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Psychology

Spring 2012

101. Introduction to Psychology
Kimberly Robinson M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
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
TBDM 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
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 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
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
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
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
Katherine Mathis M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
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
Bojana Zupan T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
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 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
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

277. Research in Developmental Psychology
Kimberly Robinson M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
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.

313. Advanced Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience
Osceola Whitney TH 1:00 - 3:55
Focuses on genes and regulatory sequences that contribute to the organization and functioning of neural circuits and molecular pathways in the brain that support social behavior. Topics of interest and discussion include the functional genomics of neural and behavioral plasticity in cichlid fishes, gene regulation and social behavior in honey bees, learned vocal communication in songbirds, and epigenetic regulation of gene expression and behavior.

317. The Psychology of Language
Katherine Mathis M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25
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.

322. Clinical Neuroscience: from Lab to Clinic to Public
Bojana Zupan M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25
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.

328. Psychological Studies of Creativity
Paul Schaffner T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
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.