Courses

Spring 2024

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
Sex and Gender Diversity (EM)
Subject associations
PSY 332

This is an introduction to gender and sex diversity for students with little knowledge of the topic. Using a mix of scientific studies, case studies, first-hand narratives, popular nonfiction, and podcasts we will dive into learning about ethical dilemmas and scientific research about and by transgender, intersex, and nonbinary people. Students will learn what experts think and grow to develop their own views via individual learning, small group projects, and and large group discussions.

Instructors
Kristina R. Olson
Social Psychology (SA)
Subject associations
PSY 252

The scientific study of social behavior, with an emphasis on social interaction and group influence. Topics covered will include social perception, the formation of attitudes and prejudice, attraction, conformity and obedience, altruism and aggression, and group dynamics.

Instructors
J. Nicole Shelton
Systems Neuroscience: Computing with Populations of Neurons (SEL)
Subject associations
NEU 437 / MOL 437 / PSY 437

Introduction to a mathematical description of how networks of neurons can represent information and compute with it. Course will survey computational modeling and data analysis methods for neuroscience. Example topics are short-term memory and decision-making, population coding, modeling behavioral and neural data, and reinforcement learning. Classes will be a mix of lectures from the professor, and presentations of research papers by the students. Two 90 minute lectures, one laboratory. Lectures in common between NEU 437/NEU 537.

Instructors
Carlos D. Brody
The Life Cycle of Behaviors (SEN)
Subject associations
PSY 260 / NEU 260

The goal of this course is to illuminate how one becomes an individual from the perspective of integrative biology and behavior. We will follow the journey of a single fertilized egg to becoming a parent and starting the life cycle again. The many forms of inheritance (beyond genes) and cultural influences on our biology will be a recurring theme.

Instructors
Asif A. Ghazanfar

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