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PSYCH 1101 : Introduction to Psychology
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Why are people superstitious?  Why do people blush when they are embarrassed?  What is intelligence (and are IQ tests a good way to measure it)?  Why don't psychopaths feel guilty when they harm others?  How reliable are childhood memories?  Why do we laugh?  Do violent video games make people act violently?  Why do some people seem instantly trustworthy and others seem "creepy"?  How do we choose whom to sleep with, date, or marry?  How does stress affect our body?  While questions like these have been asked for centuries, psychology has begun to provide answers to these--and other questions about the human mind--by applying the tools of scientific investigation. In this course you will receive a broad introduction to the science of psychology: from the history of the field and its major advances, to the latest research on topics such as perception, memory, intelligence, morality, sexuality, mental illness, religion, language, and creativity.  You will also learn about the tools and methods psychologists use to investigate the mind, such as observing how the mind of a child changes and develops over time, looking at people across cultures, measuring brain activity, and experimentally manipulating everything from the shape of a figure presented on a computer screen, to the smell of a room, or the attractiveness of the experimenter.
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PSYCH 1102 : Introduction to Cognitive Science
Crosslisted as: COGST 1101, CS 1710, LING 1170, PHIL 1910 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course provides an introduction to the science of the mind.  Everyone knows what it's like to think and perceive, but this subjective experience provides little insight into how minds emerge from physical intities like brains.  To address this issue, cognitive science integrates work from at least five disciplines: Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Linguistics, and Philosophy.  This course introduces students to the insights these disciplines offer into the workings of the mind by exploring visual perception, attention, memory, learning, problem solving, language, and consciousness. 
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PSYCH 1103 : Introductory Psychology Seminars
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Weekly seminar that may be taken in addition to PSYCH 1101 to provide an in-depth exploration of selected areas in the field of psychology. Involves extensive discussion and a semester paper related to the seminar topic. Choice of seminar topics and meeting times are available at the second lecture of PSYCH 1101.
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PSYCH 1104 : WIM: Introduction to Cognitive Science
Crosslisted as: COGST 1104, LING 1104, PHIL 1911 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This section is highly recommended for students who are interested in learning about the topics covered in the main course through writing and discussion. 
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PSYCH 1120 : FWS:Personality & Social Psychology
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PSYCH 1120 : FWS:Personality & Social Psychology
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PSYCH 1140 : FWS: Perception, Cognition & Development
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PSYCH 1140 : FWS: Perception, Cognition & Development
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PSYCH 1500 : Introduction to Environmental Psychology
Crosslisted as: COGST 1500, COGST 1501, DEA 1500, DEA 1501, PSYCH 1501 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Environmental Psychology is an interdisciplinary field concerned with how the physical environment and human behavior interrelate. Most of the course focuses on how residential environments and urban and natural settings affect human health and well-being. Students also examine how human attitudes and behaviors affect environmental quality. Issues of environmental justice and culture are included throughout. Hands-on projects plus exams. Lecture and discussion sections. DEA 1501  - Writing in the major (WIM) option also is available (by instructor permission) for 4 credits.
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PSYCH 1501 : Introduction to Environmental Psychology - Writing in the Major
Crosslisted as: COGST 1500, COGST 1501, DEA 1500, DEA 1501, PSYCH 1500 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Human-Environment Relations is an interdisciplinary field concerned with how the physical environment and human behavior interrelate. Most of the course focuses on how residential environments and urban and natural settings affect human health and well-being. Students also examine how human attitudes and behaviors affect environmental quality. Issues of environmental justice and culture are included throughout. Hands-on projects plus exams. Lecture and discussion sections. WIM section attend a regular lecture but also meets weekly with a graduate writing tutor. The two principal objectives of WIM section:
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PSYCH 2050 : Perception
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 6050 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Basic perceptual concepts and phenomena are discussed with emphasis on stimulus variables and sensory mechanisms. All sensory modalities are considered, vision is discussed in detail.
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PSYCH 2090 : Developmental Psychology
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 7090 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
One of four introductory courses in cognition and perception. A comprehensive introduction to current thinking and research in developmental psychology that approaches topics from both psychobiological and cognitive perspectives. We will use a comparative approach to assess principles of development change. The course focuses on the development of perception, action, cognition, language, and social understanding in infancy and early childhood.
