Courses for Spring 2020

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PSYC 001-001 INTRO TO EXP PSYCH WALLER, REBECCA TR 1030AM-1200PM 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 005-001 GRIT LAB DUCKWORTH, ANGELA W 0300PM-0600PM At the heart of this course are cutting-edge scientific discoveries about passion and perseverance for long-term goals. As in any other undergraduate course, you will learn things you didn't know before. But unlike most courses, Grit Lab requires you to apply what you've learned in your daily life, to reflect, and then to teach what you've learned to younger students. The ultimate aim of Grit Lab is to empower you to achieve your personal, long-term goals--so that you can help other people achieve the goals that are meaningful to them. LEARN -> EXPERIMENT -> REFLECT -> TEACH. The first half of this course is about passion. During this eight-week period, you'll identify a project that piques your interest and resonates with your values. This can be a new project or, just as likely, a sport, hobby, musical instrument, or academic field you're already pursuing. The second half of this course is about perseverance. During this eight-week period, your aim is to develop resilience, a challenge-seeking orientation, and the habits of practice that improve skill in any domain. By the end of Grit Lab, you will understand and apply, both for your benefit and the benefit of younger students, key findings in the emerging science on grit.
      ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION ONLY; DESIGNATED SNF PAIDEIA PROGRAM COURSE
      PSYC 109-401 INTRO TO BRAIN & BEHAV KANE, MICHAEL TR 0130PM-0300PM 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; LIVING WORLD SECTOR
        PSYC 109-402 LABORATORY M 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 149-401 COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE GERSTEIN, HILARY TR 1030AM-1200PM The study of the neural systems that underlie human perception, memory and language; and of the pathological syndromes that result from damage to these systems.
            PSYC 151-401 LANGUAGE AND THOUGHT TRUESWELL, JOHN TR 1200PM-0130PM This course describes current theorizing on how the human mind achieves high-level cognitive processes such as using language, thinking, and reasoning. The course discusses issues such as whether the language ability is unique to humans, whether there is a critical period to the acquisition of a language, the nature of conceptual knowledge, how people perform deductive reasoning and induction, and how linguistic and conceptual knowledge interact.
              PSYC 162-001 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY RUSCIO, AYELET MF 0200PM-0330PM The concepts of normality, abnormality, and psychopathology; symptom syndromes;theory and research in psychopathology and psychotherapy.
                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 217-401 VISUAL NEUROSCIENCE STOCKER, ALAN MWF 0900AM-1000AM An introduction to the scientific study of vision, with an emphasis on the biological substrate and its relation to behavior. Topics will typically include physiological optics, transduction of light, visual thresholds, color vision, anatomy and physiology of the visual pathways, and the cognitive neuroscience of vision.
                    PSYC 235-001 PSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE DAHAN, DELPHINE MW 0200PM-0330PM This course describes the nature of human language, how it is used to speak and comprehend, and how it is learned. The course raises and discusses issues such as whether language ability is innate and unique to humans, whether there is a critical period for the acquisition of a language, and how linguistic and conceptual knowledge interact.
                      PSYC 253-001 JUDGMENT AND DECISIONS ROYZMAN, EDWARD W 0530PM-0830PM Thinking, judgment, and personal and societal decision making, with emphasis on fallacies and biases. Prerequisite: One semester of Statistics or Microeconomics.
                        COLLEGE QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS REQ.; QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS COURSE
                        PSYC 259-001 HUMAN MEMORY KAHANA, MICHAEL TR 1030AM-1200PM An introduction to the scientific study of humn memory, with a particular emphasis on the interplay between theory and experiment. Topics will include dual store models and the debate over short-term meory, recognition memory for items and associations, the role of time and context in memory formation and retrieval, theories of association, memory for sequences, the influence of prior knowledge on new learning, spatial and navigational memory, perceptual learning, classification and function learning, memory diorders, and developmental changes in memory function.
                          PSYC 266-001 INTRO POSITIVE PSYCH CONNOLLY, CAROLINE TR 1200PM-0130PM An introduction to the study of positive emotions, positive character traits, and positive institutions. The positive emotions consist of emotions about the past (e.g., serenity, satisfaction, pride), about the future (e.g., hope, optimism, faith), and emotions about the present (pleasure and gratification). The distinction among the pleasant life, the good life, and the meaningful life is drawn. The positive traits include wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and spirituality, and the classification of these virtues is explored. The positive institutions are exemplified by extended families, free press, humane leadership, and representative government.
