FALL 2018 GRADUATE COURSES

PSYC 211 - Statistical Inference
CRN: 19046 (Lecture), 20363 (Discussion), 20362 (Lab)
(Students must register for Lecture, Discussion, and Lab.
Instructor: Daniel Ozer
Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 140pm-300pm, Psychology 1205 (Lecture): Friday 110pm-400pm, Psychology 1205 (Discussion & Lab).

Topic: Examines basic issues related to the application of statistical inference, effect size estimation, and significance tests to various research paradigms in psychology. Discusses aspects of psychological measurement and the appropriateness of particular statistical techniques to different types of psychological
data.

PSYC 233 - Research Methods in Psychology
Instructor: David Rosenbaum
Time: Wednesday 9:10-12:00
Topic: MATLAB

Description: This class will be for students who wish to learn MATLAB, the technical computing language used by an ever-growing community of psychologists, neuroscientists, and others to develop computational models, visualize results, analyze data, and collect data in new experiments. The class will be run in a way that lets you progress as far as you can given your own needs and interests. Students with no programming background will be welcome. The text will be MATLAB For Behavioral Scientists (Second Edition), by the instructor along with two co-authors (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2015).

PSYC 255 - Seminar in Social Psychology
CRN: 23841
Instructor: Sonja Lyubomirsky
Time: 09:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Psychology 3210
Topic: The Science of Well-Being

Description: The science of well-being focuses on the sources of psychological wellness – for example, on positive emotions and positive experience, on human strengths and virtues, and on what makes a life worth living. In this seminar, we will read the very latest, cutting-edge papers from this rapidly growing field. As many interesting and important papers and books are being published on a weekly basis, I am still compiling the reading list, and will be happy to solicit ideas from students. Topics may include the following: technology and well-being; how to craft an optimal well-being intervention; positive emotions and health; when positive interventions backfire; happiness and time; the psychology of meaning; evolutionary approaches to well-being; the genetics and genomics of happiness; personality and well-being; connecting with others via gratitude and kindness; indirect measures of well-being. 

PSYCH 257 - Seminar in Personality Psychology
CRN: 26822
Instructor: David Funder
Time: Monday, 1:10-4: 00pm
Location: Psychology 3210
Topic: Philosophy of Research Methodology in Psychology

Description: In 1989, Paul Meehl taught a graduate course on “Philosophy of Psychology” which covered issues related to scientific inference or, in other words, how you get from data to theory. He covered many topics in the philosophy of science as well as basic research methodology, but always focused on psychological research in particular. My plan is to “co-teach” this course with Meehl. For the first part of each session, we will watch one of Meehl’s lectures (recorded on video). Then, after a break, we will review and discuss what he said. You will find that he was in many ways far ahead of his time, having anticipated (and sometimes maybe even solved) current controversies about replicability, statistical inference, and the role of theory in psychological research. When Meehl taught this course, he offered a reading list but had no formal assignments beyond class attendance and participation. I plan to do the same.

Psyc258 - Development of the Empathic Brain
CRN: 26824
Instructor: Kalina Michalska
Time: Wednesdays, 4:10 PM - 07:00 PM
Location: Psychology 1311
Topic: Development of the Empathic Brain

Empathy is a skill that is vital for healthy relationships and productive social interactions. By tuning in to others emotional cues, paying attention to non-verbal signals and understanding other’s perspectives, we can become more caring individuals and better communicative partners. But how do these abilities develop and what accounts for the differences we observe in their expression? The focus of this graduate seminar is to chart the development of empathy related skills from infancy through adulthood through the lens of social neuroscience. My goal in this course is to provide you with an understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of empathy and its development in both typical development and in pediatric psychopathology. We will begin in the brain, reviewing theories of typical brain development and methodology. Next we will review the neurocircuitry involved in social perception, face emotion processing, theory of mind, and communication. Finally, we will cover cases of atypical social development, including conduct disorder, autism and anxiety.

PSYC 271 - Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
Instructor: Steve Clark
Topic: Eyewitness memory
Time: Tuesday 10:10 - 1:00 pm
Location: Psychology 1311

Description: The field of eyewitness memory research is in the midst of a revolution.  Widely-held views are no longer widely-held and settled science has become very unsettled. We will read and discuss recent research articles (and maybe a law review article or two) on eyewitness identification, forensic interviewing, and jury decision-making. Although these are traditionally "applied" research fields, our discussion will be driven by theories of memory and decision-making. We will also discuss broader issues that transcend our field - about the evolution of science and the relationship between social science, social values, and social policy.