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Graduate Courses in Psychology

March 3, 2001

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  • count towards the graduate program distribution course requirement
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General Courses (Independent of Research Area)

  • 600 Independent Study (1-12 credits)


  • 607 Advanced Statistical Methods I.

    Topics include a review of basic statistical concepts (sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, estimation, power, etc.); one way ANOVA, planned comparisons, post hoc procedures; single-factor experiments with repeated measures; non-parametric techn iques. LEC. Prerequisite: PSY 207 or equivalent.

  • 608 Advanced Statistical Methods II

    Topics include two-way ANOVA; fixed, random, mixed models, hierarchical designs; higher order repeated measures designs; Latin squares; analysis of covariance; simple linear regression, multiple regression, partial correlation, and associated tests. SEM

  • 609 Multivariate Statistics

    Provides a general overview of multivariate analysis techniques commonly used by psychological researchers. Topics include multiple regression, logistic regression, log-linear analysis, MANOVA, discriminant analysis, factor analysis, cluster analysis. Lectures focus on practical applications of each technique, including performing analyses using SPSS. SEM

  • 611 History and Systems of Psychology

    Survey of paradigms in the history of psychology, including philosophical foundations, theories of development, history, psychoanalytic theory, functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, structuralism, existentialism, Soviet psychology, and critical theory. SEM

  • 613 Data Analysis

    Statistical theory and practice with real and hypothetical data sets using SPSS for Windows. Nonparametric statistics, reliability analysis, multiple regression, repeated measures designs. SEM. Prerequisite: Psychology 607.

  • 614 Structural Equation Modeling (pending approval)

    Structural equation models, including path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, causal models with latent variables, and latent growth curves. SEM. Prerequisite: Psychology 607.

  • 617 * Advanced Developmental Psychology

    Survey of theoretical viewpoints and specific issues basic to an intelligent understanding of developmental research. Lectures, student presentations, and discussions. (Students enrolled prior to fall, 2000, may count 617 as a Developmental distribution category.) SEM

  • 628 Foundations of Psychological Theory

    Scientific, ontological and epistemological status of conceptual categories, information, consciousness, automatic and controlled processes, and other theoretical concepts in psychology; psychological explanation. SEM

  • 646 Psychological Processes in Aging

    Examines theory, methods, and research on the psychological aspects of aging. Topics include attitudes, sequential designs, cohort effects, social relations, learning, remembering, personality, and intelligence. LEC

  • 698 College Teaching

    A survey of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are important for effective teaching at the college and university level. SEM

  • 699 Supervised Teaching (1-3 credits)

    Teaching activities of registrants must be approved and supervised by a member of the department faculty. Credit allowance will depend upon type and amount of instruction responsibilities. TUT

  • 700 Thesis Guidance (1-12 credits)

    Do not enroll until semester in which Application to Candidacy is filed. A maximum of 12 hours of Psychology 700 is permitted. TUT

  • 799 Supervision in Applied Skills (1-6 credits)

    TUT Prerequisite: permission of instructor

Behavioral Neuroscience Courses

  • 513 * Biological Bases of Behavior

    General survey of the physiological bases of behavior, emphasizing understanding basic brain organization and function. LEC

  • 629 Neural Mechanisms of Behavior

    Clinical and experimental research in neurology, neurophysiology, biochemistry and neuropsychology examined for understanding the biological processes involved in emotion, personality, and cognitive processes in both normal and pathological states. SE M

  • 634 * Animal Behavior

    Comparative studies of behavior with emphasis on similarities and differences between species. Structural bases for observed similarities and differences are considered. SEM

  • 714 Functional Plasticity and Recovery in the CNS

    Examines theories of functional plasticity in the central nervous system (CNS) and of the application of these theories in experimental literature to the development of CNS function and the recovery of CNS function after injury. LEC Prerequisite: PSY 513 or permission of instructor

  • 715 Behavior Genetics

    Provides students with working knowledge of field of behavior genetics: history and philosophy of behavior genetics; Mendelian and quantitative genetic analysis in human and animal research; mechanisms of gene action on physiology and anatomy; genet ic influences on activity, ingestion, learning, psychopathology, reproduction, etc. LEC Prerequisite: permission of instructor

  • 749 Biopsychology of Stress

    Examines the body's various psychological and behavioral responses to stressors. Discussions cover the concept of stress, neural, hormonal, metabolic, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and immune responses; behavior patterns and coping. SEM

