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Spring 2017

PSYC 100-01

Introduction to Psychology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: An introduction to psychological science -- the study of behavior and mental processes. This course surveys the major subdisciplines of the field, including such topics as the brain and neuroscience, behavioral genetics, cognitive and social development, perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, consciousness, emotions, motivation, psychological disorders, social identity, interpersonal interactions and cultural processes. Lecture and laboratory components. (4 Credits)


PSYC 100-02

Introduction to Psychology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: An introduction to psychological science -- the study of behavior and mental processes. This course surveys the major subdisciplines of the field, including such topics as the brain and neuroscience, behavioral genetics, cognitive and social development, perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, consciousness, emotions, motivation, psychological disorders, social identity, interpersonal interactions and cultural processes. Lecture and laboratory components. (4 Credits)


PSYC 100-L1

Introduction to Psychology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jamie Atkins

Notes: An introduction to psychological science -- the study of behavior and mental processes. This course surveys the major subdisciplines of the field, including such topics as the brain and neuroscience, behavioral genetics, cognitive and social development, perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, consciousness, emotions, motivation, psychological disorders, social identity, interpersonal interactions and cultural processes. Lecture and laboratory components. (4 Credits)


PSYC 100-L2

Introduction to Psychology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jamie Atkins

Notes: An introduction to psychological science -- the study of behavior and mental processes. This course surveys the major subdisciplines of the field, including such topics as the brain and neuroscience, behavioral genetics, cognitive and social development, perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, consciousness, emotions, motivation, psychological disorders, social identity, interpersonal interactions and cultural processes. Lecture and laboratory components. (4 Credits)


PSYC 100-L3

Introduction to Psychology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jamie Atkins

Notes: An introduction to psychological science -- the study of behavior and mental processes. This course surveys the major subdisciplines of the field, including such topics as the brain and neuroscience, behavioral genetics, cognitive and social development, perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, consciousness, emotions, motivation, psychological disorders, social identity, interpersonal interactions and cultural processes. Lecture and laboratory components. (4 Credits)


PSYC 100-L4

Introduction to Psychology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jamie Atkins

Notes: An introduction to psychological science -- the study of behavior and mental processes. This course surveys the major subdisciplines of the field, including such topics as the brain and neuroscience, behavioral genetics, cognitive and social development, perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, consciousness, emotions, motivation, psychological disorders, social identity, interpersonal interactions and cultural processes. Lecture and laboratory components. (4 Credits)


PSYC 180-01

Brain, Mind, and Behavior

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Eric Wiertelak

Notes: *Cross-listed with NEUR 180-01*

A multidisciplinary investigation of behavior and the nervous system. Particular emphasis is placed on human processes of perception, cognition, learning, memory, and language. This course also serves as the introductory course for the neuroscience studies major. (4 credits)

PSYC 201-01

Research in Psychology I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Brooke Lea

Notes: This course is an introduction to the basic principles of research in psychology, with an emphasis on statistical techniques used in psychological science. We consider the pros and cons of experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational designs to test psychological hypotheses. The course includes a weekly laboratory component in which students develop proficiency with statistical software, writing reports in American Psychological Association style, and familiarity with experimental techniques unique to behavioral research. (4 credits)


PSYC 201-L1

Research in Psychology I Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Brooke Lea

Notes: This course is an introduction to the basic principles of research in psychology, with an emphasis on statistical techniques used in psychological science. We consider the pros and cons of experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational designs to test psychological hypotheses. The course includes a weekly laboratory component in which students develop proficiency with statistical software, writing reports in American Psychological Association style, and familiarity with experimental techniques unique to behavioral research. (4 credits)


PSYC 201-L2

Research in Psychology I Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Brooke Lea

Notes: This course is an introduction to the basic principles of research in psychology, with an emphasis on statistical techniques used in psychological science. We consider the pros and cons of experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational designs to test psychological hypotheses. The course includes a weekly laboratory component in which students develop proficiency with statistical software, writing reports in American Psychological Association style, and familiarity with experimental techniques unique to behavioral research. (4 credits)


