Leader: Howard Berthold

Description: When I first told my mother about the research I was doing in graduate school, she said, "I thought you were studying psychology!" I was, but like many others, she only knew about topics frequently covered by the popular media. The field of  psychology is in fact much broader than most people realize, and its principles often are different from what people believe is true based on common sense. This and subsequent courses will provide an overview of the major areas of psychology. Rather than trying to cover all the topics in each area, I will pick those that I find most fascinating.

The area covered this term will be Sensation and Perception, including the topic that sparked my mother's comment: The Interaction of Sinusoidal Oscillation and Sinusoidal Electrical Stimulation on the Sensation of Movement. Other topics will include the surprising differences between the physical world and our perception of it, illusions, and causes and cures for problems with our vision and hearing.

Class meetings will be run interactively. I will provide information and a theoretical context in which to organize psychological concepts, but I expect that in the subsequent discussion we will all learn a lot more from class members than from me.

This is the fourth of a planned series of courses. The topics covered during each term are self-contained. Participants do not have to have enrolled in prior semesters of the series. In later terms we will consider more of the major areas of psychology - the science of behavior and mental processes. I hope that you will come to understand why people like me have found psychology so fascinating that they have chosen to devote the majority of their lives to studying it.

Biography: Howard Berthold is professor emeritus of psychology at Lycoming College, where he taught for 35 years. He supervised over 1,500 independent research projects by undergraduates and has also served as a consultant in the field of industrial/organizational psychology.

Materials:  Handouts will be provided as needed.

Number of Participants:     

Minimum: 6       
Maximum: 18  

Location:   RidgeCrest at RiverWoods - Creative Arts Room   

Meeting Time: Tuesdays, MARCH 18 through APRIL 1, 2014, 1 - 3:00 p.m.   

(Note: This is a three-week course.)

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