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Psychology: 2009-2010

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Description

The psychology program is designed to help students understand the causes, functions, development, and evolution of behavior and experience. It aims to integrate this understanding with biological, sociocultural, and philosophical perspectives on behavior. The department also emphasizes the development of competence in all aspects of psychological research, ranging from the creation of research questions to the analysis and reporting of research findings.

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Faculty

Professor Douglas A. Davis, Emeritus
Professor Sidney I. Perloe, Emeritus
Professor Marilyn G. Boltz (on leave 2009-2010)
Professor Wendy F. Sternberg
Associate Professor Rebecca J. Compton, Chair
Assistant Professor Benjamin Le
Assistant Professor Jennifer Lilgendahl
Visiting Assistant Professor Amy Neeren
Visiting Assistant Professor Ralph Barnes

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Major Requirements

One semester of introductory psychology: Psyc 100 Foundations of Psychology; Psyc 200 Experimental Methods and Statistics, or Bryn Mawr Psyc 205. Six additional psychology courses beyond the introductory level, with at least one taken from each of the following groups: a) Social and Personality Psychology – 215, 221, 224, 225, 250, 309, 325; b) Biological Psychology – 217, 221, 240, 250, 260, 370; c) Cognition – 213, 220, 238, 260. Two of these six courses must be taken with their associated 1/2 credit laboratory course. Lab courses should be completed by the end of the junior year. Either of the following senior thesis options must also be completed: a) two semesters of empirical senior research or b) a one semester non-empirical senior thesis and an additional psychology course beyond the introductory level. Students expecting to go on to graduate study in any area of psychology are strongly advised to choose the empirical research option. Equivalent courses at Bryn Mawr or other institutions (with permission of the department) are accepted as fulfilling major requirements.

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Minor Requirements

The Haverford minor in psychology consists of six credits in psychology including: Psyc 100: Foundations of Psychology, and five additional psychology courses beyond the introductory level, with at least one taken from two of the following groups: a) Social and Personality Psychology – 215, 224, 225, 250, 325; b) Biological Psychology – 217, 240, 250, 260, 350, 370; c) Cognition – 213, 220, 238, 260.

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Neural and Behavioral Sciences

Haverford psychology majors may also elect to do a concentration in neural and behavioral sciences. See catalog entry for Neural and Behavioral Sciences Concentration for relevant requirements.

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Requirements for Honors

Honors will be awarded to majors who show exceptionally high attainment in their course work and whose work in Senior Research or Senior Thesis and related research courses are of superior quality.

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Courses

  • 100 Foundations of Psychology SO
    R.Barnes, B.Le, J.Lilgendahl, A.Neeren
    An introduction to the study of mind and behavior. Topics include biological, cognitive, personality, abnormal, and social psychology, as well as a general consideration of the empirical approach to the study of behavior. Typically offered every Semester.

    200 Experimental Methods and Statistics SO/QU
    R.Compton
    Three hours lecture, one 90-mintue lab/week plus time spent collecting data outside of scheduled lab hours. A general overview of the experimental method and its use in the psychological study of behavior, coupled with in-depth treatment of statistics as applied to psychology research. Lab exercises focus on designing experiments, collecting data, applying statistical methods (using a commercial data analysis software package), and presenting data through written assignments. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or consent of instructor.

    213 Memory and Cognition SO
    R.Barnes
    An interdisciplinary study of ways in which memory and other cognitive processes manifest themselves in everyday life. Topics addressed include memory for faces and geographical locations; advertising; eyewitness testimony; autobiographical memory; metacognition; mood and memory; biological bases of cognition; human factors; decision-making; and cognitive diversity. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or consent of instructor.

    215 Introduction to Personality Psychology SO
    J.Lilgendahl
    An examination of the fundamental issues and questions addressed by personality psychology, including: What is personality? What are its underlying processes and mechanisms? How does personality develop and change over time? What constitutes a healthy personality? This course will explore these questions by considering evidence from several major approaches to personality (trait, psychodynamic, humanistic, and social-cognitive), and it will encourage students to develop a dynamic understanding of human personality that is situated within biological, social, and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or consent of instructor.

    217 Biological Psychology NA (Cross-listed in Biology)
    W.Sternberg
    Interrelations between brain, behavior, and subjective experience. The course introduces students to physiological psychology through consideration of current knowledge about the mechanisms of mind and behavior. Prerequisite: An intro course in Psyc or Biol or consent of instructor.

    220 The Psychology of Time SO
    M.Boltz
    An examination of the various ways in which time is experienced and influences psychological behavior. Topics include: the perception of rhythm, tempo, and duration; temporal perspective; societal concepts of time; neural substrates of temporal behavior. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or consent of instructor. Typically offered in alternate years.

