Courses

Spring 2024

Research Methods in Psychology
Subject associations
PSY 300

This course covers foundations of the research process for experimental Psychology: reviewing and evaluating published journal articles, refining new research questions, conducting pilot studies, creating stimuli, sequencing experiments for optimal control and data quality, analyzing data, and communicating scientific methods and results clearly, effectively, and professionally in APA style. Lectures survey time-tested excellent methods, and labs provide opportunities to recreate interesting experiments and innovate, building toward an original research final project.

Instructors
Justin A. Junge
Natalia Vélez
Selected Topics in Psychotherapy Research
Subject associations
PSY 420

This course will provide an overview of several theoretical orientations to psychotherapy and critically evaluate how the effects of therapies are measured and studied. Cognitive-behavioral approaches to psychotherapy will be explored in depth. Application of research findings to clinical practice will be examined closely, including issues related to psychotherapy integration and the treatment of diverse populations in various settings. The course will also include reviews of the current state of psychotherapy research for a number of psychological disorders and consider current controversies in the area of treatment outcome research.

Instructors
Megan Spokas
Social Cognition: The Psychology of Interactive Minds
Subject associations
PSY 304 / CGS 304

Individuals are rarely isolated from one another. In our day-to-day lives, social interaction is ubiquitous, from communicating with one another, to jointly remembering the past, to coordinating our actions. Exploring humans in social interaction - as this course aims to do - will lead to significant advances in understanding the mind. It will also teach you how to be a more efficient and persuasive communicator, create more meaningful connections with others, and focus your motivation to achieve your goals.

Instructors
Alin I. Coman
Systems (CD or EC)
Subject associations
PSY 243 / CGS 243

One way to understand the various patterns and processes in our world is to think of them as "systems". There's a lot of talk about systems ("blame the system"; or "don't hate the player, hate the game"), but less understanding about how systems actually work. We will bridge this knowledge gap by learning about what human-made systems have in common, how they respond to change and why it is difficult to change them in predictable ways. To do this, we'll explore the tensions among laws and policing, gift-giving and capitalism, creativity and technology. Throughout, we will reflect on the roles of race, culture, economic status and history.

Instructors
Asif A. Ghazanfar
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Selective Attention (EC)
Subject associations
PSY 316 / NEU 316

Attention is our ability to select information relevant to behavior; focusing our limited cognitive/neural resources on those stimuli and thoughts that are critical to our current task. This course will review the neuroscience of selective attention, from the theoretical foundations provided by cognitive psychology to the neural underpinnings identified by systems neuroscience. The course will present a 'hands on' science experience, combining experimental demonstrations and discussions of current research topics to learn the design and analyses of contemporary experiments in the attention field.

Instructors
Timothy J. Buschman

Crosslisted Courses

Computational Psychiatry
Subject associations
NEU 443 / PSY 443
Developmental Psychology (EC)
Subject associations
PSY 254 / CGS 254
Educational Psychology (EC)
Subject associations
PSY 307 / TPP 307
Functional Neuroanatomy (SEN)
Subject associations
NEU 200 / PSY 200
Fundamentals of Neuroscience (SEN)
Subject associations
NEU 201 / PSY 258
Psychology of Language (EC)
Subject associations
PSY 309 / LIN 309