2018 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences17:Psychology

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Nagamine Mitsue 
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Course description and aims

This course is an introduction to the principles of human behaviors. This course is intended primarily for students without significant study experience in psychology. Several key concepts and principles are explained in class.

The main goals of this course are to acquaint you with the different areas encompassed within psychology and to have a more in-depth understanding of human behavior, especially that related to significant social problems.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will:
1) become familiar with several concepts and typical principles in psychology.
2) be able to critically think about and discuss social problems from a psychological standpoint.
3) utilize psychological knowledge in everyday life.


Introduction to Psychology, behavior, social problem

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, a social problem related to new principles is demonstrated and discussed in a group from a psychological standpoint. Then, the instructor will introduce new concepts and principles. Students will discuss the solutions for other actual phenomena in everyday life or other social problems by using these concepts in a group.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is psychology? What are research methodologies in psychology? State the definition of psychology and explain research methodologies in psychology.
Class 2 Power of unconscious mind Explain the subliminal effect, halo effect and mere exposure effect.
Class 3 Mechanism of diffusion of responsibility Explain the bystander effect and social loafing.
Class 4 Persuasion skill and leadership Explain the typical persuasion skills.
Class 5 How false memories form? Explain the mechanism of false memory formation.
Class 6 What is stress? State the definition of stress.
Class 7 Stress control Explain the stress-control method.
Class 8 Effective communication skills: acceptance and empathy Explain the function of acceptance and empathy in communication.


Not required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference books:
Maki Wada (Ed.) Psychology, 3rd Edition, Koubundou, ISBN-13 978-43350020304 (Japanese)
Yukihiro Nobuhara, Saku Hara, Manami Yamamoto (Ed.) Neuroscience literacy, Keiso shobo, ISBN-13 978-4326102013 (Japanese)
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN-13 978-0141033570 (English)
Robert Cialdini, Influence: Science and practice 5th Edition, Allyn and Bacon, ISBN-13 978-0205609994 (English)

Course materials are posted on OCW-i and/or provided during the classes.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are encouraged to actively participate in discussion and group work during classes.
Each student writes a worksheet in every class and a term paper.
Assessment will be based on: worksheet written in every class (40 points in total: 5 points for each), active participation in group discussion and contribution to the class (10 points) and term paper (50 points).

Related courses

  • LAH.S105 : Psychology A
  • LAH.S205 : Psychology B
  • 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

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