Courses - Fall 2020

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, SSC-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 1140 FWS: Perception, Cognition & Development
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Adam Broitman (awb99)
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PSYCH 1500 Introduction to Environmental Psychology

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.

Distribution: (SBA-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Gary Evans (gwe1)
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PSYCH 1501 Introduction to Environmental Psychology - Writing in the Major

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:

Distribution: (SBA-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Gary Evans (gwe1)
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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, BIO-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, SDS-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Parnia Haj-Mohamadi (ph472)
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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, SSC-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, ETM-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Parnia Haj-Mohamadi (ph472)
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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: Lauren Korfine (lk79)
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PSYCH 2930 Introduction to Data Science for Social Scientists

Intro to Data Science for Social Scientists using R.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Felix Thoemmes (fjt36)
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PSYCH 3135 The Psychology of Good and Evil

Morality seems to be a universal feature of human thinking.  People across time, place and culture have a strong sense that certain things are right or wrong, that some people are good and some are evil.  Where does this moral sense come from?  Why do some people disagree so strongly about what is right and wrong?  How did evolution shape this moral sense?  How does it develop?  Are there any universally agreed upon moral rules?  The goals of this course are to offer an introduction to the science behind our moral sense.

Distribution: (SBA-AS, ETM-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Laura Niemi (ln279)
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PSYCH 3220 Hormones and Behavior

Covers comparative and evolutionary approaches to the study of the relationship between peripheral hormones and neuroendocrine mechanisms in vertebrates, including humans, with sexual behavior, affiliative bonds and social grouping, parental behavior, aggression, mating systems, stress, learning and memory, and biological rhythms.

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Angela Freeman (arf86)
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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 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.

Distribution: (SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jane Mendle (jem482)
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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, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Carol Krumhansl (clk4)
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PSYCH 4320 Topics in Cognitive Science

A seminar series examining current and classical ideas in human sciences and the humanities.  Themes vary from semester to semester

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Shimon Edelman (se37)
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PSYCH 4331 Event Cognition: How Minds, Brains and Bodies Experience Events

People experience and remember complex and dynamic environments as events. This seminar draws on work from cognitive neuroscience to characterize how people shape experience into events, and how these processes support adaptive behavior. The course will start with discussions of historical and modern perspectives about the relationships between minds, bodies, and experience.  We will then cover topics ranging from the perception of motion and causality to social learning and interaction. The primary goals are for you to be able to (1) read and evaluate research in psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience, and (2) describe and understand the implications of this research for how minds and bodies are adapted to everyday situations.

Distribution: (ETM-AS, KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Khena Swallow (kms424)
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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 I

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.

Distribution: (MQR-AS, SDS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Felix Thoemmes (fjt36)
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PSYCH 4810 Advanced Social Psychology

The focus of this 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).

Distribution: (SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tom Gilovich (tdg1)
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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

This course enhances the graduate experience and prepares first-year psychology graduate students admitted to the program for success.  We address departmental expectations and standards by providing a formal introduction to departmental expertise and capabilities, a platform on which to enhance professional development, and a forum for conceptualization and formulation of research projects and grant proposals.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Katherine Tschida (kat227)
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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 6181 Topics in Psycholinguistics

A graduate research seminar on topics in psycholinguistics.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Morten Christiansen (mhc27)
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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 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 6750 Quantitative Methods I

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Felix Thoemmes (fjt36)
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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 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: Angela Freeman (arf86)
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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: Tom Gilovich (tdg1)
Amy Krosch (ark256)
David Pizarro (dap54)
Vivian Zayas (vz29)
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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.

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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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