Courses in Psychology (Division 455)

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 or 115. Psychology 115 is offered as a natural science course and stresses experimental psychology. 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. During the term we will cover such topics as perception, development, physiology and behavior, personality, and social psychology. In addition, we will look at some of the metaphors and principles that have guided research and theory within psychology (e.g., the mind as computer; the role of the unconscious; the person as pleasure seeking; the role of nature and nurture). Grades are based on three exams and assignments in discussion sections. Cost:2 (Hilton)

307. Directed Experiences with Children. Introductory psychology and permission of instructor. A total of 6 credits of Psychology letter-graded experiential courses may be counted for the Psychology concentration. (3-4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of 7 credits.

SECTION 201: 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)

341(310). Superlab in Psychology as a Natural Science. Psych. 330 or 340. (4). (NS). (BS). Satisfies a Psychology research-based laboratory requirement.
Section 201 Using Computers in Experimentation. (This course fulfills one of the advanced laboratory requirements in Psychology.)
In this course, we will use computer simulation to test psychological theories. Using computer tools, we will create single picture stimulus displays and mini-worlds for subjects to act upon, and test hypotheses about their thinking. The class will make use of computer tools available free and commercially, and adapt them to test specific types of reasoning behavior. In addition to group projects, a final project will involve extending the tools to test a novel issue. Programming experience is not needed, but being comfortable with using computers is helpful. Please contact the instructor with any questions. Cost:2 WL:1 (Seymour)

372(415). Advanced Laboratory in Psychopathology. Psych. 370. (3). (Excl). Satisfies a Psychology research-based laboratory requirement.

This course is designed to introduce students to various methods of clinical inference and research relevant to the construction and study of dynamic theories of psychopathology, related psychodiagnostic methods, and psychotherapeutic interventions.

380(382). Introduction to Social Psychology. Introductory psychology. (3). (SS).

This course introduces students to the field of social psychology. A general overview of the development of social psychological ideas, the methods used, and the various subfields of social psychological research will be discussed first. Part 2 of the term is devoted to studying research on social cognitions. Part 3 introduces research on social influence. Part 4 explores issues of social interaction (intra- and intergroup relations) and how these social psychological ideas can contribute to our understanding of ethnocentrism, racism and sexism. Grades are determined in a midterm exam, a final exam, and two papers. Instructional methods include lectures, discussion, films, demonstrations, and assigned readings. Cost:2 WL:1 (Inglehart)

391(519). Advanced Laboratory in Personality. Stat. 402, and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psych. 390. (3). (Excl). Satisfies a Psychology research-based laboratory requirement.

Personality research methods will be explored in detail in this course. Several techniques for measuring personality will be introduced, including questionnaires, physiological measures, projective techniques, and observation. Attention will also be given to ethical and social issues involved in the assessment of personality, as well as issues of research design and measurement reliability and validity. Cost:2 WL:1

442. Perception, Science, and Reality. Introductory psychology. No credit granted to those who completed Psych. 444 prior to Fall Term, 1992. (3). (NS). (BS).

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)

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:1 (Davis)

471(385). Marriage and the Family. Introductory psychology. (3). (SS).

This course will explore subjects related to: the history and diversity of the family; normative and alternative life cycle tasks; family system's theory; family dysfunction; and family therapy. Sociological and clinical approaches to understanding and working with families are integrated. Evaluation of student performance is based on 3 in-class exams. Class will be taught in lecture format. (Gold-Steinberg)

501. Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science. Introductory Psychology. Only 6 credits of Psych. 400, 401, 402, 500, 501, and 502 may be counted toward a concentration plan in psychology. (1-4). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.
Sections 201 and 202 International Perspectives on Math Education.
Requires attendance at conference June 23, 24 and 25. Section 201 also meets June 26-30, 9-5 for 2 credits. Section 202 also requires attendance at a conference June 23, 24, and 25, and meets June 26 -30, 9-5, and July 1-7, 9-12 for 3 credits. Students may enroll for either graduate or undergraduate credit. Both sections will cover the psychology of mathematics teaching from an international perspective. Americans have few opportunities to explore in depth what is happening in mathematics instruction around the world. This course provides that opportunity. Students will be exposed to experts from Germany, Hungary, Japan, South Africa, Taiwan, China, and the United States who will describe what is occurring in countries that are producing some of the world's leading mathematics. The conference will include formal presentations from each of these experts as well as small discussion groups and films demonstrating teaching methods. Section 201 will include 10 sessions (half day each) run by each of these experts to probe each case more intensively. Section 202 will include a follow-up seminar, conducted by Dr. Harold Stevenson and Dr. Shinying Lee of the University of Michigan, focused on comparative methods and the psychological principles underlying them. (Stevenson and Lee)

558. Psychology of Adolescence. Psych. 350. (2-3). (Excl).

Designed to educate the student about (1) the application of scientific inquiry to the domain of human behavior and development; (2) some principles of developmental and social psychology; and (3) the specific effects on human behavior of ADOLESCENCE, a period of rapid biological, psychological and social change. Intended as a contribution to students' liberal education; to provide them with concepts which may enrich their appreciation of a broad range of scientific and cultural materials; and to help them lead more self-conscious lives. Approach to adolescence is biopsychosocial. Adolescence will be treated as a particular instance of interaction between physical, psychological and social development, centering about the attainment of adult sexuality, increasing cognitive skills, and preparation for taking adult roles in the individual's society. Students must already have successfully completed at least one course in child or lifespan development or in the socialization of the child. Evaluation will be based on written work; take-home essay examinations and a term paper. Readings will include a textbook, a course pack of theoretical and empirical papers on adolescence, and autobiographies. Cost:2 WL:1 (Gold)

Independent Study/Directed Reading

The department of psychology offers several options for independent study/directed reading. See the Spring Term listing.


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