2016 Psychology A

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Nagamine Mitsue 
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Course description and aims

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the science of psychology: from the history of the field and its major advances, to the latest research on topics such as perception, memory, and emotion. The course also focuses on research methodologies.

The main goals of this course are to acquaint you with the different areas contained within psychology and to have a more in-depth understanding of humans.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of this this course, students will:
1) become familiar with the various facts of the field of psychology.
2) be able to think critically psychological science.
3) utilize psychological knowledge to everyday life.


introduction to psychology, perception, memory, emotion

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each area is dealt with over one or two classes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 History of psychology Explain the history of psychology and research methodology.
Class 2 History of psychology Explain the history of psychology and research methodology.
Class 3 Perception1: how we see Explain the mechanism of perception.
Class 4 Perception2: hearing what the eyes see Explain the relation between hearing and seeing.
Class 5 Memory1: what is memory? State the definition of memory.
Class 6 Memory2: memory and brain Explain the relation between memory and brain.
Class 7 Emotion1:universality of basic emotions Explain the universality of basic emotions.
Class 8 Emotion2: emotion control Explain the method of emotion control.


Not required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference books: Psychology, 2nd Edition, Koubundou, ISBN-13 978-4335002052
Neuroscience literacy, Keiso shobo, ISBN-13 978-4326102013
Course materials are posted on OCW-i and/or provided during the classes.

Assessment criteria and methods

Each student writes a worksheet at every class. A final exam will be given.
Assessment will be based on: “worksheet” written in every classes (40 points in total: 5 points for each) and final exam (60 points).
In case submitted worksheets are less than five, grade will be “falling” even if you get 60 points in total.

Related courses

  • LAH.S205 : Psychology B
  • LAH.S306 : Psychology C

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When the number of applicants exceeds the quota, it will be limited. To manage the number of applicants, students are required to attend the first class.
Students are expected to contribute to the research community by participating firsthand in the research process. All students enrolled in this course are expected to participate in psychological experiment. The purpose of this requirement is to give you a better understanding of what research process is. Extra points will be added to assessment for your participation. You have also the right not to participate in experiments. If you prefer not to take part in the research experiment, you may complete an alternative assignment, to write a report about a designated book.

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