Oct 17th 2016

Foundations of Psychology (Open2Study)

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Start learning how psychologists comprehend and study human nature and its disorders. One of the reasons we want to understand human nature is so we can help people with psychological disorders. This subject lays a foundation for understandings and further study in psychology.
You will learn how psychologists go about conceptualising and studying human nature, and how the brain works to produce thoughts, emotions and complex behaviour. We'll also look closely at how psychologists approach the diagnosis and treatment of the ‘common colds’ of psychopathology – anxiety and mood disorders.

What will you learn?

What psychology is essentially about

The basic philosophical and conceptual foundations of psychology, such as:

- The mind-body issue

- The biopsychosocial perspective

The structure and functions of neurones, the smallest functional element of the nervous system, and how they communicate with each other

The broad structural and functional organisation of the nervous system as a whole, and the important features which allow for complex behaviours to occur in humans

The general approach that psychologists take to understand abnormal behaviour, including:

- How they classify mental disorders

- The essential diagnostic approach

The basic processes involved in experiencing and then coping with stress, and what happens when our coping strategies fail

What anxiety and mood disorders are, including:

- The various subtypes

- Their general prevalence (epidemiology)

- How they are diagnosed and treated