2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin

Psychology (PSYC)


PSYC 4002 Prosem in Memory and Cognition (4 Credits)

Theory/research on thinking, problem solving, language, creative thought, other aspects of knowing process.

PSYC 4011 Proseminar in Emotion (4 Credits)

Social/physiological aspects of emotions, including motivation, physiological processes, basic emotions, cognitive appraisal, cross-cultural issues, empathy, effects of emotions.

PSYC 4020 Proseminar in Personality (4 Credits)

Personality structure/dynamics, theory and findings, interrelationships between personality and socio-cultural determinants of behavior.

PSYC 4021 Prosem in Social Psychology (4 Credits)

Major theoretical issues and empirical research in social psychology; topics include cultural, social structure, cognitive consistency, social neuroscience, social cognition, person perception, the self, social influence, attitudes, relationships, emotion, coping.

PSYC 4025 Intergroup Relations (4 Credits)

This course is intended to provide a foundation in understanding how individuals and groups relate to each other within a social structure. Social groups can take many forms, ranging from classic social groups (e.g., race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation) to minimal groups where membership is arbitrary. This course will explore foundational principles in classic and contemporary research on intergroup relations.

PSYC 4028 Social Cognition (4 Credits)

Social cognition describes how people make sense of themselves and others. The emphasis on “how” is important—social cognition research focuses on perceptual, cognitive, and affective processes that help people think about themselves and others. You will learn about the theories, findings, and methods in a specific area of study.

PSYC 4031 Developmental Proseminar: Cognition & Perception (4 Credits)

Problems/theories in developmental psychology including Piagetian theory, language, emotional, perceptual, personality development, learning, biological bases of behavior, genetic influences.

PSYC 4032 Developmental Proseminar: Social-Emotional (4 Credits)

Problems/theories in developmental psychology including Piagetian theory, language, emotional, perceptual, personality development, learning, biological bases of behavior, genetic influences.

PSYC 4033 Devel Proseminar: Biological (4 Credits)

This course provides an overview of major biological processes during development and their effects on physical, cognitive, and social development. Specific topics will include: history, concepts, and central themes of developmental psychology; theoretical and biological models of human development (e.g., developmental psychobiological systems view); brain development and plasticity; behavioral genetics; sleep and circadian rhythms; sexual differentiation and hormonal influences on behavior; stress and the HPA axis; effects of nutrition and toxic substances.

PSYC 4043 Clinical Approaches: Communitn (4 Credits)

Community psychology; major theoretical/conceptual issues, assessment/intervention techniques.

PSYC 4045 The Developing Brain (4 Credits)

This course presents an overview of current research and methods in the field of developmental cognitive/affective/social neuroscience. The course examines what the brain tells us about development and what development tells us about the brain. Topics include sensitive periods for neuroplasticity, pediatric neuroimaging methods, attention, language, affective and social development. Cross-listed with course 3045. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

PSYC 4050 Cultural Psychology (4 Credits)

This seminar examines how people's sociocultural context shapes their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. To approach this question, we read and discuss classic as well as recent, theoretical as well as empirical articles form the field of cultural psychology. Topics include: (1) defining culture; (2) dimensions of cultural variation; (3) culture-biology interactions; (4) methodological considerations; (5) cultural influences on cognition, emotion, the self, moral judgment, and health; (6) cultural neuroscience; (7) cultural approaches to race and ethnicity; and (8) mechanisms of cultural influence. Throughout, this course emphasizes sociocultural diversity in psychological processes. Students are encouraged to develop empirically tractable ways of asking and answering questions relating to cultural psychology and to apply concepts of cultural psychology to their own research.

PSYC 4055 The Neuroscience and Psychology of Parenthood and Parent-Child Relationships (4 Credits)

This course explores the theory, research and issues relevant to parenthood and parent-child relationships. The course overviews the evolutionary, neurobiological, and psychological perspective of parent-child relationships with a focus on the understanding of recent advances in neuroscience research. Topics include neuroplasticity of parental brain, maternal vs. paternal biology for parenting, and social and biological determinants of parent-child relationships. Emphasis is placed on discussion of current research, evaluation of the findings, and proposals and ideas of new research in the field. The goal is not to memorize facts but rather to learn to think like a developmental cognitive/social neuroscientist. Cross-listed with course PSYC 3055. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

PSYC 4060 History and Systems of Psych (4 Credits)

General nature of scientific progress throughout history as relates to evolution of psychology as scientific/academic discipline; history explored by asking whether prevailing Zeitgeist, the appearance of the "Great Mind," or some combination of both factors was responsible for pivotal changes seen throughout psychology's history.

