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The Psychology of Learning

Program(s): Immersion

This course is currently at capacity. If you select this course as a first choice on your application, please apply for second options that fulfills your interests.

*Taught Online for Summer 2021*  Humans’ ability to learn from and teach others is a feature that sets our species apart. In this online course, students will investigate learning across the lifespan. What hinders learning and what enhances it?  We will learn about engagement, memory, analogical reasoning, executive function, social-emotional components of learning, mindset, “grit”, insight, stereotype threat and more. For the major project of the course, students will work in groups to conduct an online study of learning with human subjects (e.g., via surveys). Students will produce an APA-style research paper and formal presentation as their final project. We will leave with evidence-based tips to improve our own learning! This course will be a combination of pre-recorded video lectures as well as live Zoom discussion groups and meetings.

Daily Course Expectations

  • 6 hours of daily work
  • Mix of synchronous and asynchronous work (see definitions here)
  • 1 required synchronous session per day: 8:00 A.M to 9:00 A.M CST or 9:00 A.M to 10:00 A.M CST

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade



Start Date

July 13

End Date

July 29

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Katherine O'Doherty

Academic Interest

Human Body
Psychology and Neuroscience
Social Sciences (e.g., history, sociology)

Class Specifics

Course Code

PSYC 22680 94

Class Day(s)

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri


Session II

Course Length

3 weeks