Courses

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

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Fall 2022 PSYC

Course Title Schedule/Units Meeting Type Times/Days Location / Instruction Mode Instr(s)
PSYC B105-001 Introductory Psychology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Carpenter Library 21
In Person
Grafe,L.
PSYC B105-002 Introductory Psychology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Old Library 224
In Person
Orvell,A.
PSYC B203-001 Educational Psychology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 8:25 AM- 9:45 AM TTH Dalton Hall 119
In Person
Cassidy,K.
PSYC B205-001 Research Methods and Statistics 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 338
In Person
Hazan,B., Peterson,L.
PSYC B205-00A Research Methods and Statistics 1Semester / 1 Laboratory: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM F Canaday Computer Lab
In Person
Tian,J.
PSYC B205-00B Research Methods and Statistics 1Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM F Canaday Computer Lab
In Person
Tian,J.
PSYC B205-00Z Research Methods and Statistics 1Semester / 1 In Person Tian,J.
PSYC B209-001 Clinical Psychology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Old Library 224
In Person
Mukerji,C.
PSYC B212-001 Human Cognition 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Carpenter Library 25
In Person
Chesebrough,C., Peterson,L.
PSYC B218-001 Behavioral Neuroscience 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Taylor Hall G
In Person
Grafe,L.
PSYC B231-001 Health Psychology 1Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Old Library 224
In Person
Peterson,L.
PSYC B284-001 Lab in Health Psychology 0.5Semester / 0.5 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM F In Person Peterson,L.
PSYC B287-001 Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience 0.5First Half / 0.5 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM W Bettws Y Coed 127
In Person
Thapar,A.
PSYC B289-001 Laboratory in Clinical Psychology 0.5Semester / 0.5 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Bettws Y Coed 127
In Person
Mukerji,C.
PSYC B316-001 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience: Neuroscience of Mood Disorders 1Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH In Person Post,R.
PSYC B332-001 Unlocking the self-control toolbox 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM T Bettws Y Coed 127
In Person
Orvell,A.
PSYC B352-001 Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology: Children and Identity: Understanding Self and Othe 1Semester / 1 LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM T Bettws Y Coed 239
In Person
Baird,J.
PSYC B353-001 Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW In Person Wexler,A.
PSYC B400-001 Senior Thesis 1Semester / 1 In Person Thapar,A.
PSYC B400-002 Senior Thesis 1Semester / 1 In Person Park,H.
PSYC B400-003 Senior Thesis 1Semester / 1 In Person Mukerji,C.
PSYC B400-004 Senior Thesis 1Semester / 1 In Person Grafe,L.
PSYC B400-005 Senior Thesis 1Semester / 1 In Person Peterson,L.
PSYC B400-006 Senior Thesis 1Semester / 1 In Person Orvell,A.
PSYC B403-001 Supervised Research 1Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
PSYC B403-001 Supervised Research 1Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
DSCI B100-001 Introduction to Data Science 1Semester / 1 LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 300
In Person
Thapar,A.
DSCI B314-001 Advanced Data Science:Regression & Multivariate Statistics 1Semester / 1 LEC: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TH Bettws Y Coed 239
In Person
Schulz,M.

