Course Descriptions

Psychology Courses

Faculty

Professors: Brian F. Blake, Constance L. Hollinger, Boaz Kahana, Kathleen M. McNamara(Chairperson), Richard F. Rakos, Benjamin Wallace, John P. Wilson; Associate Professors: Chieh-Chen Bowen, Leslie E. Fisher, Michael Horvath, Katherine S. Judge, Colleen McMahon, Amir Poreh, Andrew B. Slifkin, Albert F. Smith; Assistant Professors: Lisa S. Doane, Brenda Johnson, Conor T. McLennan, Naohide Yamamoto; Emeritus Faculty: Stephen R. Coleman, David M. Grilly, Stephen D. Slane; Adjunct Faculty: Sherry Ball, Michael Wisniewski.

Course Descriptions

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (4-0-4). This is a broad survey course covering topics such as research methodology; biological bases of behavior, perception, motivation and emotion; learning and memory; development; intelligence; personality; mental disturbance; and social influence. It is a prerequisite to most other psychology courses. Return to top

PSY 101H Introduction to Psychology (Honors) (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Honors standing or permission of University Honors Program. This is a survey of psychology, including coverage of methodology and measurement; intelligence and personality; psychological disorders and their treatment; the biological bases of behavior; social influence and persuasion; learning; and perception, memory, and cognition. Return to top

PSY 180 Introduction to Gerontology (3-0-3). This course is an overview of the demographics of aging, the social, biological, psychological, and functional experience of aging, the concept of successful aging, and the careers available in working with older adults. It is cross-listed with HSC 180. Return to top

PSY 213 Behavioral Science Statistics: Description (2-0-2). This course is an introduction to the use of descriptive statistics in analyzing and interpreting data in the social sciences. Credit for this course may not be earned by any student who has received credit for PSY 311. Return to top

PSY 220 Child Development (3-0-3). This course reviews the literature on child biological, motor, perceptual, cognitive (including intelligence), language, emotional, social, and gender development. Child development history, theory, and research strategies are discussed, as well as the effect of family, peers, media, and schooling. Return to top

PSY 221 Adolescent Psychology (3-0-3).This course is the study of human development through adolescence to maturity. The role of maturational changes, and peer and family influences in the process of self-emergence and personal adjustment is emphasized. Return to top

PSY 223 Life Span Development (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course in an overview of cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development from conception through old age. Return to top

PSY 255 Psychology of Women (4-0-4). This course provides an overview of women's issues from a psychological perspective ranging from a re-examination of traditional theories of personality to current topics of research interest. Where relevant, the course draws heavily from the research literature on sex differences and sex role socialization. Return to top

PSY 293 Special Topics in Psychology (2 to 4 Credits). Course content is announced in the semester course schedule. This course may be taken three times on different topics. Return to top

PSY 311 Behavioral Science Statistics (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course includes the application of descriptive and inferential statistics to the analysis and interpretation of data in the social sciences, with special emphasis on hypothesis testing. Return to top

PSY 331 Industrial-Organizational Psychology (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This is an introduction to the methods used by industrial/organizational psychologists to increase organizational effectiveness and individual well-being. Topics include selection, training, appraisal, job attitudes, work motivation, leadership, job design, organizational culture, and work environment. Return to top

PSY 335 Consumer Psychology (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course involves the examination of the role of psychological processes (such as attitudes, needs, and personality) in influencing one's reaction to consumer goods and services. Implications for advertising, marketing research, and public opinion polling will be addressed. Return to top

PSY 339 Social Psychology (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course covers the theory and method in social psychology, impression formation, social cognition, attitude change, social influence, group processes, and applications of social psychology. Return to top

PSY 342 Psychology of Personality (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course surveys the major theories of personality and its measurement. Emphasis is placed on understanding how personality influences behavior. Psychodynamic, humanistic, and behavioral perspectives, among other topics, are surveyed. Return to top

PSY 344 Intellectual and Personality Testing (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course covers basic theory of psychological assessment. The construction, administration, and interpretation of psychological tests of intelligence, abilities, and personality are discussed. Depending on the instructor, emphasis is placed on measurement theory or practical applications. Return to top

PSY 345 Abnormal Psychology (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course involves the examination of the field of abnormal psychology, surveying the major psychological disorders and their classification. Causes and treatments of the major disorders are explored from various theoretical perspectives. Return to top

