Psychology Graduate Course Catalog
Courses numbered between G89.1016 and G89.2199 are primarily for Master of Arts students and are scheduled in the evening, enabling the working student to attend on a part-time basis. Other courses, for students in the doctoral program, are scheduled in the morning or afternoon. Not every course is offered each term. In addition to the regularly offered courses in the various master's and doctoral programs, a number of electives are also offered each year.
Introductory Master's Statistics
G89.1016 Fulfills M.A. statistics requirement. Prerequisite: satisfactory performance on diagnostic quiz. Cohen. 3 points.
Basic statistics for psychological research. Includes brief introduction to descriptive statistics, t-tests, power, correlation and regression, ANOVA (through two-way mixed designs), and chi-square tests. The use of statistical software is introduced.
Psychology of Music
G89.2002 Aiello. 3 points.
This course addresses music as a projection of the mind and as an emotional response. It examines musical meaning, and evaluates cognitive, behavioral, and nuerological responses to music listening. It looks at the perceptual and cognition processes that we apply in listening to music in general and to selected musical elements in particular.
Principles of Learning
G89.2010 Ausch. 3 points.
Examines major theories of learning with relevance to instrumental and Pavlovian conditioning, motivation, and affect. Explores relevant research on traditional and contemporary issues in learning. Emphasis is on human learning and behavior modification.
Physiological Basis of Behavior
G89.2012 Carr. 3 points.
Survey of biological and chemical correlates of behavior, especially concerning the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system, and the endocrine system, as related to sensation, drive, emotion, learning, and memory.
Psychology of Social Behavior
G89.2014 Lutz. 3 points.
Current theory and research in social behavior and social issues. Topics include social cognition, attribution, affiliation and social comparison, aggression, equity and social exchange, attitudes and attitude change, conformity, and group dynamics. Applications are discussed.
Theories of Personality
G89.2015 Richardson. 3 points.
Current theories and research are reviewed from several perspectives, including psychoanalytic, humanistic, trait, social-learning, and cognitive. Topics include personality development and consistency, personality change, biological determinants, sex differences, anxiety, the self and self-esteem, and personality as a social inference.
G89.2016 Fulfills M.A. statistics requirement. Prerequisites: undergraduate course in statistics and satisfactory performance on diagnostic quiz. Cohen. 3 points.
Topics in experimental design and correlational analysis, including multiple correlation and regression, selected complex factorial designs, and multiple comparisons. Introduction to the use of statistical computer software.
Philosophy, History, and Systems of Psychology
G89.2018 Westerman. 3 points.
The course will provide students with a broad perspective on the discipline of psychology through study of relevant work in philosophy, examination of the history of the field, and consideration of some of the major systems for explaining human behavior. Consideration of philosophy will include issues directly related to work in psychology (e.g., mind-body relations), and discussion of implicit philosophical commitments reflected by efforts in the field. While a good number of broad philosophical and historical issues will be examined, two main themes will be addressed throughout the course: (1) issues about the place of meaning and interpretation in psychology, and (2) the role played by culture (given that investigators and the people they study are members of a culture).
G89.2020 Getzfeld. 3 points.
Major issues in child development, examined in light of current research and theoretical formulations. Cognitive development, social development, origins of temperament, the role of early experience, language acquisition, concept formation, the origin of play, moral development, and intelligence testing, from several theoretical points of view, including learning theory, Piagetian system, and psychoanalysis.
G89.2025 Staff. 3 points.
Survey of what modern cognitive psychology says about problem solving and reasoning, memory, language, imagery, and pathology of language and thought.
Physiological Basis of Abnormal Behavior
G89.2030 Prerequisite: G89.2012 or the equivalent. Carr. 3 points.
Examines recent developments in the attempt to relate basic biological processes to behavioral disorders and/or mental illness. Discusses animal models of abnormal behavior, their usefulness in making discoveries, and their relevance to human disorders. Topics include physiological influences on anxiety, particularly the role of hormones, biochemical factors in depression, and relationship of stress to these changes; biochemical theories of schizophrenia; genetics and abnormal behavior; and psychosomatic disorders.
G89.2031 Uysal. 3 points.
Introduction to human brain behavior relationships, with emphasis on the organization of higher mental functions and the roles of the major cerebral areas. Topics include neural basis and common disorders of language, perception, movement, memory, and behavior control; aging and dementia; developmental disabilities; differences between the hemispheres; and clinical evaluation procedures.
Introduction to Industrial/ Organizational Psychology
G89.2032 Required of all M.A. students in industrial/organizational psychology. Eggebeen. 3 points.
Personal, social, and environmental factors related to people's attitudes and performance in industrial and other organizations. Topics include personnel selection and evaluation, training and development, job analysis, attitudes and motivation, leadership, group dynamics, organizational structure and climate, and job design and working conditions.
Foundations of Psychopathology
G89.2034 Pierro. 3 points.
Covers several broad categories of disordered psychological functioning as classified by the current psychiatric nomenclature. Focuses on a select number of major diagnostic entities. Emphasizes the formal, structural, experiential, and intrapsychic factors that serve as a foundation for understanding such behavior. Course helps students develop an understanding of the consistencies between behavior that is considered normal and that which is considered pathological.
Psychology of Violence
G89.2036 Barber-Rioja. 3 points.
