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Graduate Program


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Fall 2017

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In addition to courses listed below, psychology graduate students may enroll in 100 level or higher classes, both in the psychology department and university-wide. Graduate students may also enroll in courses offered by other schools in the consortium.

PSYCHOLOGY 203 (Seminar in Physiological Psychology)
Contemporary and historical issues in the relationship between physiology and behavior. Topics chosen for this semester will depend on student interest.

PSYCHOLOGY 210 (Computers in Psychology)
Computers are indispensable tools for research in psychology, and especially so in cognitive science. While most students are competent users of standard software such as word processing or spreadsheets, the real power of the computer is unleashed when we are able to program it ourselves. In addition, learning to program in one language makes learning additional languages (such as R, Matlab, or C++) much easier. This course is aimed at people who have no previous experience in computer programming. It will cover some elementary principles of computer science, and writing basic programs in the programming language Python. The goals of the course are that the student is able to a) perform elementary data management, statistical analyses, and simulations using Python programming, and b) enjoy doing so.

PSYCHOLOGY 212 (Psychopathology)
This course will explore in depth the current research regarding the phenomenology, classification, biology, course, and treatment of major psychiatric disorders. The use of cognitive and neuroscience methods to study patients with psychiatric disorders will be emphasized
Prerequisite: Open to graduate students only.

PSYCHOLOGY 213 (Contemporary Problems in Social Psychology)
Topics to be covered include attribution theory, interpersonal attraction, and social attitudes.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

PSYCHOLOGY 214 (Seminar in Social Psychology)
Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of social thought and behavior. Readings and discussions will explore the utility of integrating social-psychological perspectives with other perspectives (e.g., developmental, personality, and clinical) to arrive at a more comprehensive view of human behavior. Topics will vary from year to year.
Prerequisites: Psychology 233 or graduate standing

PSYCHOLOGY 218 (Developmental Theory and Research)
Contemporary problems in developmental psychology related to developmental theory.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

PSYCHOLOGY 222 (Cognitive Aging)
This seminar explores a range of topics within cognitive aging. Readings will include journal articles focusing on age-related changes in attention, inhibitory control across the lifespan, age-related changes in memory language, and age-related changes in source monitoring.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

PSYCHOLOGY 229 (Cognitive Neuroscience)

PSYCHOLOGY 231 (Graduate Core Seminar in Biopsychology)
The goal of this course is to help graduate students integrate neurobiology and its methods with behavioral and motivational issues in psychology. We will cover the essentials of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neurochemistry and use that information to understand current theories and experiments on the biological bases of sexual behavior and sexual differentiation, hunger and body weight control, and learning and memory. Readings will include texts in neuroscience and original literature in physiological psychology. We will discuss the readings and in these discussions I will take into account the varying levels of familiarity with this literature and the different interests of the students. This heterogeneity can be an asset in a seminar and lead to the uncovering of some interesting alternative perspectives. During the semester each student will pick one topic in physiological psychology to research in depth and write a paper on that subject. In addition, there will be a comprehensive exam at the end of the course.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

PSYCHOLOGY 232 (Core Course in Cognitive Psychology)
An integrative survey of cognitive psychology focusing on the broad theoretical issues that pervade the field, such as, the nature of knowledge representation, discrete versus continuous processing, connectionism versus symbolic processing, and other aspects of cognitive architecture. These issues will be related to specific content areas, such as attention, memory, language processing, reasoning and problem solving, cognitive development, social cognition, animal cognition, and neuroscience (particularly electrophysiology).

PSYCHOLOGY 233 (Core Course in Social Psychology)
This course offers an advanced overview of theory and research in social psychology. Major representative topic areas will be covered, including person perception, social cognition, social influence, attitudes, intergroup relations, and the self. Emphasis will be placed on seminal, classic experiments in social psychology, as well as contemporary methodologies, findings, and theoretical perspectives. The course format will consist of seminar-style discussions, student presentations, and mini-lectures and demonstrations. This course fulfills one of the core course requirements in the graduate curriculum of the Psychology Department.
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

PSYCHOLOGY 234 (Core Course in Developmental Psychology)
This course offers an advanced overview of current perspectives and issues in developmental psychology. Topics to be covered include perceptual-motor development, language acquisition and rules of cognitive development. These will be linked to social development. Emphasis will be placed on development as a process in time and on the determinants and constraints which affect that process. Course format will be variable, including mini-lectures, seminar-style discussions, and student presentations.
Psychology 234 fulfills one of the core course requirements in the graduate curriculum of the Psychology Department.

