The Great Ideas of Psychology : The Great Courses: Psychology

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Daniel N. Robinson
  • Series: The Great Courses: Psychology
  • 23 hrs and 27 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

If you’ve ever wanted to delve more deeply into the mysteries of human emotion, perception, and cognition, and of why we do what we do, these 48 lectures offer a superb place to start. With them, you’ll see the entire history of psychology unfold. In the hands of Professor Robinson, these lectures encompass ideas, speculations, and point-blank moral questions that might just dismantle and rebuild everything you once thought you knew about psychology. In fact, you’ll not only learn what psychology is, but even if it is, as Professor Robinson discusses the constantly shifting debate over the nature of psychology itself.
Lecture by lecture, Professor Robinson navigates from one subject to the next, and you’ll follow along as he recreates a Platonic dialogue; explains brain physiology; or explores the intricacies of middle ear construction, the psychological underpinnings of the Salem witch trials, and the history of the insanity defense.
Among other things, you’ll learn:

How a brilliant young scientist’s temporary blindness led to pioneering research in sensory psychology
How the once-prestigious, now-derided, ”sciences” of phrenology and mesmerism contributed to psychological knowledge
What happened when a Stanford psychologist and his students decided to study “being sane in insane places” by getting themselves committed to a mental institution
How the brain is able to “rewire” itself to compensate for particular traumas at an early age
If high heritability determines how much the environment influences the value of a trait, and more.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


I teach these concepts to graduate students and still learned a lot. I also wrote Dr Robinson to thank him--and he wrote back.

I cannot recommend this course enough to the serious student of humanity.
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- Shirley Stone

The Oxford level of examination of psychology

The teaser review that comes up for this course is just plain misguided. As a former Ivy league professor I applaud Professor Robinson's approach to the topic. He puts modern and historic psychology and its underlying theories in the perspective necessary to understand the rational basis from which they were derived.

I am a scientist and I felt this his approach and coverage of a diverse set of related topics was excellent. I should also point out that my wife who is a mental health professional also found this book to be not only a great read, but an excellent coverage of the topic.
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- Gare&Sophia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses