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PSY 100: The Science of Behavior

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DATES TOPICS READINGS ASSIGNMENTS




Sept 12
Introduction

Sept 14 Methods of Science Why Science?; Essay


Faulty thinking

Sept 16 Scientific Ways of Knowing

Research Designs ; Assignment 1


Correlation coefficients
Type of correlation?

"Guess the correlation" game





Sept 19 Methods of Science

Assignment 2


Confounding variables
Operational definitions
Operational definitions


Sept 21 Scientific Ways of Knowing

Autism

Article: Does drinking promote...

Jumping to conclusions
ESP trick

Sept 23 Methods of Science

Article: Imperceptibly off-center...





Sept 26 Scientific Ways of Knowing

Article: Buying behavior as...


Paper 1 due
Sept 28 Methods of Science

Article: Face structure...


Compare brains
Test your reaction time
Test a split-brain patient

Probe the motor cortex
Tour of the brain

Sept 30
EXAM 1
 



 

Oct 3 Neuroscience and Behavior

Neurons

Assignment 7

Oct 5 Neuroscience and Behavior

The Brain

Article: Is television traumatic...

Oct 7 Neuroscience and Behavior

Psychophysiological Measures

Psychopharmacology





Oct 10 Nature and Nurture

The Nature-Nurture Question

Assignment 9

Oct 12 Nature and Nurture


Consciousness

Illusions
Blind spots
Mental rotation

Flip it
Cafe Wall illusion


Paper 2 due

Oct 14 Sensation and Perception

Vision

Article: Try it, you'll...


Speed tracking




Oct 17
Sensation and Perception
The Unconscious
Oct 19
EXAM 2


Train Pavlov's Dog; or here
Train Skinner's Pigeon

Oct 21 Learning

Conditioning and Learning

Article: Are pets a healthy...






Oct 24 Learning

Article: The impact of pets on human health...


Try it: Driving while texting

Oct 26 Memory

 

Memory

Assignment 13


Oct 28 Memory

Categories and Concepts

Article: The Scooter Libby effect





Oct 31 Memory

Forgetting and Amnesia


Nov 2
Memory

Optimizing learning in college

Article: Believing is seeing...

 
Nov 4
EXAM 3






Nov 7 Personality

Personality Traits

Paper 3 due

 

Nov 9 Personality

The Psychodynamic Perspective

Article: First impressions...


Nov 11 Psychological Disorders

History of Mental Illness






Nov 14 Psychological Disorders

Anxiety and Related Disorders

Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Assignment 17

 

Nov 16 Therapy

Therapeutic Orientations

Feelings into words...

 

 

 

Nov 18 Therapy

 

Assignment 18





Nov 21

EXAM 4

3:30-5:30 pm


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