Spring 2023 PSYC

Course Title Schedule/Units Meeting Type Times/Days Location / Instruction Mode Instr(s)
PSYC B105-001 Introductory Psychology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Old Library 224
In Person
Peterson,L.
PSYC B105-002 Introductory Psychology 1Semester / 1 LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Old Library 224
In Person
Orvell,A.
PSYC B205-001 Research Methods and Statistics 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 338
In Person
Thapar,A.
PSYC B205-00A Research Methods and Statistics 1Semester / 1 Laboratory: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM F Canaday Computer Lab
In Person
Thapar,A.
PSYC B205-00B Research Methods and Statistics 1Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM F Canaday Computer Lab
In Person
Thapar,A.
PSYC B205-00Z Research Methods and Statistics 1Semester / 1 In Person
PSYC B208-001 Social Psychology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH In Person Orvell,A.
PSYC B209-001 Clinical Psychology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Old Library 224
In Person
Mukerji,C.
PSYC B211-001 Lifespan Development 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Carpenter Library 21
In Person
Baird,J.
PSYC B224-001 Cultural Psychology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Old Library 224
In Person
Park,H.
PSYC B286-001 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience 0.5First Half / 0.5 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH In Person Grafe,L.
PSYC B288-001 Laboratory in Social Psychology 0.5First Half / 0.5 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Bettws Y Coed 127
In Person
Orvell,A.
PSYC B344-001 Early Childhood Experiences & Mental Health 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Bettws Y Coed 127
In Person
Mukerji,C.
PSYC B354-001 Asian American Psychology 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Bettws Y Coed 239
In Person
Park,H.
PSYC B399-001 Senior Seminar 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM W Bettws Y Coed 127
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA
PSYC B400-001 Senior Thesis 1Semester / 1 In Person Thapar,A.
PSYC B400-002 Senior Thesis 1Semester / 1 In Person Peterson,L.
PSYC B400-003 Senior Thesis 1Semester / 1 In Person Grafe,L.
PSYC B400-005 Senior Thesis 1Semester / 1 In Person Park,H.
PSYC B400-006 Senior Thesis 1Semester / 1 In Person Mukerji,C.
PSYC B400-007 Senior Thesis 1Semester / 1 In Person Orvell,A.
PSYC B403-001 Supervised Research 1Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
PSYC B403-001 Supervised Research 1Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
PSYC B499-001 Psychology Colloquim 0Semester / 0 In Person

Fall 2023 PSYC

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2022-23 Catalog Data: PSYC

PSYC B105 Introductory Psychology

Fall 2022, Spring 2023

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. There is a laboratory component of this course that meets 2 hours per week (four evening times, one on Sunday).

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PSYC B203 Educational Psychology

Fall 2022

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 II opportunity. Classroom observation is required. Prerequisite: PSYC B105 (Introductory Psychology)

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PSYC B205 Research Methods and Statistics

Fall 2022, Spring 2023

An introduction to research 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, research 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.

Quantitative Methods (QM)

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PSYC B206 Developmental Psychology

Not offered 2022-23

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. Interested students can take this course or PSYC B211, but not both.

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PSYC B208 Social Psychology

Spring 2023

This course is designed to expose students to the key theories in social psychology and help develop critical thinking skills to ask questions like a social psychologist (e.g., How do we explain behavior? Why do people behave differently toward outgroup vs. ingroup members?). The course will cover social psychology's history and its philosophical perspectives, including classic theories, methodologies, and research of social psychology. Special attention will be given to how these classic theories can be applied to current events, media, and everyday situations. Topics include attribution, emotion, attitudes and rationalization, stereotyping and prejudice, and social influence. Prerequisite: PSYC B105 or H100 (Introductory Psychology), or instructor's permission.

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PSYC B209 Clinical Psychology

Fall 2022, Spring 2023

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). Please note that this course was previously known as "Abnormal Psychology" and has now been renamed "Clinical Psychology" and can not be repeated for credit.

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PSYC B211 Lifespan Development

Spring 2023

A topical survey of psychological development across the lifespan, 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 and the family as contexts of development; identity and the adolescent transition; adult personality; cognition in late adulthood; and dying with dignity. Prerequisite: PSYC B105 or PSYC H100. Interested students can take this course or PSYC B206, but not both

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PSYC B212 Human Cognition

Fall 2022

This course provides an overview of the field of Cognitive Psychology, the branch of psychology that studies how we think. Over the semester we will survey classic and contemporary theory and findings on a wide range of mental processes that we use every day - 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.

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PSYC B218 Behavioral Neuroscience

Fall 2022

This course will introduce students to the field of behavioral neuroscience. The first part of the course will familiarize students with the brain and neuronal communication. Then, we will delve into brain-behavior relationships. Topics covered will include: sex behavior, hunger, sleep, emotion, and psychopathology. Classic and state-of-the-art neuroscience research methodologies leading to this knowledge will be highlighted. Students will learn course content through lectures, readings, and digital media. To culminate the course, students will write a literature review on a topic of their choosing within the field of behavioral neuroscience. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC B101 or PSYC H100) or NEUR H100

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PSYC B224 Cultural Psychology

Spring 2023

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

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PSYC B231 Health Psychology

Fall 2022

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). Students may take either this course or HLTH/PSYC H245 not both.

