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About Intro to Psychology

Outlier's Introduction to Psychology course will change the way you view the world! Your journey into the science of the mind will equip you with a guide to human motivation, help you better understand your emotions, and explain why people sometimes do things you don't expect. With topics ranging from Happiness and Well-Being to Criminal Psychology, this course will give you a glimpse into the fascinating, yet enigmatic, human mind. Our 12 world-class instructors will etch these topics into your long-term memory with engaging case studies and unique applications woven throughout the material.

Earn college credit for Introduction to Psychology in just 3 easy steps: enroll, start learning September 9th and pass the course, transfer college credits to your school!


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19 Fascinating Topics

Taught by experts in their field





Jay Van Bavel, Ph.D.

Social Psychology

Dr. Jay Van Bavel is an associate professor of psychology and neural science at New York University. A skilled instructor, Professor Van Bavel won the NYU Golden Dozen Teaching Award.

As the Director of the Social Perception and Evaluation Lab, Van Bavel uses a social neuroscience perspective to understand how group identities, moral values, and political beliefs shape the mind and brain.

Van Bavel’s early success as a researcher has been recognized through many awards, including the Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions (Association for Psychological Science). His work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, and other major publications. His influential work on social and racial biases has been cited by the US Supreme Court.

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Paul Bloom, Ph.D.

Moral Psychology

Dr. Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University. Bloom is the award-winning author or editor of seven books, including Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.

Professor Bloom’s sharp and engaging teaching style has been recognized through numerous awards and appointments, such as the Lex Hixon Prize for teaching excellence in the social sciences, the Templeton Lectureship, and the DeVane Lectureship.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, Bloom’s distinguished research focuses on how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with an emphasis on morality, religion, fiction, and art. He has written for major publications, such as Nature, Science, the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Atlantic. He has shared his findings in two popular TED talks, The Origins of Pleasure and Can Prejudice Ever Be a Good Thing?

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Monica Thieu, Ph.D. Student

Neurobiology & the Brain

Monica Thieu is a Ph.D. student in the psychology department at Columbia University. Thieu researches how category knowledge predicts individuals’ behavior in social and emotional contexts, and the neural mechanisms that underlie these phenomena.

Though early in her career, she has already been recognized as a skilled researcher and teacher; she was awarded the Zimbardo Teaching Prize (Stanford University), earned an Honorable Mention in the 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition, and was awarded the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research (Stanford University).

In addition to her academic achievements, Thieu is a Jeopardy! champion. She won first place in the 2012 Jeopardy! College Championship and second place (with Ken Jennings & Matt Jackson) in the Jeopardy! All-Star Games.

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Spencer Kelly, Ph.D.

Research & Methods

Dr. Spencer Kelly is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Colgate University. His exceptional teaching ability earned him the John Dewey Lectureship Prize (University of Chicago) and has been recognized in the Princeton Review's “The Best 300 Professors” list.

He investigates how the body influences language, learning and development. His influential research has been supported through multiple research grants and fellowships and has been covered by Scientific American, the New York Times and the BBC.

He has published dozens of scientific articles and co-authored the book, Why Gesture?: How the Hands Function in Speaking, Thinking and Communicating.

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David Pizarro, Ph.D.

Intelligence, Emotion, & Humor

Dr. David Pizarro is an associate professor of psychology at Cornell University, the chief science officer at BEworks, and the co-host of the popular podcast, Very Bad Wizards.

As a researcher, he focuses on moral judgment and the effects of emotion on judgment. Professor Pizarro’s exceptional teaching style has been recognized with the Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University) and the Award for Teaching Excellence (Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto). He shares his research and expertise through academic works, such as book chapters and articles, and more widely through articles in the New York Times, the Guardian, and other outlets.

A skillful and charming communicator, Pizarro has shared his knowledge at over 80 invited talks in a wide variety of forums, including TEDx, Google, and numerous prestigious universities.

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Marjorie Rhodes, Ph.D.

