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PS10001: Psychology 1

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Syllabus & Content

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    PS10001: Psychology 1

    This course is for Psychology and Psychology and Communications Engineering Students









    Staff Involved

    Alan Lewis

    Ian Fairholm

    Method of Assessment

    1 Class Test

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    Time & Location

    Wednesdays 9.15 - 11.15, University Hall


    Syllabus & Content

    The course has two main foci: social psychology and biological psychology. In the first students are asked to consider the relationship between the individual and society: are we truly individuals or does it make more sense to think of ourselves as members of wider social and cultural groupings? This question is considered in the context of the changing face of psychology and the relationship between social psychology and sociology.
    The power of group pressure is explored on a session dealing with conformity and deviance, which is contrasted with another on personality and the self, which emphasises individual differences. Exceptions to 'rationality' are covered in a session on heuristic decision making as well as more general aspects of the literature on thinking and reasoning.

    The second half of the course is biologically orientated covering connectionism and other theories of learning and memory; the importance of the nervous system and its reactions; the major senses and the responsibilities of the Brain in language comprehension and production.

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    Weekly lectures at a glance

    Week 1 (Oct 8th) Society and the Individual. Social Cognition and Perception.

    Week 2 (Oct 15th) Conformity and Deviance

    Week 3 (Oct 22nd) Personality and the Self

    Week 4 (Oct 29th) Thinking and Reasoning

    Week 5 (Nov 5th) Mock Test (Peer Reviewed)

    Week 6 (Nov 12th) Learning and Memory

    Week 7 (Nov 19th) The Nervous System

    Week 8 (Nov 26th) Vision and Hearing

    Week 9 (Dec 3rd) Language and the Brain

    Week 10 (Dec 10th) Clinical Psychology

    Week 14 (Jan 7th) Revision

    Week 15 (Jan 14th) Formal Test

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    Lecture Slides/Notes

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    Reading List

    The recommended text is Eysenck, M. (2000) Psychology: A Student's Handbook. The Psychology Press. Hove.

    You will not be expected to read even a quarter of the books listed below and you will probably get by simply by reading and using the recommended text given above. However, if you want to read more widely or if you are interested in going into any of the topic areas in more depth, the following books provide a good place to start.

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    Look in the library - 360.61 and .611 and .612 within Social Psychology.



    Albert, R. (1992) Genius and Eminence. (2nd Edition). Pergamon; Oxford.

    Aldridge-Morris, R. (1989) Multiple Personality. LEA; Hove.

    Anderson, J.R. Cognitive Psychology and its Implications. Freeman; New York.

    Antaki, C. (Ed.) (1988) Analysing Everyday Explanations: A Casebook of Methods. Sage; London.

    Argyle, M. (1969) Social Interaction. Tavistock; London.

    Argyle, M. (1972) The Psychology of Interpersonal Behaviour. Pelican; London.

    Argyle, M. (1975) Bodily Communication. Methuen; London.

    Argyle, M. (1987) The Psychology of Happiness. Methuen; London.

    Argyle, M. (1988) Bodily Communication. Methuen; London.

    Atkinson, R., Atkinson, R., Smith, E., Bem, D. and Hilgard, E. (1993) Introduction to Psychology. (11th edition). Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich; San Diego.

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    Baddeley, A. (1990) Human Memory. LEA; Hove.

    Barnett, R. et. al (1987) Gender and Stress. The Free Press; New York.

    Baron and Bryne (1993) Social Psychology: Understanding Human Interaction. London; Allen and Bacon, 7th Edition.

    Beck, A.T. (1989) Cognitive therapy and emotional disorders. London; Penguin.

    Beech, H. et al. (1982) A Behavioural Approach to the Management of Stress. Wiley; Chichester.

    Bethelhem, D. (1985) A Social Psychology of Prejudice. Croom Helm; London.

    Blackman, D. (1974) Operant conditioning - an Experimental Analysis of Behaviour. Methuen; London.

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    Bloom, R. and Lazerson, A. (1988) Brain, Mind and Behaviour. Freeman, New York.

    Boddy, J. (1978) Brain Systems and Psychological Concepts. Wiley; Chichester.

    Bridgeman, B. (1988) The Biology of Behaviour and Mind. Wiley; Chichester.

    Bridgeman, B. (1988) The Biology of Behaviour and Mind. Wiley; Chichester.

    Briley, N. And File, S. (1991) New Concepts in Anxiety. MacMillan; London.

    Brown, J. (1963) Techniques of Persuasion. Pelican; London.

