Introductory Courses


Introductory Psychology

In 16F, 17W, 17S at 10: the Faculty

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.
Dist: SOC.


Introduction to Neuroscience

In 16F at 10: Catherine Cramer. In 17W at 2: Catherine Cramer.
NEW SECTION ADDED in 17S at 11: Julie Dumont.

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.
Dist: SCI.


First-Year Seminar

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


Experimental Design, Methodology, and Data Analysis Procedures

In 16X at 10: Alireza Soltani. In 16F at 9L: John Pfister. In 17W at 11: Anna Prescott. In 17S at 9L: John Pfister.

This course covers the various ways in which empirical information is obtained and analyzed in psychology and neuroscience. Statistical techniques covered will include ways to describe center and spread, t-tests, linear regression, chi-square, and complex analysis of variance (ANOVA), as well as use of a common statistical program to analyze data (SPSS). This course is the preferred preparation for Psychology 11, Laboratory in Psychological Science.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1 or PSYC 6 (may be taken concurrently). Because of the large overlap in material covered, no student may receive credit for more than one of the courses ECON 10, GOV 10, MATH 10, MSS 15 or MSS 45, PSYC 10, or SOCY 10 except by special petition. Cannot be taken concurrently with PSYC 11.
Dist: QDS.


Laboratory in Psychological Science

In 16X at 2A: Jeremy Manning. In 16F at 12: Maria Gobbini. In 17S at 12: Bradley Duchaine.

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.  
Prerequisites: Psychology 1 or 6 and 10 or equivalent. Cannot be taken concurrently with Psych 10.
Dist: SLA.