PSYC 220-01

Educational Psychology

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Tina Kruse

Notes: *Cross-listed with EDUC 220-01; first day attendance required*

An introduction to theory and research in educational psychology. Topics include learning theory, learner characteristics, intelligence, creativity, motivation, measurement and evaluation, and models of teaching appropriate for diverse learners from early childhood through young adulthood. Students are required to complete observations in classroom settings. (4 credits)

PSYC 240-01

Principles of Learning and Behavior

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Julia Manor

Notes: *Cross-listed with NEUR 240-01*

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the principles and methods used in the study of how behavior changes as a function of experience. The emphasis will be on classical and operant conditioning principles and procedures, which have become the standard research technologies used in biomedical, psychopharmacological, and other animal laboratory research areas. The laboratory component is designed to give students experience with behavioral technology and data collection and analysis. Group A course. (4 credits)


PSYC 240-L1

Principles of Learning and Behavior

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Julia Manor

Notes: *Cross-listed with NEUR 240-L1*

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the principles and methods used in the study of how behavior changes as a function of experience. The emphasis will be on classical and operant conditioning principles and procedures, which have become the standard research technologies used in biomedical, psychopharmacological, and other animal laboratory research areas. The laboratory component is designed to give students experience with behavioral technology and data collection and analysis. Group A course. (4 credits)


PSYC 242-01

Cognitive Psychology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Brooke Lea

Notes: A survey of the experimental analysis of the mind. Topics include attention, memory and forgetting, problem solving, reasoning, and language. Special emphasis is given to the study of discourse comprehension and reading. The weekly laboratory sessions afford students an opportunity to interact directly with cognitive phenomena and research methods. Group A course. (4 credits)


PSYC 242-L1

Cognitive Psychology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Brooke Lea

Notes: A survey of the experimental analysis of the mind. Topics include attention, memory and forgetting, problem solving, reasoning, and language. Special emphasis is given to the study of discourse comprehension and reading. The weekly laboratory sessions afford students an opportunity to interact directly with cognitive phenomena and research methods. Group A course. (4 credits)


PSYC 244-01

Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Darcy Burgund

Notes: *Cross-listed with NEUR 244-01; ACTC students may register with permission of the instructor*

Cognitive neuroscience is a relatively recent discipline that combines cognitive science and cognitive psychology with biology and neuroscience to investigate how the brain enables the myriad of complex functions we know as the mind. This course will explore basic concepts and contemporary topics in the field, focusing in particular on the methods used in cognitive neuroscience research. Through lecture and lab sessions, students will learn to read and interpret primary source material, design and implement cognitive neuroscience studies, and present research in verbal and written forms. Overall, students will gain an appreciation for the amazing intricacy of the brain-mind relationship, as well as a sense of how this relationship may be understood eventually using cognitive neuroscience techniques. Group A course. (4 credits)

PSYC 244-L1

Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Darcy Burgund

Notes: *Cross-listed with NEUR 244-L1; ACTC students may register with permission of the instructor*

Cognitive neuroscience is a relatively recent discipline that combines cognitive science and cognitive psychology with biology and neuroscience to investigate how the brain enables the myriad of complex functions we know as the mind. This course will explore basic concepts and contemporary topics in the field, focusing in particular on the methods used in cognitive neuroscience research. Through lecture and lab sessions, students will learn to read and interpret primary source material, design and implement cognitive neuroscience studies, and present research in verbal and written forms. Overall, students will gain an appreciation for the amazing intricacy of the brain-mind relationship, as well as a sense of how this relationship may be understood eventually using cognitive neuroscience techniques. Group A course. (4 credits)

