This course is approached from a psychological perspective to understand the many critical considerations of understanding human behavior and mental processes. It introduces students to the principles and concepts of cognitive psychology as being essential to the understanding and appreciation of communication phenomena and thus to the field of communication by examining significant development that shape these concerns. In this course students will examine research studies that offer insight in the relationship between the psychology and communication in which an understanding of human cognition must presuppose the ability of people to communicate effectively. This will further illustrate the human element in the scientific method of doing psychological research.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the science of behaviour and mental processes that seeks to describe and explain aspects of human thought feelings, perceptions and actions.

It is the study of cognitions, emotions, and behavior. Psychologists are involved in a variety of tasks.  Many spend their careers designing and performing research to better understand how people behave in specific situations, how and why we think the way we do, and how emotions develop and what impact they have on our interactions with others. These are the research psychologists who often work in research organizations or universities. Industrial-organizational psychologists work with businesses and organizations to help them become more productive, effective, and efficient, and to assist them in working with their employees and their customers. Practitioners, typically counseling and clinical psychologists, work with individuals, couples, families, and small groups to help them feel less depressed, less anxious, become more productive or motivated, and overcome issues which prevent them from living up to their potential.