The goal of this course is to provide students with a critical examination of violence and its origins from a bio-psycho-social perspective, as well as current clinical, theoretical and research approaches to studying aggressive and violent behavior. Different types of violence will be examined, such as sexual violence, intimate partner violence and violence related to mental illness and personality disorders. This course will also review the most updated research on risk and protective factors for future violence, violence risk assessment and the treatment of violent patients. Case Law will also be reviewed to understand how society's view of violence and aggression affects public policy. Application to forensic issues and practice will be emphasized through the use of clinical cases and research material.
G89.2037 Prerequisite: G89.2034 or the equivalent. Winkler. 3 Points.
This course is designed to familiarize students with the clinical aspects of the 10 Personality Disorders presented in the DSM-IV. The primary emphasis is on assessment and diagnosis, as well as the impact of these disorders on the daily functioning of both the patient and others. Theories of etiology and generalized treatment strategies are also discussed.
G89.2038 Pearson. 3 points.
This course offers an introduction to the field of forensic psychology. Covers several areas that form the interface between the legal system and psychology. Focus is on research and practical application of psychology to the legal system. In addition, relevant case law that determines the standards for psychological evaluations is covered. Topics include; eyewitness testimony, false confessions, child custody and juvenile delinquency, expert witnesses, civil commitment, insanity and competency evaluations, risk assessment, and criminal profiling.
Advanced Forensic Psychology
G89.2039 Pearson. 3 points.
A more advanced look at the practical and clinical application of psychology in the legal system, especially on the specific roles the forensic psychologist can have within the legal system. Focus is on the expert's role in evaluations, including civil, criminal, and juvenile cases. High profile cases are used to illustrate different types of evaluatons. Topics include such areas as extreme emotional disturbance, the role of psychology in probation and parole, PTSD in asylum seekers, the role of psychology in death penalty cases, evaluation of stalking, and psychological testing in court.
Current Issues in Psychology
G89.2040, 2041, 2042, 2043 Staff. 3 points.
G89.204X Kaufman. 3 points.
This course will take a broad approach to understanding human intelligence in its many manifestations, and attempt to answer the following questions: What is intelligence? Can it be measured? How many types of intelligences are there? What does intelligence predict? What are the biological and environmental determinants of intelligence? And, can intelligence be increased?
PSYCH-GA 204X Elbaum. 3 points.
This course will focus on the primary neuro-cognitive and emotional/behavioral challenges that result from acquired brain injury (ABI) and evidence-based evaluation and treatment strategies. Each student will research a different subtype of ABI (such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, anoxia, brain tumor and encephalitis) and present findings, including an interview component to the class. The importance of an integrative, interdisciplinary approach as well as factors that influence recovery will be highlighted.
Modern Psychological Treatments
G89.204X Abrams. 3 points.
This course aims to help the student acquire an understanding of the major theories of psychotherapy and counseling. Ten to 12 of the most widely used psychotherapies and psychological interventions will be examined and critiqued in this course. The examination will include a review of the underlying theory, a summary of the supporting or refuting research, and instruction in how to actually perform each treatment. Every method will be demonstrated with a video of an actual clinical session conducted by the instructor, or by a major figure in applied psychology. Students will learn to make their own assessments of psychological treatment techniques, utilizing process and outcome research.
G89.204X Ketay. 3 points.
What makes a relationship work? This course is an overview of current theory and research in the field of close relationships. Taking a social psychological perspective, we will explore topics such as attraction, love, friendship, communication, relationship maintenance, jealousy, and conflict. Class meetings will provide an engaging environment for activities and open discussion.
G89.204X Josipovic. 3 points.
This course will explore the brain basis of cognition. We will focus on the higher cognitive functions, such as: language, imagination, creativity, aesthetic perception, sense of self, contemplative and religious experiences, and the nature of consciousness. The students will have an opportunity to visit one of the most active and exciting fields of research today--the neural basis of human mind.
Positive Psychology and the Brain
G89.204X Josipovic. 3 points.
This course will compare modern Western approaches to actualizing human potential (including their latest incarnation, Positive Psychology) to their roots in Asian contemplative traditions. These theoretical approaches will provide a context with which to understand the latest neuroscience discoveries in meditation research. The course will include an experiential component (you will be asked to keep a meditation journal) in order to supplement the third-person science of brain functioning, with a first-person subjective methodology.
Emotion and Its Development
G89.204X Ausch. 3 points.
This course will examine human emotions from various theoretical perspectives including psychodynamic, phenomenological, biological, and cultural approaches. Topics include the development of emotional life from infancy through adulthood; the expression and development of specific emotions such as anger, anxiety, shame, joy, and romantic love; and the major cultural, spiritual, and religious traditions that have arisen to help us navigate the complexities of human emotional life.
Culture, Thought, and Emotion
G89.204X Ausch. 3 points.
This course is designed to introduce students to the complex interrelationship between individual psychological life and culture. Such an approach helps us to understand diverse societies, but even more importantly, helps make explicit how 'western-ness' can shape the ways in which one thinks and feels. Sample topics include the relationships between culture and thought, emotion, biology, childhood and technology.
G89.204X Gulcur. 3 points.
Introduces master's degree students to the fundamental concepts, perspectives, values, and strategies of cross-cultural psychology, as well as an of understanding human identity and behavior in its sociocultural context. Takes the perspective that psychological processes can be compared for similarities and differences across cultures, as well as analyzed in their “indigenous” forms.
The class has a particular focus on how identities are constructed, especially multicultural identities of groups and individuals who are exposed to more than one culture. Class discussions focus around inter-group relations, immigration, acculturation and social identity in a seminar format.
G89.204X Prerequisite: G89.2038 (or equivalent) or G89.2060 (or equivalent). Winkler. 3 points.