    221 The Primate Origins of Society SO (Cross-listed in Biology)
    S.Perloe
    Social systems formed by monkeys and apes examined as a means of understanding the origins of human societies. The course considers the relations among sexual behavior, dominance, territoriality, kinship, and socialization in a variety of species as well as the influence of ecology and phylogeny on non-human primate social systems. Satisfies an advanced requirement for the Neural and Behavioral Sciences concentration. Prerequisite: An intro course in one of the following: Anth, Biol, Psyc, or Socl or consent of instructor.

    224 Social Psychology SO
    B.Le
    This course is designed as an in-depth exploration into the field of social psychology. Topics including impression formation, perceiving groups, social identity, attitudes/persuasion, social influence, group processes, aggression/altruism, and interpersonal attraction will be discussed. In addition to these specific topic areas, overarching themes and theoretical issues within the field of social psychology will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will become familiar with the research that has contributed to the current social psychology knowledge base. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or consent of instructor.

    225 Self and Identity SO
    J.Lilgendahl
    Who am I? How do I feel about myself? What is the story of my life? How people answer such questions and the implications of their answers, both over time and across situations in their lives, are the issues that are at the heart of this course on self and identity. Through a combination of lecture and discussion, we will examine the literature on self and identity from multiple disciplinary perspectives (biological, developmental, personality, social, and clinical) and apply scientific concepts to the analysis of socially important issues, current events, popular culture, and our own life experiences. Specific topics to be addressed include self and identity development in childhood and adolescence, self-esteem and its consequences, gender and self, culture and ethnic identity development, stigmatized selves and prejudice, and the connection between self/identity and mental health. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or consent of instructor.

    238 Psychology of Language SO (Cross-listed in Linguistics)
    M.Boltz
    An interdisciplinary examination of linguistic theory, language evolution, and the psychological processes involved in using language. Topics include speech perception and production, processes of comprehension, language and the brain, language learning, language and thought, linguistic diversity, and conversational interaction. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or consent of instructor.

    240 Psychology of Pain and Pain Inhibition NA
    W.Sternberg
    An overview of the psychological study of pain perception and its inhibition. Topics to be covered include nervous system mechanisms underlying pain sensation and pain inhibition, pain as a scientific discipline, and pain as a clinical problem. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or consent of instructor.

    250 Biopsychology of Emotion SO
    R.Compton
    Investigates the biological underpinnings of emotional behavior and personality. Topics include philosophical issues in relating biology and emotion; the functional adaptiveness of emotion; brain systems involved in fear, depression, and pleasure; the influence of hormones on mood; the roles of the left and right hemispheres in emotion; and biological contributions to individual differences in traits such as shyness and happiness. May satisfy an advanced requirement for the Neural and Behavioral Sciences concentration. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or consent of instructor.

    260 Cognitive Neuroscience NA
    Staff
    An examination of the neural basis of higher mental functions such as object recognition, attention, memory, spatial functions, language, and decision-making. Major themes include mind/brain relationships, localization of function, and the plasticity of the brain. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or consent of instructor.

    309 Abnormal Psychology SO
    A.Neeren
    A review of major clinical and theoretical literature pertaining to the definition, etiology, and treatment of important forms of psychopathology. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or consent of instructor. Offered occasionally.

    313 Laboratory in Memory and Cognition SO
    R.Barnes
    This half-credit laboratory correlate to Psychology 213 (Memory and Cognition) will focus on the methods used to investigate the nature of perception, memory, and other cognitive behaviors. These various methodologies will be employed within a set of empirical studies designed to investigate particular topic areas within the field of cognition. Prerequisite: Psyc 100; Psyc 200; and either prior or concurrent enrollment in Psyc 213.

    315 Laboratory in Personality Psychology SO
    A.Neeren
    An overview of methods used to conduct research on personality. Through lab activities and class projects, students will learn about important methodological topics within the study of personality, including measurement, reliability and validity, different modes of data collection (self-report questionnaires, interviews and narratives, observational and experimental approaches), and how to analyze and interpret personality data. Prerequisite: Psyc 100; Psyc 200; and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psyc 215.

    317 Biological Psychology Laboratory NA
    W.Sternberg
    An overview of the methodologies used in biological psychology research. Lab exercises include detailed brain anatomy, and conducting experiments on human sensory processing and animal learning. Prerequisite: Psyc 100; Psyc 200; and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psyc 217.

    320 Laboratory in the Psychology of Time SO
    M.Boltz
    An overview of the different methodologies used in the psychological study of time. During laboratory sessions, students will explore some different temporal phenomena through the use of the empirical method and both the collection and analysis of statistical data. Prerequisite: Psyc 100; Psyc 200; and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psyc 220. Typically offered in alternate years.

    324 Laboratory in Social Psychology SO
    B.Le
    Students will become familiar with the methodological and measurement practices that are commonly employed in social psychological research. Both experimental and survey methodologies will be explored, with students completing activities and projects to gain relevant research experience. Prerequisite: Psyc 100; Psyc 200; and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psyc 224.

