Spring 2013 Courses

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101. Introduction to Psychology
Samuel Putnam M 1:30 - 2:25, W 1:30 - 2:25, F 1:30 - 2:25 Sills-Smith Auditorium
A general introduction to the major concerns of contemporary psychology, including physiological psychology, perception, learning, cognition, language, development, personality, intelligence, and abnormal and social behavior. Recommended for first- and second-year students. Juniors and seniors should enroll in the spring semester.
101. Introduction to Psychology
Kimberly Robinson T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Druckenmiller-016
A general introduction to the major concerns of contemporary psychology, including physiological psychology, perception, learning, cognition, language, development, personality, intelligence, and abnormal and social behavior. Recommended for first- and second-year students. Juniors and seniors should enroll in the spring semester.
210. Infant and Child Development
Samuel Putnam M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25 Kanbar Hall-107
A survey of major changes in psychological functioning from conception through childhood. Several theoretical perspectives are used to consider how physical, personality, social, and cognitive changes jointly influence the developing child’s interactions with the environment.
212. Social Psychology
Paul Schaffner M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 Kanbar Hall-107
A survey of theory and research on individual social behavior. Topics include self-concept, social cognition, affect, attitudes, social influence, interpersonal relationships, and cultural variations in social behavior.
218. Physiological Psychology
Richmond Thompson W 8:00 - 9:25, F 8:00 - 9:25 Kanbar Hall-107
An introductory survey of biological influences on behavior. The primary emphasis is on the physiological regulation of behavior in humans and other vertebrate animals, focusing on genetic, developmental, hormonal, and neuronal mechanisms. Additionally, the evolution of these regulatory systems is considered. Topics discussed include perception, cognition, sleep, eating, sexual and aggressive behaviors, and mental disorders.
251. Research Design in Psychology
Louisa Slowiaczek M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25 Kanbar Hall-107
A systematic study of the scientific method as it underlies psychological research. Topics include prominent methods used in studying human and animal behavior, the logic of causal analysis, experimental and non-experimental designs, issues in internal and external validity, pragmatics of careful research, and technical writing of research reports.
252. Data Analysis
Matthew Campolattaro T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Kanbar Hall-107
An introduction to the use of descriptive and inferential statistics and design in behavioral research. Weekly laboratory work in computerized data analysis. Required of majors no later than the junior year, and preferably by the sophomore year.
260. Abnormal Psychology
Julie Quimby T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
A general survey of the nature, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of common patterns of mental disorders. Students participate in a weekly supervised practicum at a local psychiatric unit.
275. Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience: Social Behavior
Richmond Thompson T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Kanbar Hall-107
A laboratory course that exposes students to modern techniques in neuroscience that can be applied to the study of social behavior. Underlying concepts associated with various molecular, neuroanatomical, pharmacological, and electrophysiological methods are discussed in a lecture format. Students then use these techniques in laboratory preparations that demonstrate how social behavior is organized within the central nervous system of vertebrate animals, including humans.
277. Research in Developmental Psychology
Kimberly Robinson T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Kanbar Hall-101 Computer Lab
The multiple methods used in developmental research are examined both by reading research reports and by designing and conducting original research studies. The methods include observation, interviews, questionnaires, lab experiments, among others. Students learn to evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
317. The Psychology of Language
Louisa Slowiaczek T 1:00 - 3:55 Kanbar-Psychology Library
An examination of psychological factors that affect the processing of language, including a discussion of different modalities (auditory and visual language) and levels of information (sounds, letters, words, sentences, and text/discourse). Emphasis is on the issues addressed by researchers and the theories developed to account for our language abilities.
322. Clinical Neuroscience: From Lab to Clinic to Public
Matthew Campolattaro M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25 CT-16 Harrison McCann
Focuses on mechanisms and treatment strategies of neurologic and psychiatric conditions, with an interest in the impact such scientific and medical advances have had on public health and perceptions. Specific neurodevelopmental, psychiatric, affective, as well as neurodegenerative conditions such as autism, Down syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, depression, and PTSD are covered primarily through student-led discussions of pre-clinical and clinical research studies. Societal impact is evaluated through analysis of epidemiological data and general audience materials
323. Moral Development
Matthew Gingo M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
Brings together the major theoretical approaches to moral reasoning and moral development, with a range of new lines of psychological investigation. Readings and discussion examine the fundamental issues of development, including how morality is acquired (origins), how it changes over time (sequence) and is expressed throughout the lifespan (ontogenesis), and the role of culture and context in moral development. The development of judgments relating to rights, justice, autonomy, as well as resistance and subversion serve as the central topics.
328. Psychological Studies of Creativity
Paul Schaffner T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
Explores the nature, origins, processes, and consequences of creative activity in the arts and sciences, in public affairs, and in daily living. Examines psychological processes that support creative thought and action by individuals and collaborative groups, and ways that sociocultural contexts stimulate, recognize, and sanction such work. Readings and seminar discussions address aspects of personality, aptitude, cognition, motivation, self-regulation, and psychopathology in relation to creativity; and the influences of family and education in developing and expressing creative potential.