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Fall 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
PSYC B105-001Introductory PsychologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM MTHRemote
Remote Instruction
Grafe,L.
PSYC B105-002Introductory PsychologySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM TFRemote
Remote Instruction
Orvell,A.
PSYC B203-001Educational PsychologySemester / 1Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:30 AM TFDalton Hall 300
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Cassidy,K.
PSYC B205-001Research Methods and StatisticsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM MTHRemote
Remote Instruction
Albert,D.
PSYC B205-00AResearch Methods and StatisticsSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM FRemote
Remote Instruction
Albert,D.
PSYC B205-00BResearch Methods and StatisticsSemester / 1Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM FRemote
Remote Instruction
Albert,D.
PSYC B205-00ZResearch Methods and StatisticsSemester / 1Remote Instruction
PSYC B211-001Lifespan DevelopmentSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MTHRemote
Remote Instruction
Baird,J.
PSYC B212-001Human CognitionSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MTHRemote
Remote Instruction
Thapar,A.
PSYC B218-001Behavioral NeuroscienceSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM TFRemote
Remote Instruction
Grafe,L.
PSYC B283-001Laboratory in Developmental Psychology: Early ChildhoodSemester / 0.5LEC: 7:10 PM- 8:30 PM TRemote
Remote Instruction
Baird,J.
PSYC B283-002Laboratory in Developmental Psychology: AdolescenceSemester / 0.5LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WRemote
Remote Instruction
Albert,D.
PSYC B285-001Laboratory in Cultural PsychologyFirst Half / 0.5Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TRemote
Remote Instruction
Park,H.
PSYC B314-001Advanced Data Science:Regression & Multivariate StatisticsSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-12:30 PM THOld Library 110
In Person
Schulz,M.
PSYC B323-001Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience: Perceptual Disorders and the Broken MindSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHBettws Y Coed 127
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Gargiulo,A.
PSYC B353-001Advanced Topics in Clinical PsychologySemester / 1LEC: 9:40 AM-12:00 PM WGoodhart Hall Common Room
In Person
Yadin,E.
PSYC B400-001Senior ThesisSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAHybrid: In-Person & RemoteSchulz,M.
PSYC B400-002Senior ThesisSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAHybrid: In-Person & RemoteThapar,A.
PSYC B400-003Senior ThesisSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonAlbert,D.
PSYC B400-004Senior ThesisSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBARemote InstructionPark,H.
PSYC B400-005Senior ThesisSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAHybrid: In-Person & RemoteGrafe,L.
PSYC B403-001Supervised ResearchSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
PSYC B403-001Supervised ResearchSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
DSCI B100-001Introduction to Data ScienceSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MTHRemote
Remote Instruction
Thapar,A.

Spring 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
PSYC B105-001Introductory PsychologySemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionGargiulo,A.
PSYC B105-002Introductory PsychologySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionOrvell,A.
PSYC B205-001Research Methods and StatisticsSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM MTHRemote InstructionThapar,A.
PSYC B205-00AResearch Methods and StatisticsSemester / 1Laboratory: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM FRemote InstructionThapar,A.
PSYC B205-00BResearch Methods and StatisticsSemester / 1Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM FRemote InstructionThapar,A.
PSYC B205-00ZResearch Methods and StatisticsSemester / 1In Person
PSYC B208-001Social PsychologySemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 3:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionOrvell,A.
PSYC B209-001Abnormal PsychologySemester / 1LEC: 9:40 AM-11:00 AM TFRemote InstructionNeeren,A.
PSYC B224-001Cross-Cultural PsychologySemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM- 8:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionPark,H.
PSYC B232-001Smart Choices: An Introduction to Decision MakingSemester / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionFernandez-Duque,D.
PSYC B283-001Laboratory in Developmental Psychology: Early ChildhoodSemester / 0.5LEC: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM TRemote InstructionBaird,J.
PSYC B286-001Laboratory in Behavioral NeuroscienceFirst Half / 0.5Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THRemote InstructionGrafe,L.
PSYC B288-001Laboratory in Social PsychologyFirst Half / 0.5LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:30 PM TRemote InstructionOrvell,A.
PSYC B315-001Stress NeuroscienceSemester / 1LEC: 9:40 AM-12:30 PM THRemote
Remote Instruction
Pearson-Leary,J., Thapar,A.
PSYC B327-001Adolescent DevelopmentSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:30 PM WRemote InstructionAlbert,D.
PSYC B330-001Reproducible Research in PsychologySemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionAlbert,D.
PSYC B354-001Asian American PsychologySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FRemote InstructionPark,H.
PSYC B395-001PsychopharmacologySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionGargiulo,A.
PSYC B399-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-12:30 PM WRemote InstructionDept. staff, TBA
PSYC B400-001Senior ThesisSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonSchulz,M.
PSYC B400-002Senior ThesisSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonThapar,A.
PSYC B400-003Senior ThesisSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonAlbert,D.
PSYC B400-004Senior ThesisSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonPark,H.
PSYC B400-005Senior ThesisSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonGrafe,L.
PSYC B403-001Supervised ResearchSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
PSYC B403-001Supervised ResearchSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA

Fall 2021

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

2020-21 Catalog Data

PSYC B105 Introductory Psychology
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
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).
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PSYC B203 Educational Psychology
Fall 2020
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)
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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PSYC B205 Research Methods and Statistics
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
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)
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Introduction to Data Science

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PSYC B208 Social Psychology
Spring 2021
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.
Course does not meet an Approach

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PSYC B209 Abnormal Psychology
Spring 2021
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).
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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PSYC B211 Lifespan Development
Fall 2020
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
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Child and Family Studies

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PSYC B212 Human Cognition
Fall 2020
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.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B218 Behavioral Neuroscience
Fall 2020
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 105).
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B224 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Spring 2021
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
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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PSYC B231 Health Psychology
Not offered 2020-21
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.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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PSYC B232 Smart Choices: An Introduction to Decision Making
Spring 2021
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.
Course does not meet an Approach

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PSYC B250 Autism Spectrum Disorders
Not offered 2020-21
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).
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Child and Family Studies

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PSYC B282 Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology
Not offered 2020-21
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. Prerequisite: Psych 205 (Methods and Statistics); Suggested preparation: Psych 212 (Human Cognition) is helpful, but not required.
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PSYC B283 Laboratory in Developmental Psychology
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Early Childhood
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Early Childhood
Section 001 (Fall 2020): Early Childhood
Section 001 (Spring 2021): Early Childhood
Section 002 (Spring 2020): Adolescence
Section 002 (Fall 2020): Adolescence
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
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 both sections of PSYC 283 (Early Childhood; Adolescence) 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.
Current topic description: In this course we will examine the crucial steps in the scientific research process, including developing research questions and hypotheses, identifying an appropriate research design, ensuring measurement reliability and validity, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating results. In this section of the course, special attention will be given to the research topics and methodological approaches important to the study of early childhood development, with an emphasis on children's social cognition. Through lab activities, group projects, and direct interaction with child participants, students will gain specific exposure to the use of psychological research methods to examine developmental questions. Learning to design, conduct, critique, and write about research are central skills in the field of psychology. This course is designed to introduce you to these skills in an experiential way. The class explores the scientific principles and practices underlying research in psychology, with an emphasis on the techniques and approaches important to developmental psychology and early childhood, in particular. Through readings and projects, students will learn about important methodological issues and steps in the research process, including how to develop a research question, how to select an appropriate methodology, and how to communicate ideas. This is a writing intensive course designed to help you develop your writing skills in psychology. Writing assignments will be varied in style and content, and you will gain practice in all aspects of the writing process including offering feedback and making revisions. As a 0.5-credit course, this course satisfies half of the writing intensive requirement for Psychology majors. No textbook is required for this course. Instead, we will read and discuss a variety of journal articles and other written materials related to developmental psychology (on topics such as morality and gender), research methods, and the writing process. You will also search for and acquire readings specific to the research project you design. All required readings will be available on Moodle. Assessments will include both smaller, lower stakes writing assignments as well as larger, more substantial writing assignments. There are no exams. A major goal of the course is to develop and design your own research project (either individually or in pairs). Students will also have the opportunity to practice their statistics skills in collaboration with peers and with the support of the instructor. For more information or if you have questions, please email me (jabaird@brynmawr.edu).
Current topic description: In this course we will examine the crucial steps in the scientific research process, including developing research questions and hypotheses, identifying an appropriate research design, ensuring measurement reliability and validity, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating results. In this section of the course, special attention will be given to the research topics and methodological approaches important to the study of adolescent self-regulation and decision-making. Through lab activities and group projects, students will gain specific exposure to the use of reproducible research methods to examine developmental question.
Current topic description: In this course we will examine the crucial steps in the scientific research process, including developing research questions and hypotheses, identifying an appropriate research design, ensuring measurement reliability and validity, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating results. In this section of the course, special attention will be given to the research topics and methodological approaches important to the study of early childhood development, with an emphasis on children's social cognition. Through lab activities, group projects, and direct interaction with child participants, students will gain specific exposure to the use of psychological research methods to examine developmental questions.

Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PSYC B284 Lab in Health Psychology
Not offered 2020-21
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.
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PSYC B285 Laboratory in Cultural Psychology
Fall 2020
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.
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PSYC B286 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience
Spring 2021
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: Psyc105 (Introductory Psychology), Psyc205 (Research Methods and Statistics); Suggested Preparation: Psyc218 (Behavioral Neuroscience)
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PSYC B288 Laboratory in Social Psychology
Spring 2021
his 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 for the full semester. Prerequisites: PSYC 205 (Methods and Statistics); Suggested Preparation: PSYC208 (Social Psychology) helpful, but not required.
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PSYC B289 Laboratory in Clinical Psychology
Not offered 2020-21
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.
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PSYC B303 Portraits of Maladjustment in Classic Children's Novels
Not offered 2020-21
This writing-intensive seminar (maximum enrollment = 16 students) .5 unit course deals with critical analysis of how various forms of psychological maladjustment and health are depicted in selected classic novels for children. Many such novels were written in the Victorian period. Long before developmental psychopathology was a scientific discipline, its main questions were insightfully probed by 19th and early 20th century novelists in books such as "The Secret Garden." In this course, each book will be analyzed for the literary devices used to portray healthy adjustment and maladjustment, the implicit theories of psychological causation captured in the narratives, and the ways the novelist depicts life experiences that bring about mental health and personal growth. Each book will be discussed in its historical/literary contexts, and compared with current views drawn from psychological research. The course integrates literary analysis of classic children's novels with important concepts derived from the field of developmental psychopathology.
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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PSYC B311 Personality and Social Contexts
Not offered 2020-21
This course will explore how individual differences can explain variability in behavior and how individuals can also vary based on the social context. That is, we will examine how people behave across and within social contexts. The course will cover a variety of social psychological topics, such as motivation, prejudice and discrimination, and identity, and will be asking questions such as "Are there certain types of people who are more susceptible to stereotype threat?" and "In which situations are stereotype threat more or less likely to occur for men than women?"
Course does not meet an Approach

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PSYC B312 History of Modern American Psychology
Not offered 2020-21
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.

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PSYC B314 Advanced Data Science:Regression & Multivariate Statistics
Fall 2020
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.
Counts toward Introduction to Data Science
Counts toward Health Studies

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PSYC B315 Stress Neuroscience
Spring 2021
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.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B316 Advanced Topics in Neuroscience: Drugs of Abuse
Not offered 2020-21
This is a seminar course examining the neuroscience of common drugs of abuse including psychostimulants, opiates/opioids, nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana. The goal of the course is to explore progress in psychopharmacological research, while also discussing the societal ramifications of addiction. We will also discuss these drugs of abuse in the context of the environmental factors that influence vulnerability to them. We will examine concepts such as the importance of age on drug abuse, and how the developing brain may be vulnerable to addiction. The plan is to draw on relevant literature in order to investigate these topics and explore the implications for human addicts.
Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B317 Psychology of Diversity and Intergroup Relations
Not offered 2020-21
This seminar based course covers a specialized topic in social psychology. "Diversity" as concept is often used in its singularity (e.g., a diverse institution), but the study of diversity can take multiple approaches such as, the diversity in diversity, benefits of diversity, unconscious bias, individual differences shaping perspectives, multiculturalism ideology, and inequality and equity. The course will explore the growing literature on the study of diversity with research taken from social psychology and higher education.
Course does not meet an Approach