This course examines psychological assessment from a forensic perspective. General assessment measures are reviewed with an emphasis on their application in a forensic context. Several specialized forensic instruments are also examined. Topics include clinical interviewing, assessment of malingering, neuropsychological assessment, personality measures, intelligence testing, integration of test results, report writing and feedback.
Conflict and Negotiation
G89.204X Battle. 3 points.
The goals of this course are: to review the history of negotiation research in psychology, to identify the major findings and conclusions, and to apply them directly to negotiation situations that will be conducted. There is a heavy focus on participation in this class, and students should be prepared to develop their practical negotiation skills through engaging in negotiation exercises both inside and outside of class.
G89.2041 Saari. 3 points
This seminar-type course will provide in-depth coverage of organizational surveys and related topics, such as attitude measurement, job satisfaction, and the evolving uses of surveys in organizations. The course will cover the major theories and research in support of the science and practice of these topics. As well, the course will cover survey design, deriving insights from survey data, and the effective use of surveys for organization improvement. By the end of this course, students will have knowledge of the research, theory and practice of organizational surveys, as well as how to conduct scientifically-sound organizational surveys.
G89.2049. Josipovic. 3 points.
Introduction to neural basis of affect and affect disorders from the basic neural mechanism of affect in animals, to interaction of affective and cognitive processes in humans. Topics include: mammalian emotions; fear acquisition and extinction; anxiety disorders and PTSD; memory, attention and emotion; self and emotion; mirror neurons, empathy and the theory of mind; higher states of consciousness.
G89.2051 Ruhland. 3 points.
Basic overview of the field, including behavior modification, stress, coronary heart disease, hypertension and stroke, pain, the immune system, AIDS and cancer, issues in pediatric health psychology, smoking, and weight control.
G89.2053 Forte. 3 points.
Examines the complex, interrelated topics of sex and gender differences; the psychology of women; the psychology of men; and the social and personal “realities” created by gender interactions.
G89.2054 Prerequisite: G89.2020 or G89.2034 Staff. 3 points.
Overview of the major categories of psychopathology in childhood and adolescence. Theoretical, empirical, and clinical studies are examined and discussed.
Traumatic Stress Reactions
G89.2057 Francisco. 3 points.
This course provides an in-depth examination of the spectrum of psychological, biological, and social factors associated with exposure to traumatic stress (e.g., childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, combat exposure, natural and man-made disasters). The course includes a comprehensive review of the etiology, assessment, and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (both acute and complex). Relevant research will be discussed in terms of the differential effects of traumatic experiences across groups (e.g., gender, SES, developmental level), and over time.
Psychology of Decision Making
G89.2059 Battle. 3 points.
Exploration of the psychological processes that underlie people's judgments and decision making. First identifies some general rules that capture the way people make decisions. Then explores how people make decisions in numerous domains, including consumer, social, clinical, managerial, and organizational decision making. Looks at both rational and irrational patterns in the way people select options. Discusses the impact of the media on our choices. Also examines how different ways of presenting options and different decision-making strategies can influence decision outcomes. In general, emphasizes the applied implications of the various perspectives on decision making.
Introduction to Psychological Testing
G89.2060 Karp. 3 points.
Broad introduction to the field of psychological assessment, including an understanding of the conceptual issues underlying different approaches to testing and assessment. Surveys the major types of tests used in the field of assessment and addresses the development of the most commonly used instruments. Examines testing with regard to psychometrics (reliability, validity).
Theories of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies
G89.2062 Colognori. 3 points.
Exposes students to the full range of cognitive-behavioral therapy and the underlying assumptions and theoretical models (including its empirical foundations in classical and operant conditioning as well as social learning theory). Also provides students with the practical application of these theories to a wide spectrum of specific psychological problems and psychiatric disorders.
Psychology of Addiction
G89.2063 Francisco. 3 points.
This course will include both didactic and experiential components in order to promote a comprehensive approach to learning about addictions. Specifically, there will be a focus on how addictions are theoretically conceptualized, assessed, and treated from a biopsychosocial perspective. A variety of areas will be covered, including the neurobiology of addiction, motivational interviewing, trauma and addiction, gambling addictions, gender issues, binge eating disorders, cognitive-behavioral therapy, harm reduction, relapse prevention, and policy implications.
Clinical Research Design
G89.2066 Prerequisite: G89.1016 or equivalent. Klein. 3 points.
Basic principles of research design, with emphasis on methods and strategies used in the area of clinical psychology.
Applied Research Methods
G89.2067 Prerequisites: G89.2032 and G89.1016 or equivalent. Eggebeen. 3 points.
Development and design of field research and quasi-experimental techniques addressed to applied and theoretical questions: problems of control, selection of variables, nonobtrusive measures, sampling, etc. Evaluation research is emphasized.
G89.2070 Prerequisites: G89.1016 and G89.2032, or G89.2067, or the
equivalents. Rotolo. 3 points.
Development and evaluation of personnel selection techniques, including mental ability tests, personality inventories, interviews, work simulations, biographical information, and drug tests. Strategies for evaluating the validity, fairness, and overall utility of a selection process are addressed.
Performance Measurement and Rewards
G89.2071 Prerequisite: G89.2032, G89.2067, G89.2016 or the equivalent.
Considers the conceptual and practical issues concerning job analysis, criterion development, and performance measurement. Critical review of alternative approaches and evaluation of their use in providing information to meet various organizational objectives, including performance appraisal, training and development, personnel selection, administrative decisions, and compensation.
Work Motivation and Attitudes
G89.2072 Flippen. 3 points.
Analysis and application of motivational theories and principles to individuals and groups in the workplace. Evaluation of the theory and application of various programs and techniques tried previously, including job enrichment, participative management, improved supervision, compensation systems, goal setting, management by objectives, reinforcement, and leadership development and influence techniques.
Training in Organizations
G89.2073 Prerequisites: G89.2016 and G89.2032, or the equivalents.
Jones. 3 points.
Development of skills in designing and evaluating training programs. Examination of stated or intended purposes of training programs and methods used to analyze training needs.
G89.2074 Prerequisite: G89.2032, G89.2067, G89.1016 or the equivalent. Dattner. 3
Survey of methodological approaches to planned change, including organizational diagnosis, data collection, interventions, feedback, and evaluation. Specific types of interventions covered include strategic planning, organizational design, culture change, team building, survey feedback, goal setting, and career development.
G89.2075 Ziehler. 3 points.
Review of basic counseling theory and techniques. Covers processes underlying individual and group counseling, identification and evaluation of behavioral outcomes, case management, and counseling ethics. Surveys specialized counseling approaches and the needs of special populations.
Leadership and Strategic Change
G89.2076 Flippen. 3 points.
The nature and evolving definition of leadership is traced from early conceptualizations of trait, social exchange, and behavioral contingency theories to current approaches involving charismatic, transactional, and transformational leadership. Power, influence, information, and politics are examined as these relate to effective leadership. The importance of leadership behavior in promoting adaptive learning and high-performance organizations is considered in light of leadership selection, development, and succession planning.
Personality and Organizational Behavior
G89.2077 Saari. 3 points.
Reviews theory and empirical research in industrial/organizational and personality psychology to explore the effects of individual differences on workplace outcomes, such as job performance, work attitudes, leadership, and turnover. Examines the Big Five personality model, specific dispositions such as self-esteem, achievement motive and emotional intelligence, as well as interactionist and evolutionary personality theories/research in order to better understand the relationship between personality and organizational behavior.
G89.2078 Eggebeen. 3 points.
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the consulting process through practical, hands-on engagement with I/O principles and practices. It will include an opportunity to learn and demonstrate the skills of client problem definition, analysis, solution and presentation. Course topics cover the basics of the consulting process dealing with resistance to change and adding value for clients. Students consult on projects with actual clients, role-play difficult consulting situations, discuss and apply consulting models, tools, and techniques, present their plans and solutions to the class and debate the merits of alternative strategies.
Executive Coaching and Development
G89.2079 Prerequisite: G89.2073 or the equivalent. Gans. 3 points.
Executive Coaching is an advanced elective on theories, methods, and techniques of coaching executives for leadership development and management effectiveness. The organization benefits from the leadership development gained from coaching executives in terms of: accelerated delivery of strategic objectives; developing greater organizational resilience in response to change; and improving quality of work life. Coaching is a tailored learning program for behavioral change and optimized performance. Coaching differs from other types of training programs because of the individualized relationship established between the client and coach over an extended time frame. The course examines coaching engagement processes, how assessment is used, feedback mechanisms, and techniques for counseling for enhanced performance. Although the focus of the course will be on individual coaching, applications to team development will be included. The course includes lectures, guest lectures, a mentoring assignment in which coaching skills can be practiced, and a project in which each student defines a professional development goal and is coached by a student peer to achieve it over the course of the semester.
Psychology of Adolescence
G89.2082 Browning. 3 points.
In-depth study of selected topics in adolescent psychology through a reading of primary sources. The readings follow a historic line, beginning with psychoanalytic contributions in the 1930s (Anna Freud, Karen Horney) and continuing through Erikson, Piaget, Elkind, Youniss, and Gilligan. Topics covered include early theoretical conceptions, cognitive development, identity, peer relations, and more recent papers concerned with multicultural and gender issues. Two psychopathological conditions (suicidal behavior and eating disorders) are studied, as prototypes of adolescent problems, along with descriptions of adolescent psychotherapies. The various approaches to research in adolescence are ascertained by paying special attention to the method(s) employed by each author.
G89.2083 Gans. 3 points.
The focus of this course is group theory, research and process. The objective of this course is to develop your knowledge, skill and experience in how groups function and the dynamics of human interaction in a group setting. Students examine their own individual behavior in a group setting including the factors that impact their behavior as well as how others perceive and respond to them. Upon completion of this course students should have acquired and demonstrated in effective communication skills including: reflecting, clarifying, linking, paraphrasing, summarizing, receiving and giving feedback, probing, challenging, mediating, and owning. Students take on a role in defining goals for their teams and work on group p rojects, which may include a service learning project in the community, as an example of how groups operate to come to an understanding of individual and group differences and how diversity affects dynamics.
NOTE: This is an experiential course; your active participation should demonstrate your growing understanding of the academic concepts and growing skill in group dynamics.
G89.2084 Gulcur. 3 points.
Introduces master's degree students to the fundamental concepts, perspectives, values, and strategies of cross-cultural psychology, which focuses on understanding human behavior in its sociocultural context. Takes the perspective that psychological processes can be compared for similarities and differences across cultures, as well as analyzed in their “indigenous” forms. This means that the psyche has both universal and culture-specific components; thus, while some phenomena (e.g., depression) exist in almost all cultures, their causes, manifestations, and meanings may be culture-specific and not comparable.
Interpersonal Approaches to Psychotherapy and Psychopathology
G89.2085 Prerequisite: G89.2121 or G89.2034 and a 3.5 GPA or higher. Westerman. 3 points.
