Psychology

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Psychology Courses

PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology

An introduction to empirical psychology, organized topically. Key areas, approaches, and theories in psychology are illustrated. Depending on their interests, instructors choose several topics such as the psychology of sex and gender, conformity and obedience, and aggression and violence. Weekly laboratory sessions focus on the process of scientific inquiry, giving students experience with a variety of research approaches and methodological issues. Not open for credit to students who have received credit for Psyc 101 or for a 100-level psychology course taken at another university. Offered each semester. (Credit, full course.) Barenbaum, Yu, Bardi, Bateman, Craft, Siegel, Noffsinger-Frazier, Troisi, Jesurun

PSYC 101 Principles of Psychology

An intensive examination of key areas, approaches, theories, and research methodology in empirical psychology. Designed, in conjunction with Psyc 251, to provide a strong introduction to the field for students intending to major in psychology. Not open to students who have received credit for Psyc 100 or for a 100-level psychology course taken at another university. Non-lab science course. Offered each semester. (Credit, full course.) Bardi, Bateman, Siegel, Troisi

PSYC 201 Psychology of Personality

A survey of classical and contemporary psychological approaches to the study of personality, including trait, psychodynamic, neuropsychological, behavior genetic, evolutionary, learning, phenomenological, cultural, and cognitive. Students apply theoretical concepts and examine research associated with these approaches, considering multiple sources of data (e.g., self-report, behavioral observation) and a variety of empirical methods (e.g., psychometric assessment, content analysis). Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101. Offered Fall 2013 and Fall 2014. (Credit, full course.) Barenbaum

PSYC 202 Abnormal Behavior

A study of abnormal and clinical psychology from a scientist-practitioner perspective, including DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria, assessment measures and strategies, treatment modalities, case studies, and ethical issues. Major theoretical paradigms and research on etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of psychopathology are presented and discussed. May not be used as part of the natural science core requirement. Prerequisites: Psyc 100 or 101. Offered Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014. (Credit, full course.) Bardi, Noffsinger-Frazier

PSYC 203 Social Psychology

An examination of the impact that social influences have on individual behavior. The course examines major theories and empirical evidence in a variety of areas, such as interpersonal attraction, attitude change, group behavior, conformity, prejudice, and altruism. Students examine empirical methods used in social psychology and gain experience by designing and conducting studies examining questions of their choosing and then presenting the results. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101. Offered Fall 2013 and Fall 2014. (Credit, full course.) Troisi

PSYC 206 Industrial Psychology

Explores the application of psychological theories and research to business and industry. Studies how human abilities (visual, auditory, tactile, physical strength) are used in planning for equipment and procedures that optimize man/machine interactions in a technological society; employee selection, training, and motivation; corporate culture; consumer behavior. May not be used as part of the natural science core requirement. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101, or junior standing. Offered Spring 2014 and Spring 2015. (Credit, full course.) Jesurun

PSYC 208 Cognitive Psychology

An introduction to the study of cognitive processes such as attention, memory, language, and reasoning. Students consider empirical findings from a variety of methodologies as well as the methodologies themselves. Broader issues such as unconscious processes and cultural differences in cognition are also examined in this context. Students are encouraged to discover applications of findings in cognitive psychology to other areas of psychology, other disciplines, and their everyday lives. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101. Offered Fall 2013 and Spring 2015. (Credit, full course.) Yu, Craft

PSYC 214 The Psychology of Eating Disorders and Obesity (also Women’s and Gender Studies)

