This course will help to define abnormal and normal behaviors and to group these abnormal phenomena into 'disorders.' It will cover the basic concepts surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal psychological phenomena. The student will investigate the characteristics, epidemiology, controversy, and treatment of individual disorders. The student will begin by defining normal versus abnormal behavior and reviewing the historical context in which abnormal psychology emerged, then discuss the major theories or paradigms associated with abnormal psychology, the classification system used to differentiate and define disorders, and the research methods often utilized in the study of abnormal psychology. Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to: describe the historical context from which the current conceptualization of abnormal psychology has evolved; identify and describe the main theoretical perspectives/paradigms which have influenced the field of abnormal psychology; identify and differentiate the classification of psychological disorders; evaluate treatment approaches; explain the major research findings for each group of disorders and how they add to our knowledge of the causes and treatment of psychological disorders. (Psychology 401)
Introduction to the linguistic study of language pathology, concentrating on experimental approaches and theoretical explanations. Discussion of Specific Language Impairment, autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, normal aging, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, hemispherectomy and aphasia. Focuses on the comparison of linguistic abilities among these syndromes, while drawing clear comparisons with first and second language acquisition. Topics include the lexicon, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Relates the lost linguistic abilities in these syndromes to properties of the brain.
This text has been created from a combination of original content and materials compiled and adapted from existing open educational resources.
Chapter 1: Defining & Classifying Abnormal Behaviour
Chapter 1 Introduction
1.1 Defining Psychopathology
1.2 Cultural Expectations
1.3 Clinical Assessment
1.4 Diagnosing and Classifying Abnormal Behavior
Summary and Self-Test: Defining & Classifying Abnormal Behaviour
Chapter 2: Perspectives on Abnormal Behaviour
Chapter 2 Introduction
2.1 Historical Perspectives on Mental Illness
2.2 Therapeutic Orientations
2.3 The Biological Model
2.5 Evidence Based Practice & Empirically Supported Treatments
Summary and Self-Test: Perspectives on Abnormal Behaviour
Chapter 3: Mood Disorders
Chapter 3 Introduction
3.1 Mood Disorders
Summary and Self-Test: Mood Disorders
Chapter 4: Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 4 Introduction
4.1 Anxiety and Related Disorders
4.2 Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Summary and Self-Test: Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 5: Schizophrenia & Related Psychotic Disorders
Chapter 5 Introduction
5.1 Schizophrenia & Related Psychotic Disorders
Summary and Self-Test: Schizophrenia & Related Psychotic Disorders
Chapter 6: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Chapter 6 Introduction
6.1 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Summary and Self-Test: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Chapter 7: ADHD and Related Behaviour Disorders in Childhood
Chapter 7 Introduction
7.1 ADHD and Behaviour Disorders in Children
Summary and Self-Test: ADHD and Behaviour Disorders in Children
Chapter 8: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Chapter 8 Introduction
8.1 Autism: Insights from the study of the social brain
Summary and Self-Test: Autism
Chapter 9: Personality Disorders
Chapter 9 Introduction
9.1 Personality Disorders
Summary and Self-Test: Personality Disorders
1 Psychological Research
1.1 Why Is Research Important?
1.2 Approaches to Research
1.3 Analyzing Findings
2 Stress, Lifestyle, and Health
2.1 What Is Stress?
2.3 Stress and Illness
2.4 Regulation of Stress
2.5 The Pursuit of Happiness
3 Psychological Disorders
3.1 What Are Psychological Disorders?
3.2 Diagnosing and Classifying Psychological Disorders
3.3 Perspectives on Psychological Disorders
3.4 Anxiety Disorders
3.5 Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
3.6 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
3.7 Mood Disorders
3.9 Dissociative Disorders
3.10 Personality Disorders
3.11 Disorders in Childhood
Abnormal Psychology is an Open Education Resource written by Alexis Bridley, Ph.D. and Lee W. Daffin Jr., Ph.D. through Washington State University which tackles the difficult topic of mental disorders in 15 modules. After the first three foundational modules, a discussion of mental disorders ensues to include depressive, anxiety, personality, schizophrenic, eating, and obsessive-compulsive to name a few.
