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Psychology - Fall 2014

PSYC 100S: Understanding Psychology
4 semester hours
Crane, Lauren

Prerequisites: None
An introductory-level survey course in psychology with a focus on how psychology can be applied to other fields of study and life in general; intended for students who do not plan to major or minor in psychology.  Covers topics in biological foundations of behavior, learning and memory, developmental psychology, motivation and emotion, abnormal psychology and psychotherapy, personality, and social psychology. This course is designed for individuals that are not planning to major or minor in Psychology and is not to be taken in conjunction with or in addition to Psychology courses 110-160.

 

PSYC 107Q: Statistics
4 semester hours
Brown, Cliff

Prerequisites:  To register for Psychology 107, a student must have a 23 or higher Mathematics Placement Level.  Contact the Math Workshop for details regarding this prerequisite.  A student may not receive credit for more than one introductory statistics course. (e.g., Math 127, Mgt. 210)
This is a course in applied statistics.  Its emphasis is on the mechanics of summarizing and analyzing data, with examples from the behavioral sciences.  The purpose of the course is to prepare students for other courses in Psychology and related disciplines and to help them conduct and interpret statistical analyses.

 

PSYC 110N: Prosem I – Physiological
2 semester hours
Woehrle, Nancy

Prerequisites: None
This course is an introduction to the study of the biological bases of behavior, and emphasizes the influence of brain processes on our thoughts and actions. We will discuss the structure and function of neurons, brain organization, sensation and perception, and the biological underpinnings of psychological disorders.

 

PSYC 120B: Prosem II – Learning
2 semester hours
Anes, Michael

Prerequisites: None
This course is an introduction to the scientific bases, methods, theories, and findings in the study of learning and memory in humans and animals.  Includes operant conditioning laboratory exercises.  Grade is based on two exams, lab performance, and a written lab log.  In addition, students are required either to participate in a limited number of research studies or to write a research paper. There are also two short papers; one is on a laboratory exercise and the other is a movie analysis.

 

PSYC 140S: Prosem IV – Differential
2 semester hours
Brookings, Jeffrey

Prerequisites: None
This course is an introduction to the scientific study of individual differences in intelligence and personality.  In the first part of the course, we review theories of intelligence, how intelligence is measured, and current controversies about the proper use of intelligence test scores.  In part two of the course, we shift to the study of personality, including broad theories of personality (psychoanalytic, behavioral, humanistic, trait) and new directions in personality research and measurement.  The course concludes with an overview of recent research on how intelligence and personality affect health and longevity.  Grades are based on three exams and two projects.

 

PSYC 207: Experimental Design
5 semester hours
Anes, Michael

Prerequisite: Psychology 107 or another statistics course.
This laboratory course gives you hands-on experience with the basic principles of research in psychology: the logic and methodologies of collecting data in a scientific manner, and the concepts and techniques of applying statistics to collected data in order to draw conclusions. We will cover a variety of methodologies, emphasizing how you can use each of them yourself. As part of this course, you will design and implement a number of studies that involve collecting, analyzing, and interpreting original data, as well as reporting your findings. Each study will illustrate a different type of analytic tool or procedure, but the specific questions to be addressed in these studies will be determined by you.

 

PSYC 241: Psychology of Personality
4 semester hours
Brookings, Jeffrey

Prerequisite: Psychology 140
Personality psychology is the scientific study of the person. Personality psychologists - or personologists -seek to understand the ways in which we are "like . . . all other persons, like some other persons, and like no other person." In this course, the scientific study of persons will be considered from four perspectives: Psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive-social learning, and trait.
Course requirements include a midterm exam and three papers. Each paper involves using one of the four perspectives to interpret a human life, as portrayed via text or film. Writing Intensive.

 

PSYC 251: Abnormal Psychology
4 semester hours
Little, Stephanie

Prerequisite: Psychology 150
This course covers the causes, diagnosis and, to a lesser degree, treatment of psychological disorders in adults. Various theories, models and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are investigated in the context of research and case studies. This advanced course primarily serves students interested in clinical psychology, social work, counseling, and related health specialties. Service-learning is an available option, both as part of a course assignment or as Service-learning 100. The final grade is based primarily on quizzes, conducting and writing up mock diagnostic interviews, research summary papers, and class participation.
Writing Intensive

 

PSYC 280C: Psychology & Culture
4 semester hours
Crane, Lauren

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing (or higher)
People cannot speak without having an accent from somewhere. In much the same way, people's psychological functioning is not accent-free.  This course highlights the extent to which all levels of psychological functioning, even "basic" ones, are grounded in culture-specific assumptions about what matters, what is "good”, and how the world works. Students are expected to emerge from this class with a sharpened ability to critique generalizations made about human psychology, a greater appreciation of interpersonal diversity, and a richer understanding of how their own ways of thinking and being derive from culture-bound experiences. Course requirements include exams, research projects, and class participation. This course contains substantial East Asian content and counts toward the East Asian Studies major/minor. This course also includes an optional “Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum” (CLAC) component.

 

PSYC 311B: Behavioral Neuroscience
5 semester hours
Woehrle, Nancy

Prerequisites:  Psychology 107 or another statistics course and Psychology 110.
This course provides in-depth analysis of the structure and function of systems of neurons, and the relationships between these neural systems and human behavior. The first half of the course covers cellular-level and systems-level neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. The second half of the course applies concepts learned in the first half through exploration of the neurobiological underpinnings of various psychological capacities and psychopathologies.

 

PSYC 361B: Experimental Social Psychology
5 semester hours
Brown, Cliff

Prerequisites:  Psychology 107(e.g., Math 127, Busn. 110), Psychology 160, and Psychology 207.
This writing intensive course in experimental social psychology provides students with a scientifically based understanding of human social behavior.  Topics include social perception, attitudes, conformity, group processes, aggression, and prejudice.  The course emphasizes the experimental method and the particular challenges of applying it to study people in a social context.  Given the complexity of social behavior, social psychology relies heavily on experiments that employ factorial designs which allow investigators to examine the independent and combined effects of several factors (variables) simultaneously.  This course will include more than 30 hours of laboratory experience.

 

PSYC 390: Junior Seminar
0 semester hours
Anes, Michael

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Class Standing
This seminar meets one hour per week and is designed to help students understand their various options as psychology majors.  This includes topics such as senior research projects and internships, senior comprehensive and GRE exams, possible career paths, graduate school applications, and graduate school and job interviews.  This class may include guest speakers and field trips based on students’ interests.  Psychology majors are required to take this no-credit seminar for one semester during their junior year.

 

PSYC 400: Research: Personality
4 semester hours
Brookings, Jeffrey

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
In small groups, students will complete research studies on personality correlates of belief in the paranormal, conspiracy theories, alternative medicine, supernatural beings, etc. Students will design the studies, collect and analyze the data, write up the results, and submit their findings for presentation at a psychology conference.  Preparation for the research will involve reading and discussing published studies on the psychology of belief and becoming acquainted with relevant research methodologies and instruments.  Course grades are based on class participation, contributions to the project(s), and an APA-style research paper. Writing intensive.
PSYC 400: Research: Abnormal
4 semester hours
Little, Stephanie

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Students in this course will work with the instructor on research in the area of abnormal psychology. Students will become familiar with the current literature in a specific area of abnormal psychology and meet to discuss research literature, develop hypotheses, and design one or more studies to test their hypotheses. Students then will carry out the studies they planned, analyze the data, and write research papers summarizing their findings. It is anticipated that these papers will be of a quality suitable for publication and/or presentation at a psychology conference. Writing Intensive.

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