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PSY 501 Advanced Methods for Psychological and Behavioral Research 1 (4 credits)
Advanced methods used in non-experimental and quasi-experimental psychological and behavioral science research. Topics include variable definition and measurement, surveying and sampling, internal and external validity, as well as the principles of ethical research. Designs covered include observational, archival, applied and qualitative, non-experimental, and quasi-experimental.

PSY 502 Advanced Methods for Psychological and Behavioral Research 2 (4 credits)

Advanced methods used in experimental psychological and behavioral science research. Topics include power and validity, parametrics and nonparametrics, interpreting and reporting results. Designs covered include between- and within-subjects, univariate and multivariate, single case and small N.
Prerequisites: PSY 501

PSY 511 Advanced Statistics for Psychological and Behavioral Research 1 (4 credits)
Advanced statistical techniques for analyses of quantitative and qualitative psychological and behavioral science data. Topics investigated include normality check, reliability analysis, multiple regression, and factor analysis. Students are expected to use statistical software, take an active role in data exploration, and present their findings, discussing results in the context of theoretical and empirical literature.

PSY 512 Advanced Statistics for Psychological and Behavioral Research 2 (4 credits)

Advanced statistical techniques for analyses of longitudinal and cross-sectional, parametric and non-parametric psychological and behavioral science data. Topics investigated include ANCOVA, repeated-measures ANOVA, mixed design ANOVA, MANOVA, and path analysis. Students are expected to use statistical software, take an active role in data exploration, and present their findings, discussing results in the context of theoretical and empirical literature.
Prerequisites: PSY 511

PSY 521 Proseminar in Biological and Basic Processes (4 credits)

The concepts, issues, areas of research, and research methods found in the psychological science of biological and basic processes. Topics include brain function, pattern recognition, conditioning, memory, sexual selection, language, consciousness and motivation.

PSY 531 Proseminar in Social and Behavioral Processes (4 credits)
The concepts, issues, areas of research, and research methods found in the psychological science of social and behavioral processes. Topics include social influence, persuasion, personality traits, intelligence, parent-child relationships, sense of community and public health outcomes, behavioral assessments of narcissistic personality disorder, personality correlates of coronary heart disease, cross-cultural similarities and differences in post-traumatic growth.

PSY 595 Instruction in Psychological Science (4 credits)
Basic components of successful teaching, with opportunities to develop pedagogy and practice teaching skills. Skills include developing a syllabus, methods of presenting content and enhancing student learning, classroom management and assessing student performance.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, 512, 521, 531

PSY 621 Cognitive Psychology: Theory and Application (4 credits)
Mental representation and transformation, imagery, attention, memory, language processing, concept formation, problem solving, and computer simulation. Content is discussed in terms of how research into cognitive phenomena informs theory formation and development and translation into practical applications.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521

PSY 622 Animal Cognition (4 credits)
Theories and research related to classic and current studies of non-human cognition. Topics include theory of mind, causal reasoning, memory, metacognition, self-recognition, tool use, planning, cooperation, and social learning. Research discussed covers a range of species including birds, cetaceans, carnivores and primates.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521

PSY 623 Human Vision: Time and Space (4 credits)

In-depth study of the behavioral science of human vision. Topics include signal detection theory, speed of perceptual processes, color vision, form perception, as well as cognitive and unconscious influences on complex visual processes.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521

PSY 624 Neuroanatomy, Brain Development, and Neural Plasticity (4 credits)

The biological foundation of behavior and intensive introduction to neuroscience. Topics include neural signaling, neuroanatomy, brain development, and neural plasticity, as well as, neuroscience perspectives on language, sleep, emotion, sexual behavior, and memory.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521

PSY 625 Conditioning, Learning, and Memory (4 credits)
Major theories of human and animal learning, including classical and instrumental conditioning paradigms, cognitive and observational learning theories, and models of memory.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521

PSY 631 Social Cognition and Interpersonal Processes (4 credits)

Theory and research related to social cognitive phenomena such as causal reasoning, attitude change, counter-factual thinking, and emotive appraisal, as well as their relationship to interpersonal processes including, attraction, conformity, social influence, social loafing and social influence.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 531

PSY 632 Self and Interpersonal Relationships (4 credits)
Theory and research focused on the self and interpersonal relationships. Topics relevant to the self include self-concept, self-esteem, self-regulation, gender identity, and racial identity; topics relevant to interpersonal relationships include romantic relationships, peer relationships, family relationships, groups, and attachment processes.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 531

PSY 633 Life-span Development Theories and Research (4 credits)

