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YALE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Graduate Course Offerings
2013-2014

 

FALL 2013

 

CORE COURSES

 

509a, Social Cognition , John Bargh. W 9.25-11.15.

A course in contemporary social cognition theory and research, in which students fully participate in each week’s class discussion of the assigned readings. The goal of the course is to bring students up to speed, not only as to the major themes and programs of research today, but also the historical roots and context of that research—in other words, why that research is being done in the first place

 

513a, Neuroscience of Mental Disorders, Tyrone Cannon F 9:25-11:15

This course addresses the current state of understanding of the role of biological factors in psychopathology, including genetic, neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, neurochemical, and neuropsychological findings. Although the focus is on human studies and on etiology, we also cover seminal work on animal models and biological intervention approaches. Topics to be covered include classification and diagnosis, brain systems and neuroscience methods, behavioral genetics, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, addictions, personality disorders, and developmental disorders. The interplay of biological and psychological factors (e.g., gene-environment interaction) is a central theme throughout.

 

518a, Multivariate Statistics, John Dovidio (Required 1st Semester). MTh 9.45-11:00

Analysis of tabular data arrays arising usually from experiments. Sums of squares, F-tests and variance components. The method of contrasts. Data transformations. 'Nesting,' 'crossings,' and Latin square designs. The analysis of covariance. Aspects of Tukey's "Exploratory Data Analysis" such as box plots and median polish. Introduction to computer program packages. How to think about statistics.

 

551a, Research Methods in Happiness, June Gruber. Th 1.30-3.20

Methods of research in happiness and human emotion. Focus on psychophysiology, behavioral observation and coding, and self-report assessments of emotion response. Students will learn experimental design, acquire data, perform analyses in SPSS, and submit written research projects. Course includes weekly lecture and hands-on laboratory sessions.

 

554a/MGMT 754a, Behavioral Decision-Making II. Nathan Novemsky & Ravi Dhar, T 4:10-7:10

This seminar examines research on the psychology of judgment. Although the normative issue of how decisions should be made is relevant, the descriptive issue of how decisions are made is the main focus of the course. Topics of discussion include choice, judgment heuristics and biases, decision framing, prospect theory, mental accounting, context effects, task effects, regret, and other topics. The goal of the seminar is threefold: to foster a critical appreciation of existing knowledge in behavioral decision theory; to develop the students' skills in identifying and testing interesting research ideas; and to explore research opportunities for adding to that knowledge. Students generally enroll from a variety of disciplines, including cognitive and social psychology, behavioral economics, finance, marketing, political science, medicine, and public health.

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIALIZED SEMINARS**

 

 

629a/LAW20647, Social Science Research Methods, Tom Tyler, MT 8:30-10:00

An introduction to the research methods used in social science with a particular focus on applications to law. Principles of research design are presented, including experimental designs, quasi-experimental approaches, and the use of non-experimental methods. Key elements in survey research are also presented. While the use of laboratory approaches is considered, research in field settings of the type reflected in law is emphasized. The class is intended to acquaint students with the issues relevant to becoming intelligent evaluators of empirical research as well as providing a basis for those who want to design and conduct their own empirical research. Follows Law School academic calendar.

 

657a/CDE505a, Social and Behavioral Influences on Health. Marney White. TTh 10-11:50

This course provides students with an introduction to social and behavioral issues that influence patterns of health and health care delivery. The focus is on the integration of biomedical, social, psychological, and behavioral factors which must be taken into consideration when public health initiatives are developed and implemented.

 

PSYC 664a, Health and Aging. Becca Levy, TBA

Since 1900 the number of individuals aged sixty-five and older has tripled and life expectancy has increased by about thirty years. The course examines some of the health issues related to this growing segment of the population. Class discussions address such questions as: How does the aging process differ between cultures? What kind of interventions can best reduce morbidity in old age? How can health policy adapt to the aging populations? The course integrates psychosocial and biomedical approaches to the study

 

671a, The cognitive science of mind reading, Laurie Santos. T 9:25-11:15

Examination of theory of mind from a developmental, comparative and neural perspective.

Topics will include whether different representational systems underlie theory of mind capacities,

how infants come to represent others' mental states, whether non-human animals share human-like theory of mind capacities, and how phenomenon like conformity and metacognition can be reconciled with developmental and neural findings in the domain of mind-reading.

 

** 600 level courses can count as core courses with additional readings and permission of instructor;

600 level courses do not count for courses taught by instructors outside psychology unless first approved by DGS; excludes Psyc 684a or b, 689a, or 690b

 

 

 

684a, Intro to Psychotherapy Technique, Marney White

(required by 1st year clinical students).

Introduction to basic clinical skills and clinical issues. Topics for discussion include developing a therapeutic relationship, barriers to effective communication, strategies for managing resistance, and developing a professional identity. Class format includes informal discussion, assigned readings, and student case presentations.

 

689a, Intro to Psychopathology: Diagnostic Assessment. Mary O’Brien

(required by 1st year clinical students).

