Courses
Navigating Introductory Course Options in Psychology (for majors and nonmajors)
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Academic Catalog
PSY 101  Foundations in Psychological Science
This course provides an overview of current topics in the field of psychology. Topics include human development, language, learning, memory, motivation, neuroscience, perception, psychopathology, and social behavior. Concept labs and applied labs will address the descriptive and experimental aspects of the topics covered in the lectures.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 200  Methods in Health Psychology
This course explores the biological, psychological, and social factors involved in the process of health behavior change using the major theories and models of health behavior. Students will engage in a selfdirected behavior modification project on a health behavior of their choosing (e.g., improving sleep hygiene, moderating alcohol intake, reducing screen time, increasing physical activity).
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 201  Methods in Psychology: Brain & Behavior
This course will investigate the basic principles of neuropharmacology and neural science with an emphasis on brain systems and synaptic mechanisms implicated in behavior. Laboratories will include experimentation using animal models.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 202  Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
An investigation into the neural basis of perception, attention, and consciousness. The current research literature will be explored in depth and students will be introduced to experimental techniques including behavioral psychophysics and EEG/ERPs.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 203  Methods in Learning and Comparative Psychology
An exploration of basic principles of learning and behavior across species. Students will be exposed to the latest concepts and methods in the field via discussion and handson experimentation, and will learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret animal and human behavior in a comparative context.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 204  Methods in Educational Psychology
A focus on the application of psychological science to issues of motivation in educational contexts. Students will be introduced to the primary literature and learn to use a variety of methodologies (e.g., quantitative, qualitative) for understanding how motivational processes operate across development.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 205  Methods in Psycholinguistics
An introduction to research design and computer programming to investigate language processing. Reading primary literature about a wellknown psycholinguistic phenomenon, students will be introduced to computer programming, allowing them to design and implement their own study investigating a followup question.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 206  Methods in Psychopathology
This course will explore the use of experimental and quasiexperimental techniques to examine issues related to the etiology, expression, and treatment of psychiatric conditions. Students will apply methodologies from psychological science to better understand psychopathology.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 207  Methods in Social Psychology
This course examines the ways individuals think, feel, and act in social situations. Students will read the primary literature, learn about current empirical methods to approach social psychological questions, and conduct original empirical research.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 208  Methods in Cognitive Psychology
In this course, students will be familiarized with some basic cognitive processes and cognitive resources such as working memory, longterm memory, concepts, visual imagery, and reasoning. In addition to reading and discussing the primary literature, students will also become familiar with data collection and data analysis methods.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 209  Methods in Psychology of Music
In this course, students will discuss primary literature and will learn about methodologies and investigate issues used to explore the psychology of music. Students will have the opportunity to apply researchbased skills and become familiar with data collection and data analysis.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 210  Methods in Applied Measurement
In this course, students will consider some of the challenges that arise when trying to measure psychological quantities. Following an introduction to measurement in the abstract, students will perform data collection and quantitative exercises to gain insight into how a variety of standard psychological measures function, including achievement tests, personality inventories, and diagnostic scales. The course will conclude with a demonstration of the challenges of working with observational data, especially when assessing causal claims.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 216  History of Neuroscience
This course offers an overview of the development of neuroscience, focusing on the significant theories, experiments, and technological innovations that define the field as well as the context in which these key discoveries were made. It will cover the evolution of theories regarding brain function, and the methodological advancements that have enabled these discoveries. Topics range from the initial speculation about neural functions in ancient times and contributions to the field during the Renaissance and Enlightenment to the research of the 20th and 21st centuries with a focus on the latter.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 217  Neuroscience of Consciousness
This course offers an introduction to the scientific study of consciousness by examining the neural basis of perception, action, and various states of consciousness. Topics will include the impressive capabilities of unconscious perception and action, the relationship between attention and awareness, neural correlates and causes of conscious perception, disorders of consciousness, dreams and altered states of consciousness, neural representations of the self who is conscious, consciousness in nonhuman animals and artificial systems, and the evolution of consciousness.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 218  Neuroscience and Ethics: Navigating Objectivity in a Subjective World
