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Video Lectures: Introduction to Psychology with Paul Bloom

Professor Bloom

For more video lectures, see index.

Paul Bloom is a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. His main topics of academic interest includes developmental psychology and he is the author of many books, such as Descartes’ baby: How the science of child development explains what makes us human and How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. His course in introductory psychology taught and recorded back in 2007 is very popular.

Topics include historical introductions to Freud, Skinner and Piaget, language, consciousness, evolution of emotion and reason, individual differences, sex, morality, perception, religion, social psychology, psychopathology and happiness.

Lecture 01: Introduction
Lecture 02: Foundations: This Is Your Brain
Lecture 03: Foundations: Freud
Lecture 04: Foundations: Skinner
Lecture 05: What is it Like to be a Baby: The Development of Thought
Lecture 06: How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth
Lecture 07: Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Language
Lecture 08: Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past
Lecture 09: Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Love
Lecture 10: Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Evolution and Rationality
Lecture 11: Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions (Part I)
Lecture 12: Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions (Part II)
Lecture 13: Why Are People Different? Differences.
Lecture 14: What Motivates Us? Sex
Lecture 15: A Person in the World of People: Morality
Lecture 16: A Person in the World of People: Self and Other (Part I)
Lecture 17: A Person in the World of People: Self and Other (Part II)
Lecture 18: What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness (Part I)
Lecture 19: What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness (Part II)
Lecture 20: The Good Life: Happiness

The course website can be found here.

2 responses to “Video Lectures: Introduction to Psychology with Paul Bloom

  1. Pingback: Index for Video Lectures « Debunking Denialism

  2. Allen Esterson November 7, 2012 at 20:31

    I’ve just been listening to Paul Bloom’s entertaining lecture on Freud, in the early section of which he tells a well known story about the time Freud was leaving Vienna and had acceded to a request to state that he had been treated well, to which he sarcastically add that he would recommend the Gestapo to everyone. Turns out it’s not true. The original document was discovered in 1989 and no such statement appears on it. The fullest account appears in the entry by Alain de Mijolla in the International Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2005):

    “The original text of the statement was found during a 1989 public auction of documents concerning the emigration of Freud’s family… It was written by Alfred Indra and signed by Freud, without any additions by him. It reads: “Erklarung. Ich bestätige gerne, dass bis heute den 4. Juni 1938, keinerlie Behelligung meiner Person oder meiner Hausgenossen vorgekommen ist. Behörden und Funtionäre der Partei sind mir und meinem Hausgenossen ständig korrekt und rücksickstvoll entgegentretten. Wien, den 4. Juni 1938. Prof. Dr. Sigm. Freud.” (Declaration. I hereby confirm of my own free will that as of today, June 4, 1938, neither I nor those around me have been harassed. The authorities and representatives of the Party have always conducted themselves correctly and with restraint with me and with those around me. Vienna, June 4, 1938. Prof. Dr. Sigm. Freud.)”

    I think that this is illustrates that second hand reports (in this instance in Ernest Jones’s biography of Freud) should always be treated with caution.

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