This course is designed as an overview of the discipline of psychology. Topics including biological psychology, evolutionary approaches, cognition, social psychology, personality and individual differences, and psychopathology and health will be covered. In addition to these specific topic areas, overarching themes and theoretical issues within the field of psychology will be emphasized throughout the course, with particular attention given to empirical approaches.

Instructor Information

Benjamin Le
Assistant Professor of Psychology
e-mail: ble@haverford.edu
Office: Sharpless 411b
Office Hours: Mondays 4:15-5:15pm; MWF 11:30am-noon; and by appointment


Course Documents & Links

  • Paper assignment (PDF)
  • Journal articles to select from for the paper assignment:
    (note: the login and password to access these papers is the same as for other course readings)


Topics, Schedule, and Readings

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SCHEDULE BELOW IS OUT OF DATE.
>>Click here for the revised schedule.

 

 

Date

Topic

Readings etc.
(click to access; login & password provided in the syllabus)

  Introduction to Psychology

Week 1

1/18

No Class - MLK Day

 

 

1/20

Course Introduction

 

Week 2

1/25

The Science of Psychology

Tavris (2003)
Shaffer (2003)

  1/27 No class - SPSP Conference  

Week 3

2/1

The History of Psychological Science

Gray (2002) ch. 1

  Biological & Evolutionary Approaches

 

2/3

Evolution and Human Universals

Gray (2002) ch. 3
Johnston (1999) ch. 2 (pp. 21-37)
Johnston (1999) ch. 5
Ohman & Mineka (2003)

Week 4

2/8

Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology

Gray (2002) ch. 5
McEwen (1994) ch. 9

 

2/10

Neural Activity & Communication

LeDoux (2002) ch. 3

Week 5

2/15

EXAM 1

 

  Cognition

 

2/17

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Gray (2002) ch. 9

Week 6

2/22

Perception

Gray (2002) ch. 8 (pp. 297-321)

 

2/24

Attention

Smith & Chamberlin (1992)
Manhart (2004)

Week 7

3/1

Memory

Loftus (1997)
Schacter (1999)
Perfect & Askew (1994)

  Social Psychology

 

3/3

Introduction to Social Psychology; Conformity

Baron et al. (1998)
Aronson (2004) ch. 2

Week 8

3/8

No class - Spring Break

 

 

3/10

No class - Spring Break

 

Week 9

3/15

Social Cognition

Walton & Dweck (2009)
Krull
& Erickson (1995)
Fiske & Taylor (1999)

 

3/17

Attitudes & Persuasion

Petty et al. (1983)

Week 10

3/22

Self-Justification

Aronson (2004) ch. 5

  3/24

Stereotyping, Prejudice, & Aggression

Allport (1954)
Steele (1999)
Bushman & Anderson (2001)

Week 11

3/29

EXAM 2

 

  Personality & Individual Differences

 

3/31

Introduction to Personality Psychology; Traits

Gray (2002) ch. 15
Roberts et al. (2005)
Furnham & Bradley (1997)

Week 12

4/5

Traits & Behavioral Genetics

Paulhus et al. (1999)
Bouchard (1994)

PAPER DUE

 

4/7

Social Cognitive Approaches to Personality

Bushman & Anderson (2002)

Week 13

4/12

Psychodynamic & Humanistic Approaches to Personality

Adler et al. (2006)
Kalb (2006)
Rogers (1947)

  Mental & Physical Health

 

4/14

Biological Approaches to Depression

Kosslyn & Rosenberg (2001)

Week 14

4/19

Social and Cognitive Approaches to Depression

Solomon (2001)
Lyubomirksy et al. (1998)

 

4/21

Health Psychology

Cohen & Pressman (2006)
Sapolsky (2000)

Week 15

4/26

Health Psychology

 

 

4/28

EXAM 3

 

Week 16

 

Finals week

 

 


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