Courses - Fall 2018

PSYCH 1101 Introduction to Psychology

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.

Distribution: (SBA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: David Pizarro (dap54)
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PSYCH 1103 Introductory Psychology Seminars

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: David Pizarro (dap54)
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PSYCH 1120 FWS:Personality & Social Psychology
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Lance Bush (lsb229)
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PSYCH 1140 FWS: Perception, Cognition & Development
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Roy Moyal (rm875)
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PSYCH 2050 Perception

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.

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: James Cutting (jec7)
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PSYCH 2230 Intro to Behavioral Neuroscience

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.

Distribution: (PBSS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tim Devoogd (tjd5)
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PSYCH 2500 Statistics and Research Design

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.

Distribution: (MQR-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Thomas Cleland (tac29)
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PSYCH 2580 Six Pretty Good Books: Explorations in Social Science

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Stephen Ceci (sjc9)
Michael Macy (mwm14)
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PSYCH 2610 Development of Social Behavior

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.

Distribution: (SBA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Katherine Kinzler (kdk79)
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PSYCH 2650 Psychology and Law

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.    

Distribution: (SBA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Valerie Hans (vh42)
Jeffrey Rachlinski (jjr7)
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PSYCH 2750 Introduction to Personality

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".

Distribution: (SBA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Vivian Zayas (vz29)
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PSYCH 2800 Introduction to Social Psychology

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.

Distribution: (SBA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tom Gilovich (tdg1)
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PSYCH 2801 Introduction to Social Psychology: Writing in the Majors

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).

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tom Gilovich (tdg1)
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PSYCH 2820 Community Outreach

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Harry Segal (hgs2)
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PSYCH 2830 Research Methods in Human Development

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Marianella Casasola (mc272)
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PSYCH 3200 Psychology and Cinema

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. 

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: James Cutting (jec7)
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PSYCH 3220 Hormones and Behavior

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Alexander Ophir (ago25)
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PSYCH 3240 Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: David Smith (dms248)
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PSYCH 3270 Field Practicum I

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.

Distribution: (SBA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Harry Segal (hgs2)
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PSYCH 3300 Introduction to Computational Neuroscience

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Christiane Linster (cl243)
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PSYCH 3310 Developmental Psychopathology

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jane Mendle (jem482)
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PSYCH 3350 The Psychology of Attention

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.

Distribution: (SBA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Khena Swallow (kms424)
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PSYCH 3420 Human Perception: Application to Computer Graphics, Art, and Visual Display

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.

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: David Field (djf3)
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PSYCH 4180 Psychology of Music

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.

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Carol Krumhansl (clk4)
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PSYCH 4270 Evolution of Language

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?

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Morten Christiansen (mhc27)
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PSYCH 4320 Topics in Cognitive Science

A course examining the core disciplines of cognitive science using varied themes from semester to semester.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Shimon Edelman (se37)
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PSYCH 4700 Undergraduate Research in Psychology

Practice in planning, conducting, and reporting independent laboratory, field, and/or library research.

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PSYCH 4710 Advanced Undergraduate Research in Psychology

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Christiane Linster (cl243)
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PSYCH 4750 Quantitative Methods 1

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.

Distribution: (MQR-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Felix Thoemmes (fjt36)
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PSYCH 4770 Advanced Developmental Seminar

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Michael Goldstein (mhg26)
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PSYCH 4810 Advanced Social Psychology

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).

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tom Gilovich (tdg1)
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PSYCH 4830 Social Neuroscience

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.

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Amy Krosch (ark256)
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PSYCH 6000 General Research Seminar

This course is designed to introduce first-year graduates to the Psychology Department faculty through a weekly series of presentations of current research.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Alexander Ophir (ago25)
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PSYCH 6001 Graduate Professionalism Seminar
Academic Career: GR Instructor: Alexander Ophir (ago25)
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PSYCH 6050 Perception

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: James Cutting (jec7)
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PSYCH 6180 Psychology of Music

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Carol Krumhansl (clk4)
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PSYCH 6210 Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: David Field (djf3)
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PSYCH 6240 Biopsychology Laboratory

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: David Smith (dms248)
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PSYCH 6270 Evolution of Language

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?

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Morten Christiansen (mhc27)
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PSYCH 6271 Topics in Biopsychology

Course explores current issues in Psychology.  Topics vary by section.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Thomas Cleland (tac29)
David Smith (dms248)
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PSYCH 6350 The Psychology of Attention

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Khena Swallow (kms424)
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PSYCH 6420 Human Perception: Applications to Computer Graphics, Art, and Visual Display

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: David Field (djf3)
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PSYCH 6750 Quantitative Methods 1

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Felix Thoemmes (fjt36)
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PSYCH 6770 Advanced Developmental Seminar

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Michael Goldstein (mhg26)
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PSYCH 6810 Advanced Social Psychology

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Tom Gilovich (tdg1)
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PSYCH 6830 Social Neuroscience

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Amy Krosch (ark256)
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PSYCH 7000 Research in Biopsychology

A graduate research seminar in biopsychology.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Thomas Cleland (tac29)
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PSYCH 7100 Research in Human Experimental Psychology

A graduate research seminar in human experimental psychology.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Morten Christiansen (mhc27)
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PSYCH 7200 Research in Social Psychology and Personality

A graduate research seminar in social psychology and personality.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Tom Gilovich (tdg1)
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PSYCH 7220 Hormones and Behavior

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Alexander Ophir (ago25)
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PSYCH 7750 Proseminar in Social Psychology I

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Melissa Ferguson (mjf44)
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PSYCH 9000 Doctoral Thesis Research in Biopsychology

A graduate seminar on doctoral thesis research in biopsychology.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Thomas Cleland (tac29)
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PSYCH 9100 Doctoral Thesis Research in Human Experimental Psychology

A graduate seminar on doctoral thesis research in human experimental psychology.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: James Cutting (jec7)
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PSYCH 9200 Doctoral Thesis Research in Social Psychology and Personality

A graduate seminar on doctoral thesis research in social psychology and personality.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Tom Gilovich (tdg1)
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