Graduate Course Descriptions

26:830:506 Psychology Proseminar (3)
Seminar course offering a general introduction to the psychological sciences and a detailed overview of research currently being conducted in the Department of Psychology.

26:830:511 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
Relationship between the structure and function of the brain. Comprehensive overview of how neurophysiological activity leads to perception and cognition.

26:830:512 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
Selected topics in state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience research.

26:830:545 Behavioral Science Research Design (3)
How to design controlled experiments in the behavioral sciences.

26:830:560 Introduction to Neuroendocrinology (3)
Relationship of nervous and endocrine systems; function and regulation of hypothalamus-pituitary-endocrine organs, their secretions organs, and their secretions (including adrenal, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, gonads, placenta); steroid and peptide hormones and neurotransmitters; neuroendocrine-immune systems.

26:830:569 History and Systems of Psychology (3)
Selected topics in the history and the social and economic backgrounds of psychology. The relationship of psychology to trends in work, culture, literature, and political theory, with special focus on the history of child psychology, psychoanalysis, and cognitive theory.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and one graduate course in psychology.

26:830:571,572 Individual Studies in Psychology (3,3)
Guided reading and laboratory research on special topics, individually planned for each student, under the supervision of faculty members.

26:830:575(F) Seminar: Perception I (3)
Survey of the basic problems, theories, and research findings in the study of human perception, especially visual perception. Primary emphasis on the perceptual constancies, including perception of size, distance, depth, motion, form, and surface color.

26:830:576(S) Seminar: Perception II (3)
Advanced seminar on selected topics in human visual perception.

26:830:577 Cognitive Development (3)
How cognition, thought, and perception change as individuals progress from infancy to adulthood.

26:830:578(S) Seminar: Human Memory and Learning (3)
Basic processes in human learning and retention, including single item and associative learning, factors influencing learning, and forgetting. One theme is the relationship between the basic processes of learning and retention and the more complex areas of meaning, concept formation, problem solving, thinking, and language.

26:830:585 Psycholinguistics (3)
Discussion of the issues, philosophical and methodological, involved in studying language as a formal computational system, as a biological system, and as a psychological system.

26:830:586 Selected Topics in Psycholinguistics (3)
Examination of current developments in the field of psycholinguistics.

26:830:590 Ethology (3)
Historical and critical examination of the theories and research of ethologists.

26:830:591 Topics in Avian Behavior (3)
Introduction to avian neural and endocrine systems, emphasizing the organization of these systems in mediating adaptive behavior (song development, nesting behavior, and parental care). Comparisons with mammals.

26:830:593 Special Topics in Animal Behavior (3)
Fall term: different topic is covered each term by behavioral and neural sciences faculty and outside speakers presenting lectures. Topic announced during preceding term. Spring term: orientation in psychobiology is covered by each Institute of Animal Behavior faculty member.

26:830:595,596(F,S) Research Methods in Psychology (3,3)
Seminar examines the design and analyses of laboratory and field experimentation.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics or design course.

26:830:597 Proseminar: Neurophysiology and Behavior (3)
Structure and function of the mammalian nervous system; neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology; functions of spinal cord, autonomic NS, limbic system, higher brain mechanisms, reproductive behavior, pain modulation, sensorimotor and viscero-somatic integration.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

26:830:612 Seminar in Social Psychology (3)
Discussion and debate of the state of the art in social research.

26:830:613 Conflict and Resolution (3)
Focus on psychological approaches to the mediation of social conflict at the interpersonal, organizational, and international levels. Topics include theories of conflict; cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, and institutional obstacles to the constructive management of conflict; strategies and tactics of intervention; and theoretical and empirical issues in the study of the mediation process. Case materials in family, labor, community, organizational, and international mediation analyzed. Gives a general background in the psychology of human conflict and its management.

26:830:621(F,S) Research Seminar in Psychology (3)
Individual research apprenticeship in psychology with a member of the faculty.

26:830:663 Evolution of Social Behavior (3)
Review of the evolution of social behavior. Topics include kin selection, sexual selection, mating systems, parental investment, and communication.

26:830:667 Cognitive Processes (3)
How the environment comes to be apprehended; perception, memory, and thinking.
Credit not given for both this course and 26: 112:667.

26:830:668 Selected Topics in Cognition (3)
Examination of current developments in cognitive science.

26:830:674(S) Seminar: Selected Topics in Human Learning (3)
Examination of current developments in the learning and memory areas; special emphasis given to work that is critical of current theoretical assumptions and to work that attempts to relate learning and memory to more complex cognitive function.

26:830:681,682 Seminar in Psychobiology (3,3)
Weekly presentation of current research in psychobiology by leading outside scientists, members of the faculty, and pre- and postdoctoral fellows.

26:830:684 Animal Behavior (3)
General conceptual and methodological issues: description and explanation, causality and intentionality, nature and uses of models. Student presentations on topics such as nature/nurture, circadian rhythms, imprinting, animal navigation, drive, communication, and physical substrates of learning.

26:830:685 Psychobiology of Behavioral Development (3)
Current research on a variety of topics in behavioral development among birds and mammals. Topics include prenatal development, early sensorimotor patterns, suckling and feeding, learning and motivation, social development.

26:112:698 Neuroendocrinology and Behavior (3)
Neuroendocrine control of courtship, mating, and maternal behavior; pregnancy, parturition, sexual differentiation, stress; cellular mechanisms of hormone action on the nervous system; neuroendocrine role of steroids, neuropeptides, monoamines, and amino acids.

26:830:700 Research in Psychology (BA)
Nondissertation research done in conjunction with a faculty member.

26:830:701,702 Research in Psychology (BA,BA)
Dissertation research done under the supervision of a faculty member.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of qualifying exam.

26:830:800 Matriculation Continued (E1)
Only open to students not attending any classes or actively doing research on campus.