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Psychology

Spring 2010

101. Introduction to Psychology
Barbara Held M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
 Kanbar Hall-107
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
Julie Quimby T  10:00 - 11:25
TH 10:00 - 11:25
 Searles-315
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  1:30 - 2:25
W  1:30 - 2:25
F  1:30 - 2:25
 Druckenmiller-004
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
Bojana Zupan M  10:30 - 11:25
W  10:30 - 11:25
F  10:30 - 11:25
 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 T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
 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
Seth Ramus M  11:30 - 12:55
W  11:30 - 12:55
 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

259. Abnormal Psychology
Barbara Held M  10:30 - 11:25
W  10:30 - 11:25
F  10:30 - 11:25
 The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
A general survey of the nature, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of common patterns of mental disorders.Non-laboratory course credit. Participation in the practicum is optional, contingent upon openings in the program.

260. Abnormal Psychology with Lab
Barbara Held M  10:30 - 11:25
W  10:30 - 11:25
F  10:30 - 11:25
 The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
A general survey of the nature, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of common patterns of mental disorders. Laboratory course credit. Students participate in a supervised practicum at a local psychiatric unit.

275. Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience: Social Behavio
Bojana Zupan T  8:30 - 9:55
TH 8:30 - 9:55
 Kanbar Hall 001-Lab
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
Samuel Putnam 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 W  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.

319. Memory and Brain
Seth Ramus T  11:30 - 12:55
TH 11:30 - 12:55
 The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
Advanced seminar exploring the biological basis of learning and memory from a cellular to a systems-level analysis, providing insights into the mechanisms and organization of neural plasticity. Includes topics in molecular neuroscience, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, and systems neuroscience. Discussions include evaluation of current research and theories, as well as a historical perspective.

321. Cognitive Development
Suzanne Lovett T  2:30 - 3:55
TH 2:30 - 3:55
 The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
Examines the development of cognitive understanding and cognitive processes from infancy through adolescence. Emphasis on empirical research and related theories of cognitive development. Topics include infant perception and cognition, concept formation, language development, theory of mind, memory, problem solving, and scientific thinking.

325. Organizational Behavior
Paul Schaffner M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
 The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
Examines how people experience work in modern human organizations. Weekly seminar meetings address motivation, performance, commitment, and satisfaction; affect and cognition at work; coordination of activity; anticipation, planning, and decision making; organizationenvironment dynamics; and the enactment of change.