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Psychological & Brain Sciences (PSY) Course Descriptions


Descriptions of all PSY courses - College of Arts & Sciences Bulletin 2014-2015.


PSY courses sorted by Psychology Degree Requirements

Courses in psychology required to earn the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Psychology are listed below. Only PSY courses taught recently on the Bloomington campus appear below.

While we've made efforts to ensure the accuracy of the requirements described below, the official source of information is the College of Arts & Sciences Bulletin - see degree requirements.

  • To earn either the Psychology BA or Psychology BS, students must complete one of the following entry-level sequences: (a.) P155, P199, and P211, or (b.) P101, P102, P199, and P211, or (c.) P106 and P199.

    • PSY-P 155 Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences (3 cr.) CASE N&M. Description...
      An introduction to psychological and brain sciences for psychology majors. Introduces students to the history of psychology and its place in science, to the experimental method, and to the broad range of topics studied by psychological scientists. Credit given for only one of P101, P106, P151, or P155.
    • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I (3 cr.) CASE N&M. Description...
      Introduction to psychology; its methods, data, and theoretical interpretations in areas of learning, sensory psychology, and psychophysiology. Equivalent to IUPUI B105 and P151. Credit given for only one of P101, or P151, or P106.
    • PSY-P 102 Introductory Psychology II (3 cr.) CASE N&M. Description...
      P: P101 or P151. P: P101 or P151. Continuation of P101. Developmental, social, personality, and abnormal psychology. Equivalent to IUPUI B104 and P152. Credit given for only one of P102, P152, or P106.
    • PSY-P 199 Career Planning for Psychology Majors (1 cr.) Description...
      P: P155, or P101 and P102. Intended for psychology majors only. Where do you want to be 10 years from now? How can you get there? Information for undergraduate majors to help them intelligently organize their undergraduate studies. Information about what psychologists do, professional and practical issues in career choice, course selection, intern/research experience, and planning a course of study.
    • PSY-P 211 Methods of Experimental Psychology (3 cr.) CASE N&M Description...
      P: P155 or P101 or P106 or P151. Design and execution of simple experiments, treatment of results, search of the literature, and preparation of experimental reports. I Sem., II Sem., SS.
  • To earn either the Psychology BA or BS you must complete PSY-K 300 or K310 or a substitute approved by the undergraduate advisor.

    • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.) CASE N&M Description...
      P: MATH M118 or M119. Introduction to statistics; nature of statistical data; ordering and manipulation of data; measures of central tendency and dispersion; elementary probability. Concepts of statistical inference and decision: estimation and hypothesis testing. Special topics include regression and correlation, analysis of variance, non-parametric methods. Credit given for only one of K310 or K300, ANTH A306, CJUS K300, ECON E370 or S370, MATH K300 or K310, POLS Y395, SOC S371, STAT K310 or S300 or S301, or SPEA K300. I Sem., II Sem., SS.
    • PSY-K 310 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.) CASE N&M Description...
      P: MATH M119 or equivalent. Introduction to probability and statistics; elementary probability theory, conditional probability, independence, random variables, discrete and continuous probability distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion. Covers concepts of statistical inference and decision; estimation and hypothesis testing; Bayesian inference; and statistical decision theory. Special topics include regression and correlation, time series, analysis of variance, non-parametric methods. Credit given for only one of K310 or K300, ANTH A306, CJUS K300, ECON E370 or S370, MATH K300 or K310, POLS Y395, SOC S371, STAT K310 or S300 or S301, or SPEA K300. I Sem., II Sem., SS.
  • To earn either the Psychology BA or BS you must complete all of the foundational courses:

