Term: Spring 2018
Subject: Psychological Science
Introduction to the entire field, emphasizing the behavior of the normal adult human being.
Basic course in principles of research methodology, including design and reporting. Prepares students to understand and evaluate psychological research in a variety of areas of psychology. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.
Analysis of quantitative data in psychology. Calculation and interpretation of common statistical tests, including t-test, correlation, regression, chi-square, and ANOVA. Laboratory experiences. Prerequisite: PSYS 053.
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Biological bases of behavior: classical and contemporary issues, including introduction to nervous system, behavioral effects of drugs, chemical bases of behavioral disorders. Prerequisites: PSYS 001 or BIOL 001.
An introduction to theory and research on the science of how one's situation influences individual thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.
Survey of research and theories on child development from conception to adolescence emphasizing experimental analyses of early social and cognitive development. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.
Describing and defining abnormal behavior; models of etiology; research evidence for biological and social models; methods of intervention and prevention. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.
On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Will include an in-class component. Offered at department discretion.
Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.
Intermediate courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: PSYS 001.
Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission only.
Analysis of theory and research on the basic learning process and behavior. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 111.
Research and theories on the major areas within cognition: perception, attention, pattern recognition, memory, knowledge representations, mnemonic strategies, problem-solving and neurocognition. Prerequisites: PSYS 054 and PSYS 111.
Theory and research on motives, including hunger, fear, sex drive, and addiction, their influence on behavior, relationship to other psychological processes, and biological correlates. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 111.
Effects of drugs (both medical and recreational) on behavior. Topics such as drug effects on learning, memory, motivation, perception, emotions, and aggression. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; PSYS 115 or NSCI 111.
An advanced course in social psychology that covers theory and research on the self and social cognition. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 130.
Study of the psychological impact of macro and micro features of organizations upon leadership, decision making, workforce diversity, group process, conflict, and organizational performances. Prerequisite: PSYS 053; and PSYS 111 or PSYS 130 or PSYS 150 or PSYS 170.
Development of emotion and temperament from infancy through middle childhood, including links between these topics and physiology, and context (e.g. attachment, parenting, family conflict). Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 150.
Examination of theory and research concerning interpersonal development in humans from infancy through adulthood. Emphasizes relationships among language, cognition, and social development. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 150.
An introduction to the theory and research in the study of families. Topics include dating, mate selection, adult attachment, marriage, parenting, divorce, single parenting, remarriage, and issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, and culture. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; and PSYS 150 or PSYS 170.
Examines how physical activity (PA) may assist in managing symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other common conditions such as anxiety, depression, and autism. Students spend one hour/week in the UVM classroom with remaining time spent implementing PA in educational settings. Prerequisites: PSYS 001 or EDSP 005 or EDEC 001; Instructor permission.
An overview of theory, research, and practice in developmental psychopathology from infancy through adolescence. The major disorders of social and emotional development reviewed. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; and PSYS 150 or PSYS 170.
Study of basic principles of interviewing, testing, assessment from life situations, and report writing. Examination of the most common approaches to psychotherapy. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 170.
Psychology of the cause, treatment, and prevention of physical illness and disability. Topics include: stress, health behavior, medical compliance, patient-provider relationships, coping with illness. Prerequisites: PSYS 053 and PSYS 170.
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisites: PSYS 053; and PSYS 111 or PSYS 115 or PSYS 130 or PSYS 150 or PSYS 170.
Continuation of PSYS 304. In-depth study of the analysis of variance and multiple regression. Further study of analysis and interpretation of data from the behavioral sciences. Prerequisites: Psychology or Neuroscience graduate standing and PSYS 304.
Review and analysis of contemporary theories of associative learning. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
This seminar focuses on key issues in developmental psychology, including an examination and critique of psychological theories, methods, and research in child and adolescent development. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Review of literature relating to theory, practice, research. Emphasis on the evaluation of a variety of procedures applied to behavior disorders in adults. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
The origins of professions and of psychology in particular. Accreditation, laws affecting psychology, organization of the profession, licensing certification, and the code of ethics for psychology. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Year-long, 20 hours/week supervised service delivery involving psychological intervention assessment and consultation. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Clinical psychology internship experience. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Selected topics in depth; emphasis on critical analysis of original literature. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Research leading toward completion of the master's thesis. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Discussion of current research and student research presentation in areas of concentration ("clusters"). Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Readings, with conferences, to provide graduate students with background and specialized knowledge relating to an area in which an appropriate course is not offered. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.
Research leading toward completion of the doctoral dissertation. Prerequisite: Psychology graduate standing only.