  • 757 Neurochemistry and Behavior

    Introduces basic receptor theory and regulatory mechanisms in neurochemical metabolism, and examines neurochemical substrates modulating behavior. Mammalian behavior paradigms considered with emphasis on species-typical behaviors. Behavioral roles of monoamines, neuropeptides, and steroid hormones given particular attention. LEC

  • 780 Cognitive Neuropsychology

    Research and theories concerning how human cognitive processes are instantiated in the brain. SEM

  • 813 Hormones and Behavior

    Examines the structure and function of the endocrine system, including neuroendocrine mechanisms and involvement of these in CNS function and behavior. Endocrine, neuroendocrine, and neuropharmacological methodologies discussed. SEM Prerequisite: P SY 513 or permission of instructor

  • 814 The Limbic System of the Brain

    Explores the limbic systemÕs anatomical connections and effects of its constituents on motivation, emotional and social behavior, and learning. SEM Prerequisite: PSY 513 or permission of instructor

Clinical Courses

  • 605 Clinical Research

    Issues, methods, and designs in clinical research. Topics include issues of assessment, nonspecific effects, treatment outcome studies, longitudinal designs, treatment of research participants, and research ethics. SEM

  • 610 Theoretical Approaches to Personality

    Survey and critical comparisons of contemporary theoretical approaches to personality. Emphasis on theories that have generated and continue to generate coherent bodies of empirical research. SEM

  • 623 Clinical Conceptions of Personality

    Emphasizes psychodynamic approaches to personality and psychotherapy. SEM

  • 624 * Psychopathology [Clinical I: Psychopathology]

    Discussion of classical literature and recent experimental contributions in abnormal psychology. SEM

  • 625 * Community Psychology

    Survey of theories and practices in the developing field of community psychology and community mental health. LEC

  • 653 Personality Assessment I

    Behavioral and psychodynamic approaches to assessment, focusing on interviewing, intelligence testing, behavioral observations, assessment of organizational systems, and assessment of crisis and suicide lethality. Presents introductions to various the rapies, and discusses the relation between assessment and therapy. SEM Prerequisite: permission of instructor

  • 654 Psychological Assessment (Clinical II)

    Theoretical and practical issues in psychometrics, assessment, and case conceptualization, including ethics and issues of cultural diversity. Clinical II. SEM

  • 655 Personality Assessment III

    Advanced course in personality assessment with focus on administration of integrated test batteries to clients and the reporting of test results. Emphasizes Rorschach techniques. SEM

  • 671 Intervention I

    The first of four Psychological Services Center practica for doctoral students in clinical psychology. Beginning basic assessment and treatment skills working with adults with mental health problems. Fall term. LAB

  • 672 Intervention II

    The second of four Psychological Services Center practica for doctoral students in clinical psychology. Continuing development of basic assessment and treatment skills working with adults with mental health problems. Spring term. LAB

  • 751 Clinical Treatments I

    Intensive analysis of the principles and practice of empirically-supported individual psychotherapy for adult disorders. Clinical III. Clinical Treatments: Adult. SEM Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

  • 754 Conjoint Family Therapy

    Analysis of special concepts and methods for simultaneous psychotherapy with persons in families and couples. SEM Prerequisite: PSY 751

  • 763 Intervention III

    The third of four Psychological Services Center practica for doctoral students in clinical psychology. Introduction to skills in assessment and treatment of children and families. Ethical issues in treatment of families and issues in serving clients from diverse backgrounds. Fall term. LAB

  • 764 Intervention IV

    The fourth of four Psychological Services Center practica for doctoral students in clinical psychology. Assessment and treatment of couple dysfunction. Preventive interventions for children experiencing parental separation. Ethical issues in treatment of families and issues in serving clients from diverse backgrounds. Spring term. LAB

  • 774 Seminar in Behavioral Medicine

    Emphasizes cardiovascular disorders, medical utilization, psychotherapeutic interventions, and bioethical decisions. SEM

  • 775 Child Behavioral Medicine

    Assessment and intervention with children who have chronic and life-threatening medical disorders. SEM Prerequisite: PSY 751

  • 778 Clinical Treatments II

    A critical review of recent empirical literature on the psychopathologies of childhood and adolescence. Clinical IV: Clinical Treatments: Child. LEC

  • 779 Adolescent and Adult Behavior Medicine

    Assessment and intervention with individuals with chronic and life-threatening medical disorders. SEM Prerequisite: PSY 751

