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Courses Primarily for Undergraduate Students

COG SCI 207 – Introduction to Cognitive Modeling

Introduction to artificial intelligence and cognitive science from a nontechnical perspective. Fundamental questions concerning thinking, beliefs, language understanding, education, and creativity.


COG SCI 210 – Language & the Brain

The study of language and its biological basis from linguistic, psychological, and neuroscientific perspectives.


COG SCI 211 – Learning, Representation, & Reasoning

Interdisciplinary study of the nature of the mind with emphasis on learning, representation, and reasoning.


PSYCH 101 – First-Year Seminar: Psychology

First-Year Seminar: Psychology


PSYCH 101 – First-Year Seminar: Buddhist Psychology

No description available.


PSYCH 101 – First-Year Seminar: Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment: Psychological and Economic Themes

While those going into the field of mental health typically think about it as a “helping profession”, there is much more than meets the eye when it comes to the psychological, economic, and political forces that have defined the development of the field. The purpose of this course is to explore some of the historical psychological, economic, and political factors that have shaped the field as it exists today.  Before delving into the specifics of the mental health field, the course will begin with a brief detour and explore the important and provocative concept of “choice overload”, along with a consideration of the mental health consequences of choice. Then we will shift to an exploration of the role of state mental hospitals in the U.S. in the early to mid-20th century, and  we will examine the political forces that drove the de-institutionalization movement of the 1970s and 1980s.  Finally, the course will focus on the evolution of psychotherapy in the modern marketplace, as well as the development of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (now in its 5th edition), with a particular focus on some of the problems that have emerged from the disease-based framework utilized in the manual.  The aggressive way in which the DSM has been marketed internationally will be discussed. Along the way, we will explore critiques of the pharmaceutical industry, the health insurance industry, and modern psychiatry.  Some of these themes will also be explored through analysis of popular films and other media.


PSYCH 101 – First-Year Seminar: Music and the Mind

No description available.


PSYCH 110 – Introduction to Psychology

A survey course reviewing primary psychological research and theories of human behavior. Laboratory experience exposes students to psychology as a research science.


PSYCH 201 – Statistical Methods in Psychology

Measurement; descriptive statistics; probability and sampling; T-test, ANOVA, correlation, and regression. Prerequisite: 110; some college mathematics recommended.


PSYCH 205 – Research Methods

Methods of psychological research; experimental design; reliability and validity; review and application of statistics; execution and reporting of psychological research. Prerequisite: 201.


PSYCH 213 – Social Psychology

Psychological processes underlying social behavior; topics include social cognition, attraction, aggression, prejudice, and behavior in groups. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 213 – Social Psychology (Special section for residents of the Southwest Neighborhood)

Psychological processes underlying social behavior; topics include social cognition, attraction, aggression, prejudice, and behavior in groups. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 215 – Psychology of Personality

Nature of personality and its development. Modern theoretical interpretations. Biological and social bases of individual differences. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 221 – Introduction to Neuroscience

Designed for students with no prior coursework in neuroscience or biology. Neurophysiology and neuroanatomy; neuroscience of perception, emotion, morality, memory, mental illness, and consciousness.


PSYCH 228 – Cognitive Psychology

Introduction to research into mental processes such as memory, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 244 – Developmental Psychology

Development of cognitive, social, and other psychological functions. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 244 – Discussion Section

No description available.


PSYCH 244 – Devlopmental Psychology (First Year Students Only)

Development of cognitive, social, and other psychological functions. Prerequisite: 110.


Psych 245 – Presenting Ideas & Data

Understanding principles of cognitive psychology, data visualization, and graphic design to present ideas and data in an engaging, clear, and memorable manner. PSYCH 245-0 and COG_SCI 245-0 are taught together; may not receive credit for both courses.

