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Psychology and Neuroscience

Davie Hall, CB# 3270
(919) 962-7149

First Session, 2022

NSCI 175 Introduction to Neuroscience (3)

No prerequisite. Provides an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Fundamental principles will be introduced including nervous system anatomy; molecular and cellular properties of the nervous system; sensory and motor systems; current methods used in neuroscience; and how the nervous system produces behavior and cognition. This course provides greater breadth and depth of neuroscience topics, as compared to Biopsychology (PSYC 220). Previously offered as PSYC 175 and 315.

NSCI 222 Learning (3)

Prerequisite, NSCI 175 or PSYC 101. Topics in Pavlovian and operant (instrumental) conditioning, learning theory, higher order cognitive learning, and application of those principles to mental-health related situations. Previously offered as PSYC 222.

NSCI 225 Sensation and Perception (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101 or NSCI 175. Topics in vision, audition, and the lower senses. Receptor mechanisms, psychophysical methods, and selected perceptual phenomena will be discussed.

NSCI 420 Functional Neuroanatomy (3)

Prerequisites, NSCI 175 or PSYC 101 and 220; recommended preparation, EXSS 175. For advanced undergraduate and graduate students. An introduction to human neuroanatomy, covering function of the neuroanatomy of each major system and relation to neurobehavioral disorders associated with damage to the neuroanatomy of the system. Previously offered as PSYC 420. LATE AFTERNOON.

NSCI 434 Cognitive Neuroscience (3)

MAYMESTER. Prerequisite, One of the following: NSCI 175, NSCI 222, NSCI 225, PSYC 220, or PSYC 230. Introduction to cognitive neuroscience. Higher mental processes including attention, memory, language, and consciousness will be covered, with an emphasis on the neural mechanisms that form the substrates of human cognition.

PSYC 210 Statistical Principles of Psychological Research (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Consideration of the methodological principles underlying psychological research, descriptive and inferential techniques, and the manner by which they may be employed to design psychological experiments and analyze behavioral data. Three lecture hours. Students may not receive credit for both PSYC 210/PSYC 210H and PSYC 215/PSYC 215H.

PSYC 220 Biopsychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Introductory course which surveys the biological bases of behavior. Topics may include nerve cells and nerve impulses, sensory systems, wakefulness and sleep, reproductive behaviors, and cognitive functions. This course would be an appropriate foundational course for Advanced Biopsychology (PSYC 402).

PSYC 230 Cognitive Psychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Topics in attention, memory, visual, auditory, and other forms of information processing, decision making, and thinking.

PSYC 242 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Major forms of behavior disorders in children and adults, with an emphasis on description, causation, and treatment.

PSYC 245 Psychopathology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Major forms of behavior disorders in children and adults, with an emphasis on description, causation, and treatment.

PSYC 260 Social Psychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Introductory survey of experimental social psychology covering attitudes, interpersonal processes, and small groups.

PSYC 270 Laboratory Research in Psychology (3)

Prerequisites, PSYC 101. Students in this course will be exposed to a survey of methodology (i.e., experimental, quasi-experimental, non-experimental) used across various disciplines in psychology (i.e., social, clinical, development, cognitive, and neuroscience). In addition, students will work as a class to conduct research projects on a common theme. Students will spend class time planning, conducting, and writing up the results of this project. Class time will also be used to discuss methodological considerations in psychological research more broadly. EVENING.

PSYC 435 Gender and Pronouns (3)

MAYMESTER. Prerequisites, PSYC 101. This course offers an inside look at pronouns from an interdisciplinary perspective. From a cognitive perspective, we examine major models of the role that pronouns play, and the mental processes involved in using them. From a social perspective, we examine the role pronouns play in marking gender identity, and how both language usage and gender concepts are currently in flux. Students also learn about research methods and conduct a novel empirical study.

PSYC 474 Digital Mental Health (3)

MAYMESTER. Prerequisites, PSYC 101. This course will provide an overview of the use of digital technologies to increase opportunities for training in, access to, and use of evidence-based mental health services. Coverage will include the current status of and future directions in research, innovations in service delivery, and policy implications. Special attention will be given to the evolution of the field, the potential costs and benefits, and the promise to address health disparities in particular.

PSYC 517 Addiction (3)

MAYMESTER. Prerequisite, PSYC 101. PSYC 245 and 270 recommended but not required. This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the etiology and treatment of addiction, along with exposure to real-life stories of addiction.

PSYC 993 Master’s Thesis (Var.)

PSYC 994 Doctoral Dissertation (Var.)

Second Session, 2022

NSCI 175 Introduction to Neuroscience (3)

No prerequisite. Provides an introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system. Fundamental principles will be introduced including nervous system anatomy; molecular and cellular properties of the nervous system; sensory and motor systems; current methods used in neuroscience; and how the nervous system produces behavior and cognition. This course provides greater breadth and depth of neuroscience topics, as compared to Biopsychology (PSYC 220).

NSCI 225 Sensation and Perception (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101 or NSCI 175. Topics in vision, audition, and the lower senses. Receptor mechanisms, psychophysical methods, and selected perceptual phenomena will be discussed.

PSYC 101 General Psychology (3)

No prerequisite. A survey of major principles of psychology and introduction to scientific modes of thought about behavior. Students participate in ongoing psychological research in the department.

PSYC 210 Statistical Principles of Psychological Research (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Consideration of the methodological principles underlying psychological research, descriptive and inferential techniques, and the manner by which they may be employed to design psychological experiments and analyze behavioral data.

PSYC 242 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)

Prerequisite PSYC 101. Overview of clinical psychology: history, scientific basis, and major activities and concerns, including assessment, psychotherapy and other psychological interventions, community psychology, ethics, and professional practice. Students may not receive credit for both PSYC 242 and 505.

PSYC 250 Child Development (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Study of the development of social and intellectual behavior in normal children and the processes that underlie this development. Emphasis is typically on theory and research.

PSYC 260 Social Psychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Introductory survey of experimental social psychology covering attitudes, interpersonal processes, and small groups.

PSYC 270 Laboratory Research in Psychology (4)

Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 210. Experiments in biological, behavioral, cognitive, developmental, personality, and social psychology are discussed, prepared, performed, and reported.

PSYC 502 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3)

Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 250. A developmental approach to the study of adulthood, from young adulthood through death. Topics include adult issues in personality, family dynamics, work, leisure and retirement, biological and intellectual aspects of aging, dying, and bereavement.

PSYC 993 Master’s Thesis (Var.)

PSYC 994 Doctoral Dissertation (Var.)