Course Offerings

Winter 2019

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Brain and Behavior

PSYC 111 - Brindle, Ryan C.

An introduction to behavioral neuroscience, including the physiological bases of sensation, learning and memory, motivation, cognition, and abnormal behavior.

 

Cognition

PSYC 112 - Johnson, Dan R.

An introduction to human information processing, including an examination of perception, attention, memory, problem solving, and language.

Principles of Development

PSYC 113 - Fulcher, Megan

An introduction to the development of individual capacities from conception through the life span. Analysis of thought and behavior at different stages of growth with special emphasis on the period from infancy through adolescence.

Introduction to Social Psychology

PSYC 114 - Woodzicka, Julie A.

The scientific study of how individuals' feelings, thoughts, and behavior are affected by others. Topics include prejudice, the self, interpersonal attraction, helping, aggression, attitudes, and persuasion.

Statistics and Research Design I

PSYC 120 - Schreiber, William B.

Students learn the basics of collecting, interpreting, and presenting data in the behavioral sciences. Data from a variety of sources, such as questionnaires, psychological tests, and behavioral observations, are considered. Students learn to use and to evaluate critically statistical and graphical summaries of data. They also study techniques of searching the literature and of producing written reports in technical format. Individual projects include oral presentations, creating technical graphics, and publishing on the World Wide Web.

Psychoactive Drugs and Behavior

PSYC 150 - Stewart, Robert E. (Bob)

An introduction to broad psychological perspectives of drug use, misuse, and abuse. The pharmacological and physiological actions of psychoactive drugs, as well as personality and social variables that influence their use, are considered. Emphasis is given to historically significant and currently popular drugs of abuse.

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Health and Disease

PSYC 257 - Brindle, Ryan C.

This course includes elements of lecture and seminar to explore, first, the neurophysiological mechanisms that govern sleep and circadian rhythms and the methods used to measure these phenomena, and, second, the role of dysregulated sleep and circadian rhythms in physical and mental health. The course ends with a discussion of how poor sleep impacts society and how society might confront population-level deficiencies in sleep.

Cognition and Emotion

PSYC 259 - Johnson, Dan R.

This course challenges the notion that cognition and emotion are fundamentally opposing psychological systems and explores how they function together to influence attention, memory, thinking, and behavior in our social world. Coverage includes contemporary theory, research, experimental design, and application on topics regarding both healthy individuals and those with psychological disorders.

Topical Seminar in Psychology

PSYC 298A - Woodzicka, Julie A.

Seminar topics vary with instructor and term. These topical seminars are designed to introduce students to an area of current interest in the field of psychology. Students receive an overview of the research and/or applied practices that have advanced an area of psychological science. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2019, PSYC 298A-01: Seminar: Psychology of Humor (3). Prerequisite: Instructor consent. This seminar focuses on theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding humor. We cover traditional and contemporary theories of humor, along with social psychological, developmental, and cognitive perspectives on humor. Humor as a moderator of life stress, disparagement humor, and nonverbal markers of humor will also be examined. Woodzicka.

Advanced Methods in Systems Neuroscience Research

PSYC 353 - Stewart, Robert E. (Bob)

Directed research on a variety of topics in systems neuroscience. May be repeated for credit if the topics are different.

Advanced Methods in Attention Research

PSYC 354 - Whiting, Wythe L., IV

Directed research on a variety of topics in attention and memory. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Advanced Methods in Developmental Psychology Research

PSYC 362 - Fulcher, Megan

Directed research on a variety of topics in developmental psychology. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Advanced Methods in Social Psychology Research

PSYC 369 - Woodzicka, Julie A.

Directed research on a variety of topics in social psychology. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Psychology Capstone

PSYC 413 - Johnson, Dan R.

This course is designed for psychology majors to take near the end of their course of study. Students synthesize skills and information learned in the psychology curriculum and engage in deep study of an aspect of the field. Students choose one of four structures for their capstone work: topical specialization; senior thesis; community-based research; or applied science. Each structure involves participation in a capstone seminar and the production of a written report. Community-based research and applied-science structures involve interaction with local community agencies, and thus require planning at least one term in advance. May be repeated for credit.