PSYCH 249 – Buddhist Psychology

Buddhist and scientific psychological views of mind and behavior; meditation techniques. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 303 – Psychopathology

Understanding the nature of psychological, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Emphasis on current evidence regarding causes and characteristics of these disorders. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 306 – Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Definition and history of clinical psychology, personality theory in clinical psychology, diagnosis and classification of disorders, assessment, psychotherapy, and ethical issues. Prerequisite: 303.


PSYCH 308 – Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Scientific foundations of cognitive behavior therapy for a wide range of disorders. Focus on the rationale for different treatments and evidence of efficacy and process. Comparisons with other scientifically validated treatments. Prerequisite: 303.


PSYCH 310 – Special Topics in Social/Personality/Clinical

Topic to be announced. Prerequisites vary. May be repeated for credit with different topic.


PSYCH 315 – Special Topics in Social/Personality/Clinical: Identity and Motviation

Topic to be announced. Prerequisites vary. May be repeated for credit with different topic.


PSYCH 311 – Psychology of Attitudes

Survey of social psychological research on attitudes; focus on the formation of attitudes, the relationship between attitudes and behavior, and attitude change. Prerequisite: 213.


PSYCH 313 – Relationship Science

Social-psychological analysis of close relationships, with an emphasis on romantic relationships. Interpersonal processes associated with relationship formation, development, and dissolution. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 317 – The Holocaust - Psychological Themes & Perspectives

This course will be an exploration of how particular psychological theories and concepts can inform our understanding of the events of the Holocaust at both a group and individual level. Material from the fields of Social and Clinical Psychology will be a particular focus of the course.

 

Six major topics will be explored vis-à-vis literature, historical accounts, film, and psychological theory: (1) Perpetrators and Bystanders; (2) Upstanders/Resisters; (3) Survivors; (4) Children of survivors; (5) Deniers; (6) Modern American Jewish identity, culture, and humor in the wake of the Holocaust.


PSYCH 322-1 – Selected Topics in Neuroscience and Psychophysiology-1

Intermediate principles of neuroscience; neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, neuroanatomy, and electrophysiological substrates of psychological processes. Prerequisites: 110; 1 biological sciences course.


PSYCH 322-2 – Selected Topics in Neuroscience and Psychophysiology-2

Applied psychophysiology; brain activity coding of cognitive events, biofeedback, opiate pain control. Prerequisite: 322-1 or equivalent; 205 recommended.


PSYCH 324 – Perception

Human perception, particularly vision but also hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Biological foundations, development, and disorders of perception. The senses in everyday life. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 328 – Brain Damage & the Mind

Survey of human cognition as studied via investigations of brain damage and brain-imaging techniques. Prerequisite: 110, 221, or COG SCI 210.


PSYCH 330 – Special Topics in Cognition & Neuroscience

Topic to be announced. Prerequisites vary. May be repeated for credit with different topic.


PSYCH 333 – Psychology of Thinking

Research methods and recent experimental findings for types of human thinking. Students conduct original research. Prerequisite: 228.


PSYCH 336 – Consciousness

Examines how psychologists, neuroscientists, computer scientists, and physicists have tackled fundamental questions about consciousness using empirical and theoretical methods. Prerequisites: a course in cognition and/or neuroscience, or instructor permission based on a strong background in neurobiology and/or physics; 205 strongly recommended.


PSYCH 340 – Psychology and Law

Examines the application of psychology to law, including topics such as the insanity defense, criminal profiling, eyewitness testimony, and interrogation. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 341 – Positive Psychology

Key developments in the field of positive psychology. Rudaimonic and hedonic well-being, mindfulness and flow, importance of social connections, emotional resilience, positive institutions. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 342 – Evolutionary Psychology

Theory, methodology, and empirical data related to how evolution has influenced human psychology and behavior. Emphasis on mating. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 343 – Psychology of Beauty

Theory, methodology, and empirical data related to the psychological impact of human beauty. Emphasis on both cultural and evolutionary perspectives. Prerequisite: 110.

PSYCH 348 – Psychology of Gender

Examination of sex differences and similarities. Evaluation of explanations for differences. Review of how gender affects achievement, relationships, and mental health. Prerequisite: 110.


