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Summer 2011 Courses

Please Note: The information given in the Course Atlas is subject to change.

For final schedule information, please refer to OPUS or the professor of the course.

Spring 2011 Course Offerings
Fall 2010 Course Offerings

PSYC 110-00A: Introduction to Psychology I: Psychobiology and Cognition

Edwards, 10:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Daily. 1st session. Credits, 4 hrs., MAX: 105

This is one-half of a two-semester introduction to the field of contemporary psychology. The course has to do with the organization and operation of the nervous system as it pertains to behavior and its cognitive underpinnings. Topics receiving special attention include the development of sexual identity, sensation and perception, learning and memory, love, fear, and other emotions. The course fulfills one-half of the introductory course requirement for psychology majors. All students enrolled in the course are required to participate in psychology department human subject research studies. Students have the option of substituting a writing project for this participation, details to be arranged with Professor Edwards.


PSYC 205-00C. Child Development

TBA. 2nd  session. Credits, 4 hrs., MAX: 30

Prerequisite: Prior completion of Psyc 100, 110 or 111. The ways individuals interact with the world and with each other change dramatically from birth to adolescence. The major objective of Child development is to trace the developmental processes that influence the growth of the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional aspects of the developing child during infancy, the preschool years, middle childhood, and adolescence. Grades will be based on three exams, each covering approximately 1/3 of the course, a short paper, and class participation.


PSYC 210-00A. Abnormal Psychology

Carter, 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Daily. 1st session. Credit, 4 hrs., MAX: 20

Coverage of all major adult psychological disorders in terms of their etiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Particular emphasis will be placed on: (1) exposing students to the major theoretical and conceptual models of abnormal behavior, and (2) providing students with the skills to become more critical consumers of the burgeoning literature on psychopathology.


PSYC 323-00A: Drugs and Behavior

Neill, 10:00-11:20. Daily. 1st Session. Credit, 4 hrs., MAX: 20

This course is a survey of the neurobehavioral effects of the various classes of psychoactive drugs, e.g., stimulants, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, etc. Although human experience is taken as the starting point of each drug effect covered, most of the experimental data presented are concerned with attempts to understand behavioral drug effects using nonhuman animal models. A fundamental idea is that by understanding the brain mechanisms through which psychoactive drugs exert their effects, we can understand the brain mechanisms of pain, perception, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, etc.


PSYC 330-00A. Personality Theories                                                                    

Carter, 10:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Daily. 1st session. Credits, 4 hrs., MAX: 20                

This is a survey course covering psychological theory, history, and research in the area of personality. Topics such as controversies in the field of personality assessment, cognitive and biological influences on personality, genetics and personality and gender differences in personality will be covered.


PSYC 385R-00A. Foundation of Leadership

Lewis, 10:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Daily. 1st session. Credits, 4 hrs., MAX: 20

Pre-requisite: Psychology 100 (or equivalent) is recommended but not required.  Students will study the development and changing nature of effective, ethical leadership.  This course is taught as a seminar.


PSYC 420-00A. Psychobiology of Visual Perception

Rodman, 2:30 – 4:45 p.m. MWF. 1 st session. Credit, 4 hrs., MAX: 14

Pre-requisite: Neuroscience coverage at an intro level such as Psyc 110, or NBB 301/302, or Bio 141/142, plus at least one other course in ANY of the following: psychology, NBB, biology, anthropology, or philosophy.  The overall goal of this course is to understand how the brain interacts with the mind in generating perceptions. Discussions of readings will be supplemented by lectures for background and one or two lab sessions to examine and compare vertebrate eyes and brain material. We will cover three broad areas within the psychology and neuroscience of vision: 1) Comparative perception and evolution of vision: how do animals see the world? 2) How do we recognize and process faces and the social information inherent in them? 3) What is the neural basis of visual experience and visual consciousness?  Readings will include both text chapters and journal articles from the scientific literature.  Grades will be based on a research paper, reading summaries and in-class writings, and class participation including a short presentation.


PSYC 475-00A: Psychology of Literature

Duke, 1:00  – 2:20. Daily. 1st session. Credits, 4 hrs., MAX: 18
                    
This seminar will begin with a basic grounding in three areas of psychology: 1) psychoanalytic, behavioral, and interactional approaches to personality; 2) family dynamics; and 3) psychological and social development from childhood to old age. Using this information about real people, five current works of fiction will be read and analyzed. Emphasis will be on the manner in which psychological knowledge can be applied not only to the characters and plots in the novels, but to their writers as well. Further focus will be on the ways in which knowledge gained from fictional characters can be applied to the understanding of real-life people and situations. Students will be required to prepare three term papers and to participate actively in class discussions.


PSYC 474-SAF: Seminar in Developmental Psychology: Summer Study Abroad Program .

See Study Abroad section, Psychology.


PSYC 498R-00A, 00C, 00B: Directed Reading

Faculty, TBA. Variable credits.

Psychology majors only. Credit is variable. Students must have consent of faculty member and agreement on a topic. Students are required to complete a contract with regular faculty member detailing their research. A list of regular faculty members of the Psychology Department who are eligible to supervise may be found on the back of the contract form. Only faculty members whose names are on this list may supervise 498 works. Contracts are available in the departmental office and must be completed and returned prior to enrollment. PERMISSION IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT


PSYC 499R-00A, 00C, 00B: Directed Research

Faculty, TBA. Variable credits.

Psychology majors only. Credit is variable. Students must have consent of faculty member and agreement on a topic. Students are required to complete a contract with regular faculty member detailing their research. Contracts are available in the departmental office. A list of regular faculty members of the Psychology Department who are eligible to supervise may be found on the back of the contract form. Only faculty members whose names are on this list may supervise 499 works. Contracts are available in the departmental office and must be completed and returned prior to enrollment. PERMISSION IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT

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