Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. The discipline examines the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior, while also exploring the physiological and neurobiological processes that trigger certain functions and behaviours. The immediate goal in psychology is to understand humanity by both discovering general principles and exploring specific cases. Many practitioners of applied psychology believe that one of the objectives of the field is to benefit society. Psychologists investigate such concepts as perception, cognition, attention, emotion, phenomenology, motivation, brain functioning, personality, behavior and interpersonal relationships.
While psychological knowledge is typically applied to the assessment and treatment of mental health problems, it is also applied to understanding and solving problems in many different spheres of human activity. Following a degree in psychology, you can choose to be involved in some kind of therapeutic role (clinical, counseling, and school positions). Alternatively, you can do scientific research on a wide range of topics related to mental processes and social behavior (typically in university psychology departments) and/or teach such knowledge in academic settings. Also, working in industrial and organizational settings in relevant roles (e.g., human resources or training and employee development) is an option for those with a degree in the field.
This intensive course introduces and investigates fictionality as a rhetorical and communicative strategy in various media and discursive contexts in a way that extricates it from fiction in the generic sense. The course presents state-of-the-art research on how fictionality helps us navigate in a contemporary mediatized cultural context, and how fictionality has been used in various historical contexts to legitimize or delegitimize actions and utterances.
This module addresses the role that psychological research can play in understanding and supporting educational processes. Lectures will introduce material on broad theoretical perspectives concerning children's learning (e.g., cognitive development, socio-motivational factors) as well as specific aspects of children's academic development (e.g. key curriculum areas such as reading and mathematics; special educational needs).
"What is right about people?" This question is at the heart of positive psychology, which is the scientific and applied approach to uncovering people's strengths and promoting their positive functioning. Positive psychology is about valued subjective experiences: well-being, contentment, and satisfaction (in the past); mindfulness, flow and happiness (in the present); and hope and optimism (for the future).
The A Level Psychology course will give you fascinating insights into the human mind and what makes people tick. Psychology courses are increasingly popular both because of their intrinsic appeal and their value as a step on the way not just to careers in psychology, but careers in the health professions and any other employment sector that relies on people skills and communication.
Fear and sadness are the most common problems that people seek counselling for. This module introduces you to the ways in which they have been understood: as 'mental health problems'; by different forms of individual therapy; and by approaches that focus on the family, the social group, or society.
This course is designed to provide an overview of an exciting new and fast growing area in finance, which takes as its premise that investment decision–making and investor behaviour are not necessarily driven by “rational” considerations but by aspects of personal and market psychology.
This online course introduces you to the field of psychology and how it can be applied to the understanding of everyday life settings. Using this context based approach, you will be introduced to a range of psychology thinking and examine its contribution to explaining human behaviour in the context of: personal relationships; the workplace; health and wellbeing; and consumer behavior.
In this course you will learn how to use modern computational approaches to further your understanding of the human mind and its neural implementation. You will learn how to combine state-of-the art research approaches, adopting computational models of human behaviour and testing those models with neurophysiological and neuroimaging methods.
This module provides an introduction to cutting-edge psychological theory, research and applications from the field of individual differences - namely Personality and Emotional Intelligence.
The Summer Institute on Addiction is an intensive two week summer programme, which focuses on the study of addiction across cultures and is taught by an international faculty team.
You will be introduced to the theory and practice of positive psychology, to equip you with the tools to live a happier, more fulfilling life. Through seminars and practical experiences we explore how you can make the most of your past, present and future.
How does memory work? How do we understand language? How do we think? These are just some of the questions related to everyday experience you’ll address on this module. Beginning with core topics – perception and attention; categorisation and language; and memory, thinking and reasoning – you’ll then explore wider issues, such as emotion and consciousness, topics that have presented a challenge to the cognitive approach.