                            PSYC 273-001 NEUROECONOMICS KABLE, JOSEPH TR 0300PM-0430PM This course will introduce students to neuroeconomics, a field of research that combines economic, psychological, and neuroscientific approaches to study decision-making. The course will focus on our current understanding of how our brains give rise to decisions, and how this knowledge might be used to constrain or advance economic and psychological theories of decision-making. Topics covered will include how individuals make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, how groups of individuals decide to cooperate or compete, and how decisions are shaped by social context, memories, and past experience.
                              PSYC 281-001 COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT MODREK, ANAHID TR 0300PM-0430PM What infants and young children come to know about the world, and how they learn it. Topics will include changes in children's thinking, perceptual development, language acquisition, and current theories of cognitive development.
                                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.
                                  COLLEGE QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS REQ.; PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT; PERMISSION NEEDED FROM INSTRUCTOR; QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS COURSE
                                  PSYC 370-301 RESEARCH EXP SOCIAL PSYC: SEXUALITY & ATTRACTION ROYZMAN, EDWARD R 0530PM-0830PM In this course students will work in small groups to develop, empirically test, and report on a research question within one of the domains of social psychology. Depending on the nature of the project, students will employ survey,experimental, or observational research methodology, and learn how to to conduct and report the appropriate statistical tests with Excel and/or SPSS (typically, correlations, t-tests, ANOVA and ANCOVA, multiple regression, , factor analysis, and measures of reliability). Class discussions will help students craft their projects, and in-class presentations will provide the opportunity to develop and refine presentation skills. Psychology majors only. Class size is limited to 12 students. Prerequisite: PSYC 170 and one semester of statistics is required.
                                    COLLEGE QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS REQ.; PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT; QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS COURSE
                                    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.
                                      COMMUNICATION WITHIN THE CURRICULUM; PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                      PSYC 417-401 VISUAL PROCESSING RUST, NICOLE TR 0300PM-0430PM This seminar will focus on how visual information is processed by the eye and the brain to produce visual perception. These issues will be explored through lectures and student presentations of journal articles, combined with Matlab- based tutorials and exercises. The course requires no prior knowledge of visual processing, math, or computer programming.
                                        PSYC 421-401 NEUROBIOL LEARN & MEMORY GERSTEIN, HILARY MW 0200PM-0330PM This course focuses on the current state of our knowledge about the neurobiological basis of learning and memory. A combination of lectures and students seminars will explore th emolecular and cellular basis of learning invertebrates and vertebrates from a behavioral and neural perspective.
                                          PSYC 435-301 SEMINAR IN PSYCH LING: PSYCHOLINGUISTICS DAHAN, DELPHINE R 0130PM-0430PM
                                            PSYC 439-401 NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY SEM FLANAGAN-CATO, LORETTA TR 1200PM-0120PM This course is designed to examine the various roles played by the nervous and endocrine systems in controlling both physiological processes and behavior. First, the course will build a foundation in the concepts of neural and endocrine system function. Then, we will discuss how these mechanisms form the biological underpinnings of various behaviors and their relevant physiological correlates. We will focus on sexual and parental behaviors, stress, metabolism, neuroendocrine-immune interactions, and mental health.
                                              PSYC 447-301 SEMINAR IN NEUROSCIENCE: Neurological Insights into Cognition and Behavior GOTTFRIED, JAY T 0130PM-0300PM
                                              R 0130PM-0300PM
                                              Our modern understanding of the brain began with very humble foundations. Long before transgenic mice, MRI scans, and neuronal recordings, most knowledge about brain function was based on clinical observations of human patients with neurological lesions. This advanced seminar will focus on the cognitive neuroscience of perception, emotion, language, and behavior -- through the unique perspective of real-life patients -- to illustrate fundamental concepts of brain function. Tuesday classes will explore different cognitive neuroscience topics through student presentations and discussion. Thursday classes will involve observing medical history taking and examination of a patient with cognitive deficits pertinent to the Tuesday topic, with opportunity for students to interact with the patient. Pre-requisites: Instructor permission required and PSYC 109/BIBB 109.
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                                                PSYC 449-301 SEMINAR IN COG NEUROSCI: THE SOCIAL BRAIN JENKINS, ADRIANNA T 0130PM-0430PM 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 462-301 SEMINAR ABNORMAL PSYCH CANCELED Topics vary each semester.
                                                    PSYC 470-301 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL PSYCH: PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION BERMANT, GORDON M 0200PM-0500PM Topics vary each semester.
