Intermediate Courses, 2019-2020

While all intermediate courses count towards the Psychology major/minor, only some are approved for the Neuroscience major/minor.



In 19F at 12, Peter Tse

Our senses are our windows to the world, and the scientific study of the senses is one of the oldest sub-disciplines in experimental psychology. This course introduces students to the fundamental workings of our senses of vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell. The course includes careful consideration of experimental methodology as well as content.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor for class of 2023 and earlier only.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1 or PSYC 6.
Dist: SCI



In 20S at 11, Travis Todd

Learning is a fundamental process of behavior change that is essential for survival. In this course, we will approach the study of learning primarily focusing on Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning procedures. Generally, this course focuses on the psychological principles that underlie learning, memory, and behavior. In addition, we will also cover material examining the neural systems underlying these processes. The main goal of this course is for students to develop a strong understanding of theory and research in the area of learning and behavior.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1 or PSYC 6.
Dist: SOC


Social Psychology

In 20W at 11, Keilah Worth

This course is an introduction to social psychological theory and research. Specific topics include perception of self and others (e.g., attitudes, emotions), interpersonal relations (e.g., attraction, altruism, conformity, aggression), and group dynamics (e.g., decision making, intergroup conflict). Within those contexts, emphasis is placed on how we construe situations around us and how those situations influence us in ways we may not realize.

Prerequisite: PSYC 1.
Dist: SOC


Abnormal Psychology

In 19F at 10, William Hudenko

This course explores various types of psychopathology, with a focus on characteristics, diagnosis, etiology, and treatment. We will examine psychopathology from a variety of perspectives and will discuss current research on specific disorders. We illustrate the experience of psychology using case histories and video footage to better understand the realities and challenges for those diagnosed with psychopathology.

Prerequisite: PSYC 1.
Dist: SOC


Developmental Psychology

In 20S at 10, Keilah Worth

We will examine the social and cognitive development of children from infancy to adolescence. We will also consider the implications of psychological research and theory for parenting, and for social and legal policies that affect young children. Film and videotape materials will be used to illustrate examples of infant and child behavior.

Prerequisite: PSYC 1.
Dist: SOC


Cognitive Neuroscience

In 20W at 2, Caroline Robertson

Cognitive neuroscience is a multidisciplinary academic field that involves psychology, neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering, and philosophy. Methods employed in cognitive neuroscience include experimental paradigms from psychophysics, functional neuroimaging, electrophysiology, cognitive genomics and behavioral genetics. Theoretical approaches include computational neuroscience and cognitive modeling. This course will discuss about neural underpinnings of various mental phenomena including perception, attention, memory, language, the control of action, emotion, intelligence, and consciousness. It aims to provide necessary background knowledge in cognitive neuroscience to students who are interested in related scientific frontiers.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1 or PSYC 6.
Dist: SCI



In 20S at 2, Annemarie Brown

An introduction to the study of thought, memory, language, and attention from the point of view of information processing. In surveying research in cognitive psychology, substantial contact is made with related cognitive sciences, such as artificial intelligence, linguistics, neuroscience, and contemporary philosophy. In the course of examining general principles of cognition, the following topics are discussed: mental imagery; concepts; reasoning; discourse; monetary and courtroom decision making; eye-witness testimony; social attribution and stereotyping; language in chimpanzees; expert systems; the relationship between human and computer intelligence; the neural basis of cognition; the relationship between information processing and conscious experience; and the philosophical foundations of cognitive science.

Approved elective for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1, PSYC 6, or COSC 5.
Dist: SOC


Introduction to Programming for Psychological Scientists

In 20W at 12, Jeremy Manning

Studying the mind is an increasingly computational endeavor.  Modern psychological laboratories use computers to administer experiments, collect data, analyze data, create figures, write papers, and share their work with the world. Related and analogous approaches are used in fields as diverse as finance, art, biomedical science, law, and many others. In this course we will use hands-on training experiences, problem sets, and mini research projects to introduce students to a sampling of the computational tools employed in cutting-edge psychological research. A focus of the course will be on “open science” practices that enable scientists to share and clearly document each aspect of the scientific process.

Prerequisite: PSYC 11 required, MATH 1 or MATH 3 recommended.
Dist: TAS


Introduction to Computational Neuroscience

In 19F at 2A, Richard Granger

Your brain is composed of low-precision, slow, sparsely-connected computing elements, yet it outperforms any extant computer on tasks ranging from perception to planning. Computational Neuroscience has as its twin goals the scientific understanding of how brains compute thought, and the engineering capability to reconstruct the identified computations. Topics in the class included anatomical circuit design, physiological operating rules, evolutionary derivation, mathematical analyses, and emergent behavior, as well as development of applications from robotics to medicine.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1, PSYC 6, COSC 1, or ENGS 20.
Cross-listed as: COSC 16 and COGS 21.
Dist: SCI



In 20W at 2, Annemarie Brown

Long before the field of Psychology existed, there was an appreciation that our emotions exert a profound influence over our behavior. Psychology must struggle with the more tangible question of how to study emotions and thereby interpret their influence on behavior. In this course, we will examine how psychologists (past and present) have attempted to study emotion. We will augment this information by learning how the brain supports emotional processing. We will then consider human disorders where emotional processing has gone wrong, as this will inform us about how things were supposed to work in the first place. And, then, we will be in a better position to answer the really big questions. What is an emotion? Who has emotions? Do you? Does your neighbor? Do German Shepherds? How do you know?

Prerequisite: PSYC 1 or PSYC 6.
Dist: SOC


Behavioral Neuroscience

In 19F at 10A, Katherine Nautiyal
In 20W at 10A, Ann Clark

We are complex organisms that perform complex behaviors. In this course we will explore the neurological underpinnings of behavior. Some topics we will cover include the neural control of life-sustaining behaviors such as eating, drinking and sleeping. In addition, we will explore how the brain contributes to the display of other complex behaviors such as aggression, sexual behavior and reward. We will use the text, primary research articles and case studies to examine the relationship between brain and behavior.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6.
Dist: SCI


Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

In 20S at 11, Michael Hoppa

This course focuses on cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the development and function of the nervous system. This includes aspects of gene expression (transcription, mRNA metabolism) and cell biology (cellular transport and cytoskeleton, cell cycle, signal transduction, and signaling pathways) as they pertain to neurons and glia. Lectures supplemented by in-class discussion of primary research articles will also serve as an introduction to microscopic, electrophysiological, molecular biological, and genetic techniques and animal models used to study the nervous system and neurological disorders.

Approved course for the Neuroscience major/minor.
Prerequisite: PSYC 6.
Crosslisted as: BIOL 49.
Dist: SCI