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Kendra Cherry

What Do You Learn About in Psychology Classes?

By August 28, 2013

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You will learn a variety of topics in psychology classes

I was recently helping a group of high school students select classes for the upcoming school year. "What type of things will I be learning about in my psychology class?," one student asked. This is a great question and is something that is probably on the minds of a lot of students who will be taking their very first psychology classes this semester.

Obviously, the exact content of each psychology class differs from each situation to the next. And the specifics can vary even more based on the exact subject matter of the course. An introductory psychology class will include a broad range of topics, while a social psychology class will be centered solely on the topic of social behavior.

Here are a few things that you might expect to learn about in a general psychology course:

  • A brief historical overview of psychology
  • Research methods
  • Personality
  • Social behavior
  • Human development
  • Emotion and motivation
  • Memory and intelligence
  • Learning
  • Sensation and perception

The exactly content of your psychology class will vary depending upon a number of factors including your instructor's syllabus and the assigned textbook. If you are thinking of taking a psychology class in the future or simply need a refresher on some of the basics, then consider signing up for our free Psychology 101 e-course where you will learn about many of the topics covered in a typical introductory-level psychology course. Be sure to check out the e-course FAQ for information on some of the most frequently asked questions about the class.

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