Introduction to Psychology

This course is an introduction to Psychology - what many describe as the science of the mind and behavior, concerned with how and why human beings do what they do. In some ways, this course is like a tasting menu at a fancy restaurant – you get the opportunity to try various aspects of various disciplines of this fascinating science and see which one(s) excites you. This course allows you to learn the basics in each of the major branches of psychology today.
Designed for

Students who are interested in learning about Psychology and different areas within the field



Class format

One-on-one and small group (Max. 7 students/class)

Class Introduction

Students will be introduced to eight of the major topics in psychology. Each week we will cover a different topic, resulting in an introduction to a comprehensive understanding of the human mind and how it affects behaviors. Throughout the course, students will apply concepts of psychology to real world examples, and by the end of the course they will be seeing psychology in everyday life.


After completing the course, students are expected to reach the following goals:

  • Explain the role of biological, psychological, social, and cultural determinants on behavior.
  • Apply concepts and generate examples of psychological science to everyday life situations.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of a psychology topic of choice through a class presentation.
Course Content
1Biological Psychology: the brain, neurons and neurotransmitters, the nervous system (Students will start with the question: What is psychology?)
2Learning: classical and operant conditioning. Introduce mini-experiment using these principles in the next two weeks
3Cognition: memory, language (also check in on experiment progress- share ideas, roadblocks and successes)
4Sleep (also share final results of experiments)
5Developmental Psychology
6Social Psychology (and share any videos/examples of theories of development seen in the last week)
7Sensation and Perception (and prepare projects)
8Positive psychology (and the role of stress) (also share final projects)

Students and their parents will receive brief feedback after each class, via Teachworks, regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email.


15 hours of classes, 90 minutes/class

Spring 2023 Courses are open!

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