Examines a variety of interpersonal approaches to psychopathology and psychotherapy through consideration of theory, research, and practice. Considers long-standing, fundamental issues regarding (1) the role of interpersonal relationships in human nature and (2) how to conceptualize interpersonal behavior. Includes some discussion of recent critiques of work on psychopathology and psychotherapy, which argue that efforts—even including certain supposedly interpersonal efforts—reflect and support an overly individualistic view of the person.
Organizational Climate and Culture
G89.2086 Rotolo. 3 points.
The course will cover basic as well as advanced concepts involved in the theory, measurement, and importance of organizational climate and culture. Each class session is a mix of lectures, case studies, class discussion, and applied projects focusing on research and theory as well as practical issues and techniques used in applied settings. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of: 1) the various models used to define organizational climate and culture; 2) the impact of climate/culture on various organizational and individual phenomena; 3) methodologies used to measure organizational climate and culture; and 4)concepts and methodologies of culture change.
Psychology of Diversity
G89.2088 Forte. 3 points.
This course will review current theories and research on diversity especially as they relate to the workplace. Students will examine psychological principles and research as they relate to human behavior and how we perceive and interact with people who have different backgrounds, values, cultures, experiences and ideas. Additionally, there will be special emphasis on the dynamics of diversity in the workplace and the identification and examination of strategies to successfully manage diversity.
Quality of Work Life and Organizational Resilience
G89.2090 Gans. 3 points.
This course focuses on organizational resilience and quality of work life as key strategic levers in adaptive change management. Five domains of theory, research and practice will be emphasized: 1) Behavioral and occupational health including defining physiological, situational, and psychological components of stress, stress management, and response to large-scale organizational change; 2) Diversity and decentralization: Managing global, multicultural teams including the role of enabling technology to support social/corporate networks in decentralized environments; 3) Flexible workplace practices as part of talent attraction and retention; 4) Resilient leadership with an emphasis on positive psychology neuroscience research underlying social/emotional intelligence; 5) Innovation and creativity as part of resilient business strategy and as an individual competency. Students will gain experience assessing these dimensions in a consultative project with an organization and have a chance to put theory and research into practice.
G89.2110 Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. 3 points.
Supervised reading and/or research with a faculty member on a topic selected by the student.
Theories of Psychotherapy
G89.2121 Staff. 3 points.
Overview of the theories of therapeutic change, covering the various interventions currently practiced, ranging from psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral-based techniques through the existential-based, nondirective and Gestalt modalities.
G89.2125 Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Cohen. 3 points.
Supervised practicum in a selected agency, clinic, or human resources department. Placement, according to occupational needs and goals of the student, may vary from planning and administration to clinical practice. Joint supervision by the academic and qualified agency staff.
Research Methods and Experiences
G89.2126 Prerequisites: G89.1016 or equivalent, and permission of appropriate sponsor. Aaronson. 3 points.
Students do collaborative research for about 10 hours a week under the supervision of faculty or other qualified researchers. In addition, weekly class meetings provide information on a variety of research methods and experimental design issues. The course is often taken by students who plan to expand their research into a master's thesis and by students who plan to apply to a Ph.D. program.
G89.2140 Enrollment is subject to the availability of appropriate projects. Prerequisites: one core C course and permission of appropriate sponsor. 3 points.
G89.2199 Open to students in the master's program who are completing a thesis. Prerequisites: G89.1016 or equivalent, one core C course, and permission of appropriate sponsor. Staff. 3 points.
To take courses at the 2200 level and beyond, students must be admitted to doctoral study or get the instructor's permission.
Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Neuroscience
G89.2201 Identical to G80.2201. Part of core curriculum for doctoral students in cognition and perception. Feldman. 4 points.
Team-taught, intensive introduction to basic neuroscience. Lectures and readings cover neuroanatomy; basic biophysics; cellular, molecular, and developmental neuroscience.
Sensory and Motor Systems
G89.2202 Identical to G80.2202. Part of core curriculum for doctoral students in cognition and perception. Feldman. 4 points.
Team-taught, intensive introduction to integrative neuroscience. Lectures and readings cover sensory and motor systems and higher functions of the nervous system.
Laboratory in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Neuroscience
G89.2203 Identical to G80.2203. Corequisite: G89.2201. Semple, staff. 3 points.
Team-taught, state-of-the-art teaching laboratory in neural science. First semester includes neuroanatomy, histology, and cellular and molecular neuroscience.
Laboratory in Sensory and Motor Systems
G89.2204 Identical to G80.2204. Corequisite: G89.2202. Semple, staff. 3 points.
Team-taught, state-of-the-art teaching laboratory in neural science. Second semester includes sensory neurophysiology, modern neuroanatomical tracer techniques, psychophysics, and computational neuroscience.
G89.2206 Identical to G80.2206. Prerequisites: undergraduate calculus and some programming experience. Simoncelli. 4 points.
Basic mathematical techniques for analysis and modeling of neural systems. Includes homework sets based on the MATLAB software package.
Categories and Concepts
G89.2207 Murphy. 3 points
This course covers the major topics in the psychology of
concepts. The focus is on central issues of concept representation and
use. The first part of the course discusses the “traditional” questions
of the past 15 years, such as prototype vs. exemplar theories and
computational models of category learning. Then the course addresses
questions of how concepts are integrated with and constrained by more
general knowledge. Other topics include similarity, expertise,
induction, and conceptual combination. Developmental perspectives on
these topics are considered throughout the course.
