2014 Spring Term
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PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN ADJUSTMENT
Focuses on the processes of decision-making, conflict resolution, and value judgments. Emphasis will be on understanding practical methods for handling interpersonal relationships. Effective use of coping devices for college students and others will be studied. Enhancing the psychological resources for personal change and growth will be stressed.
A survey of contemporary psychology covering human development, intelligence, abilities, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, learning, personality structure, disordered behavior, social psychology, and the physiological bases of behavior. Includes an overview of current theory, research methods, and controversial issues in the field.
BASIC STATISTICAL METHODS
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include preliminary concepts, frequency distribution, graphic methods, measures of central tendency and variability, percentiles, probability, normal distribution, correlation analysis, sampling theory, parametric and selected non-parametric hypotheses-testing procedures. Lectures are supplemented by computational laboratory sessions.
A laboratory course in the methodology of psychological research with emphasis on design, measurement, and statistical analysis appropriate for testing hypotheses in perception, learning, memory and other areas of general psychology. Students design and conduct experiments and write reports.
INTRODUCTION TO BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
A survey of the biological and physiological bases of human and animal behavior, with particular attention to the following: Basic principles of the anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry of the nervous system; sensory and motor systems; sleep; circadian rhythms; sexual behavior; emotion and stress; motivation; learning, memory, and language; neurological disorders; psychopathology.
LEARNING AND CONDITIONING
Studies the basic processes of how organisms modify their behavior. Topics include classical and instrumental conditioning, reinforcement, extinction, punishment and avoidance, generalization and discrimination, and biological constraints on learning.
PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY
An introduction to the study of the uniqueness of the individual. Emphasis will be on research methods and on theories as well as on some of the more important characteristics on which individuals differ.
PSYCHOLOGY OF PERCEPTION
A study of how sensations emerge from physical energies falling upon sense receptors and get organized into the percepts we call events, objects and object properties of the real world including our self image. Topics include illusions, hallucinations, and normal experiences with all the senses, especially touch, hearing, and vision.
CROSS CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
This course examines the relationship between culture and psychological processes, and should sensitize students to psychological issues relevant in a diverse society. Topics to be examined witll include psychological theory and research relevant to differences in race, ethnicity, nationality, language, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, disability, education, age and religious and spiritual values.
PSYCHOLOGY OF CHILDHOOD
An introduction to the psychological research on child development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.
PSYCHOLOGY OF ADOLESCENCE
An introduction to the psychological research on adolescent development with emphasis on physical, cognitive, social, emotional, sexual and moral development.
An introductory survey of abnormal psychology covering the clinical syndromes includes in the diagnostic classification system of the American Psychiatric Association. Current research regarding causal factors, treatment, and outcomes supplement descriptions of maladaptive patterns of behavior.
Course will explore processes of thought, attention memory, language, and problem-solving. Students will explore various theories of cognition from traditional psychological theories (i.e., linguistic vs. image based thought) to the current computer-based models (i.e., artificial intelligence) and examine relevant evidence to help us gain insight into the workings of the human mind.
The study of the individual (thus psychological) in social contexts (thus sociological), emphasizing such topics as interpersonal attractions, prejudice, leadership, formal and informal social roles, conflicts, brainwashing, social power, social influence, persuasion, stereotyping, conformity, obedience, group effectiveness, self-perception, and validation in social interaction of beliefs, values, attitudes, self-concepts.
FIELD TRAINING IN PSYCHOLOGY
An opportunity is presented to introduce psychology majors and minors to a work-study experience in a selected agency or institution. Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major and a maximum of 6 credits in degree. Department Consent required.
SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Advanced undergraduates and graduate students who have professional and/or scholarly interests in gaining a greater understanding of the variables associated violence and crisis management in the public school setting. Emphasis on: Psychological, developmental, and risk correlates of childhood aggression; critical examination of the prevention and intervention models considered most effective and useful in the school setting; in depth understanding crisis prevention and response models.
INTERVIEW AND PSYCHOTHERAPY TECHNIQUES
A review of the literature on interview techniques as a method of assessment and as a method of helping. Students will observe and discuss demonstrations conducted by faculty members. In addition, students will conduct, role-play, tape, and analyze interviews themselves.
SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY
Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member. Repeatable, with permission of the Psychology Department, for a maximum of 6 credits in major/degree.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable in combination with PSYCH 498R, for a maximum of 6 units in major and 12 units in degree..
INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Limited to students in the Undergraduate Research Program or to students whose faculty-recommended project meets departmental expectations for undergraduate research. Repeatable, in combination with PSYCH 498, for a maximum of 6 units in major and 12 units in degree.
Students engage in a critical review or an experimental study of a topic of interest to them under the supervision of an honors thesis committee of the psychology department. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in the major.