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Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression

Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression Creative commons image Credit: John Phelan under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Aug 2015
Could the type of language people use reveal something about their state of mind? A close reading of Sylvia Plath's journals suggest it might be...

Do cephalopods have consciousness?

Do cephalopods have consciousness? Creative commons image Credit: Maia Valenzuela under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
If we accept that some animals have consciousness, why should we extend that to include squid and octopus?

Do any animals have consciousness?

Do any animals have consciousness? Creative commons image Credit: L.Miguel Bugallo Sánchez under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
Before arguing for cephalopod consciousness, the Cephalover explores arguments for any animals being conscious.

Geeking together: How cons show gamers aren't solitary

Geeking together: How cons show gamers aren't solitary Creative commons image Credit: istolethetv under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jul 2015
The growing number of conventions for gamers show that gamers, sci-fi fans and comic book readers aren't trying to escape from the world, says ...

Does it matter if an octopus has consciousness?

Does it matter if an octopus has consciousness? Creative commons image Credit: Opencage under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jul 2015
Are cephalopods self-aware? More to the point, does it even matter? The Cephalover Mike Lisieski explains just why it's important.

A use of fiction: How 'Requiem For A Dream' helped shape a psychologist

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A use of fiction: How 'Requiem For A Dream' helped shape a psychologist
Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jul 2015
Hubert Selby's Requiem For A Dream is a bleak tale of descent into addiction. It inspired Dr Amy Milton and shaped her career.

Free course: Childhood in the digital age

Free course: Childhood in the digital age Copyrighted image Credit: Monkey Business Image | Dreamstime.com
Updated 06 May 2015
OpenLearn is a fantastic place to gain understanding of what to expect from Open University study; trying a free course, such as Childhood in the...

Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course

Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course Copyrighted image Credit: Micha Klootwijk | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2015
For Graham Pike, writing psychology courses is part of the job. But what happened when he found himself having to create a crime drama?

PhotoFit Me

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PhotoFit Me Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Mar 2015
Would you make a good eyewitness? Try our PhotoFit Me widget and find out.

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Attachment in the early years

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Attachment in the early years Copyrighted image Credit: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 17 Jun 2015
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...

Starting with psychology

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Starting with psychology Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
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...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
In this unit you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by psychologists. You will read about the famous study on...

The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice

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The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Feb 2014
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...

EPOCH Psychology history timeline

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EPOCH Psychology history timeline Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 Jan 2014
This unit uses an interactive resource (EPoCH) to gain a better sense of how the historical and social context influences psychological inquiry....

Physical activity: a family affair

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Physical activity: a family affair Copyrighted image Credit: © Cade Martin/Getty Images
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 01 Oct 2013
This unit aims to explore the effects that the family has on the amount and nature of physical activity a child participates in. The beliefs and...

Critical Social Psychology

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Critical Social Psychology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Advanced level Duration 2 hours Updated 26 Apr 2009
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...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe....

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an individual activity? What impact is the financial crisis having on...

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The DipHE in Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...

BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies

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BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Aug 2015
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...