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PSYCHOLOGY HONORS COURSES

5 credit hours11100H - General Psychology

Psychology 100H is a comprehensive introduction to the science and profession of psychology. Topics covered include the Biological Bases of Behavior and Cognition, Learning, Memory, Perception, Development, Cognition, Social Behavior and Clinical Psychology. Emphasis is placed upon recent psychological research and theory. Course assignments include the textbook, readings in the psychological literature, a paper and either research participation or an original observational project.

2220H - Introduction to Data Analysis
(Prereq = Stat 145 or Math 148 or equivalent)

This course will cover the basic, traditional goals of developing an understanding of how and when to use various statistical methods. It will prepare you for advanced statistics courses like 321H, Psychology 699, or Honors Thesis work (783H). But it will challenge you as an Honors student in several other important ways. Although we often tend to treat statistical methodology as a field that has no interesting history and never changes, the fact is that the field has changed significantly over the past fifty years with the increased accessibility of desktop computers and advanced statistical analysis methodologies. It is also a field that has been rich in history and rich in controversy from the nineteenth century days of Francis Galton, Karl Pearson, and Sir Ronald Fisher to today. Did you know that the statistical t-test wasn’t just developed for some theoretical reasons but was developed by a brewmaster who simply wanted to make a better glass of Guinness beer? Or that the widely used correlation coefficient was the result of a very applied and politically charged 19th century attempt to prove that alcoholism and other social problems were largely hereditary? Traditional statistical methods courses and texts have disappointingly ignored this rich history. We’ll try to change that.

3321H- Quantitative and Statistical Methods in Psychology
(Prereq = Psych 220 /2220, or Stat 245 with a grade of B or better)

This course is intended for Honors Students who desire more than a basic introduction to inferential statistical methods. One objective, of course, is to introduce you to concepts and techniques in applications of statistics, measurement, and experimental design. This course will prepare you for taking other advanced data analysis and statistics courses, for doing research such as Psychology 699 or for Honors Thesis work (Psychology 783H), or for working as a research assistant. A second objective is to give you the training necessary to read, critically evaluate, write, and orally present statistical analyses from empirical research. A final objective is to give you first-hand insight into controversial issues in statistical methods and to show you how statisticians solve data analysis problems in real environments. Friday sessions will be set aside for a “real world integration” period in which students will learn more about data analysis problems and applications in a number of different research and applied business domains. We will sometimes have guest speakers who will present data analysis issues in their own fields. We may also have one or two field trips to nearby places (e.g. Battelle) to meet with individuals whose work entails statistics and data analysis.

3325H - Introduction to Social Psychology
(Prohibited Course = Psych 367.01 / 2367)

This course examines the theories, research, and applications of social psychology. The material is divided into four units: (1) Social Perception – how we think about ourselves, other individuals, and groups; (2) Social Influence – how we affect other people’s attitudes and behavior; (3) Social Interaction – how we relate to each other as strangers, acquaintances, friends, and lovers; and (4) Social Applications – the uses of social psychology to understand real-world problems in the areas of law, business, and health.

3331H – Abnormal Psychology                                                                      

This course focuses on the phenomenology (description), etiology (causes), and treatment of abnormal behavior. Major psychiatric syndromes will be discussed along with our current classification system (DSM-IV). Genetic, biological, social, and psychological parameters implicated in the etiology of these syndromes will be reviewed.

3340H - Introduction to Life Span Developmental Psychology                     

This course is an introduction to the major topics and theories of the science of developmental psychology. The goal is to provide a basic framework for understanding human behavior by the cognitive, socio- emotional, biological, and personality processes from conception to the end of life that suggest normative, cohort, contextual and individual variability. Class time will involve explanations of selected topics, using text and supplementary material to elaborate and clarify the methodological and behavioral issues that bear in life span research. Students are expected to engage in constructing ways of studying psychological development to understand how situations, events, cohort, and contexts influence developmental outcomes.

2371H - Language and the Mind

This courses provides an introduction to the psychological processes by which humans produce and understand sentences, the means by which these processes arise in the child, and their bases in the mind and brain. The course is an introduction to the psychological processes by which humans produce and understand sentences in conversation, the means by which these processes arise in the child, and their bases in the brain. It deals with the following topics (among others): (a) Speech Perception, the process of detecting distinct 'sounds' in speech signals; (b) Lexical Access, the process of 'looking up' words in a mental dictionary; (c) Syntactic Parsing, the process of discovering the structure of sentences; (d) Semantic Interpretation, the process of using syntactic structures, word meaning and general world knowledge to interpret what we hear; (e) Language Acquisition, the process by which a child becomes able to produce and understand sentences of his or her native language(s); (f) Neurolinguistics, the study of the way language functions are implemented in the brain.



4508H- Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
(Prereq = Psych 220/2220 or Stats 245)

This course is intended to present undergraduate Honors Students with an overview of current ideas, models, and theories of human decision-making and to integrate these approaches to applied decision making in all sub-fields of psychology as well as other disciplines. The interdisciplinary nature of the topics makes the course useful for students in areas as diverse as engineering, business, pre-medicine, and social and behavioral sciences. A secondary goal is to show students how they might become better decision makers in their own personal lives and in their future careers. For example, learning to avoid or recognize likelihood calibration errors and the overweighting of small probabilities, the “gambler’s fallacy,” biased risk perception, regression to the mean, loss-aversion, decision framing, social judgment bias, and groupthink can help us to make better “real world” decisions.

3550H - Psychology of Childhood

Psychology of Childhood presents theory and research of psychological development during infancy and early to middle childhood. Especially designed for Honors Students, it offers, in addition to the readings on substantive topics covered in the regular section of Psychology 550, supplementary readings in contemporary research and films/video on psychological development. Guided instruction is provided to help students acquire the following skills: critique a research article, logically derive hypotheses from a review of research literature, search the psychological databases on line, use the American Psychological Association publication style, and write a review of research that can serve as the introduction to a research proposal. For students in this course, a reference librarian conducts a workshop on Searching PsycLit on CD-Rom that includes supervised hands-on experience. Students are evaluated based on their performance in two exams, the review of research paper, and participation in class discussions.

5613H - Biological Psychiatry                                                 Offered every other year
(Prereq = Psych 501 / 4501)

The purpose of this course is to provide a contemporary survey of our understanding of the biological bases of several significant psychopathologies. The course will highlight three psychopathologies – mood disorders (depression and bipolar illness), schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD, with special emphasis on the potential emergence of dissociative identity disorders). For each disorder, students will learn the diagnostic classifications, presenting symptomatology, potential neurobiological dysfunctions, and current and future therapeutic strategies. The utility of animal models for each of these disorders will also be discussed.

4999.01H and 4999.02H - Honors Research

Honors Research is a required two-course sequence that supports undergraduates in the thesis research process. The final products of the first course are a written thesis proposal and approval for data collection. Students review the literature relevant to their specific area of research, present their proposal to the seminar class, and submit their project for approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The second course supports data collection and analysis, and focuses on writing and presenting the Honors Thesis. Experimental design and analysis are reviewed. Students present their Honors Thesis to the seminar class and participate in the annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Colloquium.