Spring Course Offerings

Spring 2019 Psychology Course Descriptions

PSYC 1010 -1 :  Introduction to Psychology

Instructor: Dodson

Meeting Time:  TR 5:00-6:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none

Enrollment Restrictions:  none

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Overview of psychology from both the natural science and social science perspectives. Topics include biological bases of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, learning, motivation, thought, maturational and developmental changes, individual differences, personality, social behavior, and abnormal psychology.

PSYC 1010 -2 :  Introduction to Psychology

Instructor: TBA

Meeting Time:  TR 8:00-9:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none

Enrollment Restrictions:  none

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Overview of psychology from both the natural science and social science perspectives. Topics include biological bases of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, learning, motivation, thought, maturational and developmental changes, individual differences, personality, social behavior, and abnormal psychology.

PSYC 2150: Introduction to Cognition

Instructor:  Willingham

Meeting Time: TR 9:30-10:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none

Enrollment Restrictions:  none

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the 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. An optional weekly review session is offered for those who wish to attend.

PSYC 2160: Cognitive Neuroscience

Instructor:  Long

Meeting Time: MW 2:00-3:15

Prerequisites:  none

Enrollment Restrictions:  none

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description: This course is intended as a survey of cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on breadth. Each week we will cover one sub-area or topic within cognitive neuroscience including perception, attention, memory, cognitive control and others. Readings will be chapters from the textbook with a few supplemental journal articles. PSYC 1010 is recommended but not required

PSYC 2200: A Survey of the Neural Basis of Behavior

Instructor:  Brunjes

Meeting Time: MWF 10:00-10:50

Prerequisites:  none

Enrollment Restrictions:  none

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  After an overview of brain organization and function, the course examines what we know about the physiological bases of several behaviors including sensation and perception, learning, memory, sleep development, hunger, thirst, and emotions. An optional weekly review session is offered for those who wish to attend.

 

PSYC 2400: Introduction to Personality Psychology

Instructor: Turkheimer

Meeting Time: TR 12:30-1:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none 

Enrollment Restrictions:  none

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Personality psychology tries to describe the psychological functioning of whole individuals. This course surveys the many methods and theoretical approaches used for the study of personality and includes discussion of the psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, humanistic, biological, cultural, behavioral, social, and cognitive systems of thought. Relevant research from these perspectives is presented.  

 

PSYC 2410: Abnormal Psychology

Instructor: Emery

Meeting Time: TR 3:30-4:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none 

Enrollment Restrictions:  none

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description

 

PSYC 2559: Mechanisms of Human Memory

Instructor:  Sederberg

Meeting Time: TR 9:30-10:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none 

Enrollment Restrictions:  none

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description

 

PSYC 2600-1: Introduction to Social Psychology

Instructor:  T. Wilson

Meeting Time:  TR 3:30-4:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none 

Enrollment Restrictions:  none

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Surveys major topics in social psychology, including personal perception and social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, interpersonal influence, interpersonal attraction, and helping relationships.  Considers research theory and applications of social psychology.  Three lecture hours plus optional discussion sections.

 

PSYC 2600-2: Introduction to Social Psychology

Instructor:  Smyth

Meeting Time:  TR 5:00-6:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none 

Enrollment Restrictions:  none

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Surveys major topics in social psychology, including personal perception and social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, interpersonal influence, interpersonal attraction, and helping relationships.  Considers research theory and applications of social psychology.  Three lecture hours. 

PSYC 2600-3: Introduction to Social Psychology

Instructor:  Mazurek

Meeting Time:  TR 2:00-3:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none 

Enrollment Restrictions:  none

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Surveys major topics in social psychology, including personal perception and social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, interpersonal influence, interpersonal attraction, and helping relationships.  Considers research theory and applications of social psychology.  Three lecture hours.

PSYC 2601: Introduction to Social Psychology Discussion

Instructor:  TBA

Meeting Time

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none 

Enrollment Restrictions:  Must be enrolled in PSYC 2600 - 001 with Professor Timothy Wilson

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description: Optional discussion for PSYC 2600, Introduction to Social Psychology

 

PSYC 2700: Introduction to Child Psychology

Instructor:  Vaish

Meeting Time:  TR 11:00-12:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  PSYC 1010 strongly recommended, top students will be fine without it.

Enrollment Restrictions:  none

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Introduces the biological, cognitive and social development of the child. Topics include the child's emotional, perceptual, and intellectual development; and the development of personality and socialization. Students can participate in an optional discussion section.  An optional weekly review session is offered for those who wish to attend.

