Courses for Fall 2020

Title Instructor Location Time All taxonomy terms Description Section Description Cross Listings Fulfills Registration Notes Syllabus Syllabus URL Course Syllabus URL
PSYC 001-001 INTRO TO EXP PSYCH JENKINS, ADRIANNA TR 0130PM-0300PM This course provides an introduction to the basic topics of psychology including our three major areas of distribution: the biological basis of behavior, the cognitive basis of behavior, and individual and group bases of behavior. Topics include, but are not limited to, neuropsychology, learning, cognition, development, disorder, personality, and social psychology.
    Living World Sector (all classes) LIVING WORLD SECTOR
    PSYC 005-401 GRIT LAB: GRIT LAB (SNF Paideia Program Course) DUCKWORTH, ANGELA W 0300PM-0600PM The aims of Grit Lab are two-fold: (1) equip you with generalizable knowledge about the science of passion and perseverance (2) to help you apply these insights to your own life. At the heart of this course are cutting-edge scientific discoveries about how to foster passion and perseverance for long-term goals. As in any undergraduate course, you will have an opportunity to learn from current research. But unlike most courses, Grit Lab encourages you to apply these ideas to your own life and reflect on your experience.
      PSYC 109-401 INTRO TO BRAIN & BEHAV MCLEAN, JUDITH MWF 1000AM-1100AM Introduction to the structure and function of the vertebrate nervous system, including the physiological bases of sensory activity, perception, drive, motor control and higher mental processes. The course is intended for students interested in the neurobiology of behavior. Familiarity with elementary physics and chemistry will be helpful.
        PSYC 109-402 LABORATORY T 0900AM-1030AM Introduction to the structure and function of the vertebrate nervous system, including the physiological bases of sensory activity, perception, drive, motor control and higher mental processes. The course is intended for students interested in the neurobiology of behavior. Familiarity with elementary physics and chemistry will be helpful.
          Living World Sector (all classes) SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED
          PSYC 111-401 PERCEPTION BURGE, JOHANNES TR 0900AM-1030AM How the individual acquires and is guided by knowledge about objects and events in their environment.
            PSYC 159-401 MEMORY SCHAPIRO, ANNA MW 0200PM-0330PM This course presents an integrative treatment of the cognitive and neural processes involved in learning and memory, primarily in humans. We will survey the major findings and theories on how the brain gives rise to different kinds of memory, considering evidence from behavioral experiments, neuroscientific experiments, and computational models.
              PSYC 170-001 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY GOODWIN, GEOFFREY TR 1030AM-1200PM An overview of theories and research across the range of social behavior from intra-individual to the group level including the effects of culture, social environment, and groups on social interaction.
                Society sector (all classes) SOCIETY SECTOR
                PSYC 181-001 INTRO DEVELOPMENTAL PSYC BAIRD, JODIE TR 0430PM-0600PM The goal of this course is to introduce both Psychology majors and non-majors majors to the field of Developmental Psychology. Developmental Psychology is a diverse field that studies the changes that occur with age and experience and how we can explain these changes. The field encompasses changes in physicalgrowth, perceptual systems, cognitive systems, social interactions and and much more. We will study the development of perception, cognition, language,academic achievement, emotion regulation, personality, moral reasoning,and attachment. We will review theories of development and ask how these theories explain experimental findings. While the focus is on human development, when relevant, research with animals will be used as a basis for comparison.
                  PSYC 207-401 INTRODUCTION TO COGNITIVE SCIENCE TBA TBA- How do minds work? This course surveys a wide range of answers to this question from disciplines ranging from philosophy to neuroscience. The course devotes special attention to the use of simple computational and mathematical models. Topics include perception, learning, memory, decision making, emotion and consciousness. The course shows how the different views from the parent disciplines interact and identifies some common themes among the theories that have been proposed. The course pays particular attention to the distinctive role of computation in such theories and provides an introduction to some of the main directions of current research in the field. It is a requirement for the BA in Cognitive Science, the BAS in Computer and Cognitive Science, and the minor in Cognitive Science, and it is recommended for students taking the dual degree in Computer and Cognitive Science.
