Mind and Brain:
Introduction to perception, memory, learning, and cognition. With laboratory.
Statistical Methods in Psychology:
Probability and statistics applied in psychological research. Topics include descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, and design of experiments. Prereq: MATH 111, PSY 201, 202, WR 121, 122. With laboratory.
Relationships between brain and endocrine activity and behavior. Topics include sensation, perception, sexual behavior, drug effects, eating, drinking, sleeping, dreaming, and learning.
Music and the Brain:
Explores the neural correlates of our perception of tonality, harmony, melody, and rhythm and how these relate to neurobiology, brain damage, and cognitive neuroscience.
Survey of social, intellectual, and personality development in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Previously offered as PSY 375; not repeatable.
Physiological and behavioral effects of psychoactive drugs such as alcohol, opiates, barbiturates, and excitants. The psychology of use and overuse; therapies for correcting drug problems.
Applied Data Analysis:
Intermediate-level practical data analysis and interpretation. Topics include experimental design, analysis of variance, multiple regression, exploratory data analysis. Extensive computer use. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Cognitive Science with Lab:
Interdisciplinary approaches to studying mind and brain; includes material from anthropology; cognitive, social, and developmental psychology; computer science; linguistics; and philosophy. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Issues of memory; coding for storage, control processes for storage; attention and cognitive control; analysis of more complex cognitive tasks; approaches to problem solving. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Topics covered are color, size, shape, depth, distance, and movement. Examines the relationships between stimuli and perception, stimuli and the neural response, and the neural response and perception. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Brain Mechanisms of Behavior:
Organization of the mammalian brain. Structure and function of the neuronal systems underlying vision, perception, motivation, coordinated movement, sleep-wakefulness, learning and memory, and affective disorders. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303, 304.
Hormones and Behavior:
Relationships among the brain, endocrine systems, and behavior. Developmental effects of hormones on the brain, puberty, sexuality, aggression, stress. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Topics in small-group dynamics, including decision-making, conflict, and changes over time in group structure and behavior. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Examination of the interdependence between mind and culture in various substantive domains such as social inference, motivation, emotion, and psychopathology. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Topics in human imagination, including creativity, children's pretend play, fiction writing, imagery, mental time travel, consciousness, dreaming, virtual worlds, and disorders of the imagination. Prereq: WR 121, 122, PSY 303.
Major descriptive and theoretical approaches to etiological, developmental, and social factors in emotion and personality disorders. Includes assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and special topics. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Theory and methods for studying human traits, including personality measures and tests; studies of age, gender, and culture. Current research in personality. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Marital and Family Therapies:
Behavioral basis of dyadic interactions; adult intimacy and love relationships. Clinical-counseling approaches: assessment, marital therapies, and evaluation. Models of marital adjustment and assessment of interpersonal relationships. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
How children acquire language from the earliest speech sounds to full sentences. Topics include babbling, first words, word combinations, the relationship between cognition and language development. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Development and Psychopathology:
Biological and environmental factors that shape normal and abnormal development. Analysis of how family functioning affects psychopathology and resilience in children and adolescents. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Mind and Society:
Introduction to topics in clinical, personality, social, and developmental psychology. With discussion.
Research Methods in Psychology:
Use of library and bibliographic methods, handling of survey data, coding, interviews, standardized tests, and experiments. Prereq: WR 121, 122; PSY 302.
Psychological methods involved in problem solving, complex learning, and various forms of rational and irrational reasoning and belief systems.
Culture and Mental Health:
Role of culture in the definition and maintenance of mental health and the definition and treatment of mental illness.
Psychology of Gender:
Critical analysis of evidence for sex differences, gender roles, and the effect of gender on traditional issues in psychology. Topics include parenthood, violence, and sexual orientation.
The nature of human sexuality; hormonal, instinctual, and learned factors in sexuality; psychosexual development; sexual orientation; frequency and significance of various types of sexual behavior; sexual inadequacy; sexual deviation.
Psychology and Law:
Introduction to topics of concern to both psychology and the law. Includes eyewitness identification, legal decision-making, criminal defenses, profiling, polygraphy, and mental-health law. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Learning and Memory:
Processes underlying learning and memory, including evolution. Topics range from simple forms of behavior change to the acquisition, retention, forgetting, and retrieval of symbolic information. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Motor and intellectual capacities; analysis of the flow of information within the nervous system; applications of performance principles to human-machine systems. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Processes and structures underlying language use. Methods of studying language processing. Relationships between psycholinguistic data and observations from linguistics and neurophysiology. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Integrative neural mechanisms of normal and abnormal processes in systems (e.g., selective attention, language, memory, object recognition, and emotion). Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303, 304.
Processes underlying social perception and social interaction. Topics include aggression, the self-concept, stereotyping and prejudice, conformity, persuasion, attraction, and helping. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Examines interdependence between mind and culture in substantive domains such as social cognition, motivation, emotion, and psychopathology. Cultural pluralism, collective identities, tolerance, and diversity considered. Pre- or coreq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Advanced Social Psychology:
Selects a specific topic of inquiry from social psychology (e.g., person perception, self-concept, empathy) and examines research and debates on the topic. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303, 456/556. Repeat thrice when topic changes for maximum of 16 credits.
Motivation and Emotion:
Adaptive human behavior; considers biological processes involved in emotions, how emotions interact with cognition, and social influences. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Application of psychological methods to the study of the individual; rationale of test construction and interpretation; problems in the prediction of human behavior; psychological assessment techniques. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Psychology of Trauma:
Cognitive, neuropsychological, developmental, social, and clinical approaches to understanding trauma. Includes analysis of childhood trauma, sexual assault, domestic violence, terrorism, combat, and natural disasters. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Intellectual development in children from infancy to adolescence with a focus on early childhood. Topics covered include perception, attention, memory, reasoning, conceptual structure, social cognition. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
Theoretical issues and empirical studies of social-emotional development. Topics may include attachment, temperament, moral development, family interaction, self-image, aggression, and sex-role development. Prereq: WR 121 and 122 or 123; PSY 303.
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