An examination of the etiology of eating disorders and obesity, derived from the empirical literature and with consideration of psychological, neurobiological, and sociocultural explanations for such disorders. The course critically evaluates primary research literature concerning risk factors for developing documented eating disorder (anorexia nervosa, bulima nervosa, binge eating disorder), as well as newly proposed diagnostic categories (e.g., orthorexia). A multicultural perspective is emphasized, and the relation of disordered eating to issues such as socio-economic status, race and ethnicity, and gender is addressed. Multiple theoretical explanations for disordered eating—including psychodynamic, family systems, cognitive, relational-cultural, and behavioral theories--are critically examined. Empirically validated treatments and standardized prevention programs are also introduced and critiqued. Students conduct research using archival data to investigate specific risk and protective factors in the development of disordered eating, as well as to assess the effectiveness of targeted prevention programs. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101. First offered Spring 2015. (Credit, full course.) Noffsinger-Frazier

PSYC 218. Psychology of Violence

Explores the application of psychological theories and research to the major forms of violence. Such forms include youth violence, family violence, bullying, suicide, homicide, workplace violence, war, and ethnic conflict. The course reviews and critiques major etiological models including social cognitive, behavioral, and physiological. It also presents current major models of prevention and treatment, including psycho-educational, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems. Specific prevention and intervention topics such as conflict resolution are addressed. Readings emphasize the scientific study of violence through empirical research, including randomized controlled trials to evaluate programs. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101. Offered Spring 2014 and Spring 2015. (Credit, full course.) Hamby

PSYC 221 Adolescence

An examination of physiological, social, and emotional factors affecting all stages of individual development during adolescence. Major theories and research on the subject are introduced. Among the topics addressed are biological changes, identity, autonomy, peer influences, substance abuse, and intimate relationships. Students are expected to present results from research studies they conduct on issues of adolescence. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101. Offered Spring 2014; not offered 2014-2015. (Credit, full course.) Bateman

PSYC 222 Adult Development and Aging

An examination of physiological cognitive, social, and emotional factors affecting all stages of individual development during adulthood. Major theories of development and research on the subject are introduced. Among the topics addressed are physiological aging, cognitive functioning, work, intimate relationships, parenthood, retirement, loss, death, and bereavement. Students are expected to participate in field research projects and service-learning opportunities. Not open for credit to students who have completed Psyc 220. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101. Offered Spring 2014 and Spring 2015. (Credit, full course.) Bateman

PSYC 230. Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia

This interdisciplinary course addresses issues relevant to child, family, and community development in rural southern Appalachia, including (1) social and political history of the region; (2) social psychology and developmental neuroscience of stress and adaptation to stress (e.g., resilience); (3) structure and health of rural Appalachian communities; (4) community infrastructure (e.g., churches, businesses, and other local organizations); (5) design and implementation of intervention and prevention programs to foster neural, cognitive, and social development and mental health in children and families in rural communities. Sewanee faculty and visiting faculty from Yale University teach the course collaboratively. Prerequisites for this CEL course: One psychology course, one CEL course, and at least sophomore status. Not open for credit to students who have earned credit for Psyc 430. Offered Spring 2014 (as 430) and Spring 2015. (Credit, full course.) Yu, Mayes

PSYC 251 Research Methods and Data Analysis

An introduction to basic research approaches in psychology, including observational studies, correlational studies, true experiments, and quasi-experiments. Ethics, sampling, measurement, and data analysis are considered. Intended for psychology majors or for students planning to major in psychology. Weekly laboratory sessions focus on the process of scientific inquiry, giving students experience in the application of class principles. Prerequisite: Psyc 101 or 100. Offered each semester. (Credit, full course.) Bardi, Craft, Noffsinger-Frazier, Troisi, Jesurun

PSYC 254 Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience

An introduction to the field of behavioral neuroscience. The course begins with an overview of the basics of brain anatomy, brain organization, and neuronal signaling. The remainder of the course focuses on specific topics that are commonly studied by neuroscientists. Such topics include the brain basis of memory, emotion, aging, and sleep. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101. Offered Fall 2013 and Fall 2014. (Credit, full course.) Siegel

