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These terms are just one way of talking about what the course covers. They are NOT the terms you need to learn for the tests. To find those terms, look in the webpage under the exams.

Is This a Comprehensive Introduction to Psychology?

This class is based on the idea that you can learn more about psychology by looking in depth at a few things than by looking at lots of things quickly. But for those who are concerned that this class will not give you good "coverage" of the topics in psychology, I provide this list of terms that you will encounter in this class compared with the most important terms in psychology. The list of terms is taken from Boneau (1990). Some areas (like Methodology) have many more terms than others (like Cognitive). This is simply because there is more agreement in those areas about what is important. Those terms listed in bold are ones you can expect to know something about by the time you are finished with this class. As you can see, we do not cover Perception. The basic stuff in all the other categories is covered, though.

Reference

Boneau, C.A. (1990). Psychological Literacy: A first approximation. American Psychologist, 47(7), 891-900.

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