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PSYCH 2091 : WIM: Developmental Psychology
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This section is highly recommended for students who are interested in learning about the topics covered in the main course through writing and discussion. 
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PSYCH 2150 : Psychology of Language
Crosslisted as: COGST 2150, LING 2215 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Provides an introduction to the psychology of language. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the scientific study of psycholinguistic phenomena. Covers a broad range of topics from psycholinguistics, including the origin of language, the different components of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics), processes involved in reading, computational modeling of language processes, the acquisition of language (both under normal and special circumstances), and the brain bases of language.
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PSYCH 2230 : Intro to Behavioral Neuroscience
Crosslisted as: COGST 2230 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Introduction to psychology from a biological perspective, which focuses on brain mechanisms of behavior. Topics include the structure and function of the nervous system, physiological approaches to understanding behavior, hormones and behavior, biological bases of sensation and perception, learning and memory, cognition, emotion, and communication.
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PSYCH 2500 : Statistics and Research Design
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
In a complex environment with many sources of variability, how can one tell with confidence whether a particular observed effect is real? And how much confidence is appropriate? This course introduces the principles of statistical description and inference as strategies to answer these questions, with emphasis on methods of principal relevance to psychology and the behavioral and neural sciences.
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PSYCH 2580 : Six Pretty Good Books: Explorations in Social Science
Crosslisted as: COMM 2580, HD 2580, ILRLR 2580, SOC 2580 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is modeled after "Great Books" literature courses in the humanities, but with two important differences: we read non-fiction books in the social sciences rather than the humanities, written by highly prominent contemporary social scientists. The course title refers to the fact that the books are new, hence their potential greatness has yet to be confirmed by the test of time. We choose living authors to give students a unique opportunity: to interact with each of the six authors in Q&A sessions in person or via video conferencing. This fall half of the authors will appear in person for Q&A and the others will Skype with the class.
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PSYCH 2610 : Development of Social Behavior
Crosslisted as: HD 2610 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Examines the origins and development of human social behavior. Our species is notably social, with both positive and negative consequences: we thrive in groups, yet we often discriminate against those who are not like us. This course focuses on social cognitive development in infancy and early childhood, with the goal of understanding the foundations of human nature in a social context. Likely topics include theories of mind, social learning, social categorization, motivation, moral development, and attachment.
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PSYCH 2650 : Psychology and Law
Crosslisted as: HD 2650, LAW 2650 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course explores how cognitive, social & clinical psychology are used in law. Law makes many assumptions about human psychology, and lawyers and judges regularly rely on psychological research in their cases. The course examines the psychology underlying criminal confessions; children's testimony; the insanity defense; risk assessment; judge and jury decision making; criminal punishment; constitutional law; and common law (tort, contract, and property) disputes. The course assesses the use and misuse of psychology in these subjects.    
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PSYCH 2750 : Introduction to Personality
Crosslisted as: HD 2600 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
What is "personality"? How is it scientifically studied and measured?  To what extent, do biological, social, and cultural factors shape personality?  Is personality an expression of our genetic make up and biology, the culmination of social influences, the interplay of both, or the result of random events?  In this course, we will review the major theoretical paradigms of personality psychology, discuss contemporary research, theory, and methodology, and learn about key historical debates in the study of "personality".
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PSYCH 2800 : Introduction to Social Psychology
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Introduction to research and theory in social psychology. Topics include social influence, persuasion, and attitude change; social interaction and group phenomena; altruism and aggression; stereotyping and prejudice; everyday reasoning and judgment.
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PSYCH 2801 : Introduction to Social Psychology: Writing in the Majors
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Writing in the Majors section of PSYCH 2800. In addition to attending all the lectures in PSYCH 2800, students will attend an additional weekly seminar and all assessment is based on writing instead of exams. This course is an introduction to research and theory in social psychology, covering the same material as (social influence, persuasion, and attitude change; social interaction and group phenomena; altruism and aggression; stereotyping and prejudice; everyday reasoning and judgment).