PSYC 280 Psychology of Human Diversity

A psychological investigation of human diversity, focused primarily on minority groups in the U.S. Among the psychological topics examined in a cultural context are those pertaining to gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, social class, personality, intelligence, health, intergroup relations, and intercultural interaction. Methods of cross-cultural research are also considered. Students are encouraged to develop a psychological appreciation of how diversity figures in various contexts, including research, service provision, work relationships, and personal life. May not be used as part of the natural science core requirement. Offered Fall 2013 and Fall 2014. (Credit, full course.) Bardi

PSYC 349 Drugs and Behavior

An examination of the effects of drugs on the brain and behavior. Content focuses on the mechanism by which legal and illicit drugs affect the brain and on how drug-induced brain changes alter behavior. In addition, major biological and psychological theories of addiction are examined. This class also explores how drugs are used and abused in different societies and cultures, the effects of this use and abuse on psychology and behavior, and how addiction is treated. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101, and 254. Offered Spring 2014 and Spring 2015. (Credit, full course.) Siegel

PSYC 357 Child Development (writing-intensive)

An examination of the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and children, with a primary emphasis on theoretical issues and scientific methodology. Development is presented as a process of progressive interaction between the active, growing individual and his or her constantly changing and multifaceted environment. Organized chronologically with an approximately equal emphasis on the prenatal through middle childhood periods of development. Includes a laboratory that focuses on designing and conducting studies (including data analyses) to answer empirical questions on human development. Not open for credit to students who have received credit for Psyc 219. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101, and 251. Offered Fall 2013 and Fall 2014. (Credit, full course.) Bateman

PSYC 358 Cognitive Psychology (writing-intensive)

An examination of aspects of cognition such as attention, perception, language, memory, problem-solving, reasoning, and decision-making. Consideration is given to theoretical and methodological issues, empirical approaches and evidence, and practical applications. Includes a laboratory that focuses on designing and conducting studies to answer empirical questions about cognition. Not open for credit to students who have received credit for Psyc 208. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101, and 251. Offered Spring 2014 and Fall 2014. (Credit, full course.) Yu

PSYC 359 Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience (writing-intensive)

An examination of how brain function affects behavior. The course is an extension of Psyc 254 and includes an advanced examination of brain organization, neuronal signaling, and specific topics that are studied by neuroscientists. Such topics include the brain bases of fear, pain, eating, sexuality, and stress. This class also examines methods used to study behavioral neuroscience in humans and animals. The course includes a laboratory with a brain dissection and focus on designing and conducting studies to answer empirical questions about behavioral neuroscience. The laboratory portion of this course involves working with live mice. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or 101, 251, and 254. Offered Spring 2014 and Spring 2015. (Credit, full course.) Siegel

PSYC 363 Advanced Research Seminar in Psychology

This seminar is devoted to the advanced study of a selected topic within psychology, with primary emphasis on the scientific process. Content focus varies by semester, at discretion of the instructor. Students review primary literature, design an original study, collect and analyze data, and compose a final report for public presentation. Prerequisite: Psyc 251 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated once for credit with change of topic. Offered Spring 2014; not offered 2014-2015. (Credit, full course.) Yu, Bardi, Bateman

PSYC 402 Community Psychology

A seminar focused on the examination and application of the concepts, theory, principles, research methods, and goals of community psychology. The goals of this seminar are to increase understanding of the interaction between individual, group, organizational, community, and societal factors as they affect psychological well-being, human development, and human relationships, and to increase understanding of research design, program implementation, and evaluation methods from a community psychology perspective. Prerequisite: four courses in psychology or permission of instructor. Not offered 2013-2014; offered Spring 2015. (Credit, full course.) Bateman

PSYC 403 Psychology and Popular Culture in the U.S. (also American Studies 403)