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PSYC B232 Smart Choices: An Introduction to Decision Making

Not offered 2022-23

This course provides an overview of how--and how well--people make judgments and decisions. The core idea is that decisions are often based on heuristics rather than on formal algorithms. Although these "mental shortcuts" typically yield good decisions, they also can produce systematic biases. We will explore real-world applications both to one's personal life and to public policy. Topics include deliberative & intuitive thinking; rationality; prospect theory; heuristics & biases (e.g., mental accounting, sunk cost, hindsight bias, framing, etc.); applications (e.g., medical decision making); and de-biasing solutions (e.g., nudges). Prerequisite: PSYC B105 or H100.

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PSYC B283 Laboratory in Developmental Psychology

Section 001 (Spring 2022): Cognitive Neuroscience
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Early Childhood
Section 002 (Fall 2021): Adolescence

Not offered 2022-23

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. Topics will vary by section, and students can take any section of PSYC 283 (Early Childhood; Adolescence; Cognitive Neuroscience) for credit toward meeting the lab requirement in the major. This course is writing intensive and, as a 0.5 unit class, is designed to meet half of the writing requirement in the major. This is a 0.5 unit course that meets for the full semester. Prerequisite: Psych 105 (Introductory Psychology) and Psych 205 (Methods and Statistics); Suggested preparation: Psych 206 (Developmental Psychology) or Psychology 211 (Lifespan Development) is helpful, but not required.

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PSYC B284 Lab in Health Psychology

Fall 2022

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. This is a 0.5 unit course that meets for the first quarter of the semester. Prerequisite: PSYC B205.

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PSYC B285 Laboratory in Cultural Psychology

Not offered 2022-23

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 research questions within the area 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. Prerequisites: Psych 105 (Introductory Psychology) and Psych 205 (Methods and Statistics);Suggested preparation: Psych 224 (Cross Cultural Psychology) is helpful, but not required.

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PSYC B286 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience

Spring 2023

This writing-intensive laboratory course will provide students with experience in the design, implementation, analysis, and presentation of behavioral neuroscience research. Students will partake in experiments that explore the relationship between the brain and behavior, using Sprague Dawley rats as a model organism. Students should expect to write research reports on experiments performed in the lab, as well as give an oral presentation on research conducted. Prerequisites: (PSYCB105, PSYCB100 or NEUR100) AND Either (PSYCB205, PSYCH200, MATHH103, MATHH203, MATHB104, or ECONH203)

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PSYC B287 Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience

Fall 2022

This writing-intensive laboratory course will provide students with hands-on experience in the design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation of the electrophysiological techniques used in cognitive neuroscience research. Students will read research articles, design an event-related potential (ERP) research project, learn to collect ERP data, conduct EEG/ERP data analysis to test original hypotheses using existing data, and write an APA-style paper. This is a .5 unit writing-intensive class that meets half of the writing requirement in the major.

Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

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PSYC B288 Laboratory in Social Psychology

Spring 2023

This writing-intensive laboratory course will offer experience in conducting psychological research in the area of social psychology. The course involves coming up with a research question relevant to social psychology, conducting a literature review, designing and conducting research (identifying correct research method), statistical analysis (measurement and reliability, identifying and running the appropriate statistical test), interpretation of results and writing up an APA-style manuscript of a journal article in psychology. This is a 0.5 unit course that meets the first half ofl semester. Prerequisites: PSYC 205 (Methods and Statistics); Suggested Preparation: PSYC208 (Social Psychology) is strongly recommened, but not required.

Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

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PSYC B289 Laboratory in Clinical Psychology

Fall 2022

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. 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. Prerequisite: Psych 205 (Methods and Statistics); Suggested preparation: Psych 209 (Abnormal Psychology) is helpful, but not required.

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PSYC B315 Stress Neuroscience

Not offered 2022-23

This course will examine the neural mechanisms underlying physiological and emotional responses to stress. We will explore how stress influences susceptibility to substance use and mental health disorders. We will investigate the physiological effects of stress on the immune system, gut microbiome, and feeding behavior, the effects of stress across the lifespan and in offspring, as well as strategies to build resilience. Students will also be exposed to primary literature on these topics and expected to present these articles in a journal club format. This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to evaluate recent findings and trends in stress research. Suggested preparation: PSYCB218 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or equivalent.

