University of Notre Dame

Introductory Psychology

*PSY 10000: Introductory Psychology *

This course poses and attempts to answer such questions as:

  • What are psychologists, and what do they do?
  • What methods can be employed to further our understanding of behavior?
  • How is the behavior of one person affected by that of others?
  • What is intelligence, and how does it develop?
  • How does a child become an adult?
  • How do we perceive the world around us?
  • What role does heredity and the environment play in determining our behavior?
  • What physiological variables affect behavior?
  • What motivates people to behave as they do?
  • What are emotions, what determines them, and how can they be measured?
  • What are the various states of consciousness, and what alters them?
  • What does it mean to be mentally ill, how does one get this way, and what can be done about it?

While Introductory Psychology is a required course for the psychology major, it is designed as an elective for any student with an interest in the behavior and interactions of human beings.