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Introduction to Psychology (PSY 166): Home

This guide was created to help orient you to psychology research and Lehman library resources and services.


This guide was created in partnership between Kate Angell, Assessment-Data Management Librarian, and Stephanie Quarles. While the target audience for this group was Prof. Quarles' PSY 166 Introduction to Psychology class, all Lehman community members studying or interested in the topic of urban sociology are encouraged to use this guide!



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PSY 166 Learning Outcomes, developed by Prof. Quarles

This course is intended to introduce you to the great variety of topics, theories, and approaches that make up the field of psychology.  In so doing, it will serve as a foundation for more advanced psychology courses.  Above all, it is intended to help students realize that psychology is a science, with the term science referring to the manner in which knowledge in a given discipline is acquired rather than the specific content of the discipline.  

By the end of the course, it is my hope that you will:

a) be familiar with fundamental concepts and terms,

b) know how psychologists go about establishing scientific knowledge

c) think critically about a number of psychological claims and be able to evaluate evidence in a critical fashion,

d) learn how to access original sources of literature in the field, and

e) consider ethical issues within the scientific process (i.e., with regard to ethical research methods and scientific integrity). 

You will learn how knowledge acquired in other fields (e.g., biology) has informed the field of psychology and how psychological findings have informed our understanding of other areas of inquiry or practice (e.g., business, economics, public policy). Given the social nature of the human species, emphasis will also be placed on the role of social factors (e.g., group membership, culture) in influencing human thought and behavior.  

Goals of this Research Guide

This research guide will help you:

  • Develop a research topic
  • Find books
  • Find scholarly (academic) journal articles
  • Access non-Lehman psychology resources
  • Learn more about careers in psychology
  • Cite your sources in APA Style


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