PSYC 250-01

Developmental Psychology

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Cari Gillen-O'Neel

Notes: This is a course in lifespan human development; as such, we examine psychological theories and research to describe, understand, and explain the processes that shape our lives between conception and death. We will cover issues related to physiological/biological, cognitive/linguistic, and social/emotional development. A theme throughout this course is an exploration of the lifelong interaction between nature and nurture. This course also focuses on developing an understanding of the concepts, methods, research findings, and applied knowledge central to the study of developmental psychology. Group B course. (4 credits)

PSYC 252-01

Distress, Dysfunction, and Disorder: Perspectives on the DSM

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jaine Strauss

Notes: *ACTC students may register with permission of the instructor*

This course will examine the experiences, causes, and treatments of the major forms of distress and disorder codified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), including schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, stress disorders, and personality disorders. We will critically evaluate theories and research derived from biological, genetic, psychological, interpersonal, and social-cultural perspectives. Group B course. (4 credits)

PSYC 254-01

Social Psychology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: This course will survey the ways in which social phenomena influence the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals. The major theories, experiments, and issues associated with social psychology will be examined. Sample topics include love, aggression, conformity, attitudes, prejudice, persuasion, obedience, and attribution. Group B course. (4 credits)

PSYC 294-01

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes:

PSYC 294-02

Enactments:Theater/Therapy

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Cleary, Strauss

Notes: *Cross-listed with THDA 294-01; first day attendance required*


PSYC 301-01

Research in Psychology II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Darcy Burgund

Notes: *Open only to declared Psychology majors*

This course continues instruction begun in Psychology 201. We more closely examine key factors for planning and implementing research studies, such as validity, variable operationalization, and common ethical dilemmas faced by psychologists. Students gain in-depth experience in developing, interpreting, and communicating different types of empirical psychological research designs (e.g., experiments, surveys). (4 credits)

PSYC 374-01

Clinical and Counseling Psychology

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: This course examines specific applications of psychological principles to the mental health field by exploring strategies for therapeutic intervention. We will discuss a wide range of approaches (e.g., psychoanalysis; humanistic therapy; cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy; mindfulness based stress reduction; family therapy; art therapy) and we will consider issues raised by traditional clinical practice, such as ethics, the politics and economics of mental health, and cultural biases. NOTE: Course not available to students who have taken European Clinical Psychology through the DIS study away program. (4 credits)


PSYC 394-01

Attitudes and Persuasion

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: Globalization is the growing interconnection of cultures and societies worldwide. In this course we will examine how methods and theories from psychology can contribute to understanding this phenomena. We will also discuss how globalization relates to inequalities, and in turn, how and why it has important implications for psychological research. Questions to be discussed include: In what ways does globalization impact ideology? How are individuals and communities impacted by changing international structures? And, in what ways does our increasing interconnection help or impede our abilities to address social issues at a global level, such as social inequalities and environmental concerns? Students will complete semester long research projects on relevant topics of their choosing.

PSYC 394-02

Brain and Emotion

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Julia Manor

Notes:

PSYC 394-03

Psychology of Globalization

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: What determines our likes and dislikes—our attitudes—about people, consumer products, and ideas? How can we measure these preferences? How do our attitudes influence behavior? Is it possible to hold attitudes that we are not aware of? Can our attitudes ever be changed, and what makes a strong persuasive message? It is clear that understanding attitudes is fundamental for understanding many topics of interest to social scientists—impression formation, group stereotypes, marketing and consumer behavior, jury decision-making, political preferences, and many others. This course will provide an intellectual forum for discussing attitudes and persuasion from a social psychological perspective. Students will use materials from books, scholarly research articles, and video/film clips to explore topics such as attitude formation and structure, self-perception, attitude measurement, ambivalent attitude, the attitude-behavior relationship, attitude change, social influence and persuasion, dissonance, implicit attitude, attitude about groups, and so on. We will rely on scientific experiments and theories to approach each of these topics. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions, provide written reaction papers, and develop a final research proposal.

