These lectures will provide a broad view of how psychologists have studied the mind from a scientific perspective.
By the end of Psychology 2A, students know about some of the most popular general approaches to carrying out psychological research along with their rationales, strengths and pitfalls, main ethical issues in research and publishing, and some possible ways how the findings of psychological research can be usefully communicated outside academia. Also, students can efficiently identify most relevant literature on particular research topics and summarize the findings, know the basic principles of designing experiments, and they can prepare short presentations for lay audiences. Students will benefit the most if they have taken both Psychology 2A and Psychology 2B, but the content of Psychology 2A does not inevitably require that students also take Psychology 2B.
There is no specific reading to go with these lectures.