Summer Session 2022

2022 Summer Session Courses

2021 Summer Courses 

PSYCH 1101 Introduction to Psychology: The Frontiers of Psychological Inquiry

Date / Time: June 21, 2021 - August 3, 2021, Asynchronous Distance Learning (NOW ONLINE)

Credits: 3

Instructor: Bryan West,

Description: 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.

Forbidden Overlap: Students may not receive credit for both HD 1120 and PSYCH 1101.

PSYCH 1102 Introduction to Cognitive Science

Date / Time: June 21, 2021 - August 3, 2021, Monday - Friday  Asynchronous distance learning

Credits: 3

Instructor: Hamid Turker (

Description: 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.

PSYCH 1500 Introduction to Environmental Psychology

Course description

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. Outcome 1: Provide overview of knowledge about the environment and human behavior (grounding in field) Outcome 2: Understand cultural and life course diversity in human-environment interactions (sensitivity to diversity) Outcome 3: Learn how to analyze problems like an environmental psychologist (develop critical thinking skill)

Date / Time: June 21, 2021 - August 3, 2021, Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Online

Credits: 3

Instructor: E. Sabinson (

PSYCH 1650 Computing in the Arts

Course description

Over the centuries, artists in a wide variety of media have employed many approaches to the creative process, ranging from the philosophical to the mechanical to the virtual. This course unravels some of the mysteries going on inside software used for art and music. It looks at ways of breaking things apart and sampling and ways of putting things together and resynthesizing, and explores ideas for creation. This course does not teach software packages for creating art and music. The course complements ART 2701 and MUSIC 1421. Outcome 1: Understand, manipulate, and design algorithms and other processes for creating music and other art forms. Specific techniques may draw from stochastic, iterative, algebraic and geometric methods, amongst others. Outcome 2: Have a degree of understanding of the design process —idea, formulation, specification, implementation, testing to refinement — and the development of effective interfaces. Outcome 3: Have a basic understanding of the basics of probability, group theory, basic programming, feedback systems, sampling, and synthesis with emphasis on building applications via assisted process control (principles of simple programming).

good comfort level with computers and some of the arts recommended

Date / Time: June 21, 2021 - August 3, 2021, Asynchronous distance Learning

Credits: 3

Instructor: Graham Bailey (

*PSYCH 1990 Sport Psychology

This course is only offered in the Summer Session/Summer College

Date / Time: June 21, 2021 - July 9, 2021, Asynchronous Distance learning

Credits: 3

Instructor: Prof. Mary DePalma (

Description: Research, theory, and application in sport psychology. An interdisciplinary approach which applies social and personality psychology, motivation, clinical psychology, exercise physiology, and biochemistry to the study of competitive domains. Topics will include: achievement motivation, extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, group and team dynamics, leadership, aggression, stress, and youth sports.

* PSYCH 2021 Acoustic Communication (formerly Animal Communication by Sound)

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

Date / Time: June 21, 2021 - August 3, 2021, Asynchronous Distance learning

Credits: 3

Instructor: Emanual Mora (

This course offers a multidisciplinary analysis of information transfer by sound in the animal kingdom. The physics of sound production, propagation, and reception are used here to understand the factors affecting acoustic communication in insects, fishes, frogs, birds, and mammals, including humans. Bioacoustic experiments are designed to record, visualize, and analyze sound signals, and to show students the ways in which acoustic communication bridges with related fields, including neurobiology, psychology, engineering, and computer sciences.

PSYCH 2230 Introduction to Biopsychology

Date / Time: June 21, 2021 - August 3, 2021, Asynchronous Distance learning

Credits: 3

Instructor: Emanual Mora (

Description: 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.

May be used to satisfy psychology major breadth requirement and as alternative prerequisite for upper-level biopsychology courses. A 2-credit Writing in the Majors section, PSYCH 2231, is available in Fall.


PSYCH 2750 Introduction to Personality

Dates: June 1, 2021 - June 17, 2021

Instructor: Prof. Vivian Zayas (

Description: 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”.

PSYCH 3800 Social Cognition

Dates: June 1, 2021 - June 17, 2021

Instructor: Prof. Melissa Ferguson (

Description: How do we form and change our first impressions of other people? What kinds of events put us into happy versus sad moods? What explains why we persist in holding stereotypes of groups? Can we explain why we think an act is immoral? This course addresses these types of questions (and many more!) using social and cognitive psychological theory and methods. Using a variety of sources – from empirical journal articles, textbooks, TED talks, and blog-posts – we examine cutting-edge psychological research on the causes and consequences of our own and other people’s judgments, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors. We use different teaching methods to accomplish these learning goals, including lectures, group activities, and small group discussions.

Prerequisites:  At least one psychology course is suggested but not required.

Enrollment and registration

Admissions: Cornell has an open-admissions policy for Summer Session that is independent of admission to the fall and spring academic terms.

To attend Summer Session you must

  • Enroll: enrollment involves letting us know who you are and what courses you would like to take. We urge you to enroll as soon as possible to get into the courses you want and to avoid paying applicable fees.
  • Register: registration happens when you pay.

Please visit Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Session for more information