                    PSYC 225-401 DRUGS, BRAIN, AND MIND KANE, MICHAEL TR 0130PM-0300PM The course will begin with a review of basic concepts in pharmacology including: routes of drug administration, drug metabolism, the dose response curve, tolerance and sensitization. Following a brief overview of cellular foundations of neuropharmacology (neuronal biology, synaptic and receptor function), the course will focus on several neurotransmitter systems and the molecular and behavioral mechanisms mediating the mind-altering, additive and neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety with an emphasis on their underlying neurobiological causes, as well as the pharmacological approaches for treatment.
                      PSYC 231-401 EVOLUTION OF BEHAVIOR SCHMIDT, MARC
                      DING, YUN
                      TR 0130PM-0300PM The evolution of social behavior in animals, with special emphasis on group formation, cooperation among kin, mating systems, territoriality and communication.
                        PSYC 247-001 NEUROSCIENCE AND SOCIETY GERSTEIN, HILARY TR 0900AM-1030AM Cognitive, social,and affective neuroscience have made tremendous progress in in the last two decades. As this progress continues, neuroscience is becoming increasingly relevant to all of the real-world endeavors that require understanding, predicting and changing human behavior. In this course we will examine the ways in which neuroscience is being applied in law, criminal justice, national defense, education, economics, business,and other sectors of society. For each application area we will briefly review those aspects of neuroscience that are most relevant, and then study the application in more detail.
                          PSYC 265-401 BEHAVIORAL ECON & PSYCH BHATIA, SUDEEP TR 0130PM-0300PM Our understanding of markets, governments, and societies rests on our understanding of choice behavior, and the psychological forces that govern it. This course will introduce you to the study of choice, and will examine in detail what we know about how people make choices, and how we can influence these choices. It will utilize insights from psychology and economics, and will apply these insights to domains including risky decision making, intertemporal decision making, and social decision making.
                            PSYC 362-301 RESEARCH EXP ABNORMAL: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY HUNT, MELISSA R 0130PM-0430PM Prerequite: PSYC 362, 301 is a two-semester course starting in the Fall. Class size limited to 8 students.
                              PSYC 400-301 SENIOR HONORS SEM PSYCH BRANNON, ELIZABETH M 0200PM-0500PM Open to senior honors candidates in psychology. A two-semester sequence supporting the preparation of an honors thesis in psychology. Students will present their work in progress and develop skills in written and oral communication of scientific ideas. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Program in Psychology.
                                PSYC 434-401 COMP. NEURO. LAB RUST, NICOLE TR 0300PM-0430PM This course will focus on computational neuroscience from the combined perspective of data collection, data analysis, and computational modeling. These issues will be explored through lectures as well as Matlab-based tutorials and exercises. The course requires no prior knowledge of computer programming and a limited math background, but familiarity with some basic statistical concepts will be assumed. The course is an ideal preparation for students interested in participating in a more independent research experience in one of the labs on campus. For the Spring 2019 semester, the course will focus on the topic of visual memory.
                                  PSYC 435-301 SEMINAR IN PSYCH LING DAHAN, DELPHINE R 0130PM-0430PM
                                    PSYC 449-301 SEMINAR IN COG NEUROSCI: Influences of Nature & Nurture on Brain Development ARCARO, MICHAEL T 0300PM-0600PM Topics vary each semester. PSYC 449 (Gerstein) Neuroscience for Policymakers: This seminar will provide an overview of the neuroscience behind some of the most relevant issues in public health policy today. We will examine the primary scientific literature as well as delve into lay articles about the science and policy surrounding each issue. /PSYC 449 (Epstein) Consciousness: Consciousness is our subjective experience of the world, including both perceptions and felt internal states. In this seminar, we will explore the the burgeoning scientific literature on the neural basis of consciousness. We will focus in particular on three topics: What are the neuralsystems underlying visual awareness? What are the mechanisms that control the progression of conscious contents to create our stream of thought? What is the relationship between consciousness and behavior? /PSYC 449 (Jenkins) The Social Brain: This seminar examines the cognitive and neural mechanisms that enable humans to predict and understand people's behavior.We will be propelled throughout the course by fundamental questions about the human social brain. For example, why are humans so social? Does the human brain have specialized processes for social thought? Consideration of these questions will involve advanced treatment of a range of topics. Prerequisite: PSYC 449, 601 are LPS courses. PSYC 449, 301, 303 are Psych Department courses.
