The Department of Psychology offers two regular introductory courses: Psychology 111 and Psychology 112. Psychology 112 is offered as a natural science and stresses experimental psychology; Psychology 111 is approved for social science distribution but treats both perspectives with about equal weight. Students may not receive credit for Psychology 111 and Psychology 112. Either of the two courses meets the prerequisite requirement for concentration and serves as a prerequisite for advanced courses.
Honors students and others with permission of the instructor may take Psychology 114. In Psychology 114 the coverage of basic material is rapid, leaving some time for specialized topics.
111(172). Introduction to Psychology. Psych. 111 serves, as do Psych. 112 or 113, as a prerequisite for advanced courses in the department and as a prerequisite to concentration. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112, 113, 114, or 115. Psych. 111 may not be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (4). (SS). Students in Psychology 111 are required to spend five hours outside of class participating as subjects in research projects.
This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology. We will cover such topics as physiology and behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, states of consciousness, learning and memory, thinking, intelligence, development across the life-span, motivation and emotion, personality, stress and adjustment, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology. The text is Morris Psychology: An Introduction (8th ed.). There is an optional course pack which consists of the entire test item pool from which exam questions will be drawn. Teaching assistants may require additional materials for use in discussion sections. Grades are based in part on several course-wide examinations and in part on assignments in the individual discussion sections. Waitlisted students should go to the first meeting of the discussion section, since TAs will handle all overrides. Cost:3 WL:1 (Morris)
112(170). Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science. Credit is granted for both Psych. 112 and 113; no credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 111, 114, or 115. Psych. 112 may not be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (4). (NS). Students in Psychology 112 are required to spend five hours outside of class participating as subjects in research projects.
The course emphasizes the biological, experimental and comparative approaches to psychology. Three main themes will be covered with several topics within each theme. 1) Scientific method and logical thinking (experimental design, statistics, thinking and memory). 2) Nervous system control of behavior (how neurons work, sensory perception, life-time and evolutionary level of development, theories of learning). 3) Relating psychology as a natural science to human behaviors and controversies (intelligence, gender, drugs/addiction, mental illness/treatment). Students are evaluated with three exams, three short papers (two based on class experiments and one on critique of reading assignments), and discussion participation. The course meets four hours per week, two hours in lecture and two hours in discussion sections taught by graduate teaching assistants. Cost:2-3 WL:1 (Lee)
114(192). Honors Introduction to Psychology. Open
to Honors students; others by permission of instructor. No credit
granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 111, 112, 113, or 115. May not be included in a concentration plan in psychology.
(4). (SS). Students in Psychology 114 are required to spend five
hours outside of class participating as subjects in research projects.
Section 001. This course provides an in-depth survey of psychology, with an emphasis on the links between psychology and other disciplines, including philosophy, biology, medicine, law, and literature. Through exposure to the thought and writing of scientists and non-scientists who have applied their minds and sensibilities to the same subjects, we will consider questions with important implications for modern life, including the following: (1) What are the limits to perceiving, remembering, and thinking "objectively"? (2) To what extent are intelligence, personality and action influenced by nature and nurture? (3) How are our thinking and behavior influenced by our social nature? A variety of class formats will be used, including lecture, discussion, films, labwork, and class demonstrations. Readings include a textbook, two additional books (The Mismeasure of Man and Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed ) and a course pack consisting of diverse readings (essays, short stories, autobiographical accounts, etc.) that correspond to the topics presented in the textbook. The final grade is based on your performance on frequent quizzes, frequent papers, and a comprehensive final examination. Cost:4 WL:1 (Landman)
Section 002. Both natural-science and social-science
aspects of psychology are studied. Course topics are: personality, biopsychology (nervous system and behavior), child development, statistical reasoning, social psychology (group behavior), learning, memory, thinking, psychopathology, perceiving the world. Examinations
are primarily short-answer, short-essay questions, as is the final
examination. Announced 10-minute quizzes, multiple choice and fill-in the blank questions from the study guide, are interspersed
between exams. Lecture-discussion is the class format, with discussion
encouraged. Underlying course themes: the mind-brain distinction, nature versus nurture (inborn versus learned behavior), constructs
and construct validity (measuring and making sense of what cannot
be observed directly). Cost:3 WL:1 (Weintraub)
Section 003. We will cover the range of psychology as a field of study between the biological and social sciences with an emphasis on the development of personality as an integrating concept. The traditional topics, such as perception, learning, sensation, socialization, attitudes, etc., as covered in the text, will provide a background for our class discussion which will be approached with a view to the historical and philosophical role leading to the present stage of the field. The class will follow a seminar format with frequent brief presentations which will be refined into short papers by each student to share with their peers. Grades will be based on these papers, class contributions, and a short essay answer final. Cost:2 WL:1 (Brown)
211(201). Outreach. Prior or concurrent enrollment in introductory psychology. Credit is granted for a combined total of 15 credits elected through Psych. 211 and Psych. 404-409. May not be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (1-3). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. Laboratory fee ($20) required. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
Project Outreach enables students to do field work in local community settings. The purpose is to gain an understanding of yourself, the agency in which you will work, the people whom you will serve, and to provide a genuine community service. Outreach includes approximately 45 agencies in which you can provide direct service to children in day care settings, adolescents in after-school programs, handicapped children and adults, retarded and emotionally impaired persons, women, physically ill adults and children, persons legally confined to mental health and criminal institutions, social advocacy organizations concerned with combating racism, helping battered women, and others. All sections are two (2) credits requiring six hours of work per week including four (4) of fieldwork, log writing, readings, papers, one hour lecture and one hour discussion. Students need to check the Final Edition of the Time Schedule lecture/discussion times and meeting places per section. Information regarding registration, field work and course information for the Fall Term, 1993, will be available at an Information Meeting on Thursday, April 8, 1993, at 6:00 pm (Room to be announced). For information, call the Outreach Office at 764-9179 or 764-9279. Psychology concentrators electing two separate sections in Psychology 211 (4 credits) will have the option to waive their second advanced lab requirement. Cost:1, not including $20 lab fee. WL:1 (Miller)
330(331). Introduction to Biopsychology. Introductory psychology. (4; 3 in the half-term). (NS).