We will explore the relationship between modern neuroscience and ethics, delving into the complexities of the human brain and the ethical considerations that should always accompany its study. This course examines the historical, cultural, social and technological aspects that intersect and affect neuroscience research, looking to not only diagnose but to find potential solutions. This course encourages critical thinking and thoughtful conversation, challenging students to consider the ethical dimensions of neuroscience and encouraging a nuanced understanding of the field. Join us as we navigate the intersection of neuroscience and ethics, recognizing that while neuroscience may strive for objectivity, the individuals behind the research will always be biased by their circumstances.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
PSY 220  Disinformation and Propaganda
The course will explore the psychological science behind cognitive biases and heuristics that make us vulnerable to misinformation and disinformation. We will examine select historic propaganda campaigns but will focus primarily on the recent and ongoing Russian propaganda. We will also work to address and compensate for the constraints of human cognition that have been exploited by disinformation campaigns. In addition to covering the psychology of propaganda and cognitive biases, the course will also incorporate game theory research from the judgment and decisionmaking field, including tragedy of the commons, public goods and social cooperation. The goal of the course is for students to recognize their biases, practice techniques for identifying misinformation and disinformation, and develop a model of ethical decisionmaking for sharing information.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
PSY 223  Political DecisionMaking
This course will offer an introduction to some basic concepts within social psychology and principles of judgment and decisionmaking in order to explore human attitudes and behavior in a specific context: politics. Specifically, this course will address theories of group dynamics and attitude change and explore how and why political groups often develop and maintain extreme beliefs. This course will include exploration of the phenomena of terrorism and antisocial behavior in relation to politics, as well as bias in the context of politics. This course is anticipated to expose students to a diversity of political views inside the classroom and contain discussion of sensitive topics.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 224  Introduction to Data Science in Psychology
This course is an introduction to data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in psychology. Students will be introduced to a wide range of topics, including data gathering and cleaning, machine learning implementation, feature analysis, and the ethical considerations for the application of machine learning. Students will get an introduction to RapidMiner, Python using Jupyter Notebooks, and visualization libraries using Seaborn.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 225  Psychology of Stress and Resilience
The goal of this course is to give an overview of the theoretical and empirical work on stress, coping, and resilience. Topics will include the neurobiology of stress (e.g., the HPA axis, the immune system), chronic disease (e.g., cardiovascular disease, cancer), mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety), ecological stressors (e.g., social and community factors, catastrophes), common life stressors (e.g., work, interpersonal conflict), and diversityrelated stressors (e.g., racism, heterosexism).
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 227  Science Communication
This course covers science communication within the scientific community, including peer review and ethical considerations, and extends to public engagement through news articles, social media, and health advisories. It emphasizes concise, impactful communication, akin to social media efficiency. The curriculum splits between internal scientific communicationcovering peer review and research ethicsand external communication, examining the portrayal of science in news and social media, with a keen focus on accuracy and public misinformation. Engaging with these dual aspects prepares students to adeptly navigate and bridge the complex world of scientific discourse and public dialogue.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
PSY 230  Comparative Cognition
An overview of current research and theory in comparative cognitionthe scientific study of cognitive functioning from an evolutionary perspective. The course will emphasize continuities and discontinuities between humans and other animals in basic psychological processes, including decisionmaking, problemsolving, remembering, symbolic and relational learning, awareness, and communication. We will read and discuss the primary literature, with special emphasis on experimental issues and comparative methods.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 232  Socialization of the Child
This course will focus on the socialization processthe ways in which children's behaviors and personalities are shaped by their relationships to parents, peers, and the larger cultural context. Specific topics will include theory and research on emotional attachment to parents, the origins of friendship and prosocial behavior, aggression and bullying, the development of morality, the socialization of selfcontrol, and the role of teachers and schools.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
PSY 234  Diversity and Human Development
What is diversity, and how does it affect human development? In this course, students will explore these questions through interdisciplinary perspectives and empirical research. We will examine the intersections between diversity and various aspects of human development, including its influence on individual growth, societal dynamics, and overall human development. The course begins by defining diversity in its broadest sense, encompassing dimensions such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, ability, and more. We will discuss each dimension by reviewing empirical research findings as well as methods used to address issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity in research. Then, students will explore the complex interactions between these diverse identities and their impact on human development across the lifespan.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