PSYCH 350 – Special Topics in Psychology: Using R for Psychological Research

Topic to be announced. Prerequisites vary. May be repeated for credit with different topic.


PSYCH 350 – Special Topics in Psychology: Psychology & Weird Beliefs


PSYCH 354 – Deception: Processes & Detection

PSYCH 354 Deception: Processes and Detection Multiple perspectives on truth and deception. Exposure to clinical and psychophysiological work on lying, malingering, and styles of deceit. Theories and methods in lie detection.

Prerequisite: PSYCH 110 Social & Behavioral Sciences Distro Area


PSYCH 360 – Personality Research

Research in personality, with emphasis on experimental approaches and methods. Basic concepts of test reliability and validity. Students conduct original research. Prerequisites: 205, 215.


PSYCH 364 – Social and Personality Development

Research methods, theories, and facts relating to the development and modification of attitudes and behavior. Prerequisites: 205; 213, 215, or 244.


PSYCH 366 – Stereotyping and Prejudice

Analysis of the causes and consequences of stereotyping and prejudice, as well as methods used to study these issues. Students conduct original research. Prerequisites: 213, 205.


PSYCH 367 – Child Psychopathology

Major forms of psychopathology present during childhood, including disorders exclusive to childhood and those that may appear during any developmental period. Developmental models of the etiology and course of major psychopathologies. Prerequisites: 205; 244 or 303.


PSYCH 369 – Psychological Tests and Measures

Explores the science of psychological assessment, including its history, test construction and evaluation, and common measures of personality, psychopathology, and ability. Students create and evaluate their own psychological measures. Prerequisites: 205; 213, 215, or 303.


PSYCH 370 – Cognitive Development

Study of brain processes underlying cognition. Analysis of brain structure and function. Introduction to imaging techniques including fMRI, PET, and ERP. Prerequisites: 205; a course in cognition and/or neuroscience (e.g., 221, 228, 322-1, 328; COG SCI 210) or consent of instructor.


PSYCH 372 – Language & Cognition

Exposure to original research and theoretical perspectives on language and its relation to thought and behavior. Critical analysis of theories and methods. Topics may vary. Prerequisites: 205; 228 or COG SCI 211.


PSYCH 373 – Decision Making

Human decision making from both descriptive and prescriptive perspectives. Theories and models of decision making applied to a variety of contexts. Prerequisites: 205, 228.


PSYCH 374 – Human Memory

PSYCH 374 Human Memory   Scientific study of human memory, including memory systems of the brain, amnesia, remembering, forgetting, encoding, consolidation, memory suppression, and memory distortion. Emphasizes original research reports in cognitive neuroscience.

Prerequisites: PSYCH 205-0; PSYCH 361-0 or consent of instructor. Interdisciplinary Distro - See Rules Natural Sciences Distro Area Social & Behavioral Sciences Distro Area


PSYCH 378 – Images of Cognition

Study of brain processes underlying cognition. Analysis of brain structure and function. Introduction to imaging techniques including fMRI, PET, and ERP. Prerequisites: 205; a course in cognition and/or neuroscience (e.g., 221, 228, 322-1, 328; COG SCI 210) or consent of instructor.


PSYCH 379 – Neuroscience & Behavior Laboratory

Classical exercises in the physiological psychology laboratory, including brain-wave recording and electrophysiology. Prerequisites: 205, 322-2.


PSYCH 380 – Advanced Statistics & Experimental Design

Advanced topics in research design and analysis of data. Focus on both theory and applications. Prerequisites: 205; 2 200-level mathematics courses.


PSYCH 381 – Children and the Law

Examines from a developmental perspective research on children’s involvement in the legal system as decision makers, witnesses, victims, and perpetrators. Prerequisites: 205, 244.