PSYC 401-01

Directed Research in Psychology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Gillen-O'Neel, Strauss

Notes: Students are involved and guided in conducting research within specific content areas approved by the supervising faculty. Research may be conducted individually or in small groups depending on the content area. Research groups meet regularly for presentation of background material, discussions of common readings, and reports on project status. Directed research is typically taken in the junior year and is open only to declared majors. Students will be assigned to sections by the supervising faculty. This course fulfills the capstone requirement for the major in Psychology. (4 credits)

PSYC 490-01

Behavioral and Experimental Economics

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Pete Ferderer

Notes: *Cross-listed with ECON 490-01*

This course surveys recent developments in behavioral economics and considers applications in labor economics, macroeconomics, finance, public finance, consumer choice, and other areas. Our goal is to draw on recent work in cognitive and evolutionary psychology to better understand human behavior and incorporate these insights into neoclassical reasoning and modeling. Cross-listed with Economics 490. 4 credits

Fall 2016

PSYC 100-01

Introduction to Psychology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: OLRI 352
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: An introduction to psychological science -- the study of behavior and mental processes. This course surveys the major subdisciplines of the field, including such topics as the brain and neuroscience, behavioral genetics, cognitive and social development, perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, consciousness, emotions, motivation, psychological disorders, social identity, interpersonal interactions and cultural processes. Lecture and laboratory components. (4 Credits)


PSYC 100-02

Introduction to Psychology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 352
  • Instructor: Cari Gillen-O'Neel

Notes: An introduction to psychological science -- the study of behavior and mental processes. This course surveys the major subdisciplines of the field, including such topics as the brain and neuroscience, behavioral genetics, cognitive and social development, perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, consciousness, emotions, motivation, psychological disorders, social identity, interpersonal interactions and cultural processes. Lecture and laboratory components. (4 Credits)


PSYC 100-L1

Introduction to Psychology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 352
  • Instructor: Jamie Atkins

Notes: An introduction to psychological science -- the study of behavior and mental processes. This course surveys the major subdisciplines of the field, including such topics as the brain and neuroscience, behavioral genetics, cognitive and social development, perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, consciousness, emotions, motivation, psychological disorders, social identity, interpersonal interactions and cultural processes. Lecture and laboratory components. (4 Credits)


PSYC 100-L2

Introduction to Psychology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 352
  • Instructor: Jamie Atkins

Notes: An introduction to psychological science -- the study of behavior and mental processes. This course surveys the major subdisciplines of the field, including such topics as the brain and neuroscience, behavioral genetics, cognitive and social development, perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, consciousness, emotions, motivation, psychological disorders, social identity, interpersonal interactions and cultural processes. Lecture and laboratory components. (4 Credits)


PSYC 100-L3

Introduction to Psychology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 352
  • Instructor: Jamie Atkins

Notes: An introduction to psychological science -- the study of behavior and mental processes. This course surveys the major subdisciplines of the field, including such topics as the brain and neuroscience, behavioral genetics, cognitive and social development, perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, consciousness, emotions, motivation, psychological disorders, social identity, interpersonal interactions and cultural processes. Lecture and laboratory components. (4 Credits)


PSYC 100-L4

Introduction to Psychology Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: OLRI 352
  • Instructor: Jamie Atkins

Notes: An introduction to psychological science -- the study of behavior and mental processes. This course surveys the major subdisciplines of the field, including such topics as the brain and neuroscience, behavioral genetics, cognitive and social development, perception, learning, memory, decision-making, language, consciousness, emotions, motivation, psychological disorders, social identity, interpersonal interactions and cultural processes. Lecture and laboratory components. (4 Credits)


PSYC 180-01

Brain, Mind, and Behavior

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: MUSIC 113
  • Instructor: Eric Wiertelak

Notes: *Cross-listed with NEUR 180-01*

A multidisciplinary investigation of behavior and the nervous system. Particular emphasis is placed on human processes of perception, cognition, learning, memory, and language. This course also serves as the introductory course for the neuroscience studies major. (4 credits)

