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The World of Psychology: 

The World of Psychology


Ah, so you are interested in the world of Psychology. I’m glad to hear it. After all, by studying psychology we will learn more about ourselves and others, and this knowledge and these insights can be helpful in improving all areas of our lives. But what do we psychologists study? You might be surprised. Let ’s move on and see.


When introducing students to psychology, we usually start with a look back. That is, we learn about the roots of psychology. We also learn about the different research methods we employ to gain knowledge about how people/animals behave and think. I should point out that psychology isn’t just about studying humans. We study animal behavior as well.


Another area of research involves studying how biology impacts behavior. For example, did you know that without neurons you wouldn’t be able to do anything? You see, neurons allow communication to occur throughout the body. This is only one of the things you’ll learn about while studying the relationship between biology and behavior.


We also tackle the topic of consciousness, including alternate states of consciousness. Which brings me to one of my favorite pastimes…sleeping. That’s right, we psychologists study sleeping, dreaming, and why we sleep/dream. Of course, we also study sleep disorders. Did you know that the most common sleep disorder is insomnia?


Everyone knows that people learn, but how do we learn? That’s another area of interest to us psychologists. Where do Pavlov’s dogs fall into this? To find out, sign up for PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology


It seems I’m having trouble remembering the other areas we study in psychology. Oh, having trouble remembering has reminded me of what I had forgotten. We study memory. Now how could I have forgotten that? We psychologists also study intelligence. These are a couple more topics you can learn about in PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology


Psychologists also study child development, and issues of parenting, siblings, and peer influences. How do our experiences in childhood affect the people we become? If you are interested in children and childhood development you would enjoy PSY 207 – Child Psychology


And what about the adolescent years? What do psychologists know about this? Why do teenagers do the things they do, how does this stage of life shape and affect our future selves, and how can parents best approach this sometimes challenging period? You can learn all about the unique stage of adolescence in our PSY 216 – Adolescent Psychology


In terms of human development, we study the entire life span, from conception through death. There are many areas to study here, from how we start to develop once an egg has been fertilized all the way up until death. For a broad overview of all of the many interesting issues of psychology across the entire lifespan you should take PSY 209 – Human Growth and Development


Adult development and aging is a relatively new area of psychology. This course covers many topics, from the physical and emotional changes people experience as they age to separating fact from fiction as it pertains to the beliefs many people have about the elderly.   If you are interested in learning about what you have to look forward to as you age, sign up for PSY 217 – Adult Development and Aging


Why do we do the things we do and feel the way we feel? Psychologists try to find the answers to these questions by conducting research in areas pertaining to motivation and emotion. Why? Well, perhaps we are motivated to research these areas because it makes us feel good.


Are you getting stressed thinking about all the topics we cover in psychology, and knowing that there are more to come? Then you might be interested in knowing that we also research the impact that stress can have on our physical well being. Can you say psychoneuroimmunology?


How have you become the person you are today? There is no doubt that your parents played a significant role. If you are interesting in learning more about parenting and the special challenges facing today’s parents, you might consider enrolling in PSY 218 – Psychology of Parenting


Here’s a question for you. What is it about you that really makes you unique? Give up? It’s your personality. While many people share the same personality traits as you, no one has, or will ever have, your exact personality. If how we develop our unique personalities is of interest to you, you would enjoy PSY 220 – Personality Theory


That brings us to the psychological disorders. Did you know that we each display tendencies toward a disorder or two?   Did you know that there are numerous psychotherapies, all of which attempt to help a person function in a more adaptive way? To learn more about these fascinating topics you should take PSY 203 – Abnormal Psychology


How does the group influence the individual? How can an individual influence a group? Why do we conform? Why, when under the guise of anonymity, do we become capable of doing things we never thought we’d be capable of? These are some of the questions psychologist study in the field of social psychology.   For a better understanding of these interesting questions, you should take PSY 210 – Social Psychology


And what about the psychology of relationships? Why do we wind up with the people we do, and what makes a relationship healthy and rewarding? How do our families, our personal experiences, and our culture influence our experience of such things as sex, gender, and love? For more on this you should take our fascinating class PSY 223 – Human Sexuality


I hope you have enjoyed this little tour, and that it has encouraged you to take some courses in Psychology. In my opinion, one should never pass up the opportunity to learn a little more about oneself and others, and courses in Psychology allow us to do that.

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