Spring Course Offerings

Spring 2018 Psychology Course Descriptions

PSYC 1010:  Introduction to Psychology

Instructor:  Mazurek

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:  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 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:  TBA

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:  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 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:  Mazurek

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:  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:  TBA

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.

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:  Grossman

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 3005: Research Methods and Data Analysis I

Instructor:  Smyth

Meeting Time:  2:00-2:50

Credits:  4 (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

(3005-3006).

 

 

PSYC 3006: Research Methods and Data Analysis II

Instructor:  Schmidt

Meeting Time:  MWF 9:00-9:50

Credits:  4 (required lab section)

Prerequisites: PSYC 3005 with a grade of C or higher; may not be taken concurrently with PSYC 3005.

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:  Liu

Meeting Time:  R 3:30-6:00

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 e-mail the professor.

Description:  Develops skills necessary for the study of neural bases of behavior, such as brain dissection, 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 3410: Abnormal Psychology

Instructor:  Emery

Meeting Time:  TR 2:00-3:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  Six credits of psychology, including preferably Psyc 1010

Enrollment Restrictions:  Psychology majors/minors have priority registration.

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

Description:  Introduces psychopathology with a focus on specific forms of abnormal behavior: depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders.

 

 

PSYC 3435: Educational Psychology

Instructor:  Willingham

Meeting Time:  TR 2:00-3:15

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 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

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 Science of Well-Being

Instructor:  Diener

Meeting Time:  TR 3:30-4:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: PSYC 1010

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 course students will learn about the developing science of well-being -- what psychologists and other behavioral scientists are learning about the causes and consequences of life satisfaction, positive emotions. low chronic negative emotions, meaning and purpose in life, and optimism. The course will focus on subjective well-being, but will also touch on topics within the broader realm of "positive psychology.

 

PSYC 3559-2: Philosophy and Behavior Genetics

Instructor:  Matthews

Meeting Time:  MW 2:00-3:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: PSYC 1010

Enrollment Restrictions:  None

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

Description:   The journalists say scientists have discovered ‘genes’ for human behavior – everything from sexuality and aggression to intelligence and depression. What is the science behind these claims? What does it imply for our understanding of human nature? What are the ethical implications? This course will address these questions and many more.

PSYC 3559-3: The Psychology of Women and Gender

Instructor:  Avery

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:   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 3559-4: Meditation, Brain & Body: Intro to Contemplative Science

Instructor:  Haskenkamp

Meeting Time:  TR 3:30-4:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: PSYC 1010

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 investigates contemplative science, surveying peer reviewed research on how meditation affects the brain and body. Students will learn aspects of the scientific method, experimental design, basic neuroscience concepts, and critical evaluation of scientific and media reports. Incorporating primary and secondary literature and lectures, students integrate knowledge through written reflection, discussion, and meditation practice.

 

 

PSYC 3970: Research on Affective Forecasting

Instructor:  T. Wilson

Meeting Time:  M 3:30-6:00

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:  This is a hands-on course in which students participate in ongoing research on affective forecasting, or the way in which people make predictions about their emotional reactions to future events.  Students will serve as research assistants to the faculty member & graduate students to help with all phases of the research:  design experiments, research its theoretical underpinnings, collect data, analyze the data, attend lab meetings.

 

 

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.  Cannot be enrolled in (or have taken) another Psyc 4000+ course.

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 and Deaf People 

Instructor:  Hanumantha

Meeting Time:  TR 9:30-10:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  none

Enrollment Restrictions:  4th year Psychology major/minor. 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:  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 3005

Enrollment Restrictions: 4th year Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors, or Linguistics majors/minors.  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:  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 4559-1: Construction and Validation of Assessment Tools

Instructor:  Golino

Meeting Time:  R 3:30-6:00

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment Restrictions: 4th years: Psychology major/minor 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: This course will introduce the basic notions and strategies used in the construction and validation of assessment instruments (e.g. tests and questionnaires).  

 

PSYC 4559-2: Romantic Relationships Across the Lifespan

Instructor:  Kansky

Meeting Time:  TR 9:30-10:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology major/minor. 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:  Will focus on the development and characteristics of romantic relationships across the lifespan from adolescence into adulthood including the transition from peer friendships to dating, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, parenthood, and diverse relationships (ie, LGBT, interracial, polygamy, and online relationships). Will discuss both healthy and maladaptive relationship qualities highlighting treatment options for families and couples in distres.