PSYCH 383 – Psychology & Food

This course will explore the psychology of food and eating. We'll look at evolutionary, social, cultural, cognitive, and biological perspectives on eating behavior and food choice. Among the issues that we'll explore are: why we eat, what we eat, how much we eat, what we won't eat, and why we sometimes eat too much. Since this is an upper-level research course, we will focus on psychological theories, methodological issues, and empirical research in this area. Students will also engage in designing, conducting, analyzing, and writing up an empirical research project during the quarter. NOTE: We will NOT be covering eating disorders. This course is about normal processes and influences on eating behavior and food choice.

PSYCH 387 – Consumer Psychology & Marketing Research

Application of psychological theories, findings, and methodologies to marketing research questions and problems. Students conduct a marketing research project for an actual client. Prerequisite: 205.


PSYCH 390 – Advanced Seminar in Personality, Clinical, or Social Psychology: Scientific Controversies in Social Psychology

Discussion and critical analysis of research methods and findings in an area of personality, clinical, and/or social psychology. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: 205; additional prerequisites may apply.


PSYCH 390 – Advanced Seminar in Personality, Clinical, or Social Psychology: Cooperation & Prosocial Behavior

Discussion and critical analysis of research methods and findings in an area of personality, clinical, and/or social psychology. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: 205; additional prerequisites may apply.


PSYCH 390 – Advanced Seminar in Personality, Clinical, or Social Psychology: Schizophrenia Research

Discussion and critical analysis of research methods and findings in an area of personality, clinical, and/or social psychology. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: 205; additional prerequisites may apply.


PSYCH 390 – Advanced Seminar in Personality, Clinical, or Social Psychology: Real-world applications of recent psych research

Discussion and critical analysis of research methods and findings in an area of personality, clinical, and/or social psychology. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: 205; additional prerequisites may apply.


PSYCH 391 – Advanced Seminar in Cognition or Neuroscience

Discussion and critical analysis of research methods and findings in an area of cognitive psychology and/or neuroscience. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: 205; additional prerequisites may apply.


PSYCH 391 – Advanced Seminar in Cognition or Neuroscience: Creative Problem-Solving & the Brain

This course will examine how the brain creatively solves problems, with a particular focus on sudden insight - the Aha! or Eureka! moment. We will explore this specific topic in depth, as a model for cognitive neuroscience methods and theoretical approaches. We will link to other topics, potentially including attention, mental illness, intuition, complex language processing, and visual perception (gestalt). The course will be taught in a mix of lecture, student presentations, and experiment design and data collection, depending on the enrollment.

PSYCH 392 – Advanced Seminar: The Emotional Brain

Discussion and critical analysis of research methods and findings in psychology. Interdisciplinary focus, often spanning natural and social science aspects of psychology. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: 205; additional prerequisites may apply.


PSYCH 397 – Advanced Supervised Research-1

Design, implementation, and reporting of a psychology research project. Weinberg College limits on 398 and 399 enrollments also apply to 397.Prerequisites: PSYCH 205-0 and consent of instructor; PSYCH 397-2 must be taken with the same professor as PSYCH 397-1.


PSYCH 397-2 – Advanced Supervised Research-2

Design, implementation, and reporting of a psychology research project. Weinberg College limits on 398 and 399 enrollments also apply to 397.Prerequisites: PSYCH 205-0 and consent of instructor; PSYCH 397-2 must be taken with the same professor as PSYCH 397-1.


PSYCH 398-1,2,3 – Senior Thesis Seminar

Open only to students pursuing departmental honors. They must apply for admission in spring quarter of junior year.


PSYCH 399 – Independent Study

Consent of instructor required.


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Courses Primarily for Graduate Students

COG SCI 401 – Mind and Brain

An introduction to cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience.  Addressing fundamental questions about mental and neurocognitive structure and function through the integration of methodological and theoretical approaches from across traditional disciplines.


PSYCH 401-1 – Psychology Proseminar: Biological and Cognitive Bases of Behavior

Understanding how brain-imaging techniques apply to the understanding of cognition.


