Courses for Spring 2021

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 Rebecca E Waller 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) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Asynchronous Format</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC001001
PSYC 005-401 Grit Lab (SNF Paideia Program Course) Angela L Duckworth F 12:00 PM-03:00 PM 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. OIDD005401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Designated SNF Paideia Program Course</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Designated SNF Paideia Program Course</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Enrollment By Application Only</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC005401
PSYC 109-401 Intro To Brain & Behav Michael Kane R 12:00 PM-01:30 PM 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. BIBB109401, BIOL109401 Living World Sector (all classes) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Laboratory (see below)</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC109401
PSYC 109-402 Introduction To Brain and Behavior M 09:00 AM-10:30 AM 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. BIBB109402, BIOL109402 Living World Sector (all classes) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Lecture (see below)</span>
PSYC 127-401 Physiology Motivated Beh Harvey J Grill TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM 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. BIBB227401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC127401
PSYC 149-401 Cognitive Neuroscience Russell A Epstein TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM 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. BIBB249401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC149401
PSYC 151-401 Language and Thought John C. Trueswell TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM 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. LING151401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 162-001 Abnormal Psychology Ayelet M Ruscio MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM The concepts of normality, abnormality, and psychopathology; symptom syndromes;theory and research in psychopathology and psychotherapy. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 170-001 Social Psychology Coren L Apicella TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM 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) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC170001
PSYC 217-401 Visual Neuroscience Alan A Stocker MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM 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. BIBB217401, VLST217401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC217401
PSYC 239-401 Neuroendocrinology Loretta Flanagan-Cato R 12:00 PM-01:30 PM 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. BIBB260401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC239401
PSYC 266-001 Intro Positive Psych Caroline Jane Connolly TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC266001
PSYC 266-002 Intro Positive Psych Caroline Jane Connolly TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC266002
PSYC 273-001 Neuroeconomics Joseph W Kable TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 280-001 Social Emotional Develop Sara R Jaffee TR 09:00 AM-10:30 AM This course will cover theory and research related to the development of attachment, emotional regulation, peer and intimate relationships, personality, moral reasoning, and emotional and behavioral disorders. The course will emphasize the degree to which family, peer, and community contexts influence development from infancy into adulthood. Efforts will be made to integrate biological and environmental accounts of development across the lifespan. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC280001
PSYC 362-301 Research Exp Abnormal: Psychopathology Melissa G. Hunt R 01:30 PM-04:30 PM Prerequite: PSYC 362, 301 is a two-semester course starting in the Fall. Class size limited to 8 students. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Instructor</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span>
PSYC 370-301 Research Exp Social Psyc: Sexuality & Attraction Edward Royzman R 05:30 PM-08:30 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 400-301 Senior Honors Sem Psych Elizabeth M Brannon M 02:00 PM-05:00 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Communication Within the Curriculum</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span>
PSYC 417-401 Visual Processing Nicole C Rust TR 02:00 PM-03:30 PM 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. BIBB417401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 447-301 Seminar in Neuroscience: Neurological Insights Into Cognition and Behavior Jay Gottfried TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Instructor</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Contact Dept Or Instructor For Classrm Info</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC447301
PSYC 449-301 Seminar in Cog Neurosci: the Social Brain Adrianna C Jenkins T 01:30 PM-04:30 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 470-301 Seminar in Social Psych: the Religious Mind: Embodied, Embedded, and Engaged Gordon Bermant TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM Topics vary each semester. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 472-301 Seminar Evolution Psych Coren L Apicella TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM A course that explores female behavior focusing on evolutionary, physiological,and biosocial aspects of women's lives from puberty, through reproductive processes such as pregnancy, birth, lactation to menopause and old age. Examples are drawn from traditional and modern societies and data from nonhuman primates are also considered. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC472301
PSYC 511-301 Prob Models of Perceptio: Cmp Visn: Hum,Anml,Machn Johannes Burge MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span>
PSYC 539-401 Theoretical Neuroscience Vijay Balasubramanian TR 09:00 AM-10:30 AM 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. BIBB585401, BE530401, PHYS585401, NGG594401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2021A&course=PSYC539401
PSYC 557-401 Neuroscience, Ethics and the Law (Farah) Martha J. Farah W 05:00 PM-08:00 PM 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? LAW557401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Undergraduates Need Permission</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span>
PSYC 600-301 Proseminar in Psych: Social Behvr & Biology Martha J. Farah W 05:00 PM-08:00 PM Choice of half or full course units each sem. covering a range of subjects and approaches in academic psychology. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span>
PSYC 600-302 Proseminar in Psych: Social Psychology Geoffrey Goodwin W 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Choice of half or full course units each sem. covering a range of subjects and approaches in academic psychology. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 600-303 Proseminar in Psych: Behavioral Neuroscience Harvey J Grill TR 11:00 AM-01:00 PM Choice of half or full course units each sem. covering a range of subjects and approaches in academic psychology. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 609-401 Neuroscience Core III Maria Geffen
Franz Ludwig Weber
MWF 10:00 AM-12:00 PM This course provides an introduction to what is known about how neuronal circuits solve problems for the organism and to current resarch approaches to this question. Topics include: vision, audition, olfaction, motor systems, plasticity, and oscillations. In addition, the course aims to provide an overview of the structure of the central nervous system. A number of fundamental concepts are also discussed across topics, such as: lateral inhibition, integration, filterting, frames of reference, error signals, adaptation. The course format consists of lectures, discussions, readings of primary literature, supplemented by textbook chapters and review articles. NGG573401
PSYC 612-401 Int To Nonp & Loglin Mod: Introduction To Non/Semi-Parametric Methods Wei Wang TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM 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. Permission of instructor required to enroll. STAT501401 http://syllabi.wharton.upenn.edu/?term=2009A&course=PSYC612401
PSYC 671-401 Violence: Clin Neuro App Adrian Raine 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. CRIM671401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Undergraduates Need Permission</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Asynchronous Format</span>
PSYC 704-301 Res Meths & Stat Procdur Robert J Derubeis MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Undergraduates Need Permission</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Synchronous Format</span>
PSYC 815-301 Introductory Practicum Melissa G. Hunt <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Asynchronous Format</span>
PSYC 820-301 Advanced Practicum Robert J Derubeis Intensive studies of single individuals including interviews, tests, and experiments; also clinical experience at appropriate community agencies. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Asynchronous Format</span>
PSYC 820-302 Advanced Practicum Alan Goldstein Intensive studies of single individuals including interviews, tests, and experiments; also clinical experience at appropriate community agencies. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Asynchronous Format</span>
PSYC 820-303 Advanced Practicum Melissa G. Hunt Intensive studies of single individuals including interviews, tests, and experiments; also clinical experience at appropriate community agencies. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course Online: Asynchronous Format</span>