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April 8, 2022


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This course, Making sense of ourselves, introduces you to well-known psychological topics by asking and answering everyday questions, such as Why don’t we like one another? Why would I hang around with you? Do you see what I see? What’s the point of childhood? You’ll learn how psychologists can go about addressing these questions using different research tools and approaches.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Explain some of the key aspects of prejudice and how and why they are important
  • Describe basic elements in the study of the psychology of personal relationships such as love and friendship
  • Understand how visual illusions are used to explore the visual system and how psychologists research vision
  • Understand the role of theory of mind in researching child development.

Course Curriculum

    • Why don’t we like one another? 00:05:00
    • Explicit and implicit prejudice 00:10:00
    • Potential limitations of self-report measures of prejudice 00:40:00
    • Tackling social desirability 00:10:00
    • The activation of racial attitudes 00:15:00
    • Interpreting the findings 00:10:00
    • Why would I hang around with you? 00:05:00
    • Enduring love? 01:00:00
    • Do you see what I see? 00:05:00
    • What do visual illusions tell us about how we process information? 01:00:00
    • Adelson’s checkerboard illusion 00:40:00
    • Spiral after-effect illusion 00:20:00
    • What’s the point of childhood? 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:05:00

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