General Psychology
Cod: 41050
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Psychology
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit defines the psychology scope. The major milestones of psychology history are introduced, different psychological methods are analyzed and different psychological research perspectives are listed as well as its expertise areas. Afterwards, some major themes are approached: learning, memory, intelligence, emotion and personality. The main issues on each theme are discussed along with different theories within a comparative perspective.

Psychological Theories
Psychological Methods
General Principles of Psychology
Psychology Concepts

Fundamental and updated knowledge some Psychology most central themes in psychology.
Mastery of fundamental concepts in psychology.
Ability to compare psychological theories.

1. Psychology: general introduction
2. Psychology in Europe
3. Schools of thought in the development of modern psychology
4. Learning
5. Memory
6. Intelligence and its evaluation
7. Motivation
8. Emotion: development and regulation
9. Personality

Demont, E. (2015). A psicologia. História, métodos, experiências. Edições Texto & Grafia

Gleitman, Reisberg, Fridlund & Silva (2014). Psicologia (10ª Ed.). Fundação Gulbenkian.

Lopes, M., Palma, P., & Lopes, A. (Coords) (2016). Fundamentos de Psicologia. Edições MGI.  

Machado. T. (2019). Psicologia Geral. Universidade Aberta.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

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