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Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology

Course Descriptions

PSY-B 309 : Cooperative Work Experience- Psychology (039667)

Experience in psychology- oriented work settings. Grade is determined on the basis of a written report and a supervisor's evaluation. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. (Spring)

PSY-K 300 : Statistical Analysis in Psychology (039786)

Use of statistics in psychological work, including ordering and manipulation of data, problems of statistical significance, elementary correlational methods, and analysis of variance and nonparametric methods. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

PSY-P 101 : Introductory Psychology I (039804)

Introduction to psychology; its methods, data, and theoretical interpretations in areas of learning, sensory psychology, and psychophysiology. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

PSY-P 102 : Introductory Psychology II (039805)

Continuation of PSY P101. Developmental, social, personality, and abnormal psychology (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

PSY-P 211 : Methods of Experimental Psychology (039827)

Design and execution of simple experiments, treatment of results, search of the literature, and preparation of experimental reports. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

PSY-P 216 : Life Span Developmental Psychology (039831)

A survey course that integrates the basic concepts of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development from the prenatal period to death. Throughout the life span, theories, research, and critical issues in developmental psychology are explored with consideration of practical implications. Credit not given for both PSY P216 and PSY P316. (Fall, Spring)

PSY-P 303 : Health Psychology (039851)

Focuses on the role of psychological factors in health and illness. Through readings, lecture, and discussion, students will become better consumers of research on behavior-health interactions and develop a broad base of knowledge concerning how behaviors and other psychological factors can impact health both positively and negatively. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 314 : Psychology of Adolescence (080590)

Development of behavior in adolescence and emerging adulthood; factors which influence behavior. Credit not given for both PSY P216 and PSY P314. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 316 : Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence (039855)

Development of behavior in infancy, childhood, and youth; factors that influence behavior. (Fall) Credit not given for both PSY P216 and PSY 316. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 319 : Psychology of Personality (039857)

Methods and results of scientific study of personality. Basic concepts of personality traits and their measurement, developmental influences, problems of integration. (Spring)

PSY-P 320 : Social Psychology (039858)

Principles of scientific psychology applied to the individual in social situations. (Fall)

PSY-P 324 : Abnormal Psychology (039862)

A first course in abnormal psychology, with emphasis on forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, development, interpretation, and final manifestations. (Fall, Spring)

PSY-P 325 : Psychology of Learning (039863)

Facts and principles of human and animal learning, especially as treated in theories attempting to provide framework for understanding what learning is and how it takes place. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 326 : Behavioral Neuroscience (039864)

An examination of the cellular basis of behavior, emphasizing contemporary views and approaches to the study of the nervous system. Neural structure, function, and organization are considered in relation to sensory and motor function, motivation, learning, and other basic behaviors. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 327 : Psychology of Motivation (039865)

How needs, desires, and incentives influence behavior; research on motivational processes in human and animal behavior, including ways in which motives change and develop. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 329 : Sensation and Perception (039867)

Basic data, theories, psychophysics, illusions, and other topics fundamental to understanding sensory and perceptual processes. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 335 : Cognitive Psychology (039873)

Introduction to human cognitive processes including attention and perception, memory, psycholinguistics, problem solving, and thinking. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 336 : Psychological Tests and Individual Differences (039874)

Principles of psychological testing. Representative tests and their uses for evaluation and prediction. Emphasis on concepts of reliability, validity, standardization, norms, and item analysis. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 388 : Special Topics in General Experimental Psychology (081036)

Study and analysis of selected psychological issues and problems in experimental psychology. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated (total of 6 credit hours) with change in topics. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 389 : Special Topics in Human Processes Psychology (081037)

Study and analysis of selected psychological issues and problems in human processes. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated (total of 6 credit hours) with change in topics. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 390 : Special Topics in Psychology (039885)

Study and analysis of selected psychological issues and problems. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated (total of 6 credit hours) with change in topics. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 407 : Drugs and the Nervous System (039895)

Introduction to the major psychoactive drugs and how they act upon the brain to influence behavior. Discussion of the role of drugs as therapeutic agents for various clinical disorders and as probes to provide insight into brain function. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 417 : Animal Behavior (039905)

Methods, findings, and interpretations of recent investigation of animal behavior. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 421 : Laboratory in Social Psychology (039910)

Research methodology in the study of social behavior. (Spring)

PSY-P 423 : Human Neuropsychology (039912)

A critical examination of neurological functioning with respect to human behavior. Assesses the behavioral functions of neural structures and systems through understanding the behavioral consequences of brain damage and through basic experimental study. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 424 : Laboratory in Sensation and Perception (039913)

The experimental investigation of current and classical problems in sensory psychology and perception. (Fall)

PSY-P 425 : Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (039914)

A survey of major behavior disorders with emphasis on empirical research and clinical description relative to etiology, assessment, prognosis, and treatment. (Summer II)

PSY-P 429 : Laboratory in Developmental Psychology (039918)

Research methods in developmental psychology. (Spring)

PSY-P 430 : Behavior Modification (039919)

Principles, techniques, and applications of behavior modification including reinforcement, aversive conditioning, observational learning,desensitization, self-control, and modification of cognitions. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 432 : Women and Madness (081038)

This course focuses on the historical and cultural factors and behaviors that have been associated with madness in women as well as on women's efforts to recover sanity and make sense of female experiences. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 435 : Laboratory in Human Learning and Cognition (039922)

Experimental study of human learning and cognitive processes. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 458 : Historical Approach to Psychological Systems (039939)

Origins and development of concepts and theories in science and philosophy that supplied the foundations of experimental psychology; an integrative description of psychological thought to the twentieth century. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 460 : Women: A Psychological Perspective (039941)

Basic data and theories about the development and maintenance of sex differences in behavior and personality. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 493 : Supervised Research I (039946)

Active participation in research. An independent experiment of modest magnitude, participation in ongoing research in a single laboratory. Students who enroll in PSY-P 493 will be expected to enroll in PSY-P 494. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 494 : Supervised Research II (039947)

A continuation of PSY-P 493. Course will include a journal-type report of the two semesters of work. (Occasionally)

PSY-P 495 : Reading and Research in Psychology (039948)

May be repeated twice for credit. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

PSY-P 535 : Introduction to Addictions Counseling (085952)

Treatments for drug and alcohol addiction, assessment of drug and alcohol conditions and related disorders, and tracking patients to monitor treatment effectiveness.

PSY-P 624 : Principles of Psychopathology (040008)

Description of the phenomena of psychopathology and the principles associated with their classification.

PSY-P 667 : Neuropsychopharmacology (040038)

Analysis of neural mechanisms of drug effects on animal and human behavior, based on behavioral and biological experiments.

PSY-P 691 : Practicum in Applied Psychology (040049)

Experience in psychology-oriented work settings. Students will work with mental health and social service providers whose primary mission is drug and drug and alcohol addictions treatment.