• BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOLOGY (Not Offered 2020-2021)

    11th - 12th Grade
    Credit - 1/2
    Semester 1 or 2   

    The ultimate purpose of psychology is to help students try to understand why we behave and think the way we do.  A textbook study of the explanations for human behavior is used to provide the basic knowledge; then a variety of activities involve the students in applying the theories to themselves and their lives.  Such basic topics covered include, but are not limited to, how humans learn and remember, how psychologists study behavior, the brain's influence on behavior, levels of consciousness, sleep and dreams, motivation behind one's behavior, and stress.  A significant amount of time and energy is spent in student exploration of themselves:  their behavior, ethics and values, thought processes, and relationships.  Several methods are used, including lecture, primary and secondary reading, computer simulations, out-of-class projects, polls, group work, films, guest speakers, and heavy emphasis on class discussion. The course uses a college-level text, and daily homework assignments will make up a large portion of the student’s grade.
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