    • PSY-P 304 Social Psychology and Individual Differences (3 cr.) CASE S&H Description...
      P: P101 or P106 or P151 or P155 or equivalent. A foundations course illustrating how psychological questions and problems can be addressed from the social, group, and individual differences level of analysis. Credit given for only one of P304 or P320.
    • PSY-P 335 Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.) CASE N&M Description...
      P: P101 or P106 or P151 or P155. Introduction to human cognitive processes, including attention and perception, memory, psycholinguistics, problem solving, and thinking.
    • PSY-P 346 Neuroscience (3 cr.) Description...
      P: P155, or P101, P106, or P151 or equivalent. A survey of contemporary neuroscience, examining the neural basis of behavior with approaches including molecular, cellular, developmental, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience. Sensory and motor function, learning and memory, and other behaviors are considered using anatomical, physiological, behavioral, biochemical, and genetic approaches, providing a balanced view of neuroscience.
  • If you're working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, you must complete two elective courses. Bachelor of Science in Psychology students are not required to take any psychology elective courses.

    • PSY-P 303 Health Psychology (3 cr.) CASE N&M. Description...
      PSY-P 303. P: P155, or P101 and P102, or P151 and P152. Focuses on the role of psychological factors in health and illness. Through readings, lecture, and discussion, students will become better consumers of research on behavior-health interactions and develop a broad base of knowledge concerning how behaviors and other psychological factors can affect health both positively and negatively.
    • PSY-P 315 Developmental Psychology (3 cr.) CASE S&H. Description...
      PSY-P 315. P: P155, or P101 and P102, or P106, or P151 and P152. An introduction to how and why behavior changes over time. The theories and methods used to study behavioral change in both human and nonhuman models. Topics include development in perception, movement, language, cognition, and social/emotional behavior.
    • PSY-P 319 Psychology of Personality (3 cr.) CASE S&H. Description...
      PSY-P 319. P: P155, or P101 and P102, or P151 and P152, or P106. Methods and results of scientific study of personality. Basic concepts of personality traits and their measurements, developmental influences, and problems of integration.
    • PSY-P 323 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 cr.) CASE S&H. Description...
      PSY-P 323. P: P155, or P101 and P102, or P151 and P152, or P106. The application of psychological data and theory to the behavior of individuals within organizational settings. Special emphasis on critical assessment of applied techniques.
    • PSY-P 324 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.) CASE S&H. Description...
      PSY-P 324. P: P155, or P101 and P102, or P151 and P152, or P106. A first course in abnormal psychology with emphasis on forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, development, interpretation, and final manifestations.
    • PSY-P 329 Sensation and Perception (3 cr.) CASE N&M. Description...
      PSY-P 329. P: P155 or P101 or P151 or P106. R: MATH M026 or M119 or introductory physics. Basic data, theories, psychophysics, illusions, and other topics fundamental to understanding sensory and perceptual processes.
    • PSY-P 330 Perception/Action (3 cr.) CASE N&. Description...
      PSY-P 330. P: P155 or P101 or P151 or P106. Roboticists know that actions like catching a fly ball are exceedingly complex, yet people perform them effortlessly. How perceptual information is generated by and used in guiding such actions is covered, as are issues of motor coordination and control. Classes include laboratories on analysis of optic flow and limb movements. Credit given for only one of PSY-P 330 or COGS-Q 330.
    • PSY-P 336 Psychological Tests and Individual Differences (3 cr.) CASE N&M. Description...
      PSY-P 336. P: P155, or P101 and P102, or P151 and P152, or P106; and K300 or K310. Principles of psychological testing. Representative tests and their uses for evaluation and prediction. Emphasis on concepts of reliability, validity, standardization, norms, and item analysis.
    • PSY-P 350 Human Factors/Ergonomics (3 cr.) CASE N&M. Description...
      PSY-P 350. P: P155 or P101 or P151 or P106. Theories and data of experimental psychology applied to the problems of the interaction of people and technology.
    • PSY-P 351 Psychobiology, Self, and Society (3 cr.) CASE N&M. Description...
      PSY-P 351. P: P155 or P101 or P106 or P151, or permission of instructor. The physiological and neural bases of selected behavioral processes (for example, hunger, thirst, sleep, addiction, aggression, sex) will be examined as a means of understanding individual behavior and then in relation to larger, related issues of ethics, law, and societal organization.
    • PSY-P 357 Topics in Psychology (3 cr.) Description...
      PSY-P 357. P: P101 or P106 or P151 or P155 or equivalent. Introduction to fundamental issues, integrative approaches, and real-world applications of psychology. Examples include investigating a topic from a developmental, cognitive, individual difference, and neuroscience perspective; or addiction from a clinical, developmental, social, and neuroscience point of view.
    • PSY-P 375 Intimate Relationships (3 cr.). Description...
      PSY-P P375. P: P155 or P102 or P152. Focuses on the social psychology of relationships, including marriage, divorce, human sexuality, jealousy, communication, and friendships.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree students must complete one advanced course. Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree students must complete three advanced courses.

