Psychology

Students may complete a major or minor in Psychology. Within the major, students also have the opportunity to pursue an area of further study such as a minor in Neuroscience, Child and Family Studies, or Computational Methods.

Faculty

  • William (Dustin) Albert, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Kimberly Wright Cassidy, President of the College and Professor of Psychology
  • Heejung Park, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Laurel Peterson, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Leslie Rescorla, Professor of Psychology on the Class of 1897 Professorship of Science and Director of Child and Family Studies and the Director of the Child Study Institute (on leave semester II)
  • Marc Schulz, Chair and Professor of Psychology and Rachel C. Hale Professor in the Sciences and Mathematics
  • Anjali Thapar, Professor of Psychology
  • Earl Thomas, Professor of Psychology
  • Robert Wozniak, Professor of Psychology (on leave semester I)

The department offers the student a major program that allows a choice of courses from among a wide variety of fields in psychology: clinical, cognitive, developmental, health, physiological, and social. In addition to the considerable breadth offered, the program encourages the student to focus on more specialized areas through advanced coursework, seminars and supervised research. Students have found that the major program provides a strong foundation for graduate work in clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, physiological, and social psychology, as well as for graduate study in law, medicine, and business.

Major Requirements

The major requirements in Psychology are PSYC 105 (or a one-semester introductory psychology course taken elsewhere); PSYC 205; two half-credit 200-level laboratory courses (courses designated as PSYC 28X), six courses at the 200 and 300 level (at least two 200-level and two 300-level), one semester of Junior Brown Bag, and one Senior Requirement. Majors may elect to fulfill their Senior Requirement with PSYC 399 (Senior Seminar in Psychology) or by completing two semesters of supervised research (PSYC 398 or PSYC 401).

Major Writing Requirement: Majors must complete the writing requirement prior to the start of the senior year. The writing requirement can be met by completing two half-credit 200-level writing intensive laboratory courses or a full credit writing intensive course.

Majors may substitute advance placement credit (score of 5 on the Psychology Advanced Placement exam) for PSYC 105. In general, courses at the 200 level survey major content areas of psychological research. With the exception of PSYC 205, all 200-level courses require PSYC 105 or the permission of the instructor. Courses at the 300 level typically have a 200-level survey course as a prerequisite and offer either specialization within a content area or integration across areas. PSYC 398, 399, and 401 are senior capstone courses and are intended to provide psychology majors with an intensive and integrative culminating experience in psychology.

Majors are also required to attend a one-hour, weekly brown bag in the junior year for one semester. This requirement is designed to sharpen students’ analytical and critical thinking skills, to introduce students to faculty members’ areas of research, to provide additional opportunities for student-faculty interactions, and to build a sense of community.

Advising

The selection of courses to meet the major requirements is made in consultation with the student’s major adviser. Any continuing faculty member can serve as a major adviser. It is expected that the student will sample broadly among the diverse fields represented in the curriculum. Courses outside the department may be taken for major credit if they satisfy the above descriptions of 200-level and 300-level courses and are approved by the student’s major adviser. Students should contact their major adviser about major credit for a course outside the department before taking the course.

Honors

Departmental honors (called Honors in Research in Psychology) are awarded on the merits of a report of research (the design and execution; and the scholarship exhibited in the writing of a paper based on the research). To be considered for honors, students must have a grade point average in psychology of 3.6 or higher at the end of the fall semester of the senior year.

Haverford College Courses that Count toward the Major

Certain psychology courses offered at Haverford College may be substituted for the equivalent Bryn Mawr courses for purposes of the Bryn Mawr psychology major (the same is true for psychology courses offered at Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania). Specifically, PSYC 100 at Haverford may be substituted for PSYC 105. PSYC 200 at Haverford may be substituted for PSYC 205. Additionally, although the half-unit 300-level laboratory courses at Haverford maybe substituted for the half-unit 200-level laboratory courses at Bryn Mawr, the Haverford laboratory courses will not count towards the new college-wide writing requirement in the major. For all other courses, a student should consult with her major advisor.

Minor Requirements

A student may minor in Psychology by taking PSYC 105 and PSYC 205 and any other four courses that meet the requirements of the major.

