Winter Session 2020

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Psych 2750: Introduction to Personality (online course)

Dates:            January 2, 2020 - January 18, 2020

Day/Time:      Distance learning (make your own schedule)

Credits:          3

Instructor:     Prof. Vivian Zayas

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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  (online course - no prerequisites)

Dates:          January 2, 2020 - January 18, 2020

Day/Time:    Distance learning (make your own schedule)

Credits:        3

Instructor:   Professor Melissa Ferguson

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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.

How to register

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

To attend Winter Session you must

  • Enroll: Enrollment involves letting us know who you are and what course you would like to take. We urge you to enroll as soon as possible to get into the course you want and to avoid paying applicable fees.
  • Register: Registration happens when you pay. All students must pay tuition and fees in full at the time of enrollment. Please refer to the academic calendar for the registration deadline.


Your enrollment is contingent upon meeting any course prerequisites, completing your registration, and fulfilling any other applicable requirements. It is also subject to space availability in your selected class.