Courses - Spring 2020

PSYCH 1102 Introduction to Cognitive Science

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. 

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Khena Swallow (kms424)
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PSYCH 1104 WIM: Introduction to Cognitive Science

This section is highly recommended for students who are interested in learning about the topics covered in the main course through writing and discussion. 

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Khena Swallow (kms424)
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PSYCH 2090 Developmental Psychology

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.

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Michael Goldstein (mhg26)
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PSYCH 2091 WIM: Developmental Psychology

This section is highly recommended for students who are interested in learning about the topics covered in the main course through writing and discussion. 

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Michael Goldstein (mhg26)
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PSYCH 2415 Introduction to Moral Psychology

This course is an introduction to the moral mind from philosophical and psychological perspectives. Many traditional philosophical problems about morality are being illuminated by current work in cognitive science. In this course, we will look at several of these problems. In each case, we will begin with a presentation of the philosophical problems, and we will proceed to examine recent empirical work on the topic. A wide range of topics will be covered, including moral judgment, agency, the self, and punishment.

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Shaun Nichols (sbn44)
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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 in PSYCH 2800 (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 2940 Better Decisions for Life, Love and Money

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.

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Robert Frank (rhf3)
Tom Gilovich (tdg1)
Ted O'Donoghue (edo1)
J. Russo (jer9)
William Schulze (wds3)
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PSYCH 3150 Obesity and the Regulation of Body Weight

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.

Distribution: (PBSS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Daniel Berry (dcb37)
David Levitsky (dal4)
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PSYCH 3160 Auditory Perception: The Music Lab

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.

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Carol Krumhansl (clk4)
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PSYCH 3250 Adult Psychopathology

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.

Distribution: (SBA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Harry Segal (hgs2)
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PSYCH 3280 Field Practicum II

Continues the field practicum experience from PSYCH 3270.

Distribution: (SBA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Harry Segal (hgs2)
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PSYCH 3320 Biopsychology of Learning and Memory

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tim Devoogd (tjd5)
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PSYCH 3450 On Being Social
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Vivian Zayas (vz29)
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PSYCH 3820 Prejudice and Stereotyping

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.  We will explore how empirical research developed from primarily examining explicit (blatant) prejudice in the 20th century to recent examinations of implicit forms of stereotyping and prejudice.  We will explore how stereotyping and prejudice can arise from basic perceptual and categorical processes, discuss strategies for minimizing expressed bias in interpersonal situations, and examine the experience of high status - and the consequences of losing it.  The ultimate aim is to enhance your ability to evaluate and analyze the scientific merit of this research and apply it to real world social issues.

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Amy Krosch (ark256)
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PSYCH 4230 Navigation, Memory, and Context: What Does the Hippocampus Do?

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.

Distribution: (SBA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: David Smith (dms248)
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PSYCH 4390 Topics in Neural Circuits
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Thomas Cleland (tac29)
Katherine Tschida (kat227)
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PSYCH 4420 Psych & Ethics of Tech 21st Century

New technologies are changing our world at a rapid pace.  In many cases, the society does not fully understand the impact of technology and is not prepared for the speed of the change that is occurring. This seminar will explore a few of these new technologies and investigate their effects on the users and on the society at large. The topics that will be explored include face recognition, virtual reality, violence in media, general AI, and the technological singularity. We will look at the ways in which these technologies affect our lives, with a focus on education, entertainment, employment, politics, and the future of humanity.

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: David Field (djf3)
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PSYCH 4700 Undergraduate Research in Psychology

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Morten Christiansen (mhc27)
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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.

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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 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)
David Pizarro (dap54)
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PSYCH 6230 Navigation, Memory, and Context: What Does the Hippocampus Do?

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: David Smith (dms248)
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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 6421 Psych & Ethics of Tech 21st Century

New technologies are changing our world at a rapid pace. In many cases, the society does not fully understand the impact of technology and is not prepared for the speed of the change that is occurring. This seminar will explore a few of these new technologies and investigate their effects on the users and on the society at large. The topics that will be explored include face recognition, virtual reality, violence in media, general AI, and the technological singularity. We will look at the ways in which these technologies affect our lives, with a focus on education, entertainment, employment, politics, and the future of humanity.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: David Field (djf3)
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PSYCH 7000 Research in Biopsychology

A graduate research seminar in biopsychology.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: David Field (djf3)
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PSYCH 7090 Developmental Psychology

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Michael Goldstein (mhg26)
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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 7160 Auditory Perception: The Music Lab

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Carol Krumhansl (clk4)
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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: Melissa Ferguson (mjf44)
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PSYCH 7760 Proseminar in Social Psychology II

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Melissa Ferguson (mjf44)
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.

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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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