The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Areas covered include: history of psychology, research methods, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, cognitive psychology, physical, social and emotional development, abnormal behavior and therapies, social psychology, and gender differences. This is a rigorous and demanding course requiring students to have a strong work ethic, to read at a rigorous pace, and to complete a variety of assessments, including independent research and analysis. Students are expected to demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills, and independent work habits.