PSYCH 401-2 – Psychology Proseminar: Social and Personality Bases of Behavior

Survey of theory and research in the social and personality bases of behavior.


PSYCH 403 – Clinical Prosem

No description available.


PSYCH 405 – Psychometric Theory

Introduction to principles of measurement, reliability, validity, and scale construction.


PSYCH 406 – Empirical Foundations of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

Survey of contemporary topics in behavior and cognitive-behavior therapy. Mechanisms through which behavioral and cognitive therapy techniques mediate change.


PSYCH 411-1,2,3 – Clinical Psychology Practicum

No description available.


PSYCH 412-1,2,3 – Assessment Practicum

Didactic and applied instruction in diagnosis of psychological disorders; diagnostic interviewing, organic assessment, and personality assessment. Arranged with the clinical program director. Three-quarter sequence.


PSYCH 413-1,2,3 – Anxiety: Assessment & Treatment

This practicum will cover the theory, history, emprical evidence, and clinical techniques on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, emphasizing cognitive-behavioral approaches.


PSYCH 414-1,2,3 – Depression: Assessment & Treatment

No description available.


PSYCH 415-1,2,3 – Treatment Practicum: Family & Systems Approach

No description available.


PSYCH 416-1,2,3 – Treatment Practicum: DBT

Strategies and tactics of dialectical behavior therapy for effectively treating complex, multi-problem, difficult-to-treat populations.


PSYCH 420-1,2 – History, Ethics & Diversity in Clinical Psychology

This course considers many of the ethical and diversity issues that clinical scientists and therapists encounter; it also considers the historical bases of current psychological research and practice. Two-quarter sequence. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.


PSYCH 421-1,2 – Psychopathology

Research and theories on the origins of various forms of psychopathology. Topics include schizophrenia, addictive disorders, psychopathy, personality disorders, eating disorders, psychosexual disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders. Also, issues regarding classification of psychiatric disorders. Two-quarter sequence.


PSYCH 423 – Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology

Survey of ethical, professional, and policy issues in clinical psychology.


PSYCH 424 – Behavioral and Neural Bases of Visual Perception

Reviews current understanding of the encoding of visual information on the basis of behavioral, neurophysiological, and neuropsychological evidence. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.


PSYCH 425 – Improving Methods and Practices in Psychological Science: The Replication Crisis and Beyond

This course will examine current controversies and new developments in research methods in psychology. The goal of the course is to learn to think critically about how psychological science is conducted and how conclusions are drawn. We will cover both methodological and statistical issues that affect the validity of research in psychology, with a scope that will cover the broad topical range of psychological science. We will discuss the research process from designing a study to how a study gets published. We will also discuss the recent controversy in psychology about the replicability of scientific results.

PSYCH 428 – Overview of Health Psychology

Overview of research, theories, and methods in health psychology, emphasizing links between the social world and biology.


PSYCH 430 – Attraction and Relationships

No description available.


PSYCH 434 – Research Methods in Clinical Psychology

Conceptual and methodological issues in research in psychopathology and psychotherapy.


PSYCH 440 – Self-Regulation

This seminar-based course provides an overview of the social psychological literature on self-regulation. It covers the major theoretical orientations and places a particular emphasis on empirical evidence.


PSYCH 446 – Human Memory and Cognition

Theories of encoding and retrieval processes, semantic memory, automatic and strategic processes, and memory structure of text.


PSYCH 450 – Fundamentals of Statistics

Probability, decision rules, and tests of significance, including chi square, t, and F.


PSYCH 451-1,2 – Statistics in Experimental Design

Design and analysis of experiments. Emphasis on analysis of variance techniques.


PSYCH 453 – Linear Models: Correlation and Regression

Linear models approach to design and analysis of experiments and quasi-experiments. Basic concepts in correlation and regression: partial and semipartial correlation, matrix notation, least squares methods, and dummy variables.


PSYCH 454 – Psychological Measurement

Measurement theories and their implications for the quantification of psychological constructs.


