If you’re a psychology student or you’re just plain interested in learning more about psychology in general, you should know that there are a large number of online resources to educate you on this complex and fascinating subject. Highlighted for you here are 10 online psychology courses and lectures for you to study on your own, and what’s more–they’re free.
Introduction to Psychology – FreeVideoLectures.com hosts this free video–a lecture presented by Professor Paul Bloom of Yale University. In this thorough and thought provoking introduction to psychology, Professor Bloom covers the five principal areas of psychology: neuroscience, development, cognitive, social, and clinical. This introductory lecture also aims to answer many common questions regarding the human mind and it’s correlation with behavior.
Psychology of Gender – This free psychology course, offered by MIT OpenCourseWare, analyzes the differences between males and females and how these differences affect and influence our abilities and expected roles. It also looks closely at how education, family, genetics, and medical backgrounds relate to gender differences.
Communication and Conflict in Couples and Families – For a free comprehensive psychology course relating to couples and families and the conflict that often exists between them, check out this series of video lectures presented by UCLA professors Thomas Bradbury and Benjamin Karney via Academic Earth. Seventeen video lectures including Methods of Studying Families and Couples, Theories of Intimate Relationships, Sex and Gender Orientation, Attraction, Marriage, and Marital Disruption make for one serious crash course on family relationships–also showing the student how these relationships can be improved.
Attention – Open University brings to the table an interesting psychology course all about attention. In this free course, take a closer look at attention–what it is, how and why we are able to separate and focus on certain sounds and objects, methods of distraction, and the reasons we distract each other.
Abnormal Psychology – A series of video lectures on the subject of abnormal psychology is available for free, compliments of LearnerTV. Broken down into twenty-six parts, these lectures by Professor Lyn Rehm discuss common psychological disorders, diagnostic issues, and the many factors that can trigger, affect, or result in abnormal psychological behavior.
Psychology 101: Intro to Psychology – This free online course from Education Portal Academy is a great learning resource for anyone interested in the subject of psychology. Presented in video format, this comprehensive intro is broken down into thirteen segments followed by yet another breakdown, so that smaller sections can be closely examined. Segment descriptions include History and Approaches, Biological Bases of Behavior, Cognition, Motivation and Emotion, Psychological Disorders and Health, and Psychological Treatments–just for starters. Each segment is followed by a brief quiz making this free course a great study aid or review tool for students in the field.
Psychology in the 21st Century – There isn’t one universal method for examining psychological questions, issues, abnormalities, diagnoses, and treatments–and this intermediate level course from Open University aims to examine the many different studies, approaches, and conclusions that have brought us to where we are today. Designed for study by more advanced students of psychology, this free course is definitely a more challenging one.
Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness – Harvard instructor Tal Ben-Shahar discusses the science and study of happiness in a video hosted by WGBH Forum Network. In addition to presenting the latest research on the subject of happiness, Tal Ben-Shahar makes suggestions on how one can lead a happier life. Learn more with Elektev online courses.
Neuroscience and Behavior – This undergraduate psychology course from MIT OpenCourseWare is for students who desire to learn more about neuroanatomy and neurophysicology. In it, Professor Gerald Schneider also covers the subjects such as the sensory system, the sleep process, dreaming, acquiring knowledge, and committing information to memory.
Cognitive Science – Split up into twenty-six video lectures, this intense Berkeley course comes to you directly from the classroom. Lecture topics in this interesting series include cognition, attention, perception, memory, sleep and dreaming, introspection, and so much more.
Guest post from Max Quinn. Max writes for OnlineCollegeCourses.com.
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