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PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology (3cr)
Timothy A. Lower, PhD

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Welcome to the home page for my course section of Introduction to Psychology.  On this site you should find information to facilitate your learning and guide your studies.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: I often make changes to this site and my course syllabus between semesters.  If you are a student enrolled in this course for an upcoming semester, please be advised that graded materials and learning activities may change between semesters.  Therefore, please wait until the first day of the course before completing tasks.  

Overview and Purpose of the Course
This course presents a contemporary survey of the state of the science in psychology.   The course introduces students to a variety of topics in psychology.  Students majoring in psychology will find that this course provides a firm foundation in several subdisciplinary fields of study.  Those taking this course as an elective, or to otherwise augment their learning, will find that the topics of the course inform many of their life experiences. My approach in particular involves exposing students to the many and varied ways that psychology informs their personal, professional, and academic interests. 

Unfortunately, some in academia assume that an introductory psychology course will be easy.  This assumption is inaccurate.  As students will come to understand, introduction to psychology courses are often one of the more challenging courses in their academic lives.  Students wishing to perform at above average levels will need to fully apply themselves to this course and their studies throughout the duration of the semester.

Course Calendar
The list below presents upcoming lecture topics, events, and deadlines as detailed in the Calendar section of this Website.  It is presented for general planning purposes only.  University deadlines are beyond my control and may sometimes change without my knowledge.  If one of the university deadlines affects you, please double-check that deadline with the appropriate university staff person or Website. 

Intro to Psychology

General Class Structure
In general, class meetings will be structured similarly.  I do this to increase predictability and organization.  There are three main portions of each class, which are listed below:

Taking care of business. Each class meeting begins with a few minutes to take care of business.  This time is reserved for information and responses to student questions about the practicalities of the course, such as upcoming deadlines, requirements for assignments, and announcements.  It should generally take us less than 5 minutes to take care of business. 

Questions and answers (AKA, stump the professor).
After the practicalities of the course have been discussed, we will move on to a question and answer period.  During this time I will answer one or two of the questions submitted by students through the online Student Questions form found at the bottom of each of the lecture and learning materials pages.  As is discussed on the Grading Information page of this Website, students receive points for submitting these questions.  They are also an opportunity for students to increase the meaningfulness of this course as it applies to their own personal lives or professional goals. The question and answer period normally lasts 5-10 minutes at most.  Those wishing to hear lengthier discussions on more of their student questions should tune in to the The NEW Phenomenologists on Wednesdays at 4:00pm on KSUA 91.5 FM.  Alternatively, students can listen online through the radio station's Website, or through its Webpage on    

Main lecture or learning activity. After the question and answer period has been completed, we will move on to the main lecture or learning activities.  We will spend the balance of the class meeting engaged in the lecture or activities, and discussing key topics. Sometimes the main lecture or learning activity will consist of further review of key concepts that occur in the text.  A majority of the time, however, the main lecture or learning activity will seek to accomplish one or more of the following:
  • extend the depth of learning about key concepts by analyzing further research in the area,
  • apply the key concepts to situations commonly experienced in professional or research settings,
  • encourage self-evaluation by illuminating the manner in which key concepts underlie common experiences as encultured human beings, or
  • integrate key concepts with scholarly theories and findings in other areas of psychology, as well as other disciplines.
PLEASE NOTE: Because I do not believe that in-class lectures should consist wholly of regurgitating the content of the assigned text, I do not do so in the main lecture.  Instead, the question and answer period is the time for students to clarify concepts in the text that they do not understand.  It is important that students seek to clarify their understanding of the concepts during this time, as assignments and tests will assess concepts in both the text and the lectures, whether or not I have reviewed them during the lecture. 

Video recording of class meetings and lectures
Course meetings that occur in the Druska Carr Schaible Auditorium are now being recorded, and are available to you here on this web page.  These video recordings are also be available to any member of the general public with internet access.  Universities that record lectures are finding improvement in student academic performance, as well as increased satisfaction among their students.  I'm hoping you'll find these recordings to be useful as well.  For your own educational benefit, however, I would not recommend using them as a regular alternative to attending class meetings.  Instead, I would recommend using them for review after attending the class meeting, or in cases in which missing a class meeting is unavoidable.  

Below you will find a list of recordings from course lectures.  To watch a given lecture, select the date of the lecture in the left column.  Next, select the play button in the right column.  A new tab will open, and the lecture will play in this new tab.  To download audio or video recordings of the lecture to watch at a later time in a location without broadband internet access, select the appropriate link in the right-hand column.  For best results, students may want to open the day's lecture and learning materials web page in a separate tab, and then toggle back and forth between that tab and the tab playing the recorded lecture.  In this way, students can hear and watch the lecture, while also viewing the written lecture outline, posted videos, or other links utilized during the lecture.  

The video is recorded from a stationary camera in the booth at the back of the auditorium, while the audio is recorded from the podium in the pit at the front of the auditorium.  It appears that the recordings capture video of the podium and general pit area, as well as what appears to be the first two rows of seats directly in front of the podium.  If, therefore, you sit in or otherwise enter these areas of the auditorium, your image, activities, and voice will be recorded.  Students asking questions during the lecture can also be heard, depending on the distance of the student from the podium. If, therefore, you ask a question during the class meeting, your voice and question may also be recorded.  

Spring 2014 Lecture Recordings

The NEW Phenomenologists
    Music for our Robot Descendants

General Interest Psychology RSS Feeds
The RSS feeds below are from two major psychological associations: The American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. The feeds consist of recent scholarly articles in psychology, which are drawn from the various psychology journals published under the auspices of these organizations.  Students might find these journal articles to be pertinent to their assignments and learning in this course, as well as for informing their personal or professional choices and goals.  Many of these articles can be freely accessed in full electronic text by students through the databases held by their university libraries.

Journals published under the auspices of the American Psychological Association.

American Psychologist

Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority

Developmental Psychology


History of Psychology

Journal of Abnormal Psychology

Journal of Comparative Psychology

Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychol

Journal of Counseling Psychology

Journal of Educational Psychology

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Lear

Journal of Family Psychology

Journal of Personality and Social Psycho


Psychological Assessment

Psychological Methods

Psychology of Religion & Spirituality

Journals published under the auspices of the Association for Psychological Science.

Clinical Psychological Science

Current Directions in Psychological Scie

Perspectives on Psychological Science

Psychological Science

The original content in this site is (c) 2011-2014 by Tim Lower, PhD.  Faculty may use information on this site for educational activities, but please first read this page.