Eileen McNair

Instructor Psychology


  • Psychology

Contact Info:

Phone: 619-644-7454 ext.3809



PSY 120  Introductory Psychology

Course Notes:

What will I learn in this class? 

Although you will learn the facts, principles and concepts which are basic to understanding human behavior, you will not be trained to analyze your friends. jk! You will be learning the different research methods used to find answers to the questions you and others ask. You will learn the physiological aspects of behavior; how your brain influences your behavior. We will cover topics related to learning, perception, and cognitive processes. We will study development; the changes in individuals as they go through life. We will also study motivation; why we do the things we do.

Are you interested in emotions? Personality? How about abnormal behavior? What is schizophrenia? Oh, what we'll learn about this! It doesn't help much to learn about abnormal behaviors unless you also learn some theories and methods of treatment. Not to worry, we'll discuss those too.

You'll have to wait till you complete graduate school before you can analyze your friends.


Psychology (from Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, "spirit, soul"; and λόγος, logos, "knowledge") is both an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Psychologists study such phenomena as perceptioncognitionemotionpersonalitybehavior, and interpersonal relationships. Psychology also refers to the application of such knowledge to various spheres of human activity, including issues related to daily life—e.g. familyeducation, and work—and the treatment of mental health problems.

As a social science, psychology attempts to understand the role human behavior plays in social dynamics (e.g., cultureeconomics, and politics). Although psychology differs from biology and neuroscience as a field of study, current psychological science incorporates physiological and neurological processes into its conceptions of mental functioning. Psychology includes many sub-fields of study and application concerned with such areas as human developmentsportshealthindustryforensics, and spirituality.


Instructor Information

BA,MA Psychology - SDSU


During my time on the adjunct faculty at Grossmont College I have worked in Crisis Intervention, Mental Health, and Protective Services. I was involved in research as both an undergraduate and a graduate student. I'm one of the luckiest people I know as I have truly enjoyed my varied experiences and have a love for teaching Psychology.


I want to welcome you to this class!