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PSYC B318 Data Science with R
Not offered 2020-21
This course provides a broad introduction to the field of data science via the statistical programming language, R. The course focuses on using computational methods and statistical techniques to analyze massive amounts of data and to extract knowledge. It provides an overview of tools for data acquisition and cleaning, data manipulation, data analysis and evaluation, visualization and communication of results, data management and big data systems. The course surveys the complete data science process from data to knowledge and gives students hands-on experience with tools and methods. Prerequisites: PSYC B205, PSYC H200, or SOCL B265. Students with good statistical preparation in math or other disciplines should consult with the instructor to gain permission to take the class.
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Counts toward Introduction to Data Science
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B323 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience
Section 001 (Fall 2020): Perceptual Disorders and the Broken Mind
Fall 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: Perceptual Disorders and the Broken Mind: This seminar style course is designed to introduce students to the principles by which we perceive the world around us. Spanning perceptual psychology and sensory neuroscience, students will learn about and discuss how we process and attend to our senses, detecting meaningful features like faces, moving objects, or speech out of countless, seemingly irrelevant details. We will explore how damage to any of these systems may alter or manipulate these processes, resulting in unusual and surprising symptoms. We will also discuss how prior knowledge and emotion can shape our perception of the world around us. As before, this course is designed to introduce students to the principles by which we perceive the world around us. In this course, we will consider how prior knowledge, emotion, attention, etc. can all shape our perception of the world around us through both top-down and bottom-up processing. An optional textbook is Looking Inside the Disordered Brain, by Ahmad Hariri, but most reading will come from journal articles that will be distributed. Assignments will include: quizzes, participation, a literature review, and short reflection assignments

Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B325 Judgment and Decision-Making
Not offered 2020-21
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
Spring 2021
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.
Counts toward Health Studies

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PSYC B329 Obesity: Psychology, Physiology, and Health
Not offered 2020-21
An examination of the causes and consequences of obesity at individual and societal levels. Focuses on mechanisms of body weight regulation along with the wide-scale changes in diet, eating habits, and physical activity that have contributed to the obesity epidemic. Prerequisites: PSYC B105 or PSYC H100 or PSYC AP Score 5.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Child and Family Studies

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PSYC B330 Reproducible Research in Psychology
Spring 2021
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.
Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Counts toward Introduction to Data Science

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PSYC B331 Health Behavior and Context
Not offered 2020-21
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 toward Health Studies

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PSYC B351 Developmental Psychopathology
Not offered 2020-21
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 toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Neuroscience

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PSYC B353 Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Anxiety Disorders: Clinical & Therapeutic Aspects
Fall 2020
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: This advanced seminar will focus on the clinical and therapeutic aspects of the cluster of disorders including anxiety disorders, OCD and related disorders, and trauma and stressor related disorders, which are among the most common and functionally debilitating presentations across the lifspan. The class will incorporate student PowerPoint presentations, readings of published relevant papers, video illustrations, and class discussion.

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PSYC B354 Asian American Psychology
Spring 2021
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 2020-21
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.
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Film Studies

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PSYC B395 Psychopharmacology
Spring 2021
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 toward Health Studies
Counts toward Neuroscience

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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 B420 Praxis Fieldwork Seminar - Psychology in Practice: Community-Based Learning
This is a 1-credit seminar to accompany 8-10 hours of weekly praxis placement in a psychology-related field site. This praxis course is distinguished by genuine collaboration with field site organizations and by dynamic interaction between fieldwork and classroom learning. In the field, students will apply knowledge gained from the classroom; in the classroom, students will reflect on practical lessons learned in the field. Placements will be determined based on individual student interest and may include research, educational, clinical, and advocacy settings - any kind of setting where psychologists work. Seminar readings will focus on core issues in the field of psychology including research methods, ethics, diversity, and the application of both theoretical and empirical perspectives to practice.
Counts toward Praxis Program

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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.

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PSYC B701 Supervised Work
Not offered 2020-21

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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.
Counts toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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DSCI B100 Introduction to Data Science
Fall 2020
"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)
Counts toward Counts toward Introduction to Data Science
Counts toward Counts toward Neuroscience

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