Social Sciences: Psychology, 2011-2012
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.
Professor Douglas A. Davis, Emeritus
Professor Sidney I. Perloe, Emeritus
Professor Marilyn G. Boltz
Professor Wendy F. Sternberg
Associate Professor Rebecca J. Compton, Chair
Associate Professor Benjamin Le,
Assistant Professor Jennifer Lilgendahl
Visiting Associate ProfessorGreg Neely
Visiting Assistant ProfessorJared Medina
Visiting Assistant Professor Amy Neeren
Visiting Assistant Professor Shellae Versey
- One semester of introductory psychology: Psychology 100 Foundations of Psychology, Psychology 200 Experimental Methods and Statistics or Bryn Mawr Psychology 205.
- Six additional psychology courses beyond the introductory level, with at least one taken from each of the following groups:
- Social and Personality Psychology: 215, 221, 224, 225, 250, 309, 325
- Biological Psychology: 217, 221, 240, 250, 260, 370
- Cognition: 213, 220, 238, 260.
- Either of the following senior thesis options must also be completed:
- two semesters of empirical senior research or
- 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.
The Haverford minor in psychology consists of six credits in psychology including: Psychology 100: Foundations of Psychology, and five additional psychology courses beyond the introductory level, with at least one taken from two of the following groups:
- Social and Personality Psychology: 215, 224, 225, 250, 325
- Biological Psychology: 217, 240, 250, 260, 350, 370
- Cognition: 213, 220, 238, 260
Haverford psychology majors may also elect to complete a concentration in neural and behavioral sciences. See catalog entry for Neural and Behavioral Sciences Concentration for relevant requirements.
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.
100 Foundations of Psychology SO
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
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. Lottery preference to Psychology majors, minors and NBS concentrators, and then by class. Prerequisite: One semester of introductory psychology.
209 Abnormal Psychology SO
A review of major clinical and theoretical literature pertaining to the definition, etiology and treatment of important forms of psychopathology. Lottery preference to Psychology majors, minors and NBS concentrators, and then by class. Prerequisite: Psychology 100 or consent. Offered occasionally.
213 Memory and Cognition SO
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: Psychology 100 or 104 or consent. Typically offered in alternate years.
215 Introduction to Personality Psychology SO
An examination of the fundamental issues and questions addressed by personality psychology. 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 Psychology majors, minors and NBS concentrators, and then by class. Prerequisite: Psychology 100 or 105 or consent.
217 Biological Psychology NA (Cross-listed in Biology)
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 introductory course in Psychology or Biology, or consent.
220 The Psychology of Time SO
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 Psychology majors, minors and NBS concentrators, and then by class. Prerequisite: Psychology 100 or consent of the instructor. Typically offered in alternate years.
221 The Primate Origins of Society SO (Cross-listed in Biology)
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. Lottery preference to Psychology majors, minors and NBS concentrators, and then by class. Prerequisite: An introductory course in one of the following: Anthropology, Biology, Psychology or Sociology, or consent.
224 Social Psychology SO
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: Psychology 100 or consent.
238 Psychology of Language SO (Cross-listed in Linguistics)
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: Psychology 100 or consent of instructor.
240 Psychology of Pain and Pain Inhibition NA
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: Psychology 100 or consent of instructor.
250 Biopsychology of Emotion SO
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: Psychology 100 or consent of instructor.
260 Cognitive Neuroscience NA
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 and NBS concentrators, and then by class. Prerequisite: Psychology 100.
313 Laboratory in Memory and Cognition SO
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: Psychology 100 or 104; Psychology 200; and either prior or concurrent enrollment in Psychology 213. Typically offered in alternate years.
315 Laboratory in Personality Psychology SO
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 Psychology majors, minors and NBS concentrators, and then by class. Prerequisite: Psychology 200 and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psychology 215.
320 Laboratory in the Psychology of Time SO
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 and NBS concentrators, and then by class. Prerequisite: Psychology 100; Psychology 200; and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psychology 220. Typically offered in alternate years.
324 Laboratory in Social Psychology SO
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: Psychology 200 and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psychology 224.
325 The Psychology of Close Relationships SO
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: Psychology 100 or consent of instructor.
330 Laboratory in Neural and Behavioral Science: Behavioral Neuroscience NA
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: Psychology 100; Psychology 217 preferred but not required. Offered occasionally.
335 Self and Identity SO
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: Psychology 100 and one of the following: HC Psychology 210, 215 or 224, or BMC Psychology 206 or 208.
341 Laboratory in the Psychology of Pain NA
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: Psychology 200 and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psychology 240
351 Experimental Research and Fieldwork Projects in Psychology SO
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
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: Psychology 100; Psychology 200; and prior or concurrent enrollment in Psychology 260.
370 Neuroscience of Mental Illness NA
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 Psychology 217, 250 or 260, or BMC Psychology 218.
390 Senior Thesis SO
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
Open to senior psychology majors. Prerequisite: Open to Senior Psychology majors. Typically offered every Semester.
392 Senior Research Tutorial in Personality SO
Open to Senior Psychology majors. Typically offered every Semester.
393 Senior Research Tutorial in Social Psychology SO
Open to Senior Psychology majors. Typically offered every Semester.
394 Senior Research Tutorial in Biological Psychology NA
Open to senior psychology majors. Preference given to Neural and Behavioral Science concentrators.
395 Senior Research Tutorial in Cognitive Neuroscience SO
Open to senior Psychology majors. Typically offered every Semester.
480 Independent Study SO
Students should normally plan to take this course for half-credit.
493 Interdisciplinary Examinations of Biologically Significant Research NA (Cross-listed in Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
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