PSY100: My primary goal for this course is to provide students with a basic understanding
of the field of psychology. We will spend time throughout the semester learning about
many of the different sub-fields (e.g., developmental, clinical, social) within the
larger field of psychology, and we will cover major themes and theories within each
subfield. We will also highlight some of the interesting, current research that is
being conducted within each subfield. Throughout the course, we will make connections
not only between subfields of psychology, but also between what we are learning in
lecture, activities we are completing in lab, and events and behaviors we see in the
real world. My hope is that this introductory course will get students excited about
psychology and will encourage them to want to learn more.
PSY100 lab: This is the “hands on” companion to your PSY100 lecture. It is designed to give you
experience with a variety of research methods in psychology. The laboratory portion
of this course covers three general topics: 1) Fundamental concepts in experimental
design and statistics, 2) Empirical studies with non-human subjects, and 3) Empirical
studies with human participants.
PSY482: In this course, students will work in teams to design and carry out a research project.
As a team, they will generate a research question, design a study, collect and analyze
data, present your results to the larger group, and make a plan to disseminate your
findings more broadly. General research areas will include experimental social psychology
and/or evolutionary psychology, but group research topics will reflect both student
interests and the expertise of the course instructor. The course will consistent of
two main components: (1) the class component, which involves all students in the course
completing readings and engaging in class activities each week; and (2) the lab component,
which involves weekly individual research team meetings with the instructor where
students will be working collaboratively through their research project.