701-0721-AAL  Psychology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2021
LecturersM. Siegrist
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentEnrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.


701-0721-AA RPsychology
Self-study course. No presence required.
Please contact Prof. Michael Siegrist for further information.
90s hrsM. Siegrist

Catalogue data

AbstractThis is an introductory course in psychology. This course will emphasize cognitive psychology and the psychological experiment.
ObjectiveKnowledge of key concepts and exemplary theories of psychology and their relation to "daily" psychology. Comprehension of relation between theory and experiment in psychology.

Goals: Learning how psychologists are thinking, a side change from the ETH natural science perspective to psychological thinking.

Domains of psychology:
- Psychology fields
- Concept definitions of psychology
- Theories of psychology
- Methods of psychology
- Results of psychology

Be able to define a psychological research question
Basics understanding of role of psychology

Psychology as a science of experience and behavior of the human
ContentEinführung in die psychologische Forschung und Modellbildung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der kognitiven Psychologie und des psychologischen Experiments. Themen sind u.a.: Wahrnehmung; Lernen und Entwicklung; Denken und Problemlösen; Kognitive Sozialpsychologie; Risiko und Entscheidung.
LiteratureEnglish book of Zimbardo (Link)

Scholz, R. W. (2011). Environmental Literacy in Science and Society: From Knowledge to Decisions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Prerequisites / NoticeDetermine with Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist the chapters in "Zimbardo" which are compulsory reading

Read the two Psychology chapters (6 + 7) from the book of Prof. Roland W. Scholz

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersM. Siegrist
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

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