Psychology: the Human Experience is an introductory psychology course. Over 26 lessons, students take a journey that begins with the brain’s physical structure and progresses through an exploration of sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, language and cognition, intelligence, emotions, gender and sexuality, and development through the lifespan. Turning to the study of groups, the course delves into social psychology, including social cognition, attitudes and group behavior; then wraps up with a look at psychological disorders and therapies.
The centerpiece for each lesson is a video clip from the award-winning video series, Psychology: The Human Experience. Each lesson explores a topic through the use of a relevant and intriguing case study. Every lesson includes a number of interactive games and practice activities that engage students, reinforce learning, and the lesson ends with a quiz.
Students will “visit”:
- The interior of the brain to study its structure and function,
- Pavlov’s lab to witness classical conditioning.
- A Marine Corp boot camp to witness how recruits learn.
- The World War II Japanese internment camps for a lesson on attitudes.
Interviews feature some of psychology’s top researchers, including:
- Albert Bandura on motivation and social learning,
- James McGaugh on memory and intelligence,
- Marian Diamond on brain plasticity and aging, and
- the late B. F. Skinner demonstrating operant conditioning.
The textbook to accompany this course is Psychology with DSM-5 updates, written by Don H. Hockenbury and Sandra E. Hockenbury. Additional information is provided under the “How to Adopt Course & Print Materials” tab below. To request an exam and desk copy, please contact Worth Publishers.
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Lesson Titles and Descriptions
1. Why Study Psychology?
2. Research Methods
3. The Nervous System
The basic structures and functions of the brain are demonstrated by taking students on a tour of the brain guided by UCLA neurobiologist Arnold Scheibel. Students learn how new and more advanced brain-imaging techniques are dramatically changing our understanding of the human brain. Dr. Oswald Steward discusses the concept of structural plasticity.
This lesson concludes with a discussion by Dr. Marian Diamond on the important role that enriched environments play in the development and maintenance of our mental capacities.
4. The Neuron and Neural Transmission
The dramatic story of Dr. Susie Curtiss in a groundbreaking fight with a severe neurological disorder called dystonia illustrates how faulty neural transmission can deprive anyone of the ability to live a normal life
5. Sensation and Perception
Food critic Kelly von Hemert demonstrates how she uses her senses to form perceptions that lead to judgments—judgments that can affect the success or failure of a restaurant. This video also demonstrates how the sensation-perception process can easily go awry—and the results can vary from humorous to dangerous in a demonstration of virtual reality. Cognitive scientist Dr. Donald Hoffman explains how it is often very difficult to distinguish between what we sense and what we perceive. The Gestalt laws of organization, including the concept of figure-ground reversal is also discussed.
Psychologist Michael Stevenson discusses the effects of several psychoactive drugs, including the most commonly used psychoactive drugs, caffeine and alcohol.
7. Learning: Classical & Operant Conditioning
8. Learning: Observational & Cognitive Approaches
Famed psychologist Albert Bandura discusses his theory of observational learning. Also shown and discussed is the original footage of Bandura’s famous Bobo doll experiment.
The video also discusses the concepts of latent learning and cognitive mapping.
Memory experts such as Professor Duana Welch, Professor Robert Bjork, and Professor James McGaugh introduce students to the most widely accepted model used to explain how memory functions, the stage model of memory. The function of each of these stages is described.
10. Language and Cognition
This video follows the dramatic story of Paul Sailer, who suffered three grand mal seizures as a result of a large malignant tumor located deep within his brain. Sailer was diagnosed as needing to undergo brain surgery—a surgery that could rob him of his ability to use language. As students watch Paul Sailer’s surgery, they see how a surgery team “mapped” his brain. The video follows Sailer as he struggles to regain his pre-surgical language abilities, and concludes by discussing cognitive processes and the role of logic in problem solving.
In this video, the intelligence of a NASA scientist is compared to the intelligence of a Sherpa mountain guide from Nepal who, because of his unique intelligence, saved the lives of mountain climbers on Mount Everest. Psychologist Claude Steele discusses the history of intelligence testing and explores the concept of multiple intelligences. Additionally, noted psychologist Robert Sternberg explains his own theory, known as the triarchic theory of intelligence.
Intelligence tests, including David Wechsler’s Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS), Alfred Binet’s mental abilities tests, and the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Test, are presented and discussed.
In this video, motivation is illustrated by examining a day in the life of Chuck Perry, a self-avowed ice cream fanatic who became a marathon runner. Textbook author Don Hockenbury explains the three general characteristics of motivation. Additionally, the video presents a brief history of the different theories that psychologists have used to explain motivation. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is among the theories presented.
Albert Bandura, an eminent author and professor of psychology at Stanford University, discusses the critical role self-efficacy plays in human motivation.
The video also explores how emotions have evolved and the role emotions play in different cultures. Dr. Paul Ekman discusses the results of his extensive cross-cultural research on emotional expression.
The James-Lange theory of emotion and the two-factor theory of emotion is also presented and discussed.