    325 Theory and Research in Dyadic Processes SO
    B.Le
    This course is designed as an in-depth examination of the field of close relationships. The major theories of close relationship will be emphasized, including examinations of evolutionary, attachment, interdependence, and cognitive approaches. In addition, research related to topics such as attraction, relationship development and maintenance, relationships and health, infidelity, violence in intimate relationships, and jealousy will be explored, with methodical concerns discussed within the context of each topic. Prerequisite: Psyc 100 or consent of instructor.

    330 Laboratory in Neural and Behavioral Science: Behavioral Neuroscience NA
    W.Sternberg
    A half-semester lab course introducing neuroscience methodology focused primarily on behavioral, endocrinological, and pharmacological perspectives to understanding nervous system function. Both gross neuroanatomy and the microstructure of the nervous system will be covered. Prerequisite: Psyc 100; Psyc 217 preferred but not required. Offered occasionally.

    341 Laboratory in the Psychology of Pain NA
    W.Sternberg
    A laboratory course offered concurrently with Psychology 240. This laboratory course covers basic scientific approaches to the study of pain and its inhibition in laboratory rodents and human subjects. Pain assessment, analgesia, pain modulation and development of nociceptive circuits will be covered. Students will carry out experiments, analyze data, and gain proficiency in scientific writing style. Prerequisite: Psyc 100; Psyc 200; and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psyc 240.

    351 Experimental Research and Fieldwork Projects in Psychology SO
    M.Boltz
    Advanced level problems of hypothesis formation and definition, data collection, analysis, and report writing in laboratory and field settings. Before taking the course, students must have selected the problem on which they wish to work. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

    360 Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience NA
    R.Compton
    An examination of methodologies used to study the neural basis of higher mental functions. Students will utilize both cognitive and electrophysiological (EEG, ERP) recording methods, and will examine methodological issues in hemodynamic neuroimaging and the study of patient populations. A half-credit course. Prerequisite: Psyc 100; Psyc 200; and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psyc 260.

    370 Neuroscience of Mental Illness NA
    R.Compton
    Examines neuroscientific approaches to psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia. This seminar will draw upon primary scientific research literature investigating neurophysiological and cognitive neuroscience correlates of psychopathology. Both promises and limitations of current knowledge will be evaluated. Prerequisite: One 200-level course in biological psychology, such as HC Psyc 217, 250, or 260, or BMC Psyc 218

  • 390 Senior Thesis SO
    Staff
    Open to senior psychology majors doing a one semester thesis in current semester. Prerequisite: Open to senior Psychology majors. Typically offered every Semester.

  • 391 Senior Research Tutorial in Cognition SO
    M.Boltz
    Open to senior psychology majors. Prerequisite: Open to senior Psychology majors. Typically offered every Semester.

    392 Senior Research Tutorial in Personality SO
    J.Lilgendahl
    Open to senior psychology majors. Prerequisite: Open to senior Psychology majors. Typically offered every Semester.

    393 Senior Research Tutorial in Social Psychology SO
    B.Le
    Open to senior psychology majors. Prerequisite: Open to Senior Psychology Majors. Typically offered every Semester.

    394 Senior Research Tutorial in Biological Psychology NA
    W.Sternberg
    Open to senior psychology majors. Preference given to Neural and Behavioral Science concentrators. Prerequisite: Open to senior Psychology majors.

    395 Senior Research Tutorial in Cognitive Neuroscience SO
    R.Compton
    Prerequisite: Open to senior Psychology majors. Typically offered every Semester.

    397 Senior Research Tutorial in Abnormal Psychology SO
    A.Neeren
    Prerequisite: Open to senior Psychology Majors.

    460 Teaching Assistant SO
    Staff
    Leading discussion sections or helping with other course work in introductory psychology. Open to selected majors.

    480 Independent Study SO
    M.Boltz
    Students should normally plan to take this course for half-credit.

    493 Interdisciplinary Examinations of Biologically Significant Research NA (Cross-listed in Biology and Chemistry and Physics)
    R.Fairman

    COURSES OFFERED AT BRYN MAWR COLLEGE

    All Bryn Mawr Psychology courses count toward the major at Haverford, with the following designations (Bryn Mawr courses not listed may count toward the major, but not toward core area requirements within the major):

    Social and Personality Psychology Courses:
    Psychology 208 Social Psychology
    Psychology 209 Abnormal Psychology
    Psychology 305 Psychological Testing
    Psychology 351 Developmental Psychopathology

    Cognitive Psychology Courses:
    Psychology 212 Human Cognition
    Psychology 323 Cognitive Neuroscience

    Biological Psychology Courses:
    Psychology 201 Learning Theory and Behavior
    Psychology 218 Behavioral Neuroscience
    Psychology 395 Psychopharmacology