  • 851 Seminar in Group Psychotherapy

    Theoretical models and clinical aspects of group psychotherapy. SEM Prerequisite: PSY 751

  • 852 Seminar in Child Psychotherapy

    Readings in the theory and research of child psychotherapy. Each student will be therapist for a child and a parent of a child being seen in the clinic. SEM Prerequisite: PSY 751 and permission of instructor

Cognitive Courses

  • 516 Mathematical and Statistical Reasoning

    The psychology of knowledge and competence and their acquisition from a cognitive perspective, with a focus on some elementary concepts and structures of mathematics and statistics. Topics include maturation, development of expertise, conceptual structures, kinds of experience, role of the social and physical environment, and problems of communication as these topics apply to mathematical, statistical, and related domains. LEC

  • 627 * Perception

    Survey of experimental data and theories of perception. Topics include the underlying neurophysiology of brain systems involved in perception, the principles of perceptual organization in vision and audition, and current trends and controversies in th e fields of visual perception and attention. SEM

  • 639 * Cognitive Processes

    Survey of dimensions of cognitive behavior. Emphasizes current theoretical and experimental analyses of information processing, memory, learning, psycholinguistics, perception, and thinking. SEM

  • 642 * Psycholinguistics

    Relationship between linguistic theory and behavioral research. Topics include competence-performance distinction, language acquisition and perception, processing and storage of linguistically marked materials. SEM

  • 719 Speech Perception

    Examines mechanisms and processes that enable humans to recognize and understand speech. Particular attention given toward describing speech signal and various models that have been proposed for perception. Topics include speech production, psychoacoustics, phonetics, and machine recognition of speech. LEC Prerequisite: PSY 639 or permission of instructor

  • 728 * Memory

    An overview of the cognitive study of human memory. The course provides a basic foundation for thinking about how humans remember information and introduces students to cognitive research related to the topic of memory. SEM

  • 729 Visual Attention

    An examination of current theories and experimental paradigms used to investigate the functional properties of human visual attention. Current knowledge of underlying neural systems supporting attention is reviewed. LEC

  • 747 Language Development

    How a child acquires the struture and content of natural language. Cognitive, perceptual, situational, and biological correlates of comprehension and production.

  • 780 Cognitive Neuropsychology

    Research and theories concerning how human cognitive processes are instantiated in the brain. SEM

Social-Personality Courses

  • 610 Theoretical Approaches to Personality

    Survey and critical comparisons of contemporary theoretical approaches to personality. Emphasis on theories that have generated and continue to generate coherent bodies of empirical research. SEM

  • 680 * Advanced Social Psychology I

    Major theoretical and empirical lines of work in contemporary social psychology. Topics include social cognition, social influence, interpersonal perception, attitudes, the self, stereotyping and prejudice, stigma, close relationships, and emotion. M ethodological issues are given attention as part of the concern with topical materials. SEM

  • 681 * Advanced Social Psychology II

    Continues overview of social psychology with units on affiliation and attraction, aggresssion, evolutionary psychology, group behavior and performance, health social psychology, interdependence, intergroup behavior, organizational behavior, prosocial behavior, social justice, social conflict, and social dilemmas. SEM

  • 686 * Seminar in Small-Group Processes

    Reviews empirical and theoretical literature relating to small-group processes with a view toward evaluating extant theory and development of an integrative perspective. SEM

  • 704 Research Methods in Social Psychology

    Design, execution, and evaluation of research in social psychology. Emphasizes topics of reliability and validity of tests, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, and goals of science. PSY 680 and 704 are non-overlapping and together constitute a full survey of the field of social psychology. 680 is not a prerequisite for 704 but is recommended. SEM Prerequisite: permission of instructor

  • 725 * Attitudes and Social Cognition

    Topics include attitude structure and change, dissonance, self- and other perception; stereotypes and social judgment. SEM

Topical Seminars

  • 860-899 Topical Seminars

    Topics of current interest are covered with intensive critical examination of appropriate literature in the field. Formal course approval is requirement for course to be offered again. SEM Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Each year the Psychology Department offers a number of topical courses or seminars at the graduate level. Often these go on to become permanent courses. Here are some recent examples:

  • Divorce and Children
  • Psychobiology of Reproduction
  • College Teaching
  • Topics in Social Psychology
  • Topics in the History of Neuropsychology
  • Antisocial Youth
  • Lexical Influences on Processing
  • Close Relations
  • Categorization
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Topics in Drug Addiction

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