Fall Course Offerings

Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

PSYC 1010-1: Introductory Psychology

Instructor: Dodson
Meeting Time: MoWe 2:00-3:15; GIL 130
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions: None
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list.  Do not email the professor.

Description: Overview of psychology from both the social science and natural science perspectives.  The lectures will be focused on issues in human development, personality theory, abnormal psychology, behavior disorders, social psychology, intelligence, language, learning, memory, and cognitive and sensory processes. 

PSYC 1010-2: Introductory Psychology

Instructor: Smyth
Meeting Time: TuTh 3:30-4:45 GIL 130
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions: None
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list.  Do not email professor.

Description: Overview of psychology from both the social science and natural science perspectives.  The lectures will be focused on issues in human development, personality theory, abnormal psychology, behavior disorders, social psychology, intelligence, language, learning, memory, and cognitive and sensory processes.

PSYC 2100: Introduction to Learning

Instructor: Williams
Meeting Time: TuTh 12:30-1:45; GIL 190
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions: none
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list.

Do not email professor

Description: The course will examine historical and current theories that explain how different types of learning provide the foundation for most, if not all forms of an organism's behavior. We will cover these theories by carefully examining the most important research experiments that contributed to our current understanding of the principles and concepts that shape our behavior. The lecture content will focus heavily on experimental findings derived from research of learning processes in human and non-human species.  The concept of Learning will be explored from the perspective of theories of Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning and more recent theories of the organization of behavior derived from human studies.

PSYC 2150: Introduction to Cognition

Instructor: Jaswal
Meeting Time: TuTh 8:00-9:15; GIL 130
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions: none
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list.  Do not email professor.

Description: Cognition is the activity of knowing: the acquisition, organization, and use of knowledge. Emphasizing fundamental issues, this course introduces such basic content areas in cognitive psychology as perception, memory, language, cognitive development, and philosophy of science.

PSYC 2200: Neural Basis of Behavior

Instructor: Hill
Meeting Time: MoWeFr 10-10:50; GIL 130
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions: None
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list.  Do not email professor.

Description: One approach to understanding human behavior is to consider ourselves from a biological perspective. This course attempts to do so by examining how the brain guides behavior. The first portion is an overview of the structure and function of the central nervous system. With this knowledge, we then examine how the brain controls a variety of higher behaviors, including learning and memory, sex, emotions and sleeping

PSYC 2300: Introduction to Perception

Instructor:  Proffitt
Meeting Time: TuTh 2-3:15; GIL 190
Credits: 3 (optional 1 Credit lab)
Prerequisites: none
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list. Do not email the Professor.

Description: Study of selected topics in perception, particularly visual perception; the role of stimulus variables, learning and motivation of perception.

PSYC 2400: Introduction to Personality Psychology

Instructor: TBA
Meeting Time: TuTh 5:00-6:15; GIL 130
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions: None
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list.  Do not email professor.

Description: Introduces the major approaches, methods, and findings in the field of personality psychology. Topics include sex-typing, identification and observational learning, frustration and aggression, stress, anxiety, defense, self-control, altruism, self-concepts, authoritarianism, achievement motivation, and sensation-seeking.

PSYC 2600: Introduction to Social Psychology

Instructor:  Oishi
Meeting Time: TuTh 9:30-10:45; GIL 130
Credits: 3 (1 credit discussion section is optional but must be taken concurrently)
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Restrictions: None
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list.  Do not email professor.

Description: A survey of the major topics in social psychology, including social perception, social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, conformity, helping relationships, and stereotyping and prejudice. Research, theory and applications of social psychology are considered.

PSYC 2700: Introduction to Child Psychology

Instructor:  Vaish
Meeting Time: TuTh 11-12:15; GIL 130
Credits: 3 (three hours lecture, one hour discussion section optional but must be taken concurrently)
Prerequisites: Psychology 1010 strongly recommended; top students will be fine without
Enrollment Restrictions: None
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list.  Do not email professor.

