Courses for Fall 2018

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 WARD, ANDREW MW 0330PM-0500PM 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) SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; LIVING WORLD SECTOR
    PSYC 097-000 PSYCH ABROAD
      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.
        Living World Sector (all classes) SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; LIVING WORLD SECTOR
        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.
            SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED
            PSYC 127-401 PHYSIOLOGY MOTIVATED BEH GRILL, HARVEY TR 0130PM-0300PM This course focuses on evaluating the experiments that have sought to establish links between brain structure (the activity of specific brain circuits) and behavioral function (the control of particular motivated and emotional behaviors). Students are exposed to concepts from regulatory physiology, systems neuroscience, pharmacology, and endocrinology and read textbook as well as original source materials. The course focuses on the following behaviors: feeding, sex, fear, anxiety, the appetite for salt, and food aversion. The course also considers the neurochemical control of responses with an eye towards evaluating the development of drug treatments for: obesity, anorexia/cachexia, vomiting, sexual dysfunction, anxiety disorders, and depression.
              PSYC 149-401 COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE MACKEY, ALLYSON TR 1200PM-0130PM 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 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 BRANNON, ELIZABETH TR 0300PM-0430PM 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 INTRO COGNITIVE SCIENCE BRAINARD, DAVID
                    UNGAR, LYLE
                    TR 0130PM-0300PM Cognitive Science is founded on the realization that many problems in the analysis of human and artificial intelligence require an interdisciplinary approach. The course is intended to introduce undergraduates from many areas to the problems and characteristic concepts of Cognitive Science, drawing on formal and empirical approaches from the parent disciplines of computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology. The topics covered include Perception, Action, Learning, Language, Knowledge Representation, and Inference, and the relations and interactions between such modules. 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.
                      SECTION ACTIVITY CO-REQUISITE REQUIRED; FORMAL REASONING COURSE; FORMAL REASONING
                      PSYC 225-401 DRUGS, BRAIN, AND MIND KANE, MICHAEL TR 0130PM-0300PM The course will begin with a review of basic concepts in pharmacology: routes of drug administration, drug metabolism, the dose response curve, tolerance, and sensitization. Following a brief overview of cellular foundations of neuropharmacology (cell biology,synaptic and receptor function), the course will focus on various classes of drugs used to treat neuropsychiatric disorders including, among others, depression, schizophrenia,and anxiety. We will additionally consider mechanisms mediating the mind-altering, addictive and neurotoxic effects of abused drugs.
                        PSYC 247-001 NEUROSCIENCE AND SOCIETY GERSTEIN, HILARY MW 0330PM-0500PM 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 253-401 JUDGMENT AND DECISIONS ROYZMAN, EDWARD R 0530PM-0830PM Thinking, judgment, and personal and societal decision making, with emphasis on fallacies and biases.
                            COLLEGE QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS REQ.; QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS COURSE
                            PSYC 265-401 BEHAVIORAL ECON & PSYCH THULIN, ERIK TR 0130PM-0300PM 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 consumer choice, risky decision making, and prosocial decision making.
                              PSYC 298-050 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY SEMINAR
                                STUDY ABROAD
                                PSYC 362-301 RESEARCH EXP ABNORMAL: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY HUNT, MELISSA R 0130PM-0430PM 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 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.
                                    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 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory GERSTEIN, HILARY TR 1030AM-1200PM This advanced course focuses on the current state of our knowledge about neurobiological basis of learning and memory. Students will explore the molecular and cellular basis of learninginvertebrates and vertebrates from a behavioral and neural perspective.
                                        PSYC 435-301 SEMINAR IN PSYCH LING DAHAN, DELPHINE R 0130PM-0430PM
                                          PSYC 449-301 SEMINAR IN COG NEUROSCI: CONSCIOUSNESS EPSTEIN, RUSSELL CANCELED 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.Why are clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease treatments so difficult to run and why do so many fail? How does the teenage brain make decisions and who should be considered an adult in court? What is implicit bias and why do we make snap decisions based on mental associations? If you could 'improve' your brain with devices or drugs, should you? We will examine the primary scientific literature as well as delve into lay articles about the science and policy surrounding each issue. A basic understanding of neuroscience and some comfort working with primary literature is assumed.//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 453-301 SEMINAR DECISION MAKING: JUDGMENT AND DECISIONS 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: GENDER & PSYCHOPATHOLOGY KRAUSE, ELIZABETH CANCELED Topics vary each semester.
