Introductory Psychology Course Materials

A Quick Tour

This is my personal website that I use to share my introductory psychology materials with new instructors and anyone else who is interested in psychology, might be thinking about taking a psychology course, or is looking for materials for a course they are taking/teaching. The introductory psychology course topics are located across the top of the page (ex. Introduction, The Brain, Psychological Disorders, etc). These are clickable links that will take you to a page with more information about that psychology topic, including the reading assignment, review questions, and related links to awesome TEDtalks (ex. Trust, Morality, and Oxytocin), NYTimes articles (ex. Embracing Children for Who They Are), and book (ex. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat) and DVD (ex. Babies) recommendations. I add new links whenever I find them so that I have them the next I teach the course– check back often or subscribe to the page!

Links to other psychology courses are located in the column on the right under the textbook link. I am in the process of posting my course materials, so some of these links contain more materials than others. Right now, Behavior Mimicry, Nonconscious Goal Pursuit, and Social Cognition of Dogs have a lot of materials posted. I am constantly updating and adding materials to my psychology course sites!

This Course

Psychology is a much more diverse field, both in terms of content and methodology, than most students expect. This introductory psychology course covers everything from neurons to decision making to conformity to psychological disorders. In addition, there is also a focus on introducing students to the way that psychologists think and how that way of thinking has pushed the field of psychology forward.

The posted course materials would match up well with just about any introductory textbook. Most introductory psychology books cover about the same topics, and in my opinion the important differences lie in how the textbooks discuss those topics (ex. is critical thinking modeled, are controversies identified, are connections made between chapters, etc). I use the Cacioppo and Freberg introductory textbook in my course. This textbook covers the content very well, but more importantly it models the way psychologists think and discuss the content. The authors have structured the book around the idea that there are multiple perspectives and methodologies that can be used to study any topic within psychology. I have used a number of different textbooks in the past, but this is my favorite introductory psychology textbook by far. For new instructors looking for additional recommendations– I also really liked Myers in Modules.

I also use Aplia for my introductory psychology course. I have used a lot of different quizzing portals from publishers. Many have been clunky or contained a lot of faulty questions and ended up costing more time than they saved. Aplia is easy to use, very reliable, and I have only found one faulty question across two courses (this one and statistics). The publisher fixed the question within a few hours, which is typical of the Aplia support response time that I have experienced. Aplia contains a number of desirable features, including allowing the instructor to accept multiple tries at each question (and the option to count the highest score, the average score, etc) and quality explanations for each question so students know why they missed a particular question. Highly recommend!

If you have any content suggestions or find an error, typo, or broken link, please let me know HERE. You can also click on the link to tell me who you are and why you are using the website (ex. instructor looking for resources, student looking for materials for a paper, web surfer looking for interesting links, etc). I try to tailor the content toward the most represented audiences. Thank you!

Sections Taught

  1. Summer 2012: Miami University-Oxford, 6 weeks, online
  2. Summer 2011: Miami University-Oxford, 6 weeks
  3. Spring 2011: Miami University-Oxford, 16 weeks
  4. Fall 2009: Miami University-Oxford, 16 weeks
  5. Fall 2008: Miami University-Oxford, 16 weeks
  6. Summer 2008: Miami University-Oxford, 6 weeks
  7. Spring 2007: Miami University-Hamilton, 16 weeks

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