Psychological & Brain Sciences

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  • CAS PS 528: Human Brain Mapping
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 336 or CAS PS 339/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 542: Child Development and Public Policy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 241 or CAS PS 243.
    Impact of law and government institutions on the development of children in the United States. Federal and state policy toward social services, education, and welfare; laws concerning the family, custody, child abuse, delinquency, and the rights and disabilities of minors.
  • CAS PS 544: Developmental Neuropsychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 241; or 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 545: Language Development
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 241 or CAS PS 243; or consent of instructor.
    Language development in children. The acquisition of phonological, morphological, and syntactic systems; the role of both parent and child in the acquisition of communicative competence.
  • 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 241 or CAS PS 243, and CAS PS 371
    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 554: Senior Seminar in Forensic Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing or consent of instructor.
    Examines scope, empirical foundations, and ethical issues of forensic psychology. Topics include eyewitness testimony; use of hypnosis, polygraphs, and criminal profiling; scientific jury selection; risk assessment; child abuse evaluations; determinations of insanity, competency, and child custody.
  • CAS PS 560: Cross-Cultural Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing.
    Comparative study of psychological variables under different cultural conditions in order to identify universal aspects of human behavior, and to identify cultural influences on behavior. Applications to psychotherapy, public health, child development, education, business, and foreign relations.
  • 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.