Courses

Cognate Courses

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in Courses

Psychology majors are allowed to count one of the following courses as a psychology elective course, fulfilling one of the 12 psychology courses needed for the major. ID majors are also allowed to count one cognate course toward the major, provided they do not double-count it toward the other half of their major. Psychology minors may not count a cognate course toward one of the six courses needed for the minor.

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PSY-100. A First Course in Psychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

PSY-100. A First Course in Psychology

Offered in the Fall, Winter & Spring. Taught by Chabris, DeBono, Morton & Wells.

The activities and experiences of the human being. Personality and its development, motives, learning and intelligence, and behavior in conflict.

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PSY-200. Statistical Methods in Psychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

PSY-200. Statistical Methods in Psychology

Offered in the Fall, Winter & Spring. Taught by Morton, Romero, Stanhope & Wells.

The descriptive and inferential statistical procedures used by researchers to explain and analyze their results. Mean, variance, correlation, hypothesis testing using t-test, ANOVA and nonparametric tests.

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PSY- 210. Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

PSY- 210. Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Offered in the Fall, Winter & Spring. Taught by Chabris & Romero.

Basic concepts of brain functioning as they relate to psychological phenomena. Neuroanatomy, neurotransmission and brain sites important in the mediation of consummatory behavior, emotions, pleasure, sleep and memory. (Same as BIO-210)

Weekly lab.

Prerequisite PSY-100 or BIO-101 & BIO-102. CCScience

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PSY-211. Sensation and Perception

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Spring. Taught by Wells.

The structural and functional aspects of the sensory system and sensory processes. Also theories and research in the field of perception and perceptual development.

Weekly lab. CC Science.

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PSY-215. Health Psychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Spring. Taught by Morton.

This course will examine psychology’s role in the etiology, prevention, progression and treatment of disease. Topics will include mechanisms by which stress and health-related behaviors such as diet, exercise, smoking and substance abuse contribute to illness, doctor-patient communication, problems of medical compliance, cognitive/behavioral treatment techniques, pain management and health promotion/disease prevention strategies.

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PSY- 220. Psychology of Memory and Thinking

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

PSY- 220. Psychology of Memory and Thinking

Offered in the Fall, Winter & Spring. Taught by Burns & Wells.

How humans code, store, remember and forget information. Related topics include attention, pattern recognition, concept learning and reading.

Weekly lab.

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PSY-225. The Psychology of Language

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Not offered in 2014-15

Psycholinguistics; including speech perception, child’s acquisition of language, animal language, linguistic diversity and recent research.

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PSY-230. Social Psychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

PSY-230. Social Psychology

Offered in the Fall, Winter & Spring. Taught by Bizer, Hart & Morton.

Research methods, survey of research on attribution processes, person perception, stereotyping, attraction, persuasion and social influence and effects of group membership on behavior. (Same as SOC-203)

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PSY-235. Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Winter. Taught by Nydegger.

A general overview of the research and theory relating psychology to work behavior and to applications in the industrial setting. Personnel psychology, human factors and engineering psychology, organization theory, organizational development and organizational behavior will be examined.

PSY-230 preferred but not required.

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PSY-240. Developmental Psychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Fall, Winter & Spring. Taught by Stanhope.

Child behavior and the processes influencing child development. Methods of study and theories.

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PSY-242. Death and Dying

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Not offered in 2014/2015

This course will examine the social and psychological processes that shape the dying and bereavement process. The historical and cultural factors that influence attitudes toward dying and the ethical issues that impact decisions about how we die will be discussed. In addition, this course will discuss end of life care, including hospice, palliative care and pain management, how our health care system treats the dying; mental health interventions and suicide.

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PSY-245. Psychology of Sex Roles

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Winter. Taught by Donaldson.

The psychological bases and effects of the masculine and feminine role norms in our culture. Topics include biological bases of sex differences, sexuality, romance, work and family roles, origins of sex-typed personality in family and cultural socialization.

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PSY-246. Educational Psychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Spring. Taught by Raso.

Principles of psychology applied to teaching with emphasis on the cognitive abilities of students, classroom management procedures and motivational techniques.

(Note: This course or placement exam is required for admission to Union’s MAT program)

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PSY-250. Abnormal Psychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

PSY-250. Abnormal Psychology

Offered in the Fall, Winter & Spring. Taught by Anderson-Hanley & Nydegger.

Models and theories of psychology, with description and analyses of forms of abnormality and its modification.

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PSY- 251. Personality

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Fall, Winter & Spring. Taught by Benack & Donaldson.

Classical and contemporary theories of personality, with an emphasis on current issues and research in the field.

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PSY-255. Psychology of Addiction

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Not offered in 2014/2015

A socio-psychological approach to understanding a variety of addictive behaviors. Includes coverage of substance abuse, e.g., alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and foods; as well as activities such as gambling, sex, work, relationships, etc.

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PSY-295 H-296-H. Psychology Honors Independent Project 1 & 2

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Psychology Honors Independent Project 1 & 2

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PSY-300. Research Methods in Psychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Winter & Spring. Taught by Bizer & Burns.

The basic research methods used in psychology, introducing the student to research design, data collection procedures and scientific writing. Emphasis will be on the experimental method.

Weekly lab.

Prerequisite: Psychology 200.

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PSY-311. Animal Behavior

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Winter. Taught by Fleishman.

An introduction to the study of animal behavior. The mechanisms and evolutionary processes underlying animal behavior under natural conditions will be examined.

One lab per week.

Prerequisites: BIO-110 (102) and BIO-112 (101) or permission of the instructor. (Same as BIO-325)

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PSY-312. Introduction to Neurobiology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Winter. Taught by Olberg.

Function of neurons, nervous systems, and sense organs, with emphasis on vertebrates.

One lab per week.

Prerequisite: BIO-225 or permission of the instructor. (Same as BIO-362)

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PSY-315. Neural Circuits of Behavior

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Spring. Taught by Olberg.

A seminar course, focusing on recent findings in neuroethology, the neural basis of natural behavior. We consider how sensory information is obtained and used to control behavior in both vertebrates and invertebrates.

Prerequisites: BIO-112 (101) and one of the following: BIO-210, 330, 362, or 363, or permission of the instructor. (Same as BIO-365)

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PSY-330. Attitudes and Social Behavior

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Not offered in 2014/2015

Survey of research on attitude-behavior relations and on the psychology of persuasion. Issues of attitude structure, formation and measurement also discussed. Students propose original research ideas.

Prerequisites: PSY- 230.

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PSY-331. Psychology of Emotion

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Spring. Taught by Hart.

Examination and evaluation of scientific theories and research about emotions, including the evolution and development of emotions, the physiological and neurological underpinnings of emotions, individual differences and psychopathology and the role of emotions in close relationships and everyday life.

Prerequisite: PSY100 and any 200 level course except statistics.

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PSY-336. Political Psychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Winter. Taught by Oxley.

The application of psychological theories to understanding the political attitudes and behavior of individuals (citizens, political leaders) as well as small groups (juries, presidential advisors). Specific topics include stereotypes, personality, social cognition, attitude formation, altruism, emotion, psychoanalysis, group think and elite decision-making.

Prerequisite: PSC-111 or PSY-100. (Same as PSC-361)

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PSY-350. Psychotherapy

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Fall. Taught by Benack.

Survey of the major contemporary systems of psychotherapy. Includes analytic, family systems, cognitive and behavioral approaches. Students will learn theories, techniques and processes involved in the practice of psychotherapy.

Prerequisite: PSY-250.

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PSY-351. Practicum in Human Relations I

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Not offered in 2014/2015

Explores interpersonal communication as it shapes and is shaped by human relationships. Psychological theories of interpersonal communication presented with a view to explicating the processes by which people come to describe, explain or otherwise account for the world (including themselves) in which they live. Categories of “abnormal” behavior and approaches to psychotherapy revisited from the perspective of communications theory.

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PSY-352. Psychological Assessment and Testing

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Winter. Taught by Morris.

Learn about one of psychology’s most important and unique practical contributions. Examine assessment tools that are key to the practice of clinical and counseling psychology (e.g., diagnostic and personality tests). Review issues related to test construction (e.g.,reliability and validity). Practice construction and validation of a new test.

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PSY-402, 403, 404. Honors Topic Seminar

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Honors Topic Colloquium; taught by Hart & Chabris.

A one-credit course running the full academic year, open to junior and senior qualified students. Limited enrollments; students will be recommended for the course by faculty.

Each year’s topic will be chosen by the supervising faculty member. Normally, students will meet to discuss readings pertaining to the topic and upcoming speakers. About seven to nine speakers with expertise in the chosen area will be invited to discuss their positions with students. Relevant field trips may also be arranged.

(Note: this course can count as one of the two 400-level courses required for the major, but does not fulfill the requirement of a seminar)

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PSY-410. Seminar in Brain and Behavior

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Not offered in 2014/2015

Advanced coverage of the mechanisms of action of psychotropic drugs and a discussion of the effects of certain transmitter systems on behavior.

Prerequisite: PSY-210.

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PSY-411. Seminar in Clinical Neuropsychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Fall. Taught by Anderson-Hanley.

Through this course you should gain a close-up view into the field of Clinical Neuropsychology, which aims to explore the relationship between brain function and behavior, especially the evaluation and treatment of brain damaged individuals. This will be accomplished through lecture, readings, discussions, field-work/service-learning and other hands-on practice experiences.

Prerequisite: PSY-210, PSY-250, or PSY-410.

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PSY-420. Seminar in Learning and Memory

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Winter. Taught by Chabris.

A selected topic in learning or cognitive psychology, such as language, reading, attention, memory, conditioning and applications.

Prerequisite: PSY-220 or PSY-221, or permission of instructor.

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PSY-430. Seminar in Social Psychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Fall. Taught by Bizer.

A selected area of social psychology. Specific topic will be announced in advance by the instructor.

Topic in Fall 2014 will be Sports Psychology.

Prerequisite: PSY-230.

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PSY-431. Seminar in Psychology of Religion

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Spring. Taught by DeBono.

The psychological origins of religious beliefs and the apparent behavioral consequences of holding such beliefs. Specific topics will include: religiosity as an evolutionary, psychological and social phenomenon, the role of religious beliefs in mental health, physical health, interpersonal relationships, and prejudice.

Prerequisites: PSY-210, PSY-220, PSY-230, PSY-240 or PSY-251 or permission of the instructor.

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PSY-432. Seminar in Love and Death

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Fall. Taught by Hart.

This course examines and evaluate stwo lines of inquiry, principally initiated in the 1950’s and 60’s by John Bowlby and Ernest Becker,respectively, which have subsequently developed into two influential contemporary theories in experimental, social and personality psychology: attachment theory and terror management theory (TMT). These theories, and the intellectual traditions that spawned them, address two of the most important aspects of life – love and death – and as we will see, these two elements of the human experience have far-reaching psychological consequences and philosophical implications. The course will start with discussion of Bowlby’s and Becker’s classic books, and as class progresses, class members will assume increased responsibility for leading discussions and examining contemporary research. Ultimately, each class member will develop his or her own questions, and tentative answers, relating to the course material, which will culminate in a significant empirical project and paper.

Prerequisites: PSY300 or permission of instructor.

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PSY-440. Seminar in Human Development

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Not offered in 2014/2015

A selected area of developmental psychology. Topic will be announced in advance by the instructor.

Prerequisite: PSY-240.

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PSY-441. Seminar in Adolescence

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Winter & Spring. Taught by Benack.

Development during adolescence and early adulthood, including changing relations to parents, love and sexuality, moral and cognitive growth, and the establishing of identity. The seminar will use the case study method, i.e., we will analyze a series of individual people’s accounts of their adolescent experience.

Prerequisite: Psychology 240 or 251.

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PSY-450. Seminar in Clinical Psychology

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Not offered in 2014/2015

A selected area of clinical psychology. Topic will be announced in advance by the instructor.

Prerequisite: PSY-250.

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PSY-451. Practicum in Human Relations II

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 in Courses

Offered in the Spring. Taught by Anderson-Hanley.

Intensive practicum course designed to provide direct exposure to clinical populations, along with structured individual and group clinical supervision. Activities include placement at a psychologically-oriented internship site, along with seminar discussion of clinical cases and systems issues. Emphasis on the theoretical.

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