Intermediate Courses, 2022-2023

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

PSYC 21

Perception

In 22F at 9L, 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.
Prerequisite: PSYC 1 or PSYC 6.
Dist: SCI

PSYC 22

Learning

In 23S at 9L, Dwiel

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

PSYC 23

Social Psychology

In 22X at 10A, Melissa Herman

In 23W at 11, Mark Thornton

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

PSYC 24

Abnormal Psychology

In 22F at 3A, 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

PSYC 25

Developmental Psychology

In 23W at 10A, Melissa Herman

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

PSYC 35

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Please note that this course was previously offered as PSYC 46.

In 22F 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 35.
Dist: SCI

PSYC 37

Behavioral Neuroscience

Please note that this course was previously offered as PSYC 45.

In 22F at 10A, Ann Clark

In 23W 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 and drinking. In addition, we will explore how the brain contributes to the display of other complex behaviors such as sexual behavior and responding to stress. 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

PSYC 38

Cognitive Neuroscience

Please note that this course was previously offered as PSYC 27.

In 23W, Caroline Robertson

In Cognitive Neuroscience, we survey the neural basis of a variety of cognitive phenomena that are the heart of human experience: how we perceive and attend to the world around us; how we remember and forget our experiences; how we listen, communicate, and understand through language and music; how we reason, evaluate, and decide under risk and uncertainty; how we represent our thoughts and those of others; how we lose and gain consciousness through sleeping and waking; how we develop, learn, and adapt. To do this, we take a multidisciplinary approach that spans disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, computer science, biomedical engineering, and philosophy. We will also learn about classic and cutting-edge scientific methods including psychophysics, functional neuroimaging, electrophysiology, optogenetics, machine learning, and brain-computer interfaces. All in all, this course represents a blend of neurobiology (brain) and psychology (behavior). It aims to provide necessary background knowledge for scientific frontiers related to understanding human neuroscience and behavior.

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

PSYC 40

Introduction to Computational Neuroscience

In 22F 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

PSYC 43

Emotion

In 22F at 2, Mark Thornton

Emotions define human experience. When you ask someone how they are, they tell you how they are feeling. We formulate our life goals in terms of emotions, striving to obtain happiness, while avoiding regret. Emotions such as love, pride, contempt, and shame shape our social relationships, both as individuals and as groups. When our emotions go badly awry, we suffer debilitating mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Although emotions play a central role in our lives, studying them scientifically presents profound challenges. They seem intuitively hidden, elusive, messy, and hard to evoke or quantify in a laboratory. Despite these challenges, researchers have developed a thriving science of our emotional lives, which you will learn about in this course. We will begin by considering the origins of emotion, both biological and cultural. Subsequently we will examine how emotions manifest themselves in our bodies and brains, change dynamically over time, shape our social interactions, influence our cognition, and affect our mental health. Finally, we will consider ongoing theoretical debates in emotion science, and where the field could and should go next.

Prerequisite: PSYC 1 or PSYC 6.
Dist: SOC