Principles of psychology emphasizing empirical approaches; theories and research on learning, individual differences, perception, social behavior.
Psychology is comprised of critical questions: Who am I? What affects my decision making and my understanding of human behavior? How much of my personality is genetically determined versus learned behavior? How is happiness defined across cultures? How do other people affect my behavior? In a course designed specifically for Semester at Sea, we will explore our questions through a cross-cultural introduction to the multi-faceted disciplines within the psychological sciences. Emphasizing empirical research and theories, our topics will include the brain and behavior, child and adolescent development, sensory processes, consciousness, memory, learning, emotional intelligence, personality, stress, abnormal behavior, social influence, health, and close relationships. This course will carefully evaluate the role of genetics and culture in shaping attitudes and human behavior and will include opportunities to integrate course material with social observations and learning experiences off the ship.
Field ClassCountry: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: February 20, 2019