Several universities are offering free online courses or supporting work that could help with IB Psych. I have not actually previewed these courses except for Zimbardo’s work. They are excellent.
Developed from the original series The Brain, these flexible resources offer extensive footage and research into the inner workings of this amazing human organ, including findings on Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, autism, Parkinson’s disease, and many other topics. The modules are appropriate for use in general and advanced courses in psychology, abnormal and physiological psychology, neuropsychology, and occupational therapy.
Highlighting major new developments in the field, this updated edition of Discovering Psychology offers high school and college students, and teachers of psychology at all levels, an overview of historic and current theories of human behavior. Stanford University professor and author Philip Zimbardo narrates as leading researchers, practitioners, and theorists probe the mysteries of the mind and body. Based on extensive investigation and authoritative scholarship, this introductory course in psychology features demonstrations, classic experiments and simulations, current research, documentary footage, and computer animation. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter.
Unravel the mysteries of the mind with these video teaching modules. An extension of topics covered in The Brain: Teaching Modules, these programs explore cognition and human behavior. The modules present current findings on language processing, drug treatment and addictions, and cognitive development throughout the life span. The programs also cover mood and personality disorders, and pain and its treatment. These modules are flexible additions to courses in psychology, abnormal and physiological psychology, neuropsychology, and occupational therapy.
See how people with diagnosed psychological disorders actually behave. Case studies, enriched with commentary from experts, help demystify the biological, psychological, and environmental causes of dysfunctional behavior. The series explores current theory and practice in the treatment of the mentally ill, covering the multiple approaches that prevail in the field today. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter.
The OLI Empirical Research Methods course bridges the gap between the mathematical foundations of regression and its practical application. We teach students how to move from an interesting question about the world to a regression model that, when estimated, meaningfully addresses the question asked. It emphasizes causal analysis as the main research goal and multivariate linear regression as the main statistical tool. We teach a process that involves: 1. Formulating a research problem, 2. Developing and formalizing hypotheses, 3. Collecting data relevant to these hypotheses, 4. Analyzing the data using an appropriate regression model, and 5. Critically interpreting the results of these analyses
Psychiatric Epidemiology reviews descriptive and analytic epidemiology for major mental disorders of childhood, adulthood, and late adult life. The course will also examine issues of classification and the nosology of psychiatric disorders as well as operational case definitions and the measurement techniques to enhance field surveys and risk factor research.
Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of the mind, the brain, and computing technology. Hampshire’s diverse program serves students with interests in many areas, including psychology, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, biology, animal behavior, computer science, anthropology, education, child development, learning, digital multimedia, and the social effects of new information technology.
The human brain is the most complex, sophisticated, and powerful information-processing device known. To study its complexities, the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology combines the experimental technologies of neurobiology, neuroscience, and psychology, with the theoretical power that comes from the fields of computational neuroscience and cognitive science.
Psych 1 General Psychology: This course will survey the scientific study of mental life and the mental functions that underlie human experience thought, and action. The emphasis is on cognitive processes and social interactions characteristic of adults. However, research on nonhuman animals, as well as biological, developmental, and pathological processes, will be introduced as relevant.
Psych 119 Drugs and Behavior: A survey course exploring the basic principles of psychopharmacology. The major focus of the course is on the relationship between behavior and the physiological actions of drugs. Emphasis will be placed on effects of pharmacological agents on complex mental processes such as attention, motivation, learning, and memory.
Psych 130 Clinical Psychology: This course will consider the field of Clinical Psychology by focusing primarily on the scientific study of psychological disorders. We will begin by discussing historical notions of abnormality and specifying a multidimensional approach to the study of psychopathology. We will then proceed to cover the descriptions, causes, and treatments of many different forms of psychopathology. Throughout the course, we will also consider the various career paths of the clinical psychologist, including their roles as scientists, practitioners, and policy advocates. The required textbook for the course will provide you with an overview of the current research on different psychological disorders. Lectures, discussions, films, and discussion sections will supplement the text, allowing for a more broad-based coverage of the material.
Psych 156 Human Emotion: This course will examine two different theoretical perspectives on emotion: (1) the differential emotions approach with its strong evolutionary grounding, and (2) the social constructionist approach. Next, the course will investigate empirical research on many facets of emotion including facial expression, physiology, appraisal, and the lexicon of emotion. Finally, we will consider more specific topics including social interaction, culture, gender, personality, and psychopathology.
Psych 160 Social Psychology: Social psychology is the scientific study of the way people think about, feel, and behave in social situations. It involves understanding how people influence, and are influenced by, the others around them. A primary goal of this course is to introduce you to the perspectives, research methods, and empirical findings of social psychology. Topics to be covered include: impression formation, conformity, prosocial behavior, interpersonal attraction, persuasion, stereotyping and prejudice. Equally important is the goal of cultivating your skills for analyzing the social situations and events that you encounter in your everyday lives. Finally, throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on developing critical and integrative ways of thinking about theory and research in social psychology.