Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. This course exposes students to the subject and prepares students for an introductory college psychology course. The standards have divided the course into six content areas. Scientific method explores research methods and ethical consideration. The biological basis focuses on the way the brain and nervous system function, including sensation, perception, motivation, and emotion. Cognitive aspects of the course focus on learning, memory, information processing, and language. Mental health topics include psychological stress, disorders, and treatment. Socio-cultural dimensions of behavior deal with topics such as conformity, obedience, perceptions, attitudes, and influence of the group on the individual. Developmental psychology takes a life span approach to physical, cognitive, language, emotional, social, and moral development.