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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Fall 2007

PSY 301 • Intro to Psychology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44900 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
BUR 106

Course Description

The goal of this course is to help you gain a basic understanding of the major topics surrounding the mind and behavior and how these theories relate to other concepts as well as to your everyday life. Lectures will focus on recent developments in the field, while the book presents a broad and even picture of the major topics in psychology.

Topics will include: the brain and its hemispheres, stress and lie detection, sleep, dreaming, and consciousness, cognitive and moral development, Freud and personality, schizophrenia and depression, and social psychology across cultures.

Grading Policy

The five tests. Your final grade in the course is based on your performance on the five exams -- and your turning in your writing assignments. There is no final exam in the course. The computation of your final grade is based on the following: Lowest of your five tests = 0% Other 4 exams @22.5% each = 90% Note that you MUST take and pass the 5th exam. Failure to pass the 5th exam means that it will count as one of the four exams that will be counted. This rule encourages students to take the final part of the course seriously. Writing assignments. Five writing assignments are due over the course of the semester. You will be graded simply on whether or not you turn them in. Each writing assignment is worth 2%, all 5 count for 10%.

There is no extra credit for this course.


Gazzaniga and Heatherton (2003). Psychological Science. Both online and hardcopy versions available.


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