14. Infant and Child Development
This video concludes with a discussion of some of the new discoveries that developmental psychologists have made. For example, Dr. Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, explains that, contrary to what psychologists used to think, preschoolers and toddlers can demonstrate logical thought.
15. Adolescent and Adult Development
Students learn about the significance of peer relationships during adolescence and explore how people develop their sense of morals. Students are introduced to the pros and cons of Kohlberg’s theory of moral development. Aging and late adulthood is also examined. Students hear from 79-year-old boxer Willie Hardeman and from psychologists who discuss some of the common myths associated with old age.
16. Gender and Sexuality
Students are introduced to two people who have chosen occupations that are not typical for their gender. The video explores the obstacles and opportunities they encounter.
Professor Mark Stevens and Professor Judith Rosener explain how our sense of personal identity is directly linked and, in many ways, controlled by our sense of being masculine or feminine. Students are introduced to the two major theories of gender development: social learning theory and gender schema theory. This video also presents what differences really exist between the sexes.
17. Personality Theories and Assessment
Three different theories of personality are presented: the psychoanalytic perspective, the humanistic perspective, and the social cognitive perspective. In the video, students learn about each of these theories by listening to experts analyze Nelson Mandela. As each of the experts describes Mandela’s personality from their particular perspective, students are exposed to both the strengths and weaknesses of each of these theories.
Students are taught that by understanding how personality develops, the door to the possibility of making changes in personality is opened. The fact that most psychologists agree that personality is not a rigid, fixed entity, but rather something that is ever-evolving—something you can take an active part in shaping— is stressed throughout the program.
18. Personality Traits
In the video, the Career Counseling Center at UCLA is used to highlight the story of a commissioned officer who has served in the Marine Corps for 22 years. Students follow the story of his dramatic shift in occupations and learn that finding the right occupation often entails getting to know one’s self very well, which may involve taking a number of different personality tests.
The way in which psychologists use these tests to assess personality differences is presented in depth. Advantages and limitations of psychological testing and assessment are discussed, as well as the impact they can have on an individual’s personal and professional lives.
19. Social Cognition
The video follows Julie and James as they meet for the first time on a blind date, and shows them as they discuss impressions of one another. Expert psychologists explain the principles of person perception, social categorization, and implicit personality theory. Also discussed is the role that physical attractiveness plays in person perception.
The video concludes with a discussion of attribution—the process of inferring the cause of someone’s behavior.
Psychologists and social scientists explain the concepts of in-group and out-group bias, and the concept of cognitive dissonance and how it can be used to rationalize social injustices. This video concludes with a discussion of how each of us can lessen the impact of negative stereotyping and prejudice.
21. Group Influence
Students also learn about the social and psychological implications of conformity and obedience by reviewing the classic experiments of psychologists Solomon Asch and Stanley Milgram. Additionally, this video includes discussions by psychologists of helping behavior and the role of individual responsibility.
22. Stress, Health, and Coping
The video follows a case study of Dora Rodriguez, who in her early fifties learned she had breast cancer. Students discover how Dora learned to cope with the tremendous stress brought on by her life-threatening illness. Expert psychologists explain the nature of stress and introduce the biopsychosocial model of health psychology. Author Sandy Hockenbury explains the all-important role that coping skills and explanatory style play in dealing with stress. Expert psychologists discuss the differences between coping styles and the importance of social support in dealing with stressful situations.
23. Understanding Psychological Disorders, Part I
This video looks at three fairly common psychological problems: anxiety disorders, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Students meet Lisa Firle, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and what she calls “contamination” phobias and “hoarding” rituals. Expert psychologists explain Lisa’s disorder and outline general guidelines used to diagnose psychological or mental disorders. The prevalence of psychological disorders and the stigmas that are frequently attached to these disorders are discussed. Additionally, expert psychologists discuss phobias and how they can limit a person’s ability to function normally.
24. Understanding Psychological Disorders, Part II
This video presents the case study of Robert Fernandez , a 35-year-old man who has suffered for many years from schizophrenia. Students learn how schizophrenia has affected Fernandez’s life—and how he has found an effective way to deal with this potentially life-ruining illness. The video also explores mood disorders. Psychologist David Barlow explains the all-too-common illness of depression. Bipolar disorder is discussed in depth. The video explores the way in which these mood disorders can, if untreated, severely limit a person’s ability to live a normal life.
From this video, students gain the ability to compare and contrast several different approaches to psychotherapy. Expert psychologists and therapists discuss their particular approach to therapy, including different forms of psychotherapy, such as group therapy and family therapy.
Expert psychologists also discuss the many ways in which medications can be used to help relieve suffering and aid the therapeutic process.
26. Making Psychology Part of Your Life
Psychologists explain that we all learn best when we can apply new concepts and new knowledge to the world we know. Students are encouraged to apply the psychological concepts presented in this series to their individual lives. The work of psychologists in colleges, clinics, research facilities, and universities around the world to find answers to the everyday questions regarding stress, memory, depression, and anxiety is discussed in depth.