Minor in Neuroscience

Students majoring in psychology can minor in Neuroscience. The minor comprises six courses: one gateway course (Behavioral Neuroscience BMC PSYC 218, Biological Psychology HC PSYC 217, or Introduction to Neuroscience BMC BIO 202), plus five additional courses. The five courses must sample from three different disciplines and at least one course must be at the 300-level or higher. Additional information for the minor is listed on the Psychology Department’s website.

Minor in Computational Methods

Students majoring in psychology can minor in computational methods.The minor consists of one gateway course (Introduction to Computer Science, CS 110 or CS 205), a course in data structures (CS 206) and discrete mathematics (CS 231), plus three additional courses. Additional information for the minor is listed on the Computer Science Department’s website.

Minor in Child and Family Studies

Students majoring in psychology can minor in Child and Family Studies. The minor comprises six courses: one gateway course (Developmental Psychology PSYC 206, Educational Psychology PSYC 203, Critical Issues in Education EDUC 200, or Study of Gender in Society (SOCL 201), plus five additional courses, at least two of which must be outside of the major department and at least one of which must be at the 300 level. Additional information for the minor is listed on the Child and Family Studies’s website.

COURSES

PSYC B105 Introductory Psychology

How do biological predispositions, life experiences, culture, contribute to individual differences in human and animal behavior? This biopsychosocial theme will be examined by studying both “normal” and “abnormal” behaviors in domains such as perception, cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, and social interaction thereby providing an overview of psychology’s many areas of inquiry.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Peterson,L., Rescorla,L.
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

PSYC B120 Focus: Psychology of Terrorism

Introduction to the psychology of terrorism. Each week will include reading and a film introducing a different case history: Mohammed Atta, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, Weather Underground, Baader-Meinhof Gang, Battle of Algiers, Shaheed, Al-Qaeda and bin Laden. Text is “Friction: How radicalization happens to them and us” (McCauley & Moskalenko, 2011). Each student posts each week on Moodle a max-300-word essay identifying mechanisms of radicalization in the case history, and a comment on one other student’s post. Grading includes clicker quizzes, posts, comments, and an optional final paper. This is a half-semester “focus course,” no prerequisites.
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B125 Focus: Psychology of Genocide

This is a half-semester “focus course.” Introduction to the psychology of genocide, including perpetrators, leaders, and mass sympathizers. Each week will include reading and a film introducing a difference case history: Cherokee Removal, Armenian Removal, Holocaust, Rwanda, Pol Pot, Khymer Rouge Killers, Darfur-Sudan. Text is “Why not kill them all? The logic and prevention of mass political murder” (Chirot & McCauley, 2010 paperback). Each student posts each week on Moodle a max-300-word essay identifying mechanisms of radicalization in the case history, and a comment on one other student’s post. Grading includes clicker quizzes, posts, comments, and an optional final paper.
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B160 Focus: Psychology of Negotiations

Explores the psychology, art, and science of negotiations. The core of the course is a series of seven simulations designed to allow students to experiment with negotiation techniques. Debriefings and discussions of negotiation theory and behavioral research complement the simulations. This is a half-semester, 0.5 unit course.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B203 Educational Psychology

Topics in the psychology of human cognitive, social, and affective behavior are examined and related to educational practice. Issues covered include learning theories, memory, attention, thinking, motivation, social/emotional issues in adolescence, and assessment/learning disabilities. This course provides a Praxis Level I opportunity. Classroom observation is required. Prerequisite: PSYC B105 (Introductory Psychology)
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Cassidy,K.
(Fall 2016)

PSYC B205 Research Methods and Statistics

An introduction to experimental design, general research methodology, and the analysis and interpretation of data. Emphasis will be placed on issues involved with conducting psychological research. Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, experimental design and validity, analysis of variance, and correlation and regression. Each statistical method will also be executed using computers. Lecture three hours, laboratory 90 minutes a week.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Albert,W., Thapar,A.
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

PSYC B206 Developmental Psychology

A topical survey of psychological development from infancy through adolescence, focusing on the interaction of personal and environmental factors in the ontogeny of perception, language, cognition, and social interactions within the family and with peers. Topics include developmental theories; infant perception; attachment; language development; theory of mind; memory development; peer relations, schools and the family as contexts of development; and identity and the adolescent transition. Prerequisite: PSYC B105 or PSYC H100
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Albert,W.
(Fall 2016)