Part I. Setting the Stage
Module 1: What is Abnormal Psychology?
Module 2: Models of Abnormal Psychology
Module 3: Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Part II. Mental Disorders – Block 1
Module 4: Mood Disorders
Module 5: Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
Module 6: Dissociative Disorders
Part III. Mental Disorders – Block 2
Module 7: Anxiety Disorders
Module 8: Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
Module 9: Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
Part IV. Mental Disorders – Block 3
Module 10: Eating Disorders
Module 11: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
Part V. Mental Disorders – Block 4
Module 12: Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Module 13: Personality Disorders
Part VI. Mental Disorders – Block 5
Module 14: Neurocognitive Disorders
Module 15: Contemporary Issues in Psychopathology
Also available here: https://opentext.wsu.edu/abnormal-psych/
This course is designed to provide an engaging and personally relevant overview of the discipline of Abnormal Psychology. You will examine the cognitive and behavioral patterns which impair personal effectiveness and adjustment. Students will provide much of the substantive content and teaching presence in this course. Additional content has been curated from "The Noba Project (http://nobaproject.com/)" and "Abnormal Psychology: An e-text! (http://abnormalpsych.wikispaces.com/).
This comprehensive, ready-to-adopt Abnormal Psychology course provides thorough coverage of topics from The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Students learn about all of the major psychological disorders and examine the etiology, epidemiology, and treatment methods related to each. The course includes frequent examples, case studies, videos, and practice opportunities to foster application and critical thinking.
Module 1: Understanding Abnormal Behavior
Module 2: Research and Ethics in Abnormal Psychology
Module 3: Etiology and Treatment of Mental Disorders
Module 4: Anxiety Disorders
Module 5: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Stress-Related Disorders
Module 6: Somatic Symptom Disorders and Dissociative Disorders
Module 7: Mood Disorders
Module 8: Eating, Elimination, and Sleep-Wake Disorders
Module 9: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
Module 10: Sexual Deviations and Dysfunctions
Module 11: Schizophrenia
Module 12: Personality Disorders
Module 13: Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
Module 14: Neurocognitive Disorders
This course is built from a variety of open educational resources including OpenStax Psychology and NOBA Psychology. The course was developed with the help of a dedicated team of psychologists and practitioners. Authors and contributors include:
Amber Gilewski, Tompkins Cortland Community College
Anton Tolman, Utah Valley University
Christina Hicks, MS, CRC
Jessica Traylor, Gordon State College
Julie Manley, Coppin State University
Julie Lazzara, Paradise Valley Community College
Margaret Krone, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Robert (Bob) Hoople, SUNY Oneanta
Sonja Ann Miller, Hudson Valley Community College
Wallis Back, Glendale Career College
Reviews selected issues including learning, cognition, perception, foraging and feeding, migration and navigation, defense, and social activities including conflict, collaboration, courtship and reproduction, and communication. The interacting contributions of environment and heredity are examined and the approaches of psychology, ethology, and ecology to this area of study are treated. The relation of human behavior patterns to those of nonhuman animals is explored. Additional readings and a paper are required for graduate credit.
This course studies the relations of affect to cognition and behavior, feeling to thinking and acting, and values to beliefs and practices. These connections will be considered at the psychological level of organization and in terms of their neurobiological and sociocultural counterparts.
This course is an investigation of affective priming and creation of rigorously counterbalanced, fully computerized testing paradigm. Includes background readings, study design, counterbalancing, study execution, data analysis, presentation of poster, and final paper.
This open course with a new set of ancillary materials for OpenStax Psychology was created under a Round Eleven Mini-Grant for Ancillary Materials Creation and Revision. The materials created in order to support faculty implementing OpenStax Psychology in the classroom include:
Learning outcomes-based modules
Preparatory and review homework
Topics covered include:
States of Consciousness
Sensation and Perception
Emotion and Motivation
Therapy and Treatment
Most of the major categories of adaptive behavior can be seen in all animals. This course begins with the evolution of behavior, the driver of nervous system evolution, reviewed using concepts developed in ethology, sociobiology, other comparative studies, and in studies of brain evolution. The roles of various types of plasticity are considered, as well as foraging and feeding, defensive and aggressive behavior, courtship and reproduction, migration and navigation, social activities and communication, with contributions of inherited patterns and cognitive abilities. Both field and laboratory based studies are reviewed; and finally, human behavior is considered within the context of primate studies.
