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 Adrianna C Jenkins 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 is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC001001
PSYC 005-401 Grit Lab: Grit Lab (SNF Paideia Program Course) Angela L Duckworth W 03:00 PM-06:00 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">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Enrollment By Application Only</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC005401
PSYC 109-401 Intro To Brain & Behav Judith Mclean MWF 10:00 AM-11:00 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. BIBB109401, BIOL109401 Living World Sector (all classes) <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><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=2020C&course=PSYC109401
PSYC 109-402 Introduction To Brain and Behavior Catherine Estela Ubri T 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 is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Lecture (see below)</span>
PSYC 111-401 Perception Johannes Burge TR 09:00 AM-10:30 AM How the individual acquires and is guided by knowledge about objects and events in their environment. VLST211401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Recitation (see below)</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC111401
PSYC 170-001 Social Psychology Geoffrey Goodwin 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">Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC170001
PSYC 207-401 Introduction To Cognitive Science David Russell M Richie
Yoojin Chang
TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM 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. CIS140401, COGS001401, LING105401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Registration also required for Recitation (see below)</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC207401
PSYC 225-401 Drugs, Brain, and Mind Michael Kane TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM 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. BIBB270401 https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC225401
PSYC 231-401 Evolution of Behavior Yun Ding
Marc F Schmidt
TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM The evolution of social behavior in animals, with special emphasis on group formation, cooperation among kin, mating systems, territoriality and communication. BIBB231401, BIOL231401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC231401
PSYC 247-001 Neuroscience and Society Hilary B. Gerstein TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC247001
PSYC 265-401 Behavioral Econ & Psych Sudeep Bhatia TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM 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. PPE313401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC265401
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">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC362301
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">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC400301
PSYC 434-401 Comp. Neuro. Lab Nicole C Rust TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM 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. BIBB334401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC434401
PSYC 435-301 Seminar in Psych Ling Delphine Dahan R 01:30 PM-04:30 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC435301
PSYC 449-301 Seminar in Cog Neurosci: Influences of Nature & Nurture On Brain Development Michael Arcaro T 03:00 PM-06:00 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> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC449301
PSYC 453-301 Seminar Decision Making Barbara Ann Mellers TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC453301
PSYC 462-301 Seminar Abnormal Psych: Transdiagnostic Approaches To Abnormal Behavior Ayelet M Ruscio MF 02:00 PM-03:30 PM Topics vary each semester. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC462301
PSYC 462-302 Seminar Abnormal Psych: Developmental Psychopathology Sara R Jaffee TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM Topics vary each semester. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC462302
PSYC 466-301 Positive Psych Seminar: Positive Education Caroline Jane Connolly W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC466301
PSYC 470-301 Seminar in Social Psych: Psychology and Religion Gordon Bermant W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM Topics vary each semester. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC470301
PSYC 470-302 Seminar in Social Psych: Friendship & Attraction Caroline Jane Connolly TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Topics vary each semester. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC470302
PSYC 478-401 Capstone: Social Psych: Obedience Edward Royzman R 01:30 PM-04:30 PM 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). PPE477401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC478401
PSYC 482-301 Inside the Criminal Mind Rebecca E Waller TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC482301
PSYC 490-401 The Science of Behavior Change Angela L Duckworth
Katherine L. Milkman
W 09:00 AM-12:00 PM 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: http://bit.ly/bcfg-class-2020. The application deadline is July 31, 2020. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required. OIDD490401 <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 511-301 Prob Models of Perceptio: Foundations of Vision Johannes Burge CANCELED <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Instructor</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC511301
PSYC 547-001 Fndtions Soc Cog Neurosc Martha J. Farah MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Instructor</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 551-301 Eye Movements in Cog John C. Trueswell CANCELED 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Instructor</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 573-301 Neuroeconomics Joseph W Kable TR 03:00 PM-04:30 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC573301
PSYC 600-301 Proseminar in Psych: Human Memory Michael J. Kahana MW 01:00 PM-03:00 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 600-302 Proseminar in Psych: Language Delphine Dahan MW 01:00 PM-03:00 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> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC600302
PSYC 600-303 Proseminar in Psych: Cognitive Development Daniel C Swingley TR 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 611-401 Applied Reg & Analy Var Alexander Vekker TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM 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. Permission of instructor required to enroll. BSTA550401, STAT500401 <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Instructor</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 739-301 Prob Modls of Perc & Cog Alan A Stocker MW 02:00 PM-03:30 PM 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. <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span> https://pennintouchdaemon.apps.upenn.edu/pennInTouchProdDaemon/jsp/fast.do?webService=syllabus&term=2020C&course=PSYC739301
PSYC 747-001 Cont Res Iss in Scan Martha J. Farah W 05:00 PM-08:00 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Instructor</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 751-301 S/T in Cognition John C. Trueswell TR 12:00 PM-01:30 PM <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Instructor</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 810-301 Psychodiagnostic Testing Melissa G. Hunt <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 811-301 Psychodiagnos Interview Melissa G. Hunt <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>
PSYC 815-301 Introductory Practicum Melissa G. Hunt <span class="penncourse-course-notes">Permission Needed From Department</span><br /><span class="penncourse-course-notes">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</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">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</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">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</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">Crse Online: Sync & Async Components</span>