Description: This course provides an introduction to psychological development from birth through adolescence, with particular emphasis on early childhood. The nature of changes during development, as well as the methods of study and theorizing about development are discussed.

PSYC 3005: Research Methods & Data Analysis I

Instructor: Smyth
Meeting Time: MoWeFr 8:00-8:50; MIN 125
Credits: 4 (Required lab section)
Prerequisites: PSYC 1010 or any 200-level PSYC course and one of the following math courses with a grade of C- or higher: MATH 1210 (Applied Calculus I), MATH 1212 (Applied Calculus I with Algebra), MATH 1220 (Applied Calculus II), MATH 1310 (Calculus I), MATH 1320 (Calculus II), APMA 1090 (Single Variable Calculus I), or APMA 1110 (Single Variable Calculus II). Students with transfer credit or AP credit in one of these courses (e.g., AP Calculus AB, or AP Calculus BC) are exempt from the requirement.
Enrollment Restrictions: None
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list.  Do not email professor.

Description: Introduction to research methods in psychology, integrating statistical analysis. Emphasis on descriptive statistics and non-experimental research methods. Use of computers for data analysis, experimentation, and report writing. This course is required for majors and is the first part of a two-part series (PSYC 3005-PSYC 3006).

PSYC 3006: Research Methods & Data Analysis II

Instructor:  Schmidt
Meeting Time: MoWeFr 9:00-9:50; GIL 190
Credits: 4 (Required lab section)
Prerequisites: PSYC 3005 (with a C or higher)
Enrollment Restrictions:  Psyc Majors/Minors, CogSci Majors 
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list. Do not email professor.

Description: Second part of a two-part series required for psychology majors. Emphasis on inferential statistics (t-tests and ANOVA) and issues in experimentation. A continuation of of research methods in psychology, including computer-controlled experimentation, integrated with computer-based exploratory data analysis, and elementary statistical analysis. Three lecture hours, two laboratory hours

PSYC 3210:  Psychobiology Laboratory

Instructor:  TBA
Meeting Time: Fr 3:30-6:00; Gil 264
Credits:  3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or 4200; PSYC 3005 recommended
Enrollment Restrictions:
If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online wait list. Do not email professor.

Description:  Develops skills necessary for the study of neural bases of behavior, such as brain dissection, aseptic surgical technique, lesions, behavioral analysis, and histology. Emphasis is on mastering contemporary techniques used in neuroscience research and effective, professional written presentation of research findings. Four laboratory hours.

PSYC 3410: Abnormal Psychology

Instructor:  Coan
Meeting Time: MoWe 2:00-3:15; GIL 190
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: 6 credits in psychology, including preferably PSYC1010
Enrollment Restrictions: Psychology majors/minors have priority registration
If course is full through SIS: Please use the online waiting list. Do not email the professor.

Description: This is an introductory course in psychopathology, or the scientific study of mental disorders. It will focus on the description of specific forms of abnormal behavior and the ways in which they are studied.

PSYC 3425: History of Psychology

Instructor:  Salthouse
Meeting Time: MoWeFr 11-11:50; GIL 141
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: At least 3 PSYC courses
Enrollment Restrictions: Psychology majors/minors have priority registration; but others are encouraged to enroll. 
If course if full through SIS: Please use the Automatic Wait list. Do not email the professor.

Description: Survey of the origins of psychology from the early philosophers to the current time.

PSYC 3440: Child Psychopathology

Instructor:  Emery
Meeting time:  TuTh, 9:30-10:45; GIL 190
Prerequisites:  6 credits of PSYC courses completed
Enrollment Restrictions
If course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Overview of the description, cause and treatment of various psychological disorders of childhood. Prerequisite: Six credits of PSYC; PSYC 2700 recommended.