This course surveys the field of Biopsychology and introduces the kinds of questions addressed by physiological and comparative psychologists. Biopsychology is an area of study concerned with physiological and evolutionary explanations of perception, cognition and behavior. Among topics to be discussed are the following: animal behavior from an evolutionary perspective; psychological and neural mechanisms involved in sensory processes, motor control (movement and posture), regulatory behaviors (feeding, drinking), learning, memory, and cognition in humans and other species. Students must register for the lecture and one discussion/practicum session. NOTE: This course is intended for second term Freshmen and Sophomores. Psych 330 will be the prerequisite for many upper-level Biopsychology courses. Cost:2 WL:1 (Berridge)
331(511). Laboratories in Biopsychology. Psych. 330 or 431. (4). (Excl).
The purpose of this course is three-fold. (1) Provide students with opportunities to gain practical laboratory experience by assisting an individual faculty member in the Biopsychology Program with his/her on-going research. (2) Introduce students to selected general methods used in the field of biopsychology (brain and behavior and animal behavior). (3) Provide practical knowledge about research design, quantification of behavior, scientific writing, the use of animals in research, and miscellaneous techniques used by biopsychologists in laboratory research. Students must register in two sections; a general lecture section (001) and an individual faculty member's section (faculty identification number). To be admitted, students must first get permission from an individual faculty member to work in his/her lab. Specific instructions and an application form (which must be completed) are available in the Psych. Undergraduate Office or the Biopsychology Program Office. Students concentrating in 'Psychology as a Natural Science' will receive priority. Cost:1 WL:1 (Becker)
340. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology. Introductory
psychology. (4). (NS).
Section 001. Memory, Thinking, and Perception. It will provide an introduction to cognitive psychology. The topics to be covered include various aspects of the psychology of human memory, thinking (including problem-solving and reasoning), and perception. The course will emphasize not only the content material represented by these topics, but also the process by which researchers develop theories and collect evidence about relevant issues. Students are required to have taken an introductory psychology course that included material on psychological experimentation. Performance will be evaluated via three objective examinations that will stress knowledge of the material and understanding of the relationship between theory and data. Readings will be drawn from a text and a book of readings. The course will include lecture, discussion, demonstrations, in-class experiments, and practice on problem-solving exercises. Cost:2 WL:1 (G.Olson)
341(310). Superlab in Psychology as a Natural Science. Psych. 330 or 340. (4). (NS).
This course fulfills one of the advanced laboratory requirements in Psychology. It is designed to acquaint psychology concentrators with a wide range of methods and topics applicable to the scientific study of behavior. The general objectives of the course are to learn why people do psychology research, to understand the logic of experimentation, to gain experience of experimentation, to learn to critically evaluate research findings. The performance objectives of the course are to be able to construct and carry out an experiment to test a given hypothesis, to be able to analyze the data from an experiment, to be able to present the experiment and its results in a clear, concise manner, and to be able to clearly communicate ideas in written form. Topics of study include vision and perception, neural information processing, pattern recognition, memory systems, language, problem solving, and decision making. Cost:2 WL:1 (Ahn)
342(521). Laboratory in Judgment and Decision Making. Psych. 340 or 542. (3). (Excl).
This course initiates the student to the process of creating new knowledge about judgment and decision making in the behavioral sciences in general. Essentially, class members are co-investigators on research projects that address two original problems of current interest in the field. The problems examined differ from one term to the next. An illustrative problem is understanding the foundations of people's typical overconfidence in their answers to factual questions, e.g. "Which is farther north, New York or London?" Each student participates fully in all phases of the research process, from the conceptual analysis of the given problem and review of the pertinent literature through the collection and analysis of data, and the interpretation and reporting of results. Classes consist mainly of intensive discussions of relevant articles and of design and interpretation issues. Grades are based on students' reviews of articles, their contributions to the execution of various aspects of the class projects, their written reports, and their participation in discussions. The prerequisite is a previous upper-level course that discusses decision psychology, e.g., behavioral decision making, memory, learning, thinking. It satisfies one of the advanced laboratory requirements for a concentration in psychology. Cost:2 WL:1 (Yates)
350(457). Introduction to Developmental Psychology. Introductory psychology. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 255. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS).