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PSYCH 2820 : Community Outreach
Crosslisted as: HD 2820 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Provides students with information and perspectives essential to volunteer fieldwork with human and social service programs in the community. Readings are drawn from the field of community psychology and include analyses of successful programs, such as Head Start, as well as a review of the methods by which those programs are developed and assessed. Although students are not required to volunteer, the instructor provides students with a list of local agencies open to student placements.
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PSYCH 2830 : Research Methods in Human Development
Crosslisted as: HD 2830 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course will introduce students to the basics of research design and will review several methodologies in the study of human development. The focus of the course will be on descriptive and experimental methods. Students will learn the advantages and challenges to different methodological approaches. The course also places an emphasis on developing students' scientific writing and strengthening their understanding of statistics.
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PSYCH 2940 : Better Decisions for Life, Love and Money
Crosslisted as: AEM 2020 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Effective judgments and decisions are critical to success in every avenue of life. This course will explore research on the principles of sound judgment and decision making, and on the ways in which people's judgments and decisions are prone to bias and error. The course aims to improve students' critical thinking skills and to enable them to make better judgments and decisions in an increasingly complicated world. The course is taught by a team of psychologists and economists who draw on recent research in psychology and behavioral economics that can benefit the lives of students.
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PSYCH 3140 : Computational Psychology
Crosslisted as: COGST 3140, INFO 3140, PSYCH 6140 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course states and motivates the observation that cognition is fundamentally a computational process and explores the implications of this idea. Students are introduced to a variety of conceptual tools for thinking about cognitive information processing, including statistical learning from experience and the use of patterns distilled from past experience in guiding future actions. They learn to apply these tools to gain understanding of perception, memory, motor control, language, action planning, problem solving, decision making, reasoning, intelligence, and creativity.
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PSYCH 3150 : Obesity and the Regulation of Body Weight
Crosslisted as: NS 3150 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Multidisciplinary discussion of the causes, effects, and treatments of human obesity. Topics include the biopsychology of eating behavior, the genetics of obesity, the role of activity and energy metabolism, the psychosocial determinants of obesity, anorexia nervosa, therapy and its effectiveness, and social discrimination.
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PSYCH 3160 : Auditory Perception: The Music Lab
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 7160 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Lab course designed to introduce students to experimental methods in auditory perception and cognition. Students complete a short computer-based course on experimental design and statistical analysis. Each student conducts an independent research project. This includes a review of the relevant literature, the collection and analysis of data, and a presentation of the findings. The projects are most frequently on a topic related to music but may also be related to speech or environmental sounds.
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PSYCH 3200 : Psychology and Cinema
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Analyze feature-length popular movies, with regard to how filmmakers control what and how we perceive.  A focus will be on the physical form of these movies, how shots and scences are constructed, how color and texture are used, how narration (the telling of the story) interacts with narrative (and the structure of the story), and how these have changed from 1915 to 2015. 
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PSYCH 3220 : Hormones and Behavior
Crosslisted as: BIONB 3220, PSYCH 7220 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Covers comparative and evolutionary approaches to the study of the relationship between reproductive hormones and sexual behavior in vertebrates, including humans. Also hormonal contributions to other social behavior (parental behavior, aggression, mating systems), stress, learning and memory, and biological rhythms.
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PSYCH 3240 : Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory
Crosslisted as: BIONB 3240, PSYCH 6240 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed to provide an introduction to experimental research on the neural basis of behavior and cognition in animals.  Topics will include basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, neural and hormonal control of behavior, and learning and memory.  Students will gain extensive hands on experience with a variety of laboratory techniques, and animal species, and behaviors.
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PSYCH 3250 : Adult Psychopathology
Crosslisted as: HD 3700 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
A theoretical and empirical approach to the biological, psychological, and social (including cultural and historical) aspects of adult psychopathology. Readings range from Freud to topics in psychopharmacology. The major mental illnesses are covered, including schizophrenia as well as mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. Childhood disorders are not covered.
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PSYCH 3270 : Field Practicum I
Crosslisted as: HD 3270 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Composed of three components that form an intensive undergraduate field practicum. First, students spend three to six hours a week at local mental health agencies, schools, or nursing facilities working directly with children, adolescents, or adults; supervision is provided by host agency staff. Second, the instructor provides additional weekly individual, clinical supervision for each student. Third, seminar meetings cover issues of adult and developmental psychopathology, clinical technique, case studies, and current research issues. Students write one short paper, two final take-home exams, and present an account of their field experience in class.