Didactic practicum for first-year clinical students. Main emphasis is initial assessment. Treatment planning and evaluation of progress is also covered. Students first observe and then perform initial interviews. Applicable ethics and local laws reviewed.

 

Spring 2014

 

CORE COURSES

 

519b, Advanced Regression Analyses, Jaime Napier, T 1:30-3:20

Students completing this course gain a detailed understanding of multiple regression as a data-analytic method. Theory and practice of the General Linear Model are reviewed in order to show how MR can be used to carry out analyses of quantitative and categorical data. The relation of MR to t-tests, ANOVA, and correlation analysis is made explicit. Practical problems in estimating and testing regression models are discussed. Students gain experience in carrying out MR analyses using computer software.

 

531b, Psychopharmacology, Thomas Brown, TTh 2:30-3:45

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of pharmacological principles and the properties of psychoactive drugs. Background is furnished on neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Topics include therapies for neurological and psychiatric disorders as well as drugs of abuse. Special attention is paid to the molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms of drug effects.

 

556b, Developmental Psychopathology, Julia Kim-Cohen, Th 2:30-4:20

This course provides an overview of the theoretical and empirical literature in the field of developmental psychopathology. Psychopathology is studied as models of atypical development that can elucidate underlying mechanisms of stability and change. Although emphasis is placed on the causes and correlates of child and adolescent psychopathology, continuities and discontinuities in psychopathology across the lifespan are also covered. Readings include epidemiological, experimental, neurobiological, psychosocial, and ecological perspectives. Theoretical, methodological, and clinical implications of empirical findings are discussed.

 

557b, Social Psychology and Relationships, Margaret Clark, MW 9-10:15

The course will focus on determinants of initial attraction and interpersonal processes that serve to promote high quality relationships and detract from high quality relationships along with individual differences and how they relate to those processes. Initial sessions will focus on ways of conceptualizing attraction and relationships. The remaining sessions (constituting the bulk of the course) will organized around the theories which have organized the empirical research in this field including evolutionary approaches, interdependence theory, attachment theory, self-evaluation maintenance theory along with other approaches

 

560b, Research Methods in Behavior Genetics, Tyrone Cannon, WF 1-2:15

Methods of human behavioral genetics research. Focus on the genetics of psychiatric disorders, personality, and cognition. Students design and perform genetic-association analyses of behavioral traits, using existing datasets supplied by the instructor.

 

SPECIALIZED SEMINARS**

 

PSYC 625b, Social Perception. Brian Scholl. Th 1:30-3:20

When exploring the structure of the mind, we typically think of visual perception as among the earliest and most basic of our cognitive processes, while we think of social cognition as among the most advanced forms of higher-level cognition. In this seminar we will explore how these two aspects of the mind connect. Specific topics will include the perception of animacy, agency, and goal-directedness; biological motion; face perception (including the perception of facial attractiveness); gaze processing and social attention; thin-slicing and perceptual stereotypes; and social and cultural influences on perception.

 

627b, Topics in Infant Studies, Karen Wynn, T 1:30-3:20

This course investigates selected advanced topics in infant cognitive, social, and/or emotional development. The topic varies from year to year. Some examples: infants’ concept of object, concept of number, early social cognition, and early emotional development.]

 

630b/LAW21745, Empirical Research Seminar, Tom Tyler, W 1.10-3:00

This class provides students with an opportunity to conduct empirical research. Students design, donduct, analyze, and write up their research project.

Prerequisites: PSYC 629a or equivalent and permission of the instructor. Follows Law School academic calendar

 

643b, Diagnosis and Assessment, Mary O’Brien, F 9:25-11:15

This course focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of psychological assessment as well as covering the administration of major cognitive, projective, and personality instruments and the basics of report writing

 

679b, Thinking, Woo-kyoung Ahn, F 9.25-11:15

The course provides a survey of psychological studies on thinking and reasoning. Topics include concepts, causal learning, inductive inferences, deductive reasoning, decision making, analogical reasoning, intelligence, problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity.

 

684b Intro to Psychotherapy: Technique. Marney White. TBA

(required by 1st year clinical students).

 

The focus of this seminar is on formulating and conceptualizing psychological problems from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. Special consideration is paid to individual and cultural diversity in conceptualizing cases and planning treatment. Also discussed are ways in which cognitive-behavioral perspectives can be integrated with other theoretical orientations, (e.g., interpersonal theory, experiential therapy).

 

690b, Ethics and Clinical Practice: Legislation & Diversity Issues. David Klemanski. TBA

(required by 1st year clinical students).

Introduction to ethical and legal guidelines for clinical practice. In addition, supervision on diagnostic interview using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV is provided.

 

CURRENT WORK SERIES

 

702a&b, Current Work in Cognition. Woo-kyoung Ahn, T 11:35-12:50

A weekly seminar in which students, staff, and guests report on their research in cognition and information processing. The course involves presentation of a variety of research designs and methods.

