Our learning goals for this week are focused on the discipline of Psychology. Your requirement this week is to watch two videos, explore the American Psychological Association (APA) official website, and search for an article at the online library.
Q: Thinking about what you learned from the videos and the research article, how can you apply what you learned to your understanding of self and of others?
Watch the videos:
The first video is a good an introduction/overview to the discipline of Psychology.
Video #1: “The Psychology of Everything: What Compassion, Racism, and Sex tell us about Human Nature” by Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology at Yale University at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=328wX2x_s5g.
The second video is a great illustration of how psychological principles can be applied in unique and interesting ways. In this video, social psychologist Amy Cuddy demonstrates how body language affects how others see us, but also demonstrates that body language can also change how we see ourselves.
Video #2: "Your body language shapes who you are" by Any Cuddy, Professor of Psychology at Harvard Business School at http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are#t-872540.
Explore the APA website:
The discipline of psychology has an incredible range of topic areas. In fact, the field of psychology has officially fifty-four (54) different divisions. Explore the APA website and explore the different topics within the field of psychology at http://www.apa.org/index.aspx.
Pick one of the psychology topics that surprised you. Share with us why you were “surprised”.
Search the UMUC Online Library:
Next, go to UMUC’s Online Library and conduct a search on this topic. Find at least one research study related to this topic and share with us what you learned. Access UMUC’s Library – Guide to Psychology Resources here: http://libguides.umuc.edu/psychology.