PSYC 4085 Stress & Health (4 Credits)

This course will serve as an introduction to the field of psychoneuroimmunology, with a focus on stress and development. The first section of the course will review basic immunology including immune system components and functions, and relations between the immune system and other systems. The later portion of the course will focus on effects of stress for different disease mechanisms (infection, allergy, cancer etc). Instructor approval required.

PSYC 4235 Teaching Psychology (1-5 Credits)

Experiential approach to learning techniques for teaching psychology.

PSYC 4241 Seminar-Discourse Processes (4 Credits)

PSYC 4249 Prosem in Reading and Language (4 Credits)

PSYC 4254 Intro to Neural Network Models (4 Credits)

Cross listed with PSYC 3032.

PSYC 4255 Imaging the Mind (4 Credits)

Imaging Cognition is an introductory course to the basic theory and data analysis techniques used in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It will cover basic brain anatomy, the basic physics of MRI, experimental design, data processing and the issues associated with data processing, and interpretation of fMRI data. Students in this course will receive hands-on experience in processing a data set from start to finish. They will apply different image preprocessing techniques, statistical design parameters, and statistical models to determine how these factors influence the outcome of the data and how these factors influence the interpretation of that data. In this manner, each student will be exposed individually to the decision issues and interpretation pitfalls involved in fMRI data analysis. In class, students will use the smart-to-the -seat classroom. Cross listed with PSYC 3029.

PSYC 4256 Seminar:Cognitive Neuroscience (4 Credits)

Neural systems underlying human perception, memory, language, pathological syndromes that result from damage to these systems.

PSYC 4257 Psychophys & Neuroscience Lab (4 Credits)

PSYC 4258 Social Neuroscience (4 Credits)

PSYC 4260 Psychophysiology (4 Credits)

This course will serve as an introduction to the field of psychophysiology, with a focus on autonomic psychophysiology (e.g., measures of the electrodermal and the cardiovascular system). Such measures uniquely allow researchers to answer questions about mind-body interactions, emotions, cognition, and health, among others. The first section of the course will review theory of psychophysiology and relevant physiological systems as well as introduce students to the basics of psychophysiological measurement. The second section of the course will be hands-on, allowing students either to write a study proposal involving psychophysiological measurement or to use the psychophysiology lab to design and execute their own study using physiological measures.

PSYC 4262 Affective Neuroscience (4 Credits)

Affective neuroscience is the study of emotions in the brain. In this course, we explore how new frontiers in emotion research, from brain scans to psychoactive drugs to monkey colonies, have changed the way we think about emotions and moods. We aim to learn how scientists ask these new questions: how and what can we learn about emotion from animal models, patient studies, genetic studies, brain scans, and drugs? We learn and debate different theories about what emotions are: when are emotions helpful and harmful? Why do we have them? How many are there? Can we control how we feel? Finally, we learn how to think about emotions scientifically: What kind of evidence matters? How do emotion scholars talk about their work? What kind of questions can we ask, and what kind can we hope to answer?.

PSYC 4265 Social Perception and Communication (4 Credits)

The way that people look and communicate evoke immediate and sometimes automatic responses from other people. Accordingly, this course includes topics such as facial structure and function, nonverbal communication, social categorization, behavioral mimicry, and thin-slices.

PSYC 4270 Seminar-Social Cognition (4 Credits)

Theory research in cognitive social psychology, including social knowledge structures, categorization of social information, social memory, judgment and inference, cognition-emotion links, effects on social behavior.

PSYC 4295 Research Design & Inference (4 Credits)

PSYC 4300 Correlation and Regression (4 Credits)

The course reviews the logic of statistical inference before introducing the procedures of correlation and regression. We begin with simple bivariate relationships before moving on to multivariate relationships for both categorical and continuous independent variables. Topics in regression include multicollinearity, variable selection, and curvilinear relationships. The course emphasizes the (stringent) requirements needed to be able to interpret correlational data in terms of cause and effect. The course also emphasizes the assessment of interactions in regression analysis for both categorical and continuous independent variables. Also included is basic coverage of logistic regression and regression assumptions. Prerequisite: PSYC 4295.

