What is Psychology?
This semester, we will be studying an introduction to psychology – we will be looking at what psychology is, what sort of jobs are available in psychology, how to conduct research in psychology and a few of the more interesting types of psychological specialisations.
There will be a lot of fun this semester, but also a lot of work. Please talk to the students of last semester’s class if you think it will be easy – it isn’t and you will need to be working hard to succeed!
The human brain is an amazing thing – the picture just above is an example – are there 12 or 13 children shown in the picture – it’s a trick, but it does show you how easy it is to trick your brain.
Here is another example: A card trick. Watch the movie below, and think about what happened.
When did you spot the changes? What do you think it tells you about how your brain is responding to input?
What about this time? When did you see it?
These videos are also available on the student shared drive.
Finally, I want you to complete the following online personality test. At the end, you will get a “personal DNA” strip like this one (this one is mine)
Once you have your own, you *must* make a comment on this post below, using your real name. In you comment, you must do the following:
1) Say why you chose psychology as an elective, including saying what you like about psychology, and what you hope to learn.
2) What did you see in the two videos – what does it tell you about the way you observe the world around you?
3) Embed your personal DNA strip, and comment on what you think about whether it suits you, and what you think about the test
4) Link to one other “interesting” thing that you want to share with the class (PG only!)
See you in class!