Department of Psychology Title The Ohio State University

Psychology Honor Courses


1100H - Introduction to Psychology

Psychology 1100H 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

Prerequisite = Stat 1450 or Math 1148 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 3321H, Psychology 4998, or Honors Thesis work (4999H). However, in this course you will also have exposure to statistical computer programs, used for the analysis of actual data, the opportunity to learn deeper conceptual basics beyond mere calculation or memorization of formulae, and preparation for graduate study in psychology, where statistical knowledge is crucial.

3310H - Sensation and Perception

Prerequisite = Psych 1100

This course will examine how the sensory systems of humans and other animals provide critical information that allows them to perceive and manipulate their environments. It will focus primarily on hearing and vision, and will include a detailed discussion of the neurophysiological mechanisms that are devoted to these senses. It will also include an overview of the behavioral techniques that have been used to provide much of our current knowledge in this field, and a discussion of how this work has influenced the design of sensory systems for computer vision and robotics, and the development of new technologies to assist patients with sensory impairments.

3313H - Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience

Prerequisite = Psych 1100

This course explores the relationship between the brain, behavior and mental processes. The primary course objective is to learn the terminology and concepts that will form a basis for understanding how cognitive function and behavior arises from interactions between groups of neurons. The course is divided into three sections. The first section establishes principles relating to the general structure and function of the nervous system. The second section explores sensory and motor systems, with an in depth investigation of the visual system from retinal processes to complex perception. The third section examines the neural basis for several domains of behavioral and cognitive functions and dysfunctions, from sleep, to emotions, to learning and memory, to neurological and psychological disorders. The course will also include discussions from contemporary readings and student presentations of experimental research articles.

3321H - Quantitative and Statistical Methods in Psychology

Prerequisite = Psych 2220 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 4998 or for Honors Thesis work (Psychology 4999H), 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 (yes, statistics can be controversial!) and to show you how statisticians solve data analysis problems in real environments. You will have the chance to design, implement, and present a project involving techniques covered in class, giving you the chance to apply statistics to the questions and issues that interest you the most. We will sometimes have guest speakers who will present data analysis issues in their own fields, giving you the opportunity to learn how this concepts and principles we’ll study in this course are applied in various research and business settings.

3325H - Introduction to Social Psychology

Prerequisite = Psych 1100

Prohibited Course = Psych 2367.01

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

Prerequisite = Psych 1100

Prohibited Course = Psych 2367.02

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

Prerequisite = Psych 1100

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.

3371H - Language and the Mind

Prerequisite = Psych 1100

This course 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.

3550H - Psychology of Childhood

Prerequisite = Psych 1100

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 3550, 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.

3551H - Psychology of Adolescence

Prerequisite = Psych 1100

The purpose of this course is to examine theory and research on adolescent development. Some of the specific areas covered include puberty and the teenage brain, risk-taking, identity and self-concept development, parent relations, peer pressure, media influences, sexual behavior, teenage pregnancy, adolescent depression, anti-social behavior, and drug and alcohol use. The course is interdisciplinary in scope and should appeal to students not only in psychology, but also in other areas that focus on human behavior. Course assignments include several short papers, a term paper, and an in-class presentation.

4508H - Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making

Prerequisites = Psych 2220 and Psych 2300

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.

5613H - Biological Psychiatry

Offered every other year

Prerequisite = Psych 4501 and permission of instructor

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 Thesis Research I and II

Both courses are only offered in spring semester

Honors Thesis Research is a required two-course sequence that supports undergraduates in the thesis research process. The final products of the first course (taken in spring semester of the sophomore or junior year) 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 to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The second course (taken in spring semester of the junior or senior year) supports data analysis, and focuses on writing and presenting the Honors Thesis. Students present their Honors Thesis to the seminar class, at the annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Colloquium and at the Denman Research Forum.