 

PSYC 2005 - 1: Research Methods and Data Analysis I

Instructor:  Smyth

Meeting Time:  MWF 2:00-2:50

Credits:  3 (required lab section)

Prerequisites: Students must have completed 1 of the following math courses with a grade of C- or higher:  MATH 1190, 1210, 1220, 1310, 1320, APMA 1090 or APMA 1110 or equivalent from transfer credit or AP. 

Enrollment Restrictions:  Registration is required for the both the lecture and a lab section to be officially enrolled in the class.

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Introduces research methods in psychology, including computer-controlled experimentation, integrated with computer-based exploratory data analysis, and elementary statistical analysis. This course is required for majors and minors and is the first part of a two-part series

(2005-3006).

PSYC 2005 - 2: Research Methods and Data Analysis I

Instructor:  Smyth

Meeting Time: TuTh 3:30-4:45

Credits:  3 (required lab section)

Prerequisites: Students must have completed 1 of the following math courses with a grade of C- or higher:  MATH 1190, 1210, 1220, 1310, 1320, APMA 1090 or APMA 1110 or equivalent from transfer credit or AP. 

Enrollment Restrictions:  Registration is required for the both the lecture and a lab section to be officially enrolled in the class.

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Introduces research methods in psychology, including computer-controlled experimentation, integrated with computer-based exploratory data analysis, and elementary statistical analysis. This course is required for majors and minors and is the first part of a two-part series

(2005-3006).

 

PSYC 3006 - 001: Research Methods and Data Analysis II

Instructor:  Meyer

Meeting Time:  MWF 1:00-3:00

Credits:  4 (required lab section)

Prerequisites: PSYC 2005 with a grade of C or higher; may not be taken concurrently with PSYC 2005.

Enrollment Restrictions:  Psychology Major/Minor or Cognitive Science Major

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  A continuation of discussion 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.  Note:  there is an optional Review Session for this lecture.

 

PSYC 3006 - 002: Research Methods and Data Analysis II

Instructor:  Schmidt

Meeting Time:  MWF 10:00-12:00

Credits:  4 (required lab section)

Prerequisites: PSYC 2005 with a grade of C or higher; may not be taken concurrently with PSYC 2005.

Enrollment Restrictions:  Psychology Major/Minor or Cognitive Science Major

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  A continuation of discussion 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.  Note:  there is an optional Review Session for this lecture.

 

PSYC 3210: Psychobiology Laboratory

Instructor:  Morris

Meeting Time:  R 3:30-6:00

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: Must have completed BIOL 3050 (formerly BIOL 3170) or PSYC 2200 or PSYC 4200

Enrollment Restrictions:  

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Develops skills necessary for the study of neural bases of behavior, such as neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, histology, behavioral analysis, and genetic/epigenetic analyses. Emphasis is on mastering contemporary techniques used in neuroscience research and effective, professional written presentation of research findings. Prerequisite: PSYC 2200 or 4200; PSYC 3005 recommended.

 

PSYC 3435: Educational Psychology

Instructor:  Willingham

Meeting Time:  TR 3:30-4:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  Psyc 2150 and 2700

Enrollment Restrictions:  Psychology major/minor or Cognitive Science majors receive priority registration

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Psychologists have studied the processes of learning and thinking for over 100 years, and theoreticians have attempted to apply that knowledge to K-12 education for almost that long. This course will use information from cognitive psychology to examine: major steams of thought in pedagogy; data patterns in student achievement and in teacher effectiveness; subject-specific teaching strategies, and proposed reforms for American education.

PSYC 3450: Psychology of Women and Gender

Instructor:  Avery

Meeting Time: TR 2:00-3:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: none

Enrollment Restrictions:  

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  

PSYC 3490: Infant Development

Instructor:  Grossmann

Meeting Time: TR 9:30-10:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: none

Enrollment Restrictions:  None

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  

PSYC 3495: The Science and Lived Experience of Autism II

Instructor:  Jaswal

Meeting Time:  TR 9:30-10:45

Credits: 3 each semester (This is a year-long course.)

Prerequisites: Must have completed Psyc 3485 to register for 3495

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: Mindfullness and Compassion

Instructor: Bach

Meeting Time:  R 2-4:30

Credits:  3

Prerequisites

Enrollment Restrictions:  None

If this course is full through SIS:  

Description:  Introduces students to the science and practice of contemplation and compassion. Will explore and interrogate scientific research about the effects of meditation on mind, brain and emotions. By engaging in regular mindfulness and compassion practices, students will learn how to live more fully and navigate life's stressors with greater clarity and compassion for themselves and others. 

