Psychology of Human Behavior

Rated 3 out of 5 by from disappointing while broadly informative, it was interesting only in spurts. The professor's presentation usually was fairly good, but unless you were seriously into the topic, it was too often too boring, with some of the lectures being very boring. A couple of pointed comments - in lecture 34, dealing with male aggression & violence, the prof explained it all in terms of sex & male need for women. Not a word that aggression/violence had anything to do with money, need or power. And, in the closing lecture (#36), he spends the first 18 (of 30) minutes briefly recapping the previous 35 lectures! In technical terms, that would be called a total waste. And, he then spends the last 12 minutes talking about 3 areas he didn't get to in the first 35 lectures + addressing expectations of the future. there's a major disconnect here.
Date published: 2020-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent over view I have 2 Granddaughters taking Psychology courses in College. I purchased each a copy plus my e-copy. We now have a real basis for communication. Professor is excellent
Date published: 2019-08-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ok I have purchased and viewed over 50 of your courses over the past few years and have always enjoyed the content and presentation until this one. It was very difficult to concentrate on the material as the 'professor' was difficult to understand and had absolutely no ability to generate any interest due to his very boring manner of presentation.
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Old school but completr Reminds me of my undergraduate days in the eighties. Nevertheless the presenter is well versed and very organized and is a great speaker. Just need a companion lecture series to take us into the 21st century.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative I really enjoyed the lectures. I order quite a few from The Great Courses. They are all wonderful and relaxing. Great filler for down-time.
Date published: 2018-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It would be nice to be give time to take the course before being asked to review it.,
Date published: 2018-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Course to take. If you would like to gain a better understand of Human Behavior, this book for you. it will give you insights that will help you in all areas of your Life.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Psychology of Human Behavior When I looked into the Great Courses, I was interested in Evolutionary Psychology, and the Psychology of Human Behavior was the closes fit. Unfortunately, there were only 4 lectures out of 36 on EP, so there wasn't much on the topic I was most interested in. I did find the lectures on mental illness and the drugs and psychotherapies that are used to combat the illnesses very informative. Next time, I plan to investigate more closely on the internet, the names of the lectures and make sure that most of the topics are of interest to me before I by the course. Overall, the quality of production and course material was top notch.
Date published: 2018-08-16
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Modern Psychology in Historical Context
1: Modern Psychology in Historical Context

This lecture introduces psychology as the study of human behavior either from a clinical or scientific perspective-with several examples of the varieties of approaches each may take-and also traces some of the discipline's history....

33 min
Experimentation as a Research Method
2: Experimentation as a Research Method

Experimentation is one of the primary research methods of psychology. This lecture shows how properly conducted experiments are set up and explains the key terms used....

30 min
Nonexperimental Research Methods
3: Nonexperimental Research Methods

Psychological researchers are not confined to experimentation in doing their work. We look at some of the other methods available, beginning with correlational observation, in which researchers attempt to determine whether there is a relationship between two behaviors....

31 min
Evolutionary Theory and Modern Psychology
4: Evolutionary Theory and Modern Psychology

During most of the history of psychology, human behavior has been considered to be largely a function of environmental influences with few innate behaviors. This lecture explores the recent trend to view behavior within an evolutionary context....

31 min
Freud's Thinking
5: Freud's Thinking

We look at psychology's most prominent theory of personality: the psychoanalytic theory proposed by Sigmund Freud around 1900, which set forth the three personality components of id, ego, and superego....

30 min
Details of Psychoanalytic Theory
6: Details of Psychoanalytic Theory

Freud proposed that psychosexual energy is focused on various anatomical parts during a series of developmental stages, and that there are unconscious defense mechanisms at work to protect our psyches. Are his ideas still useful?...

31 min
Classification of Mental Illnesses
7: Classification of Mental Illnesses

This lecture begins a five-lecture exploration of mental illness, beginning with a look at the various criteria used to make up the multidimensional definition of abnormal behavior....

31 min
Anxiety and Mood Disorders
8: Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Two of the major classifications of mental illness are anxiety-once called neurosis-and mood disorders. This lecture discusses some of the major examples of each and discusses how modern psychology attempts to treat them....

