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Psychology and Neuroscience

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

First Session, 2022

NSCI 225 Sensation and Perception (3)

ONLINE. 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)

ONLINE. 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)

MAYMESTER. 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 245 Psychopathology (3)

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

PSYC 250 Child Development (3)

ONLINE. 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)

ONLINE. 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.

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 490 Current Topics in Psychology: Psychology of Music (3)

Prerequisites, PSYC 101. Music has the ability to influence our emotions, spark creativity, and influence relationships with people around us. But what makes music so universal? In this course, we will examine how listening to music, playing an instrument, and composing new music affect and are affected by a person’s psychology.

PSYC 501 Theoretical, Empirical Perspectives on Personality (3)

MAYMESTER. Prerequisite, PSYC 101. An in-depth coverage of the traditional clinically based personality theories of the early 20th century contrasted with more recent empirically based perspectives.

PSYC 993 Master’s Thesis (Var.)

PSYC 994 Doctoral Dissertation (Var.)

Second Session, 2022

NSCI 175 Introduction to Neuroscience (3)

ONLINE. 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 222 Learning (3)

ONLINE. Prerequisite PSYC 101 or NSCI 175. 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.

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. We have two sections: one is online and the other is face-to-face.

PSYC 220 Biopsychology (3)

ONLINE. 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)

ONLINE. 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 245 Psychopathology (3)

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

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)

ONLINE. 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 504 Health Psychology (3)

ONLINE. Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 245. An in-depth coverage of psychological, biological, and social factors that may be involved with health.

PSYC 993 Master’s Thesis (Var.)

PSYC 994 Doctoral Dissertation (Var.)