PSY 242  Human Sexuality
Human sexual behavior serves various purposes beyond procreation, including pleasure, intimacy, affiliation, and profit. In this course, we will consider how sexual identities develop over time, through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood. We also will examine the boundaries society puts on sexuality and sexual expression through norms, laws, and social conventions. Our exploration will delve into the multifaceted aspects of human sexuality and its connection to our psychology.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
PSY 251  Group Identities and Intergroup Relations
Why do humans organize in groups, and how does being aware of our group identities shape our attitudes, perceptions, and action, especially in the context of relations with those from outside our groups? We will encourage a critical look at some of the classic and contemporary theoretical explanations concerning the influence of group identities on a variety of intergroup outcomes, including, but not limited to, (a) intergroup perceptions, (b) the link between ingroup love and outgroup hate, and (c) responses to group disadvantage. The goal is to understand the psychology behind numerous groupbased outcomes, including those that may seem counterintuitive or irrational at first glance
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 253  Psychedelics and Mental Health: From Taboo to Therapeutic
This course explores the psychology of psychedelics with an emphasis on brain mechanisms of action, applications for transcendence (i.e., enhanced spiritual experiences, altered consciousness, embracing the reality of death), and clinical uses for the treatment of psychiatric disorders (i.e., addiction, depression, PTSD). Topics will be examined through the lens of both popular nonfiction and empirical research articles.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
PSY 300  Memory
How good is your memory, and what is memory anyway? This course will explore human memory through a cognitive psychology lens, covering many decades of memory research. Topics include memory systems (e.g., shortterm and longterm memory), encoding and retrieval, false memory, forgetting and memory disorders. In the lab component, students will participate in a collection of classical memory experiments before designing their own experiment to answer a novel research question.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 319  Psychology of Addictions
This course examines the psychology of addictive behaviors. We will study the use of alcohol and other drugs of abuse as well as other behavioral addictions (e.g., gambling disorder). We will explore historical and cultural attitudes toward addictions, prominent theories of the etiology and maintenance of these behaviors, basic epidemiology, and prevention and treatment models, all embedded within recent empirical findings.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 322  Social Psychology
An examination of psychological theory and research concerning the ways in which people think, feel, and act in social situations. Conferences will focus on areas of basic social psychological research and theory, including social cognition, attribution, impression formation, social interaction, intergroup and interpersonal relationships, and social influence. Special issues addressed in the course are stereotyping and prejudice, the self within the social context, and applications of social psychology to social problems. Opportunities for students to plan and conduct empirical research are available.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 323  Motivation in Educational Contexts
An overview of theory and research on motivation as it applies to educational contexts, focusing primarily on schoolaged children. Why do some students focus on learning while others only care about getting the grade? How do rewards affect motivation? Why does failure sometimes debilitate and other times invigorate? How do we perceive our own academic abilities and how does this affect our selfworth? Where do these motivational processes come from and how do they develop? This course will draw on social, developmental, educational, and cognitive psychology as we address questions about achievement motivation.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 324  Health Psychology
This course explores the dynamic interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors in health and disease. Major topics include psychosocial and contextual influences on health and behavior; the design and evaluation of individual treatments and population interventions; stress and coping; psychosocial effects of disease; physicianprovider communication; health services utilization and adherence. Emphasis on theory, research design, and causal inference.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 325  Stereotyping and Prejudice
This conference is an analysis of psychological theory and empirical research on stereotyping and prejudice. The course explores the development and causes of intergroup perceptions and antagonism, reasons for the persistence and prevalence of stereotypes and prejudice, ways in which feelings and beliefs about groups influence social perception and interaction, and possible ways to change group stereotypes or reduce prejudice. In examining these issues, conferences consider both the ways that individuals perceive themselves as members of groups and the ways that they perceive other groups. Students conduct original empirical research.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 326  Altruism and SelfInterest
This course will explore the literature on altruism, social cooperation, and other prosocial behavior to contrast with the literature on selfinterested, competitive, or antisocial behavior. Incredible technological and social achievements have been attained through human cooperation, and the need for further cooperation remains dire as we face climate change, food insecurity, and potential future pandemics. By looking at social cooperation through the lens of cognitive psychology, we will work to understand what conditions promote cooperation and prosocial behavior in our institutions and society at large. The course incorporates empirical and theoretical papers from cognitive psychology (e.g., judgment & decisionmaking), social psychology (e.g., ingroup bias, conformity and obedience) and behavioral economics (e.g., game theory).
