9.00P Introduction to Psychology

As taught in: Fall 2001

A complex black and white illustration which does not appear exactly the same from moment to moment as the brain tries to organize the pattern.

The multiple changing patterns show how the brain constantly tries to organize the input from the visual system. (Courtesy of Prof. Steven Pinker.)




Prof. Steven Pinker

Course Description

A first course in psychology: how we think, see, feel, learn, talk, act, grow, fear, like, love, hate, lust, and interact. The great controversies: nature and nurture, free will, consciousness, human differences, self and society. Largely experimental and social psychology, with relevant ideas from biology, philosophy, linguistics, economics, anthropology, and the arts.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.