PSY 349 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course is an introduction to the professional practice of clinical psychology. Clinical and research activities (assessment, therapy, consultation, and system intervention), training models, settings (clinic, hospital, school, and court), and professional issues (roles, ethics, and laws) are among the topics examined. Return to top

PSY 351 Personal Behavior Modification (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This is an introduction to behavioral theory, assessment, and modification techniques. Consideration of several skills central to adjustment in contemporary society,such as assertion, active listening, anger and stress management, rational thinking, and decision-making are covered. Students are required to conduct a behavioral self-management project that attempts to change a personally relevant behavioral concern and then describe the project in a detailed paper. Return to top

PSY 352 Human Sexuality (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course provides students with a balanced presentation of theory, data, and practical application in the area of human sexuality. Students explore their attitudes, beliefs, and feelings about human sexuality. The course helps students become more comfortable with their own sexuality; develop greater sensitivity to the attitudes, beliefs, and feelings of others, and create and maintain healthy and fulfilling relationships with others. Return to top

PSY 353 Health Psychology (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. The impact of behavior, cognition, and affect on biological function and dysfunction is examined from theoretical and empirical perspectives. Stress and coping styles, behavioral medicine (such as compliance, pain management, behavioral factors in acute and chronic illness), lifestyle choices, and habit control are among the topics considered in relation to the prevention and treatment of disease. Return to top

PSY 356 Multicultural Psychology (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course involves examination of theories of differences and their application to behavioral change. Diversity across race, gender, and class is explored. Return to top

PSY 357 Humanistic/Transpersonal Psychology (4-0-4). Prerequisites: PSY 101 and and at least one psychology course at the 200 level, or permission of instructor. This course introduces students to the subject matter of humanistic/transpersonal psychology both in terms of underlying concepts and in terms of selected experiential components. Humanistic/Transpersonal psychology addresses questions of value, meaning, and purpose. Some key concepts are peak experiences, self transcendence, optimal mental health, and transpersonal development. Return to top

PSY 361 Psychology of Consciousness (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This is an examination of a wide range of material relevant to the understanding of human consciousness. Topics include the nature and history of human consciousness, altered states of consciousness, sleep and dreams, meditation, biofeedback, hypnosis, and behavior-altering drugs. Return to top

PSY 368 Perceptual Processes (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course is a detailed review of human sensory and perceptual processes with applications to psychological issues (such as visual form perception, auditory sensory analysis, perceptual constancies, and attention). The visual and auditory modalities are emphasized. Return to top

PSY 370 Psychology of Learning (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course is a survey of research findings and theoretical issues in the study of basic learning processes, such as habituation and sensitization, varieties of conditioning, contingencies of reinforcement and punishment. Such processes contribute to understanding and treating behavioral problems. Return to top

PSY 372 Memory and Cognition (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course involves the examination of major areas of theory and research in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics, including the topics of perception and attention, memory, semantics, language comprehension, production and acquisition, and the processes of reasoning and decision-making. Return to top

PSY 385 Psychology of Motivation (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course is a survey of major concepts, research findings, and issues in the study of the selection, initiation, and persistence of behavior across the spectrum of psychology. Return to top

PSY 390 Field Placement (0-4-4). Prerequisites: PSY 101, at least 8 credit hours of psychology courses at the 300- to 400-level and permission of the instructor. Advanced students are placed in an applied setting in the community, presented with the opportunity to learn the process of utilizing previously acquired academic knowledge within the context of an applied setting. Placement experiences are supplemented by on-site supervision, weekly group meetings, outside reading assignments, and a written report. Up to 8 credit hours may be taken, but only eight credit hours of PSY 390 and PSY 396 combined can be applied toward the 36-hour requirement for psychology majors. Return to top

PSY 393 Special Topics in Psychology (1 to 4 credits). Prerequisite: PSY 101. Course content is announced in the semester course schedule. May be taken three times with different topics. Return to top

PSY 396 Independent Study (1 to 4 credits). Prerequisites: PSY 101, PSY 311 or equivalent, written permission of the instructor, and departmental approval. Up to 8 credit hours may be taken, but only 8 credit hours of PSY 390 and PSY 396 combined can be applied toward the 36-hour requirement for psychology majors. Offered every semester. Return to top

PSY 411 Computer Applications of Statistics (4-0-4). Prerequisites: PSY 101 and PSY 311 or equivalent or permission of instructor. This course is designed to help students become proficient at using statistical software (such as SAS) in order to analyze data. Emphasis is also placed upon interpreting analyzed data. Topics covered are ANOVA, MANOVA, multiple regression, and chi-square. Return to top