    • PSY-P 337 Clinical Neuroscience (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. Psychological disorders such as depression and autism exact a huge toll in human suffering and social costs. This course surveys the role of disturbed neural mechanisms on the development of psychological disorders. Methods for investigating the relationship between a disorder and proposed mechanisms will be critically evaluated.
    • PSY-P 349 Cognitive Neuroscience (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. An overview of the field of cognitive neuroscience. The neural basis of cognition is studied by considering the impact of neuropsychological case studies, neuroimaging (ERP and fMRI), and behavioral investigations on our understanding of sensory-motor systems, learning, memory, emotion, and spatial behavior.
    • PSY-P 402 Honors Seminar (3 cr.). Description...
      P: Approval of departmental honors committee or consent of instructor. Students may enroll in one of several seminars led by various instructors. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credit hours. See Honors Degree in Psychology or Neuroscience.
    • PSY-P 405 Elementary Mathematical Psychology (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P: P155 or P101 or P151 or P106; MATH M118 and M119. R: MATH M360. Survey of mathematically oriented psychological theories and their applications to learning, perception, psychophysics, decision making, small groups, etc.
    • PSY-P 406 Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P346. Provides an overview of the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience, the study of the relation among human brain function, development, and behavior. Critically examines recent research that applies an integration of neurobiological and psychological perspectives to the study of typical and atypical cognitive development.
    • PSY-P 407 Drugs and the Nervous System (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. Introduction to the major psychoactive drugs and how they act upon the brain to influence behavior. Discussion of the role of drugs as therapeutic agents for various clinical disorders and as probes to provide insight into brain function.
    • PSY-P 409 Neural Bases of Sensory Function (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. Detailed description of the neural systems responsible for vision, touch, hearing, taste, smell, and balance. Similarities and differences in the strategies employed by these systems will be stressed.
    • PSY-P 410 Development of the Brain and Behavior (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. Examination of the interaction of the developing brain with the behavior it mediates. Cellular systems and organismal levels of analysis will all be considered in the organization of structure function relationships in the neural basis of behavior.
    • PSY-P 411 Neural Bases of Learning and Memory (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. Comprehensive survey of theories and data concerned with neural correlates of associative and non-associative forms of learning and memory. Vertebrate and invertebrate model systems and preparations as well as data obtained from the human neuropsychology literature will be studied.
    • PSY-P 423 Human Neuropsychology (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346 or equivalent. A critical examination of neurological functioning with respect to human and other animal behavior. Assesses the behavioral functions of neural structures and systems through understanding the behavioral consequences of brain damage and through basic experimental study.
    • PSY-P 425 Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P324. A survey of major behavior disorders, with emphasis on empirical research and clinical description relative to etiology, assessment, prognosis, and treatment.
    • PSY-P 430 Behavior Modification (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P324 or P325 or consent of instructor. Principles, techniques, and applications of behavior modification, including reinforcement, aversive conditioning, observational learning, desensitization, self-control, and modification of cognitions.
    • PSY-P 437 Neurobiology of Addictions (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P346, and two biology courses (e.g., L112, L211). (Concurrent enrollment in P346 and biology courses only with permission of the instructor.) Provides an in-depth look at the neurobiological bases of addictions, from the cellular, molecular, and systems neuroscience levels of analysis.
    • PSY-P 441 Neuropsychology of Language (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P346 or P335 or P326. Introduction to the neuroscience of language comprehension, including the basic neuroanatomy of the language system and levels of processing from single word to discourse level. Discussion of such language disorders as dyslexia and aphasia.
    • PSY-P 442 Infant Development (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P315 or P316. Surveys cognitive, socio-emotional, and perceptual motor development during the first two years of life. Emphasis is on theory and research addressing fundamental questions about the developmental process, especially the biological bases for developmental change.
    • PSY-P 448 Social Judgment and Person Perception (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P320 or P304. Judgments, decisions, and perceptions of a social nature include self-knowledge, judgments of causality, biases and errors of social judgment such as stereotyping, and the relation of thinking and feeling. Principles will be considered in the context of applied areas such as law and psychotherapy.
