Evolution, Behavior and Sensation and Perception is the second of three free micro Open Online Courses (mOOCs) that jointly constitute the first half of a first-year university introductory psychology course. It is designed for undergraduate students who wish to work towards a major in psychology, students who wish to take a psychology course as an elective, and for informal learners everywhere.
This course will help you to become familiar with the really low-level variables that contribute to our thoughts and behaviors.
Upon successful completion of this micro-course you will be able to:
Describe the contribution of genes to shaping our thoughts and behavior
Explain how evolutionary theory can be applied to behavior
Summarize the basic principles of learning and behaviorism
Compare and contrast sensation and perception
Explain how vision works using the Perceptual Processing Framework and apply the framework to understand other modalities
Read and summarize current published research
Write thoughtfully about psychological processes and research
Critically analyze and discuss psychological processes and research