Language & Developmental Psychology

Dr. Marjorie Rhodes is an associate professor of psychology at New York University. She leads the Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Laboratory, where she researches conceptual development and the development of social cognition with a focus on categorization.

Rhodes’ influential research has been supported by many prestigious funding organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Rhodes’ outstanding research has earned her many awards, including the Steve Reznick Early Career Award (Cognitive Development Society), the Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award (American Psychological Association), and the Rising Star designation (Association for Psychological Science).

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Daniel Lerner, M.A.P.P.

Health, Happiness, & Stress

Daniel Lerner, M.A.P.P. is a teacher, speaker, and author. A clinical instructor at New York University, his course “The Science of Happiness” is the most popular elective course at NYU—with over 1,000 students per year.

Lerner delivers critically acclaimed talks to a wide variety of audiences, including Fortune 500 companies, startups, executives, athletes, musicians, and prestigious academic institutions. His book U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life) (co-authored with Dr. Alan Schlechter) is assigned on campuses across the country.

Lerner is also on the teaching staff at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his M.A.P.P. degree studying under Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology.

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Lawrence Ian Reed, Ph.D.

Abnormal Psychology & Treatments

Dr. Lawrence Ian Reed is a clinical assistant professor at New York University. His research focuses on facial expression, emotion, and cooperation.

Reed’s work has been covered widely by news organizations such as TIME, TODAY Health, Discovery News, and the Daily Mail. In addition to being a researcher and professor, he is a trained clinical psychologist. He completed his clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

In his clinical practice, he specializes in treating adolescents and adults with mood and emotional disorders. He uses treatment methods drawn primarily from cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.

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Abigail Stark, Ph.D. Candidate

Learning & Memory

Abigail Stark is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Suffolk University. She studies peer aggression and exclusion throughout the developmental lifespan, focusing on how cognitive frames impact behaviors and emotions related to bullying.

She currently is a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts General Hospital for her internship. Previously, she has conducted research and gained clinical experience at the Massachusetts General Hospital OCD Clinic, MGH Bipolar Clinic, McLean OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents, the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program, and the McLean 3East Dialectical Behavior Therapy Clinic. Her clinical work focuses on the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Children and Adolescents.

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Sasha Reid, Ph.D.

Serial Killer Profiling

Sasha Reid is a Ph.D. in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto and a member of the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Human Development at the Fraser Mustard Institute.

Her research focuses on the inner worlds and motivations of serial killers. Through statistical and phenomenological methods, Sasha hopes to create a more complete understanding of serial homicide.

Her groundbreaking work has been covered by a number of news organizations, including a profile of Reid and her work in Popular Science.

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Nnamdi Pole, Ph.D.


Dr. Nnamdi Pole is an associate professor in the Smith College School for Social Work. As a researcher, he investigates post-traumatic stress disorder, ethnic minority mental health, and psychotherapy research.

Pole is a dedicated professor and researcher; he is the chair of the Smith College Institutional Review Board (IRB) and a fellow of the American Psychological Society. He has also served as a board member of the American Psychological Association Trauma Division (56) and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

He has shared his expertise as the former associate editor of Psychological Bulletin and as a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

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Alana Conner, Ph.D.

Cultural Psychology

Dr. Alana Conner is a cultural scientist who studies culture, psychology, and health. She is a product researcher at Instagram whose work to reduce bullying and hate has been covered in the New York Times. She is the coauthor of Clash! How to Thrive in a Multicultural World.

Conner has worked with major companies, such as The World Bank and The Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center. She served as the founding executive director of Stanford SPARQ: Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions, as vice president of content at The Tech Museum, and as senior editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her name is pronounced “ah-LAY-nah,” but she says that she doesn’t mind if you call her “ah-LAH-nah” “if that more thoroughly tickles your fancy.