Did the World Wars “put psychology on the map” and convert Americans to the “therapeutic gospel”? How is the polygraph test related to Wonder Woman? Did humanistic psychology inspire Yippies and feminists in the 1960s — and can humanistic psychologists be “real men”? This seminar explores such questions, using primary and secondary sources that link the history of psychology and popular culture in the U.S. Students evaluate critically the current popularization of psychology and explore relationships between popular and academic psychology. Prerequisite: four courses, in any combination, from psychology and American Studies, or permission of the instructor. Not offered 2013-2014 or 2014-2015. (Credit, full course.) Barenbaum

PSYC 406 Psychobiography

A seminar on the psychological study of individual lives, with a focus on psychobiographical studies. Psychobiography draws on psychological theories and research to understand the work of an historically significant figure from the vantage point of the person's life history. The seminar introduces theories, methods, and standards used to conduct and evaluate psychobiographical research and interpretations. Readings include studies that trace meaningful connections between the lives and work of several well-known figures—artists, musicians, writers, scientists, and politicians—and students prepare a psychobiographical study on a person of their choice. Prerequisite: four courses in psychology, or permission of the instructor. Offered Fall 2013 and Fall 2014. (Credit, full course.) Barenbaum

PSYC 408 Seminar in Abnormal Psychology

A study of the major conceptual approaches that are adopted as clinicians assess, define, and conduct clinical interventions. Topics addressed include the nature of the client-therapist relationship, results from empirical investigation of therapeutic outcomes, ethical dilemmas faced in clinical practice and research, and problems peculiar to subspecialties such as forensic psychology and community psychology. Prerequisite: Four courses in psychology, including Psyc 202. Offered Spring 2014 and Fall 2014. (Credit, full course.) Bardi

PSYC 410 Cognitive Illusions

An examination of cognitive illusions, with a particular emphasis on what such illusions reveal about human thought processes in general. Includes illusions of perception, memory, reasoning, and metacognition considered from biological, information-processing, and evolutionary perspectives. The prevalence of cognitive illusions, their patterns of occurrence, and their implications for such real-world issues such as social interactions, choice of medical treatment, risk assessment, legal proceedings, political decisions, and financial judgments are discussed. Prerequisite: four courses in psychology or permission of instructor. Not offered 2013-14 or 2014-15. (Credit, full course.) Yu

PSYC 411 Judgment and Decision-Making

This seminar examines selected topics and issues in human judgment and decision-making. Drawing largely from primary sources, the course considers various approaches to the study of decision-making, as well as descriptions and theories of human decision-making derived from those approaches. Students are led to reflect on the relevance and application of such issues to real-world choices in arenas such as economics, politics, business and marketing, health and medicine, and at individual, organizational, and broadly social levels. Prerequisite: four courses in psychology or permission of instructor. Not offered 2013-14 or 2014-15. (Credit, full course.) Yu

PSYC 412 Psychology of Gender (also Women’s Studies)

A comparison of different theoretical perspectives on sex and gender and a critical examination of research on gender differences and similarities in human behavior. Patterns of public attitudes regarding gender are also discussed. Prerequisite: four courses in psychology and/or women's studies, or permission of instructor. Offered Fall 2013 and Fall 2014. (Credit, full course.) Hamby

PSYC 420 Consciousness and Unconsciousness

An examination of current scientific study of consciousness and unconsciousness, including neural correlates of conscious and willful actions, manipulations of conscious will experience, the possible role of consciousness in evolution, and related topics. The course emphasizes how scientific results inform understanding of issues such as Chalmers’ “hard problem” of consciousness, the tenability of competing models of consciousness, the perceived unity of self, and perceptual experience of free will. Prerequisite: four courses in psychology or permission of instructor. Not offered 2013-14 or 2014-15. (Credit, full course.) Craft

PSYC 444 Independent Study

The student designs and executes an experimental research project terminating in a written report or completes readings in an area of psychology. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor and administrative consent of the chair. May be repeated. (Credit, half or full course.) Staff

PSYC 480 Language, Literacy, and Play

The complicated role of play in the development of language and literacy skills among preschool-aged children. Topics include social-emotional, cross-cultural, cognitive, and communicative aspects of play. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program, an Introductory Psychology course, and permission of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Staff

