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Phillip Hughes death: world of cricket comes to terms with tragic loss

Phillip Hughes death: world of cricket comes to terms with tragic loss Creative commons image Credit: YellowMonkey under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Nov 2014
The death of Phillip Hughes will have a huge psychological effect on his teammates, writes Caroline Heaney. 

Reith 2003: Emotion in Mind

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Nov 2014
Writing in response to the Reith Lectures 2003, Dr Bundy Mackintosh considers the importance of emotion in the proper functioning of the brain

The psychology behind a thank you

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Oct 2014
Find out how saying 'thank you', making a cup of tea and The Great British Bake Off can tackle mental health issues and make people happier. 

Schizophrenia: Beyond science

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Oct 2014
Schizophrenia is the focus of World Mental Health Day 2014. Can communities help us to stop relying on advances in science alone to meet the needs...

Everything speaks: Can we positively change our behaviour?

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Updated 11 Aug 2014
If we understand more about the things we do we can change the world for the better, writes Jez Rose.

Want to achieve your goal? Try our Personal Best tool

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Updated 02 Jul 2014
Have you got a goal? Whether it is to exercise more, lose a few pounds, or write a novel, our Personal Best App will help you get there. 

Video collection: Personal Best

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Updated 24 Jun 2014
How to apply the techniques of winning sports psychology to achieving your everyday goals? In these short videos, OU sports academics and...

Personal Best: Completion

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Updated 23 Jun 2014
OU sports academic Jessica Pinchbeck congratulates those who have achieved their goals and encourages reflection for future improvement.

Personal Best: Persistence

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Updated 23 Jun 2014
OU sports academic Jessica Pinchbeck and athletes talk about developing 'grit' to overcome adversity and progress towards a goal.

Personal Best: Setbacks

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Updated 23 Jun 2014
OU sports academic Caroline Heaney and athletes explore ways to deal with setbacks in the process of achieving personal goals.

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Starting with psychology

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Apr 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...

EPOCH Psychology history timeline

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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....

The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 12 Dec 2013
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...

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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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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Nov 2014
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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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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Duration 3000 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Nov 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...