Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It encompasses many aspects, from the biological influences of our brain, to social pressures, and also how environmental factors affect how people think, act, and feel. The following tasks have been designed to give you an introduction to studying Psychology; they will give you a taste of some of content we cover during the course.
What is a Psychology?
Using the following websites and the questions below:
1. What is psychology?
2. What different types of psychologists are there?
3. What is the difference between psychology, criminology and forensic psychology?
Try this experiment: https://www.psytoolkit.org/lessons/experiment_stroop.html
This is called ‘the Stroop effect’. When you are asked to identify the colour of the ink, you can’t help but read the word, and if the written colour doesn’t match the ink colour, your brain receives two conflicting messages, which is why it takes longer to identify the ink colour. Reading is an automatic process – once you have learned to read, and have been reading for years, you can’t switch this ability off, so every time you see a simple word, you read it.
If you enjoyed the above activities and would like to explore the topic further, we recommend watching the following video- it gives you a great and quite amusing introduction to what psychology is all about!