PSYC 4330 Analysis of Variance (4 Credits)

Complex analysis of variance, other quantitative methodologies. Prerequisite: PSYC 4300 or instructor's permission.

PSYC 4350 Structural Equation Modeling for the Social Sciences (4 Credits)

This advanced course covers the basics of structural equation modeling and how this flexible approach to statistical analysis can be applied in the social sciences. Specific techniques that will covered will include testing for mediation, path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and the analysis of longitudinal data, as well as other related topics. There will be an emphasis on applying these techniques to students' own research through hands-on demonstrations and homework assignments and an emphasis on interpreting and critiquing structural equation models in published research. A course on correlational methods and regression is a pre/co-requisite.

PSYC 4355 Multilevel Modeling for the Psychological Sciences: Theory and Applications (4 Credits)

This advanced course covers the basics of multilevel (hierarchical) linear modeling and how this flexible approach to statistical analysis can be applied to theory and data in the psychological sciences. Specific techniques that will be covered include the analysis of nested data, family and dyadic data, and longitudinal data as well as mediation and moderation. There will be an emphasis on applying these techniques to students' own research through hands-on demonstrations and homework assignments. There will also be an emphasis on interpreting and critiquing multilevel modeling analyses in published research. Courses on analysis of variance as well as correlational methods and regression are pre/corequisites.

PSYC 4360 Programming Psychology: Experiment Building with Matlab (4 Credits)

This graduate-level course provides an introduction to computer programming. The goal of the course is to help psychology students develop practical coding skills that will allow them to design and create complex, computer-based experiments. Students will also learn to analyze and plot data in Matlab. No previous experience with programming is required (or expected). The course begins with an introduction to basic principles of programming and the Matlab environment. From there, students learn to code by solving challenges specific to the design/construction of a psychological/vision-based experiment. The class is highly interactive— each class includes a mixture of lecture, group-based problem solving, and coding in teams or alone. This class is highly recommended for students who wish to improve their programming proficiency before enrolling in Psych 4365, although it is not a prerequisite.

PSYC 4365 Programming Psychology: Model-Fitting and Analysis (4 Credits)

An introduction to creating, fitting, and performing statistical inference using computational models with an emphasis on binary choice data. The aims of this course include familiarizing students with the mathematical basis of model-fitting, learning the value of taking a variety of approaches to fitting trial-by-trial data, and giving students practical hands-on experience with maximum likelihood fitting methods. This course will use both MATLAB and R. Though not a prerequisite, this course is intended to follow Programming Psychology: Experiment Building in MATLAB (PSYC 4360), and so will assume students already have a basic knowledge of coding in MATLAB (including debugging, scripts, functions, loops, and plotting). This course is open to graduate students outside of the Department of Psychology.

PSYC 4411 Assessment-Cognition (4 Credits)

This course will provide students with a graduate level overview of theory, research, and practice in the measurement of cognitive functioning. Students will gain practical skills in administering standardized measures of cognitive and academic functioning. They will also develop skills in interpreting cognitive test results and recognizing patterns in cognitive profiles related to specific learning and developmental disorders.

PSYC 4413 Assessment-Psychopathology (Social, Emotional, and Behavioral) (4 Credits)

Overview of evidence-based psychological assessment (emotional, behavioral, and social) with a focus on integrating theory, research, and clinical practice.

PSYC 4511 Prosem in Psychopathology (4 Credits)

Theories of behavioral/personality disorders on children; survey of clinical/experimental literature.

PSYC 4512 Prosem in Psychopathology (4 Credits)

PSYC 4518 Readings in Family Therapy (4 Credits)

This course will survey major historical and contemporary theories from the field of family therapy. Basic family therapy techniques will be covered, and integrated with other modes of therapy (e.g. individual, marital). In the second half of the course, students will work with families and receive group supervision.

PSYC 4525 Prosem in Develop Neuropsych (4 Credits)

Normal brain development, functional neuroanatomy, clinical conditions that can affect brain functioning in children, adults.

PSYC 4526 Prosem in Cog Neuroscience (4 Credits)

This is a graduate-level introduction to cognitive neuroscience. It covers basic theories of cognition and their neurological support.

