PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
Section: 018 How Does Brain Keep Control?
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Enforced Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115.
Other Course Info:
Only 6 credits of PSYCH 400, 401, 402 combined may be counted toward a concentration plan in Psychology, and a maximum of 12 credits may be counted toward graduation.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

How do our brains exert flexible control over our behavior? What neural systems manage the selection of a healthier food item when candy is also present? Which brain regions maintain our attention on our school work while our cell phones chime with notifications in the background? What neuronal processes are activated to help us stop calling our exes when we used to call them all the time? This course aims to introduce you to the neurobiology of cognitive control or how our brains keep, or attempt to keep, cognitive and emotional processes in check.

Cognitive control describes a wide breadth of neural and psychological systems that modulate cognition and emotion in instances where there is not one simple best drive or outcome. This control mediates which goal is selected (do you continue studying or hang out with friends?), how you respond towards achieving the selected goal (do you study for an hour and then join friends or impulsively throw your textbooks out the window?), and maintaining and monitoring your performance (are you actually studying or just staring at the page?).

Specific topics this semester will include: defining cognitive control, techniques (human and non-human) used to study cognitive control, brain regions and circuits involved in exerting cognitive control, attention, action selection theories, inhibitory control, and psychopathologies associated with deficits in cognitive control.

Course Requirements:

Grades will be based on attendance, submitted reading responses, and two group presentations. All readings will be provided.

Class Format:

The course is structured so that there is a brief introduction and discussion lead by the instructor on the topic that will be covered by the readings. During the following class day, groups of students will present on the specifics of the readings and lead the class in discussing the reading.

PSYCH 401 - Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
26069
Open
30
20PSYCH Majors
3COGNITIVE SCIENCE MAJORS
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
23434
Open
15
 
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TBA
Note: Psych 401-002 is only for students concurrently enrolled in Psych 457-002 who will be travelling to China.
003 (SEM)
P
23435
Open
30
25PSYCH Majors
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (SEM)
P
24764
Open
45
40PSYCH Majors
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
26077
Open
24
20PSYCH Majors
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
32299
Open
30
20PSYCH Majors
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
007 (SEM)
P
32300
Open
60
50PSYCH Majors
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
009 (SEM)
P
32498
Open
25
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
011 (SEM)
P
32301
Open
18
18PSYCH Majors
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
012 (SEM)
P
26120
Open
18
18LSA BBCS, BCN OR PSYCH MAJ
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
013 (SEM)
P
32302
Open
18
18PSYCH Majors
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
014 (SEM)
P
32303
Open
18
18PSYCH Majors
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
015 (SEM)
P
26121
Open
18
18PSYCH Majors
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
016 (SEM)
P
32304
Open
18
18PSYCH Majors
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
017 (SEM)
P
32305
Open
18
18PSYCH Majors
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
018 (SEM)
P
32306
Open
18
18LSA BBCS, BCN OR PSYCH MAJ
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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