    • PSY-P 449 Social Psychology of Public Opinion (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P320 or P304. Describes the methods of public opinion research, empowering students to become informed consumers of poll results. Covers basic social psychological processes that shape opinions, such as people's self-interest, group memberships, personal experiences, and conformity. Homework involves analysis and interpretation of data from recent surveys on social and political attitudes.
    • PSY-P 452 Psychology in the Business Environment (3 cr.). Description...
      P: One 300-level course in psychology. R: P304 or P320. The application of psychological methods and theory to business settings including marketing, human resources, consulting, and human factors.
    • PSY-P 453 Decision-making and the Brain (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P335 or P346. An exploration of how individuals make decisions and what different parts of the brain contribute to decision-making. Focuses on the cognitive psychology of decision-making and on exciting recent advances in the cognitive neuroscience of decision-making, including the new field of neuroeconomics.
    • PSY-P 455 The Role of Psychology in Legal Doctrine (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P320 or P304. What does psychology theory and research have to offer the law? Explores several important ways in which psychology theory and research can be helpful in making legal decisions and in formulating legal doctrine and policy.
    • PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (1-3 cr.). Description...
      P: Prerequisites vary according to the topics offered and are specified in the Schedule of Classes each term. Studies in special topics not ordinarily covered in other departmental courses. Topics vary with instructor and semester. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
    • PSY-P 459 History and Systems of Psychology (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P101 and P102, or P155, or P106; and 6 additional credit hours in psychology. Historical background and critical evaluation of major theoretical systems of modern psychology: structuralism, associationism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and psychoanalysis. Methodological problems of theory construction and system making. Emphasizes integration of recent trends.
    • PSY-P 460 The Psychology of Women (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P101 and P102, or P155, or P106; and 3 additional credit hours in psychology. Focus is on a wide range of psychological issues of importance to women (e.g., gender stereotypes, women and work, the victimization of women, etc).
    • PSY-P 461 Human Memory (3 cr.). Description...
      P: K300 and P335. Research, theory, and data on human memory and information-processing models of memory. Credit given for only one of P461 or P340.
    • PSY-P 466 Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. Introduction to the cellular and molecular processes that give the nervous system its unique character. Covers the cell biology of neurons and glia and mechanisms of synaptic plasticity. Examines the genetic and molecular approaches to the biological basis for higher brain functions such as learning and memory.
    • PSY-P 467 Diseases of the Nervous System (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P346 and P466. Provides insights into some of the diseases that affect the nervous system from a cellular and molecular perspective. Studies the pathological processes affecting neurons and glia that underlie their malfunction or death. Explores in depth some neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and dementia. Also explores experimental approaches to uncover the molecular basis of some of the diseases.
    • PSY-P 469 Stress Effects on Brain and Behavior (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. This seminar examines the neurobiology of stress effects on cognition, psychopathology, and health, from the cellular to the systems level. Through readings from primary literature, discussions, and lectures, students will develop a base of knowledge and think critically about the neural and behavioral effects of stress.
    • PSY-P 470 Molecular Methods in Neuroscience Research (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. In-depth discussion of primary research papers used to introduce neuroscience-oriented students to classical and contemporary techniques used in cellular and molecular research.
    • PSY-P 474 Psychology of Adolescent Girls (3 cr.). Description...
      P: PSY-P 211 and PSY-P 315, or consent of instructor. Examination of the development and psychological changes in girls as they progress through adolescence. Through readings from primary literature, discussions, lectures, and application in a service-learning setting, students will develop a base of knowledge, think critically about the issues, and apply this knowledge in a community setting. If offered as a non-service learning course, a project or paper will be assigned in place of community service.
    • PSY-P 495 Readings and Research in Psychology (1-3 cr.). Description...
      P: Written consent of instructor, junior or senior standing. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree students must complete one capstone course or appropriate substitute. Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree students must complete two capstone courses or appropriate substitutes.

