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MPTUO1a: Introduction to Psychology
Week 2 / Unit 2: The Human Nervous System

The Human Nervous System. “A highly complex part of a human that coordinates actions and sensory information by transmitting signals to and from different parts of the body. Detects environmental changes that impact the body, then works in tandem with the endocrine system to respond to such events.” [1]


 Required Reading


Homework

Perspectives in Psychological Science

  • Development of psychology as an empirical science.
    • 1.1 Define psychology as a discipline and identify its goals as a science.
    • 1.2 Describe the emergence of psychology as a scientific discipline.
    • 1.3 Describe perspectives employed to understand behavior and mental processes.
    • 1.4 Explain how psychology evolved as a scientific discipline.
  •  Major subfields within psychology.
    1. 2.1 Discuss the value of both basic and applied psychological research with human and non-human animals.
    2. 2.2 Describe the major subfields of psychology.
    3. 2.3 Identify the important role psychology plays in benefiting society and improving people’s lives

Research Methods, Measurements and Statistics

  • Research methods and measurements used to study behavior and mental processes
    • 1.1 Describe the scientific method and its role in psychology.
    • 1.2 Describe and compare a variety of quantitative (e.g., surveys, correlations, experiments) and qualitative (e.g., interviews, narratives, focus groups) research methods.
    • 1.3 Define systematic procedures used to improve the validity of research findings, such as external validity.
    • 1.4 Discuss how and why psychologists use nonhuman animals in research.
  • Ethical issues in research with human and non-human animals
    • 2.1 Identify ethical standards psychologists must address regarding research with human participants.
    • 2.2 Identify ethical guidelines psychologists must address regarding research with nonhuman animals.
  • Basic concepts of data analysis
    • 3.1 Define descriptive statistics and explain how they are used by psychological scientists.
    • 3.2 Define forms of qualitative data and explain how they are used by psychological scientists.
    • 3.3 Define correlation coefficients and explain they’re appropriate interpretation.
    • 3.4 Interpret graphical representations of data as used in both quantitative and qualitative methods.
    • 3.5 Explain other statistical concepts, such as statistical significance and effect size.
    • 3.6 Explain how validity and reliability of observations and measurements relate to data analysis.

Major Assignments and Deadlines

  • Participate. Make a minimum of 2 original comments or discussion posts and 2 responses to someone else.
  • Watch the Unit 2 videos.
  • Study the Unit 2 Slides.
  • Review the Unit 2 resources.
  • Review the Unit 2 Study Guide.
  • Take Quiz 3: The Human Nervous System.

Sources

  1. Nervous System. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 18, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_neuroscience
  2. Dewey, Dr. Russell A. (2017). Psychology: An Introduction. Psych Web. https://www.psywww.com/intropsych/
  3. The American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (APA TOPSS) course template.

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