Jeffrey A. Schaler, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins University
Peabody Conservatory of Music
Fall 2000


Mondays and Wednesdays 8:00 - 9:20 A.M.
Room: 202 Conservatory
Faculty: Dr. Jeffrey A. Schaler
Office hours by appointment:
Telephone (410) 659-8159/ (301) 585-5664

Course Description
An introduction to the fields and research methods of contemporary psychology, including such topics as biological and social bases of behavior, human development, perception, memory, learning theory, intelligence, and abnormal behavior. Lecture and discussion format.

Course Objectives
1. To familiarize students with current theoretical terms and concepts in the psychology field, the methods used to research these concepts, and the applications of the concepts in clinical and educational settings.
2. To develop observational skill in self-observation and the observation of others.
3. To develop objective and critical evaluations of psychological theories and their applications from a philosophical point of view.
4. To develop an understanding and awareness of psychological problems, contemporary theories regarding their etiology, and treatment approaches.

Required Text:
Lahey, Benjamin B., (2001) Psychology: An introduction seventh edition. McGraw Hill. Use the accompanying study guide.

Course Requirements and Grades
Examination #1 20%
Examination #2 20%
Examination #3 20%
Final examination 40%
Total: 100%

--> Material discussed in class, and not in any of the readings, may form the basis for questions on the examinations. One grade reduction for over four absences. Sign in at each class. Students are responsible for anything covered in class during their absence, including material presented in films. Readings must be completed by the session to which they are assigned. If Dr. Schaler is absent, please complete the pre-identified assignment, or start the film/video which is available in your classroom. Expect that material on films will be on the examinations.


September 11 Chapter 1 What is Psychology?
Chapter 2 Research Methods
September 13 Appendix (p. 677/A1-12) Measurement, Research Design and Statistics
September 18 Appendix (p. 677/A1-A2) Measurement, Research Design and Statistics
September 20 Chapter 3 Biological Foundations of Behavior
September 25 Chapter 3 Biological Foundations of Behavior
September 27 Chapter 4 Sensation and Perception (pp. 137-147 only)
October 2 Chapter 5 States of Consciousness
October 4 Chapter 6 Basic Principles of Learning
October 9 Chapter 6 Basic Principles of Learning
October 11 First examination Chapters 1-6 + Appendix
October 16 Mid-term holiday, no class
October 18 Chapter 7 Memory
October 23 Chapter 8 Cognition, Language and Intelligence (Don't read pp. 286-293 on language.)
October 25 Chapter 9 Developmental Psychology
October 30 Chapter 9 Developmental Psychology
November 1 Chapter 10 Motivation and Emotion
November 6 Second examination Chapters 7--10
November 8 Chapter 11 Gender and Sexuality
November 13 Chapter 12 Personality Theories and Assessment
November 15 Chapter 13 Stress and Health
November 20 Third examination Chapters 11 - 13
November 22 No class--Thanksgiving holiday
November 27 Chapter 14 Abnormal Behavior
November 29 Chapter 14 Abnormal Behavior
December 4 Chapter 15 Therapies
December 6 Chapter 15 Therapies
Chapter 16 Social Psychology
December 11 Chapter 16 Social Psychology
December 13 Review
December 18 Final examination (Cumulative, Not Chapter 17)