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PSYCH 3280 : Field Practicum II
Crosslisted as: HD 3280 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Continues the field practicum experience from PSYCH 3270.
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PSYCH 3300 : Introduction to Computational Neuroscience
Crosslisted as: BIONB 3300, BME 3300, COGST 3300, PSYCH 3300, BIONB 3300, BME 3300, COGST 3300, PSYCH 3300 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Covers the basic ideas and techniques involved in computational neuroscience. Surveys diverse topics, including neural dynamics of small networks of cells, neural coding, learning in neural networks and in brain structures, memory models of the hippocampus, sensory coding, and others.
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PSYCH 3310 : Developmental Psychopathology
Crosslisted as: HD 3300 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Why do some children grow up well-adjusted and others do not? This course applies a developmental framework to understanding psychological disorders. We will consider the common disorders of childhood and adolescence; the individual contexts which promote risk versus resiliency; trends and trajectories in disorders over time; and the complex ethical issues associated with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders early in life.
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PSYCH 3320 : Biopsychology of Learning and Memory
Crosslisted as: BIONB 3280 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Surveys the approaches that have been or are currently being used in order to understand the biological bases for learning and memory. Topics include invertebrate, "simple system" approaches, avian song learning, hippocampal and cerebellar function, research using MRI in humans. Many of the readings are from primary literature.
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PSYCH 3350 : The Psychology of Attention
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 6350 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This seminar will survey core topics on attention, exploring how it influences what people perceive, what they are aware of, what they remember, and how well they can perform tasks.  Original articles presenting behavioral and neuroscientific research on attention will be discussed.  In-class demonstrations and presentations will further provide students with a broad understanding of attention and the ability to critically apply attention concepts to their everyday lives.
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PSYCH 3420 : Human Perception: Application to Computer Graphics, Art, and Visual Display
Crosslisted as: COGST 3420, PSYCH 6420, VISST 3342 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Our present technology allows us to transmit and display information through a variety of media. To make the most of these media channels, it is important to consider the limitations and abilities of the human observer. The course considers a number of applied aspects of human perception with an emphasis on the display of visual information. Topics include "three-dimensional" display systems, color theory, spatial and temporal limitations of the visual systems, attempts at subliminal communication, and "visual" effects in film and television.
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PSYCH 3820 : Prejudice and Stereotyping
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course will familiarize you with the basic experimental social psychology research that investigates how our thoughts and beliefs (stereotypes), evaluative attitudes (prejudice), and behavioral responses (discrimination) toward individuals shift as a function of their group membership.  The ultimate aim is to enhance your ability to evaluate and analyze the scientific merit of this research and to apply this research to real world social issues.
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PSYCH 4060 : Language and Social Groups
Crosslisted as: HD 4060, PSYCH 6060 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Beyond the literal communication it conveys, language provides social meaning.  This course explores the myriad ways in which people's language and accent serve to mark, unite, and divide social groups.  Language and accent matter for identity, for social relationships, for politics, and for intergroup relationships.  Focusing on developmental, social, and evolutionary psychology, but drawing on a broad interdisciplinary literature including linguistics, anthropology, and the law, this course explores the origins and nature of language as a maker of human social groups.
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PSYCH 4180 : Psychology of Music
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 4181, PSYCH 6180 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Covers the major topics in the psychology of music treated from a scientific perspective. Presents recent developments in the cognitive science of music, including perception and memory for pitch and rhythm, performing music, the relationship between music and language, musical abilities in infants, emotional responses, and the cognitive neuroscience of music.
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PSYCH 4230 : Navigation, Memory, and Context: What Does the Hippocampus Do?
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 6230 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Although the hippocampus has been the subject of intense scrutiny for nearly 50 years, there remains considerable disagreement about functional contributions the hippocampus makes to learning and memory process. This seminar will examine the diverse functions attributed to the hippocampus with an eye toward integrating the differing viewpoints in the literature. After a brief historical overview, students will discuss cutting-edge literature on the hippocampal role in spatial navigation, learning, and memory, and context processing.