PSYCH 456 – Teaching of Psychology

This course is designed to help prepare graduate students in psychology for the role of classroom instructor. Topics that will be discussed include course design, lecturing, using demonstrations, ethics, and teaching writing in psychology.


PSYCH 460 – Special Topics in Cognition

Current research and theory in cognitive psychology. May be repeated for credit with change of topic.


PSYCH 460 – Topics in Cognition: Infant Development

Where does human knowledge come from? In this course we will explore the origins and development of human knowledge. We will learn about the earliest evidence of our cognitive capacities in infancy and describe what changes and what stays the same over development. This will be a class dedicated to big ideas. Through this process we will gain information critical to understanding cognition in general.


PSYCH 460 – Topics in Cognition: Presenting Research

Collaborative and iterative design process. Ideation and sketching, storyboarding, essentials of graphic design. Data visualization, for both your own analytics and clear communication to your audience. Engaging and memorable storytelling about your research; from elevator pitches to talks to papers.


PSYCH 461 – Reasoning and Representation

Current theories of reasoning in cognitive science; mental steps in solving problems requiring inductive or deductive inferences. Covers relevant background in logic and artificial intelligence and empirical results on reasoning. Prerequisite: one course in either cognitive psychology, logic, or artificial intelligence.


PSYCH 462 – Cognitive Development

Cognitive development in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Focus on theoretical explanations for cognitive change and development in core domains, including language, space, number, time, and social relations.


PSYCH 466 – Analogy and Similarity

Psychology of comparison, including theories of similarity, analogy and metaphor in psychology and artificial intelligence; processes of transfer, comparison in decision making; analogy in mental models and folk theories; and development of analogy and similarity.


PSYCH 470 – Special Topics in Brain, Behavior, and Cognition

No description available.


PSYCH 470 – Topics in BBC: Brain Bases of Self Control

How do we control our thoughts and actions? Self-control is central to how we interact with the world and carry out our goals. This class will discuss the neurobiological bases of attention and other forms of goal-directed cognition. We will discuss the insights gained from multiple types of studies, ranging from those conducted in non-human animals to neuroimaging, EEG, and behavioral paradigms. Jointly, this work will highlight potential neural mechanisms of self-control at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The course will be centered on readings and discussion of relevant material. 


PSYCH 470 – Special Topics in Brain, Behavior, and Cognition: Computational Methods in Psychology

No description available.


PSYCH 470 – Special Topics in Brain, Behavior, and Cognition: fMRI Analysis and Methods

No description available.


PSYCH 470 – Special Topics in Brain, Behavior, and Cognition: Mind and Brain

This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary approaches of cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience. Lectures will illustrate how methodological and theoretical approaches from across traditional disciplines have been integrated to answer fundamental questions in mental and neurocognitive structure and function. Topic areas will include vision, language, memory, learning, reasoning, cognitive control, and consciousness.


PSYCH 481 – Theories in Social Psychology

Introductory overview of social psychology for graduate students, with a focus on recent and classic theories and their empirical support.


PSYCH 482 – Research Methods in Social Psychology

Overview of the conceptual and practical aspects of experimental research in social psychology, including design, questionnaire development, validity and reliability, and ethical issues.


PSYCH 483 – Social Cognition

Comprehensive survey of research addressing social aspects of perception, memory, language, and judgment and their role in social behavior and outcomes.


PSYCH 485 – Psychology of Attitudes

Surveys social psychological theory and attitudes. Considers attitude measurement, attitude structure, attitudes as predictors of behavior, and attitude change. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.


PSYCH 486 – Stereotyping and Prejudice

Analysis of the psychological causes and consequences of stereotyping and prejudices with a focus on recent developments in the field of social psychology.


PSYCH 489 – Topics in Social Psychology

Research and theory of current interest. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit with change of topic.


