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Publisher's Summary

Today's psychologist is apt to be very different from the image most people conjure up when asked to picture one - an image that almost always suggests Sigmund Freud or someone like him, complete with leather couch.

But as indebted as they may be to Freud's landmark explorations of our psychological landscape, modern psychologists are involved in far more than helping people cope with their inner demons. Instead, they are working in areas that now encompass every part of the process by which we develop and function as people:

  • How we perceive, remember, and learn
  • How we select our friends and partners and retain their affection and love
  • The things that motivate us

Now you can gain a basic introduction to psychology - beginning with its historical context and looking ahead to some of the directions it is likely to take in the future - in this fascinating series of 36 lectures from an acclaimed teacher and author. It explores all of the many new areas that now fit comfortably beneath psychology's umbrella and the sophisticated new research methods that have emerged.

These lectures are both an excellent summary of a transformed profession and an ideal starting point for those eager to expand their understanding of the human mind.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses

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Many Nuggets, but More Behaviour than Psychology

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This had many good nuggets, but it wasn't what I was looking for. I disagree with many things in the text, but I liked the orderly way in which they were grouped and presented. This would be good listening for the budding psychotherapist, but it wouldn't be essential by a long shot.

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Excellent for 1st year psych students or enthusiasts

lectures are 1/2hr so content is a general overview of main topics in a 1st yr psych textbook. Despite this I really enjoyed the content and the lecturer teaching style and his perspective on certain subjects

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very easy to listen to.

Professor Martin is fantastic in presenting this topic. Helping greatly in my understanding for BSSc.(Psychology). Thanks.

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Wow that explains it.

The beginning is very hard and deep but persevere as it helps with the bulk of the book. Once you’re flowing through this set of lectures it’s great and the narrators style is easy to hear and enjoy. This book should be an essential for all to read or hear.

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Very informative

Really enjoyed the lecturer's explainations and relativeness. Very enjoyable way to learn the basics of psychology

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  • TJ
  • 25-04-2015

Great listen

Good overview of Psychology with personal opinions, which often lacking in textbooks. The book is also a good supplement for an introductory course.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-01-2016

amazing!

dense material, but extremely good, especially toward the end. the chapters are just the right length: not too long, not too short.

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  • Carns
  • 30-03-2017

Loved It

I downloaded 5 psychology books and this the only one that caught my attention. He breaks down all the different areas of psychology and it's very easy to understand. I have recommended this audio book to many people. I would definitely recommend it.

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  • QuantumNorth
  • 03-01-2018

Should be titled Intro to Psychology

Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor David W. Martin?

Probably not since the professor did not go out of his way to make the course especially interesting or unique.

Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

Most books from The Great Courses are excellent, but sometimes, as in this case, the course was mediocre at best. This was clearly just sections of the first few introductory classes that he usually teaches with nothing extra or particularly interesting to capture your attention.

Did Professor David W. Martin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

N/A

Could you see Psychology of Human Behavior being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Absolutely not.

Any additional comments?

Course does not really get interesting until lecture 23. This course does not emphasize human behavior, and, in reality, is only about human behavior to the same extent that all of psychology captures that topic. The professor made an obvious and dangerous blunder when describing the scientific method in terms of its origin and reliability. I think that was maybe in lecture 4, and he basically indicated that the scientific method is nothing more than a choice in epistemology that some people have decided to accept as a means to obtaining knowledge - somewhat like a faith-based methodology. This is clearly wrong; there are much better reasons for how and why the scientific method evolved into what it is today, and why it is continually relied upon.

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  • Reynir Orn Bachmann Gudmundsson
  • 11-08-2015

Extremly intresting course

Would you listen to Psychology of Human Behavior again? Why?

A great overview of subjects in psychology and a lot of material packed in the lectures so it is a great place to revisit.

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  • Sheila
  • 28-09-2015

Headline is most certainly not optional

Professor Martin was humorous and knowledgeable. He uses many real-world examples which makes for a more interesting experience. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an all-encompassing psychology course.

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  • Chelsie
  • 29-06-2015

Wonderful overview

What did you love best about Psychology of Human Behavior?

This lecture series covers essentially every concept discussed in an introductory psychology course. Because I was familiar with many of the concepts, the lectures were easy to follow and addictive to listen to. Dr. Martin provides additional information on evolutionary psychology that I had not previously heard of.

