Psychology - Audio
By Paul Bloom
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(PSYC 110) What do your dreams mean? Do men and women differ in the nature and intensity of their sexual desires? Can apes learn sign language? Why can’t we tickle ourselves? 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, religion, persuasion, love, lust, hunger, art, fiction, and dreams. 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. This class was recorded in Spring 2007.
||01 - Introduction||Professor Paul Bloom welcomes students and presents the course as a comprehensive introduction to the study of the human mind. Course readings and requirements are discussed. The five main branches of psychology are presented: neuroscience...||10/14/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||02 - Foundations: This Is Your Brain||This lecture introduces students to two broad theories of how the mind relates to the body. Dualism is the ubiquitous and intuitive feeling that our conscious mind is separate from our physical bodies, whereas Materialism is the idea that all of our ...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||03 - Foundations: Freud||This lecture introduces students to the theories of Sigmund Freud, including a brief biographical description and his contributions to the field of psychology. The limitations of his theories of psychoanalysis are covered in detail, as well as the ways...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||04 - Foundations: Skinner||Professor Bloom opens with a brief discussion of the value and evolutionary basis of unconscious processing. The rest of this lecture introduces students to the theory of Behaviorism, particularly the work of prominent behaviorist, B. F. Skinner.||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||05 - What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought||This lecture explores issues and ideas related to the branch of psychology known as cognitive development. It begins with an introduction of Piaget who, interested in the emergence of knowledge in general, studied children and the way they learn...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||06 - How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth and the Hands||One of the most uniquely human abilities is the capacity for creating and understanding language. This lecture introduces students to the major topics within the study of language: phonology, morphology, syntax and recursion. This lecture also...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||07 - Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Language (cont.); Vision and Memory||This lecture finishes the discussion of language by briefly reviewing two additional topics: communication systems in non-human primates and other animals, and the relationship between language and thought. The majority of this lecture is then spent on...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||08 - Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Vision and Memory (cont.)||In this lecture, Professor Bloom reviews the basic psychological research on memory. Specific topics covered include the different memory types, memory limitations, strategies that improve memory, and memory disorders. This lecture also includes...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||09 - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Love (Guest Lecture by Professor Peter Salovey)||Guest lecturer Peter Salovey, Professor of Psychology and Dean of Yale College, introduces students to the dominant psychological theories of love and attraction. Specific topics include the different types of love, the circumstances...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||10 - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Evolution and Rationality||This lecture introduces students to the study of psychology from an evolutionary perspective, the idea that like the body, natural selection has shaped the development of the human mind. Prominent arguments for and against the theory...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||11 - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions, Part I||This class is an introduction to the evolutionary analysis of human emotions, how they work, why they exist, and what they communicate. In particular, this lecture discusses three interesting case studies, that of happiness...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||12 - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions, Part II||Professor Bloom continues the discussion of emotions as useful evolutionary adaptations for dealing with our social environment. In particular, this lecture describes evolutionary explanations for several important emotional responses...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||13 - Why Are People Different?: Differences||Why are people different from one another? This lecture addresses this question by reviewing the latest theories and research in psychology on two traits in particular: personality and intelligence. Students will hear about how these traits are...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||14 - What Motivates Us: Sex||This lecture reviews what evolutionary theories and recent studies in psychology can tell us about sex and gender differences. Students will hear how psychology can help explain many of the differences that exist in whom we find attractive...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||15 - A Person in the World of People: Morality||Professor Bloom provides an introduction to psychological theories of morality. Students will learn how research in psychology has helped answer some of the most central questions about human morality. For instance, which emotion...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||16 - A Person in the World of People: Self and Other, Part I||This is the first of two lectures on social psychology, the study of how we think about ourselves, other people, and social groups. Students will hear about the famous "six degrees of separation" phenomenon and how it illuminates important....||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||17 - A Person in the World of People: Self and Other, Part II; Some Mysteries: Sleep, Dreams, and Laughter||This lecture begins with the second half of the discussion on social psychology. Students will learn about several important factors influencing how we form impressions of others, including our ability to form rapid impressions about people.||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||18 - What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness, Part I (Guest Lecture by Professor Susan Nolen-Hoeksema)||Professor Susan Nolen-Hoeksema describes how modern clinical psychology both identifies and treats various mental disorders. Particular focus is placed upon mood disorders such as bipolar disorder and depression, including current...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||19 - What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness, Part II||This lecture continues to cover one of the most salient areas within the field of psychology known as psychopathology, or clinical psychology. Following a discussion of the different ways of defining mental illness, Professor Bloom reviews ...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||20 - The Good Life: Happiness||The last lecture in the course wraps up the discussion of clinical psychology with a discussion of treatment efficacy. Does therapy actually work? Professor Bloom summarizes the different types of influences that clinical interventions might...||10/12/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
Outstanding overview of psychology
I loved this lecture series. Professor Bloom is extremely interesting, engaging, funny, and knowledgable. I listened to one lecture on my way to work and one on my way home, and looked forward to the daily commute! Other than the guest lecturer on clinical psychology (#18), whom I thought was monotone and uninteresting, every other lecture is fantastic. I find myself referring to topics in the lectures all the time lately, with sentences beginning with, "Did you know..."
Now I begin to see why attending Yale costs $40,000 per year: professors like this.
My only complaint with the series is I wish they could have left the audio in from the in-class presentations, because most of them sounded like they would be interesting, but they were cut out and then the lecture and discussions continued, so I'd have to try to infer what happened in the videos. I presume there were copyright issues or something, and although it's a small annoyance, it doesn't detract from the overall value of the course.
Paul Bloom clearly knows exactly what hes talking about, regardless of where you are, or what you do, you cant help but be fascinated. Phenomenal.
As an 8th grade student, psychology has always been my number one choice of career. Having said that, these audio tapes have helped me to early on understand what I will be explaining and talking about when I am a professional certified psychologist.