Brief introduction to Psychology

By Prof. Braj Bhushan   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 7909
This course will be helpful in understanding oneself, one’s behaviour, and what lie beneath such behaviour. It will help you understand how we understand, feel, and act. Through this brief introduction to psychology we will cruise through some of the major psychological concepts and principles, primarily focusing on the perceptual processes, learning, memory and emotions.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate students.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 19 Aug 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  :  Perception
Week 2  :  Learning
Week 3  :  Memory
Week 4  :  Emotion

Books and references

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Research
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Emotion
Reading Materials (Pdf's) updated in the course outline section

Instructor bio

Prof. Braj Bhushan

IIT Kanpur
Prof. Braj Bhushan is a professor of psychology at IIT Kanpur. His research interest lies in Cognitive Neuropsychology, Cognitive Factors in Design, Trauma Psychology. He has been awarded with many laurels some being "Our Common Future Fellowship (2010), Volkswagen Stiftung, Germany", "Abstract Award (2008), International Association for Suicide Prevention, 3rd Asia Pacific Regional Conference of IASP, Hong Kong", "In Search of Excellence' Award (2004), IAAP and NAOP-I", "Young Scientist Award (2002), Indian Science Congress Association", "B.H.U. Merit and Prize Award (1991), Banaras Hindu University".

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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