                                                PSYC 462-302 SEMINAR ABNORMAL PSYCH: SURVEY OF MOOD DISORDERS DERUBEIS, ROBERT T 0130PM-0430PM Topics vary each semester.
                                                  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: PSYCHOLOGY & MODERN LIFE CONNOLLY, CAROLINE W 0200PM-0500PM Topics vary each semester.
                                                      PSYC 478-401 CAPSTONE: SOCIAL PSYCH: OBEDIENCE ROYZMAN, EDWARD R 0130PM-0430PM Though almost half a century old, Milgram's 1961-1962 studies of "destructive obedience" continue to puzzle, fascinate, and alarm. In this seminar, we will take an in-depth look at these famous studies (along with the more recent replications) and explore their various psychological, historical, and philosophical ramifications. This course has a number of intellectual goals that go beyond simply rarifying one's understanding of a particular content area (important and generative as it may be). One such a goal is to enable you to think critically (though not disparagingly) about other people's researh and theoretical claims that ensue from it, all with the hope that you can then apply the self-same critical acumen to your own future work. Second, this course will offer a hospitable environment for developing (and exchanging) creative ideas of your own. Your work on your individual reaction papers and on the term paper in particular will be a key element in achieving this goal.
                                                        PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                                        PSYC 490-401 The Science of Behavior Change DUCKWORTH, ANGELA
                                                        MILKMAN, KATHERINE
                                                        W 0900AM-1200PM This advanced seminar will expose students to cutting-edge research from psychology and economics on the most effective strategies for changing behavior 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. For each topic we will cover, articles have been carefully chosen, and we will discuss those in detail. The goal is to help students develop the skill of reading and critiquing an academic paper. We will therefore have student led discussions of papers and required summaries. 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 make a positive social impact. We will focus primarily on the applications of behavioral science to improving health, education and financial outcomes. Admission to this course is by application only. Please complete the application form to be considered for admission: https://tinyurl.com/penn-bcfg-seminar
                                                          PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT; PERMISSION NEEDED FROM INSTRUCTOR
                                                          PSYC 547-001 FNDTIONS SOC COG NEUROSC FARAH, MARTHA MW 0200PM-0330PM
                                                            PERMISSION NEEDED FROM INSTRUCTOR
                                                            PSYC 600-301 PROSEMINAR IN PSYCH: LANGUAGE USE IN CONVERSA DAHAN, DELPHINE MW 0200PM-0400PM 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: BIOL BASIS OF BEHAVIOR FLANAGAN-CATO, LORETTA MW 1200PM-0200PM 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: LANGUAGE TRUESWELL, JOHN MW 0200PM-0400PM Choice of half or full course units each sem. covering a range of subjects and approaches in academic psychology.
                                                                  PSYC 611-401 STAT FOR PSYCH ROSENBAUM, PAUL TR 1200PM-0130PM
                                                                    PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                                                    PSYC 698-000 LABORATORY ROTATION Lab rotation for psychology grad students.
                                                                      PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                                                      PSYC 704-301 RES METHS & STAT PROCDUR CHAMBLESS, DIANNE T 0130PM-0430PM This course has three primary objectives: 1) developing criteria and strategies for strong inference of causal relationships in social and clinical psychology research; 2) examining the array of research designs employed in the social/clinical sciences together with the threats to internal and external validity associated with each; 3) learning and applying statistical analytical methods appropriate for questions in the social/clinical sciences. The course will employ a seminar format and a project-oriented approach to learning. Students will be encouraged to utilize examples from their own research programs in applying the design and analysis concepts covered in the course.
                                                                        UNDERGRADUATES NEED PERMISSION
                                                                        PSYC 709-301 TRANSDIAGNOSTIC PROCESSE RUSCIO, AYELET R 0130PM-0430PM In this seminar we will survey substantive, methodological and statistical issues that arise in the planning, conduct, and interpretation of empirical inquiries about the effects of psychotherapies. Challenges presented in efforts to disseminate evidence-based clinical practices will also be addressed.
                                                                          PSYC 711-301 REGRESSION & ANOVA T 0630PM-0930PM
                                                                            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 745-301 SEMINAR FMRI DATA ANALYS EPSTEIN, RUSSELL T 0300PM-0600PM
                                                                                PSYC 747-001 CONT RES ISS IN SCAN FARAH, MARTHA W 0500PM-0800PM
                                                                                  PERMISSION NEEDED FROM INSTRUCTOR
                                                                                  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.
                                                                                          PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                                                                          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.
                                                                                            PERMISSION NEEDED FROM DEPARTMENT
                                                                                            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.