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MPTUO1a: Introduction to Psychology
Week 18 / Unit 14: Frontiers in Psychology

Frontiers in Psychology. “Areas where psychology overlaps other disciplines. These areas are frontiers in two ways: (1) they are relatively recent developments in the 150 year history of psychology, and (2) they are at the intersection of psychology and some other field.” [1]

Required Reading


Health PsychologyStress and coping

  • 1.1 Define stress as a psychophysiological reaction.
  • 1.2 Identify and explain potential sources of stress.
  • 1.3 Explain physiological and psychological consequences for health.
  • 1.4 Identify and explain physiological, cognitive, and behavioral strategies to deal with stress.

Behaviors and attitudes that promote health

  • 2.1 Identify ways to promote mental health and physical fitness.
  • 2.2 Describe the characteristics of and factors that promote resilience and optimism.
  • 2.3 Distinguish between effective and ineffective means of dealing with stressors and other health issues.

Vocational ApplicationsCareer options

  • 1.1 Identify careers in psychological science and practice.
  • 1.2 Identify careers related to psychology.

Educational Requirements

  • 2.1 Identify degree requirements for psychologists and psychology-related careers.
  • 2.2 Identify resources to help select psychology programs for further study.

Vocational applications of psychological science

  • 3.1 Discuss ways in which psychological science addresses domestic and global issues.
  • 3.2 Identify careers in psychological science that have evolved as a result of domestic and global issues.

Major Assignments and Deadlines

  • Participate. Make a minimum of 2 original comments or discussion posts and 2 responses to someone else.
  • Watch the Unit 14 Videos.
  • Study the Unit 14 Slides.
  • Review the Unit 14 Resources.
  • Review the Unit 14 Study Guide.
  • Take 3 Quizzes
    • Quiz 19: Frontiers in Psychology
    • Quiz 20: Final Exam Review
  • Take the Final Exam.


  1. Dewey, Dr. Russell A. (2017). Psychology: An Introduction. Psych Web. https://www.psywww.com/intropsych/
  2. The American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (APA TOPSS) course template.

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