PSYC B208 Social Psychology

A survey of theories and data in the study of human social behavior. Special attention to methodological issues of general importance in the conduct and evaluation of research with humans. Topics include group dynamics (conformity, leadership, encounter groups, crowd behavior, intergroup conflict); attitude change (consistency theories, attitudes and behavior, mass media persuasion); and person perception (stereotyping, essentializing, moral judgment). Prerequisite: PSYC B105 or H100 (Introductory Psychology), or instructor’s permission.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B209 Abnormal Psychology

This course examines the experience, origins and consequences of psychological difficulties and problems. Among the questions we will explore are: What do we mean by abnormal behavior or psychopathology? What are the strengths and limitations of the ways in which psychopathology is assessed and classified? What are the major forms of psychopathology? How do psychologists study and treat psychopathology? How is psychopathology experienced by individuals? What causes psychological difficulties and what are their consequences? How do we integrate social, biological and psychological perspectives on the causes of psychopathology? Do psychological treatments (therapies) work? How do we study the effectiveness of psychology treatments? Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC B105 or H100).
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Schulz,M.
(Spring 2017)

PSYC B212 Human Cognition

This course provides an overview of the field of Cognitive Psychology, the branch of psychology that studies how we acquire, store, process and communicate information. Over the semester we will survey classic and contemporary theory and findings on a wide range of mental processes that are used every day in almost all human activities – from attention and memory to language and problem solving – and our goal will be to understand how the human mind works! Prerequisite: PSYC B105 or H100 (Introductory Psychology), or instructor’s permission.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Thapar,A.
(Spring 2017)

PSYC B214 Applied Behavior Analysis

This course covers the basic principles of behavior and their relevance and application to clinical problems. Applied Behavior Analysis is an empirically-based treatment approach focusing less on treatment techniques and more on treatment evaluation. The course covers the techniques used (data gathering and analysis) to determine the effectiveness of treatments while in progress. To do this, examples of human problems may include eating disorders, anxiety disorders, addictive behavior, autistic behavior, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and oppositional/conduct disorder.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B218 Behavioral Neuroscience

An interdisciplinary course on the neurobiological bases of experience and behavior, emphasizing the contribution of the various neurosciences to the understanding of basic problems of psychology. An introduction to the fundamentals of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurochemistry with an emphasis upon synaptic transmission; followed by the application of these principles to an analysis of sensory processes and perception, emotion, motivation, learning, and cognition. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC 105).
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Thomas,E.
(Spring 2017)

PSYC B224 Cross-Cultural Psychology

Explores human behavior as a product of cultural context. Why are some aspects of human behavior the same across cultures, while others differ? Topics include the relationships between culture and development, cognition, the self, and social behaviors. Discussions include implications of cross-cultural psychology for psychological theory and applications. Prerequisites: ANTH101, PSYCB105, PSYCH100, SOCL102 or permission of instructor
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Park,H.
(Fall 2016)

PSYC B230 Forensic Psychology

The major goal of this course is to provide students with a broad overview of the field of forensic psychology and the numerous ways that psychology interacts with the law. Throughout this course, students will develop an understanding of the nature, scope, and basic methods used in forensic psychology and how these methods can be applied to a variety of legal questions. We will begin with an introduction, which will encompass the definition of the area, the scope of the field, and an overview of the relevant methods used in the practice of forensic psychology. We will then consider a number of legal questions for which judges and attorneys can be informed by forensic psychological evaluation; these legal questions will include criminal, civil, and family law. Prerequisite: PSYC B105 or H100.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B231 Health Psychology

This course will provide an overview of the field of health psychology using lecture, exams, videos, assignments, and an article critique. We will examine the current definition of health psychology, as well as the theories and research behind many areas in health psychology (both historical and contemporary). The course will focus on specific health and social psychological theories, empirical research, and applying the theory and research to real world situations. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC B105) or Foundations of Psychology (PSYC H100)
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Peterson,L.
(Fall 2016)

