PSYC-347 Special topics
Multiple sections of the Special Topics seminar can be offered in a given semester. Seminar topics differ from one section to another and change from one semester to another. Page down for the specific Special Topics seminars to be offered in the coming semester. Note that pre-requisites can be different for the different sections.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PSYC 001 AND consult individual sections


PSYC-347-01 The Psychology of Close Relationships
Fall for 2017-2018
In this course, we will examine some of the theories and research on close relationships with the goal of understanding relationship processes and outcomes. The course will primarily focus on romantic relationships, but will also touch on family relationships and friendships. We will apply the science of close relationships to “real-life” relationships, including identifying ways to use the research to improve relationships. Topics may include attraction, intimacy, love, sexuality, communication, conflict, relationship satisfaction, relationship longevity, and relationship dissolution.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PSYC 001
PSYC-347-02 Cognitive Decision Making
Fall for 2017-2018
Kruti Vekaria
In this course, we will explore the cognitive, affective, and motivational mechanisms underlying human decision making. Drawing from perspectives in behavioral economics, social psychology, and cognitive neuroscience, we will focus on rational theories of judgment and choice as well as neuropsychological principles guiding decision behavior, which often produce biases and errors. We will examine empirical research about decisions in a social context, as well as choices made under delay and risk. Throughout the semester, we will consider implications and strategies for improving health, financial, social, and public policy decisions.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PSYC 001
PSYC-347-03 Culture in Everyday Life
Spring for 2017-2018
Senft, Nicole
This course examines the cultural forces that shape our thoughts, emotions, and interpersonal interactions. The course has two primary objectives: (1) to identify and evaluate how cultural environments (e.g., national, religious, racial, socioeconomic) influence us, and (2) to examine these topics critically by reading current scholarly and popular-press publications in the field of cultural psychology and discussing their contributions and limitations. Students should leave the course with deeper understandings of the role that culture plays in shaping their own lives and of cultural diversity within the United States and abroad.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Psyc 002
PSYC-347-04 Special topics: Culture and Human Development
Fall for 2017-2018
Novoa, Cristina
Culture and Human Development. In this course, we will explore current research on culture, race and ethnicity in developmental science. Focusing especially on the period from birth through young adulthood, the broad aim of the course is to answer the central question: “how does culture shape who we become?” Students will consider how sociocultural contexts influences the development of basic psychological processes (e.g. emotion regulation, agency, language and cognition), and how the diversity of these developmental trajectories play out in arenas like schools, communities, and legal systems. Special attention will be paid to how research is conducted in these settings, and how it is deployed through policy.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PSYC-001, PSYC 002
PSYC-347-05 Special Topics: Child Health Psychology
Offered academic year 2010-2011
Exner, Amanda
Using the biopsychosocial model, we will consider how biological factors, behavioral factors, and social conditions influence children’s and adolescents’ health and illness. Special topics include nutrition and physical activity interventions; smoking, alcohol, and substance use; teen pregnancy and sexual behaviors; youth suicide; youth violence; and how digital technologies influence health. We will consider perspectives from clinical, public, and community health psychology, as well as the role of public policy in promoting and influencing pediatric health.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PSYC-001
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