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  • Learning to swim in murky seas: Exploitation of the Electorate via Social Media Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: rawpixel

    Learning to swim in murky seas: Exploitation of the Electorate via Social Media

    By Dr Volker Patent

    Learn psychological self-defence and start resisting the dark arts of political communication, in Volker Patent’s...

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    10 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    19 May 2017

  • Learning to swim in murky seas: Exploitation of the Electorate via Social Media

    Learning to swim in murky seas: Exploitation of the Electorate via Social Media Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: rawpixel New content
    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 May 2017
    Learn psychological self-defence and start resisting the dark arts of political communication, in Volker Patent’s second article on Brexit and the General...
  • All in the Mind - Spring/Summer 2017 Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    All in the Mind - Spring/Summer 2017

    Join us for the OU/BBC Radio 4 series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind.

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    17 May 2017

  • All in the Mind - Spring/Summer 2017

    All in the Mind - Spring/Summer 2017 Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license Updated content
    Updated 17 May 2017
    Join us for the OU/BBC Radio 4 series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind.
  • Why is the media still fascinated by Brady and Hindley's crimes? Creative commons image Icon David Brown under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why is the media still fascinated by Brady and Hindley's crimes?

    By Ian Cummins, Martin King

    Half a century on, the Moors Murders remain a fixed point of fascination and horror for the UK media. Two Manchester...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 May 2017

  • Why is the media still fascinated by Brady and Hindley's crimes?

    Why is the media still fascinated by Brady and Hindley's crimes? Creative commons image Icon David Brown under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 May 2017
    Half a century on, the Moors Murders remain a fixed point of fascination and horror for the UK media. Two Manchester-based academics explain why.
  • No Pause for Thought? Brexit, Bias and Political Manipulation Creative commons image Icon threefishsleeping under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    No Pause for Thought? Brexit, Bias and Political Manipulation

    By Dr Volker Patent

    The psychology of Brexit and contemporary politics, in a series of articles by Volker Patent. In this first article,...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 May 2017

  • No Pause for Thought? Brexit, Bias and Political Manipulation

    No Pause for Thought? Brexit, Bias and Political Manipulation Creative commons image Icon threefishsleeping under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 May 2017
    The psychology of Brexit and contemporary politics, in a series of articles by Volker Patent. In this first article, we look at how the language of Brexit...
  • What makes people happy at work? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team
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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    04 May 2017

  • What makes people happy at work?

    What makes people happy at work? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 May 2017
    Experts identify what makes workers happy - and why it's important.
  • Are you a super recogniser? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Are you a super recogniser?

    By Professor Graham Pike, Dr Hayley Ness

    Super-recognisers have an above average ability to recognise faces. Do you? Try our quiz to find out. 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Apr 2017

  • Are you a super recogniser?

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    Are you a super recogniser? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Apr 2017
    Super-recognisers have an above average ability to recognise faces. Do you? Try our quiz to find out. 
  • Investigating Links Between Pesticides and Mental Health Creative commons image Icon By Lite-Trac (Lite-Trac) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license

    Investigating Links Between Pesticides and Mental Health

    By Alex Dawson

    What are the links between mood disorders and a type of pesticide called Organophosphates? One OU PhD student...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Apr 2017

  • Investigating Links Between Pesticides and Mental Health

    Investigating Links Between Pesticides and Mental Health Creative commons image Icon By Lite-Trac (Lite-Trac) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Apr 2017
    What are the links between mood disorders and a type of pesticide called Organophosphates? One OU PhD student explains their research... 
  • Are selfies a terrible thing? Creative commons image Icon Ellen De Vos under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Are selfies a terrible thing?

    By Rose Capdevila, Dr Lisa Lazard

    Is the rise of the selfie a sign of a culture collapsing into narcissism - or is there something positive in the...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Are selfies a terrible thing?

    Are selfies a terrible thing? Creative commons image Icon Ellen De Vos under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    Is the rise of the selfie a sign of a culture collapsing into narcissism - or is there something positive in the trend of arm's length self portraiture?
  • Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it? Creative commons image Icon amish.patel under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it?

    By Dr Gemma Briggs

    Using a hands free phone while driving is as dangerous as holding a phone - and yet they're marketed as a desirable...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it?

    Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it? Creative commons image Icon amish.patel under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    Using a hands free phone while driving is as dangerous as holding a phone - and yet they're marketed as a desirable extra. Dr Gemma Briggs wonders why.
  • Why do call centre staff use your name all the time, Chris? Creative commons image Icon Bryce Johnson under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Why do call centre staff use your name all the time, Chris?

    By Dr Anna Kristina Hultgren

    Chris, if you've had to deal with a call centre you might have noticed they use your name a lot. Do you know, Chris,...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Apr 2017

  • Why do call centre staff use your name all the time, Chris?

    Why do call centre staff use your name all the time, Chris? Creative commons image Icon Bryce Johnson under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    Chris, if you've had to deal with a call centre you might have noticed they use your name a lot. Do you know, Chris, why they do this? Well, Chris, The OU's...

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  • The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice

    Most of us have a very vague and narrow concept of what autism is, based mainly on such stereotypes as Dustin Hoffman's character in the film Rain...

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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    28 Mar 2017

  • The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice

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    The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 28 Mar 2017
    Most of us have a very vague and narrow concept of what autism is, based mainly on...
  • EPOCH Psychology history timeline

    This free course, EPoCH Psychology history timeline, uses an interactive resource (EPoCH) to gain a better sense of how the historical and social...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Apr 2016

  • EPOCH Psychology history timeline

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    EPOCH Psychology history timeline Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
    This free course, EPoCH Psychology history timeline, uses an interactive resource ...
  • Starting with psychology

    The most 'important and greatest puzzle' we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle, one that is complex, subtle and...

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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Mar 2016

  • Starting with psychology

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    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
    The most 'important and greatest puzzle' we face as humans is ourselves (Boring,...
  • Psychological research, obedience and ethics

    In this free course, Psychological research, obedience and ethics, you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by...

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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Mar 2016

  • Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
    In this free course, Psychological research, obedience and ethics, you will learn...
  • Physical activity: a family affair

    This free course, Physical activity: a family affair, aims to explore the effects that the family has on the amount and nature of physical activity...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    17 Feb 2016

  • Physical activity: a family affair

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    Physical activity: a family affair Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Cade Martin/Getty Images
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Feb 2016
    This free course, Physical activity: a family affair, aims to explore the effects...
  • Attachment in the early years

    This free course, Attachment in the early years, covers theory and research in the area of attachment in early childhood. In the 1950s, John Bowlby...

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    6 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    16 Feb 2016

  • Attachment in the early years

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    Attachment in the early years Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: iStock
    Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
    This free course, Attachment in the early years, covers theory and research in the...
  • Critical Social Psychology

    We live in a complex, fast changing and highly social world. One of the most compelling questions we face is how to understand ourselves and other people. ...

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    2 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 Apr 2009

  • Critical Social Psychology

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    Critical Social Psychology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University 2009
    Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 26 Apr 2009
    We live in a complex, fast changing and highly social world. One of the most...