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
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.
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.
Survey of principles underlying the structure and function of the nervous system, integrating molecular, cellular, and systems approaches. Topics: development of the nervous system and its connections, cell biology or neurons, neurotransmitters and synaptic transmission, sensory systems of the brain, the neuroendocrine system, the motor system, higher cortical functions, behavioral and cellular analyses of learning and memory. First half of an intensive two-term survey of brain and behavioral studies for first-year graduate students. Open to graduate students in other departments, with permission of instructor.
Surveys the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuronal communication. Covers ion channels in excitable membrane, synaptic transmission, and synaptic plasticity. Correlates the properties of ion channels and synaptic transmission with their physiological function such as learning and memory. Discusses the organizational principles for the formation of functional neural networks at synaptic and cellular levels.
This course will cover the basic concepts of clinical psychology -- the study of diagnosing, treating, and understanding abnormal and maladaptive behaviors. Much of the information in this course is based on the Diagnostic Statistical Manual IV-TR (DSM), which is the industry standard for both clinical psychologists and psychiatrists. Few issues in the field have hard-and-fast answers. As such, rather than providing you with step-by-step directions, this course has been designed to assist you in making educated decisions when diagnosing and treating a mental disease. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Describe the historical context of the emergence of clinical psychology; Demonstrate an awareness of the differences between mental health professionals in the broad field of clinical psychology; Identify the subspecialty areas within clinical psychology (i.e., community psychology, health psychology, and neuropsychology); Define the main tasks of the clinical psychologist and explain how the contributions of this subspecialty fit into or relate to the broader field of psychology; Define the criteria for what is considered 'abnormal' versus 'normal' and explain how these definitions fit into the notion that psychopathology exists on a continuum; Compare/contrast the different types of psychotherapy treatments; Discuss the ethical considerations related to the practice of psychotherapy; List the main diagnostic features of a variety of mental disorders (i.e., mood disorders, schizophrenia, etc.); Identify the potential factors that may contribute to the instigation and persistence of mental illness for individuals across the lifespan (i.e., children, adults, and older adults). (Psychology 205)