Psychological & Brain Sciences

  • GRS PS 699: Teaching of Psychology I
    Goals, contents, and methods of instruction in psychology. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all new teaching fellows. Yearlong course.
  • GRS PS 704: Contemporary Trends in Psychology
    MA proseminar. Offered in the fall, a number of department faculty present their current research. Topics covered include areas such as brain functioning, cognition, genetic bases of behavior, drugs and behavior, addiction, social and developmental psychology and clinical interventions.
  • GRS PS 711: Statistics in Psychology I
    General linear models including multiple regression and logistic regression; multilevel models; survival analysis; interaction effects.
  • GRS PS 712: Statistics in Psychology II
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS PS 711; or consent of instructor.
    Statistical analysis with latent variables including exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, structural equation models, latent growth models, psychometrics.
  • GRS PS 716: Psychological Research Methods
    The methodological foundations of psychological research, including issues in general scientific practice, research design, measurement, methods of data collection, and practical and ethical problems arising in the conduct of psychological research.
  • GRS PS 730: Major Perspectives in Psychology: History and Systems
    Provides exposure to the history of major perspectives in psychology, increases understanding of contemporary literature on fundamental issues in psychology, and promotes an integrated understanding of the link between psychological theories and applied psychological principles.
  • GRS PS 732: Behavioral Medicine
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: two principal courses in psychology, education,or a health-related discipline, or consent of instructor.
    Examines applications from the social and behavioral sciences and the allied health professions as they are integrated within the practice of traditional medicine. Examples of interventional strategies, treatments, and procedures, including biofeedback and hypnosis.
  • GRS PS 734: Psychopharmacology for the Behavioral Scientist
    Basic principles of pharmacology, drugs used in treatment of mental illness, drugs having abuse potential. Current issues in psychopharmacology.
  • GRS PS 735: Concepts of Motivation
    Major theories of human motivation (including biological, psychoanalytic, and cognitive) are compared and related to empirical research on important human goals and activities such as achievement, power, and intimacy. Students identify a research focus and design an empirical study.
  • GRS PS 750: Mind and Language
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS PS 525 or CAS PS 545 or CAS PS 546; or equivalent; or consent of instructor.
    Seminar examines how language influences cognition. Surveys cognitive, developmental, psycholinguistic, and primate psychology literatures to explore whether cross-linguistic differences cause cross-cultural differences in cognition, and whether possession of a language faculty influences the nature of thought.
  • GRS PS 761: Major Issues in Social Psychology
    Empirical and theoretical approaches to selected areas of social psychology. Includes interpersonal behavior, attitude formation and change, social comparison processes, and group behavior.
  • GRS PS 770: Ethics in Psychology
    Designed for graduate students in psychology and related fields who plan to be engaged in some form of the practice of psychology. Topics include ethics of clinical and consulting practice, of teaching, and of psychological research.
  • GRS PS 772: Clinical Psychological Assessment of Adults
    Theoretical and empirical bases for diagnostic and structured interviews, standardized cognitive tests, psychopathology rating scales, projective methods, and tools for evaluating community systems and epidemiology. Administration, scoring, and general principles of clinical interpretation of representative measures (WAIS, MMPI, Social Networks Inventory, Rorschach).
  • GRS PS 773: Clinical Psychological Assessment of Children and Families
    Clinical applications of and theoretical and empirical bases for structured diagnostic and play interviews, standardized cognitive and personality tests, and projective methods. Administration and clinical interpretation of representative measures (e.g.WISC-R, Rorschach and Family genograms).
  • GRS PS 774: Clinical Psychological Assessment of Adults Practicum
    This course is the applied practicum course for Clinical Psychological Assessment of Adults (PS 772). It is designed to provide a comprehensive, applied experience in psychological assessment report writing and the administration, scoring, cognitive/intellectual and personality functioning.
  • GRS PS 791: Psychology of Social Oppression
    Primary focus on academic research and theoretical models as applied to people of color. The psychologist in minority settings, program development, cross-cultural research issues; alternative models of traditional psychological theories.
  • GRS PS 822: Visual Perception
    Theory and data relating to contemporary problems in visual perception.
  • GRS PS 824: Cognitive Psychology
    This class provides an in-depth introduction to major contemporary issues related to cognitive psychology and human information processing, including acquisition of information from stimuli, feature integration, and top-down effects on perception and recognition.
  • GRS PS 829: Principles of Neuropsychology
    Central nervous system processes underlying memory, language, cognition, emotion, sensory functioning, and motor function in normal and pathological conditions. Theory, experimental findings, and reference to clinical cases.
  • GRS PS 831: Seminar in Neuropsychology
    Graduate Prerequisites: PS829 or some neuropsychology background.
    Central neuron processes underlying emotions, learning, and consciousness in humans and animals. Theory, methods, and experimental findings; laboratory demonstrations. Effect of brain pathology in human subjects.