Graduate Courses

PSYCH 303 Psychopathology (1)

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

PSYCH 312-1,2 Selected Topics in Neuroscience & Psychophysiology I, II (1) (1)

First Quarter: Neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and electrophysiological substrates of behavior. Prerequisites: 110; 1 biological sciences course. Second Quarter: Neuroanatomical, electrophysiological, and biochemical substrates of psychological processes. Prerequisite: 312-1 or equivalent; 205 recommended.

PSYCH 314 Special Topics in Psychology (1)

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

PSYCH 321 Neuroscience & Behavior Laboratory (1)

Classical exercises in the physiological psychology laboratory, including brain-wave recording and electrophysiology. Prerequisites: 205, 312-2.

PSYCH 324 Perception (1)

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 333 The Psychology of Thinking (1)

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

PSYCH 334 Language and Thought (1)

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 335 Decision Making (1)

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 340 Psychology and Law (1)

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

PSYCH 357 Advanced Seminar in Personality, Clinical, or Social Psychology (1)

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 361 Brain Damage and the Mind (1)

Survey of human cognition as studied via investigations of brain damage and brain-imaging techniques. Prerequisite: 110, 212, or COG SCI 210.

PSYCH 362 Cognitive Development (1)

Development of cognition and perception, including development of memory, concepts, language, and expertise. May focus on one or more age groups. Prerequisites: 205; 218 or 228.

PSYCH 363 Images of Cognition (1)

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., 212, 228, 312-1, 361; COG SCI 210) or consent of instructor.

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

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

PSYCH 401-2 Psychology Proseminar: Social and Personality Bases of Behavior (1)

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

Cognitive Science 401 Mind and Brain (1)

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 405 Psychometric Theory (1)

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

PSYCH 406 Empirical Foundations of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (1)

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 (1) (1) (1)

PSYCH 412-1,2,3 Assessment Practicum (1) (1) (1)

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 (1) (1) (1)

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 (1) (1) (1)

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

PSYCH 416-1,2,3 Treatment Practicum: DBT (1) (1) (1)

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 (1) (1)

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 (1) (1)

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 (1)

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

PSYCH 424 Behavioral and Neural Bases of Visual Perception (1)

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

PSYCH 428 Overview of Health Psychology (1)

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

PSYCH 430 Attraction and Relationships (1)

PSYCH 434 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (1)

Conceptual and methodological issues in research in psychopathology and psychotherapy.

PSYCH 440 Self-Regulation (1)

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 (1)

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

PSYCH 450 Fundamentals of Statistics (1)

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

PSYCH 451-1,2 Statistics in Experimental Design (1) (1)

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

PSYCH 453 Linear Models: Correlation and Regression (1)

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 (1)

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

PSYCH 456 Teaching of Psychology (1)

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 (1)

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

PSYCH 461 Reasoning and Representation (1)

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 (1)

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 (1)

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 (1)

PSYCH 481 Theories in Social Psychology (1)

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 (1)

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 (1)

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 (1)

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 (1)

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 (1)

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

PSYCH 494 Personality Theory and Research (1)

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 (1) (1) (1)

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 (1) (1) (1)

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 (1)

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

PSYCH 499 Independent Study (1, 2, or 3) (1, 2, or 3) (1, 2, or 3)

Permission of instructor and department required.

PSYCH 519 Ethics: Responsible Conduct of Research


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