PSYCHOLOGY 240 (Mathematical Psychology)
Survey of quantitative models and modeling techniques useful in psychology.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

PSYCHOLOGY 242 (Seminar in Affective Neuroscience)
Graduate seminar on the systems-level brain bases of emotion. Topics usually include basic theories of emotion, positive and negative affect, hemispheric asymmetries, emotional memory, emotion regulation, and selected topics in common forms of psychopathology such as depression.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

PSYCHOLOGY 243 (Structure and Process in Cognitive Theory)
This seminar focuses on problems of distinguishing between theoretical cognitive structures and processes, and empirical methods for separating structural and processing components of performance in particular cognitive domains. Topics include computation versus search in models of semantic memory; analog versus propositional knowledge representation in models of mental imagery; attention; automaticity, and modularity.

PSYCHOLOGY 244 (Cognition/Learning)
Seminar on contemporary issues in the areas of cognition, memory and learning.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

PSYCHOLOGY 247 (Nature of Scientific Discoveries)
This seminar will focus on the cognitive and social processes of scientific discovery. What thought processes are involved in making important discoveries? Why are some more successful at this than others. How do we identify important problems for study? Is there a science to conducting science? Are there ways that we can enhance our own chances of making an important contribution to science by examining these processes? These and related questions will form and inform the discussion in this class.

PSYCHOLOGY 248 (The Predictive Mind)
This course aims to investigate the theory that the mind/brain is essentially a hypothesis-testing machine that attempts to minimize the error of its predictions about the input it receives from the world. Evidence for and against this theory will be examined from the perspective of both cognitive and neural functioning. Multiple domains of cognition will be covered, ranging from animal learning theory, basic perceptual processes (visual and auditory), attention, executive function, higher-order visual cognition, language processing and cognitive development. The course is geared towards graduate students who have some background knowledge in cognitive psychology and cognitive science.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing.

PSYCHOLOGY 251 (Cognitive Science of Language)
This is a graduate-level seminar course that will serve as an elective for the Psychology Graduate Program as well as the interdisciplinary Cognitive Science Graduate Program. Its aim is to review the cognitive principles and architecture of adult language comprehension. Multiple aspects of language comprehension will be examined from the perspective of both cognitive and neural function. We will read and analyze papers that have used multiple cognitive science techniques to probe the mechanisms of language comprehension, ranging from behavioral and eye tracking methods, to neural methods and computational modeling. We will also examine links between language comprehension, production and other domains of cognitive function.

PSYCHOLOGY 250 (Seminar on Decision Making and Judgment)
How people reason about probability, risk, value and choice. When and why people deviate from the prescriptions of purely rational theories.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor.

PSYCHOLOGY 254 (Psychosis)
A seminar course focusing on the symptoms of psychosis such as hallucinations, delusions and thought disorder and psychotic disorders (schizophrenia and bipolar disorder). Examination of psychotic phenomena and disorders from multiple theoretical perspectives: clinical diagnosis, etiology and pathogenesis, genetics, neurochemistry, cognitive psychology, and cognitive neuroscience, including neuroimaging. Relevant original papers and reviews from all these perspectives will be discussed and presented.

PSYCHOLOGY 260 (Seminar: Teaching in Psychology)
This seminar focuses on how to teach and related pedagogical issues. Because it is designed to help prepare students for being a teaching assistant, this course is strongly suggested as the one to take in meeting the master's degree requirements.

PSYCHOLOGY 261 (Seminar on Research in Psychology)
This seminar focuses on research-related issues. Topics to be covered include, for instance, writing a research article, grant writing and preparation, and laboratory management.

PSYCHOLOGY 262 (Research Practices)
This course will provide graduate students with an overview of contemporary debates and practical solutions to conducting rigorous, reproducible quantitative research. In addition to learning what rigor and reproducibility actually mean, we'll discuss the whys and hows of statistical inference and transparent research practices (e.g., sample size planning, preregistration, sharing data and materials), and best practices for reporting and evaluating research. We'll also consider thorny issues surrounding conducting and evaluating replication research, giving and responding to scientific criticism, and the everyday incentives that shape scientists' behavior. Students will come away having developed a principled understanding of relevant concepts and a set of concrete tools for producing and consuming high quality science.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing

PSYCHOLOGY 291, 292 (formerly PSYCHOLOGY 293, 294) (Graduate Individual Research)
Guided individual experimentation in an approved area.

PSYCHOLOGY 295, 296 (Master's Thesis)
Guided research on a topic that has been approved as a suitable subject for a Master's thesis.

PSYCHOLOGY 297, 298 (Doctoral Dissertation)
Guided research on a topic that has been approved as a suitable subject for a doctoral dissertation.

PSYCHOLOGY 401, 402 (PT/FT Masters Continuation, Masters Degree only)

PSYCHOLOGY 501, 502 (PT/FT Doctoral Continuation, Ph.D. Degree only)

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