Keene State College
May 20, 2013 to Jul 5, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- Contains external social networking participation or elements
- Some of your work will be assessed by peers
Full course description
This course is ideal for students who would like to build their foundational knowledge of the field of psychology. It also provides an introduction for anyone who is interested in the enduring understanding of the field of psychology such as:
-Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.
-Intuition and introspection are helpful to understanding psychology, but often fail us.
-The evolution of Psychology as a discipline is one which moves from intuition and introspection towards a more scientific approach.
-Different schools of Psychology investigate different aspects of the effects of environment and biology on behavior; there is no one "right" approach.
Learning objectives for this course are:
- To identify theoretical underpinnings of the major areas of psychology, including cognition (thought, memory, perception), learning, personality, social and environmental influences, development, and physiology of behavior.
- To explain different models of human behavior based on science versus intuition or general ways of knowing.
- To recognize ways of pursuing questions in Psychology via discussion of theory and empirical research
- To describe connections between knowledge gained in Psychology to everyday life.
Professor of Psychology
Dr. Lawrence Welkowitz has been a leading practicing clinical psychologist, professor, director of clinical psychology programs and author for nearly three decades. He was previously founding Clinical Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program at Columbia University’s Medical School in New York.
Dr. Welkowitz completed his clinical training at New York University Medical Center / Bellevue Hospital where he developed behavioral treatment programs for obsessive-compulsive disorder and related problems.
As Research Scientist, Dr. Welkowitz collaborated with renowned psychiatrists Jack Gorman, MD and Michael Liebowitz, MD in their Anxiety Disorders Clinic, part of New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University.
He is currently Professor of Psychology at Keene State College in New Hampshire, where he founded the Asperger’s Resource Group and co-directs the Neurobehavioral Lab. His current research focuses on speech patterns in Autism and includes plans for brain imaging studies. He is a recipient of the College’s Distinguished Award in Research and Scholarship.
He has co-authored and co-edited books in his areas of specialty, including The Hidden Face of Shyness (Avon Books) and Asperger’s Syndrome: Intervening in Schools, Clinics and Communities (Lawrence Erlbaum Press) and numerous academic papers.
Dr. Welkowitz has long been a champion of electronic communications tools. His blog and podcast site, Asperger’s Conversations began in the early days of blogging, originally on RadioUserland, and has drawn over 100,000 visits.