Foundations of Psychology
- Grades 7-11
- History and Social Science
Psychology, the science of behavior and mental processes, systematically explores phenomena as diverse as phantom limbs, sleep paralysis, false memories, and the bystander effect. This course explores major content domains in modern psychology, from the biological to the behavioral. You and your classmates will learn what constitutes an effective research design and analyze primitive and modern theories, and examine important topics in the field, including sensation and perception, social psychology, learning, memory, personality, and abnormal psychology. Each topic enables you to evaluate human thought and action through a different lens, continually demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature of psychology. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to pose incisive questions and express sophisticated hypotheses around your own theories of human behavior.
Typical Class Size: 16-18
- Identify and distinguish major psychological theories and use psychological terminology correctly
- Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental psychological research methods and design
- Develop analytical thinking skills by gaining experience reading and evaluating scientific research
- Examine important topics in the field of psychology, including sensation and perception, social psychology, learning, memory, personality, and abnormal psychology
- Critically examine theories and evaluate the findings of psychological research
- Apply psychological practicality to real-life settings and skills
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- Exploring Psychology, David Myers
- Forty Studies That Changed Psychology, Roger Hock
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