This course offers students a broad introduction to the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. We will explore a sampling of the ways Psychologists study these from different theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. For example, we will examine the interplay between the biological, psychological, and social aspects of human behavior. Content areas covered will include the brain, sensation and perception, memory, development, language, social psychology, and psychological disorders, among others. In-class exercises and laboratory activities will give you first hand experience with different types of scientific methods used by Psychological Scientists. These activities will provide you with practice in basic data analysis and interpretation, critical reasoning, an introduction to scientific reading and writing, and the application of psychological findings to "real-life." Each skill will ultimately help you filter the truth and fiction behind "common sense" interpretations of psychology.