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Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3 levels of commitment: Learn (1.5h/week), Engage (3h/week), Go Further (3+h/week)...

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What you will learn

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    Gain an appreciation of the relation of methods of learning about oneself that do not depend on introspection.

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    Become familiar with contemporary research in experimental social psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience into the emotions and the unconscious.

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    Understand the role of affect in decision making, and self-deception.

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    Be able to identify and analyse unconscious mechanisms motivating own and other people's actions.

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3 levels of commitment: Learn (1.5h/week), Engage (3h/week), Go Further (3+h/week)...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
20 minutes to complete

Getting started

Here you will get an overview of this course, including the topics covered and questions addressed, as well as what you need complete the course. ...
3 readings
3 readings
About this course5m
Course assessments and exercises5m
Optional companion book
4 hours to complete

The Freudian Unconscious

In this first week of the course we will acquaint ourselves with the ideas of Sigmund Freud, who is probably the most famous advocate and practitioner of psychoanalysis. Shockingly for his time, Freud proposed that many facts of human behavior, including the mistakes we make, what we dream, as well as much behavior that seems on the surface to be irrational, are to be explained as being due to forces in our minds of which we are not conscious. We will look at Freud's reasons for this hypothesis and consider whether those reasons are compelling. ...
9 videos (Total 59 min), 7 readings, 5 quizzes
9 videos
Freud's Method6m
Meditative Moment3m
Inside the Unconscious9m
Freudian Slips9m
Dreams8m
Meditative Moment2m
Is a Cigar Ever Just a Cigar?5m
Left Behind?8m
7 readings
'The Freudian Unconscious', by M. Green5m
'Freud as Philosopher', by G. Marino5m
'What Freudian Slips Really Reveal about Your Mind'5m
Why You Keep Dreaming You Forgot Your Pants5m
Freud's Civilisation and its Discontents5m
Revonsuo's theory of dreaming5m
Freud's General Introduction to Psychoanalysis5m
5 practice exercises
Initial thoughts: Your unconscious10m
Practice Quiz #18m
Creating civilisation anew10m
Practice Quiz #25m
Module 1 Quiz10m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Freud's legacy

In this second week of the course we explore some developments in psychoanalytic theory that were dominant in the middle of the 20th Century. Focusing on the work of Anna Freud (Sigmund Freud's youngest daughter) and Melanie Klein, we will consider some psychoanalytic themes that emerged after Sigmund's death. Both of A. Freud and Klein were intensely interested in the psychological development of children, and we will learn about some of their ideas on this topic. Also, we will consider some phenomena that have potential resonance for our daily lives such as transference, reaction-formation, and what is now termed "gaslighting". ...
8 videos (Total 40 min), 8 readings, 5 quizzes
8 videos
Defense mechanisms8m
Meditative Moment2m
A window into the child's mind3m
Introjecting, projecting, and gaslighting9m
Meditative Moment1m
The best defence6m
Summary2m
8 readings
Anna Freud and child psychoanalysis5m
More on Projection5m
A story of gaslighting5m
'Homophobic? Maybe You’re Gay'10m
Is catharsis really a thing?5m
Empirical study of reaction-formation and other defense mechanisms5m
5 Signs that you're dealing with a passive-aggressive person5m
Object-Relations Theory5m
5 practice exercises
Initial thoughts: "In denial"10m
Practice Quiz 15m
Practice Quiz 25m
Witnessing defence mechanisms10m
Module 2 Quiz10m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

The Adaptive Unconscious

Much of the last three decades of research related to the unconscious mind has focused on its automatic character, and draws attention to the vast extent of cognitive and affective processing that occur with little or no conscious effort. Such processing is thought to have been evolutionarily adaptive in the past, as well as to simplify our daily lives even now. But these processes can also be hard to modify if they are not working for us, and may account for certain biases that seem to perpetuate some current forms of injustice in many of the world's societies. In this third week of the course we will learn about the "adaptive unconscious", paying attention both to the benefits it confers and the challenges it raises. ...
11 videos (Total 64 min), 7 readings, 5 quizzes
11 videos
Proprioception and other automatic marvels13m
A snowball on top of the iceberg?3m
Meditative Moment2m
Tests for the adaptive unconscious5m
The psychological immune system8m
Implicit bias6m
Durability bias5m
Meditative Moment1m
Conscious will5m
Decision making5m
7 readings
'The Adaptive Unconscious' by M. Green5m
BBC documentary on Ian Waterman5m
'We don't know our own strength'5m
'Consciousness, introspection, and the adaptive unconscious'5m
Take the Implicit Association Text20m
The Implicit Association Test Challenged5m
Miswanting (you probably do it, too)10m
5 practice exercises
Initial Thoughts10m
Practice Quiz #15m
Your personal spin doctor15m
Practice Quiz #2
Module 3 Quiz10m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Rationality and Emotions

In this final module we will consider the relation between emotions and rationality. These are popularly thought to be at odds with one another, and many people hold that to be rational, one must keep emotions at bay. With a focus on the work of neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, we will consider reasons for thinking that one important kind of rationality could not function properly without emotions. ...
11 videos (Total 72 min), 7 readings, 5 quizzes
11 videos
The Ghastly Ordeal of Phineas Gage6m
Meditative Moment1m
Knows, but does not feel6m
Primary and secondary emotions11m
Somatic markers5m
How would that make you feel?8m
Somatic markers and the SEUT5m
Meditative Moment2m
Somatic markers gone awry8m
Descartes' errors?5m
7 readings
Bear cub videos!10m
More about Phineas Gage12m
'Somatic markers: how your body makes decisions'5m
Alexithymia: life without emotions5m
Damasio on the somatic marker hypothesis5m
Addiction and Somatic Markers5m
Cold War Kids10m
5 practice exercises
Initial Thoughts10m
Practice Quiz #15m
Practice Quiz 2
A SEUT just for you20m
Module 4 Quiz12m
2 hours to complete

Final assessment

Apply your knowledge of the unconscious!...
4 readings, 1 quiz
4 readings
Share what you've learned by editing the Wikipedia entry on self-knowledge!5m
A brief How-To5m
The Examined Life
Losing Oneself
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By IMMay 19th 2019

Amazing experience of blended learning. I think this course is a must do for anyone with a penchant for Neuroscience, Behavioral medicine and Phiolosophy. What are we; but rational beings.

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Mitchell Green

Professor of Philosophy

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