This is a free textbook teaching introductory statistics for undergraduates in Psychology. This textbook is part of a larger OER course package for teaching undergraduate statistics in Psychology, including this textbook, a lab manual, and a course website. All of the materials are free and copiable, with source code maintained in Github repositories.
Table of Contents
1 Why Statistics?
2 Describing Data
4 Probability, Sampling, and Estimation
5 Foundations for inference
8 Repeated Measures ANOVA
9 Factorial ANOVA
10 More On Factorial Designs
11 Simulating Data
12 Thinking about answering questions with data
This course illuminates current theories about autism together with challenges faced by people on the autism spectrum. Theories in communicating, interacting socially, managing cognitive and affective overload, and achieving independent lifestyles are covered. In parallel, the course presents state-of-the-art technologies being developed for helping improve both theoretical understanding and practical outcomes. Participants are expected to meet and interact with people on the autism spectrum. Weekly reading, discussion, and a term project are required.
This open access textbook was developed as an upper division undergraduate textbook for theories of personality. Its intended audience are students from Portland State University enrolled in Psychology 432 Personality course. The chapters are shorter than some personality textbooks and in this particular course Psy 432 the textbook is combined with other readings including scientific articles on personality. This open access textbook may be of interest to other courses interested in teaching about theory and research on personality.
Table of Contents
1 Personality Traits
2 Personality Stability
3 Personality Assessment
4 Sigmund Freud, Karen Horney, Nancy Chodorow: Viewpoints on Psychodynamic Theory
5 Carl Jung
6 Humanistic and Existential Theory: Frankl, Rogers, and Maslow
7 The Nature-Nurture Question
8 Self-Regulation and Conscientiousness
9 Personality Disorders
10 Happiness: The Science of Subjective Well-Being
11 Yoga, Buddhism, Personality and Non-Personality
" This is an intermediate workshop designed for students who have a basic understanding of the principles of theatrical design and who want a more intensive study of costume design and the psychology of clothing. Students develop designs that emerge through a process of character analysis, based on the script and directorial concept. Period research, design, and rendering skills are fostered through practical exercises. Instruction in basic costume construction, including drafting and draping, provide tools for students to produce final projects."
Surveys research which incorporates psychological evidence into economics. Prospect theory. Biases in probabilistic judgment. Self-control and mental accounting with implications for consumption and savings. Fairness, altruism, and public goods contributions. Financial market anomalies and theories. Impact of markets, learning, and incentives. Some evidence on memory, attention, categorization, and the thinking process.
Love is deeply biological. It pervades every aspect of our lives and has inspired countless works of art. Love also has a profound effect on our mental and physical state. A “broken heart” or a failed relationship can have disastrous effects; bereavement disrupts human physiology and may even precipitate death. Without loving relationships, humans fail to flourish, even if all of their other basic needs are met. As such, love is clearly not “just” an emotion; it is a biological process that is both dynamic and bidirectional in several dimensions. Social interactions between individuals, for example, trigger cognitive and physiological processes that influence emotional and mental states. In turn, these changes influence future social interactions. Similarly, the maintenance of loving relationships requires constant feedback through sensory and cognitive systems; the body seeks love and responds constantly to interactions with loved ones or to the absence of such interactions. The evolutionary principles and ancient hormonal and neural systems that support the beneficial and healing effects of loving relationships are described here.
The human brain is responsible for all behaviors, thoughts, and experiences described in this textbook. This module provides an introductory overview of the brain, including some basic neuroanatomy, and brief descriptions of the neuroscience methods used to study it.
An advanced course covering anatomical, physiological, behavioral, and computational studies of the central nervous system relevant to speech and hearing. Students learn primarily by discussions of scientific papers on topics of current interest. Recent topics include cell types and neural circuits in the auditory brainstem, organization and processing in the auditory cortex, auditory reflexes and descending systems, functional imaging of the human auditory system, quantitative methods for relating neural responses to behavior, speech motor control, cortical representation of language, and auditory learning in songbirds.