 

Directed Individual Research

PSYC 423 - Murdock, Karla

Directed research experience in a psychology member's laboratory. Students assume responsibility in one or more major components of the research program, such as: data collection, management, and analysis; coordination of research team activities and processes; and dissemination of research findings. May be repeated for up to six credits toward major and degree requirements.

Tutorials in Psychology

PSYC 431 - Woodzicka, Julie A.

Grade Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Advanced reading, study, or internships directed by a member of the staff to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Tutorials in Psychology

PSYC 431 - Fulcher, Megan

Grade Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Advanced reading, study, or internships directed by a member of the staff to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Tutorials in Psychology

PSYC 432 - Brindle, Ryan C.

Grade Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Advanced reading, study, or internships directed by a member of the staff to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Tutorials in Psychology

PSYC 432 - Murdock, Karla

Grade Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Advanced reading, study, or internships directed by a member of the staff to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Honors Thesis

PSYC 493 - Fulcher, Megan

Laboratory research culminating in an honors thesis. Honors candidates also present a public summary of their work.

Fall 2018

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Brain and Behavior with Laboratory

PSYC 110 - Schreiber, William B.

An introduction to behavioral neuroscience, including the physiological bases of sensation, learning and memory, motivation, cognition, and abnormal behavior. The laboratory component extends classroom materials to include experiential learning with comparative neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and research techniques in behavioral neuroscience.

Brain and Behavior

PSYC 111 - Schreiber, William B.

An introduction to behavioral neuroscience, including the physiological bases of sensation, learning and memory, motivation, cognition, and abnormal behavior.

 

Brain and Behavior

PSYC 111 - Lorig, Tyler S.

An introduction to behavioral neuroscience, including the physiological bases of sensation, learning and memory, motivation, cognition, and abnormal behavior.

 

Brain and Behavior

PSYC 111 - Brindle, Ryan C.

An introduction to behavioral neuroscience, including the physiological bases of sensation, learning and memory, motivation, cognition, and abnormal behavior.

 

Cognition

PSYC 112 - Johnson, Dan R. / Rowe, Barbara L.

An introduction to human information processing, including an examination of perception, attention, memory, problem solving, and language.

Cognition

PSYC 112 - Whiting, Wythe L., IV

An introduction to human information processing, including an examination of perception, attention, memory, problem solving, and language.

Principles of Development

PSYC 113 - Fulcher, Megan

An introduction to the development of individual capacities from conception through the life span. Analysis of thought and behavior at different stages of growth with special emphasis on the period from infancy through adolescence.

FS: First-Year Seminar

PSYC 180 - Stewart, Robert E. (Bob)

Topical description when offered.

Fall 2018, PSYC 180-01: First-Year Seminar: The Opioid Crisis (3) . First-Year Seminar. Prerequisite: First-year class standing only. An exploration of how the neuroscientific mechanisms of pain and clinical pain management interconnect with policy and practice in the realms of healthcare, big pharma, legislation, and law enforcement. We also discuss how these interconnections have contributed to the widespread compulsive misuse of opioid pain-killing drugs that has become a national crisis in the past several years. (SS3). Stewart.

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

PSYC 210 - Murdock, Karla

This course is an empirically informed exploration of the characteristics, course, and treatment of psychological disorders as they are currently defined. A biopsychosocial framework is utilized to examine the continuum of psychological functioning, from psychopathology to flourishing.

Statistics and Research Design II

PSYC 250 - Woodzicka, Julie A.

Students learn about the design and analysis of psychological research, with particular emphasis on experimentation. Students learn statistical inference appropriate for hypothesis testing, and they use standard statistical packages to analyze data. Laboratory course.

Statistics and Research Design II

PSYC 250L - Brindle, Ryan C.

Students learn about the design and analysis of psychological research, with particular emphasis on experimentation. Students learn statistical inference appropriate for hypothesis testing, and they use standard statistical packages to analyze data. Laboratory course.