G89.2209 Part of core curriculum for doctoral students in cognition and perception. Adolph. 3 points.
Introduction to central issues in the study of cognitive development, which aims to (1) provide breadth by reviewing the major theoretical approaches, classic tasks, and paradigms for studying and understanding cognitive development (constructivist, nativist, biological, information processing, and systems approaches) and (2) provide depth by considering the strengths and shortcomings of each theory and the pros and cons of different research strategies for investigating the central questions of cognitive development (characterizing change, underlying change mechanisms, generality of change, and stability of behaviors across individuals and circumstances).
Math Tools for Cognitive Science and Neuroscience I
G89.2211 Maloney, Daw. 3 points
Intensive course in basic mathematical techniques for analysis and modeling of behavioral and neural data, including tools from linear systems and statistics. In 2008, first semester Math Tools is being offered jointly for students from Neural Science and Psychology, as an alternative for the first-semester of the two-semester psychology sequence.
Math Tools for Cognitive Science and Neuroscience II
G89.2212 Maloney, 3 points
Judgment and Decision Making
G89.2xxx Prerequisite: elementary probability theory. Maloney, staff. 3 points.
Covers normative and descriptive theories of individual decision making, the classical experimental literature, and recent work, such as the Prospect Theory of Kahneman and Tversky.
G89.2214 Prerequisite: instructor's permission or a graduate course in linguistics or psycholinguistics. Marcus. 3 points.
Development of grammatical structure in children's language; word learning; views of the nature of the acquisition process; what the study of language development says about the nature of language.
Research Methods in Social/ Personality Psychology
G89.2217 Staff. 3 points.
The basics of conducting social and personality psychology research. Students receive practical instruction in research design, methodologies, statistical analysis, and evaluation of published research articles for soundness of design and validity of conclusions.
Computational Models of Cognitive Science
G89.2219 Marcus. 3 points.
Introduction to computational modeling, connectionist and symbolic, in cognition and language; why modeling is important, what makes a good model, and how models can inform experimental work. Topics include object permanence, linguistic inflection, and the acquisition of grammar.
Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
G89.2221 Identical to G80.2205. Part of core curriculum for doctoral students in cognition and perception. Curtis, Suzuki. 3 points.
Provides a detailed background in four major areas: (1) neuroanatomy of the brain and spinal cord; (2) cognitive neuroscience, including discussions of consciousness, cognitive neuroscience techniques, as well as high-level sensory perception/recognition; (3) learning memory and emotion, including conditioning and motivation; and (4) cellular mechanisms of plasticity.
G89.2223 Part of core curriculum for doctoral students in cognition and perception. Landy. 3 points.
In-depth survey of psychophysical and modeling methodology, and vision and auditory research. Topic areas include linear systems theory, signal detection theory, optics, spatial vision, motion analysis, depth perception, color vision, auditory coding of intensity and frequency, sound localization, and speech perception.
G89.2226 Part of core curriculum for doctoral students in cognition and perception. McElree. 3 points.
Graduate-level introduction to the cognitive processes and linguistic structures that enable language comprehension and production, with an emphasis on lexical, syntactic, and semantic structures and processes.
Intermediate Statistical Methods in Psychology
G89.2228 3 points.
Review of introductory statistical methods, with special emphasis on sampling distributions, statistical inference and estimation, statistical power, and sample size estimation for common statistical tests. Methods include measures of association, t-tests, ANOVA, and chi-square. Use of statistical computer software.
G89.2229 Prerequisite: G89.2228 or the equivalent. 3 points.
Multiple regression/correlation as a general data analytic system. Sets of variables as units of analyses, representing group membership, curvilinear relationships, missing data, interactions, the analysis of covariance and its generalization; logistic regression; nonparametric statistics. Computer applications.
Simulation and Data Analysis
G89.2233 Prerequisite: elementary calculus and some programming experience in any language. Maloney. 3 points.
Covers topics in numerical analysis, probability theory, and mathematical statistics essential to developing Monte Carlo models of complex cognitive and neural processes and testing them empirically. Most homework assignments include programming exercises in the MATLAB language.
G89.2236 Prerequisite: elementary calculus. Maloney. 3 points.
Introduction to linear systems theory and the Fourier transform. Intended for those working in biological vision or audition, computer vision, and neuroscience and assumes only a modest mathematical background.
G89.2239 Prerequisite: G89.2228. 3 points.
Complex analysis of variance designs and their computation.
Multivariate Statistical Analysis
G89.2244 Prerequisite: G89.2229 or permission of the instructor. Maloney. 3 points.
Theory and application of multivariate statistical methods in the behavioral sciences. Topics include matrix algebra, univariate/multivariate general linear models, multivariate analysis of variance, discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, and principal components analysis. Emphasis is on computer applications in the analysis of multivariate data.
Structural Equation Methods
G89.2247 Prerequisite: G89.2229 (regression). Shrout. 3 points.
Students apply and critique structural equation methods for studying relationships among multiple variables, including path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, latent variable regression models, and methods designed for categorical data. Emphasis is on practical data analysis and public presentations of findings.
Analysis of Change
G89.2248 Prerequisite: G89.2229. Shrout. 3 points.
Current issues and methods involving the analysis of change in the behavioral and social sciences, including latent change approaches, hierarchical linear models, and survival analysis, as well as classical methods for the analysis of change, including change scores, mixed model ANOVA, regression, and MANOVA.