                                      PSYC 453-301 SEMINAR DECISION MAKING MELLERS, BARBARA TR 1030AM-1200PM This seminar will be a series of engaging discussions on a variety of topics that are important to the field of behavioral decision theory. We'll cover issues such as constructed preferences, loss aversion, nudging, emotions, well-being, other-oriented decisions, intuitive predictions, unethical choices,and more. Students will be asked to present papers and generate ideas for potential research projects each week. Grades will be based on class contributions and a paper that is either a literature review or a careful and detailed proposal for a research project.
                                        PSYC 462-301 SEMINAR ABNORMAL PSYCH: Transdiagnostic Approaches to Abnormal Behavior RUSCIO, AYELET MF 0200PM-0330PM Topics vary each semester.
                                          PSYC 462-302 SEMINAR ABNORMAL PSYCH: Developmental Psychopathology JAFFEE, SARA TR 0300PM-0430PM Topics vary each semester.
                                            PSYC 466-301 POSITIVE PSYCH SEMINAR: POSITIVE EDUCATION CONNOLLY, CAROLINE W 0200PM-0500PM This intensive, discussion-based seminar focuses on the key research that has shaped Positive Psychology. This seminar will equip students with useful insight and critical analysis about Positive Psychology by emphasizing scientific literacy. The workload for this seminar requires intensive reading. To excel in this seminar, students must be willing to enthusiastically read, dissect, and critique ideas within Positive Psychology. This requires students to articulate various ideas in verbal and written form.
                                              PSYC 470-301 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL PSYCH: PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION BERMANT, GORDON W 0200PM-0500PM Topics vary each semester.
                                                PSYC 470-302 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL PSYCH: FRIENDSHIP & ATTRACTION CONNOLLY, CAROLINE TR 1200PM-0130PM Topics vary each semester.
                                                  PSYC 478-401 CAPSTONE: SOCIAL PSYCH: Obedience ROYZMAN, EDWARD R 0130PM-0430PM Social psychology explores how an individual's judgements and behaviors can be influences or determined by others and their social context. Prerequisite: As a PPE Capstone, this is an intergrative senior seminar (open to others by departmental permission).
                                                    PSYC 482-301 INSIDE THE CRIMINAL MIND WALLER, REBECCA TR 1030AM-1200PM This seminar explores the development of antisocial behavior including psychopathy, aggression, and violence. At its core, this course examines what increases the risk that children will develop behavior problems and go onto more chronic and extreme forms of violence and psychopathic personality that results in harm to others. We will examine psychiatric diagnoses associated with these antisocial behaviors in both childhood and adulthood and how they link to other relevant forms of psychopathology (e.g., substance use, ADHD). We will explore research elucidating the neural correlates of these behaviors, potential genetic mechanisms underlying these behaviors, and the environments that increase risk for these behaviors. Thus, there will be a focus on neurobiology and genetics approaches to psychiatric outcomes, as well as a social science approach to understanding these harmful behaviors, all while considering development across time. We will also consider ethical and moral implications of this research.
                                                      PSYC 490-401 The Science of Behavior Change DUCKWORTH, ANGELA
                                                      MILKMAN, KATHERINE
                                                      W 0900AM-1200PM The objective of this 14-week discussion-based seminar for advanced undergraduates is to expose students to cutting-edge research from psychology and economics on the most effective strategies for changing behavior sustainably and for the better (e.g., promoting healthier eating and exercise, encouraging better study habits, and increasing savings rates). The weekly readings cover classic and current research in this area. The target audience for this course is advanced undergraduate students interested in behavioral science research and particularly those hoping to learn about using social science to change behavior for good. Although there are no pre-requisites for this class, it is well-suited to students who have taken (and enjoyed) courses like OIDD 290: Decision Processes, PPE 203/PSYC 265: Behavioral Economics and Psychology, and MKTG 266: Marketing for Social Impact and are interested in taking a deeper dive into the academic research related to promoting behavior change for good. Instructor permission is required to enroll in this course. Please complete the application if interested in registering for this seminar: The application deadline is July 15, 2020. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required.
