Psychological & Brain Sciences

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  • CAS PS 345: Developmental Disabilities
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 101; and CASPS241 or CASPS243.
    Focus on the description, cause, prevention, and multidisciplinary treatment of such disorders as mental retardation, autism, and learning disability. The psychological impact of disability on families and children also stressed.
  • CAS PS 354: Psychology and Criminal Justice
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 251 or CAS PS 252.
    The psychological perspective in understanding the offender and the offense and in dispositional planning, with special emphasis on the young adult offender. Concepts, realities, and problems in working at the interface of law and psychology.
  • CAS PS 370: Psychology of the Family
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 101 or CAS SO 205.
    Survey of psychological issues related to the family. Includes examination of psychological research and data on the individual's experience in the family, with special emphasis on developmental and clinical issues.
  • CAS PS 371: Abnormal Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 101 or CAS PS 105.
    Attention to the wide range of ways in which personality may become disordered; emphasis on normal behavior development as highlighted by psychopathology. Evidence and theories concerning problems of treatment also considered.
  • CAS PS 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, one experimental course, and approval of the Honors Committee.
    Supervised independent research in some area of psychology.
  • CAS PS 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, one experimental course, and approval of the Honors Committee.
    Supervised independent research in some area of psychology.
  • CAS PS 434: Principles of Behavior Modification
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 234 or CAS PS 323.
    A survey of contemporary behavioral intervention and therapy procedures as they have been applied in various settings. Methods of evaluating the effectiveness of these procedures are stressed. Open to nonconcentatrators.
  • CAS PS 471: Seminar: Psychopathology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 371; one experimental course and CAS PS 371 or consent of instructor.
    Selected clinical syndromes; neuroses, character disorders, and schizophrenia in children or adults. Selected clinical issues such as sleep and dreaming, psychosomatic illness, attachment and loss, and depression.
  • CAS PS 472: Family Violence: Theories and Research
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 370 or CAS PS 371.
    Studies family violence, particularly child and spouse abuse. Students learn various theories while examining epidemiologic, cross-cultural, and clinical data. Through demonstrations, students also learn basic preventative and intervention techniques.
  • CAS PS 473: Introduction to Clinical Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 371.
    Introduction to current diagnostic and treatment techniques in clinical psychology from empirical, applied, and theoretical perspectives. Topics covered include clinical interviewing, psychological testing, and a comparison of humanistic, analytic, and systems approaches to therapy.
  • CAS PS 475: Counseling: Theory and Listening Techniques
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 371; and senior standing.
    Introduces the theoretical underpinnings of counseling and builds students' listening skills. Extensive role-playing using audio and videotapes.
  • CAS PS 491: Directed Study in Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of CASRoom 105.
    Individual instruction and directed research in a selected topic.
  • CAS PS 492: Directed Study in Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of CASRoom 105.
    Individual instruction and directed research in a selected topic.
  • 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).