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Introductory Psychology

Biological and Cognitive Emphasis
Tues. & Thurs.: 6:30 pm – 7:50 pm
(DSB C103)

What will we Cover?
• Psychology’s most powerful principles
– What are they?
– What do they mean for everyday life?

• Foundational courses (PSYC100A + B)
– Overview of the key topics, methods, theories, and insights of modern psychology
• Historical, methodological, biological, and cognitive aspects of psychology

– Housekeeping: Sign-in sheet for those on waitlist

Overview of Topics
Research Methods
Biology of Mind
Consciousness
Nature, Nurture, & Diversity
Sensation & Perception
Learning
Memory
Thinking & Language
Story of Psychology
Careers in Psychology

Learning Objectives
• Build conceptual foundation of key concepts
• Apply knowledge learned in class to your own life and the world around you!
1. Promote curiosity
2. Stimulate thought (and critical thinking)
3. Generate excitement about the discipline

• Classes will include interactive discussions to help facilitate engagement and optimize opportunities to learn from each other

WHO ARE WE?

Instructor
Christine Kormos
• Email: ckormos@uvic.ca
• Office: Cornett A216
• Office hours: By appointment, or after class
• Contact with questions about:
Lecture and textbook material, lecture accommodations due to disabilities Teaching Assistant
Kristen Silveira
• Email: silveira@uvic.ca
• Office: Cornett A216
• Office hours: By appointment
• Contact with questions about:
General inquiries, exam scoring, make-up exams, exam accommodations, iClicker points, online quizzes and assignments, and course content.

WHO ARE ALL OF YOU?

In Pairs…





First name
Hometown
Major
Random tidbit about yourself

Join up with a pair nearby and introduce your partner Whose Partner…






Is from furthest away in Canada?
Is from furthest away outside of Canada?
Has a major that is not psychology?
Mentioned a tidbit that involved a sport?
Mentioned a tidbit that involved a special skill? Quick Quiz: What do we Already Know?
Question

Answer

1.

Human intuition is remarkably accurate.

True/False

2.

We ordinarily use only 10 percent of our brains.

True/False

3.

Everyone dreams at night.

True/False

4.

Research indicates that some people do have ESP (extrasensory-perception).

True/False

5.

The greater the reward promised for performing an activity, the more one will come to enjoy the activity.

True/False

6.

The amount of information that can be stored in human memory is limited.

True/False

7.

Some people can write but not read.

True/False

Why Psychological Science?
• We’re all lay psychologists
• But intuition and common sense can lead us astray • Role of psychological science to discern
‘truths’ from assumptions via the scientific method WHAT WILL YOU NEED?

Textbook
• Myers, D. M. (2010). Psychology
(9th ed.)
• UVic Bookstore: New and used
• New copy or e-Book include study guide and online portal access
– Study guide and textbook companion site are useful study aids
– Note: used copies lack bundle

• Earlier or later versions not recommended CourseSpaces
• Course website: http://coursespaces.uvic.ca
• Syllabus, quizzes and assignment, grades, lecture notes
• Partial lecture notes will be posted shortly prior to each class – Several slides mentioned in class will not be posted online

• Please check here regularly

iClicker 2 Personal Response System
• Required technology
– 4% participation mark

• UVic Bookstore
– New ($55.75) or used
($39.75)
– From another student?

• Only buy iClicker 2

EVALUATIONS

Grading Scheme
Evaluation

Percentage Due Date

Exam 1 (Ch. 1, 2 & 3)

20%

Jan. 29th

Exam 2 (Ch. 4, 6, 7 & 8)

30%

Mar. 12th

Exam 3 (Ch. 9, Prologue &
Appendix A)
Online quizzes

15%

Apr. 2nd

Online assignment

3% x 5 =
15%
16%

Due: 11 pm on Jan. 21, Jan. 28,
Feb. 20, Mar. 6, & Mar. 27
Due: 11 pm on Feb. 26
(Assignment, 10%), Mar. 17 (Peer commentary, 3%), Mar. 24
(Response, 3%)

iClicker participation

4%

Total

100%

Research…