Course Schedule
PSY 100: The Science of Behavior

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DATES TOPICS READINGS ASSIGNMENTS




Mar 27
Introduction

Mar 29 Methods of Science Why Science?; Essay


Faulty thinking

Mar 31 Scientific Ways of Knowing

Research Designs ; Assignment 1


Correlation coefficients
Type of correlation?

"Guess the correlation" game





Apr 3 Methods of Science

Assignment 2


Confounding variables
Operational definitions
Operational definitions


Apr 5 Scientific Ways of Knowing

Autism

Article: Does drinking promote...

Jumping to conclusions
ESP trick

Apr 7 Methods of Science

Article: Imperceptibly off-center...





Apr 10 Scientific Ways of Knowing

Article: Buying behavior as...


Paper 1 due
Apr 12 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

Apr 14
GOOD FRIDAY -- NO CLASS
 



 

Apr 17
EXAM 1

Neurons

Apr 19 Neuroscience and Behavior

The Brain

Assignment 7

Apr 21 Neuroscience and Behavior

Psychophysiological Measures

Psychopharmacology

Article: Is television traumatic...

 





Apr 24 Nature and Nurture

The Nature-Nurture Question

Assignment 9

Apr 26 Nature and Nurture


Consciousness

Illusions
Blind spots
Mental rotation

Flip it
Cafe Wall illusion


Paper 2 due

Apr 28 Sensation and Perception

Vision

Article: Try it, you'll...


Speed tracking




May 1
Sensation and Perception
The Unconscious
May 3
EXAM 2


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

May 5 Learning

Conditioning and Learning

Article: Are pets a healthy...






May 8 Learning

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


Try it: Driving while texting

May 10 Memory

 

Memory

Assignment 13


May 12 Memory

Categories and Concepts

Article: The Scooter Libby effect





May 15 Memory

Forgetting and Amnesia


May 17
Memory

Optimizing learning in college

Article: Believing is seeing...

 
May 19
EXAM 3






May 22 Personality

Personality Traits

Paper 3 due

 

May 24 Personality

The Psychodynamic Perspective

Article: First impressions...


May 26 Psychological Disorders

History of Mental Illness

Anxiety and Related Disorders






May 29 MEMORIAL DAY -- NO CLASS

 

May 31 Therapy

Therapeutic Orientations

Feelings into words...

Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Assignment 17

 

 

 

June 2 Therapy

 

Assignment 18





June 5

EXAM 4

3:30-5:30 pm


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