Course Code:                 PSYC 1003

Course Title:                  Introduction to Psychology

Level:                             1

Semester:                       1

No. of Credits:                 3

Pre-requisite(s)                None    



The concepts and practice of psychology are becoming increasingly important in our society. This course allows students to gain an understanding of basic principles in psychology. The course also illustrates some basic techniques of measuring human behaviour and indicates where psychological principles could play an effective part in understanding and solving certain problems.

The course is organized into twelve (12) sections. An attempt will be made to use a multi-disciplinary approach through illustrations. Among the topic areas dealt with in this course are: neuroscience and behaviour, sensation and perception, learning, development, memory, motivation, emotion, thinking, language, intelligence, personality, abnormal behavior, and research design and measurement.

This course is a pre-requisite for all other second and third year psychology courses. Students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials and undertake consistent reading on their own.


  • To assist students in understanding principles and concepts in Psychology.
  • To foster an appreciation of the application of these principles to a variety of situations.
  • To develop an ability to critically think on psychological issues.
  • To build the necessary foundation to undertake second and third year Psychology courses.



Tutorial assignments will be given by your tutors. These assignments will require both individual and group initiative. A Topics for Review (tutorial) Sheet will also be given to you. Students are strongly encouraged to research topics on this sheet for discussion at tutorials.



Course work Examination

Coursework will constitute twenty-five percent  of the final marks and will be based on multiple choice questions. The examination will be held on Wednesday 17th October, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. for the Day students and 5:00P.M. for the Evening students. Students must attend at their allocated times. You will NOT be allowed to enter examination rooms if it is not your allocated time.


Final Examination

There will be one final examination that will constitute seventy-five percent (75%) of the final mark and will be based on multiple choice and essay questions.



Myers, D. G. (2010). Psychology (9th edition).Worth Publishers.



Only a brief summary of the lecture notes would be put online.  Lecture slides would NOT be distributed to students. Students are required to attend lectures and read.

The relevant readings can be found at myeLearning.





SECTION 1        Introduction and Main Theoretical Currents in Psychology

  • Prologue and chapter 1 in text.
  • Whatever Happened to Psychology as the Science of Behaviour? By B.F. Skinner, American Psychologist, Aug. 1987.
  • Psychology as a Health Profession. By N. B. Anderson, Monitor on Psychology, Mar. 2003, Vol.34 (3), 9.
  • The Mentality of Apes Revisited. By D.J. Povinelli and J. M. Bering in Current Directions in

Psychological Science, 11(4), 2002, 115-118.

  • Families and Family Psychology at the Millennium. By F. W. Kaslow, American Psychologist, Jan. 2001, Vol. 56(1), 37 - 46.
  • Eastern Caribbean Family Psychology with Conduct Disordered Adolescents from the Virgin Islands. By G. R. Dudley- Grant, American Psychologist, Jan. 2001, Vol.56 (1), 47 – 57.


SECTION 2     Neuroscience and Behaviour

  • Chapter 2 in text.
  • The Psychology and Neurobiology of Suicidal Behaviour. By Thomas E. Joiner Jr. and Jessica

       Brown, LaRicka R. Windgate , Annual Review of Psychology, 2005, Vol 56, 287-314.

  • Making Sense of Emotion: Evolution, Reason & the Brain. By Arne Öhman Daedalus;

Academic Research Library, 2007; Vol 135(3), 33-45.


SECTION 3     Sensation and Perception

  • Chapters 6 in text.
  • The Role of Effort in Perceiving Distance. By D. R. Proffitt, J. Stefanucci, T. Banton and W. Epstein, Psychological Science, Mar. 2003, Vol.14 (2), 106 - 112.
  • On Wildebeests and Humans: The Preferential Detection of Negative Stimuli. By A. Dijksterhius and H. Aarts, Psychological Science, Jan. 2003, Vol.14 (1), 14 - 18.
  • Different Shades of Perception. By Etienne Benson, Monitor on Psychology, Dec. 2002, Vol.33 (11), 28 - 29.
  • Do I Know You: Processing Orientation and Face Recognition. By C. N. Macrae and H. L. Lewis, Psychological Science, Mar. 2002, Vol. 13 (2), 194 - 197. 


SECTION 4   Learning


SECTION 5   Memory

  • Chapter 8 in text.
  • Autobiographical Memory and Conceptions of Self: Getting Better all the Time. By Michael Ross and Anne E. Wilson, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Apr. 2003, Vol. 12 (2), 66 - 69.
  • Grand Illusions of Memory. By Elizabeth Loftus, Observer, Aug. 2003, Vol. 16 (8), 1, 32-33
  • Retrograde Amnesia: Forgetting Back. By D. C. Riccio, P. M. Milliu and P. Gisquet-Verrier, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Apr. 2003, Vol. 12 (2), 41 - 44.
  • Imagination Can Create False Autobiographical Memories. By Giuliana Mazzoni and Amina Memon, American Psychological Society, March 2003, Vol 14(2), 186-188
  • Memories from the Cradle. By Mark L. Howe, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Apr. 2003, Vol. 12 (2), 62 - 65.


