Introduction to Psychology

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What are people most afraid of? What do our dreams mean? Are we natural-born racists? What makes us happy? What are the causes and cures of mental illness? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior.

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Taught by
Paul Bloom
Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University
and 7 more instructors

Offered by
Yale University

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0 posts • 13 mentions • top 13 shown below

r/psychology • comment
4 points • AnilNagendra

Try this:

r/NoStupidQuestions • comment
3 points • Dilettante

On a basic level, the Youtube series "Crash Course" has a good (if fast-paced) overview of many first-year psychology concepts. If you have access to, then the Great Courses also have a few good lecture series on psychology. Some universities also make their lectures available online for free, like Yale. Or you could look online for the PDFs for a first-year introduction to psych/AP Psychology textbook.

r/psychologystudents • comment
1 points • leica646

Have you considered taking an introductory psychology course online? They usually cover all topics of psychology short and broadly, so you can get an idea of what each field is like.
Eg coursera offers one for free I haven't tried it out myself but usually teaching sessions are bite sized and concise. Seems good for when you only have 10 - 20 minutes of free time at once!

Also, if you are interested more on course material you can easily enroll at eg studydrive (just pick a random uni and pick bachelors psychology programme) and you can look at study notes other students are sharing (they likely are not ideal, but give a good overview of what is expected from you in the course). This maybe gives you a better idea of what is thaught in Psychology rather than reading pop-science books, that are likely biased and feed you wrong info!

r/explainlikeimfive • comment
1 points • rl4brains

If you want a broad overview of psychology, I'd suggest something like a Coursera course. It looks like this Yale Intro Psych course is still free if you don't need the certificate, and it just started today. I can vouch from personal experience that Paul Bloom is an excellent lecturer - funny and charismatic.

r/GetStudying • comment
1 points • Is_it_really_art

I prefer this one:

r/SpaceCannibalism • comment
1 points • lunaticneko

Prof just described RimWorld in two words!

You can take this class from the following link, if you'd like:

Maybe we can understand better why we become psychopaths.

r/psychologystudents • comment
1 points • ordinaryeeguy
r/IWantToLearn • comment
1 points • BlueKing7642

I may be able to recommend some books if I know what type of psychology you’re interested in or why you want to learn.

r/AcademicPsychology • comment
2 points • CharlieMana1

I have heard great things from this project!

Make also try this Intro Course from Yale on Coursera

r/psychologystudents • comment
1 points • tgaines19

Psychology is such a broad topic…

If you're into podcasts, I suggest a listening to the Very Bad Wizards podcast! They discuss extremely interesting topics and you will learn a lot about psychology and philosophy. I would start with the episodes that feature Dr. Paul Bloom, a distinguished professor of psychology at Yale. There is also Two Psychologists Four Beers and The Black Goat podcasts.

Alternatively, you could start with few books to get a taste of some psychological principles. Stuff by Malcolm Gladwell like Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, touches on some topics in psychology that are fun, but have (arguably) been sensationalized. There’s also Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and A Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankel (one of my personal favorites). You can also watch multiple psychology lectures on YouTube and actually participate in some courses on for free (

I majored in psychology so let me know if you have any other questions!

r/INTP • comment
1 points • nth_username

Try some free online courses first and see which peaks your interest more. Don't worry about what career quizzes say, or things of that nature, find something that speaks to you and that you find enjoyable.


Example courses:

(1) Psych



Programming itself can be looked at as an art. People will write programs in a myriad of different ways, and some are more 'aesthetic' than others. Sometimes people come up with some really creative solutions to solve problems.

However, programming is still a very logical process. Computers will only perform the instructions they are given, so attention to the detail of the logical outcomes of a given code is important. I don't want to speak much towards Psych, because I have little experience with it, but I would imagine there is more interpretation involved when working with patients.


Good luck!

r/AskSocialScience • comment
1 points • Rlyeh_Dispatcher

I don't know about books, but I do strongly recommend her(?) to try out some recorded lectures or MOOCs on Psychology 101, just to get used to the flavour of what a university lecture might be like (you can audit all of them for free). Some that I can find right now:

r/Mcat • post
2 points • mou0512
I suck at C/P and kaplan books are NOT helping

I am a nontrad and it's been 5-6 years since I've taken C/P courses... i've been trying to read through the kaplan books and the P/S khan academy documents, but I haven't been able to retain ANYTHING. Recently, I've been seeing posts about these free online courses on coursera and I brushed it off at first, but I am on the verge of shooting myself so I checked it out. Decided to enroll into these courses and for the first time since quarantine, I'm actually kind of excited to learn! You can get through a whole module in 1-3 days. I think I saw a biochem course as well :) I hope this might be of some help to anyone that's having trouble studying right now\~

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