind in children and adolescents. Two three-year old children join him for some general questions and exercises that demonstrate their still-developing ideas of object permanence, reversability, and state-of-mind. Dr. Grace explains the general stages of development through adolescence.
Lecture 12
Introduction to Basic Sensations
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Introduction to Basic Sensations
Dr. Chris Grace describes how people come to understand the world around them through sensations and perception. He relates these principles to the abilities of human attention. Dr. Grace goes on to explain how the mind processes sensory data using constructive perception.
Lecture 13
Basic Sensations and Chemical Sensations
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Basic Sensations and Chemical Sensations
Dr. Chris Grace discusses sensation thresholds and the impact of sensations below the threshold of perception. He explains how subliminal communication works and why it is ineffective in changing behavior. Dr. Grace speaks out about the senses of taste and smell and how they are used by the human mind.
Lecture 14
ESP and Perception
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ESP and Perception
Dr. Chris Grace discusses perception and considers whether it is possible to have perception without sensation. He uses a variety of illusions to highlight the organizational structures in the mind. Dr. Grace explains how and why perception often fails to reflect reality.
Lecture 15
Consciousness Part 1: Variations and Rhythms
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Consciousness Part 1: Variations and Rhythms
Dr. Chris Grace speaks about the various levels of consciousness that humans experience. He describes the cycles that the brain regulates in the body and how often these generally occur. Dr. Grace begins to discuss sleep and how it affects the brain.
Lecture 16
Consciousness Part 2: Sleep Stages and Deprivation
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Consciousness Part 2: Sleep Stages and Deprivation
Dr. Chris Grace explains the purpose and function of sleep as well as the effects of sleep deprivation. He discusses the various stages of sleep and shares how the body responds to a lack of a particular stage of sleep. Dr. Grace points out a number of questions that still remain with regard to sleep.
Lecture 17
Consciousness Part 3: Dreams, Disorders and Hypnosis
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Consciousness Part 3: Dreams, Disorders and Hypnosis
Dr. Chris Grace discusses dreaming and the variety of theories that exist to explain why dreams happen. He also explains numerous sleep disorders and how they can be treated. Dr. Grace also discusses hypnosis and relates it to the principal of dissociation.
Lecture 18
Learning: Classical Conditioning
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Learning: Classical Conditioning
Dr. Chris Grace describes classical conditioning and its modern applications. He explains how classical conditioning is used to train animals and discusses the experiments of Pavlov. Dr. Grace shares how conditioning is used for behavioral adjustment.
Lecture 19
Introduction to Memory
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Introduction to Memory
Dr. Chris Grace explains how memories are created, stored, and recalled in the human mind. He describes the plasticity of memory and shares a number of stories that demonstrate memories being created or altered. Dr. Grace discusses memory disorders and qualities of memories that make them more or less memorable.
Lecture 20
Introduction to Emotions
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Introduction to Emotions
Dr. Chris Grace discusses the mental and bodily processes of human emotions. He explains that facial expression is used both to communicate and receive emotions. Dr. Grace describes the six primary universal emotions that are constant in all human cultures.
Lecture 21
Personality Part 1: Introduction
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Personality Part 1: Introduction
Dr. Chris Grace discusses human personality. He explains how it is defined and studied by psychologists and some of the tools psychologists use to measure it. Dr. Grace shares the significance of personality and why it is important to psychology.
Lecture 22
Personality Part 2: Psychoanalysis
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Personality Part 2: Psychoanalysis
Dr. Chris Grace describes Freudian psychology. He discusses the concepts of id, ego, and superego and explains how they function in Freud's concept of the mind. Dr. Grace explains how these ideas shaped future psychology and how they have developed since they were conceived.
Lecture 23
Psychological Disorders Part 1: Introduction
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Psychological Disorders Part 1: Introduction
Dr. Chris Grace discusses psychological disorders. He gives the percentage of people affected by psychological disorders and poles his class to see what their own experience has been with these issues. Dr. Grace explains the very specific criteria for psychological abnormality.
Lecture 24
Psychological Disorders Part 2: Anxiety
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Psychological Disorders Part 2: Anxiety
Dr. Chris Grace discusses anxiety, a very common psychological disorder, as well as some of its more rare variants. He defines anxiety and explains anxiety disorder, phobias, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Lecture 25
Psychological Disorders Part 3: Schizophrenia
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Psychological Disorders Part 3: Schizophrenia
Dr. Chris Gace describes schizophrenia. He explains the nature of the disease and its various symptoms. Dr. Grace shares a number of his own experiences working with schizophrenic individuals and discusses the difference between a clinical illness and a spiritual oppression.
Lecture 26
Psychological Disorders Part 4: Mood Disorders
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Psychological Disorders Part 4: Mood Disorders
Dr. Chris Grace discusses mood disorders, inlcuding mania, depression, and bipolar disorder. He explains the symptoms of each of these disorders and what factors are known to increase the risk of these diseases. Dr. Grace gives particular attention to depression and explains the differences between major depression and normal sadness.
Lecture 27
Therapy
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Therapy
Lecture 28
Health Psychology
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Health Psychology
Lecture 29
Social Psychology
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Social Psychology