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What’s Covered


Research + Methods

Abnormal Psychology


The Brain


Sensation + Perception

Learning + Memory



Social Psychology

Moral Psychology



Developmental Psychology

Happiness + Well-Being

Thinking + Intelligence

Emotion + Motivation

Criminal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology


Frequently Asked




+ Who is this course for?

Anyone with a brain! This course is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the mind, brain, and human behavior. If you've ever been curious about how we make decisions, why we feel certain emotions, or why you just can't remember where you left your keys, then this course is for you.

It’s suitable for college students that need psychology for their major (or want to use it toward their school’s requirements), recent grads, and anyone else that has an interest in taking a for-credit, world-class college psychology course online.

+ Do I need to know anything about Psychology going into this course?

No, there are no prerequisites for this course other than your openness to learning and a good command of the English language.

+ What do I need to be able to take this course?

A high school diploma, GED or equivalent is needed prior to starting the course, although we hope to be able to offer our courses to a broader audience in the future. Students will also need wifi, a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam, microphone, and Google Chrome installed.

+ Is the course completely online?

Yes, you can be anywhere in the universe (with wifi) and you'll be able to complete the course.

+ How much does an Outlier course cost?

$400 per course, for now. Our goal is to reduce the cost of college and reduce student debt, but there are many factors to consider as we plan for 2020 and beyond. TLDR: if you want the introductory price of $400, enroll asap!

+ *What is your refund policy?

If you've put in the time and effort to do all the work for the course but do not receive a passing grade, that's on us and you will receive a full refund! You may also withdraw from the course in the first 2 weeks and receive a full refund. For more information on refunds please refer to our Terms of Use.

+ When are the courses being offered?

Our Fall 2019 beta classes are now full but we are currently enrolling for the Spring 2020 semester. Each course is 14 weeks long and all coursework can be done on your schedule, with the exception of midterms and final which are open for a 1 week window.

+ Are any parts of this course scheduled or timezone sensitive?

Tutoring sessions will be scheduled to maximize compatibility with students’ schedules and availability. Exams are each open to take for a 1 week window so you may take midterms and final anytime during the exam week. However, all other course materials are available to you from the time the course opens through the end of final exam week.

+ Tell me more about these college credits. Where do they come from and how do I transfer them to my school?

We are excited to be partnering with the University of Pittsburgh for our fall course. Upon successful completion, you will receive 3 college credits from the University of Pittsburgh that can be transferred to your school of choice. Please check with your school's registrar on the process for getting outside coursework pre-approved or transferred. If you need a copy of the syllabus or any other supporting documents from Outlier you can email info@outlier.org and we'd be happy to send them to you. Once you've completed the course, transferring credits will be as easy as selecting "Transfer my credits" from the course website, filling out the form, and the University of Pittsburgh will mail an official transcript to your school of choice. We are currently in discussions with several top universities (including Pitt) as potential partners in 2020 and beyond.

+ How do you prevent cheating?

We have technology built into our courses that allows us to prevent academic dishonesty and detect it if it occurs.

+ Do you accept international students?

Yes, international students are welcome to join our courses as long as you have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent and feel comfortable taking courses in English.

+ Do you accept financial aid?

Not yet. However, we hope to in the future, which will make all of our courses even more accessible.

+ Why is everything so dark?

Early on in the process of designing Outlier, we found that many students use their laptops late at night, and don’t feel like staring into a lightbulb. Too much white in the background of videos and active learning would be fatiguing and unpleasant. We also think it’s pretty neat that we decided to do this before Apple shifted everything to dark mode.

+ What's the catch? How are you able to offer high quality for-credit college courses for a fraction of the cost of most universities?

Unlike delicious, calorie-free ice cream and most things that sound too good to be true, this is for real — $400 for 3 college credits that you can transfer to your school of choice. Our team has been working tirelessly to build a product that will make world-class education more equitable and more accessible, and change the way people define excellent education.



More questions? Email info@outlier.org



How it works


Engaging Lectures

Learn from 12 experts in their fields.

Active Learning

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Now enrolling for Spring 2020