2021 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 What is psychology? Explain the modern psychology.
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/ online exam Explain the universality of basic emotions.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Not required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference books: Psychology, 3rd Edition, Koubundou, ISBN-13 978-4335002304
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 (35 points in total: 5 points for each), active participation in group discussion and contribution to the class (15 points) and final exam (50 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

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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