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  • Dreaming of an answer to narcolepsy: Why don't we understand sleep? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: After Bernhard Keil

    Dreaming of an answer to narcolepsy: Why don't we understand sleep?

    By Henry Nicholls

    For the first 20 years of his life, Henry Nicholls had a healthy relationship with sleep. Shortly after his 21st...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Nov 2017

  • Dreaming of an answer to narcolepsy: Why don't we understand sleep?

    Dreaming of an answer to narcolepsy: Why don't we understand sleep? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: After Bernhard Keil New content
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 28 Nov 2017
    For the first 20 years of his life, Henry Nicholls had a healthy relationship with sleep. Shortly after his 21st birthday, he began to experience symptoms of...
  • How do we measure personality? Creative commons image Icon Kat B photography under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
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    23 Nov 2017

  • How do we measure personality?

    How do we measure personality? Creative commons image Icon Kat B photography under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Nov 2017
     An agreed framework is vital for measuring personality, says Brendan Burchell.
  • Is personality the only factor in how we behave? Creative commons image Icon Kat B photography under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
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    23 Nov 2017

  • Is personality the only factor in how we behave?

    Is personality the only factor in how we behave? Creative commons image Icon Kat B photography under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Nov 2017
    Personality type isn't the only influence on how we behave, explains Brendan Burchell.
  • Does your personality influence your career? Creative commons image Icon Kat B photography under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license

    Does your personality influence your career?

    By Professor Brendan Burchell

    There's more than one reason why your personality might influence the job you do, explains Brendan Burchell.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    23 Nov 2017

  • Does your personality influence your career?

    Does your personality influence your career? Creative commons image Icon Kat B photography under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Nov 2017
    There's more than one reason why your personality might influence the job you do, explains Brendan Burchell.
  • All in the Mind - Autumn/Winter 2017 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    All in the Mind - Autumn/Winter 2017

    Join Claudia Hammond for the OU/BBC Radio Four series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    01 Nov 2017

  • All in the Mind - Autumn/Winter 2017

    All in the Mind - Autumn/Winter 2017 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Updated 01 Nov 2017
    Join Claudia Hammond for the OU/BBC Radio Four series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind.
  • Why mental fitness is as important as physical fitness Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Skeeze
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    25 Oct 2017

  • Why mental fitness is as important as physical fitness

    Why mental fitness is as important as physical fitness Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Skeeze
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Oct 2017
    Athletes explain how they use their mind to give themselves the edge, as they pursue their Olympic Dreams
  • Methods in Motion: Acknowledging the active participant

    By Dr Stephanie Taylor

    Participants come to research interviews with their own expectations, and researchers have to take account of this,...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    06 Oct 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Acknowledging the active participant

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2017
    Participants come to research interviews with their own expectations, and researchers have to take account of this, says Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology...
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    22 Sep 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Developing psychosocially informed self-help on gender

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Sep 2017
    Senior Lecturer in Psychology Dr Meg-John Barker challenges the 'gender is binary and fixed at birth' narrative.
  • Detecting Deception: Can you spot a liar? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Detecting Deception: Can you spot a liar?

    By Dr Zoe Walkington

    Some money has been stolen - everyone denies taking it but some people are lying. Can you work out who is telling the...

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    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Sep 2017

  • Detecting Deception: Can you spot a liar?

    Detecting Deception: Can you spot a liar? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 19 Sep 2017
    Some money has been stolen - everyone denies taking it but some people are lying. Can you work out who is telling the truth and who is being dishonest? Find...
  • Can talking two languages keep your brain healthy? Creative commons image Icon Roland Tanglao under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Can talking two languages keep your brain healthy?

    By Gaia Vince

    Around the world, the ability to switch between languages is common - and possibly innate. Gaia Vance asks if...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Sep 2017

  • Can talking two languages keep your brain healthy?

    Can talking two languages keep your brain healthy? Creative commons image Icon Roland Tanglao under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Sep 2017
    Around the world, the ability to switch between languages is common - and possibly innate. Gaia Vance asks if monoglots are missing out on something...

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  • 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

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    26 May 2017

  • Starting with psychology

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    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    The most 'important and greatest puzzle' we face as humans is ourselves (Boring,...
  • 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

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    14 Apr 2016

  • EPOCH Psychology history timeline

    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 ...
  • 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

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  • Psychological research, obedience and ethics

    Psychological research, obedience and ethics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    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

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    17 Feb 2016

  • Physical activity: a family affair

    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

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    16 Feb 2016

  • Attachment in the early years

    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...
  • 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:

    05 Feb 2016

  • The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice

    The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
    Most of us have a very vague and narrow concept of what autism is, based mainly on...
  • 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

    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...