An Introduction to Psychology is a required course for most college undergraduate degree programs because a basic grasp of psychology (how people behave, think, process information as well as what motivates them and what makes them act out) is important to have in almost every career field. This Psychology Study Brief provides a concise, conceptual overview of the scientific study of psychology. This compact guide is the ideal orientation for a high school student taking an advanced placement course or a college student enrolled in an introductory Psychology course. It is also recommended as a resource for anyone interested in attaining a general understanding of psychological approaches and methods without having to browse numerous websites or plow through a lot of heavy textbooks. This Study Brief highlights common debates in psychology and covers key contributors and their contributions to the field. It. It provides a convenient reference to sub-disciplines in psychology as well as types of therapists and their specialized training. In an organized, easy-to-follow format, it offers a clear, understandable summary of major psychological approaches, including behavioral, biological, socio-cultural, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, functionalism and structuralism. Quick access to definitions of key terms and simple explanations of foundational principles are supported by instructive examples and clarifying visuals. Topics covered include: biology of behavior, emotion, perception, consciousness, growth and development, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, personality, psychological disorders and therapy.