PSYC 3559-2: Neuroscience Through the Nobels

Instructor: Cang

Meeting Time:  R 3:30-6:00

Credits:  3

Prerequisites

Enrollment Restrictions:  None

If this course is full through SIS:  

Description:   Will introduce Nobel-winning discoveries that shaped our understanding of the nervous system; explore the original experimental basis for these discoveries; and learn about the Nobel laureates.  This course will enable students to acquire a deeper understanding of fundamental principles in Neuroscience, to familiarize with various research techniques, and to develop a sense of history of Neuroscience research.  

PSYC 3559-3: Research Methods: Child Development 

Instructor:  Vasc

Meeting Time:  MW 2:00-3:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: None

Enrollment Restrictions:  None

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:   In this class students will become familiar with all the steps involved in conducting research with young children: from reviewing the literature on a specific topic, to designing a study and reporting its results. In addition to learning about the methods used in the child psychology research, in this class students will practice being a child psychology researcher by conducting a study on the topic of children’s pretend play.

PSYC 3870-1: Distinguished Majors Program

Instructor:  Clore

Meeting Time:  F 1:00-1:50

Credits:  3

Prerequisites

Enrollment Restrictions:  Instructor permission required

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  

PSYC 3870-2: Distinguished Majors Program

Instructor:  Clore

Meeting Time:  F 2:00-2:50

Credits:  3

Prerequisites

Enrollment Restrictions:  Instructor permission required

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  

 

PSYC 4110: Psycholinguistics 

Instructor:  Loncke    

Meeting Time:  M 3:30-6:00

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none

Enrollment Restrictions:  4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar).

If this course if full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  This course focuses on the psychological processes that underlie the acquisition and the use of language. There is an emphasis on the interaction between linguistic skills and other cognitive skills. Topics include learnability, micro-genesis of speech, bilingualism and variation, and a psycholinguistic approach to breakdowns (i.e., language pathology).

 

PSYC 4112: Psychology of Deaf People 

Instructor:  Hanumantha

Meeting Time:  TR 9:30-10:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none

Enrollment Restrictions:4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar). 

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  This course will consider the psychological development and psychosocial issues of deaf people.  Topics covered will include cognition, education, hearing and speech perception, impact of family interaction and communication approaches, influence of etiology/genetics, language development, literacy, mental health, social and personality development, interpersonal behavior, and current trends.

 

PSYC 4120: Psychology of Reading

Instructor:  Adams

Meeting Time:  W 3:30-6:00

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  PSYC 2005

Enrollment Restrictions:4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar). 

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Analyzes the critical psychological experiments which have influenced the way that psychologists consider topics in reading, such as text comprehension, parsing, and sentence processing.

PSYC 4200: Neural Mechanisms of Behavior

Instructor:  Hill

Meeting Time:  MW 2:00-3:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: None

Enrollment Restrictions: 4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar).

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Introduces basic concepts in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neurochemistry needed for an understanding of brain and behavior. Prerequisite: Enrollment not allowed in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course & student must be 4th year psychology, neuroscience, or cognitive science major status. Students should have also taken PSYC 2200 or PSYC 2210. PSYC 3210 is recommended.

PSYC 4250: Brain Systems Inolved in Memory

Instructor:  Williams

Meeting Time:  TR 9:30-10:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: None

Enrollment Restrictions:4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar). 

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  The historical and current experimental findings that describe the contribution of neuroanatomical structures in regulating memory formation. Prerequisite: Enrollment not allowed in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course & student must be 4th year psychology, neuroscience, or cognitive science major status. Students should have also taken PSYC 2200 or PSYC 2210.

PSYC 4559: Psychology of Democracy

Instructor:  Melton

Meeting Time:  M 3:30-6

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  Third- or fourth-year psychology major

Enrollment Restrictions: 4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar).

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description: Study of democracy as a political system and a way of life.  Consideration of the relation of community settings and processes to the development and sustainability of democratic norms and values.  Discussion of the developmental, personality, cultural, and economic correlates of civic participation through philanthropy, volunteer activity, grassroots discussion, and political action.  Development of a personal plan for civic engagement 

PSYC 4559-2: Research Methods in Social Psychology

Instructor:  Mason

Meeting Time:  TR 2:00-3:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  Third- or fourth-year psychology major

Enrollment Restrictions: 4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar).

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description: Introduction to research methods used to explore current issues in social psychology. This course provides hands-on learning experiences in research design, data collection and analysis, and reporting of research findings.

PSYC 4559-3: Neural Basis of Empathy in Children

Instructor:  Clabough

Meeting Time:  F 9:00-11:30

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  Third- or fourth-year psychology major

Enrollment Restrictions: 4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar).