Sensation Measurement and Perception

PSYC 252 - Lorig, Tyler S.

Problems associated with sensory encoding, scaling, contextual and social determinants of perception are considered. Special emphasis is placed on the role of the senses in daily life.

Attention

PSYC 254 - Whiting, Wythe L., IV

An examination of the theories and mechanisms associated with attentional processes. Topics include: selective attention, divided attention, inhibition, working memory, and the application of these processes in human/machine interfaces. The functioning of the above processes in abnormal patient populations is also examined.

Neuropharmacology

PSYC 256 - Stewart, Robert E. (Bob)

This course combines lecture and seminar elements to explore the physiological bases for drug action in the nervous system with emphasis on molecular mechanisms. The course begins with an overview of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and then proceeds to examinations of major neurotransmitter classes, functional neural circuits, and a survey of recreational drugs, drug abuse, and drug dependence. The course concludes with a consideration of pharmacotherapies for selected disorders of cognition and affect. The role of neuropharmacology in the growth of our understanding of normal neurochemical function is stressed throughout.

Socioemotional Development

PSYC 261 - Fulcher, Megan

Exploration of children's understanding of emotions and how socialization and cognitive development contribute to the creation of different emotional styles and experiences. Examination of the theoretical and developmental aspects of emotions. Topics include understanding emotional states and the role of socialization practices on emotional expression.

Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination

PSYC 269 - Woodzicka, Julie A.

This course examines cognitive and affective processes involved in stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Causes and social implications of prejudice involving various stigmatized groups (e.g., African-Americans, women, homosexuals, people of low socioeconomic status, overweight individuals) are examined. Participants focus on attitudes and behaviors of both perpetrators and targets of prejudice that likely contribute to and result from social inequality.

Applications of Psychological Science

PSYC 299 - Fulcher, Megan

This course is designed for junior psychology majors to learn about modern systems and subfields of psychological science. Pathways to professional applications of psychology are addressed along with experiences and tools necessary for professional development. The course has a topical structure in which primary source material is utilized to deepen students' exposure to the methodologies and findings of one subfield of psychology. The culmination of the course is a proposal for psychology majors' capstone experience.

Advanced Methods in Systems Neuroscience Research

PSYC 353 - Schreiber, William B.

Directed research on a variety of topics in systems neuroscience. May be repeated for credit if the topics are different.

Advanced Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience Research

PSYC 355 - Lorig, Tyler S.

Directed research on a variety of topics in human neuropsychology. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Advanced Methods in Cognition and Emotion Research

PSYC 359 - Johnson, Dan R.

Directed research on a variety of topics in cognition and emotion. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Psychology Capstone

PSYC 413 - Whiting, Wythe L., IV

This course is designed for psychology majors to take near the end of their course of study. Students synthesize skills and information learned in the psychology curriculum and engage in deep study of an aspect of the field. Students choose one of four structures for their capstone work: topical specialization; senior thesis; community-based research; or applied science. Each structure involves participation in a capstone seminar and the production of a written report. Community-based research and applied-science structures involve interaction with local community agencies, and thus require planning at least one term in advance. May be repeated for credit.

 

Psychology Capstone

PSYC 413 - Murdock, Karla

This course is designed for psychology majors to take near the end of their course of study. Students synthesize skills and information learned in the psychology curriculum and engage in deep study of an aspect of the field. Students choose one of four structures for their capstone work: topical specialization; senior thesis; community-based research; or applied science. Each structure involves participation in a capstone seminar and the production of a written report. Community-based research and applied-science structures involve interaction with local community agencies, and thus require planning at least one term in advance. May be repeated for credit.

 

Directed Individual Research

PSYC 423 - Fulcher, Megan

Directed research experience in a psychology member's laboratory. Students assume responsibility in one or more major components of the research program, such as: data collection, management, and analysis; coordination of research team activities and processes; and dissemination of research findings. May be repeated for up to six credits toward major and degree requirements.