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PSYCH 4260 : Cognitive Behavioral Ecology
Crosslisted as: COGST 4260, PSYCH 6260 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Focusses on the ecology and evolution of the neuronal processes concerned with the acquisition, retention, and use of information. We will discuss the potential for natural selection to shape cognitive traits, the ways in which these influences can be studied, and the observable consequences of this process.
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PSYCH 4270 : Evolution of Language
Crosslisted as: COGST 4270, PSYCH 6270 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Seminar surveying a cross-section of modern theories, methods, and research pertaining to the origin and evolution of language. Considers evidence from psychology, the cognitive neurosciences, comparative psychology, and computational modeling of evolutionary processes. Topics for discussion may include: What does the fossil record tell us about language evolution? What can we learn from comparative perspectives on neurobiology and behavior? Can apes really learn language? Did language come about through natural selection? What were the potential preadaptations for language? What is the relationship between phylogeny and ontogeny?
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PSYCH 4320 : Topics in Cognitive Science
Crosslisted as: BIONB 4330, COGST 4310 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
A course examining the core disciplines of cognitive science using varied themes from semester to semester.
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PSYCH 4320 : Topics in Cognitive Science
Crosslisted as: BIONB 4330, COGST 4310 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
A course examining the core disciplines of cognitive science using varied themes from semester to semester.
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PSYCH 4420 : Psych & Ethics of Tech 21st Century
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 6421 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor: Description
PSYCH 4600 : Neural Systems
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 6600 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Neurons generate action potentials.  Brains underlie feeding, fighting, fleeing, and reproduction, also navigation, attention, sociality, art, and science.  What about the middle part?  This advanced seminar course examines the construction of neural circuits and systems that enable achievement of behavioral goals.  The curriculum emphasizes integration across levels of analysis and organization, including cellular and synaptic physiology, the emergent properties of networks, energy and information management, quantitative modeling, cognitive algorithms, and adaptive behavioral outcomes.
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PSYCH 4710 : Advanced Undergraduate Research in Psychology
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Advanced experience in planning, conducting, and reporting independent laboratory, field, and/or library research. One, and preferably two, semesters of PSYCH 4700 is required. The research should be more independent and/or involve more demanding technical skills than that carried out in PSYCH 4700.
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PSYCH 4710 : Advanced Undergraduate Research in Psychology
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Advanced experience in planning, conducting, and reporting independent laboratory, field, and/or library research. One, and preferably two, semesters of PSYCH 4700 is required. The research should be more independent and/or involve more demanding technical skills than that carried out in PSYCH 4700.
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PSYCH 4750 : Quantitative Methods 1
Crosslisted as: HD 4750, HD 6750, PSYCH 6750 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is developed as an introduction to graduate statistics for social sciences. It will review descriptive statistics and probability theory. It will cover exploratory data analysis, basic inferential statistics with a focus on analyses for experimental designs, e.g. ANOVA models. No costs other than textbooks are incurred.
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PSYCH 4760 : Quantitative Methods 2
Crosslisted as: HD 4760, HD 6760, PSYCH 6760 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course builds on the first graduate statistics class for social sciences offered in falls. It will cover the general linear model as a data analytic tool. The focus will be on applied regression models. No costs other than textbooks are incurred.
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PSYCH 4770 : Advanced Developmental Seminar
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 6770 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This seminar will focus on cutting-edge research pertaining to current topics and controversies in developmental psychology. The specific topic will change each year. We will emphasize a comparative approach where appropriate and will seek to understand developmental mechanisms and influences across multiple levels of organization, from genes to social groups. Students will be expected to present research and lead discussion 2-3 times during the semester.
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PSYCH 4810 : Advanced Social Psychology
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 6810 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
The focus of this team-taught course is on discussion and critical analysis of selected articles from very recent issues of the best social psychological journals.  Readings are chosen for their importance, their coverage of topics of contemporary topics in social psychology. Students write brief "thought papers" before each class in which they offer suggestions for class discussion based on their close reading of the day's assigned articles. They also write a term paper (details at first class meeting).
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PSYCH 4830 : Social Neuroscience
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 6830 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course will survey the emerging field of Social Neuroscience, and examine how theories and methods of neuroscience may be used to address classic questions of social psychology from new and informative angles.  The goal is to give students the tools to become critical consumers of this literature, broaden their thinking about conncetions between the mind, brain, and behavior in a social context, and apply these ideas to their own future research in psychology.