    Bunton, R. and MacDonald, G. (Eds.) (1992) Health Promotion: disciplines and diversities. London; Routledge.

    Butcher, H. (1986) Human Intelligence. Meltzen; London.

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    Carlson, N. (1984) Psychology: The Science of Behaviour. Allyn and Bacon; Boston.

    Chapman, A. And Gale, A. (Eds.) (1982) Psychology and People.

    MacMillan/British Psychological Society; London.

    Cofer, C. (1976) The Structure of Human Memory. Freeman, San Francisco.

    Cohen, D. (1979) Sleep and Dreaming. Pergamon; Oxford.

    Coon, D. (1995) Introduction to Psychology: Exploration and Application, (7th Edition) Worth; New York.

    Cooper, C. (1983) Stress Research. Wiley; Chichester.

    Corner, J. and Hawthorn, J. (Eds.) (1989) Communication Studies. (3rd edition). Edward Arnold; London.

    Cox, T. (1988) Stress. MacMillan; London.

    de Bono, E. (1967) The Use of Lateral Thinking. Cape; London.

    Dollard, J. (1966) Frustration and Aggression. Yale University Press; New Haven.

    Duck, S. (1988) Handbook of Personal Relationships. Wiley; Chichester.

    Dworetzky, J.P. (1995) Psychology. (5th Edition) West; St Paul's Minneapolis.

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    Edelmann, R. (1987) The Psychology of Embarrassment. Wiley; Chichester.

    Eiser, J.R. and Pligt, J. Van der (1988) Attitudes and Decisions. Routledge; London.

    Ellis, R. and McClintock, A. (1990) If You Take My Meaning: Theory into Practice in Human Communication. Edward Arnold; London.

    Feist, J. (1985) Theories of Personality. Holt; New York.

    Feldman, R. and Rime, B. (Eds.) (1991) Fundamentals of Non-Verbal Behaviour. Cambridge Uni Press; Cambridge.

    Flew, A. (1975) Thinking about Thinking. Fontana; London.

    Fonagy, P. and Higgitt, A. (1984) Personality Theory and Clinical Practice. Methuen; London.

    Fontana, D. (1989) Managing Stress. Leicester; BPS.

    Forgas, J. (Ed.) (1991) Emotion and Social Judgements. Pergamon; Oxford.

    Forsyth, D. (1990) Group Dynamics. Brooks/Cole; California.

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    Gagne, (1985) Conditions of Learning. Holt; New York.

    Gardiner, J. (1976) Readings in Human Memory. Methuen, London.

    Gardner, A. (1983) Frames of Mind. Heinemann, London.

    Gilbert, P. (1992) Depression. LEA; Hove.

    Gleitman, H. (1995) Psychology. (4th Edition) Norton & Co; New York.

    Gossop, M. (1987) Living with Drugs. Wildwood; Aldershot.

    Gossop, M. and Grant, M. (1990) Preventing and Controlling Drug Abuse. WHO; Geneva.

    Gray, J. (1979) Pavlov, Fontana; London.

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    Gray, J. (1987) The Psychology of Fear and Stress. Cambridge Uni Press; Cambridge.

    Gray, P. (1994) Psychology. (2nd Edition) Worth; New York.

    Gregory, R. (1970) The Intelligent Eye. Weidenfeld and Nicolson; London.

    Gregory, R. (1977) Eye and Brain. Weidenfeld and Nicolson; London.

    Gregory, R. (1986) Odd Perception. Routledge, London.

    Gross, J. (1989) Psychology and Parenthood., Open Uni Press; Milton Keynes.

    Gross, R. (1990) Key Studies in Psychology. Hodder & Stoughton; London.

    Gross, R. (1992) Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour. Hodder & Stoughton; London.

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    Haber, R. and Hershenson, M. (1973) The Psychology of Visual Perception. Holt, Rinehart and Winston; New York.

    Hall, C. and Londzey, G. (1985) Introduction to Theories of Personality. Wiley; Chichester.

    Harvey, J. and Wearu, G. (Eds.) (1985) Attribution: Basic Issues and Applications. Academic Press; London.

    Hayes, N. (1994) Foundations of Psychology: An introductory text. Routledge; London

    Heather, N and Robertson, I (1989) Problem Drinking. Oxford University Press; Oxford.

    Hewstone, M. (1989) Causal Attribution: From Cognitive Processes to Collective Beliefs. Blackwell; Oxford.

    Hewstone, M. (Ed.) (1983) Attribution Theory: Social and Functional Extensions. Blackwell; Oxford.

    Hofstadter, D. (1979) Godel, Escher, Bach. Harvester; Sussex.

