SPRING 2019 GRADUATE COURSES

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PSYC258: Seminar in Developmental Psychology
Instructor: Misaki Natsuaki
CRN: 64185
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 1:10-4:00PM
Instructor: Misaki Natsuaki
Topic: Adolescence

Description: Adolescence is the time for change. Dramatic changes in biological, emotional, cognitive, and social domains happen simultaneously during this developmental phase. This course is designed to provide you with an integrative understanding of development during the transitions from childhood into adolescence and adolescence into young adulthood. This course covers three major components: (1) fundamental biological, social, and cognitive changes in adolescence; (2) the contexts of adolescence (e.g., family, peers, school, community, and work); and (3) the psychosocial developments of adolescence, such as sexuality, intimacy, and identity. Through the discussion of classic and contemporary scientific peer-reviewed papers, students will form an understanding of adolescent development that reflects scientific knowledge.  The seminar also provides an opportunity for collaborative projects.

PSYC 259: Seminar in Quantitative Methods
CRN: 63427
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 9:10-12:00PM
Instructor: Bob Rosenthal
Topic: Meta-Analysis: Principles and Procedures

Description: The course consists of an introduction to, and an overview of (a) the well over 100 year-long history of meta-analysis, (b) the basic principles of meta-analysis of comparing and combining effect sizes, p values, and moderator variables, and (c) essential quantitative procedures used in conducting a meta-analysis  The course is also designed to develop “meta-analytic thinking,” a way of defining empirically the cumulation of evidence and knowledge in a given area of a student’s research interests. Thinking meta-analytically often leads to a revised view of the current Replicability Crisis. The course is also a practicum with weekly assignments structured so that all students will have completed a mini, or midi, or maxi meta-analysis at the conclusion of the course. Some of these meta-analyses may be in nearly publishable form, and others can often become publishable with some additional work; however, all students will have added to systematic knowledge in the area of the social or behavioral sciences in which they have chosen to conduct their meta-analysis.

PSYC 271: Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
CRN: 63427
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 9:10-12:00PM
Instructor: Ilana Bennett
Topic: Episodic memory: A cognitive neuroscience and aging perspective

Description: One cannot fully appreciate how critical episodic memory is to our every day lives until it is lost – a process that begins in our 20s. This seminar will explore how we acquire, retain, and retrieve information, drawing on both the extensive cognitive psychology and emerging cognitive neuroscience literatures. Emphasis will be placed on tasks that tap specific components of episodic memory, the neural systems that support these memory processes, and how memory and its neural substrates are affected in aging.