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  • Dustin
  • 30-03-2016

great course

great course. very informative and entertaining. professor gives great real world examples. I will probably listen to it again.

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  • fatima
  • 05-04-2017

Loved it

Every chapter is well defined and well explained. Will listen over and over again. Highly recommended

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  • Brandon
  • 14-09-2016

Awesome Investment

If you have ever wondered the why or how of how us humans work, this is an awesome choice. Engaging and easy to comprehend, Dr. Martin does a fantastic job of using proper terminology while he accessible to all backgrounds.

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  • J Carrington
  • 07-07-2014

Wonderful lectures. Very clear and to the point.

What made the experience of listening to Psychology of Human Behavior the most enjoyable?

Very interesting insights into the complex human mind. Explained in such a clear and direct manner that every minute feels valuable.

What did you like best about this story?

This is not a story, but I liked how the lectures were structured in a way that you got to experience a whole year of lectures without needing to leave the comfort of your own home.

What does Professor David W. Martin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His personality and ability to make the lectures even more interesting with just his general tone and personality.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No not really!

Any additional comments?

Brilliant. Will look out for more from this series.

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  • Niall
  • 30-11-2014

The perfect introduction for any psychology major!

What made the experience of listening to Psychology of Human Behavior the most enjoyable?

The lectures were short and focused on detail.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that every chapter focused on a key aspect of the subject content

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed all of the lectures but the Psychology of Emotion was my favourite

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment at the end of each chapter in which I learnt something extremely valuable to my course.

Any additional comments?

The Psychology of Human Behaviour is the perfect book for any undergraduate psychology major. The series of lectures break down the subject into its key area and explain in great detail to the student, the theories of psychology today. The quality of the teaching is of an extraordinary standard and allows the student to engage in each of the lectures. Every second of the audio book is relevant to the understanding of the subject. Each lecture is short and to the point. The student can focus for half an hour and then come back to learn more another time whenever it suits. Overall, a truly wonderful listen and an incentive to study and learn more of courses on offer by The Great Courses series.

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  • Lopsey
  • 07-05-2016

Excellent overview

What made the experience of listening to Psychology of Human Behavior the most enjoyable?

good and wide ranging of both mental health problems and then preception

What about Professor David W. Martin’s performance did you like?

He has a wonderful way of making the most interesting observation at the end of the paragraph, so you think he has made an oversight and then he addresses your questions

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  • Ania
  • 29-04-2015

A very interesting introduction to psychology

It was a perfect for me as someone interested in psychology but not having any education in it. Gives a very good overview with brilliant examples. Prof Martin is a very engaging lecturer. I especially enjoyed the chapters about mental disorders as well as social psychology.

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  • shikha
  • 24-04-2016

loved it

going to listen to it again best way to start my degree. I know what it covers and hopefully it stays on my library to come back to it

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  • MR
  • 06-04-2016

Great natural performance

This was a fascinating course which was very naturally delivered. It felt at times like I was in a university lecture hall and the performance made the subject matter engaging. if you want a starting point to learn about psychology this book is highly recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-2017

It's more about the study of psychology than about psychology

Too much time on methods, theories, treatments, therapies, and too little time on actual human psychology. Too much about the people who study psychology and their categories and ideas, than about the actual object of study: humans and their behaviour.

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  • Sandie
  • 20-01-2016

Interesting and informative

I really enjoyed this book which gave a clear overview of some of the most interesting areas of Psychology.

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  • Tony C (London)
  • 18-10-2014

Excellent

It took weeks to get through this. He is a brilliant lecturer. Inevitably there are aspects you won't be so interested in, for example, the workings of the eye. But overall, highly recommended.

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  • M. Mcdermott
  • 02-06-2014

Basic, but fairly interesting.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I have done, but only those with very little knowledge on the subject.

Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

Yes, I have downloaded a few.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

NA

Do you think Psychology of Human Behavior needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think the guy needs to do some more reading himself, especially regarding the pharmacology aspects of the talk, as he does not have a clue. Many of the words he can not even pronounce correctly.

It is like he read some bad websites 10 minutes before his talk, made notes, and was reading from them.

I would certainly not like him to be my professor.

Any additional comments?

Much of the sections on psychoactive drugs was incorrect, and some of the other parts of the lectures were too, and I picked that up from my basic knowledge.

This came as a bit of a surprise to me.

Some of the studies cited do confirm that psychology researchers have way too much time on their hands.

12 of 20 people found this review helpful