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  • CAS PS 504: Trends in Contemporary Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: four principal courses in psychology including one experimental course.
    Various contemporary trends in psychology presented. Content varies: consult department for emphasis and topics.
  • CAS PS 528: Human Brain Mapping
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 202 or CAS PS 336 or CAS NE 202.
    Localization in the brain of human mental functions and the study of their neural mechanisms. Topics include methods (fMRI, PET, TMS, ERP), memory, perception, recognition, attention, and executive processes. Also offered as CAS NE 528.
  • CAS PS 529: Neuroplasticity: Enabling the Brain to Heal Itself
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing, and CASPS231 or consent of instructor.
    Review of neurophysiological mechanisms underlying the astounding reorganizational capacity of the brain. Critical examination of ways to promote this plasticity: early childhood experiences, positive thinking, meditation, exercise, visualization, physical therapy, computerized re-training, and sensory and motor prostheses. Also offered as CAS NE 529.
  • CAS PS 530: Neural Models of Memory Function
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Computational models of neurobiological mechanisms for memory function and spatial navigation, with a particular emphasis on cellular and circuit models of the hippocampus and related cortical structures. Also offered as CAS NE 530.
  • CAS PS 541: Social Development
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 241 or CAS PS 243.
    An examination of the development of social cognition and competence. Topics include: innate and early-emerging social knowledge, attachment, moral development and cooperation, theory of mind, group biases, and social learning.
  • CAS PS 544: Developmental Neuropsychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Study of the neural mechanisms underlying behavioral development. Topics include the plasticity of the developing brain in response to deprivation or damage and mechanisms underlying specific syndromes (e.g., aphasia, dyslexia, learning disabilities, hyperactivity, autism, and Tourette's syndrome). Also offered as CAS NE 544.
  • CAS PS 546: Cognitive Development
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 241 or CAS PS 243.
    Cognitive development from birth through early adolescence. Relationship of cognition to other traditional areas of psychology (e.g., perception, language, learning, memory, physiology, and psychopathology).
  • CAS PS 549: Developmental Psychopathology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 371 and CAS PS 241 or CAS PS 243.
    Developmental deviations and psychological disorders of childhood. Examination of assessment techniques, treatment theories, and prevention methods. Developmental etiologies of neurotic and psychotic disturbances, effects of family patterns on the character of parent-child pathology, influence of childhood pathology on adult functioning.
  • CAS PS 550: Childhood Adversity: Risk and Resilience
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 241 or CAS PS 243.
    Consideration of why some children overcome adversity while others have maladaptive outcomes. Concepts of risk and resilience are applied to contexts of childhood adversity: poverty, maltreatment, homelessness, orphanages, and natural disasters. Discussion of implications for prevention, intervention, and policy.
  • CAS PS 552: Topics in Family Research
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 370 or CAS PS 472; senior or graduate standing, CAS PS 370 or PS 472, and experimental course.
    Intensive research seminar in which students' projects focus on family relationships or other close relationships. Experience in writing critical reviews of research literature, developing and analyzing conceptual models, collecting and analyzing data, and evaluating findings.
  • CAS PS 561: The Psychology of Poverty, Wealth, and Economic Inequality
    Explores the impact of poverty, wealth, and economic inequality on individuals, families, and communities and considers how individuals think about, explain, and experience poverty, wealth, and economic inequality. Experimental, survey, interview, and epidemiological research considered.
  • CAS PS 572: Psychology of Women
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: psychology concentrators with senior standing.
    Consideration of research topics in the psychology of women. Topics covered include various stages in the life cycle, women's work and family lives, aspects of victimization, and women's position in the larger society.
  • CAS PY 100: Physics of the Twentieth Century and Beyond
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one year of high school physics.
    A historical survey of modern physics, focusing on quantum mechanics and relativity as applied to the microworld (subatomic physics) and the macroworld (the early universe). Covers exotic phenomena from quarks to quasars, from neutrinos to neutron stars. For non-science majors. Carries natural science divisional credit (without lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 101: Topics in Physics
    Topic for Fall 2015: Physics of Health Sciences. Particularly recommended for students majoring in athletic training, physical therapy, or speech, language & hearing sciences. A one-semester, terminal physics course for students who do not require a two-semester sequence. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS PY 105 or PY106. Students considering application to medical, dental, or veterinary schools should take PY 105/106 (or PY 211/212, or PY 241/242, or PY 251/252) instead of PY 101.
  • CAS PY 103: Cinema Physica
    Conceptual introduction to physical law as portrayed in film. Quantitative understanding using simple estimates, elementary physics, and dimensional analysis. Kinematics; forces; conservation laws; heat and temperature; atoms, molecules and materials. Sample films: Speed; Armageddon; Independence Day; X-Men; The Sixth Sense; Contact. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 105: Elementary Physics 1
    The CAS PY 105/106 sequence satisfies premedical requirements; presupposes knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Principles of classical and modern physics, mechanics, conservation laws, and heat. Students must register for three sections: a lecture section, a discussion section, and a laboratory section. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 106: Elementary Physics 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PY 105; or equivalent.
    The CAS PY 105/106 sequence satisfies premedical requirements; presupposes knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. Principles of classical and modern physics; electricity and magnetism, waves, optics, light, atomic and nuclear physics. Students must register for three sections: a lecture section, discussion section, and laboratory section. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 107: Physics of Food/Cooking
    Physical science concepts of thermal physics, and soft matter physics such as phase transitions, gelation, viscosity, elasticity illustrated via cooking. Labs and demos using molecular gastronomy methods of sous-vide cooking, pressure cooking, making desserts, cheese, emulsions, foams, gels, ice creams. Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS.
  • CAS PY 138: The Physics of Chance and Necessity
    A conceptual survey of physics based on the role played by chance in nature. Topics include: Newtonian mechanics; heat and entropy; chaos theory; wave-particle duality; and the evolution of order out of randomness, as exemplified by galaxies, crystals, and life itself.
  • CAS PY 192: Directed Study in Physics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS 105.
    For freshman and sophomore physics majors.