31 min
Disorders of Brain, Body, Self, Drugs, Sex
9: Disorders of Brain, Body, Self, Drugs, Sex

There are several categories of mental disorders-cognitive, somatoform, disassociative, substance-related, and sexual-and varieties of treatment....

31 min
Schizophrenic Disorders
10: Schizophrenic Disorders

Occurring in only 1 percent of the population, schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder in which there is a break with reality that nearly always involves both positive symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, or disorganized speech and behaviors; and negative symptoms such as emotional flattening, lessened speech, or deficient will....

31 min
Childhood, Retardation, Personality Disorders
11: Childhood, Retardation, Personality Disorders

We conclude our introduction to mental illness by looking at attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, Tourette's syndrome, mental retardation, and types of personality disorders....

30 min
Physical Therapies-Drugs
12: Physical Therapies-Drugs

This lecture begins our examination of physically oriented therapies with an examination of various psychopharmacological interventions, including a primer on how drugs work once they reach our nervous system....

31 min
Physical Therapies-ECT, Surgery, Genes
13: Physical Therapies-ECT, Surgery, Genes

Several physical interventions besides drugs have been used to treat mental illnesses. This lecture looks at some of them, beginning with chemical and electrical means of introducing convulsions and continuing on to discuss surgical and genetic approaches to treatment.

32 min
Talking Therapies-Psychoanalysis
14: Talking Therapies-Psychoanalysis

Psychotherapies are talking therapies based on the assumption that behavioral problems are caused by inappropriate thoughts and feelings. This lecture focuses on the therapy Freud developed, based on his own landmark psychoanalytic theory, to help patients find out what the contents of the unconscious are so that the unconscious can be restructured....

31 min
Therapies-Humanistic, Cognitive, Group
15: Therapies-Humanistic, Cognitive, Group

This lecture continues the sequence on talking therapies by looking at approaches other than traditional psychoanalysis that have proven useful.

31 min
Behavior Therapies-Classical Conditioning
16: Behavior Therapies-Classical Conditioning

Behavior therapies are based upon the assumption that the client has learned an inappropriate way of responding. The goal of behavior therapies based on classical conditioning is to substitute a new appropriate response for the old inappropriate response and strengthen the new stimulus-response connection to eliminate the old response....

30 min
Behavior Therapies-Operant Conditioning
17: Behavior Therapies-Operant Conditioning

Some behavior therapies (sometimes called behavior modification) are based upon operant conditioning, a form of simple learning that occurs when a voluntary response is reinforced, thereby making that response more likely to recur....

31 min
Models of Motivation
18: Models of Motivation

"What motivates human behavior?" Historically, answers to this question have ranged from the gods, to biological systems, to the unconscious. This lecture introduces some of the answers that have intrigued psychologists....

31 min
Emotion-What Do We Measure?
19: Emotion-What Do We Measure?

Emotion is one of the most important things for psychologists to study, but it is particularly difficult to do so because emotions are private events and not publicly observable. What can be measured, though, are emotion's by-products....

31 min
Emotion-Theories
20: Emotion-Theories

What are emotions, anyway? Are they the cause of a physiological response or the result? We look at some of the theories proposed over the years to explain them....

31 min
Psychoactive Drugs-Processes, Stimulants
21: Psychoactive Drugs-Processes, Stimulants

Legal or not, most people use psychoactive drugs to change the way they feel or act. We begin our examination with a discussion of how such drugs work and a look at some of the more common stimulants, including caffeine, nicotine, methamphetamines, and ecstasy....

30 min
Drugs-Depressants, Narcotics, Hallucinogens
22: Drugs-Depressants, Narcotics, Hallucinogens

We turn to other kinds of psychoactive drugs, beginning with depressants-the most dangerous class of drugs because of the risk of death that comes with their use....

31 min
Social Psychology-Influence and Reciprocity
23: Social Psychology-Influence and Reciprocity

This lecture, the first of two on social psychology, is concerned with social thinking, social influence, and social relations. We examine the phenomenon of reciprocity as a "triggering mechanism" to persuade others....