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Lab
This course covers the major topics and issues in the field of fMRI. With this background, students will be able to design and implement their own fMRI experiments. There are weekly lab projects that will involve acquiring and analyzing fMRI data, and submitted written lab reports. Final grades are based on the lab reports. The lectures provide background information useful in performing the labs, along with additional information for a broader and deeper understanding of fMRI methods. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Psychology or Neural Science or permission of the instructors. Recommended: some experience with Matlab programming, statistics, and linear algebra.
Psychology of Justice
G89.2255 Tyler. 3 points.
Introduction to psychological theories about social justice. Examines the four major theoretical frameworks of justice theory: relative deprivation, distributive justice, procedural justice, and retributive justice. Using these frameworks, the course examines the role of justice in social attitudes and behavior, the influence of justice on the advantaged and disadvantaged, the scope of justice concerns, the nature of the justice motive, and cultural differences in conceptions of justice.
Law and Psychology
G89.2257 Tyler. 3 points.
Examines the interface between psychology and the law and legal institutions. Considers a variety of topics, including the use of empirical evidence by the courts; decision making by legal actors (judges, juries); why people obey the law; how to resolve social conflicts, etc.
Seminar in Social/Personality Psychology
G89.2279 3 points.
Systematic introduction to current research topics, including person perception, trait structure and heritability, attribution, stereotyping, affiliation, achievement, gender, helping, equity and justice, aggression, intergroup relations, and cross-cultural research.
G89.2280 Staff. 3 points.
The history of two distinct models of thought—one conscious and intentional, the other automatic and unintentional—as research topics in psychology. Explores the meaning and nature of these forms of thought and their interaction and impact on social psychological phenomena, from perception through judgment to behavior. Explores motivation, free will, and nature and purpose of consciousness.
Basic Research Methods in Social Behavior
G89.2284 Heilman. 3 points.
Introduces research methods and issues in the scientific study of social behavior. Topics include the logic of inquiry and theory development; ethics of research with human participants; research design; methods of data collection; and application of research principles to investigations in laboratory, community, and organizational settings.
Advanced Research Methods in Social Behavior
G89.2285 Prerequisite: G89.2284. 3 points.
Practice in idea formulation, data analysis, and report writing. Current research from relevant journals examined critically. Projects carried out in groups.
Person Perception- A Cognitive Approach
G89.2286, Uleman. 3 points
This seminar focuses on a wide selection of current research and theoretical perspectives on how we perceive other people. Topics include how object and person perception differ, developmental and adult versions of “theories of mind” about others, spontaneous inferences and implicit theories about others, cultural differences in these phenomena, the nature and uses of trait concepts, the interaction of automatic and controlled processes in person perception, and non-verbal cues and communication. Accuracy in person perception, and stereotyping, are major research areas in their own right, and are only briefly considered here. Students are expected to contribute to discussions of the readings each week, make two presentations during the semester on related readings of their choice, and write a research proposal on a topic of particular interest to them. There is also a final exam.
Foundations of Social Cognition
G89.2291 Staff. 3 points.
Introduction to the historical roots of and current trends in social cognition. Stages in information processing (including attention, categorization, explanation, inference, and recall) and their relation to judgment, behavior, and social issues, such as prejudice and discrimination. Also the role of situational and personality mediators.
Seminar in Psycholinguistics
G89.3210 May be repeated for credit. Marcus, McElree. 3 points.
In-depth examination of topical issues in language comprehension, production, and acquisition. Sample topics: mechanisms for syntactic and interpretative processing; modular and nonmodular approaches to language comprehension; statistical and rule-based approaches to language acquisition.
Culture and Child Development
G89.3211 Prerequisite: a doctoral-level course in developmental psychology. Staff. 3 points.
Focuses on theoretical and empirical work, from a variety of disciplines (including psychology, anthropology, education sociology, history, and evolutionary psychology), that considers the role of cultural factors in children's cognitive and social development. Rather than simply debating notions of cultural specificity versus universality, participants are asked to consider the potential contribution that analyses of cultural factors can make to our understanding of children's development in general. Students are active participants in organizing and leading class discussion and are required to prepare a research proposal that addresses a specific issue regarding the role of cultural factors in development.
Seminar in Cognitive, Perceptual, and Language Development
G89.3220 May be repeated for credit. Adolph, Johnson, Marcus. 3 points.
Advanced topics in developmental psychology. Topics may include conceptual development, language acquisition, motor skill acquisition, and perceptual learning and development.
Seminar in Perception
G89.3233 May be repeated for credit. Carrasco, Landy, Maloney, Pelli. 3 points.
Advanced topics in perception. Topics have included object recognition, space perception, binocular stereopsis, visual cue combination, feature analysis, visual-motor coordination, visual attention, and fMRI methods in perception.
G89.3241 Identical to G80.3241. Prerequisite: G89.2202 or equivalent. LeDoux. 3 points.
Survey of basic areas in behavioral neuroscience. Areas of primary interest include behavioral and neurobiological analysis of instinctive behavior, conditioning, motivation and emotion, and learning and cognition.
Seminar in Selected Research Topics in Social Psychology
G89.3282 May be repeated for credit. 3 points.
Considers significant current research areas in social/personality psychology. Presentations by guest speakers and by students engaged in their own research programs constitute a major portion of this course.
G89.3301, 3302 May be repeated for credit; however, no more than 6 points may be counted toward the 72 points required for the doctorate. 3 points per term.
Discussion of proposals and methodology for doctoral dissertation, planning of dissertation work, and reports of progress.
Preproposal Research in Psychology
G89.3303, 3304 Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. 3 points per term.