Tutorials in Psychology

PSYC 431 - Fulcher, Megan

Grade Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Advanced reading, study, or internships directed by a member of the staff to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Tutorials in Psychology

PSYC 431 - Whiting, Wythe L., IV

Grade Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Advanced reading, study, or internships directed by a member of the staff to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Tutorials in Psychology

PSYC 432 - Murdock, Karla

Grade Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Advanced reading, study, or internships directed by a member of the staff to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Tutorials in Psychology

PSYC 432 - Woodzicka, Julie A.

Grade Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Advanced reading, study, or internships directed by a member of the staff to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Tutorials in Psychology

PSYC 433 - Fulcher, Megan

Grade Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Advanced reading, study, or internships directed by a member of the staff to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

 

Tutorials in Psychology

PSYC 433 - Woodzicka, Julie A.

Grade Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Advanced reading, study, or internships directed by a member of the staff to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

 

Tutorials in Psychology

PSYC 433 - Brindle, Ryan C.

Grade Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Advanced reading, study, or internships directed by a member of the staff to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

 

Honors Thesis

PSYC 493 - Fulcher, Megan

Laboratory research culminating in an honors thesis. Honors candidates also present a public summary of their work.

Spring 2018

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

Seminar in Evolutionary Psychology

PSYC 215 - Whiting, Wythe L., IV

The purpose of this course is to examine evolutionary theory as a means of explaining human behavior. The main premise is that behaviors such as cooperation, aggression, mate selection, and intelligence exist because individuals exhibiting these behaviors were more likely to produce healthy offspring that perpetuated those behaviors (i.e., natural selection). We evaluate the validity of this argument in a number of areas of human behavior and also discuss how culture has shaped our genes. Evolutionary psychology is not an area of psychology, like social psychology or cognitive psychology, but is instead a lens through which all human behavior can be explained. Though it is tempting to engage in "arm chair" application of evolutionary theory to behavior, this is a science course; all arguments must be backed up with data.

Health Neuroscience

PSYC 216 - Schreiber, William B.

This seminar provides an introduction to the scientific study of physical and mental health using research methods in neuroscience. We examine the effects of exercise on the brain (from the cellular/molecular to systems-level perspective), how neuroplasticity contributes to both the etiology and treatment of neurological and psychological conditions. and extensively discuss the effects of stress on the brain. The course features comprehensive readings of popular psychology/neuroscience books, as well as empirical reports and reviews published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. A background in neuroscience is recommended. as well as  additional experience with psychology and/or biology prior to enrollment.

Toys and Playful Learning

PSYC 223 - Fulcher, Megan

This course examines the fundamentals of the development and practice of play, with emphasis on toy play. The course covers major developmental theories of the development of skills through playful learning. Students explore how gender and gendered toys impact children's play, skills, visions of the future, and body image, and how toy play can be used to intervene with childhood developmental issues. Primary source material is examined along with popular media depictions of toy play. Students engage in the creation of skill building which involves contact with parents, teachers, and experts in the field.

Spring-Term Topics in Psychology

PSYC 296 - Scherschel, Heather M.

Topics and prerequisites vary with instructor and term. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2018, PSYC 296-01: Spring Term Topics in Psychology: The Psychology of Self-Control: "Humans in Lexington" (3). This seminar focuses on understanding different theoretical approaches to self-control, critically analyzing the research applying these self-control models to different behavioral domains, and evaluating the effectiveness of self-control interventions based on their theoretical assumptions. Students evaluate and apply the theories through empirical reports and reviews published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and popular-press articles. Students apply what they are learning in class to themselves through a self-directed, behavior-change program, and to the world around them through application assignments. (SS3) Scherschel.

The Pursuit of Happiness

PSYC 300 - Murdock, Karla

Students examine and discuss the meaning and significance of happiness, explore pathways and barriers to happiness from scientific, theoretical, and philosophical perspectives, and engage in a thoughtful and proactive process of self-examination with regard to personal ideals, goals, and mechanisms of happiness. Students become immersed in experiential learning opportunities to sample potential pathways to well-being and contribute to the greater good through community service.