This course provides an introduction to the milestones of human development from conception to death. We describe physical, cognitive, and social growth of normal children with special attention to various cultural contexts of development and the rich diversity of individuals. The content is primarily drawn from research and theories in developmental psychology. We hope that students can integrate their knowledge of psychology and their observations of human development with the content of this course. In addition, we will discuss implications for child-rearing, education, and social policy-making so that you can apply the knowledge to meaningful problems. (Paris)
351(517). Advanced Laboratory in Developmental Psychology. Stat. 402 and Psych. 350. (3). (Excl).
This course provides training in the skills necessary to critique and conduct research on children's perceptual, cognitive, social, and emotional development. This is a laboratory course: students engage in the design, data collection, analysis, and write-up of developmental psychological research. In addition, there are lectures and discussions covering theories, research issues, methods, and actual studies in developmental psychology. Evaluation is based primarily on participation in research projects and written reports and exercises. Cost:3 WL:1 (Parker)
360. Introduction to Organizational Psychology. Introductory psychology. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS).
Organizational psychology is the subfield of psychology devoted to the study of human behavior in organizations. This course offers an introduction to the field and aims to help students understand theory in a variety of areas, including: work attitudes and motivation; group dynamics; organizational communication; organizational structure and design; and organizational culture. Development of these ideas will occur through textbook readings, and through accounts from participants in actual organizations, specifically the auto industry. A range of teaching methods will be applied in this course, including: one hour lectures twice a week; a two hour discussion section once a week; a variety of writing assignments totalling fifty to sixty pages of work over the term; two exams; group exercises; and periodic videos and guest speakers. Application of organizational psychology in applied settings, such as human resource management, is not a major emphasis in this course. Cost:3 WL:1 (Finholt)
361. Advanced Laboratory in Organizational Psychology. Psych. 360. (4). (Excl)
This advanced laboratory will cover several approaches to enhancing individual, group, and organizational effectiveness. We will focus on role analysis and negotiation, competencies of an effective consultant, impression management, group planning and decision making, diversity in workforce 2000, organizational behavior and human resource management, and work redesign. The instructor will introduce each topic to the class members by giving a brief overview of the framework, lecture or workshop to provide some firsthand experience with the concepts and phenomena we are studying. Subsequently, the class will reflect on the presentation and discuss relevant readings, processes and assignments. Finally, students (individually and in groups) will conduct field research projects, deliver class presentations and complete written reports which will then be delineated in class. Cost:3 WL:1 (Beale)
370. Introduction to Psychopathology. Introductory
psychology. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS).
Section 001. This course will provide an overview of abnormal psychology, focusing on the assessment and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. We will also explore several explanatory systems (psychodynamic, behavioral/cognitive behavioral and biopsychological) that offer accounts of the etiology of these disorders and provide treatment strategies. The readings for this course will include clinical case studies, theoretical essays and empirical research papers. Course requirements include: attendance at lecture, course readings, 2 or 3 in class examinations. A short paper may also be assigned. (Leary)
Section 010. This course will present an introductory overview of abnormal psychology. The course will emphasize case studies as well as integrating research and theory on psychological dysfunction and problems in living. Among the disorders covered will be: anxiety disorders, sexual disorders, depression, personality disorders and schizophrenia. Issues concerning the history and validity of diagnoses and the merits of various approaches to understanding the disorders (e.g., psychodynamic, biological, behavioral, and cognitive) will also be covered. Grading will be based on exams, assigned papers, and section participation. Cost:3 WL:1 (Hansell)
372(415). Advanced Laboratory in Psychopathology. Psych.
370. (3). (Excl).
Section 001. Primary focus will be issues and methods in research in clinical psychology. Research methods will include both a wide range of problems (epidemiology; etiology; syndrome description; stress variables; efficacy of interventions; prognosis; follow-up; etc.) and a substantial range of methodological approaches. Goals will be to assist students toward acquiring competence in the design of research, substantially increase student sophistication as critical readers of various forms of psychological research, and acquaint students with value issues, procedural and pragmatic considerations relevant to research in psychopathology. Essentials include lecture-discussion sessions, assigned readings, special research exercises, and a supervised small-scale research project designed and conducted by each student. Please note : Section 001 will not include patient contact. Cost:4 WL:1 (Cain)
Section 003. This course is focused specifically on issues of psychopathology and competence in school-aged African American children. Theory and research on problems of conduct, mood and learning will be covered. Observational and interview research methods will be emphasized. (Barbarin)
380(382). Introduction to Social Psychology. Introductory psychology. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS).
SECTION 001. This course introduces students to the field of social psychology by covering such basic theoretical concepts as social beliefs and social inference; conformity and power; altruism; aggression; interpersonal attraction; and persuasion. Material from each unit is applied to a variety of contemporary social and psychological concerns. Students are evaluated by means of exams and classroom contributions. Instructional methods include assigned readings, lectures, films, demonstrations, and weekly discussion sections. Students in Section 013 must also be enrolled in Project Outreach Social Justice, Psychology 211-008. Cost:2 WL:1 (Hilton)
381(516)/Soc. 472. Advanced
Laboratory in Social Psychology. Stat. 402 and Psych.