 

PSYC 4559-3: Children's Law

Instructor:  Melton

Meeting Time:  M 3:30-4:45

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology major/minor. 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:  Application of social science to study of the effects of law and legal institutions on (a) children’s and adolescents’ participation in community life, (b) the protection of their dignity, autonomy, privacy, and personal security, and (c) the promotion of their own, their families’, and their communities’ well-being.  Analysis of young people’s understanding of legal concepts in everyday life, real-life legal proceedings, and popular culture.

PSYC 4682: Using Mobile Technology in Mental Health Research

Instructor: Daros

Meeting Time:  R 3:30-6

Credits:  3

Prerequisites

Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology major/minor 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 wait list.  Do not e-mail the professor.

Description:  This course provides an introduction to research design and computational methods for non-invasive mental health monitoring using mobile devices such as phones and wearable computing. Students will gain a practical understanding of mobile monitoring approaches as they relate to mental health. Topics include estimating health status (e.g. mood) through mobility data, application design, mobile data mining, and emerging issues in mental health.

PSYC 5265: Functional Neuroanatomy

Instructor:  Brunjes

Meeting Time:  MW 2:00-3:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: BIOL 3050 or PSYC 4200/Graduate standing

Enrollment Restrictions: 4th - year Cognitive Science major or 4th - year Neuroscience major or Graduate Arts & Sciences studentEnrollment not allowed in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course.

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

Description: An overview of the structure of the vertebrate nervous system with an emphasis on the mammalian brain.

 

PSYC 5325: Cognitive Neuroscience

Instructor:  Salthouse

Meeting Time:  M 9:00-11:30

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: PSYC 2150 or 2200 and 3006

Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology majors/minors or Cognitive Science majors; cannot be enrolled in (or have taken) another Psyc 4000+ course.  GSAS

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

Description: Several approaches have been used to investigate relations between mind (or cognition) and brain. For example, the case study perspective focuses on cognitive deficits of patients with localized brain damage, and the cognitive neuroscience perspective attempts to determine the neurobiological substrates of cognitive processes in normal humans, usually by means of structural or functional neuroimaging.

 

 

PSYC 5326: The Neuroscience of Social Relationships

Instructor:  Coan

Meeting Time:  TR 2:00-3:15

Credits:  3

Prerequisites: Psyc 3005; Psyc 2200 recommended

Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology majors/minors or Cognitive Science majors; cannot be enrolled in (or have taken) another Psyc 4000+ course.  GSAS

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: Introduction to Machine Learning for Psychologists

Instructor:  Golino

Meeting Time:  T 3:30-6:00

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. GSAS 

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

Description:  This course will introduce the basic notions and models used in the field of machine learning. This is a hands-on course on supervised (classification and regression) and unsupervised learning techniques designed for psychologists.

 

 

PSYC 5559-2: Topics in Evolution of the Mind

Instructor:  Meliza

Meeting Time:  TR 11:00-12:15

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. GSAS 

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

Description

 

PSYC 5559-3: Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Instructor:  Jaswal

Meeting Time:  W 3:30-6:00

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. GSAS 

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

Description: It is estimated that 15% of individuals in the U.S. are affected by a neurodevelopmental disability, including ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy, 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. Requirements will include regular reaction papers, presentations, and a term paper.

 

PSYC 5559-4: Morality and Honor

Instructor:  Vaish

Meeting Time:  R 6:00-8:30

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  None

Enrollment Restrictions:  4th years: Psychology major/minor. 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:  This course will explore the Honor System at U.VA from a moral - particularly a moral psychological - perspective. We will consider the moral principles that underlie our Honor system and the ways in which students perceive and participate in the system.

PSYC 5705: Introduction to Bayesian Methods

Instructor:  Tong

Meeting Time:  TR 11:00-12:15

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. GSAS 

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 practical introduction to classic and modern Bayesian methods, with an emphasis on applications in social sciences. Bayesian estimation for several widely used models in psychology will also be discussed.

 

PSYC 5720: Item Response Theory

Instructor:  Schmidt

Meeting Time:  Th 9:00-11:30

Credits:  3

Prerequisites:  Undergraduates must have taken Psyc 3005 and 3006 OR 4005 and 4006.

Enrollment Restrictions:  4th year: Psychology majors/minors, Cognitive Science majors. Cannot be enrolled in (or have taken) another Psyc 4000+ course. GSAS

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.