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PSYC B316 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience

Section 001 (Fall 2022): Neuroscience of Mood Disorders

Fall 2022

This is a topics course. Topics content varies..Prerequisite: PSYC B218 or BIOL B202 or PSYC H217. PSYC 205 is strongly recommended.

Current topic description: This seminar course will examine the neuroscience of mood disorders with a particular focus on depression. The goal of this course is to explore the neurobiology underlying the development of mood disorders, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for such disorders, and the animal models and conceptual frameworks that are being used to improve our understanding and treatment of mood disorders. We will investigate these topics using primary literature in both the clinical and basic science fields. The course format will blend journal club-style discussion, student presentations, and small group problem solving. Students will build the skills necessary to design experiments and critically evaluate scientific literature.

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PSYC B319 Neuroethics

Not offered 2022-23

Neuroscience not only helps us understands the biological basis of behavior, but it has become increasingly relevant to law, education, war, politics, and religion. This course will examine how neuroscience is integrated into these various aspects of everyday life. We will discuss how neuroscience may be helpful or harmful in each of these areas, highlighting the ethical, legal, and social challenges it brings.

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PSYC B321 Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior

Not offered 2022-23

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of learning and memory. It will emphasize the neuroscience of learning and memory and connect this to behavioral outcomes. We will examine forms of learning that are universal across species and contrast this with higher level learning only observed in humans. We will focus on two dominant learning theories (among others): Pavlov's classical conditioning and Skinner's operant conditioning. Lastly, we will consider applications of these theories in real life.

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PSYC B322 Culture and Development

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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PSYC B323 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience

Section 001 (Fall 2021): Perceptual Disorders and the Broken Mind

Not offered 2022-23

This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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PSYC B325 Judgment and Decision-Making

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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PSYC B327 Adolescent Development

Not offered 2022-23

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 PSYC B211 (Lifespan Development) or permission or instructor. PSYC B205 is recommended.

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PSYC B330 Reproducible Research in Psychology

Not offered 2022-23

How do we know what we know and what we don't know in empirical science? Can we trust the peer review process to filter out invalid claims and identify the claims with enough evidentiary support to merit inclusion in The Literature? This course has two primary aims. The first is to introduce students to the recent history and major conclusions of the "Open Science" reform movement in psychology and related sciences. Students will learn about the structural and methodological factors that are potentially responsible for the high proportion of false positive findings in psychology. The second aim is to introduce modern best practices in research design and statistical computing, which prioritize error control, transparency, and reproducibility. The course will provide a very gentle introduction to the R programming language, which students will use to produce a simple but fully reproducible statistical analysis in the format of a scientific report. Prerequisites: PSYC B205 or PSYC H200 or similar introduction to Research Methods and Statistics.

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PSYC B331 Health Behavior and Context

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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PSYC B332 Unlocking the self-control toolbox

Fall 2022

What is self-control? Can it be learned? Or is it something that people either "have" or "don't have"? This course will explore these questions and others, including which psychological processes and concrete strategies allow people to effectively regulate their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to meet their goals; to what extent self-control is effortful; and how it works for different people in different situations and cultural contexts. Students will learn about influential theoretical models of self-control and emotion regulation, considering how people can use attention, their mind, the external environment, and social relationships to enact self-control successfully. Students will read empirical, peer-reviewed journal articles throughout this course, learning to synthesize; critically evaluate; and extend them, by asking new questions. Prerequisite: Psych 105. Psych 205 and Psych 208 are recommended,

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PSYC B344 Early Childhood Experiences & Mental Health

Spring 2023

Development represents a unique period during which the brain shows enhanced plasticity, the important ability to adapt and change in response to experiences. During development, the brain may be especially vulnerable to the impacts of harmful experiences (e.g., neglect or exposure to toxins) and also especially responsive to the effects of positive factors (e.g., community resilience or clinical interventions). This seminar will explore how childhood experiences "get under the skin," shaping neurobiological systems and exerting lasting effects on mental health and well-being. We will examine theoretical models of how early experiences shape development, considering the proposed mechanisms by which different features of childhood environments could shape psychological risk and resilience. We will evaluate the scientific evidence for these models and then apply this knowledge to consider what strategies for intervention-- at the level of the child, family, and society-- could help reduce psychopathology and promote well-being. There is no textbook required for this course. We will read, critically evaluate, and discuss empirical journal articles and explore the implications of this scientific literature for public policy. Prerequisites: PSYC B209 or PSYC B206 or PSYC B218 or permission from instructor; PSYC B205 highly recommended

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PSYC B351 Developmental Psychopathology

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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PSYC B352 Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology

Section 001 (Fall 2022): Children and Identity: Understanding Self and Othe
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Psychology of Play

Fall 2022

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Prerequisite: PSYC 206 or PSYC B211 or the consent of the instructor.