Stanford University professor and noted psychologist Albert Bandura concludes with his self-efficacy definition and explains that what you say to yourself and how much you believe in yourself is a major factor in determining whether you will succeed or fail at any given task. Students are encouraged to continue their exploration into the world of psychology and to learn to improve the quality of their lives.
National Academic Advisory Team
Ted Barnes, MS, Coastline Community College
Elizabeth Bjork, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Stephen Burgess, Ph.D., Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Michael Catchpole, Ph.D., North Island College, British Columbia, Canada
Marte Fallshore, Ph.D., Central Washington University
Deborah Finkel, Ph.D., Indiana University Southwest
Erin Fisher, EdD, Rock Valley College
Ken Hutchins, MA, Orange Coast College
Joann Jelly, EdD, Barstow College
Robert Jensen, Ph.D., California State University, Sacramento
Karsten Look, Ph.D., Columbus State Community College
Robert Lugar, EdD, Dallas County Community College District
Jeffery Mio, Ph.D., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Alan Monat, Ph.D., California State University, Hayward
Joel Morgovsky, MA, Brookdale Community College
Christine Padesky, Ph.D., Center for Cognitive Therapy
Steve Saunders, Ph.D., Marquette University
Patricia Arredondo, Ed.D., Associate Professor, University of Arizona
Frank M. Bagrash, Ph.D., Late Associate Professor of Psychology Emeritus, California State University, Fullerton
Mahzarin R. Banaji, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Yale University
Albert Bandura, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
David H. Barlow, Ph.D., Director, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University
Linda Bartoshuk, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Yale University School of Medicine
Elizabeth A. Bates, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego
Robert A. Bjork, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Melinda Blackman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
Susan Y. Bookheimer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
Laura S. Brown, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Susan Brown, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Marina Bystritsky, Ph.D., Registered Psychological Assistant
Joseph J. Campos, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Rochelle Caplan, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
Cindy Chernow, Ph.D., Director of Alumni Career Services, University of California, Los Angeles
Carolyn Pape Cowan, Ph.D., Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
Phillip Cowan, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Kellina M. Craig, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Howard University
Gloria Critelli, M.S., CCC
Susie Curtiss, Ph.D., Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles
Carley Flam Decker, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Marian Diamond, Ph.D., Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Rene Diaz Lefebvre, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Glendale Community College
Karen E. Dill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Lenoir Rhyne College
G. Rita Dudlev Grant, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Michael D’Zmura, Ph.D., Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine
Paul Ekman, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California San Francisco
Iris R. Firstenberg, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Alison Gopnik, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California Berkeley
Allen Gottfried, Ph.D., California State University Northridge
Michael F. Green, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
Adele Gottfried, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling,California State University Northridge
C. R. D. Halisi, Ph.D., Acting Chair, California State University Northridge
MaryAnna Domokos Cheng Ham, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Counseling and School Psychology, University of Massachusetts
Arthur A. Hansen, Ph.D., Professor of History and Director Oral History Program, California State University, Fullerton
Arturo Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara
Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California Berkeley
Don Hockenbury, M.A., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Tulsa Community College
Sandra E. Hockenbury, M,A,, Co author, Psychology, 2d edition
Donald D. Hoffman, Ph.D., Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine
Ken Hutchins, M.A., Professor of Psychology, Orange Coast College
Steven E. James, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Goddard College
Jerald M. Jellison, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Southern California
James M. Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Social Psychology, University of Delaware
Mary Pat Kelly, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Deborah Khosbaba, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, Pepperdine University
William K. Lombardo, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Behavioral Sciences, California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Sally McClelland, R PT, Physical Therapist
Jeffery S. Mio, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Salvatore R. Maddi, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Irvine
Thomas Minor, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Lisa T. Mori, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
Carolyn Bennett Murray, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside
Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
John Piacentini ,Ph.D., Director, University of California, Los Angeles, Child and Adolescent OCD Program
Kent Rasmussen, Ph.D., Historian and Edito, Salem Press
Judy B. Rosener, Ph.D., Professor of Business and Management, University of California, Irvine
Peter Salovey, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Yale University
Arnold B. Scheibel, M.D., Professor of Neurobiology and Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles
Jeffrey Schweitzer, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Nancy L. Segal, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
W. Donald Shields, M.D., Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Head of the Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, University of California, Los Angeles
Susan N. Siaw, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Roxane Cohen Silver, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Irvine
B. F. Skinner, Ph.D., Late Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Claude M. Steele, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
Robert J. Sternberg, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Education, Yale University
Mark A. Stevens, Ph.D., Psychologist, University of Southern California
Michael Stevenson, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Oswald Steward, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Neurobiology & Behavior, University of California, Irvine
Felicia Friendly Thomas, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Gerald Tarlow, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine
Suzanne Thompson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Pomona College
Joseph E. Trimble, Ph.D. Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Elaine Vaughan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California, Irvine
Bernard Weiner, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Duana C. Welch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
Margaret H. White, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
Stanley B. Woll, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton
Barbara Yee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Texas
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