Courses

Spring 2024

Foundations of Psychological Thought (EC or HA)
Subject associations
PSY 210 / HUM 210

An exploration of original texts in the history of ideas about the workings of the human mind starting in Antiquity and leading to the development of the empirical discipline of psychology in the 19th century and some of its modern trends. Subsequent developments, including the child study movement, are explored though 20th century writings, culminating with Sartre's philosophical psychology and sources in Eastern thought to put the Western trajectory in perspective.

Instructors
Susan L. Sugarman
Freud's Empirical Studies: The Individual and Society (EC or SA)
Subject associations
PSY 465 / HUM 465

Close study of empirical works by Freud. The course continues HUM/PSY 365 (Freud on the Psychological Foundations of the Mind), which scrutinizes Freud's general theory of the mind, and forms the backdrop to this course's inquiry into specific portions of mental life Freud investigated. Topics include aesthetic sensibility, dreaming, humor, mental glitches, superstition, indecision, group psychology, and religion. The aim is to examine the psychology emerging from those investigations and the method by which Freud extrapolates it. More recent research and commentary is consulted for additional perspective.

Instructors
Susan L. Sugarman
Health Psychology (SA)
Subject associations
PSY 317 / GHP 317

The objectives of this course are to understand the bio-psycho-social/processes that influence health-related behaviors, health and wellness, and health-care delivery. Topics to be examined include the psycho-physiological, neuro-psychological and socio-cultural bases of health and illness; pain; adaptation to chronic illness; stress; personality and illness; death, dying, and grief; substance use; obesity and nutrition.

Instructors
Nicole M. Avena
Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology (SEN)
Subject associations
NEU 331 / PSY 331

Much of what we know about the brain systems underlying perception, attention, memory, and language has been first derived from patients with brain lesions or other brain pathology. Despite our advances in functional brain imaging the study of clinical cases in neuropsychology is still important to determine the causal role of certain brain regions in contributing to a given cognitive process.

Instructors
Sabine Kastner
Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (EC)
Subject associations
NEU 202 / PSY 259

Cognitive neuroscience is a young and exciting field with many questions yet to be answered. This course surveys current knowledge about the neural basis of perception, cognition and action and will comprehensively cover topics such as high-level vision, attention, memory, language, decision making, as well as their typical and atypical development. Precepts will discuss the assigned research articles, pertaining to topics covered in class with an emphasis on developing critical reading skills of scientific literature.

Instructors
Fenna Krienen

Crosslisted Courses

Asian-American Psyches: Model Minority, Microaggressions and Mental Health (CD or SA)
Subject associations
ASA 238 / PSY 205
Cognitive Psychology (SEN)
Subject associations
PSY 255 / CGS 255
Deep Learning as a Cognitive Model for Social Neuroscience (EC)
Subject associations
PSY 337 / NEU 337
Educational Psychology (EC)
Subject associations
PSY 307 / TPP 307
Foundations of Psychological Thought (EC or HA)
Subject associations
PSY 210 / HUM 210
Freud's Empirical Studies: The Individual and Society (EC or SA)
Subject associations
PSY 465 / HUM 465