This course is designed for highly motivated students to understand, evaluate, explain, and analyze various topics regularly studied in a college level introduction to Psychology course. A rigorous examination of the following topics will be studied during this year long course: the Science of Psychology, the Biological Perspective, Sensation and Perception, Consciousness: Sleep, Dreams, Hypnosis, and Drugs, Learning, Memory, Cognition, Motivation and Emotions, Stress and Health, Development across the Life Span, Theories of Personality, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Therapies, and Social Psychology. In addition to a substantial amount of independent study and reading, the class will utilize the integration of technology, cooperative learning, and student activities. All students are expected to take the national advanced placement examination. Students may also earn college credit with an appropriate score on the AP examination.