380. (3). (Excl).
Section 001. The lab looks at the psychology of social change. Each student carries out an independent project. The student chooses a change effort that is personally significant. Through observation and semi-structured interviews with leaders, followers, opposition, and audience, the student identifies and considers the conceptions of change and influence that implicitly guide the effort, and also looks at the life histories that bring participants to the engagement. A good chance to sharpen skills at field research. Cost:2 WL:1 Must attend first two class meetings. (Ezekiel)
Section 002 and 003. Students design and implement a small survey and laboratory experiment on a standard social psychological topics such as personality and political beliefs, cooperation and competition, group discussion and attitude change, bargaining and negotiation, etc. Instruction carried out via discussion and demonstration plus a small number of lectures. Grades based primarily on papers in which students analyze and write-up the results of their research projects. Quality of participation in class and in research teams is also taken into account. Cost:2 WL:1 (Burnstein)
390(452). Introduction to the Psychology of Personality. Introductory psychology. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS).
This course will survey the principal theories and current research on personality. It will focus especially on (1) motives and defenses, (2) cognitive style, beliefs, and the sense of self, (3) traits and temperament and (4) social context as the major components of personality. Case studies of historical persons will be used to illustrate and integrate these components. Cost:3 WL:1 (Winter)
391(519). Advanced Laboratory in Personality. Stat. 402, and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psych. 390. (3). (Excl).
Personality research methods will be explored in detail in this course. Techniques involved in assessing personality will be introduced, including attention to social and ethical issues. These will include scale construction, content analysis, interviewing and observation. Issues of experimental design will be discussed, and students will gain experience administering, coding and evaluating personality measures. In addition, individually and in groups, students will plan and execute analyses of data drawn from one or more of ten different samples (of students, midlife adults, Presidents of the U.S., survivors of an earthquake, musicians, etc.) contained in the Personality Data Archive at the University of Michigan. Cost:2 WL:1 (Stewart)
401. Special Problems in
Psychology as a Social Science. Introductory psychology.
Only 6 credits of Psych. 400, 401, 402, 500, 501, and 502 combined
may be counted toward a concentration plan in psychology. (1-4).
(Excl). May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.
Section 001 – African-American Women: Culture, Community, Family, and Work. For Fall Term, 1993, this course is jointly offered with WS 341.001. (Hunter)
404(300). Field Practicum. One of the
following: Psychology 330, 340, 350, 360, 370, 380, or 390; and permission of instructor. Degree credit is granted for a combined
total of 15 credits elected through Psych. 211 and 404-409. Credit
is granted for a combined total of 12 credits through the series
Psychology 404-409. A combined total of 6 credits of Psychology
404-408, 504, and 506 may be included in a concentration plan
in psychology. (1-12). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).
Undergraduate Peer Advising. This course offered for 2 or 3 credits is a supervised practicum for psychology concentrates who wish to learn to help the Undergraduate Psychology Office with academic advising/counseling. Students are selected by interview for the training and supervised practicum. Twelve hours of weekend training in peer facilitation and the work of the Undergraduate Office precede the 2-4 hour weekly practicum and supervision sessions. Required also are weekly journals and a final term paper. The purchase of two paperback texts and a course pack are necessary. In addition to experience with individual academic advising, students in this course may elect to help run "focus groups" on subjects of interest to psychology concentrators. The class is limited to about 20 students in order to facilitate discussion, training and supervision of the practicum.
408(308). Field Practicum. One of the following: Psychology 330, 340, 350, 360, 370, 380, or 390; and permission of instructor. Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 15 credits elected through Psych. 211 and 404-409. Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits through the series Psychology 404-409. A combined total of 6 credits of Psychology 404-408, 504, and 506 may be included in a concentration plan in psychology. (1-12). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).
SECTION 001: WORKING WITH CHILDREN. Directed experience with children aged eighteen months to five years at the University of Michigan's Children Center and Children's Center for Working Families for approximately eight to twelve hours per week on a regular basis. Seminar relating theoretical issues to applied practice is held every two weeks. No prerequisites required. Course is intended to introduce students to children in a child care setting. Cost:1 WL:5, Permission of instructor required for all students (Sternberg)
409(309). Field Practicum in Research Techniques. One of the following: Psychology 330, 340, 350, 360, 370, 380, or 390; and permission of instructor. Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits through the series Psychology 404-409, and for a maximum of 15 credits elected through Psych. 211 and 404-409. May not be included in a concentration plan in psychology. May not be used for a lab course or alternate lab course. (1-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of 12 credits. May be elected for a maximum of two terms and/or four credits with the same instructor.
The course provides experience and education in research techniques. The student works with the instructor on various aspects of psychological research, completes readings, keeps a journal and completes a paper which integrates the readings and experiences in the research setting.
411/Women's Studies 419. Gender and Group Process in a Multicultural Context. One course in women's studies or psychology. (3). (SS).
See Women's Studies 419.