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PSYCH 6000 : General Research Seminar
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed to introduce first-year graduates to the Psychology Department faculty through a weekly series of presentations of current research.
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PSYCH 6000 : General Research Seminar
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course is designed to introduce first-year graduates to the Psychology Department faculty through a weekly series of presentations of current research.
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PSYCH 6001 : Graduate Professionalism Seminar
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PSYCH 6050 : Perception
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 2050 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Basic perceptual concepts and phenomena are discussed with emphasis on stimulus variables and sensory mechanisms. All sensory modalities are considered, vision is discussed in detail.
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PSYCH 6060 : Language and Social Groups
Crosslisted as: HD 4060, PSYCH 4060 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Beyond the literal communication it conveys, language provides social meaning.  This course explores the myriad ways in which people's language and accent serve to mark, unite, and divide social groups.  Language and accent matter for identity, for social relationships, for politics, and for intergroup relationships. Focusing on developmental, social and evolutionary psychology, but drawing on a broad interdisciplinary literature including linguistics, anthropology, and the law, this course explores the origins and nature of language as a maker of human social groups.
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PSYCH 6120 : Cognition and Cultural Science
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
A reading and discussion seminar for graduate students and faculty.
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PSYCH 6140 : Computational Psychology
Crosslisted as: COGST 3140, INFO 3140, PSYCH 3140 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course states and motivates the observation that cognition is fundamentally a computational process and explores the implications of this idea. Students are introduced to a variety of conceptual tools for thinking about cognitive information processing, including statistical learning from experience and the use of patterns distilled from past experience in guiding future actions. They learn to apply these tools to gain understanding of perception, memory, motor control, language, action planning, problem solving, decision making, reasoning, intelligence, and creativity.
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PSYCH 6180 : Psychology of Music
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 4181, PSYCH 4180 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Covers the major topics in the psychology of music treated from a scientific perspective. Presents recent developments in the cognitive science of music, including perception and memory for pitch and rhythm, performing music, the relationship between music and language, musical abilities in infants, emotional responses, and the cognitive neuroscience of music.
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PSYCH 6210 : Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Graduate seminar coupled with the Psychology Colloquium series. For 6-8 of the speakers, we read readings designated by the speaker in advance of their arrival, and meet with the speaker in the Thursday seminar. Intended for graduate students in the Field of Psychology who may register for this course without permission, all others please ask for permission from the instructor. Registration in both semesters is required.
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PSYCH 6210 : Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Graduate seminar coupled with the Psychology Colloquium series. For 6-8 of the speakers, we read readings designated by the speaker in advance of their arrival, and meet with the speaker in the Thursday seminar. Intended for graduate students in the Field of Psychology who may register for this course without permission, all others please ask for permission from the instructor. Registration in both semesters is required.
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PSYCH 6230 : Navigation, Memory, and Context: What Does the Hippocampus Do?
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 4230 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Although the hippocampus has been the subject of intense scrutiny for nearly 50 years, there remains considerable disagreement about functional contributions the hippocampus makes to learning and memory process. This seminar will examine the diverse functions attributed to the hippocampus with an eye toward integrating the differing viewpoints in the literature. After a brief historical overview, students will discuss cutting-edge literature on the hippocampal role in spatial navigation, learning, and memory, and context processing.
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PSYCH 6240 : Biopsychology Laboratory
Crosslisted as: BIONB 3240, PSYCH 3240 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed to provide an introduction to experimental research on the neural basis of behavior and cognition in animals.  Topics will include basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, neural and hormonal control of behavior, and learning and memory.  Students will gain extensive hands on experience with a variety of laboratory techniques, and animal species, and behaviors.
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PSYCH 6260 : Cognitive Behavioral Ecology
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Focusses on the ecology and evolution of the neuronal processes concerned with the acquisition, retention, and use of information. We will discuss the potential for natural selection to shape cognitive traits, the ways in which these influences can be studied, and the observable consequences of this process.
