2018 Psychology B

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Nagamine Mitsue 
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Mon1-2(W541)  Thr1-2(W541)  
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Course description and aims

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the many fields in psychology, such as perception, memory, learning, emotion, personality and social behavior. 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.


perception, memory, learning, emotion, personality, social behavior

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 classess. One class consists of ca.10 to 20 minutes of last class review and quiz, ca.20 to 30 minutes of group discussion or group work, and rest is lecture. Group work will be conducted based on each student's interest and they make a presentation about it.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is psychology? State the definition of psychology.
Class 2 History of psychology, Research methodologies in psychology Explain the history of psychology and research methodologies.
Class 3 Perception: tactility Explain the mechanism of tactile perception.
Class 4 Memory:dual storage model and working memory Explain the dual storage model and working memory.
Class 5 Learning1:acquisition of behaviors, classical conditioning Give example of the classical conditioning in everyday life.
Class 6 Learning2:operant conditioning, social learning Give example of the operant conditioning in everyday life.
Class 7 Group work: perception, memory, learning
Class 8 Group presentation: perception, memory, learning Make a presentation based on the group work.
Class 9 Emotion:universality of basic emotions and emotion control Explain the universality of basic emotions. Explain the method of emotion control.
Class 10 Personality1:major personality theories Explain and distinguish the major personality theories: typology and trait theory.
Class 11 Social behavior1:effect of presence of others Explain the social facilitation and social loafing.
Class 12 Personality2:personality tests Explain various typical personality tests.
Class 13 Development: Theory of mind Explain the theory of mind.
Class 14 Group work: emotion, personality, social behavior
Class 15 Group presentation: emotion, personality, social behavior Make a presentation based on the group work.


Maki Wada (Ed.) Psychology, 3rd Edition, Koubundou, ISBN-13 978-4335002304

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference books will be introduced at an appropriate timing.
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, one short report and a final exam will be given.

Assessment will be based on: “worksheet” written in every classes (30 points in total: 2 points for each), short report (20 points) and final exam (50 points). In case submitted worksheets are less than nine, grade will be “falling”.

Related courses

  • LAH.S306 : Psychology C

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Mitsue NAGAMINE, nagamine.mitsue[at]ila.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.


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.

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