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                                                        PSYC 511-301 PROB MODELS OF PERCEPTIO: FOUNDATIONS OF VISION BURGE, JOHANNES
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                                                          PSYC 547-001 FNDTIONS SOC COG NEUROSC FARAH, MARTHA MW 0200PM-0330PM
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                                                            PSYC 551-301 EYE MOVEMENTS IN COG TRUESWELL, JOHN TR 0130PM-0300PM In this course, we examine how the recording of eye movements can provide a moment-by-moment record of perceptual, cognitive and linguistic processes. Four areas of research will be discussed: (1) task-based scene perception; (2) language processing (in both reading and spoken language); (3) category learning, and (4) decision making. In all of these domains, eyetracking research has led to a greater understanding of how attention and information selection supports real-time cognitive processes. Students will have access to eyetracking systems, giving them hands-on experience in designing, running, and analyzing eyetracking experiments. By the end of the semester, students will have collected pilot eyetracking data. Projects will be done individually or within small research teams. Requirements: Weekly readings; class presentations and discussion; and a paper.
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                                                              PSYC 573-301 NEUROECONOMICS KABLE, JOSEPH TR 0300PM-0430PM This seminar will review recent research that combines economic, psychological, and neuroscientific approaches to study decision-making. The course will focus on our current state of knowledge regarding the neuroscience of decision-making, and how evidence concerning the neural processes associated with choices might be used to constrain or advance economic and psychological theories of decision-making. Topics covered will include decisions involving risk and uncertainty, decisions that involve learning from experience, decisions in strategic interactions and games, and social preferences.
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                                                                PSYC 600-301 PROSEMINAR IN PSYCH: HUMAN MEMORY KAHANA, MICHAEL MW 0100PM-0300PM Choice of half or full course units each sem. covering a range of subjects and approaches in academic psychology.
                                                                  PSYC 600-302 PROSEMINAR IN PSYCH: LANGUAGE DAHAN, DELPHINE MW 0100PM-0300PM Choice of half or full course units each sem. covering a range of subjects and approaches in academic psychology.
                                                                    PSYC 600-303 PROSEMINAR IN PSYCH: COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT SWINGLEY, DANIEL TR 1000AM-1200PM Choice of half or full course units each sem. covering a range of subjects and approaches in academic psychology.
                                                                      PSYC 611-401 APPLIED REG & ANALY VAR ROSENBAUM, PAUL TR 1200PM-0130PM An applied graduate level course in multiple regression and analysis of variance for students who have completed an undergraduate course in basic statistical methods. Emphasis is on practical methods of data analysis and their interpretation. Covers model building, general linear hypothesis, residual analysis, leverage and influence, one-way anova, two-way anova, factorial anova. Primarily for doctoral students in the managerial, behavioral, social and health sciences.
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                                                                        PSYC 698-000 LABORATORY ROTATION Lab rotation for psychology grad students.
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                                                                          PSYC 739-301 PROB MODLS OF PERC & COG STOCKER, ALAN MW 0200PM-0330PM Probability theory has become an increasingly popular and successful framework for modeling human perceptual and cognitive behavior. This course will provide a careful introduction to probability theory and the various ways it has been applied in psychology and neuroscience. Goal is to make students understand the most important state-of-the-art probabilistic models in perception and cognition, what they reveal about the brain's underlying computations and strategies in dealing with uncertainty, and how such computations can potentially be performed by populations of neurons.
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                                                                            PSYC 747-001 CONT RES ISS IN SCAN FARAH, MARTHA W 0500PM-0800PM
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                                                                              PSYC 810-301 PSYCHODIAGNOSTIC TESTING HUNT, MELISSA TBA TBA-
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                                                                                PSYC 811-301 PSYCHODIAGNOS INTERVIEW HUNT, MELISSA TBA TBA-
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                                                                                  PSYC 815-301 INTRODUCTORY PRACTICUM HUNT, MELISSA TBA TBA-
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                                                                                    PSYC 820-301 ADVANCED PRACTICUM DERUBEIS, ROBERT TBA TBA- Intensive studies of single individuals including interviews, tests, and experiments; also clinical experience at appropriate community agencies.
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                                                                                      PSYC 820-302 ADVANCED PRACTICUM GOLDSTEIN, ALAN TBA TBA- Intensive studies of single individuals including interviews, tests, and experiments; also clinical experience at appropriate community agencies.
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                                                                                        PSYC 820-303 ADVANCED PRACTICUM HUNT, MELISSA TBA TBA- Intensive studies of single individuals including interviews, tests, and experiments; also clinical experience at appropriate community agencies.
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