PSYC B240 Evolution of Human Nature

Explores human nature as a product of evolutionary processes. The course will begin by introducing the evolutionary perspective and the roles of sex and mating strategies within the context of the animal kingdom. Topics will include the evolutionary origins of altruism, social structures, language, domestic and intergroup violence, and religion. Prerequisite: ANTH101, BIOL110/B111, ECON105, PSYCB105, PSYCH100, SOCL102, or permission of instructor
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B250 Autism Spectrum Disorders

Focuses on theory of and research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Topics include the history of autism; classification and diagnosis; epidemiology and etiology; major theories; investigations of sensory and motor atypicalities, early social communicative skills, affective, cognitive, symbolic and social factors; the neuropsychology of ASD; and current approaches to intervention. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC 105).
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Wozniak,R.
(Spring 2017)

PSYC B260 The Psychology of Mindfulness

This course focuses on psychological theory and research on mindfulness and meditative practices. Readings and discussion will introduce students to modern conceptualizations and implementation of mindfulness practices that have arisen in the West. Students will be encouraged to engage in mindfulness activities as part of their involvement in this course.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Schulz,M.
(Fall 2016)

PSYC B282 Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology

This laboratory course will provide hands-on experience in designing and conducting research in cognitive psychology, with an emphasis on the study of memory and cognition. Over the semester, students will have the opportunity to develop specific research skills, such as understanding how to design a study appropriate to a research question, collecting data, conducting and interpreting statistical analyses, writing about research, etc. Other goals include practicing and further developing critical thinking skills and communicating research ideas and results both verbally and in writing. Students will be exposed to behavioral and electrophysiological (EEG, ERP) techniques to study memory and cognition. The course will culminate with a final project in which students design and conduct a novel experiment, analyze the data, and prepare an APA style research report. This class is a writing intensive class and, as a .5 unit class, is designed to meet half of the writing requirement in the major. Suggested Preparation: Past or concurrent enrollment in Statistics (PSYC B205 or equivalent).
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Thapar,A.
(Fall 2016)

PSYC B283 Laboratory in Developmental Psychology

This laboratory course is designed to provide students with hands-on exposure to the principles and practices that guide scientific research on human psychological development. We will examine the crucial steps in the scientific research process, including developing research questions and hypotheses, identifying an appropriate research design, insuring measurement reliability and validity, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating results. Special attention will be given to the research topics and methodological approaches important to the interdisciplinary field of developmental cognitive neuroscience, which aims to elucidate the neurological changes underlying psychological development. Through lab activities and group projects, students will gain specific exposure to the use of neuroimaging methods to examine developmental questions. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology (Psych 105). Suggested Preparation: Methods and Statistics (Psych 205) and Developmental Psychology (Psych 206) are recommended.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Albert,W.
(Spring 2017)

PSYC B284 Laboratory in Health Psychology

This laboratory/writing intensive/scientific inquiry quarter course will provide a hands-on experience conducting health psychology research and writing APA-style manuscripts. Students will be exposed to various aspects of the scientific process such as: literature reviews, hypothesis-generation, data collection, analysis, writing (drafting and polishing), peer-reviewing, and oral dissemination of scientific findings. The course will focus on biopsychosocial theory and challenge students to apply the theory to their own research project(s) and write papers on the results. Suggested Preparation: PSYC B205.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Peterson,L.
(Spring 2017)

PSYC B285 Laboratory in Cultural Psychology

This writing-intensive laboratory course will provide students an opportunity to learn the entire process of psychological research in a small scale. Students will formulate unique research questions within the subfield of cultural psychology, review the relevant literature, collect, code, and analyze data, and produce APA-style manuscripts. This lab course will expose students to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches to investigating research questions in cultural psychology. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology (Psych 105) is required. Methods and Statistics (Psych 205) is recommended.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Park,H.
(Fall 2016)

PSYC B288 Laboratory in Social Psychology

This laboratory course will offer experience in designing and conducting research in social psychology, statistical analysis of research results, and research reporting in the style of a journal article in psychology. Each student will participate in two research projects. This is a 0.5 unit course that meets for the full semester. Suggested Preparation: Statistics (PSYC 205 or equivalent).
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B289 Laboratory in Clinical Psychology

