Proseminars Covering the Breadth of Psychology

 

Cognitive/Neuropsychology (529). This course explores the cognitive bases of behavior, emphasizing an information processing approach. The major areas of cognitive psychology are surveyed. These areas include perception, attention, memory, language, and thinking and decision making. The application of basic knowledge in these areas to developmental and clinical psychology is also explored. In addition, the course deals with the basics of human neuropsychology, providing an introduction to disorders of language, spatial processing, memory, emotion, and planning/attention as a result of brain injury.

 

Biological/Affective Bases of Behavior (537). Provides students with a foundation in the biological basis of emotion and behavior. The primary areas covered are basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, the physiological basis of emotion and motivation, and an introduction to psychopharmacology. Students learn about the primary experimental methods for the study of learning, emotion, and motivation in animals and the importance of animal models for the study of clinical problems in humans.

 

Tests and Measurements/Social Psychology (536). The first half of the semester addresses fundamentals of tests and measurements. Topics covered include measurement in relation to statistics, norms and scores, test validity, and classic reliability theory. The second half 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.