Lectures

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* indicates a course is offered in 2017-18

Fall 2017. Sec. 1: 3 pts. P. Lindemann. TR 1:10-2:25 PM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall. 

Fall 2017. Sec. 2: 3 pts. K. Taylor. TR 8:40-9:55 AM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall. 

Spr 2018. Sec. 1: 3 pts. P. Lindemann. TR 1:10-2:25 PM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall.

Spr 2018. Sec. 2: 3 pts. Instructor TBA. MW 1:10-2:25 PM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall.

Description: Broad survey of psychological science including: sensation and perception; learning, memory, intelligence, language, and cognition; emotions and motivation; development, personality, health and illness, and social behavior. Discusses relations between the brain, behavior, and experience. Emphasizes science as a process of discovering both new ideas and new empirical results.

Note: Enrollment may be limited. Attendance at the first two class periods is mandatory.

S1001D or Q. The Science of Psychology 

  • Offered Summer Term 2017

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Fall 2017: 3 pts. C. Marvin TR 11:40-12:55 PM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall.

Spr 2018: 3 pts. M. Aly MW 2:40-3:55 PM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall.


Description: An introduction to the biological approach to the experimental study of behavior. Includes consideration of the types of biological data relevant to psychology, as well as the assumptions and logic permitting the interpretation of biological data in psychological terms. 

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Group 1: Perception and Cognition

2017-18: Not offered. 3 pts. B. Finn


Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, or the instructor's permission. 
 

Description: An introduction to basic concepts in cognitive psychology. Topics include theories and phenomena in areas such as attention, memory, concepts and categories, language, reasoning, decision making, and consciousness. 

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2017-18: Not offered. 3 pts. T. Eich


Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010 (recommended), or the instructor's permission. 
 

Description: How mental activities--particularly human cognitive processes--are implemented in the brain, with some emphasis on methods and findings of neuroscience. Topics include long term and working memory, attention and executive processes, concepts and categorization, decision making, and language. 

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S2215D. Cognition and the Brain

  • Offered Summer Term 2016

Fall 2017: 3 pts. J. Metcalfe MW 2:40-3:55 PM. Room 524 Seely Mudd Building

Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, or the instructor's permission. 
 

Description: Memory, attention, and stress in human cognition. 
 

Note: Attendance at the first class period is mandatory.

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2017-18: Not offered. 3 pts. C. Hakwan.

Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, or the instructor's permission.
 

Description: Introduction to the theories and mechanisms of attentional selection in perceptual processes. Topics include classical theories of selective attention, modern neurocognitive models, clinical impairments of attention, and the relationship between attention and time. 

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2017-18: Not offered. 3 pts. S. Shuwairi

Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, or the instructor's permission. 
 

Description: Fundamental phenomena and mechanisms of visual and auditory perception are described and related to underlying neural processes, to developmental processes, and to sensorimotor function.

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Spr 2018: 3 pts. K. Fox-Glassman. TR 10:10-11:25 PM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall.

Prerequisite: An introductory course in psychology. 
 

Description: Models of judgment and decision making in both certain and uncertain or risky situations, illustrating the interplay of top-down (theory-driven) and bottom-up (data-driven) processes in creating knowledge. Focus is on how individuals do and should make decisions, with some extensions to group decision making and social dilemmas.

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S2235Q. Thinking and Decision Making 

  • Offered Summer Term 2016

Spr 2018: 3 pts. H. Terrace. TR 11:40 AM-12:55 PM. Room 200B Schermerhorn Hall.

Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, or the instructor's permission. 
 

Description: A systematic review of different forms of cognition as viewed in the context of the theory of evolution. Specific topics include the application of the theory of evolution to behavior, associative learning, biological constraints on learning, methods for studying the cognitive abilities of animals, levels of representation, ecological influences on cognition, and evidence of consciousness in animals. 

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Fall 2017: 3 pts. N. Tottenham.TR 10:10-11:25 AM. Room 310 Fayerweather.

Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, or the equivalent. 
 

Description: Introduction to the scientific study of human development, with an emphasis on psychobiological processes underlying perceptual, cognitive, and emotional development.
 

Note: Enrollment may be limited. Attendance at the first two class periods is mandatory. 

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S2280D. Developmental Psychology

  • Offered Summer Term 2017

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Group 2: Psychobiology and Neuroscience

Fall 2017: 3 pts. C. Marvin TR 11:40-12:55 PM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall.

