High School

Psychology I

0.5 Credits
18 weeks
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Description: The human brain is fascinating. Where do thoughts and memories come from? What are emotions? And why do we behave the way we do? Above all, how do these factors influence our relationships with others? In Psychology I, you will begin to understand the human mind by exploring the research and theories of some of the most brilliant psychologists throughout history. Learn how psychology influences personality and development throughout the entire human lifespan, even from birth. Explore different psychological disorders and how they are treated according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. And learn psychological tips that you can use every day, like how to cope and reduce stress. So, are you ready to unlock the mysteries of the human brain?



Major Topics and Concepts

Theories and Perspectives

  • Roots of Psychology
  • Principles of Psychological Research
  • Psychodynamic Perspectives
  • Humanistic Perspectives
  • Trait and Social-Cognitive Perspectives

The Human Lifespan

  • Studying Development
  • Prenatal Development and the Newborn
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Development in Childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Aging

Learning and Memory

  • Classical Conditioning
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Observational and Cognitive Learning
  • Information Processing
  • Storage
  • Retrieval

Thinking and Language

  • Language Acquisition
  • Language and Thought
  • Problem-Solving and Decision Making
  • Obstacles
  • Stress
  • Coping

Psychological Disorders and Treatment

  • History of Psychological Disorders
  • Using the DSM
  • Schizophrenic and Dissociative Disorders
  • Bipolar, Depressive, and Anxiety Disorders
  • Personality Disorders, OCD, and PTSD
  • Treatment of Psychological Disorders


Psychology Theories and Perspectives

Students will demonstrate an understanding of psychology theories and perspectives by describing the roots of the psychology discipline, summarizing principles of psychological research, and explaining psychological perspectives.

Human Lifespan Development

Students will demonstrate an understanding of human lifespan development by explaining methods to study lifespan development, summarizing factors that influence development in childhood and adolescence, and summarizing factors that influence development in adulthood and later years.

Learning and Memory

Students will demonstrate an understanding of learning and memory by explaining principles of conditioning, explaining principles of learning, and describing the role of memory in learning.

Thinking and Language

Students will demonstrate an understanding of thinking and language by describing the language acquisition process, explaining the relationship between thought and language, and describing the psychology of stress.

Psychological Disorders and Treatment

Students will demonstrate an understanding of psychological disorders and treatment by explaining the evolution of psychological disorders, describing the diagnostic categories of disorders, and comparing methods of treatment.