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PSYCH 6270 : Evolution of Language
Crosslisted as: COGST 4270, PSYCH 4270 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Seminar surveying a cross-section of modern theories, methods, and research pertaining to the origin and evolution of language. Considers evidence from psychology, the cognitive neurosciences, comparative psychology, and computational modeling of evolutionary processes. Topics for discussion may include: What does the fossil record tell us about language evolution? What can we learn from comparative perspectives on neurobiology and behavior? Can apes really learn language? Did language come about through natural selection? What were the potential preadaptations for language? What is the relationship between phylogeny and ontogeny?
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PSYCH 6271 : Topics in Biopsychology
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Course explores current issues in Psychology.  Topics vary by section.
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PSYCH 6271 : Topics in Biopsychology
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Course explores current issues in Psychology.  Topics vary by section.
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PSYCH 6350 : The Psychology of Attention
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 3350 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This seminar will survey core topics on attention, exploring how it influences what people perceive, what they are aware of, what they remember, and how well they can perform tasks.  Original articles presenting behavioral and neuroscientific research on attention will be discussed.  In-class demonstrations and presentations will further provide students with a broad understanding of attention and the ability to critically apply attention concepts to their everyday lives.
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PSYCH 6420 : Human Perception: Applications to Computer Graphics, Art, and Visual Display
Crosslisted as: COGST 3420, PSYCH 3420, VISST 3342 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Our present technology allows us to transmit and display information through a variety of media. To make the most of these media channels, it is important to consider the limitations and abilities of the human observer. The course considers a number of applied aspects of human perception with an emphasis on the display of visual information. Topics include "three-dimensional" display systems, color theory, spatial and temporal limitations of the visual systems, attempts at subliminal communication, and "visual" effects in film and television.
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PSYCH 6421 : Psych & Ethics of Tech 21st Century
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 4420 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor: Description
PSYCH 6480 : Psychology of Imagination
Crosslisted as: COGST 4470, COGST 6470, HD 4470, HD 6470 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Imagination and Cognition: Imagination serves important functions in everyday thought and action. We will read some classic and some recent studies highlighting the cognitive and neural basis of imagination, how it relates to memory, planning, and decision making. Imagination in Childhood: Research on imagination in childhood is characterized by a paradox: children are generally viewed as imaginative and creative. They're also more likely than adults to engage with imaginary friends, pretend play, and elaborate "worlds" of fantasy. Yet children, unlike adults, are poor at episodic memory, future thinking, planning, and creative problem solving. Is this evidence for one use of imagination receding in favor of another? Applications to life: Here we can choose topics based on class interest. Some ideas (and readings) below on imagination in social life, in clinical research, in creativity, in self-understanding, and in the behavior and functioning of organizations.  
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PSYCH 6600 : Neural Systems
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 4600 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Neurons generate action potentials.  Brains underlie feeding, fighting, fleeing, and reproduction, also navigation, attention, sociality, art, and science.  What about the middle part?  This advanced seminar course examines the construction of neural circuits and systems that enable achievement of behavioral goals.  The curriculum emphasizes integration across levels of analysis and organizations, including cellular and synaptic physiology, the emergent properties of networks, energy and information mamagement, quantitative modeling, cognitive algorithm, and adaptive behavioral outcomes.
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PSYCH 6750 : Quantitative Methods 1
Crosslisted as: HD 4750, HD 6750, PSYCH 4750, HD 6750 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is developed as an introduction to graduate statistics for social sciences. It will review descriptive statistics and probability theory. It will cover exploratory data analysis, basic inferential statistics with a focus on analyses for experimental designs, e.g. ANOVA models. No costs other than textbooks are incurred.
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PSYCH 6760 : Quantitative Methods 2
Crosslisted as: HD 4760, HD 6760, PSYCH 4760 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course builds on the first graduate statistics class for social sciences offered in falls. It will cover the general linear model as a data analytic tool. The focus will be on applied regression models. No costs other than textbooks are incurred.
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PSYCH 6770 : Advanced Developmental Seminar
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 4770 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This seminar will focus on cutting-edge research pertaining to current topics and controversies in developmental psychology. The specific topic will change each year. We will emphasize a comparative approach where appropriate and will seek to understand developmental mechanisms and influences across multiple levels of organization, from genes to social groups. Students will be expected to present research and lead discussion 2-3 times during the semester.