    • PSY-P 404 Computer and Statistical Models in Psychology (3 cr.). Description...
      P: K300 or K310. This laboratory course provides an introduction to elementary mathematical, statistical, and computer models in psychology. Students learn to use computer spreadsheet packages to program formal models and to apply the models to analyze data obtained in psychological experiments.
    • PSY-P 421 Laboratory in Social Psychology (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P211; K300 or K310, and P320 or P304. Research methodology in the study of social behavior.
    • PSY-P 424 Laboratory in Sensation and Perception (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P211; K300 or K310, and P329. The experimental investigation of current and classical problems in sensory psychology and perception.
    • PSY-P 426 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P211; K300 or K310; and P326 or P346. Experiments with and demonstrations of contemporary approaches in behavioral neuroscience.
    • PSY-P 429 Laboratory in Developmental Psychology (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P211; K300 or K310; and P315 or P316. Research methods in developmental psychology and their application to selected problems in the development of humans and of nonhuman species.
    • PSY-P 433 Laboratory in Neuroimaging Methods (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P211 or P106; P326 or P346; K300 or acceptable substitute. Laboratory experience in all facets of a neuroimaging experiment, including experimental design, data acquisition, data analysis, data interpretation, and data presentation. Introductory magnetic resonance (MR) physics and the physiology of blood oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) changes are included.
    • PSY-P 435 Laboratory in Human Learning and Cognition (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P211; K300 or K310; and P325 or P335. Experimental study of human learning and cognitive processes.
    • PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (3 cr.). Description...
      IMPORTANT: Only sections of PSY P-457 listed as a "Lab" will fulfill the capstone/lab requirement - check with your academic advisor. P: Prerequisites vary according to the topics offered and are specified in the Schedule of Classes each term. Studies in special topics not ordinarily covered in other departmental courses. Topics vary with instructor and semester. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
    • PSY-P 472 Laboratory in Brain Electrical Activity (3 cr.). Description...
      P: K300 and P346. Surveys the principles/practice of human brain electrical activity recording techniques used in research and in the clinic, including electroencephalography (EEG) and event related potentials (ERPs). Primarily hands-on lab learning, small group recording practice and subsequent data analysis, supplemented by lectures, seminars, discussions and demonstrations.
    • PSY-P 473 Laboratory in Molecular Neuroscience (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P346 or consent of instructor. Laboratory course designed to provide the advanced undergraduate with training in molecular techniques useful for studying the nervous system. Techniques will include PCR, subcloning, bacterial transformation, mammalian cell transfection, working with fluorescent proteins, RNA interference, Western blotting and sectioning/staining brain tissues.
    • PSY-P 493 Supervised Research I (2-3 cr.). Description...
      P: P155, or P151 and P152, or P101 and P102, or P106; P211; K300 or K310. Active participation in research. An independent experiment of modest magnitude, participation in ongoing research in a single laboratory. Students who enroll in P493 will be expected to enroll in P494. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6 credit hours. See Research Opportunities.
    • PSY-P 494 Supervised Research II (2-3 cr.). Description...
      P: P493. A continuation of P493. Course will include a journal report of the two semesters of work. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6 credit hours. See Research Opportunities.
    • PSY-P 499 Honors Thesis Research (1-12 cr.; max. 12 cr.). Description...
      P: Approval of departmental honors committee. May be substituted for advanced laboratory requirement or, given the permission of the departmental honors committee, for certain other requirements in the program for majors. See Research Opportunities and Honors Degree in Psychology or Neuroscience.

