Massachusetts Institute for Technology

MIT: MIT 9.00SC – Lecture 1

Lecture 1: Introduction

This session is an introduction to the subject of psychology: the scientific study of how we think, feel and act. The lecture features some fascinating examples and fun demonstrations on topics like optical illusions, limits of visual attention, the power of suggestion in memories, and the relationship between how we feel and how we act.


  1. Goals of the Course
  2. How Our Minds Make Our Worlds: Vision, Memory, Attention
  3. How Our Minds Make our Worlds: Hearing, Learning, Memory
  4. The Power and Peril of Automaticity
  5. How We Feel vs. How We Act