Empirical issues and theoretical approaches relevant to life-span development, emphasizing historical and contemporary perspectives. Theories include, Piaget’s theory of cognitive development, information-processing theories, domain-specific theories of cognitive development, attachment theory, dynamic systems theory, ecological theory, socioemotional selectivity theory, resilient aging, and functional neuroaging.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 531

PSY 634 Individuals and Communities (4 credits)
The relationship of the individual to the community including the theories, principles, values and research methods of community psychology.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 531

PSY 635 Analysis of Psychopathology (4 credits)
Theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding of the etiology and maintenance of abnormal behavior. Topics include empirical methods for understanding the processes and mechanisms involved in various deviations from healthy behavior.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 531

PSY 651 Biopsychosocial Factors of Health and Wellness (4 credits)
The interactions among biological, psychological, and sociocultural predictors of health and wellness. Topics include the application of theories of behavior change to health habits; the role of personality, emotions, stress, and coping on health and adjustment to illness; and health disparities associated with ethnicity, class, gender, and age.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521, PSY 531

PSY 652 Evolutionary Psychology and Animal Behavior (4 credits)

The key concepts, questions, and research issues related to the evolution of the mechanisms of mind and behavior in humans and non-humans. Topics investigated include mating, parenting, social exchange, and violence.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521, PSY 531

PSY653 Culture and Trauma (4 credits)
Theoretical perspectives and empirical research on cross-cultural similarities and differences in trauma experiences. Topics include the universal and culture-specific aspects of trauma, coping strategies, social support, PTSD, and posttraumatic growth.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521, PSY 531

PSY 654 Emotion and Motivation (4 credits)
Major theories, research findings, methods and applications reflecting diverse perspectives including social and behavioral as well as biological and neurophysiological approaches. Topics include an array of mediated consequences ranging from social functions and psychopathology to health and brain-behavior relationships.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521, PSY 531

PSY 655 Personality, Individual Differences, and Intelligence (4 credits)
Theoretical perspectives and empirical research on individual differences in personality, including the causes and consequences of individual differences in the major dimensions of personality, as well as the causes, consequences, and assessment of individual differences in intelligence.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521, PSY 531

PSY 656 Biopsychosocial Mediation of Creativity (4 credits)
The manner in which creativity is affected by culture, society, personality, cognition, and biology. Contemporary theories about creativity and the research supporting those theories are discussed and evaluated with the goal of empirically examining creativity and/or applying that knowledge to enhance creativity.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521, PSY 531

PSY 657 Hormones and Human Behavior (4 credits)
This course will discuss the impact our hormonal profiles have on our behavior and how these influences may be adaptive. Topics will include menstrual cycle effects, human mating, parenting, preferences for cues of kinship, competition, and psychosexual differentiation of behavior.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521, PSY 531

PSY 658 Psychology of Human Sexuality (4 credits)
Provides an in-depth account of the current research on the psychology of human sexual behavior. General topics include sexual behavior, risk-taking, theories of sexual orientation, intimacy, and paraphilias. Students will learn to critically examine current findings and theories on human sexuality from a psychological perspective.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521, PSY 531

PSY 659 Current Directions in Evolutionary Psychology (4 credits)
An overview of historical and modern research and theory addressing one or more current directions in evolutionary psychological science. The instructor will introduce key concepts, issues, and areas of research, but in each case students are expected to take an active role in discussing and developing the topic under consideration.
Prerequisites: PSY 502, PSY 512, PSY 521, PSY 531

PSY 690 Master of Science Project (4 credits)
Project approved by Masters Committee. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. May be repeated for additional credit.
Prerequisite: Permission of Masters Committee

PSY 691 Master of Science Thesis (4 credits)
Research approved by Advising or Masters Committee. Graded Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory. May be repeated for additional credit.
Prerequisite: Permission of Advising or Masters Committee

PSY 701 Advanced Topics in Methods of Psychological and Behavioral Research Design (4 credits)
Intensive examination of design and methodological issues specific to advanced research problems in psychological science.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

PSY 711 Advanced Topics in Statistics for Psychological and Behavioral Research (4 credits)
Intensive examination of concepts and computations associated with statistical analysis of research in psychological science.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

PSY 721 Advanced Topics in Biological and Basic Processes (4 credits)
Intensive examination of advanced theoretical and research issues related to biological and basic processes.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

PSY 731 Advanced Topics in Social and Behavioral Processes (4 credits)
Intensive examination of advanced theoretical and research issues related to social and behavioral processes.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

PSY 790 Doctoral Dissertation Research
Research approved by Dissertation Committee. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. May be repeated for additional credit.
Prerequisite: Permission of Dissertation Committee