Current topic description: How do children come to understand themselves and other people? This seminar explores young children's developing social cognition and the factors that influence this development. Topics include self-awareness, gender identity, and the emotional self, as well as children's perception and understanding of gender, race, morality, and other social constructs in others. We will examine these topics with the goals of understanding (a) the development of young children's identity and social thinking, (b) the role of socialization in this development, and (c) the implications of children's social cognition for their participation in the social world. This seminar, which will be driven by evidence-based, student-led discussion, is aimed at developing an integrated understanding of the literature and generating ideas for future inquiry.

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PSYC B353 Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology

Section 001 (Spring 2022): Early Experience&Mental Health
Section 001 (Fall 2021): Multicultural Counseling
Section 002 (Spring 2022): Psychology of Eating

Fall 2022

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. Current topic description for Anxiety in Depth: Most of us feel anxious at some point in our lives. We can worry about exams, our health, our family and friends, and so much more. We may jump to negative conclusions without all the facts, and this can add stress to our days, get in the way of our goals and negatively affect our relationships. This seminar provides a comprehensive look into anxiety, what it does to our brains and bodies and why humans experience so much of it in our daily lives. While attending to both the current theories and etiology of anxiety, students will have the opportunity to go in-depth when learning to apply evidence-based cognitive and behavioral interventions. Students will engage in case conceptualizations, identify and evaluate anxious thoughts, learn to incorporate mindfulness and meditation, implement cognitive/behavioral techniques, gain an awareness of exposure exercises and explore medication options. Students will also delve into DSM-5 anxiety disorders and how treatments and interventions can be applied to specific symptoms. Lastly, students will explore emerging topics in research such as the impact of the pandemic on those who experience anxiety.

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PSYC B354 Asian American Psychology

Spring 2023

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..

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PSYC B375 Movies and Madness: Abnormal Psychology Through Films

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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PSYC B395 Psychopharmacology

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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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.

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PSYC B400 Senior Thesis

Senior psychology majors who are doing a thesis should register for Senior Thesis (PSYC B400) with their adviser for both the Fall and Spring semester. Students will receive one unit per semester. Prerequisite: Psychology major.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PSYC B499 Psychology Colloquim

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.

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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.

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DSCI B100 Introduction to Data Science

Fall 2022

"Data science" is a catch-all term used to describe the practice of working with and analyzing messy data sources to draw meaningful conclusions. This course provides a broad introduction to the field of data science via the statistical programming language, R. Over the semester, students will learn how to manipulate, manage, summarize and visualize large data sets. No previous exposure to programming or statistics is expected.

Course does not meet an Approach

Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

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DSCI B314 Advanced Data Science:Regression & Multivariate Statistics

Fall 2022

This course is designed to improve your data science skills by introducing you to advanced statistical techniques that have become increasingly important in psychology and a variety of fields. The focus will be on understanding the advantages and limitations of regression approaches and multivariate analytic techniques that permit simultaneous prediction of multiple outcomes. Topics covered will include basic regression approaches, advanced regression strategies, structural equation modeling, factor analysis, measurement models, path modeling, modeling of longitudinal data sets, multilevel modeling approaches and growth curve modeling. Students will gain familiarity with these techniques by working with actual data sets. The last part of each class will be reserved for lab time to apply lessons from class to an assignment due the following week. Students are welcome to stay beyond the noon ending time to complete the assignment. Prerequisites: Required: PSYC Research Methods and Statistics 205 (BMC), Psych 200 (HC) Experimental Methods and Statistics, or BIOL B215 Experimental Design and Statistics. Students with good statistical preparation in math or other disciplines and some knowledge of core methods used in social science or health-related research should consult with the instructor to gain permission to take the class.This course was formerly numbered PSYC B314; students who previously completed PSYC B314 may not repeat this course.

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