PSYC 194-01

Origin of Consciousness

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 370
  • Instructor: Darcy Burgund

Notes: *First Year Course only*


PSYC 201-01

Research in Psychology I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 352
  • Instructor: Steve Guglielmo

Notes: This course is an introduction to the basic principles of research in psychology, with an emphasis on statistical techniques used in psychological science. We consider the pros and cons of experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational designs to test psychological hypotheses. The course includes a weekly laboratory component in which students develop proficiency with statistical software, writing reports in American Psychological Association style, and familiarity with experimental techniques unique to behavioral research. (4 credits)


PSYC 201-L1

Research in Psychology I Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: OLRI 349
  • Instructor: Steve Guglielmo

Notes: This course is an introduction to the basic principles of research in psychology, with an emphasis on statistical techniques used in psychological science. We consider the pros and cons of experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational designs to test psychological hypotheses. The course includes a weekly laboratory component in which students develop proficiency with statistical software, writing reports in American Psychological Association style, and familiarity with experimental techniques unique to behavioral research. (4 credits)


PSYC 201-L2

Research in Psychology I Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 349
  • Instructor: Steve Guglielmo

Notes: This course is an introduction to the basic principles of research in psychology, with an emphasis on statistical techniques used in psychological science. We consider the pros and cons of experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational designs to test psychological hypotheses. The course includes a weekly laboratory component in which students develop proficiency with statistical software, writing reports in American Psychological Association style, and familiarity with experimental techniques unique to behavioral research. (4 credits)


PSYC 220-01

Educational Psychology

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 215
  • Instructor: Tina Kruse

Notes: *Cross-listed with EDUC 220-01; first day attendance required*

An introduction to theory and research in educational psychology. Topics include learning theory, learner characteristics, intelligence, creativity, motivation, measurement and evaluation, and models of teaching appropriate for diverse learners from early childhood through young adulthood. Students are required to complete observations in classroom settings. (4 credits)

PSYC 246-01

Exploring Sensation/Perception

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 205
  • Instructor: Julia Manor

Notes: *Cross-listed with NEUR 246-01*

An examination of the processes of sensation and perception. While the course features a strong emphasis on neurophysiology of sensation, classical approaches to the study of perception will also figure prominently. Lecture and weekly 1.5 hour investigatory laboratory. Fulfills Group A requirement. (4 credits)

PSYC 246-L1

Explor Sensation/Percept Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: OLRI 371
  • Instructor: Julia Manor

Notes: *Cross-listed with NEUR 246-L1*

An examination of the processes of sensation and perception. While the course features a strong emphasis on neurophysiology of sensation, classical approaches to the study of perception will also figure prominently. Lecture and weekly 1.5 hour investigatory laboratory. Fulfills Group A requirement. (4 credits)

PSYC 248-01

Behavioral Neuroscience

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: Eric Wiertelak

Notes: *Cross-listed with NEUR 248-01*

An examination of the role of the nervous system in the control of behavior. While the course features a systems approach to the investigation of sensory and perceptual mechanisms, molecular, cellular and cognitive components of the nervous system will also be discussed in the context of course topics. Particular emphasis is given to the nature of learning, memory, and motor processes, motivation, emotion, homeostasis, cognition, and human neuropsychology. The laboratory will be used for a variety of instructor-demonstrative and student participatory research and laboratory activities. Fulfills Group A requirement for Psychology. Cross-listed with Neuroscience Studies 248. (4 credits)

PSYC 248-L1

Behavioral Neuroscience Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 371
  • Instructor: Eric Wiertelak