                                                      PSYC 539-401 THEORETICAL NEUROSCIENCE BALASUBRAMANIAN, VIJAY TR 0900AM-1030AM This course will develop theoretical and computational approaches to structural and functional organization in the brain. The course will cover: (i) the basic biophysics of neural responses, (ii) neural coding and decoding with an emphasis on sensory systems, (iii) approaches to the study of networks of neurons, (iv) models of adaptation, learning and memory, (v) models of decision making, and (vi) ideas that address why the brain is organized the way that it is. The course will be appropriate for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. A knowledge of multi-variable calculus, linear algebra and differential equations is required (except by permission of the instructor). Prior exposure to neuroscience and/or Matlab programming will be helpful.
                                                        PSYC 557-401 Neuroscience, Ethics and the Law (Farah) FARAH, MARTHA CANCELED How does the neuroscience of human decision-making and emotion impact our understanding of ethics and law? What can neuroscience tell us about why people find actions moral or immoral, worthy of praise or punishment? What, if anything, can it tell us normatively about morality, agency and responsibility? And what other insights might neuroscience offer regarding other morally and legally relevant phenomena such as stereotyping and bias, the causes of antisocial behavior and the detection of deception?
                                                          UNDERGRADUATES NEED PERMISSION
                                                          PSYC 600-301 PROSEMINAR IN PSYCH: SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOP JAFFEE, SARA 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: PERCEPTION BURGE, JOHANNES MW 0130PM-0330PM 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 NEUROSCIENCE EPSTEIN, RUSSELL TR 0300PM-0500PM Choice of half or full course units each sem. covering a range of subjects and approaches in academic psychology.
                                                                PSYC 609-401 NEUROSCIENCE CORE III GEFFEN, MARIA
                                                                COHEN, YALE
                                                                MWF 1000AM-1200PM
                                                                  PSYC 612-401 INT TO NONP & LOGLIN MOD TCHETGEN TCHETGEN, ERIC TR 1200PM-0130PM An applied graduate level course for students who have completed an undergraduate course in basic statistical methods. Covers two unrelated topics: loglinear and logit models for discrete data and nonparametric methods for nonnormal data. Emphasis is on practical methods of data analysis and their interpretation. Primarily for doctoral students in the managerial, behavioral, social and health sciences. May be taken before STAT 500 with permission of instructor.
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                                                                    PSYC 671-401 VIOLENCE: CLIN NEURO APP RAINE, ADRIAN TR 1030AM-1200PM Developed for both Psychology and Criminology graduate students, this interdisciplinary course outlines a clinical neuroscience approach to understanding violence in which the tools of neuroscience- neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurocognition, neuroendocrinology, neuropharmacology, molecular and behavioral genetics- are used to help inform the etiology and treatment of violence. Clinical components include psychopathy, proactive and reactive aggression, homicide domestic violence, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, antisocial personality disorder, crime, and delinquency as well as their comorbid conditions (schizophrenia, drug abuse, hyperactivity). The interaction between social, psychological, and neurobiological processes in predisposing to violence will be highlighted, together with neurodevelopmental perspectives on violence focusing on prospective longitudinal and brain imaging research. Key implications for the criminal justice system, neuroethics, forensics psychology, and intervention will also be outlined.
                                                                      PSYC 675-401 LANGUAGE AND COGNITION PAPAFRAGOU, ANNA
                                                                      TRUESWELL, JOHN
                                                                      W 0900AM-1200PM This is a seminar on how language relates to perception and cognition. The seminar pays particular attention to the question of whether and how language might affect (and be affected by) other mental processes, how different languages represent the mental and physical world, and how children acquire language-general and language-specific ways of encoding human experience. The course incorporates cross-linguistic, cognitive and developmental perspectives on a new and rapidly changing research area.
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                                                                        PSYC 698-000 LABORATORY ROTATION TBA TBA- Lab rotation for psychology grad students.
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                                                                          PSYC 709-301 ETHICS, PROF STANDARDS HUNT, MELISSA M 0300PM-0500PM A developmental approach to the study of psychopathology focuses on how psychological processes from normal to abnormal developmental trajectories. In this seminar we will cover theory, methods, and key constructs in the study of developmental psychopathology. Readings will include seminal empirical papers and chapters.
                                                                            PSYC 719-301 OBESITY:FROM CELL TO SOC GRILL, HARVEY TR 0130PM-0300PM This IGERT foundational course covers experimental methods and data analysis techniques used in the study of human perception. Prerequisite: This is an IGERT foundational course.
                                                                              PSYC 747-301 CONT RES ISS IN SCAN FARAH, MARTHA W 0500PM-0800PM
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                                                                                PSYC 815-301 INTRODUCTORY PRACTICUM HUNT, MELISSA TBA TBA-
                                                                                  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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