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                      Images]PSY 101 Introductory Psychology

Instructor: Vincent W. Hevern, SJ, Ph.D.

  • Section 03 MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
  • Section 04 MWF 12:00-12:50 PM

Fall 2021


First Day of Class

At the end of this class, you should....
  • Know more about the instructor, his background, and how to get in touch with him.
  • Know where to find the syllabus, course schedule, and class assignments
  • Understand better the nature of an Introductory Psychology class
  • Recognize how certain myths about student learning can keep you from doing your best in this and other classes
  • Have begun to reflect on how different fields of psychology deal help us understand the world in which we live and the people we come to know

    Instructor introduction 

    Location of syllabus, course schedule, and class assignments at my webpage: www.hevern.com

    Psychology as most fascinating subject in college
    Probably broader than many of you know or may suspect
    May be among the more difficult classes you take (!!!) Not because of me, but
    • The subject matter is enormous
    • Psychology is not just common sense: it is scientific
    • Biological, cultural, and multiple other approaches
    • If you had psychology in high school, often not taught as a college-level class

Need to confront some of the myths about learning that can keep you from your best. Your attitude will determine how well you actually do in a course like this.
  • My ability to learn is fixed by my intelligence
  • Learning is easy
  • Learning is mostly up to what teachers do in the classroom

Mindset: Intelligence is Fixed vs. Can Grow
(Claro et al., 2016)


College Success

"Celebrities of 2019"
  • Look over the list below and put a check mark (√) in Column A for every person you know. I am using the 2019 list because the pandemic disrupted more ordinary ways that celebrities would interact with the public.
  • Go back and in Column B rate how well you like each person you know on a scale of 1 to 7
    where 1 = hate, 4 = so/so, and 7 = love
20 Highest
                Paid Celebrities in 2019

1a. How many of these 20 celebrities do you know? More than half? Almost all?

1b. Consider why psychology would be interested in asking your about how well you know celebrities?

2a. Who is your favorite person? and who is your least favorite person?

2b. Why do you like your favorite person? What is it about this person that appeals to you?

2c. Why don't you like your least favorite person? What is it about this person which turns you off?

Some Psychological Perspectives on reactions to celebrities

Personality & clinical psychology: what kind of person you are. Your own ways of reacting to the world. How normal or abnormal you might be compared to others.
  • What would it mean if you don't like anyone on this list? Does that say something about you?
Social & cultural psychology: how the world around you shapes or influences you in terms of preferences, tastes, values, goals, etc. What does it mean to be a "fan"? Do people in all places of the world like the same things?
  • Notice that among the 21 listed here, there are 4 women and 17 men. What does that suggest to you about social and cultural values?
Developmental psychology and family life: What you are like at different ages in terms of your physical, intellectual, and social abilities. The role of those around you as you grew up.
  • Would a person either 7 years old or 70 years old have the same responses to these celebrities as someone your age?
Biological psychology: How our sensory-perceptual abilities and our bodies, particularly our nervous system and brain, deals with experience and permits us to do what we do
  • Is there anything about the kind of work that Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Canelo Alvarez, Russell Wilson, and Aaron Rodgers are involved in that would concern psychologists?