PSYC 481 Introduction to Cognitive Science

An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of how the mind works. Discussion of tools, theories, and assumptions from psychology, computer science, neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy. No single individual may receive credit for both this course and either cognitive course at Sewanee (Psyc 208 and Psyc 358.) Prerequisites: Admission to the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program, an Introductory Psychology course, and permission of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Staff

PSYC 482 Emotional Intelligence

The ability to integrate emotional information with cognitive processes is essential for management of personal and social life. The emotion-related skills comprising emotional intelligence (the perception, use, understanding, and management of emotion) defined, measured, and developed. How these skills relate to effective social functioning, mental health, and quality of life at home, school, and work. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program, an Introductory Psychology course, and permission of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Staff

PSYC 483 Cognitive Neuroscience

An overview of cognitive neuroscience at an introductory graduate level. Covers principles, methods, and key research findings in multiple topic domains (e.g., language, memory, vision, attention, working memory/executive control, movement control, emotion and reward, social processes). The course emphasizes behavioral and neural processes, with some discussion of computational approaches. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program, Psyc 208 or 254 or 358, and permission of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Staff

PSYC 484 Autism and Related Disorders

Topics in the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and natural history of childhood autism and other severe disorders of early onset. Retardation, behavioral disorders, and childhood psychosis. Supervised experience. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program, an Introductory Psychology course, and permission of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Staff

PSYC 490 Principles of Neuroscience (also Biology 490)

General neuroscience seminar: Lectures, readings and discussion of selected topics in neuroscience. Emphasis will be on how approaches at the molecular, cellular, physiological and organismal levels can lead to understanding of neuronal and brain function. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program, Psyc 254, and permission of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Staff

PSYC 491 Neurobiology of Emotion

A study of the brain circuitries involved in emotion and emotional learning and memory. Consideration of emotion research in a historical context; discussion of progress that has been made in understanding the neurobiology of emotion in both laboratory animals and humans. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program, Psyc 254, and permission of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Staff

PSYC 492 History of Modern Neuroscience (also Biology 492)

Survey of classical papers that have been the foundation for the rise of modern neuroscience since the 1950s. Areas covered range from genes and proteins through cells and systems to behavior. Classes combine overviews of different areas with discussions of selected classical papers. Emphasis is on how convergence of techniques, concepts, and personalities has been the basis for major advances. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program, Psyc 254, and permission of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Staff

PSYC 493 Research Topics in Emotion and Cognitive Control

This course covers (1) research in emotion and cognitive control, and (2) science communication skills. For research, the emphasis is on the design, conduct, and analysis of behavioral and fMRI studies, emphasizing individual differences. Once a month, we have a session on science communication skills, with topics chosen by students to meet their interests and needs (spoken research presentations, persuasive communication, graph design, Web design, and so on). Students may enroll in the course and attend only the science communication skills component. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program, Psyc 208 or 254 or 358, and permission of instructor. (Credit, full course.) Staff

PSYC 498 Research Methods Seminar

This seminar is organized around presentations of individual research projects, emphasizing detailed critique of project designs, findings, and conclusions. Students also review reports of empirical research written by other students in the seminar to develop their skills in both writing and critiquing research reports. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program, an Introductory Psychology or Introductory Biology course, and permission of instructor. With the approval of the program director and the Biology department, this course may be listed as Biology 498. (Credit, full course.) Staff

PSYC 499 Directed Research

Students conduct research under the direction of a faculty member on a topic of mutual interest. Typically culminates in a written research report. Prerequisites: Admission to the Sewanee-at-Yale Directed Research Program, an Introductory Psychology or Introductory Biology course, and permission of instructor. With the approval of the program director and the Biology department, this course may be listed as Biology 499. (Credit, up to two full courses.) Staff

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