At its core, this laboratory course is designed to explore how it is that psychologists come to know (or think they know) things and how they communicate what they think they know. The class focuses on the scientific principles and practices underlying research in psychology with an emphasis on techniques and topics important to the subfield of clinical psychology. This course is intended to provide hands-on training in how to conduct research. Through lab activities and class projects, students will learn about important methodological issues and steps in the research process including how to identify important questions, measurement issues such as reliability and validity, different modes of data collection, and how to collect, analyze, and interpret data. Special attention will be given to method issues relevant to observation, to the study of emotion, to couple relationships and to the collection of data across time. This class is a writing intensive class and, as a .5 unit class, is designed to meet half of the writing requirement in the major. Suggested Preparation: PSYC B205 and PSYC B209.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Schulz,M.
(Spring 2017)

PSYC B310 Advanced Developmental Psychology

This course details theory and research relating to the development of children and adolescents with family, school, and cultural contexts. We examine topics including (but not limited to): developmental theory, infant perception, language, attachment, self-awareness, social cognition, symbolic thought, memory, parent-child relations, peer relations, and gender issues. Prerequisite: PSYC 206 or permission of the instructor.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B312 History of Modern American Psychology

An examination of major 20th-century trends in American psychology and their 18th- and 19th-century social and intellectual roots. Topics include physiological and philosophical origins of scientific psychology; growth of American developmental, comparative, social, and clinical psychology; and the cognitive revolution. Prerequisite: any 200-level survey course.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B322 Culture and Development

This course focuses on adolescents and their families in cultural, social, and ecological contexts. Topics include family dynamics, parent-adolescent relationship, socioeconomic status, immigration, social change, and globalization. Prerequisites: PSYC 105, and PSYC 206 or PSYC 224.
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Park,H.
(Spring 2017)

PSYC B323 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience

A seminar course dealing with state-of-the-art developments in the cognitive neuroscience of human memory. The goal of this course is to investigate the neuroanataomy of episodic memory and the cellular and molecular correlates of episodic memory. Topics include memory consolidation, working memory, recollection and familiarity, forgetting, cognitive and neural bases of false memories, emotion and memory, sleep and memory, anterograde amnesia, and implicit memory. Within each topic we will attempt to integrate the results from different neuropsychological approaches to memory, including various psychophysiological and functional imaging techniques, clinical studies, and research with animal models. Prerequisite: a course in cognition (PSYC B212, PSYC H213, PSYC H260) or behavioral neuroscience (either PSYC B218 or PSYC H217).
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Thapar,A.

Spring 2017: Neurobiological Basis of Memory.

PSYC B325 Judgment and Decision-Making

This course will explore the psychology of reasoning and decision-making processes in depth. We will examine affective, cognitive, and motivational processes, as well as recent research in neuroscience. Among other topics, we will discuss notions of rationality and irrationality, accuracy, heuristics, biases, metacognition, evaluation, risk perception, and moral judgment. Prerequisites: ECONB136, ECONH203, PSYCB205 or PSYCH200, and PSYCB212, PSYCH260 or permission of instructor.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B327 Adolescent Development

Is adolescence a biologically distinct stage of life, or a social “holding ground” invented by modern culture for young people unready or unwilling to assume the responsibilities of adulthood? Are adolescents destined to make risky decisions because of their underdeveloped brains? At what age should they be held accountable as adults in a court of law? This course will explore these and other questions about the biological, social, and legal forces that define the boundaries and shape the experience of adolescents growing up in the modern world. Students will learn about: (1) historical changes in understanding and treatment of adolescents; (2) puberty-related biological changes marking the beginning of adolescence; (3) brain, behavioral, cognitive, and social development during adolescence; and (4) contemporary debates regarding age of adult maturity, and their implications for law and policy. Prerequisite: PSYC B206 (Developmental Psychology) or permission or instructor. PSYC B205 is recommended.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Albert,W.
(Fall 2016)

PSYC B331 Health Behavior and Context

This seminar will be devoted to a discussion of theory and research in health psychology. We will investigate both historical and contemporary perspectives on the psychology of wellness and illness. We will begin with a consideration of how psychosocial forces influence health cognitions, behaviors, and physiological processes. The second half of the course will focus on contextual factors, interventions, and emerging topics in research. We will debate the question of whether/how psychological forces influence health outcomes. Prerequisite: PSYC B105 and PSYC B231 or PSYC B208, or by permission of the instructor.
Counts towards: Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Peterson,L.
(Fall 2016)

