PSYCH 330 - Topics in Biopsychology
Section: 002 Human Cognitive Evolution
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Enforced Prerequisites:
PSYCH 230.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Human behavior is strikingly different from other animals: we speak languages, create tools, work together on large-scale endeavors, and even learn from others in university classrooms. What cognitive processes underlie these behaviors, and how did they emerge in our evolutionary history? In this course, we will examine the evolutionary origins of the human mind by integrating theoretical perspectives from biology with cutting-edge empirical research from psychology. Topics will include the origins of human cooperation, communication, theory of mind, culture, morality, emotions, memory, foresight, and self-control.

Course Requirements:

Readings will consist of a mixture of empirical articles and review chapters; all readings be posted electronically. Performance will be assessed through participation in discussion seminars and in-class quizzes; three response papers analyzing an empirical research article; and a midterm and final exam.

Class Format:

This course consists primarily of lectures, with three in-class discussion seminars on topics of current debate.

PSYCH 330 - Topics in Biopsychology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
32291
Open
30
30BCN or BBCS Majors
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
32292
Open
30
30BCN or BBCS Majors
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: For Psych 330-002, interested students who have previously taken Psych 240 or Psych 250 may contact psych.saa@umich.edu for an override into an open seat. Or call 734-764-2580, M-F 8am-5pm when you are able to register.
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