Course: General Psychology

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Course title General Psychology
Course code PCH/BSZ1
Organizational form of instruction no contact
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 0
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Dostál Daniel, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Object of study in psychology from the point of view of its main perspectives. Fundamental psychological concepts and categories. Mental representations 2. Consciousness and its functions. Sleeping and dreaming, stages of sleep, the interpretation of dreams 3. Attention, its types and functions 4. Sensory processes 5. Perception I: Perceptual organization and objects recognition 6. Perception II: Perceiving depth, size, and movement. Priming 7. Learning I: Basic types of learning (habituation, sensitisation, imprinting. Classical conditioning 8. Learning II. Instrumental conditioning, insight, observational learning 9. Memory. The phases of memory, cognitive models of memory 10.Forgetting, childhood amnesia, constructive memory 11.Imagination, cognitive and psychodynamic theories 12.Thinking - introduction. Functions, kinds and forms of thinking. Concepts. Algorithmic and heuristic operations, reasoning, decision making 13.Problem solving. Expertise and creativity 14.Language and thought. Basic linguistic concepts, signs, symbols and meanings. Linguistic relativity hypothesis 15.Motivation I: Basic survival motives: Hunger, thirst, sexual and parental motives. Drives and instincts 16.Motivation II: Stimulus motivation 17.Motivation III: Broad motivation theories (Freud, Murray, Maslow). Social motives: Achievement and affiliation motivation, need for power 18.Emotions I: Physiological and brain correlates of human feelings 19.Emotions II: Expression and feeling, emotional relationships 20.Theories of emotions (James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Schachter-Singer; cognitive, evolutionary and psychoanalytic theories), function of emotions

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training)
  • Homework for Teaching - 100 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Examination of the general psychology knowledge. Possibility of their practical applications
Overview in the field of psychology, in its contemporary problems and research themes
Introduction to general psychology, Selected questions of general psychology

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Student performance

Oral examination
Recommended literature
  • Atkinson, R. et al. (2002). Psychologie. Praha .
  • Blažek, V., Trnka, R (Eds.). (2008). Lidský obličej. Praha.
  • Eysenck, M. W., Keane, M. T. (2008). Kognitivní psychologie. Praha.
  • Kassin, C. (2008). Psychologie. Brno.
  • Nakonečný, M. (2000). Lidské emoce. Praha.
  • Nakonečný, M. (1996). Motivace lidského chování. Praha.
  • Plháková A. (2013). Spánek a snění. Praha.
  • Plháková Alena. (2004). Učebnice obecné psychologie. Praha.
  • Slaterová, L. (2008). Pandořina skříňka. Praha.
  • Sternberg, R. (2002). Kognitivní psychologie. Praha.
  • Stuchlíková, I. (2002). Základy psychologie emocí. Praha.
  • Šikl R. (2012). Zrakové vnímání. Praha.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Psychology (2015) Psychology courses 3 -