Research for one or two terms in addition to the doctoral research.
Reading Course in Psychology
G89.3305, 3306 Open only to advanced students. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. 3 points per term.
Planned program of intensive readings in a defined area of psychology with supervision of a member of the department.
Research in Problems in Psychology
G89.3321, 3322 Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit. 1-6 points per term.
Supervised research on a special problem apart from the doctoral thesis, in addition to G89.3303, 3304.
Seminar in Memory and Cognition
G89.3326 May be repeated for credit. Davachi, McElree, Murphy, Phelps, Rehder. 3 points.
In-depth examination of topical issues in memory and cognition. Sample topics: mathematical models of memory and cognitive processes; aging, memory, and cognitive control; imaging methods in cognitive tasks; current controversies in categorization.
G89.3380. Amodio. 3 points
This course provides a comprehensive overview of topics in the social psychological study of prejudice, stereotyping and intergroup relations. Each week, we will discuss both theoretical and empirical articles related to different topics within this broad field of research. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on considering and integrating classic and contemporary approaches to questions of intergroup relations, and discussions will focus on the ability of this research to capture the psychological phenomenon of prejudice, to make contact with other levels of analysis, and to promote social change (i.e., prejudice reduction).
G89.3381 Amodio. 3 points
This course provides an overview of topics in the emerging field of Social Neuroscience. We will focus on how theories and methods of neuroscience may be used to address classic questions of social psychology from new and informative angles. The goal of this course is to give you a broad background in social neuroscience so that you may (a) be a critical consumer of this literature, (b) broaden the way you think about connections between the mind, brain, and behavior in the context of the social world, and (c) most importantly, apply these ideas to inform your own program of research.
Auditory Perception & Cognition
G89.3392 Poeppel. 3 points
A selection of issues from auditory perception and cognition are examined, from theoretical, psychophysical, and cognitive neuroscience perspectives. Topics may include pitch perception, the temporal analysis of sounds, speech perception, multi-sensory processing, MEG approaches to studying hearing and speech, and others.
Origins of Learning
G89.3399. Adolph. 3 points
This course will explore the origins of learning in several ways. First, we will look for the earliest manifestations of learning in the embryo and fetus. Second, we will discuss the evidence for various learning mechanisms in infants and young children (e.g., habituation, association learning, statistical learning, rule learning, Bayesian learning, analogy, learning sets). Third, we will try to understand the role of development in learning (e.g., whether developmental changes constrain or enhance learning). Finally, we will consider how infants select among possible learning mechanisms. Readings will include classic and recent studies in the human and animal literatures. Several guest authors will join the discussion.
The course provides an overview of major theories and findings in research and self-regulation. More specifically, we will address the history of research on motivation and volition, classic phenomena of self-regulation (delay of gratification, resistance to temptation), the psychology of goals (goal setting, goal implementation, effortful goal pursuits, disengagement, content and structure of goals, the mental representation of goals), disorders of self-regulation, cognitive-neuropsychological research on self-regulation, and self-regulation from the perspective of economics. We will focus on interrelations and contradictions between the different approaches as well as on designing research that promotes different lines of thinking.
Developmental Social Cognition
This seminar will examine the development of social cognition as a
special topic in conceptual development. Major theoretical issues to
be discussed include the contributions of domain-specific and domain-general learning mechanisms to development, the extent to which social
cognition involves universal and culturally variable processes, and
the relations between cognitive and social development. Topics to be
covered include the development of mental-state reasoning, social
inference, moral cognition, social categorization, stereotyping, and
other topics of interest to participating students.
Special Topics: System Justification Theory
G89.3404 Jost. 3 points
According to system justification theory, people are both consciously and unconsciously motivated to defend, bolster, and justify aspects of the societal status quo. In this seminar we will read and discuss the relevant research literature in order to critically evaluate the evidence pertaining to the theory and consider the broader implications of that evidence.
Person Perception within Dyads
G89.3405 West. 3 points
This course focuses on theoretical and methodological approaches to studying dyadic and group-level person person processes. Topics covered will include person perception within a wide variety of close relationships (including romantic, friendship, and family relationships) and new acquaintance relationships (including friendships and intergroup relationships). Much of the focus will be on understanding how basic perception processes operate in dyad and group-level contexts; processes such as self perception, perceived partner perception, and metaperception. In addition, new methodological approaches to studying dyads and groups will be introduced. It is recommended although not required that students have taken at least one graduate course in statistics prior to enrolling in this course.
Psychology and the Design of Legal Institutions
G89.3405 Tyler. 3 points
This joint law school-psychology seminar provides an overview of the literatures in which law and psychology interface. These include legal decision making by judges and juries; evidence; studies of legal procedures and institutions; and research on compliance and rehabilitation.
The Relational Self
G89.3406 This seminar will cover research literatures on the manner in which the self develops, is defined, and is maintained in the context of interpersonal relationships. It will be a true seminar in that participants will read journal articles and chapters each week before class so we can all discuss these works in depth. Selected topics will be covered that involve relational aspects of the self, including the social-cognitive process of transference, relational schemas, attachment processes, contingencies of self-worth, self-protective processes, and relationship-protective processes, interdependent self-construal, self-standards/roles/norms, social identity, and culture.
Seminar in Current Topics
G89.3391, 3392, 3393, 3394, 3395, 3396, 3397, 3398, 3399, 3400 May be repeated for credit. 3 points per term.
The department offers several seminars each term, reflecting the interest of advanced students or members of the faculty in contemporary problems in psychology theory, research, or practice.