If you have seen shows like Criminal Minds, Mindhunter, or CSI, then you are already familiar with the Hollywood version of Forensic Psychology. But what is fact and what is fiction? The aim of this course is to introduce students to the reality of how the field of psychology impacts nearly every aspect of our criminal justice system, from crimes to convictions. Specific topics include criminal profiling, interrogations, lie detection, eye-witness testimony, the insanity defense and insights into the criminal mind. We will discuss many controversial issues in the field of forensics and how research from a psychological perspective might be used to resolve them. Students will receive information from a variety of sources: crime documentaries, textbook readings, popular press articles, and guest speakers to help them learn about both the content and career opportunities in this relatively new and exciting field.
An introduction to the neural basis of behavior. Topics include neuroanatomy, neuron function, the control of hunger, sex, sleep, emotion, drug addiction and memory.
An overview of developmental psychology beginning with prenatal development and continuing through infancy, childhood, and some adolescence. Topics include: prenatal and infant development, language and cognitive development, social and emotional development, and the biological foundations of development.
This is a writing-intensive course that fulfills the University's Junior Writing requirement. Each section focuses on a particular aspect of current issues in psychology. The topic is selected based on the expertise of the teaching staff. All sections share similar writing assignments, ranging from in-class short writing assignments to lengthy papers that include literature review. Classes emphasize discussion and extensive peer review of written work. Topics for individual sections will not be available until shortly before the start of the semester.
Neurodegenerative disease is an umbrella term for a range of conditions that influence neurons in the central and peripheral nervous system (the brain and body). These diseases are progressive in nature and their prevalance has increased in recent years due to the modern development of diagnostic tools, awareness, and research. In this class, you will be introduced to the most commonly reported neurodegenerative diseases, as well as those occurring less often in the population. Over the semester, we will cover a snapshot of the healthy aging brain, various etiologies of dementia with amnestic features, Parkinsonisms, and prion-based mechanisms. You will also learn about the tools and measures that we use to detect these diseases.