PSY courses sorted by Neuroscience Degree Requirements

PSY courses required to earn the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience are listed below. Only courses taught recently on the Bloomington campus appear.

While we've made efforts to ensure the accuracy of the requirements described below, the official source of information is the College of Arts & Sciences Bulletin - see degree requirements.

  • Neuroscience majors must complete PSY-P 155 or PSY-P 101 or PSY-P 106.

    • PSY-P 155 Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences (3 cr.) CASE N&M. Description...
      An introduction to psychological and brain sciences for psychology majors. Introduces students to the history of psychology and its place in science, to the experimental method, and to the broad range of topics studied by psychological scientists. Credit given for only one of P101, P106, or P155.
    • PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology I (3 cr.) CASE N&M. Description...
      Introduction to psychology; its methods, data, and theoretical interpretations in areas of learning, sensory psychology, and psychophysiology. Equivalent to IUPUI B105. Credit given for only one of P101, P106, or P155.
  • Neuroscience majors must complete PSY-P 346 (or P326).

    • PSY-P 346 Neuroscience (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P155 or P101 or P106 or P151 or equivalent. A survey of contemporary neuroscience, examining the neural basis of behavior with approaches including molecular, cellular, developmental, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience. Sensory and motor function, learning and memory, and other behaviors are considered using anatomical, physiological, behavioral, biochemical, and genetic approaches, providing a balanced view of neuroscience. Credit given for only one of P346 or P326.
  • Neuroscience majors must complete PSY-K 300 or K310 or a substitute approved by the undergraduate advisor.

    • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.) CASE N&M Description...
      P: MATH M118 or M119. Introduction to statistics; nature of statistical data; ordering and manipulation of data; measures of central tendency and dispersion; elementary probability. Concepts of statistical inference and decision: estimation and hypothesis testing. Special topics include regression and correlation, analysis of variance, non-parametric methods.
    • PSY-K 310 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.) CASE N&M Description...
      P: MATH M119 or equivalent. Introduction to probability and statistics; elementary probability theory, conditional probability, independence, random variables, discrete and continuous probability distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion. Covers concepts of statistical inference and decision; estimation and hypothesis testing; Bayesian inference; and statistical decision theory. Special topics include regression and correlation, time series, analysis of variance, non-parametric methods.
  • Neuroscience majors must complete four advanced neuroscience courses:

