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Haverford College

2012-13 Course Catalog

Social Sciences: Psychology, 2012-2013

DescriptionFacultyMajor RequirementsMinor RequirementsNeural and Behavioral SciencesRequirements for HonorsCoursesDepartment Homepage

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
Professor Wendy F. Sternberg (on leave)
Professor Rebecca J. Compton
Associate Professor Benjamin Le, chair
Assistant Professor Jennifer Lilgendahl
Assistant Professor Shu-wen Wang
Visiting Professor Thomas Wadden
Visiting Assistant Professor Amy Neeren
Visiting Assistant Professor Seth Gillihan
Visiting Assistant Professor Mary Ellen Kelly

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Major Requirements

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.

  1. One semester of introductory psychology: PSYC 100 Foundations of Psychology.
  2. PSYC 200 Experimental Methods and Statistics, or Bryn Mawr PSYC 205.
  3. Six additional psychology courses beyond the introductory level, with at least one taken from each of the following groups:
    1. Social and Personality Psychology – PSYC 215, 221, 224, 225, 250, 309, 325
    2. Biological Psychology – PSYC 217, 221, 240, 250, 260, 370
    3. Cognition – PSYC 213, 220, 238, 260.
    Two half-credit laboratory courses, which should be completed by the end of the junior year.
  4. One of the following senior thesis options:
    1. two semesters of empirical senior research or
    2. 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:

  1. Social and Personality Psychology – 215, 224, 225, 250, 325
  2. Biological Psychology – 217, 240, 250, 260, 350, 370
  3. Cognition: 213, 220, 238, 260

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CONCENTRATION IN NEURAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

Haverford psychology majors may also elect to complete a concentration in neural and behavioral sciences. See catalog entry for Neural and Behavioral Sciences (NBS) 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 the senior thesis and related research courses are of superior quality.

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Courses

100 Foundations of Psychology SO

S. Gillihan
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

B.Le
Three hours of 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. Lottery preference to Psych Majors, Minors, NBS Concentrators and then by Class. Prerequisite: One semester of introductory psychology.

209 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. Lottery preference to Psych Majors, Minors, NBS Concentrators and then by Class. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or the instructor’s consent. Offered occasionally.

213 Memory and Cognition SO

M.Boltz
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 the instructor’s consent. Typically offered in alternate years.

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. Lottery preference to Psych senior majors first, then Jr Majors then Minors in that order, and then by Class, Srs first, etc. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or the instructor’s consent.

217 Biological Psychology NA (Cross-listed in Biology)

S.Gillihan
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 psychology or biology or the instructor’s consent.

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. Lottery preference to Psych Majors, Minors, NBS Concentrators and then by Class. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or the instructor’s consent. Typically offered in alternate years.

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 the instructor’s consent. Lottery Preference: Psychology Majors by year. For remaining slots: sophomores, seniors, juniors, freshmen.

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 the instructor’s consent.

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 the instructor’s consent.

260 Cognitive Neuroscience NA

R.Compton
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. Lottery preference to Psychology Majors, Minors, NBS Concentrators and then by Class. Prerequisite: PSYC 100.

313 Laboratory in Memory and Cognition SO

M.Boltz
This half-credit laboratory 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 and 200. Typically offered in alternate years.

315 Laboratory in Personality Psychology SO

J.Lilgendahl
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. Lottery preference to Psych senior Majors first, then juniorMajors next, then Minors in that order and then by Class; i.e., seniors first, etc. Prerequisite: PSYC 200.

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. Lottery preference to Psychology Majors, Minors, NBS Concentrators and then by Class. Prerequisite: PSYC 100 and 200. 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 and 200

325 The Psychology of Close Relationships 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 the instructor’s consent.

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.

335 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 and one of the following: HC PSYC 210, 215, or 224 or BM PSYC 206 or 208.

341 Laboratory in the Psychology of Pain NA

W.Sternberg
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 and PSYC 200.

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: The instructor’s consent.

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 and PSYC 200.

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 the 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. Typically offered every semester.

392 Senior Research Tutorial in Personality SO

J.Lilgendahl
Open to senior psychology majors. Typically offered every semester.

393 Senior Research Tutorial in Social Psychology SO

B.Le
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.

395 Senior Research Tutorial in Cognitive Neuroscience SO

R.Compton
Open to senior psychology majors. Typically offered every semester.

480 Independent Study SO

Staff
Students should normally plan to take this course for half-credit.

COURSES OFFERED AT BRYN MAWR COLLEGE

All Bryn Mawr Psychology courses count toward the major at Haverford, with the following designations. Bryn Mawr Psychology courses that are not listed do count toward the major, but may not count 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

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