Human cognition, including attention, perception, memory, language processing, and problem solving.
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.
Major theories, research and applications in social psychology. Topics include: attitudes, social influence, helping, aggression, groups, interpersonal attraction. Prerequisite: introductory psychology.
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.
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.
Facts, theories, and methods of operant and Pavlovian conditioning; their use in understanding and controlling normal and abnormal behavior in animals and people. Problem solving, human memory, and information processing. Prerequisites: introductory psychology, PSYCH 241.
An introduction to the neural basis of behavior. Topics include neuroanatomy, neuron function, the control of hunger, sex, sleep, emotion, drug addiction and memory.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to key concepts and perspectives in the field of intellectual disability. Students will critically examine the impact of intellectual disability on aspects of daily life in contemporary American society, such as friendship, sexuality, parenthood, education and employment. Students will explore multiple stakeholder perspectives on these issues, such as the perspectives of people with intellectual disability, their families, community members, professionals, and policymakers. This course will consider historical context in addition to the current political and social landscape in the United States.