Notes: *Cross-listed with NEUR 248-L1*

An examination of the role of the nervous system in the control of behavior. While the course features a systems approach to the investigation of sensory and perceptual mechanisms, molecular, cellular and cognitive components of the nervous system will also be discussed in the context of course topics. Particular emphasis is given to the nature of learning, memory, and motor processes, motivation, emotion, homeostasis, cognition, and human neuropsychology. The laboratory will be used for a variety of instructor-demonstrative and student participatory research and laboratory activities. Fulfills Group A requirement for Psychology. Cross-listed with Neuroscience Studies 248. (4 credits)

PSYC 254-01

Social Psychology

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 215
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: This course will survey the ways in which social phenomena influence the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals. The major theories, experiments, and issues associated with social psychology will be examined. Sample topics include love, aggression, conformity, attitudes, prejudice, persuasion, obedience, and attribution. Group B course. (4 credits)

PSYC 264-01

The Psychology of Gender

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-09:30 am
  • Room: OLRI 301
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: *Cross-listed with WGSS 264-01*

This class is an introduction to feminist psychological theory and research dedicated to understanding and critiquing biological, psychological, social, and cultural meanings and implications of gender and its intersections with class, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc. Examples of research and theory will come from a wide variety of areas in psychology and related disciplines, and will address such issues as socialization and social development, stereotypes, bodies and body image, social relationships, identity, language, violence, sexuality and sexual behavior, well-being, work, etc. We will also learn about the historical, cultural, and epistemological underpinnings of psychological research on gender. Counts as a UP3 course. Cross-listed with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 264. (4 credits)


PSYC 270-01

Psychology of Sustainable Behavior

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 270
  • Instructor: Christina Manning

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 270-01*

This course is an introduction to the psychological study of sustainable behavior. As scientific evidence of degraded world environmental conditions accumulates, researchers from many disciplines are joining the effort to find solutions. Technological innovation will certainly play a role, but equally important are behavior changes at both the organizational and individual level. Psychologists use their training in the scientific study of human behavior to examine why people do or do not act sustainably in a variety of situations. In this course we will study this body of research and use psychological principles, theories, and methods to understand the factors that underlie both environmentally destructive as well as environmentally sustainable actions. A significant component of the course will be direct application of theory to one's own actions as well as to a campus-or community-based sustainability issue. Course cross-listed as Environmental Studies 270. (4 credits)

PSYC 272-01

Health Psychology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 352
  • Instructor: Jaine Strauss

Notes: *ACTC students may register with permission of the instructor*

This course will examine multiple, interactive factors that contribute to human health; we will take a biopsychsocial perspective to understanding how best to promote and maintain health, prevent and treat illness, and adapt and thrive in the context of chronic illness. We will discuss the roles of stress, coping, immune response, social relationships, personality, and structural inequalities in the progression and prevention of disease. We will also address some ways in which behaviors (e.g. physical activity, nutrition, substance use, sleep) can contribute to wellbeing or sickness, and we will examine behavior change strategies that can help improve our own health habits. Group B course. (4 credits)

PSYC 301-01

Research in Psychology II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: NEILL 400
  • Instructor: Cari Gillen-O'Neel

Notes: This course continues instruction begun in Psychology 201. We more closely examine key factors for planning and implementing research studies, such as validity, variable operationalization, and common ethical dilemmas faced by psychologists. Students gain in-depth experience in developing, interpreting, and communicating different types of empirical psychological research designs (e.g., experiments, surveys). (4 credits)

PSYC 377-01

Moral Psychology

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 370
  • Instructor: Steve Guglielmo

Notes: This course will explore how and why we make moral judgments about people and their behavior. How are our moral judgments shaped by intuition, emotion, and reasoning? Which kinds of behaviors do we view as immoral? Do we ever put the interests of our broader group or community above our own self-interest? What are the evolutionary and developmental origins of moral judgements? How do we balance punishment motives of retribution and deterrence, and how do these relate to policy decisions about capital punishment? Could a robot have moral rights and responsibilities? In this course we will examine these questions by considering theories and findings from social, developmental, evolutionary, and political psychology, as well as from related fields like philosophy and artificial intelligence. Offered every year. (4 credits)