PSYC B346 Pediatric Psychology

This course uses a developmental-ecological perspective to understand the psychological challenges associated with physical health issues in children. The course explores how different environments support the development of children who sustain illness or injury and will cover topics including: prevention, coping, adherence to medical regimens, and pain management. The course will consider the ways in which cultural beliefs and values shape medical experiences. Suggested Preparations: PSYC B206 highly recommended.
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B351 Developmental Psychopathology

This course will examine emotional and behavioral disorders of children and adolescents, including autism, attention deficit disorder, conduct disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anorexia, and schizophrenia. Major topics covered will include: contrasting models of psychopathology; empirical and categorical approaches to assessment and diagnosis; outcome of childhood disorders; risk, resilience, and prevention; and therapeutic approaches and their efficacy .Prerequisite: PSYC 206 or 209.
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Health Studies; Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B353 Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology

This course provides an in-depth examination of research and theory in a particular area of clinical psychology. Topics will vary from year to year. Prerequisite: PSYC 209 or 351
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B354 Asian American Psychology

This course will provide an overview of the nature and meaning of being Asian American in the United States. We will examine the history, struggle, and success of Asian Americans, drawing upon psychological theory and research, interdisciplinary ethnic studies scholarship, and memoirs. Students will also learn to evaluate the media portrayal of Asian Americans while examining issues affecting Asian American communities such as stereotypes, discrimination, family relationships, dating/marriage, education, and health disparities. Prerequisite: Introduction to Psychology (Psych 105) is required, Research Methods and Statistics (Psych 205) is recommended..
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Park,H.
(Spring 2017)

PSYC B355 Neurobiology of Anxiety, Stress and Anxiety Disorders

A seminar course examining the neurobiological basis of fear and anxiety and the stress that is often associated with these emotions. We will also consider anxiety and stress disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Implications for various forms of therapy for anxiety disorders, including psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, will be addressed. Prerequisite: PSYC B218, PSYC B209, BIOL B202 or permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Thomas,E.
(Fall 2016)

PSYC B358 Political Psychology of Ethnic Conflict

This seminar explores the common interests of psychologists and political scientists in ethnic identification and ethnic-group conflict. Rational choice theories of conflict from political science will be compared with social psychological theories of conflict that focus more on emotion and essentializing. Each student will contribute a 200-300 word post in response to a reading or film assignment each week. Students will represent their posts in seminar discussion of readings and films. Each student will write a final paper analyzing the origins and trajectory of a case of violent ethnic conflict chosen by agreement with the instructor. Grading includes posts, participation in discussion, and the final paper. Prerequisite: PSYC B208, or PSYC B120, or PSYC B125, or one 200 level course in political science, or instructor’s permission.
Counts towards: Peace, Justice and Human Rights
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B375 Movies and Madness: Abnormal Psychology Through Films

This writing-intensive seminar (maximum enrollment = 16 students) deals with critical analysis of how various forms of psychopathology are depicted in films. The primary focus of the seminar will be evaluating the degree of correspondence between the cinematic presentation and current research knowledge about the disorder, taking into account the historical period in which the film was made. For example, we will discuss how accurately the symptoms of the disorder are presented and how representative the protagonist is of people who typically manifest this disorder based on current research. We will also address the theory of etiology of the disorder depicted in the film, including discussion of the relevant intellectual history in the period when the film was made and the prevailing accounts of psychopathology in that period. Another focus will be how the film portrays the course of the disorder and how it depicts treatment for the disorder. This cinematic presentation will be evaluated with respect to current research on treatment for the disorder as well as the historical context of prevailing treatment for the disorder at the time the film was made. Prerequisite: PSYC B209.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Film Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Rescorla,L.
(Fall 2016)

PSYC B395 Psychopharmacology

A study of the role of drugs in understanding basic brain-behavior relations. Topics include the pharmacological basis of motivation and emotion; pharmacological models of psychopathology; the use of drugs in the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis; and the psychology and pharmacology of drug addiction. Prerequisite: PSYC B218 or BIOL B202 or PSYC H217 or permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Health Studies; Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Thomas,E.
(Spring 2017)