PSY 412 Psychology Laboratory (2-6-4). Prerequisites: PSY 101 and 311 or equivalent. This course covers methods of research design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting of research findings. Students conduct empirical research and write reports. Return to top

PSY 414 Writing in Psychology (2-0-2). Prerequisites: PSY 101. This course is designed to develop the writing skills of students with respect to writing conceptual (review or theoretical) papers according to APA format. A substantial written report is one of the requirements. Enrolled students must be concurrently enrolled in any 300- or 400-level content-based psychology course. Prior to registering, students must obtain a written agreement from the content course instructor to serve as a grader of the required written report. The content course instructor, in consultation with the student, determines the topic of the written report. Return to top

PSY 429 Psychology of Aging (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course is a comprehensive survey of aging the final developmental period in the lifespan. Topics include methodological issues, theoretical perspectives on aging, changes in cognitive, social, and personality functions, and psychopathology. Return to top

PSY 448 Mental Health and Aging (4-0-4). Prerequisites: PSY 101 and PSY 345, or permission of instructor. Thsi course focuses on the nature and problems of old age, including change, and stability associated with the aging process; mental-health issues; assessment and treatment of emotional and organic brain disorders in late life, and long-term care vs. home-care issues. Return to top

PSY 451 Human Performance (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This is a review of the major empirical studies and theoretical trends that have shed light on our understanding of the processes by which humans, and other animals, generate, control and learn goal-directed behavior (action).Topics include information processing, attention, sensory and central contributions, principles of simple movement, coordination, and learning processes. Return to top

PSY 479 History of Psychology (4-0-4). Prerequisites: PSY 101, and three Psychology courses (not to include PSY 396). This course is an examination of the development of psychological ideas since the Classical Period and of Psychology as a discipline since the nineteenth century. Return to top

PSY 481 Psychopharmacology (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101 and BIO 100 or equivalent. This course covers the principles of drug actions in the nervous system and describes the effects of drugs on behavioral variables; deals with drugs that are commonly used in recreational and clinical settings. Return to top

PSY 482 Biological Basis of Behavior (4-0-4). Prerequisites: PSY 101 and BIO 100 or equivalent. This course reviews our knowledge of how behavior and cognition are controlled by neural and other physiological processes. The content falls into three areas: an examination of neurons and neurotransmitters; a description of sensory and motor systems; and a summary of various behavioral and cognitive phenomena (e.g., learning, memory, psychiatric disorders) and how the central nervous system is involved in their control. Return to top

PSY 487 Brain and Cognition (4-0-4). Prerequisite: PSY 101. This course on cognitive neuropsychology is the study of cognitive processes as revealed by their disruption due to brain damage, and by modern techniques of brain investigation. The course presents current topics in cognitive neuropsychology, including units on basic brain anatomy and functioning, perceptual and attentional processes, language, and memory. Return to top

PSY 493 Special Topics in Psychology ( 2 to 4 credits). Prerequisite: Psychology major, senior standing, or permission of instructor. This is a seminar on current research in psychology. Specific topics are announced in the semester course schedule. It may be taken three times on different topics. Return to top

PSY 495H Honors Seminar (4-0-4). Prerequisites: PSY 101 and permission of instructor or enrollment in University Honors Program. For students who have been admitted to the Honors Program in Psychology.This is a discussion of research methods and current controversies in psychology; and a development of a research proposal for the project that will be carried out inPSY 497H and completed in PSY 498H. Return to top

PSY 497H Honors Project (1 to 4 credits). Prerequisites: PSY 101 and PSY 495H, and permission of instructor. For students who have been admitted into the Honors Program in Psychology, and who have taken PSY 495H. The student conducts the research proposed during PSY 495H. Research is supervised by the director of the Honors Program or by another faculty member. Return to top

PSY 498H Honors Project and Defense (1 to 4 credits). Prerequisites: PSY 101, PSY 495H, and permission of instructor. For students who have been admitted into the Honors Program in Psychology and who have completed PSY 495H. The student completes the research proposed during PSY 495H, and writes and defends an honors thesis. Research is supervised by the director of the Honors Program or by another faculty member. Return to top

PSY 499 Exit Evaluation (0-1-0). Prerequisite: senior standing. This course comprises of the final exit examination and outcomes assessment evaluation required of all graduating seniors. Graded S/U. Return to top

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