OSHR 1158 - History of Psychology: From Philosophy to Cognitive Science

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Psychology is a core discipline in understanding ourselves. From the time of the Greeks, scholars have set forth theories about mind, reason, brain, and personality. As the modern scientific revolution took place, psychology became empirical and connected to neurology, pedagogy, social science, and psychiatry.

The course covers psychology to about 1970, addressing issues such as mind/body, reason/habit, subjective/objective, instinct/learning, and maturation/plasticity. Focus will be on important contributors as time allows (e.g., Aristotle, Descartes, Willis, Locke, Fechner, Darwin, Freud, James, Skinner, and Piaget).

Reading: Fancher, Raymond, Pioneers of Psychology, 3rd edition, 1996, ISBN-10: 0393969940, ISBN-13: 978-0393969948.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.