PSYC 4540 Adv Topics in Cognitive Devel (4 Credits)

Varying topics; theory/research in cognitive development including Piagetian work. Prerequisite: graduate status or instructor's permission.

PSYC 4545 Memory Dvlpmt:Nature & Nurture (4 Credits)

Theory & research in the field of memory development, with particular emphasis on neurobiological perspectives of memory development. Considers the role of biology (nature), as well as the socio-cultural context (nurture) in which memory develops. Specific topics in memory development will include: early memory development & infantile amnesia, infant visual recognition memory, procedural memory, episodic memory, autobiographical memory, and trauma & memory development. Since the course covers topics in systems level neuroscience (i.e., a class in behavioral or cognitive neuroscience). Classes that fulfill this prerequisite include PSYC 4255, PSYC 4256, PSYC 4257, PSYC 4525 or PSYC 4526 or instructor approval.

PSYC 4565 Systems of Psychotherapy (4 Credits)

The course provides an introduction to evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents. Conceptual and empirical underpinnings of youth therapies are examined. Treatments for three prominent child and adolescent disorders - disruptive behavior problems, depression, and anxiety disorders - are highlighted. Demonstration and practice of specific treatment components is included.

PSYC 4566 Systems of Psychotherapy II (4 Credits)

Conceptual/empirical foundations of interventions for clinical problems, including (but not limited to) parasuicidality, Borderline Personality Disorder, and substance abuse.

PSYC 4571 Multicult Issues & Ment Health (4 Credits)

Theory, research, and practice issues related to the mental health of racial/ethnic minority and other diverse groups.

PSYC 4579 Research Design (4 Credits)

PSYC 4587 Workshop in Marital Therapy (4 Credits)

PSYC 4612 Marital Conflict (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 4620 Advan in Couples Intervention (4 Credits)

PSYC 4625 Marital/Couples Thrpy-Div Popl (4 Credits)

This course will cover the complexities in couples research and intervention that are the focus of current investigations in labs around the world. The major issues revolve around the role that marital problems play in the development, maintenance and treatment of a variety of child and adult problems and vice versa. These will include, adult sexual problems, alcohol and drug use and abuse, anxiety disorders, depression, medical problems, and that marital discord and destructive conflict are generic risk factors for a wide range of child and adult mental health problems and that marital health is a protective factor.

PSYC 4660 Perception: A Cognitive Neuroscience Approach (4 Credits)

An introduction to human perception with a strong emphasis on visual perception. This course evaluates the current understanding of how neural activity in the brain allows people to perceive basic sensory features (e.g., brightness, color, size, position, depth, movement, loudness and pitch) as well as recognize and discriminate complex perceptual patterns (e.g., 2D-shapes, 3D-objects, faces, and scenes). The underlying mechanisms are discussed on the basis of behavioral, neurophysiological, and computational evidence.

PSYC 4688 Clinical Psychopharmacology (4 Credits)

This course offers an in-depth examination of medications used to treat mental disorders, including the neurobiology of these medications. Different options available for each disorder will be discussed, along with issues related to the effective use of psychiatric medications. Prerequisites: Instructor approval required.

PSYC 4920 Ethics-Psych & Rsrch Practice (2 Credits)

Ethical issues on psychological research. Teaching, practice.

PSYC 4925 Clinical Ethics and Professional Issues in Psychology (3 Credits)

Ethical topics related to clinical psychology; professional topics in clinical psychology such as supervision and consultation. Instructor permission required.

PSYC 4930 Psychology Practicum-Clinical (1-5 Credits)

On-the-job training in clinical psychology. May be repeated for a maximum of 24 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program.

PSYC 4931 Psychology Practicum-Teaching (1-5 Credits)

On-the-job training in teaching psychology. May be repeated for a maximum of 24 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program.

PSYC 4932 Psychology Practicum-Research (1-5 Credits)

On-the-job training in research psychology. May be repeated for a maximum of 24 quarter hours. Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program.

PSYC 4934 Practicum: DCN Neuropsychology (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 4992 Directed Study (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 5991 Masters Independent Study (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 5995 Independent Research (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 6981 APA Internship (8 Credits)

1 Year APA approved Internship in clinical psychology - the course is not graded.

PSYC 6991 Ph.D Independent Study (1-10 Credits)

PSYC 6995 Independent Research (1-10 Credits)

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