PSYC 3445: Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Instructor:  Hurd
Meeting time:  TuTh, 11:00-12:15; GIL 190
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment Restrictions
If course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  This course is designed to provide an overview of the academic and clinical activities within the field of clinical psychology.  Theories, research, psycho therapeutic approaches, and critical professional issues will be explored.

 

PSYC 3485: The Science and Lived Experience of Autism

Instructor:  Jaswal
Meeting Time:  TuTh 9:30-10:45, GIL 166
Credits: 3 each semester (This is a year-long course.)
Prerequisites
Enrollment Restrictions  Instructor permission required.  Questions to answer when requesting the course:  “Why are you interested in this seminar?  What experience, if any, have you had with autism or other developmental disabilities?”
If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  This year-long, interdisciplinary seminar will explore how well the science of autism captures the experience of those living with autism and their families. Students will critically evaluate research in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, and education, and they will work together with members of the autism community to identify new research questions that reflect the interests and concerns of the people who are most affected by autism science.

PSYC 3559-1: The Psychology of Women And Gender

Instructor:  Avery
Meeting time:  MoWe 2:00-3:15; GIL 141
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment Restrictions
If course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description: This course provides a broad survey of psychological science on women and girls, addressing such topics as gender stereotypes, gender socialization, love and romantic relationships, sexuality, pregnancy and motherhood, women and work, and violence against women

PSYC 3559-2: Behavior Genetics

Instructor:  Turkheimer
Meeting time:  TuTh 3:30-4:45; GIL 190
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment Restrictions
If course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description: An introduction to the genetics of complex behavior in humans. Topics will include intelligence, personality and mental illness.  Focus will be on historical and philosophical aspects of the topic

 

PSYC 4115: Multiculturalism in the Deaf Community

Instructor:  Hanumantha
Meeting Time:  TuTh 9:30-10:45;GIL 240
Credits:  3
Prerequisites
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th year Psyc major/minor.  Enrollment not allowed in more than one 4000- or 5000-level PSYC course
If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Explores cultural influences on identity development, family systems, linguistics, engagement with educational and community agencies, and resilience within the Deaf community.  The interaction of culture, identity and language will be highlighted and applied to future trends for groups within the Deaf community, such as children of Deaf adults, LGBT community members, ethnic minority groups, women, and persons with disabilities.

PSYC 4200: Neural Mechanisms of Behavior

Instructor: Erisir
Meeting Time: MoWe 2-3:15; GIL 166
Credit: 3
Prerequisites:  PSYC 2200 or Instructor Permission.  Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 3210 recommended.
Enrollment Restrictions: 44th years: Psyc majors/minors, Cog. Science and Neuroscience majors. Enrollment not allowed in more than one 4000- or 5000-level PSYC course.
If course if full through SIS: Please use the Permission list. Do not email the professor.

Description: Lectures and discussion will cover molecular and cellular aspects of neural mechanisms as they relate to behavior. Topics will include neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurotransmitters and receptors, neuropharmacology, cortical organization and function, plasticity and neurodegenerative diseases.

PSYC 4250: Brain Systems Involved in Memory

Instructor: Williams
Meeting Time: TuTh 9:30-10:45; GIL B001
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Psyc 2200 or 4200
Enrollment Restrictions: 4th year Psyc major/minor, Cognitive Science orNeuroscience majors.  Enrollment not allowed in more than one 4000- or 5000-level PSYC course.
If course is full through SIS: Please use the permission list for the course. Do not email professor.

Description: Studies the major theories, findings, and conceptual issues important to an analysis of the neuronal mechanisms that underlie memory storage.

PSYC 4290 Memory Distortions

Instructor: Dodson

Meeting Time: We 3:30-6; GIL B001

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

Enrollment Restrictions: 4th year Psychology majors/minors and

Cognitive Science majors. Cannot be enrolled in (or have taken) another

Psyc 4000+ course.

If this course is full through SIS: Please use the online permission list.