412. Peer Counseling. Introductory psychology.
Section 001 – Peer Counseling Skills. This course, which is open to freshmen through seniors, is designed to explore the basic principles, techniques and developmental issues involved in peer counseling. The class size will be limited to 30 in each of two sections in this three credit course so as to encourage discussion and participation in role play exercises. Appropriate readings and class discussion will address such issues as confidentiality, empathy, listening and communication skills. While there will be no examinations, there will be weekly writing assignments, a midterm role play and critique, and a longer final paper. These written assignments and in-class exercises will give an opportunity to apply the theory and technique of peer counseling. Some of the readings and discussion will focus on issues of self understanding in adolescence and adulthood, and on research issues in the field. While there are not required prerequisites for this class, it would be helpful for students to be curious about peer counseling and have a capacity for empathy and self understanding. Both sections of this course will meet weekly with guest speakers on campus whose programs offer opportunities to apply peer counseling skills and illustrations of how such skills are applied. Some of the class sessions may be videotaped for teaching purposes. Grades will be based on the quality of participation and written assignments. A course pack with readings and textbooks will be available and additional materials will be distributed by the instructor and teaching assistants during the course. Cost:4 WL:1 (Hatcher)
434(333). Human Neuropsychology. Introductory psychology. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Psych. 634. (4). (NS).
This course surveys current knowledge of the human brain and its role in mental processes, such as perception, attention, thought, language and memory, and learned behavior skills. Special topics include left vs. right-brain functions, sex differences in brain function and rehabilitation of cognitively impaired individuals with brain damage. Evaluation based on hour exams and final exam. Lecture and discussion. Cost:2 WL:1 (Butter).
436. Drugs of Abuse, Brain and Behavior. Psych.
330. (3). (Excl).
Intro. Biology and Chemistry are recommended as prerequisites. This course provides an introduction to the neuropsychopharmacology of drug abuse and addiction. The acute and long-term effects of selected drugs of abuse on behavior, mood, cognition, and neuronal function are explored. Material from studies with humans is integrated with preclinical studies on the biopsychology of drug action and drug abuse – including an introduction to pharmacological principles, behavioral pharmacology and detailed coverage of synaptic transmission and the distribution, regulation, and integration of brain neurotransmitter systems. The focus is on drugs of abuse, including opiates (heroin, morphine, opium), sedative – hypnotics (barbituates), anxiolytics (benzodiazepines), psychomotor stimulants (amphetamine, cocaine), hallucinogens (LSD, mescaline), hallucinogenic-stimulants (MDA, MDMA), dissociative anaesthetics (PCP) and alcohol. The course has a natural science orientation and is intended for students concentrating in psychology as a natural science, biology, or the bio-behavioral sciences (e.g., pre-med). A lecture format is used, with required reading from a text. Grades are based on objective-type exams. Cost:2 WL:1 (Robinson)
437(368)/Anthropology 368. Primate Social Behavior I. (4). (NS).
See Anthropology 368. (Mitani)
442. Perception, Science, and Reality. Introductory psychology. No credit granted to those who completed Psych. 444 prior to Fall Term, 1992. (3). (NS).
This course carries concentration credit for Psychology concentrators and natural science credit for non-Psychology concentrators. The course focuses on basic perceptual phenomena and theories. It also examines the general relationship between perception and scientific observation. Topics include: Sensory transduction and psychophysics, Gestalt organization, constancy and contrast effects, expectation, selective attention, perceptual learning and symbolic representation. While the course is oriented toward the natural sciences, it also considers social, philosophical and esthetic perspectives, since at its most general level, human perception concerns the questions of how and why human beings use sensory information to conceive of, and experience immediate reality the way they do. The instructor assumes no particular psychology background, and non-psychology concentrators are welcome. Grades will be determined on the basis of two short papers (each worth 30% of the grade) and one longer paper (worth 40% of the grade). An optional MTS conference will also be available. Questions concerning this class can be messaged to Robert Pachella using the MTS message system. Cost:2 WL:5 Get on waitlist. At beginning of term be sure that telephone number at CRISP is correct: If not call 764-9440 to correct it. As places in the course open up, we will call people IN ORDER from the waitlist. (Pachella)
444. Perception. Psych. 340. (3). (NS).
We experience the world around us through our senses. This course will examine the neural mechanisms that transduce physical energy into sensations and the mind/brain operations that transform sensations into percepts. The course aims to integrate neuroscientific, psychophysical and cognitive approaches to the problems of perception and will introduce methods employed by each approach. Emphasis will be placed on the visual modality where significant progress has been made in understanding the neuropsychological basis of perception. Topics will include how we see brightness, color, form, depth and motion, visual illusions and constancies, imagery, speech and pitch perception. Evaluation will be based on two exams and a paper. (Reuter-Lorenz)
447(443). Psychology of Thinking. Psych. 340. (3). (NS).