    Houston, (1986) Fundamentals of Learning and Memory. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich; San Diego.

    Howe, M. (1989) Fragments of Genius. Routledge, London.

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    Janis, I. (1982) Groupthink. (2nd edition). Houghton Mifflin; Boston.

    Johnson-Laird, P. and Wason, P. (1977) Thinking. Cambridge Uni Press; Cambridge.

    Jowell, R., Witherspoon, S. and Brook, L. (Eds.) (1989) British Social Attitudes - Special International Report. Gower; Aldershot.

    Kagan, J. and Segal, J. (1992) Psychology: An Introduction. (7th Edition). Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich; San Diego.

    Kahle, L. (1984) Attitudes and Social Adaptation. Pergamon; Oxford.

    Kalat, J. (1988) Biological Psychology (3rd Edition). Wadsworth; California,.

    Kimble, D. (1988) Biological Psychology. Holt, Rinehart and Winston; New York.

    Koestler, A. (1964) The Act of Creation. Hutchinson; London.

    Kübler Ross (1969) On Death and Dying. New York; MacMillan.

    Lafaille, R. and Fulder, S. (1993) Towards a New Science of Health. London, Routledge and Kegan Paul.

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    Lazurus, R. S. and Folkman, S. (1984) Stress, Appraisal and Coping. New York; Springer.

    M Johnstonís chapter in Hasler, J. And Schofield, T. (1984) 'continuing care: the management of chronic disease'. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

    Manning, A. and Dawkins, M. (1992) An Introduction to Animal Behaviour (4th Edition). Cambridge Uni Press; Cambridge.

    Marsh, P. (1982) Aggression and Violence. Oxford; Blackwell.

    Meichenbaum, D. (1985) Stress Inoculation Training. Pergamon; New York.

    Mischel, W. (1986) Introduction to Personality (4th Edition). Holt, Rinehart and Winston; New York.

    Modgil and Modgil, (1988) Skinner: Consensus and Controversy. Harvester; Falmer.

    Moos, R.H. Human Adaptation: coping with life crises.

    Morris, D. (1982) Manwatching. Panther; London.

    Murgatroyd, S. (1985) Counselling and Helping. London; BPS.

    Myers, D.G. (1995) Psychology. (4th Edition) Worth; New York.

    Orford, J. (1985) Excessive Appetites. Wiley; Chichester.

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    Pitts, M. And Phillips, L. (1991) The Psychology of Health: An Introduction. London; Routledge and Kegan Paul.

    Plant, M. (1987) Drugs in Perspective. Hodder and Stroughton; London.

    Rapoport, R., Fogarty, M. And Rapoport, R. (Eds.) (1982) Families in Britain. Routledge; London.

    Richardson, K. and Spears, D. (1972) Race, Culture and Intelligence. Penguin; London.

    Roth, I. (Ed.) (1990) Introductory to Psychology, Volumes 1 and 2. Open University/LEA; Hove.

    Runco, M. and Alberrt, R. (1990) Theories of Creativity. Sage; London.

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    Seligman, M.E.O. (1975) Helplessness. San Francisco; Freeman

    Semin, G. and Gergen, K. (Eds.) (1990) Everyday Understanding: Social and Scientific Implications. Sage; London.

    Simon, H. (1979/1989) Models of Thought, Volumes 1 and 2. Yale Uni Press, Newhaven.

    Skinner, B.F. (1979) Beyond Freedom and Dignity. Penguin; London.

    Slucklin, W. and Herbert, M. (Eds.) (1986) Parental Behaviour. Blackwell; Oxford.

    Springer, S. and Deutsch, G. (1985) Left Brain, Right Brain. Freeman; New York.

    Sternburg, R. (Ed.) (1988) The Nature of Creativity. Cambridge Uni Press; Cambridge.

    Strongman, K. (1978) The Psychology of Emotion. Wiley; Chichester.

    Sutherland, V. and Cooper, C. (1990) Understanding Stress; Chapman and Hall; London.

    Trower, R., Bryant, B and Argyle, M. (1978) Social Skills and Mental Health. Methuen; London.

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    Underwood, G. (1976) Attention and Memory. Pergamon; Oxford.

    Velleman, R. (1992) Counselling for Alcohol Problems. Sage; London.

    Walker, (1984) Learning Theory and Behaviour Modification. Methuen; London.

    Weaver, R. (1984) Understanding Interpersonal Communication. (3rd Edition). Scott, Foresman; Illinois.

    Wilkinson, J. and Canter, S. (1982) Social Skills Training Manual. Wiley; Chichester.

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