    • PSY-P 337 Clinical Neuroscience (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. Psychological disorders such as depression and autism exact a huge toll in human suffering and social costs. This course surveys the role of disturbed neural mechanisms on the development of psychological disorders. Methods for investigating the relationship between a disorder and proposed mechanisms will be critically evaluated.
    • PSY-P 349 Cognitive Neuroscience (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. An overview of the field of cognitive neuroscience. The neural basis of cognition is studied by considering the impact of neuropsychological case studies, neuroimaging (ERP and fMRI), and behavioral investigations on our understanding of sensory-motor systems, learning, memory, emotion, and spatial behavior.
    • PSY-P 406 Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P346. Provides an overview of the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience, the study of the relation among human brain function, development, and behavior. Critically examines recent research that applies an integration of neurobiological and psychological perspectives to the study of typical and atypical cognitive development.
    • PSY-P 407 Drugs and the Nervous System (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. Introduction to the major psychoactive drugs and how they act upon the brain to influence behavior. Discussion of the role of drugs as therapeutic agents for various clinical disorders and as probes to provide insight into brain function.
    • PSY-P 409 Neural Bases of Sensory Function (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. Detailed description of the neural systems responsible for vision, touch, hearing, taste, smell, and balance. Similarities and differences in the strategies employed by these systems will be stressed.
    • PSY-P 410 Development of the Brain and Behavior (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. Examination of the interaction of the developing brain with the behavior it mediates. Cellular systems and organismal levels of analysis will all be considered in the organization of structure function relationships in the neural basis of behavior.
    • PSY-P 411 Neural Bases of Learning and Memory (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. Comprehensive survey of theories and data concerned with neural correlates of associative and non-associative forms of learning and memory. Vertebrate and invertebrate model systems and preparations as well as data obtained from the human neuropsychology literature will be studied.
    • PSY-P 423 Human Neuropsychology (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346 or equivalent. A critical examination of neurological functioning with respect to human and other animal behavior. Assesses the behavioral functions of neural structures and systems through understanding the behavioral consequences of brain damage and through basic experimental study.
    • PSY-P 437 Neurobiology of Addictions (3 cr.). Description...
      CASE N&M P: P101 or P106 or P155, and P346, and two biology courses (e.g., L112, L211). (Concurrent enrollment in P346 and biology courses only with permission of the instructor.) Provides an in-depth look at the neurobiological bases of addictions, from the cellular, molecular, and systems neuroscience levels of analysis.
    • PSY-P 441 Neuropsychology of Language (3 cr.) Description...
      P: P346 or P335 or P326. Introduction to the neuroscience of language comprehension, including the basic neuroanatomy of the language system and levels of processing from single word to discourse level. Discussion of such language disorders as dyslexia and aphasia.
    • PSY-P 453 Decision-making and the Brain (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P335 or P346. An exploration of how individuals make decisions and what different parts of the brain contribute to decision-making. Focuses on the cognitive psychology of decision-making and on exciting recent advances in the cognitive neuroscience of decision-making, including the new field of neuroeconomics.
    • PSY-P 456 Reproductive Neuroscience (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P346 with a grade of B or higher. R: A biology course at the 300-400 level. Recent and historical literature in the field of reproductive neuroscience. Includes information about sexual differentiation of the brain during development and puberty, sexual differentiation of the neurophysiology of the reproductive tract, decision making in sexual context, and human studies of sexuality. Develops skills to critically evaluate basic scientific literature and develop presentations.
    • PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (1-3 cr.). Description...
      Any topic with P346 or P326 as a prerequisite will count as an Advanced Neuroscience course (1-3 cr.) P: Prerequisites vary according to the topics offered and are specified in the Schedule of Classes each term. Studies in special topics not ordinarily covered in other departmental courses. Topics vary with instructor and semester. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
    • PSY-P 466 Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology (3 cr.) CASE N&M. Description...
      P: P326 or P346. Introduction to the cellular and molecular processes that give the nervous system its unique character. Covers the cell biology of neurons and glia and mechanisms of synaptic plasticity. Examines the genetic and molecular approaches to the biological basis for higher brain functions such as learning and memory.
    • PSY-P 467 Diseases of the Nervous System (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P346 and P466. Provides insights into some of the diseases that affect the nervous system from a cellular and molecular perspective. Studies the pathological processes affecting neurons and glia that underlie their malfunction or death. Explores in depth some neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and dementia. Also explores experimental approaches to uncover the molecular basis of some of the diseases.
    • PSY-P 469 Stress Effects on Brain and Behavior (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. This seminar examines the neurobiology of stress effects on cognition, psychopathology, and health, from the cellular to the systems level. Through readings from primary literature, discussions, and lectures, students will develop a base of knowledge and think critically about the neural and behavioral effects of stress.
    • PSY-P 470 Molecular Methods in Neuroscience Research (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P326 or P346. In-depth discussion of primary research papers used to introduce neuroscience-oriented students to classical and contemporary techniques used in cellular and molecular research.
    • BIOL-L 410 Brain Behavior and Evolution.
    • PHYS-P 317.
  • Neuroscience majors must complete one laboratory course: Select one from PSY-P 426, PSY-P 433, PSY-P 472, PSY-P 473, or an approved neuroscience laboratory using an appropriate departmental research course for enrollment such as: PSY-P 493, PSY-P 494, PSY-P 499, BIOL-L 490, CHEM-C 409, PHYS-S 406, SPHS-S 480.

