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AP Psychology
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Psychology is the scientific study of the inner workings of humankind’s most complex organ: the brain. Designed as a tour through the realm of psychology, we’ll explore the underlying mental functions and behaviors that govern how we sense, feel, learn, remember, and process language. You’ll also learn how the mind develops as it ages, and the effects of nature versus nurture. Finally, you’ll learn about psychological disorders, therapy and social psychology. By the end of this course you’ll have a greater appreciation and understanding of how your own mind works. 

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SEMESTER 1
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Unit 1: Roots and Branches - The History and Approaches of Psychology
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  • What is Psychology?
  • Connections to Philosophy
  • Psychology as a Science
  • Perspectives in Psychology
  • Subfields and Careers in Psychology
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Unit 2: Research Methods
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  • The Scientific Method
  • Descriptive Research Methods: Case Study, Naturalistic Observation, and Surveys
  • Correlational Research
  • Experiments
  • Statistics in Psychological Research (Part 1)
  • Statistics in Psychological Research (Part 2)
  • Ethics in Psychological Research
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Unit 3: Biological Bases of Behavior
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  • Anatomy of a Neuron
  • Neural Communication
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Nervous System
  • Endocrine System
  • Brain Structures
  • Cerebral Cortex
  • The Amazing Brain
  • Brain Research and Imaging
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Unit 4: Sensation and Perception
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  • Sensation and Perception Basics
  • Psychophysics
  • Anatomy of the Eye
  • Processing Vision (Part 1)
  • Processing Vision (Part 2)
  • Anatomy of the Ear
  • Processing Sound
  • Taste and Smell
  • Somesthetic Senses
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Unit 5: Consciousness
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  • Consciousness and the Altered States
  • Benefits of Altered States
  • Sleep and Dreams
  • Sleep Deprivation and Disorders
  • Psychoactive Drugs
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Unit 6: Learning
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  • The Basics of Learning
  • Process of Classical Conditioning
  • Extensions and Applications of Classical Conditioning
  • Process of Operant Conditioning
  • Extensions and Applications of Operant Conditioning
  • Cognitive and Social Learning
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Unit 7: Cognition
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  • Creating Memories
  • Storing and Retrieving Memories
  • How and Why We Forget
  • Thinking and Creativity
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Language
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SEMESTER 2
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Unit 8: Motivation, Emotion, and Stress
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  • What is Motivation?
  • Modern Theories of Motivation
  • Physiological Motivators
  • The Basics of Emotion
  • Theories of Emotion
  • Understanding Stress
  • Stress and the Body
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Unit 9: Developmental Psychology
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  • Becoming You
  • Newborns
  • Cognitive Development
  • Social Development
  • Sex and Gender
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Unit 10: Personality
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  • Basics of Personality
  • Psychoanalytic Theories
  • Humanist Theories
  • Social Cognitive Theories
  • Trait Theories
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Unit 11: Intelligence and Testing
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  • Intelligence Defined and Measured
  • Quality Control in Test Design
  • Theories of Intelligence
  • Extremes of Intelligence
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Unit 12: Abnormal Behavior
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  • Identifying and Diagnosis
  • Theories of Abnormal Behavior
  • Personality Disorders
  • Anxiety and Related Disorders
  • Depressive and Bipolar Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Other Disorders
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Unit 13: Treatment of Abnormal Behavior
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  • Treatment History and Overview
  • Psychoanalytic and Humanist Therapies
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Biomedical Therapy
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Unit 14: Social Psychology
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  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Roles and Norms
  • Social Influence
  • Group Interactions
  • Love and Altruism