This course is intended for undergraduate psychology concentrators and others interested in complex mental processes. It fulfills the Group I requirements for a Psychology bachelor's degree. Among the topics covered in the course are reasoning, problem solving, decision making, artificial intelligence, and critical thinking. The course's approach is a scientific one, emphasizing the evaluation of theoretical models through experimental data and through computer simulation techniques. Practical applications to improving thinking abilities and real-world settings are also discussed. Mandatory class meetings consist of lectures and discussions. Grades are based on performance in three exams, a set of take-home exercises, and class participation. The total workload has been rated as "moderate" by past students. Cost:2 WL:1 (Ahn)
451/Ling. 451. Development of Language and Thought. Psych. 350. (3). (SS).
This course will focus on the question of how children acquire their language (including its sounds, meanings, grammatical structures, and rules of use) and the many psychological issues related to this process. Approximately two-thirds of the course will be concerned with the path of acquisition and an examination of the theories about how acquisition is achieved. The remainder of the course will address the question of how language and language acquisition are related to thinking. Student evaluation will be based on in-class hour exams and class participation. Classes will meet twice weekly for lecture, with some time reserved in most class periods for discussion. Cost:3 WL:1 (Shatz)
453. Socialization of the Child. Psych.
350. (3). (SS).
Section 001. This course will cover the influences that affect the child's socio-emotional development. It will cover the theories of social development and the research findings. We will examine the role of the family, peers, school and the larger society as they affect personality, self-concepts, competence, attitudes and behavior. There will be three exams and a term project. Cost:2 WL:1 (Hoffman)
Section 002. This course will cover the influences that affect the child's socio-emotional development. We will examine, through a developmental perspective, the role of family, peers, school and society at large in shaping personality, self-concepts, competence, attitudes and behaviors;. Throughout the course, attention will be paid to the impact of social class, ethnicity, and gender on the socialization process. Contemporary and clinical issues, such as divorce, father absence, and child care will be considered. Grades will be based on three exams (multiple choice and essay). Lecture format. (Gold-Steinberg)
455. Cognitive Development. Psych. 350. (3). (SS).
This upper-level undergraduate course provides an examination of children's thinking and intellectual growth, from infancy through adolescence. Topics covered include: concepts, language, problem-solving, memory, spatial skills, individual differences, and more. We will consider different theoretical accounts of how mental abilities develop, devoting particular attention to recent psychological research (both experimental and observational). The course will primarily be a lecture format, with opportunity for in-class discussion. Students will be evaluated by 3 exams and one term paper. Cost:2 (Gelman)
459. Psychology of Aging. Psych. 350. (3). (SS).
This course is an overview of current social gerontological issues. Topics covered include a review of general theories of aging, the demography of aging, a discussion of how sociodemographic variables influence the aging experience, and a consideration of what is currently known about aging changes in cognition and intelligence. A major portion of this course focuses on what is known about how physical and mental health influences the experience of aging. Also studied is the social characteristics of middle aged and elderly people, in particular the nature of their family and friendship relationships. The course also examines the questions of death and dying, and of ethical and policy issues as they relate to the elderly. This is an upper level course that assumes a knowledge base in psychology. It is taught within a life-span development framework. Grade is based on exams, activities, and a paper. Cost:2 WL:1 (Antonucci)
464. Group Behavior in Organizations. Psych. 360. (3). (Excl).
This course introduces students to a wide range of concepts and issues in group behavior. It is the second in a series of three courses that includes Psychology 360 (Individual Behavior in Organizations) and Psychology 565 (Organization Systems). Students may elect to take this course without taking the other two courses. The course presents information on the design and management of small task groups within organizations. The course focuses both on the contextual significance of groups and the impact of intrapsychic forces on groups. Both experiential and didactic teaching methods will be used and course material will include research literature, case studies, examples from contemporary organizations and the instructor's own research and consulting experience. Students will be required to work in small groups. Cost:2 WL:4 (Davis-Sacks)
471(385). Marriage and the Family. Introductory
psychology. (3). (SS).
Section 001. This lecture and discussion course looks at the family from both a developmental and clinical perspective. Developmental perspectives include dating, marriage and family life cycles. A variety of theoretical frameworks for understanding and evaluating the family are also presented. Primary emphasis will be on family systems, ecological, object relations and intergenerational theories of family functioning. The course paper requires students to evaluate and design a family therapy intervention for one family in a work of modern fiction. The midterm and final have a multiple choice, short answer and a choice of short essay format. Cost:2 WL:3 (Graham-Bermann)
Section 010. An intensive introduction to the clinical and research literatures on the family in contemporary American society. Designed especially for students interested in clinical work with families, the course will examine family process, assessment, and intervention from the conceptual vantage point of general systems theory. Students will be expected to attend weekly lectures and discussion. (S.Olson)
474. Introduction to Behavior Therapy. Psych. 370. (3). (Excl).
The course will review the major theoretical models, assessment strategies and treatment modalities of behavior therapy. The syllabus will initially introduce behavior modification within the context of traditional psychology and review its underlying assumptions. Basic principles of classical and operant conditioning and social learning theory will be described, and the respective paradigms will be extended to explain the mechanisms and remediation of childhood and adult psychopathology including marital and family dysfunction. Recent trends in behavior therapy including the growth of cognitive schools of behavior change and the application of learning principles in the investigation and treatment of a wide variety of medical disorders will follow. Finally, a critical evaluation of behavior therapy and relevant ethical concerns will be discussed. Student evaluation will be based on three examinations and a behavior modification project. (Roth)
488/Soc. 465. Sociological Analysis of Deviant Behavior. (3). (SS).
