English as a Foreign Language

SPIN Classes

Psychology

Unit One: Sensation and Perception

Key Vocabulary: perception, sensation, synesthesia, illusion, awareness, attention, visual, auditory,

What is the difference between sensation and perception?

Sensation refers to the process of sensing our environment through touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell. This information is sent to our brains in raw form where perception comes into play. Perception is the way we interpret these sensations and therefore make sense of everything around us.

Activity-Describing Scents: Scents are usually difficult to describe for most people, exceptions are people in the perfume, wine tasting or similar business where describing scent is critical to their jobs. You will be given some herbs and spices to smell. Try to describe these odors.

Unit Two: The Brain and the Nervous System

Key Vocabulary: cerebral cortex, cerebellum, cranium, spinal cord, nervous system, synaspse, neurotransmitter, dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine

Unit Three: Social Psychology

Key Vocabulary: body language, empathy, facial expression, cultural intelligence, gesture, offensive, cross cultural communication

Unit Four: Developmental Psychology

Key Vocabulary: learning disability, ADHD, aspergers syndrome, autism, psychosocial development, cognitive development, adolescense

Unit Five: Addiction

Key Vocabulary: opiods, withdrawal, treatment, compulsive, dependence, chronic, euphoria, habbit-forming, fatigue

Unit Six: Abnormal Psychology

Wrap Up

Scientists and Pop Culture

Unit One: Scientists in Movies

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Unit Two: Scientists Who Talk to the Public

Robots and AI

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