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Psychology Courses
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Sioux Falls Atheists recommends the following courses on the root causes of human behavior. Taking these 14 Psychology courses along with the 7 Neuroscience courses would give you a firm foundation for the understanding of human behavior.

The courses are all available from They can be expensive but they are often on sale for 30% of the regular listed price. The course links on the following pages point to the course location at The Great Courses.

Sioux Falls Atheists enthusiastically endorse the Psychology courses described on the following 14 pages:

1-2-17 The birth of psychology
The birth of psychology
If you want to understand how something works, cut it open. This, evidently, was the view of one Thomas Willis, a figuratively path-breaking, literally skull-splitting Oxford professor of the 17th century. "I addicted my self to the opening of Heads especially, and of every kind," he is quoted as writing in George Makari's Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind. Today, Willis is remembered as the founder of clinical neuroscience. He published The Anatomy of the Brain in 1664, helping establish what he would later call "neurology," and, as Makari notes, he wanted to do more: Maybe the soul would reveal itself under study, if one were to develop a "psychologie." He had to wait a while. Psychology didn't get formalized as an academic discipline until recently: William James published his Principles of Psychology in 1890; Sigmund Freud's Interpretation of Dreams dropped in 1899. Wilhelm Wundt, the founder of experimental psychology, didn't set up his lab at the University of Leipzig until 1876. If Westerners have been curious about their inner lives since at least the pre-Socratic philosophers — then why is the study of that terrain so new?

1-5-16 Memory recall works twice as fast as the blink of an eye
Memory recall works twice as fast as the blink of an eye
We used to think that recalling information took about half a second. Now it seems our brains can take a short cut and access memories much faster. Memory recollection usually starts with a cue – a few notes of a jangly doorbell, say, might remind you of a song. Information about the cue is transmitted from your eyes and ears to your brain’s hippocampus, where a set of cells recognise it. These cells then trigger a pattern of activity in the front of the brain that matches that of the memory. The whole process was thought to take about half a second, based on studies that measured the activity of the hippocampus while people remembered things. But now it seems our brains take a shortcut, says Simon Hanslmayr at the University of Birmingham in the UK. “The assumption was wrong – memory retrieval happens much, much faster,” he says.

12-23-15 Sleep isn't needed to create long-term memories – just time out
Sleep isn't needed to create long-term memories – just time out
Sitting for 10 minutes with no stimulation helps people remember new information, suggesting we consolidate memories without the need to sleep on it. Need to remember something important? Take a break. A proper one – no TV or flicking through your phone messages. It seems that resting in a quiet room for 10 minutes without stimulation can boost our ability to remember new information. The effect is particularly strong in people with amnesia, suggesting that they may not have lost the ability to form new memories after all. “A lot of people think the brain is a muscle that needs to be continually stimulated, but perhaps that’s not the best way,” says Michaela Dewar at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. New memories are fragile. They need to be consolidated before being committed to long-term storage, a process thought to happen while we sleep. But at least some consolidation may occur while we’re awake, says Dewar – all you need is a timeout.

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Psychology Courses
Endorsed by Sioux Falls Atheists