SECTION 6     Research Design

  • Chapter 1 in text.
  • 10 ways Practitioners can avoid frequent ethical pitfalls. By Deborah Smith, Monitor on Psychology, Jan. 2003, Vol. 34 (31, 50 - 55.
  • Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. American Psychologist, Dec. 2002, Vol. 57 (12), 1060 - 1073.
  • Psychological Science in a Post-Modern context. By Kenneth J. Gergen, American Psychologist, Oct. 2001, Vol. 56 (10), 803 - 813.
  • Observation. By P. Banister, E.Burman, I Parker, M. Taylor in Qualitative Methods in Psychology: A Research Guide. Buckingham: Open University Press, 1998.
  • Interviewing. By P. Banister, E.Burman, I Parker, M. Taylor in Qualitative Methods in Psychology: A Research Guide. Buckingham: Open University Press, 1998.


SECTION 7     Motivation

  • Chapter 11 in text
  • Motivations and Emotions- Dangerous Ideas- Five Beliefs that propel groups towards conflict. By R. J. Eidelson and J. I. Eidelson, American Psychologist, Mar. 2003, Vol. 58 (3), 182 - 192.
  • The Effect of Motivation, Family Environment and Student Characteristics on Academic Achievement. By Ibtesam Halawah, Journal of Instructional Psychology, 2007, Vol 33(2), 91-99.


SECTION 8    Development


SECTION 9     Emotion

  • Chapter 12 in text
  • Anger across the Gender Divide. By Melissa Dittmann, Monitor on Psychology, Mar. 2003, Vol. 34 (3), 52 - 53
  • Why Are Some People Happier Than Others? The Role of Cognitive and Motivational Processes in Well Being. By Sonja Lyubomirsky, American Psychologist, Mar. 2001, Vol. 56 (3), 239 - 249.
  • Are Men Emotional Mummies? By T. DeAngelis, Monitor on Psychology, Dec. 2001, Vol.  32 (11), 40 - 41.


SECTION 10   Intelligence

  • Chapters 10 in text
  • The Relationship Between Language And Social Competence: How Language Impairment Affects Social Growth. By Paul C. McCabe and Paul J. Meller, Psychology in the Schools, 2004, Vol. 41(3), 313-321,
  • Language Development and Education. By Paula Menyuk, Journal of Education, 1995, Vol. 177(1), 39-63.
  • Culture and Intelligence. BY Robert J. Sternberg, American Psychologist, Jul-Aug 2004, 59(5), 325-338
  • What Is The Common Thread Of Creativity: It’s Dialectical Relation To Intelligence And Wisdom. By Robert J. Sternberg, American Psychologist, Apr. 2001, Vol. 56 (4), 360 - 362.
  • Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns. By Ulric Neisser et. al., American Psychologist, 1996, 51(2), 77-101.


SECTION 11   Personality

  • Chapter 13 in text.
  • Childhood Exposure To Televised Violence May Predict Aggressive Behavior In Adults. By M. Dittmann. Monitor on Psychology, May 2003, Vol. 34 (5), 13.
  • Situational-Behavior Profiles as a Locus of Consistency in Personality.  By W.Mischel et. al Current Directions in Psychological Science, 2002, Vol 11(2), 50-53.
  • Personality Trait Structure as a Human Universal. By Robert R. McCrae and Paul T. Costa Jr., 1997, in American Psychologist, 1997, Vol 52(5), 509-516. 


SECTION 12   Abnormal Behaviour

  • Chapters 14 and 15 in text.
  • Long-Term Treatment of an Addictive Personality. By: Seymour, Peter M. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, Fall2003, Vol. 67 (4), 328-346.
  • Psychiatric Disorders and Treatments. By: Forness, Steven R.; Walker, Hill M.; Kavale, Kenneth A. Teaching Exceptional Children, Nov/Dec2003, Vol. 36 (2), 42-49.
  • Understanding and Treating Social Phobia. By: Russell C. Curtis, Amy Kimball, Erin L.           Stroup. Journal of Counseling & Development, Winter2004, Vol. 82 (1), 3-9.
  • Autism. By: Fred R. Volkmar and David Pauls. October 2003, Vol. 362 (9390), 1133-1142.
  • Depression and Gender: An International Review. By Frances M. Culbertson, 1997, in American Psychologist, 52(1), 25-31.