See Sociology 465. (Modigliani)
510(590). Senior Honors Research I. Psych. 312 and permission of the Psychology Honors concentration advisor. (3). (Excl).
The main event in Senior Honors is thesis production. (Get thee to your tutor, get your thesis underway, make normal progress.) The goal is a thesis that makes one justifiably proud. Early on, each student will present thesis background and design to the class. Class discussion topics: school/job decisions and application strategies; a review of the basics of statistical reasoning and statistical tests that students intend to use. Drafts of segments that can later be incorporated into the thesis are to be submitted periodically. However, the main order of business, and classwork will not interfere, is, get thee to your tutor.... Cost:1 WL:1 (Weintraub)
531. Advanced Topics in Biopsychology. Psych.
330. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.
Section 001 – Hormones and Behavior. (3 credits). Prerequisite: Psych 330 or equivalent. Do hormones influence behavior? Yes. Hormones can have a profound effect on the brain and this can produce changes in behavior. Hormone-brain-behavior relations in humans, dogs, rats, frogs, moths and other animals will be the topics of discussion. Behaviors to be discussed include sex differences in the brain, as well as hormonal influences on mating behavior, courtship behavior, parental behavior, aggression, thirst, feeding, cognitive functions, and stress responses. Grades will be based on the results of 3 exams. Cost:2 WL:1 (Becker)
542(522). Decision Processes. An introductory course in statistics is recommended but not required. (3). (NS).
This course is about how people make decisions and the judgments on which those decisions are based. It examines such questions as these: What do we take into account and ignore when we form opinions about what will happen in the future? How do we reconcile conflicting considerations in a decision problem? How and to what extent are our choices shaped by how the alternatives are presented to us? There have been many indications that human decision making is flawed to the extent that we expose ourselves to the risk of serious errors. The course considers when those errors should and should not occur. It also discusses ways of preventing such mistakes. Thus, the course should be of considerable relevance to students interested in such fields as medical or psychological clinical judgment and managerial decision making. Classes consist of lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in which students participate actively. A prior or concurrent introductory statistics course is recommended, but not essential. Cost:3 WL:1 (Yates)
551. Advanced Topics in
Developmental Psychology. Psych. 350. (3). (Excl).
May be repeated for credit.
Section 001 – Poverty, Unemployment, and Children's Lives. Who are the poor and the unemployed? How are poverty and unemployment related to race, ethnicity, and gender? What economic and social factors contribute to poverty and unemployment? What is the impact of poverty and unemployment on individual psychological functioning, marital relations, parenting, and children's development and what are the processes by which these impacts occur? In what ways do high rates of unemployment influence youth's post-high school development, and conceptions of adulthood, marriage, and parenthood? What distinguishes children who function extraordinarily well psychologically and educationally, despite economic hardship? Giving special emphasis to the child and adolescent's perspective, this course will consider these and related questions in both historical and contemporary contexts. Sociological, psychological, and anthropological research employing ethnographic, survey, and interview methodology will be reviewed. Readings will include books, chapters, and journal articles. Students will be required to complete two essay exams and a paper or project. Method of instruction – lecture/discussion. Cost:3 WL:1 (McLoyd)
570(556). The Psychological Study of Lives. Psych. 370 or 390 and junior standing. (3). (Excl).
This course addresses the shaping of lives from two directions - the psychodynamic and the cultural. On the one hand, a life story manifests a continuity of tendencies and themes that have the stamp of individuality. On the other hand, the progress of life is determined by the person's social and cultural situation (family, social class, subculture, gender-role, economics). Students will learn to interpret biographical and autobiographical materials in cultural and psychological terms. Class discussion of theory, research, and case materials will be the medium of instruction. Students will be evaluated on the basis of one midterm and one final project, each involving the interpretation of a case history. Cost:3 WL:4 (Rosenwald)
571. Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology. Psych.
370. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.
Section 001 – Dreams as Problem Solving Strategies. Students examine their own and others' dreams to understand how their dramatic narrative structure highlights strategies to attempt resolution of personal conflict. Background theory is presented through required readings and lecture, and evaluation is based on participation in discussion, an exam and paper. Cost:3 WL:5. Waitlist at CRISP. If room is available, the instructor will call students on the waitlist. Wailtisted students should not attend class unless they are called. (Wolowitz)
Section 002 – Divorce, Remarriage and Child Development. This course is intended to review the short-term, intermediate and long-term effects of parental divorce on the social, emotional and cognitive development of youngsters, from birth to eighteen years of age. A review of clinical, developmental and sociological literatures pertaining to the effects of divorce on the trajectory of child development will be integrated. Findings from these literatures will be viewed from family systems, psychodynamic and stress/coping/resiliency frameworks. The results of this review and conceptual understanding of published clinical and research findings will be used to assess alternative clinical, legal and social policy interventions on behalf of youngsters whose parents divorce. (Kalter)
Section 003 – Culture and Clinical Psychology. This course examines issues of culture and ethnicity within the field of clinical psychology by investigating: (1) the ways in which cultural values affect the research and practice of clinical psychology, and (2) current research on the assessment and treatment of ethnic minority groups within the United States. Student evaluation will be based on exams and papers. Instruction will include a combination of lectures and discussion. WL:1 (Nagata)
