PSYCH 487 - Current Topics in Social Psychology
Section: 201 Intelligence, Foolishness, and Strategic Self-Control
Term: SU 2010
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115.
Advisory Prerequisites:
PSYCH 280.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

It can be argued that no other animal possesses the intellectual might of humans. However, it should be noted that the expression “smart but stupid” has also been coined to describe much human behavior. In this course, we will attempt to come to grips with this conundrum. In doing so, you will be exposed to traditional approaches to the study of intelligence, in addition to theories dealing with how people can generate foolish behavior even though they may seem to be “intelligent” in other respects. We will then focus on approaches to strategic self-control as a way of bridging the divide between intelligence and foolishness. An overriding goal of the course is to qualify if not dispense with narrow definitions of intelligence that assume effectiveness only in the academic domain.

PSYCH 487 - Current Topics in Social Psychology
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201 (SEM)
MW 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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The course will have a ctools site associated with it, where you can download articles. However, you will need to get the following book: Sternberg, R.J. (2003). Why smart people can be so stupid. Yale University Press: New Haven, CT. 
Prof. Ybarra
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