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description: This course is designed to provide in-depth experience with the concepts, methods, and techniques used in empathy research. Students will delve into scientific articles on the biological basis of emotional empathy, perspective taking, prosocial behavior, and compassion and learn how these skills can be modulated.

PSYC 4603: Psychology of Sexual Orientation

Instructor:  Patterson

Meeting Time:  T 3:30-6

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  Third- or fourth-year psychology major

Enrollment Restrictions: 4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar).

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  Overview of research and theory related to sexual orientation across the lifespan from the standpoint of the social sciences. Topics include conceptualization of sexual identities, origins and development of sexual orientation, sexual identity formation and disclosure. Selected issues such as couple relationships, employment and careers, parenthood, and aging are also explored, since they may be affected by sexual orientation. 

PSYC 4980: Distinguished Majors Program

Instructor:  Clore

Meeting Time:  TBA

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: None

Enrollment Restrictions:  Instructor permission required

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings.  Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology.

PSYC 5160: Emotion and Cognition

Instructor:  Clore

Meeting Time:  T 2:00-4:30

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: 2005

Enrollment Restrictions:  Instructor permission required

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  The cognition-emotion seminar covers the connection between thinking and feeling in two ways.  Part 1 concerns the nature and definition of emotions and the role of cognitive appraisals in their elicitation and intensity.  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 5270: Computational Neurobiology

Instructor:  Meliza

Meeting Time:  TR 11:00 - 12:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: None

Enrollment Restrictions:  Instructor permission required

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description: Develops skills in processing neural data and analyzing its relationship to stimulus or motor activity. Topics include information theory, receptive fields, point processes, and mixed-effects models. Emphasis is on implementing theoretical concepts with computer programs. 

 

PSYC 5312: Neurodevelopmental Conditions

Instructor:  Jaswal

Meeting Time:  W 3:30 - 6

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: None

Enrollment Restrictions:  Instructor permission required

If this course is full through SIS: 4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar).

Description:  It is estimated that 15% of individuals in the U.S. are affected by a neurodevelopmental disability, including Down syndrome, autism, developmental language disorder, dyslexia, intellectual disability, and impairments in vision and hearing. This interdisciplinary, discussion-based seminar will address the etiology and course of some of these disabilities, drawing on theoretical models, experimental findings, and the lived experience.

PSYC 5326: The Neuroscience of Social Relationships

Instructor:  Coan

Meeting Time:  MW 2:00-3:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: Psyc 2005; Psyc 2200 recommended

Enrollment Restrictions:  4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar).

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  This course will provide a broad overview of neuroscientific research into social relationships. The field is relatively new, and changing quickly. After a brief review of the neuroscientific methods we are likely to encounter in this literature, the course will be oriented toward readings and discussion, with brief research proposals presented at the end.

 

PSYC 5559-1: Brain Evolution

Instructor:  Brunjes

Meeting Time:  TR 12:30-1:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: PSYC 4200 or BIOL 3050

Enrollment Restrictions: 4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar).

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description: Seminar examining the role of evolution in shaping the vertebrate brain.

 

PSYC 5559-2: Quantified Cognition

Instructor:  Sederberg

Meeting Time:  R 2:00-4:30

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: None

Enrollment restrictions: 4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar).

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  This class will provide the foundation necessary to start thinking mechanistically about how neural function gives rise to cognition. Although the focus will be on problems in psychology and neuroscience, the material will have potential for broad application and will cover topics including computational modeling, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

PSYC 5710: Machine Learning and Data Mining

Instructor:  Golino

Meeting Time:  R 3:30-6

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: None

Enrollment Restrictions: 4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar).

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description: Machine learning and data mining are among the topics that are very demanded nowadays. They can be used to extract knowledge from multivariate datasets, to transform unstructured data into analyzable datasets, and to make extremely accurate and stable predictions. The present course will be an introductory, hands-on course, covering a number of basic techniques and methods used in the fields of machine learning and data mining, using R.

PSYC 5720: Item Response Theory

Instructor:  Schmidt

Meeting Time:  R 9:00-11:30

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  Undergraduates must have taken Psyc 2005 and 3006.

Enrollment Restrictions: 4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors.  SIS will prevent you from enrolling if you are already enrolled in, or have taken, another PSYC 4000+ course.  But see “Procedure for enrolling in 4000/5000 Level Seminars” if you would like to pursue taking another one on a space-available basis (i.e., after all 4th-years have been assured of enrollment in at least one seminar).

If this course is full through SIS:  Please use the online permission list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  This course is designed to introduce you to the concepts of item response theory (IRT) models and their application to substantive psychological problems in measurement, such as test and scale design and analysis.