PSYC 378-01

Psychology of Language

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 352
  • Instructor: Brooke Lea

Notes: *Cross-listed with LING 378-01*

An examination of psychological factors that affect the comprehension of oral and written language. Topics include the origin of language, how language can control thought, the role of mutual knowledge in comprehension, and principles that underlie coherence in discourse. Includes readings from psycholinguistics, philosophy, sociolinguistics, social psychology, and especially from cognitive psychology. Emphasis is placed on current research methods so that students can design an original study. Student led component. (4 credits)


PSYC 380-01

Community Psychology and Public Health

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 170
  • Instructor: Jaine Strauss

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required*

This course will examine the inter-related fields of community psychology and public health psychology. These disciplines share a commitment to the promotion of well-being within a social and cultural context. We will explore theory, research, and praxis related to ecological analysis, empowerment models, prevention and health promotion, risk and resilience, and community organizing and activism. These conceptual tools will help us understand the complex processes underlying clinical psychopathology (e.g., serious and persistent mental illness), behavioral health (e.g., smoking; obesity; substance abuse), and symptoms of structural violence (e.g., domestic violence; homelessness). Throughout the course, we will focus on the unique contributions of psychological scholarship to understanding and improving population health. All students will participate in a civic engagement experience of at least two hours a week to foster fuller understanding of the course concepts. Student led component. UP3 course. (4 credits)

PSYC 394-01

Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: OLRI 300
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: With the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s and Feminist Movement of the 1970’s, and an increasingly diverse population, U.S. society has become more accepting of individuals from various groups and backgrounds. However, prejudice and discrimination continue to exist today, often in more subtle forms. This course will examine from a social psychological perspective the causes and consequences of stereotypes (beliefs about group members), prejudice (evaluations of group members), and discrimination (behaviors towards individuals based on their group membership). Students will use materials from books, scholarly research articles, and video/film clips to explore topics such as the origins of stereotypes and prejudice, contemporary and implicit forms of prejudice, characteristics specific to racism and sexism, development of prejudice through childhood and adolescence, coping with being members from stigmatized groups, evaluating interventions for combating prejudice and discrimination, and so on. Overall, this course is designed to provide an intellectual forum for discussing these concepts in a fairly comprehensive manner, and we will rely on scientific experiments and theories that explain the behavior of the individual with respect to social groups. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussions, provide written reaction papers, and develop a final research proposal.


PSYC 394-02

Psychology of/and Disability

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 300
  • Instructor: Joan Ostrove

Notes: What is “disability” and what does an understanding of disability tell us about human experience more generally? What is a “disability identity” and what implications might claiming that identity have for psychological well-being and social change? How do stereotypes of disabled people and expectations of “normality” affect everyone’s lives (not just those with disabilities)? Why don't many Deaf people consider themselves “disabled?” What might we learn from shifting the “problem” of disability from the individual person to the social environment? This course will explore these and many other questions that emerge from thinking about the experience of disability (and its intersection with identities based on gender, race, class, and sexuality). Grounded in a critical disability and Deaf studies framework that considers the socially, culturally, linguistically, and historically constructed meaning of physical, sensory, and cognitive “impairments,” the course will rely on theoretical and empirical readings from psychology and related disciplines, memoir, film, and guest visitors as we explore the social and psychological meanings of disability. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 and 201, or permission of instructor.

PSYC 401-01

Directed Research in Psychology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 300
  • Instructor: Burgund, Lea, Ostrove

Notes: *Course to meet in OR 300 and OR 370*

Students are involved and guided in conducting research within specific content areas approved by the supervising faculty. Research may be conducted individually or in small groups depending on the content area. Research groups meet regularly for presentation of background material, discussions of common readings, and reports on project status. Directed research is typically taken in the junior year and is open only to declared majors. Students will be assigned to sections by the supervising faculty. This course fulfills the capstone requirement for the major in Psychology. (4 credits)