Spr 2018: 3 pts. M. Aly MW 2:40-3:55 PM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall.

Spr 2018: 3 pts. C. Marvin MW 2:40-3:55 PM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall.

Description: An introduction to the biological approach to the experimental study of behavior. Includes consideration of the types of biological data relevant to psychology, as well as the assumptions and logic permitting the interpretation of biological data in psychological terms. 

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Spr 2018: 3 pts. S. Woolley TR 2:40 PM - 3:55 PM Room 614 Schermerhorn Hall

Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, or a college-level biology course or instructor permission.
 

Description: Introduction to behavioral systems, evolution of behavioral traits, and analysis of behavior. Topics include reproductive and social behavior, mating systems, competition, cooperation, communication, learning, development and the interplay of genes and environment.

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2017-18: Not offered. 3 pts. M. Miozzo


Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, or instructor permission.
 

Description: Introduction to psychological research on human language and communication and to brain mechanisms supporting language processing. Topics include comprehension and production of speech sounds, words and sentences; reading and writing; bilingualism; communication behavior.

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Spr 2018: 3 pts. K. Taylor. TR 7:40-8:55 PM. Room 614 Schermerhorn Hall.

Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010.
 

Description: Examines the principles governing neuronal activity, the role of neurotransmitter systems in memory and motivational processes, the presumed brain dysfunctions that give rise to schizophrenia and depression, and philosophical issues regarding the relationship between brain activity and subjective experience. 

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S2450Q. Behavioral Neuroscience 

  • Offered Summer Term 2017

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2017-18: Not offered. 3 pts.


Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, or the equivalent. 
 

Description: The effects of psychoactive drugs on the brain and behavior. 

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2017-18: Not offered. 3 pts.

Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, or the instructor's permission.
 

Description: Brain development across the life span, with emphasis on fetal and postnatal periods. How the environment shapes brain development and hence adult patterns of behavior.

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Group 3: Social, Personality, and Abnormal

2016-17: Not offered. 3 pts. W. Mischel

Prerequisite: An introductory psychology course. 
 

Description: A survey of the important methods, findings, and theories in the field of personality research. 

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 Fall 2017: 3 pts. E. McCaskill. TR 6:10-7:25 PM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall.

Prerequisite: An introductory psychology course. 
 

Description: An examination of definitions, theories, and treatments of abnormal behavior.

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S2620Q. Abnormal Behavior 

  • Offered Summer Term 2017

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Fall 2017: 3 pts. T. Higgins. TR 2:40-3:55 PM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall.

Description: Surveys important methods, findings, and theories in the study of social influences on behavior. Emphasizes different perspectives on the relation between individuals and society.

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S2630D. Social Psychology

  • Offered Summer Term 2017

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S2635. Social and Organizational Psychology

  • Not offered Summer 2017

Spr 2018: 3 pts. L. Heiphetz. MW 10:10-11:25 AM. Room 501 Schermerhorn Hall.

Prerequisite: An introductory psychology course or instructor's permission. 
 

Description: An introduction to basic concepts in social cognition. Topics include attribution theory (how we explain our own and other's behavior), social categories and schema (social perception and stereotyping), the social self (the development and maintenance of a self-concept), attention and consciousness, person memory, affect and cognition, and social inference, among others. 

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2017-18: TBA. 3 pts. V. Purdie Greenaway.

Recommended Preparation: Although there are no proper prerequisites, some basic knowledge of social psychology is desirable 
 

Description: A comprehensive examination of how culture and diversity shape psychological processes. The class will explore psychological and political underpinnings of culture and diversity, emphasizing social psychological approaches. Topics include culture and social cognition, group and identity formation, psychology of multiculturalism, stereotyping, prejudice, and gender. Applications to real-world phenomena discussed.

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Offered Summer Term 2017

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2017-18: Not offered. 3 pts. J. Curley. 


Prerequisite: PSYC UN1001 or UN1010, or the equivalent.

Description: This lecture course introduces students to the study of typical human social development with a particular focus on genetic, familial and peer influences on the development of social behaviors during early childhood.

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2017-18: Not offered. 3 pts. S. Lutz 


Prerequisite: An introductory psychology course. 

Description: Exploration of social, emotional, and moral development in children and adolescents, and consideration of the interactive influence of biology, culture, and social context on development. Particular attention to cultural context and current research, as well as interdisciplinary insights.

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