Do not e-mail the professor.

 

Description: Although memory is generally accurate, some illusions and distortions in remembering are unavoidable. We will review both neuroscience and cognitive research on a variety of different memory problems, ranging from relatively benign tip-of-the-tongue experiences to untrustworthy eye-witness testimony. Our ultimate goal will be to understand the neural basis and cognitive processes that contribute to these constructive memory phenomena.

PSYC 4559-1:  Psychology of Violence

Instructor: Hofer
Meeting Time: MoWe 2:00-3:15; GIL 240
Credits: 3
Prerequisites:
Enrollment Restrictions:
4th year psychology major. Enrollment not allowed in more than one 4000- or 5000-level PSYC course.
If course is full through SIS: Please use the permission list for the course. Do not email professor.

Description: Violence is a complex social problem best understood using a multidisciplinary approach. Drawing on interdisciplinary knowledge, this course covers the roots of violence, specific types of violence and their consequences, and the portrayal of violence in the media. Finally, this course identifies and examines the efficacy of various prevention and intervention efforts that have been used to prevent or control violence in our communities

PSYC 4559-2: Modern Families: Diverse Family Systems

Instructor:  Sumontha
Meeting Time: M 9:00-11:30; GIL 240
Prerequisites:  Psyc 2600 or instructor permission
Enrollment Restrictions:  4th year psychology major. Enrollment not allowed in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course.
If course is full through SIS: Please use the permission list for the course. Do not email professor.

Description: This course examines parenting and child development in diverse, contemporary American families. Course materials will focus on the application of family systems research to public policy, law, and the implications for future research. The goal of this course is to enhance student understanding of what families can be and the many factors that may promote their strength and resilience.

PSYC 4559-3:  Designing and Conducting Research with Children

Instructor: Taggart
Meeting Time: TuTh 11:00-12:15; GIL B001
Prerequisites:
Enrollment Restrictions: 
4th year psychology major. Enrollment not allowed in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course.
If course is full through SIS: Please use the permission list for the course. Do not email professor.

Description: This laboratory course provides hands-on experience designing and conducting research with young children. The course is intended to guide students through the research experience, including reading research articles, proposing an original experiment, running participants and collecting data, analyzing data, and presenting findings in an academic poster

PSYC 5160: Emotion and Cognition

Instructor: Clore
Meeting Time: Tu 2:00-4:30; GIL 240
Credits: 3
Prerequisites:  Psyc 3005
Enrollment Restrictions: 4th year Psyc major/minor, CogSci Majors, GSAS.  Enrollment not allowed in more than one 4000- or 5000-level PSYC course.
If course is full through SIS: Please use the automatic wait list in SIS. Do not email professor.

Description: Description of course contents: The cognition-emotion seminar covers the connection between thinking and feeling in two ways. The first part asks about the causes of emotion, and the second asks about the consequences of emotion.  Part 1 concerns the nature and definition of emotion and the role of cognitive appraisals in their elicitation and intensity. Distinctions will be made among concepts such as affect, emotion, mood, and temperament.  Part 2 concerns the consequences of emotion for cognition, experience, and behavior.  Of interest will be such topics as the effects on judgment and decision-making, processing and performance, and memory and attention, and the role of culture.

PSYC 5559-1:  Developmental of Sensory Systems

Instructor:  Hill
Meeting Time: MoWe 2:00-3:15; GIL 225
Credits: 3
Prerequisites:  
Enrollment Restrictions:
4th years:  Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors. Neuroscience Majors; GSAS. 
If course is full through SIS: Please use the permission list for the course. Do not email professor.

Description: This course is designed to explore the neurobiological development of mammalian sensory systems. In particular, we will concentrate on the mechanisms and processes involved in the development, plasticity, and maintenance of the developing visual and gustatory systems. Students will be expected to read and present original research articles and prepare summaries of research results, interpretations, and comparisons with other sensory systems