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PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology - Textbook

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the etymology of the word “psychology
  • Define psychology
  • Understand the merits of an education in psychology
  • Understand the importance of Wundt and James in the development of psychology
  • Appreciate Freud’s influence on psychology
  • Understand the basic tenets of Gestalt psychology
  • Appreciate the important role that behaviorism played in psychology’s history
  • Understand basic tenets of humanism
  • Understand how the cognitive revolution shifted psychology’s focus back to the mind
  • Appreciate the diversity of interests and foci within psychology
  • Understand basic interests and applications in each of the described areas of psychology
  • Demonstrate familiarity with some of the major concepts or important figures in each of the described areas of psychology
  • Understand educational requirements for careers in academic settings
  • Understand the demands of a career in an academic setting
  • Understand career options outside of academic settings"
  • Describe Contemporary Perspectives in Psychology


Click on the links below to access the assigned reading.

     1.1 What Is Psychology?
     1.2 History of Psychology
     1.3 Contemporary Psychology
     1.4 Careers in Psychology


Introduction to Psychology and Chapter Review. Authored by: OpenStax CNX. Located at: License: CC BY-4.0. License Terms: Download for free at

Theoretical Perspectives in Modern Psychology. Provided by: Boundless. Located at: License: CC BY-NC-SA: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike