An introduction to physiological psychology. During this course students will learn about the physiological mechanisms that underlie psychological processes of sensation, motivation, learning, memory, and emotion. Other topics include neurological disorders, schizophrenia, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychopharmacology.
Work on the research proposal resulting from PSYC 390 with the guidance of an instructor, culminating in a research paper suitable for presentation or publication.
Available to students with a GPA equal to or greater than 3.00 and with consent of the instructor.
Review of descriptive statistics and basic research methodology. Experimental methods and research design including one-way analyses, factorial designs, repeated measures, analysis of covariance, and the analyses of main effects, simple effects and interaction comparisons. Research and publication ethics.
Building on the content of PSYC 501, further advanced research methods are presented. These include problems in multivariate regression analysis, multivariate analysis of nominal and ordinal data, structural equation models, and methods for analyzing longitudinal data. In addition, students learn how to choose appropriate methodology for a variety of research problems.
Discussion of recent research by faculty and other invited speakers, and cross-fertilization of ideas, research topics as well as methodological approaches are emphasized.
A review of basics of psychological measurement; all steps of the process of assessment development; different methods of psychological assessment such as observational, self-administered, and interview techniques; and, ways of integrating information from multiple assessment methods are discussed. Students work with applications and discuss greater cultural, ethical, and societal context of psychological measurement.
This is a required course for both Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology doctoral programs. The formation of the self and its interaction with social-psychological-cognitive processes are studied in socio-cultural context and from developmental, cultural, and cross-cultural perspectives. The main topic of this course is the self, which has its antecedents in the beginnings of American psychology on the one hand, and in social psychological and sociological symbolic interactionism on the other hand. It is emphasized that self is the key to individual-society interface and is important for the theoretical advancement of both universal psychology and also for psychological applications directed at human well-being.
This course examines how social science, in particular psychology, can become relevant to social policy. The accountability of the psychologist to society can go beyond the individual and can inform policy in the service of human well being. Students conduct projects regarding applications and policy recommendations in Industrial/Organizational and Developmental psychology.
The study of the structure of human mind and processes from an evolutionary perspective to understand the types of mental structures supported by natural and social conditions and the role of evolution in language, morality, cooperation, and theory of mind.
Theories of memory, methods of studying memory processes, the relationship between memory and other processes and contemporary research in memory.
The etiological role of developmental processes in the formation of adaptive and maladaptive behavioral patterns in children and youth. Cognitive, emotional, and motivational difficulties that characterize disorders and theory and empirical research into their developmental roots in childhood. Adoption of an individual difference perspective to examine the risk and protective factors that contribute to the emergence of adaptive and maladaptive behaviors.
The course provides an overview of theories and research in emotion and motivation. Readings will examine the role of emotions and motivations in verbal & nonverbal communication, decision-making & reasoning, social functioning, and psychopathology.
A broad overview of the neural bases of cognition. Basic neuroanatomy, a description of the neuroscience methods, and a survey of fundamental topics such as neural basis of vision, executive function, learning and memory, attention, emotion, thinking and problem solving, and social cognition.
Theoretical and measurement approaches to language development from infancy to school-age; language comprehension and production skills, narrative competence, role of environmental factors in the emergence and the development of language.
Human behavior and interpersonal relations as they occur in organizational context, particularly work teams.
An overview of the neural basis of memory. Cutting edge research related to the cognitive neuroscience of human memory, including neural correlates of working memory, cognitive control of memory, long-term memory encoding, long-term memory retrieval, and the impact of aging on various memory processes.
The course will focus on state-of-the-art theoretical and methodological approaches in IO Psychology. Most recent research and theories on some of the most important subjects of the field like ?criteria definition?, scientific bases of personnel decisions and industrial development will be discussed. Also in order to encourage students to have research experience in these areas, they will be asked to conduct a research project.
Effective management of human resources emerges as a key factor for competitive business advantage; the knowledge and skills needed to manage personnel in business organizations.
The purpose of this course is to survey research and theorizing on the psychology of attitudes and persuasion. The course will explore issues such as attitude formation and change; the structure, function, strength and measurement of attitudes; principles of persuasion and social influence; resistance and susceptibility to persuasion; designing persuasive communications for behavior change interventions. Applications in consumer, health, and political psychology are reviewed throughout the course.
This course will review current research and theoretical issues about cognitive development. Major research areas that will be covered are theory of mind, joint attention, language, memory, numerical cognition, social cognition, and implications of atypical cognitive development. Interfaces with socioemotional development will also be emphasized.