9.00SC Introduction to Psychology

9.00SC Introduction to Psychology (Fall 2011, MIT OCW). Instructor: Professor John Gabrieli. This course is a survey of the scientific study of human nature, including how the mind works, and how the brain supports the mind. Topics include the mental and neural bases of perception, emotion, learning, memory, cognition, child development, personality, psychopathology, and social interaction. Students will consider how such knowledge relates to debates about nature and nurture, free will, consciousness, human differences, self, and society. (from

Lecture 14 - Intelligence

How much is intelligence determined by our childhood environment vs. our genetics? Are there things we can do later in life to become more intelligent? What exactly is intelligence, anyway? This session explores the strengths and weaknesses of IQ testing, various models of intelligence, some underlying neural mechanisms, the influences of nature and nurture on intelligence, and perspectives on influences of race, effort, and practice.

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Lecture 01 - Introduction
Lecture 02 - Science and Research
Lecture 03 - Brain I: Structure and Functions
Lecture 04 - Brain II: Methods of Research
Lecture 05 - Vision I
Lecture 06 - Vision II
Lecture 07 - Attention
Lecture 08 - Consciousness
Lecture 09 - Learning
Lecture 10 - Memory I
Lecture 11 - Memory II: Amnesia and Memory Systems
Lecture 12 - Language
Lecture 13 - Thinking
Lecture 14 - Intelligence
Lecture 15 - Emotion and Motivation
Lecture 16 - Personality
Lecture 17 - Child Development
Lecture 18 - Adult Development
Lecture 19 - Stress
Lecture 20 - Psychopathology I
Lecture 21 - Psychopathology II
Lecture 22 - Social Psychology I
Lecture 23 - Social Psychology II
Lecture 24 - Conclusions - Evolutionary Psychology, Happiness