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What do your dreams mean? Do men and women differ in the nature and intensity of their sexual desires? Can apes learn sign language? Why can’t we tickle ourselves? This course tries to answer these questions and many others, providing a comprehensive overview of the scientific study of thought and behavior. It explores topics such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, religion, persuasion, love, lust, hunger, art, fiction, and dreams. We will look at how these aspects of the mind develop in children, how they differ across people, how they are wired-up in the brain, and how they break down due to illness and injury.

19 hours of video.

20 lectures.

Reading assignments and a mid-term exam with answer keys and a final exam(Final exam answer key is not available) .

Course books


Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University. He was born in Montreal, Canada, was an undergraduate at McGill University, and did his doctoral work at MIT. He has published in scientific journals such as Nature and Science, and in popular outlets such as The New York Times and The Atlantic Monthly. He is the co-editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the author of two books: How Children Learn the Meanings of Words and Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human. His research explores children's understanding of art, religion, and morality.


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Course content

  • Lecture 1 - Introduction

  • Lecture 2 - Foundations: This Is Your Brain

  • Lecture 3 - Foundations: Freud

  • Lecture 4 - Foundations: Skinner

  • Lecture 5 - What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought

  • Lecture 6 - How Do We Communicate?: Language in the Brain, Mouth and the Hands

  • Lecture 7 - Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Language (cont.); Vision and Memory

  • Lecture 8 - Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Vision and Memory (cont.)

  • Lecture 9 - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Love (Guest Lecture by Professor Peter Salovey)

  • Lecture 10 - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Evolution and Rationality

  • Lecture 11 - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions, Part I

  • Lecture 12 - Evolution, Emotion, and Reason: Emotions, Part II

  • Exam 1 - Midterm Exam

  • Guest Lecture 1 - Brain and Perception (Guest Lecture by Professor Marvin Chun)

  • Lecture 13 - Why Are People Different?: Differences

  • Lecture 14 - What Motivates Us: Sex

  • Guest Lect. 2 -The Psychology, Biology, & Politics of Food (Guest Lect. by Professor Kelly Brownell)

  • Lecture 15 - A Person in the World of People: Morality

  • Lecture 16 - A Person in the World of People: Self and Other, Part I

  • Lect.17 -A Person in the World of People:Self & Other Part II;Some Mysteries:Sleep,Dreams & Laughter

  • Lecture 18 - What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness, Part I

  • Lecture 19 - What Happens When Things Go Wrong: Mental Illness, Part II

  • Lecture 20 - The Good Life: Happiness

  • Exam 2 - Final Exam

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