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PSYCH 6810 : Advanced Social Psychology
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 4810 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
The focus is on discussion and critical analysis of selected articles from very recent issues of the best social psychological journals. Readings are chosen for their importance, their readability, and the likelihood that they will generate stimulating discussion. Students write brief "thought papers" before each class in which they offer suggestions for class discussion based on their close reading of the day's assigned articles. They also write a term paper on a social psychological topic of their own choosing. No exams.
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PSYCH 6830 : Social Neuroscience
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 4830 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course will survey the emerging field of Social Neuroscience, and examine how theories and methods of neuroscience may be used to address classic questions of social psychology from new and informative angles.  The goal is to give students the tools to become critical consumers of this literature, broaden their thinking about conncetions between the mind, brain, and behavior in a social context, and apply these ideas to their own future research in psychology.
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PSYCH 7000 : Research in Biopsychology
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
A graduate research seminar in biopsychology.
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PSYCH 7000 : Research in Biopsychology
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
A graduate research seminar in biopsychology.
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PSYCH 7050 : Judgment and Decision Making
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Judgment pervades everyday experience. Can this person be trusted? Does this relationship have promise? Is the economy likely to flourish? This course examines how people answer such questions by examining-in-depth-classic and contemporary scholarship on the subject. Readings are mostly primary sources.
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PSYCH 7090 : Developmental Psychology
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 2090 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
One of four introductory courses in cognition and perception. A comprehensive introduction to current thinking and research in developmental psychology that approaches problems from both psychobiological and cognitive perspectives. We will use a comparative approach to assess principles of development change. The course focuses on the development of perception, action, cognition, language, and social understanding in infancy and early childhood.
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PSYCH 7100 : Research in Human Experimental Psychology
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
A graduate research seminar in human experimental psychology.
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PSYCH 7100 : Research in Human Experimental Psychology
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A graduate research seminar in human experimental psychology.
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PSYCH 7160 : Auditory Perception: The Music Lab
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 3160 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Lab course designed to introduce students to experimental methods in auditory perception and cognition. Students complete a short computer-based course on experimental design and statistical analysis. Each student conducts an independent research project. This includes a review of the relevant literature, the collection and analysis of data, and a presentation of the findings. The projects are most frequently on a topic related to music.
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PSYCH 7200 : Research in Social Psychology and Personality
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
A graduate research seminar in social psychology and personality.
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PSYCH 7200 : Research in Social Psychology and Personality
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
A graduate research seminar in social psychology and personality.
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PSYCH 7220 : Hormones and Behavior
Crosslisted as: BIONB 3220, PSYCH 3220 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Covers comparative and evolutionary approaches to the study of the relationship between reproductive hormones and sexual behavior in vertebrates, including humans. Also hormonal contributions to other social behavior (parental behavior, aggression, mating systems) stress, learning and memory, and biological rhythms.
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PSYCH 7750 : Proseminar in Social Psychology I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
First semester of a year-long discussion-seminar course intended to give graduate students an in-depth understanding of current research and theory in social psychology. Emphasizes social cognition, but other topics, such as group dynamics, social influence, the social psychology of language, and emotional experience, are covered.
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PSYCH 7760 : Proseminar in Social Psychology II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Second semester of a year-long discussion-seminar course intended to give graduate students an in-depth understanding of current research and theory in social psychology. Emphasizes social cognition, but other topics, such as group dynamics, social influence, the social psychology of language, and emotional experience are covered.
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PSYCH 9000 : Doctoral Thesis Research in Biopsychology
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
A graduate seminar on doctoral thesis research in biopsychology.
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PSYCH 9000 : Doctoral Thesis Research in Biopsychology
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
A graduate seminar on doctoral thesis research in biopsychology.
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PSYCH 9100 : Doctoral Thesis Research in Human Experimental Psychology
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
A graduate seminar on doctoral thesis research in human experimental psychology.
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PSYCH 9100 : Doctoral Thesis Research in Human Experimental Psychology
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
A graduate seminar on doctoral thesis research in human experimental psychology.
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PSYCH 9200 : Doctoral Thesis Research in Social Psychology and Personality
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
A graduate seminar on doctoral thesis research in social psychology and personality.
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PSYCH 9200 : Doctoral Thesis Research in Social Psychology and Personality
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
A graduate seminar on doctoral thesis research in social psychology and personality.
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