    • PSY-P 426 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P155, or P151 and P152, or P101 and P102, or P106; P211; K300 or K310; and P326 or P346. Experiments with and demonstrations of contemporary approaches in behavioral neuroscience.
    • PSY-P 433 Laboratory in Neuroimaging Methods (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P211 or P106; P326 or P346; K300 or acceptable substitute. Laboratory experience in all facets of a neuroimaging experiment, including experimental design, data acquisition, data analysis, data interpretation, and data presentation. Introductory magnetic resonance (MR) physics and the physiology of blood oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) changes are included.
    • PSY-P 472 Laboratory in Brain Electrical Activity (3 cr.). Description...
      P: K300 and P346. Surveys the principles/practice of human brain electrical activity recording techniques used in research and in the clinic, including electroencephalography (EEG) and event related potentials (ERPs). Primarily hands-on lab learning, small group recording practice and subsequent data analysis, supplemented by lectures, seminars, discussions and demonstrations.
    • PSY-P 473 Laboratory in Molecular Neuroscience (3 cr.). Description...
      P: P346 or consent of instructor. Laboratory course designed to provide the advanced undergraduate with training in molecular techniques useful for studying the nervous system. Techniques will include PCR, subcloning, bacterial transformation, mammalian cell transfection, working with fluorescent proteins, RNA interference, Western blotting and sectioning/staining brain tissues.
    • PSY-P 493 Supervised Research I (2-3 cr.). Description...
      P: P155, or P151 and P152, or P101 and P102, or P106; P211; K300 or K310. Active participation in research. An independent experiment of modest magnitude, participation in ongoing research in a single laboratory. Students who enroll in P493 will be expected to enroll in P494. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6 credit hours. See Research Opportunities.
    • PSY-P 494 Supervised Research II (2-3 cr.). Description...
      P: P493. A continuation of P493. Course will include a journal report of the two semesters of work. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6 credit hours. See Research Opportunities.
    • PSY-P 499 Honors Thesis Research (1-12 cr.; max. 12 cr.). Description...
      P: Approval of departmental honors committee. May be substituted for advanced laboratory requirement or, given the permission of the departmental honors committee, for certain other requirements in the program for majors. See Honors Degree and Research Opportunities.

Topics in Psychology (PSY-P 357 and PSY-P 457) courses address special topics not ordinarily covered in other departmental courses. Topics courses often provide students with cutting-edge insights and experiences.

The titles and descriptions of Topics courses aren't in the standard course descriptions provided above because the course content varies with the instructor and semester.

Look for descriptions and prerequisites of sections of Topics courses offered each term in the Schedule of Classes (for example: Fall 2014: PSY-P 357 and Fall 2014: PSY-P 457) or in Onestart.

To see the degree requirements each section of Topics offered this semester fulfills, go to the Register for Classes page and look for the PBS Registration document under Step 2. Choose Courses.

Titles of recent Topics in Psychology courses include:

  • Biobehavioral Models of Substance Abuse
  • Cognitive Psychology of Pop Media
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Human Infancy
  • Introduction to Clinical Science
  • Lab in Lipid Signaling
  • Lab in Research Methods in Neuroscience
  • Mood Disorders & Schizophrenia
  • Psychology of Human Performance
  • Psychological Interventions & Evaluation
  • Psychology and Neuroscience of Autism
  • Psychology of Educational Technology
  • Real World Program Evaluation - Service Learning
  • Remarkable Dimensions of Face Perception
  • Relationship Science
  • Social Psychology Interventions
  • Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • The Connected Brain
  • The Science of Morality

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