573. Developmental Disturbances of Childhood. Psych. 350 or 390, and Psych. 370 (3). (Excl).
This course focuses on children's developmental disturbances. It includes basic points of view, selected syndromes, relevant research data, and etiological concepts. It suggests fruitful ways of analyzing and conceptualizing issues and data in the field, also alerting students to gaps in our knowledge. In addition, the instructor hopes to communicate an inner, affective feel for the phenomena of childhood disorders, to interest some students in this field as a possible profession, and to encourage others to incorporate certain knowledge, and ways of approaching issues into their own fields. Student work is evaluated on the basis of a midterm, final examination and term paper. Cost:4 WL:1 (Cain)
574. Clinical Psychology. Psych. 370 and psychology concentration. (3). (Excl).
Psychology 574 is a small seminar (limit of 20) for junior and senior psychology majors who think they might be interested in a career in clinical psychology or a related field. The student is expected to have a general psychology background, including psychopathology. The purpose of the seminar (which includes reading, class discussion, and papers) is threefold: (1) allow the student to consolidate his knowledge of psychology and apply it to real clinical materials; (2) to develop the student's capacity for making disciplined clinical inferences; and (3) to introduce the student to the realities of training and work in the profession. Cost:1 WL:1 (Lohr)
575. Perspectives in Advanced Psychopathology. Two
courses from among Psych. 350, 370, 390, 443, 444, 451, and 558.
Adv Psychopathology. The evolution of conceptualization of psychopathology as repressed trauma, conflict regarding forbidden desire vs. guilt and anxiety; internalized "bad objects" vs "good objects" and narcissistic abuse or deprivation is the focus of clinical case readings and discussion based on psychotherapy observations and interactions. Evaluation is based on an exam, final and class participation. Cost:4 WL:5. Waitlist at CRISP. If room is available, the instructor will call students on the waitlist. Wailtisted students should not attend class unless they are called. (Wolowitz)
581. Advanced Topics in Social Psychology. Psych.
380. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.
Section 001. Lives in Social Context. A field work course; challenging and somewhat unusual. Each student selects a group of people of particular interest. Usually people in a neighborhood that is very different from the sort of neighborhood she grew up in. Sometimes, alternatively, people whose lives have special relevance to her, such as people practicing a profession she plans. The student then creates in-depth prolonged meetings with a small number of these people and writes up each week these meetings and her reflections on them. This journal is checked every two weeks. The course also will deal with about five books. Real investment of time: about ten actual hours/week. Independent and curious students will do best. Cost:2 WL:1 (Ezekiel)
Section 003 – Attitudes and Social Stereotypes. The first part of the course will explore what is presently known about attitudes, their origins, their structure, and the processes that are involved in changing attitudes. The second part of the course will focus on social stereotypes and will involve a consideration of classic and more recent research concerning social stereotypes, their origins, functions and consequences. (Manis)
The department of psychology offers several options for independent study/directed reading.
204. Individual Research. & 206. Tutorial Reading. Arrangements may be made for adequately prepared students to undertake individual research or plans of study under the direction of a member of the staff. Students are provided with the proper section number by the staff member with whom the work has been arranged. Students are responsible for properly registering for this course.
504. Individual Research and 506. Tutorial Reading. Arrangements may be made for adequately prepared students to undertake individual research or plans of study under the direction of a member of the staff. Work in 504 must include the collection and analysis of data and a written report. Work in 506 provides an opportunity for further exploration of a topic of interest in Psychology. Students are responsible for being properly registered for this course, which includes a contract signed by the instructor, and approval of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies – contracts are available from the Undergraduate Psychology Office K106, 580 Union Drive, and must be returned there for approval and an override.
The field practicum courses (Psych 404-408) offer an opportunity to integrate experiential and academic work within the context of a field setting. Students make their own arrangements to work in various community agencies and organizations; meet regularly with a faculty sponsor to discuss their experiences; read materials which are relevant to their experiences; and create some form of written product that draws experiences together at the end of the term. Obtain materials as early as possible as it generally takes students some time to meet requirements necessary to register for the course. An override from a Psychology Department faculty member is required to register. N.B. This course is an Experiential course and no more than 30 credits may be counted toward the 120 hours required for graduation.
Field Practicums and Psych 504, 506 have prerequisites of one of the following: Psychology 330, 340, 350, 360, 370, 380, or 390; and permission of instructor. Degree credit is granted for a combined total of 15 credits elected through Psych. 211 and 404-409. A combined total of 6 credits of Psychology 404-408, 504, and 506 may be included in a concentration plan in psychology. Credit is granted for a combined total of 12 credits elected through the series Psych. 404-409. Psych 504 and 506 each can be elected for a maximum of 6 credits each.
The following limitations apply to Experiential and Directed Reading/Independent Study credit:
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