PSYC B398 Senior Thesis

Senior psychology majors who are doing a thesis should register for Senior Thesis (PSYC B398) with their adviser for both the Fall and Spring semester. Students will receive one unit per semester. Prerequisite: Psychology major.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Wozniak,R., Rescorla,L., Schulz,M., Thapar,A., Peterson,L., Albert,W., Park,H.
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

PSYC B399 Senior Seminar

This seminar is intended to serve as a capstone experience for senior psychology majors who have opted not to do a senior thesis. The focus of the seminar will be on analyzing the nature of public discourse (coverage in newspapers, magazines, on the internet) on a variety of major issues, identifying material in the psychological research literature relating to these issues, and to the extent possible relating the public discourse to the research.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Wozniak,R.
(Spring 2017)

PSYC B401 Supervised Research in Neuroscience

Laboratory or field research on a wide variety of topics. Students should consult with faculty members to determine their topic and faculty supervisor, early in the semester prior to when they will begin.
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

PSYC B403 Supervised Research

Laboratory or field research on a wide variety of topics. Students should consult with faculty members to determine their topic and faculty supervisor, early in the semester prior to when they will begin.
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

PSYC B425 Praxis III: Independent Study

Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B499 Junior Brown Bag

Majors are also required to attend a one-hour, weekly brown bag in the junior year for one semester. This requirement is designed to sharpen students’ analytical and critical thinking skills, to introduce students to faculty members’ areas of research, to provide additional opportunities for student-faculty interactions, and to build a sense of community.
Units: 0
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

BIOL B401 Supervised Research in Neuroscience

Laboratory or library research under the supervision of a member of the Neuroscience committee. Required for those with the concentration. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2016)

PSYC B502 Multivariate Statistics

This course is designed to introduce students to advanced statistical techniques that are becoming increasingly important in developmental, clinical and school psychology research. We focus on understanding the advantages and limitations of common multivariate analytic techniques that permit simultaneous prediction of multiple outcomes. Emphasis is placed on helping students critically evaluate applications of these techniques in the literature and the utility of applying these techniques to their own work. Topics covered include path modeling, ways of analyzing data collected over multiple points in time (e.g., a growth curve capturing change in a developmental variable during childhood), confirmatory factor analysis, and measurement models. Students use existing data sets to gain experience with statistical software that can be used for multivariate analyses.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B508 Social Psychology

Provides an introduction to basic social psychological theories and research. Topics covered include: group dynamics, stereotypes and group conflict, attitude measurement, and attitudes and behavior. An emphasis is placed on research methods in the study of social psychology.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B612 Historical Issues in Clinical Developmental Psychology

Familiarizes students with 20th century developments in clinical psychology and with the 18th and 19th century social and intellectual trends from which they emerged. Topics include: Mesmerism and the rise of dynamic psychiatry in Europe and America; changing patterns in the institutionalization of the insane; the Bost Group (James, Prince, Sidis) and the development of abnormal psychology and psychotherapy; the American reception of psychoanalysis; the Mental Hygiene and Child Guidance movements; the growth of psychometrics; personality theories and theorists; and trends in the professionalization of clinical psychology after WWII.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

PSYC B701 Supervised Work

Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Rescorla,L., Schulz,M., Thapar,A.
(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

PSYC B702 Supervised Research

Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

SOWK B556 Adult Development and Aging

The course broadly explores the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging into middle and late adulthood for individual, families, communities, and society at large. This is accomplished through exploration of a.) the psychological and social developmental challenges of adulthood, b.) the core biological changes that accompany this stage of life, c.) research methodology for inquiry into aging, d.) the demands and impact on care givers and families, e.) psychopathology common in older adults, f.) social welfare policies and programs designed to ameliorate stress and promote well-being among older adults, and g.) the political, social, and academic discourse around the concept of aging successfully in the 21st century. Throughout the course, the experience of aging, and the ways in which this experience differs by race, ethnicity, gender, class, culture, and sexual orientation are considered. This course builds on theory, knowledge, and skills of social work with older adults introduced in Foundation Practice and Human Behavior in the Social Environment I and III. This course is relevant to the clinical, management, and policy concentrations, in that it focuses on the concepts, theories, and policies central to effective assessment and intervention with older adults. Enrollment limited to 5 advanced undergraduates.
Counts towards: Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Bressi,S.
(Fall 2016)