PSYCH 489 – Topics in Social Psych: Applied Social Cognition

In this seminar, we will examine the practical side of research on attitudes and social cognition. The major journals of this field strongly emphasize the development of basic theory, the applied value of such theories often is merely assumed rather than documented. Given the urgent problems facing contemporary society, such as global warming & environmental degradation, racial and gender disparities & injustices, and the toxic, hyper-partisan political atmosphere, among many others, examining the applied value of social cognition theory should be a higher priority than it has been. We will focus especially on the more implicit and automatic mental processes that may provide leverage points for tackling the psychological aspects of major social problems.

PSYCH 489 – Topics in Social Psych: Motivated Thinking

Description not available.


PSYCH 489 – Topics in Social Psych: Psychology of Gender

No description available.


PSYCH 489 – Topics in Social Psych: The Self

This course will focus upon social psychological research and theory concerned with the self and issues of identity. This course will focus predominantly on the ‘citation classics’ with a few current readings and crucial updates. When you leave the course, you will have gained a useful ‘outline’ of the basic issues, core questions, and classic theories concerning the study of the self, including issues related to the self-concept and self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-regulation and self-presentation.  As this course is a seminar, much of class time will be spent in discussion. Each week will start with a brief lecture, to place the papers/issues in historical context. This will be followed by a student discussion team who will then lead the rest of the class. Discussion leaders should come prepared to raise issues and themes that stimulate discussion, organized around the weekly readings and the discussion questions submitted by their classmates.  Grading will be based upon the quality of class discussion/discussion questions (30%), the quality of the three reaction papers (30%), and the final research proposal (40%).

PSYCH 489 – Topics in Social Psych: Moral and Political Psychology

Despite claims about “the end of ideology” (Daniel Bell, 1960) and “the end of history” (Francis Fukuyama, 1989), today’s world is saturated in ideology, and consensus surrounding the primacy of liberal democracy is teetering. In the United States, partisanship has surged in recent decades, especially in terms of disdain for the “other party.” Although such trends are complex and multiply determined, psychology affords a particularly expansive vantage point for making sense of them. This course provides a graduate-level survey of moral and political psychology to help us understand today’s politicians and the body politic. By the end of the course, students should be knowledgeable about, and capable of generating original research in, this research space.


PSYCH 489 – Topics in Social Psych: Diversity Science Seminar

PSYCH 489 is a grad-level seminar course designed to frame and engage the concept of “diversity science” in psychological research. Topics will include:  (1) the WEIRD history of psychology; (2) psychometric and other validity issues in studying diverse populations; (3) qualitative approaches to studying diverse populations; (4) levels of analysis in studying diversity (e.g., individual-level versus group-level phenomena); (5) oppression and privilege as topics of psychological investigation; (6) strategies for understanding and redressing social inequities.

 


PSYCH 494 – Personality Theory and Research

The nature and functions of theory in psychology. Major theoretical approaches to personality: dynamic, phenomenological, trait, social-psychological, sociological, and behavioral.


PSYCH 495-1,2,3 – Psychological Assessment

First Quarter: Introduction to assessment, interviewing, mental status exam, DSM-III, and objective personality test (MMPI). Second Quarter: Intellectual/neuropsychological assessment, including intellectual and achievement tests and report writing. Third Quarter: Projective assessment, including Rorschach, TAT, miscellaneous projective techniques, and report writing.


PSYCH 496-1,2,3 – Contemporary Psychotherapy

First Quarter: Contemporary approaches to individual psychotherapy. Second Quarter: Contemporary approaches to group psychotherapy and the treatment of disturbed marital and family relationships. Third Quarter: Minipracticum.


PSYCH 497 – Special Topics in Clinical Psychology

Research and theory in clinical psychology. May be repeated for credit with change of topic.


PSYCH 497 – Special Topics: Biological Bases of Health Psychology

No description available.


PSYCH 499 – Independent Study

Permission of instructor and department required.


PSYCH 519 – Ethics: Responsible Conduct of Research

No description available.


PSYCH 488 – Social and Emotional Development

No description available.


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