31 min
Social Psychology-Additional Mechanisms
24: Social Psychology-Additional Mechanisms

Reciprocity is far from being the only triggering mechanism. This lecture examines some of the others, including commitment, social proof, authority, and scarcity....

31 min
Simple Learning-Classical Conditioning
25: Simple Learning-Classical Conditioning

We begin a two-lecture sequence on simple learning with a deeper look into a subject introduced earlier and discovered by Ivan Pavlov as he was studying glandular processes in dogs....

32 min
Simple Learning-Operant Conditioning
26: Simple Learning-Operant Conditioning

We conclude our discussion of simple learning with an examination of the kind of learning that takes place when a voluntary response is reinforced-a process famously pioneered by B. F. Skinner....

31 min
Complex Learning
27: Complex Learning

This lecture examines several forms of complex learning, along with the argument that it cannot simply be built from the building blocks of classical and operant conditioning. Our discussion will include the differing views put forth by B. F. Skinner and linguist Noam Chomsky....

31 min
Memory-Characteristics
28: Memory-Characteristics

We begin our examination of memory with a look at the various ways of assessing how much we remember and conclude with a discussion of memory's fidelity and the ease with which false memories can be implanted for later recall....

31 min
Memory-Memory Aids and Forgetting Theories
29: Memory-Memory Aids and Forgetting Theories

Are there ways to improve our memories? Why, in fact, do we forget? We look at both of these issues and spend some time exploring mnemonics, or memory aids....

30 min
Perception-Forming Internal Models
30: Perception-Forming Internal Models

Humans are not in direct contact with the external world, but pick up cues as to what is in the external world and form internal models from these cues. This lecture looks at how we do this, as well as how we can be deceived....

31 min
Perception-Finding and Organizing Cues
31: Perception-Finding and Organizing Cues

This lecture continues our examination of perception with a look at several different analyses, including those of the Gestalt and perpetual constancy schools and the work of Dale Purves....

31 min
Evolutionary Psychology-Basic Concepts
32: Evolutionary Psychology-Basic Concepts

Because behaviorists and their blank-slate concept of learning held sway for many years, it is only recently that the theory of evolution has had an impact on psychology. But since the subfield of evolutionary psychology was founded in the 1990s, its impact has become major....

31 min
Evolutionary Psychology-Altruism and Mating
33: Evolutionary Psychology-Altruism and Mating

What evolutionary advantage would accrue to helping others? Is our evolutionary wiring still determining how we choose our partners? We explore these provocative questions....

31 min
Evolutionary Psychology-War, Family, Food
34: Evolutionary Psychology-War, Family, Food

This lecture examines the ways evolutionary psychology can help explain some of the problems with aggression, parenting, and overeating in today's world....

30 min
Engineering Psychology
35: Engineering Psychology

Engineering psychology is concerned with specifying the characteristics and limitations of the human operator in a human-and-machine environment. This lecture looks at the branch of psychology that is part of the interdisciplinary area of human factors, or ergonomics....

31 min
Recap, Omissions, and Into the Future
36: Recap, Omissions, and Into the Future

This final lecture reviews what we have covered in the course and looks into the future to see what may yet be made possible by psychology's most cutting-edge approaches....

31 min
David W. Martin

Psychology is the most sophisticated of the sciences because we do have to deal with human variability in what we do.

ALMA MATER

The Ohio State University

INSTITUTION

North Carolina State University

About David W. Martin

Dr. David W. Martin is Professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Hanover College in Indiana, where he also finished the necessary coursework for a major in physics. He earned an M.A. in Experimental Psychology and a Ph.D. in Engineering Psychology from The Ohio State University. Professor Martin is the recipient of the Roush Award for Teaching Excellence and was named to the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Psychonomic Society, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Dr. Martin is author of Doing Psychology Experiments, an experimental methods text now in its 6th edition and adopted at more than 100 colleges. He has also engaged in professional consulting and has more than 75 publications and papers.

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