Introductory Courses


Introductory Psychology

A course designed to serve as a general introduction to the science of human behavior. Emphasis will be placed upon the basic psychological processes of perception, learning, and motivation as they relate to personality, individual differences, social behavior and the behavior disorders.   16W, 16S, 16F, 17W Staff, 10. Dist: SOC.


Introduction to Neuroscience

This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental principles of neuroscience. The course will include sections on cellular and molecular neuroscience, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and cognitive neuroscience. Neuroscience is a broad field that is intrinsically interdisciplinary. As a consequence, the course draws on a variety of disciplines, including biochemistry, biology, physiology, pharmacology, (neuro) anatomy and psychology. The course will begin with in depth analysis of basic functions of single nerve cells. We will then consider increasingly more complex neural circuits, which by the end of the course will lead to a analysis of the brain mechanisms that underlie complex goal-oriented behavior.  15F, 16W, Cramer, Bucci, 2. Dist: SCI.


First-Year Seminar

Consult Special Listings. This course does not carry major credit.


Experimental Design, Methodology, and Data Analysis

This course is concerned with the various ways whereby empirical information is obtained and analyzed in psychology. Coverage will include the design of experiments and surveys, their execution, and the statistical tasks required to make sense of the date obtained using these techniques. There will be both lecture and discussion sections; independent projects will be required. The discussions and projects will include everyday applied problems as well as more traditional psychological problems. Cannot be taken concurrently with Psych 11. Prerequisite: Psychology 1 or 6. Because of the large overlap in material covered, no student may receive credit for more than one of the courses Biology 29, Economics 10,  Government 10, Mathematics 10,  Psychology 10,  or Sociology 10 except by special petition. 15X, Soltani, 15F, 16S Pfister. Staff. Dist: QDS.


Laboratory in Psychological Science

This laboratory course will provide a general introduction to the experimental methods of psychological science. Lectures will provide an overview of experimental techniques in four content areas (behavioral neuroscience, sensation/perception, cognitive/cognitive neuroscience, and social/applied psychology). The focus will be on how psychological scientists pursue research questions using diverse techniques, such as functional brain imaging, reaction time, psychopharmacology, laboratory experiments, self-reports, and survey methods. Laboratory exercises will complement the lecture material. Ethical issues as they pertain to psychological research will also be addressed.  Cannot be taken concurrently with Psych 10. Prerequisites: Psychology 1 or 6 and 10 or equivalent.   15X, Clark, R., 15F, Duchaine, 16S at 12, Manning.  Dist: SLA.