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
PSY 332  Neuromodulation
An examination of tools and methods for neuromodulation. There are multiple nonpharmacological ways to alter brain function, from transcranial electric (tES) and magnetic stimulation (TMS) to deep brain stimulation (DBS). This course aims to equip students with a deep understanding of neuromodulation methods, their applications in treating neurological disorders, their profiles of advantages and disadvantages (i.e., convenience, effectiveness, invasiveness) and insight into future advancements in the field.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
PSY 333  Behavioral Neuroscience
An examination of the neural basis of behavior with a focus on brain anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and neural modeling. Specific topics include the organization and function of the nervous system, neuronal signaling, sensorimotor physiology, appetitive motivation, drug reward, neuroplasticity, epigenetics, and neuropathology. Laboratory includes mammalian brain dissection and experimentation using animal models.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 334  Cognitive Neuroscience
The neural basis of cognition will be examined by focusing on evidence from electrophysiology, functional neuroimaging, and electromagnetic stimulation. Overviews of basic concepts including neuroanatomy, research methods, and various cognitive processes will be introduced via book chapters and review articles. Each concept will be explored in more detail through readings and discussions of the primary research literature as well as laboratory exercises. Topics will include singlecell recording, EEG/MEG, fMRI, TMS, eyetracking, perception, attention, memory, cognitive and motor control, and social cognition.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 337  Psychophysiology
This course is a survey of the basic theoretical, methodological, and applied issues in the field of psychophysiology. Psychophysiology is the branch of psychology concerned with the complexity of links between the mind and body and is of prime importance in understanding how psychological and socioenvironmental experiences can influence health and disease. The course will consist of conferences and handson laboratory experience collecting and analyzing psychophysiological data. The fundamentals of specific systems will be covered, such as the cardiovascular, central nervous, immune, and endocrine systems, as well as measures such as EMG, ECG, EGG, and heart rate. Applications to psychopathology, health psychology, and behavioral medicine will also be explored.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 338  Psychopharmacology: Drugs and Behavior
This course will examine the basic principles of behavioral pharmacology with an emphasis on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, including the mechanisms underlying drug metabolism, tolerance, and sensitization. Following an overview of cell biology, synaptic transmission, and receptor function, we will focus on the molecular, biochemical, and behavioral characterization of psychotropic drugs. These drugs include central nervous system stimulants, sedativehypnotics, anxiolytics, alcohol, hallucinogens, and opiates.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 342  Language and Thought
An examination of theory and research on the relation between language and cognitive processes. Languages differ dramatically in how their lexicons and grammars structure the world. Do these differences cause speakers of different languages to think differently? Or do they illuminate underlying commonalities in human cognition? Within a single language, how does describing or "framing" an issue using different words or grammatical forms influence judgment and decisionmaking? We will critically evaluate classic and contemporary research on these questions, focusing on the cognitive mechanisms by which language reflects and shapes the way we think.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 348  Statistical Analysis for Psychology
This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts, logic, and methods of research design and data analysis used in psychological research. Central questions include how to select, perform, and interpret statistical techniques while emphasizing the application of these techniques to students' own research projects. Topics include descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, ttests, oneway and twoway analysis of variance, and correlational techniques.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 351  Psychopathology
This course focuses on description, conceptualization, etiology, development, and prognosis of maladaptive functioning. We examine theories and research about the origin and development of specific mental health disorders, including experimental, correlational, and crosscultural research.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 353  Affect and Emotion
This course will examine the psychological study of affect and emotion, including both historical approaches and current research. This course will concentrate on research stemming from social, cognitive, and personality psychology, theories, concepts, and evidence from evolutionary psychology and neuroscience. Topics will include the origins of affect, core affect, moods, emotional valence, discrete emotional regulation, and the influence of emotions on judgments and decisions.

Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 361  Developmental Psychology
An examination of theory and research on psychological development through the lifespan focusing primarily on cognitive and social growth in the childhood years. This course begins with an overview of theoretical frameworks and research methods specific to the study of development. We then explore chronologically the development of the individual through five major periods of life: infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 362  Identity Development: Understanding the Self in Context
Developing a clear sense of who you are is a key developmental task. This course explores the complexities of identity development, drawing insights from a variety of disciplines and theoretical perspectives. Throughout this course, we will attempt to answer the questions: What is an identity? How does an individual's identity develop and change over time? We begin with an examination of major theoretical frameworks on identity and identity development from the three main perspectives: developmental, social and narrative psychology. Then, we will shift our focus to various components of personal and social identity, including ethnicracial, career, and religious identity, as well we identities established within relational contexts such as romantic relationships, friendships, or parenthood. Through discussions of empirical research, we will explore the dynamic interplay between personal characteristics and social influences in shaping one's identity. The format will be primarily conference, with some lecture in order to provide you with important background information and a framework for discussing the readings.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
PSY 366  Cognitive Processes
An overview of the scientific study of human cognitionhow people perceive, remember, categorize, communicate, represent, and reason about the world. We will examine classic and current empirical research in light of contrasting theories that characterize the mind as an informationprocessing device or as an embodied system. Conferences will focus on discussion of the primary literature, with special emphasis on the logic of experimental design, critical analysis of opposing findings, and realworld applications. Throughout the semester, students will work in small groups to design and carry out an empirical research project.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 373  Learning
We will undertake a systematic examination of the factors governing learned behavior, with emphasis on the relationship of animal to human behavior. Topics include learning through associations, selection by consequences, and modeling; drug addiction; discrimination and concept formation; choice and selfcontrol; voluntary action and free will; and verbal behavior. Experimental methods and analyses are emphasized.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 381  Sensation and Perception
In this course students will investigate how the nervous system detects, analyzes, and creates meaning from environmental stimuli. The course explores the anatomy, physiology, and function of the sensory cells and the brain nuclei involved in various sensory modalities including vision, audition, olfaction, and touch. It investigates how these cells work in concert to produce a seamless perception of colors, textures, flavors, sounds, and smells.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 393  Psycholinguistics
This course is an introduction to the study of the human languageprocessing system, and how it is organized to produce and comprehend language. We will study speech perception, lexical access, and sentence processing in the context of language acquisition, bilingualism, sign language, and brain function. Basic linguistic concepts will be covered. Students are expected to design and carry out a research project.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 412  Cognitive Science Research: Thinking in Practice
An indepth examination of how people think, reason, and communicate about the world around them, emphasizing handson experience with research methods and statistical analysis in cognitive science. The course has two complementary objectives: to study thinking in practicecognition about realworld issuesby critically evaluating the primary research literature, and to practice the study of thinking by designing and carrying out collaborative research projects. Students will learn techniques for measuring cognition explicitly and implicitly, for analyzing everyday discourse as a window into the mind, and for conducting open, reproducible science.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 417  Attention and Consciousness Research
This course offers an indepth look at the scientific study of consciousness by exploring research into the neurophysiology of attention and perception, and by addressing relevant theoretical considerations from neurophilosophy. Central questions will include: How can the electrical firing of neurons produce subjective experience? What types of brain processes establish the contents of consciousness, the continuity of consciousness, and the self who is conscious? How does neural activity differ for conscious versus unconscious processing? Students will critically examine the research literature and work in small groups throughout the semester on independent research projects
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
 Collect, interpret, and analyze data.
PSY 434  Advanced Topics in Neuropharmacology
The course focuses on the molecular, biochemical, and behavioral characterization of neuroactive drugs by investigating their actions on cells, circuits, and receptor mechanisms. Methods of research in behavioral pharmacology will also be examined.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 442  Clinical Psychology
We will discuss design and methodological issues related to studying the effectiveness and efficacy of psychological interventions. We examine theory and research for various schools of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, existentialhumanistic, behavioral, and cognitivebehavioral interventions, with brief coverage of multicultural, family, child, and group approaches. Students participate in fieldwork in offcampus facilities related to mental health.
 Use and evaluate quantitative data or modeling, or use logical/mathematical reasoning to evaluate, test or prove statements.
 Given a problem or question, formulate a hypothesis or conjecture, design an experiment, and collect data or use mathematical reasoning to test or validate it.
PSY 470  Thesis
Theses in psychology will include empirical researchexperimental, observational, or data analytical. Under unusual circumstances the requirement for empirical research may be waived by the department.