 

704a&b, Current Work in Behavior Genetics and Neuroscience, Tyrone Cannon and Gregory McCarthy, F 11.35-12.50

Examination of the current status of research and scientific knowledge bearing on issues of Behavior Genetics and Neuroscience. Weekly speakers present research, which is examined methodologically and recent significant journal articles or technical books are also reviewed

 

708a, Current Work in Developmental Psychology. David Rand, W 11.35-12.50

A luncheon meeting of the faculty and graduate students in developmental psychology for reports of current research and discussion on topics of general interest.

 

 

 

710a&b, Current Work in Social Psychology. Marianne LaFrance/Jack Dovidio, M 11.35-12.50

Social/Personality faculty and students meet during lunchtime to hear about and discuss the work of a local or visiting speaker. The course involves presentation of a variety of research designs and methods, applied to a variety of research topics.

 

711a&b, Current Work in Child Development and Social Policy Walter Gilliam and Anna Zonderman

F 11:30-12:25

A series of lectures by guest speakers from academia, various levels of government, community organizations, service agencies, the business world, and the media. Speakers discuss their work and its social policy implications. Topics may include: early childhood education, child care, intervention programs for children and families, education reform, mental health, child and family policies, research at the intersection of psychology and social policy, and media presentation of child and family issues, among others.

 

720a&b, Current Work in Clinical Psychology. Tyrone Cannon, Th 11.35-12.50

Examination of the current status of research and scientific knowledge bearing on issues of cultural and ethnic diversity as they relate to clinical practice. Weekly speakers present research, which is examined methodologically and recent significant journal articles or technical books are also reviewed.

 

RESEARCH TOPICS (LABS)

(most times are determined at the beginning of each term)

 

721a&b, Research Topics in Infant Cognition. Karen Wynn

We will be investigating various topics in infant cognition: early mechanisms for representing and reasoning about number, infants' ability to represent time; early object knowledge, and foundations of intentional understanding. (Permission of instructor required).

 

723b, Research Topics in Child & Adolescent Therapy. Alan E. Kazdin

This course will focus on the development and execution of research related to child and adolescent treatment and the factors with which clinical dysfunction and therapeutic change are associated.

 

725a&b, Research Topics in Human Neuroscience, Gregory McCarthy

This laboratory course will provide students with experience in the major methods used in human

neuroscience research. The focus will be upon functional magnetic resonance imaging,

electroencephalography, and evoked potentials.

 

727a&b, Research Topics in Clinical Neuroscience, Tyrone Cannon

Current research into the biological bases of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, including topics related to etiology, treatment and prevention.

 

728a&b, Research Topics in Human Cooperation, David Rand

Our lab asks why and when people are willing to help others at a cost to themselves, and how we can encourage this cooperative behavior. We combine experiments (mostly using economic games) with computer models, and run studies both in the lab and online.

 

729a&b, Research Topics in Language and Cognition. Paul Bloom

Seminar focusing on ongoing research projects in language, cognition, and development. Permission of instructor is required.

 

 

 

731a&b, Research Topics in Cognition and Development. Frank Keil

A weekly seminar discussing research topics concerning cognition and development. The primary focus will be on high level cognition, including such issues as: the nature of intuitive or folk theories, conceptual change, relations between work meaning and conceptual structure, understandings of divisions of cognitive labor, and reasoning about causal patterns.

 

732a&b, Research Topics in Visual Cognitive Neuroscience. Marvin Chun

Examines current research in visual cognitive neuroscience, including discussion of proposed and ongoing research projects.  Topics include visual attention, perception, memory, and contextual learning.

 

733a&b, Research Topics in Social Cognitive Development, Yarrow Dunham

Investigation of various topics in developmental social cognition. Particular focus on the development of representations of self and other, social groups, and attitudes and stereotypes.

 

734a&b, Research Topics in Decision Neuroscience and Aging, Gregory Samanez-Larkin

Examines current research on decision neuroscience and life-span development, including discussion of proposed and ongoing research projects. Topics include emotion, motivation, learning, cognitive control, and neuromodulation/pharmacology.

735b, Research Topics in Thinking and reasoning, Woo-kyoung Ahn

In this lab students explore how people learn and represent concepts. Weekly discussions

include proposed and ongoing research projects. Some topics include computational models of concept acquisition, levels of concepts, natural kinds and artifacts, and applicationsof some of the issues.

 

736a&b, Research topics in stereotyping and prejudice, John Dovidio

Explores the nature of prejudice in its traditional and contemporary forms. Although the emphasis will be on the causes and consequences of racial bias in the United States, the dynamics of intergroup relations will be considered more broadly, as well. Emphasis will be on developing critical thinking, reading, and research skills to test ideas relevant to understanding and combating stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

 

739a&b, Research Topics in Autism and related disorders. Fred Volkmar

Focus on research approaches in the study of autism and related conditions including both psychological and neurobiological processes. Emphasis will be on the importance of understanding mechanisms in the developmental psychopathology of autism and related conditions.

 

741a&b, Research Topics in Emotion and Relationships, Margaret Clark

Members of this laboratory will read, discuss and critique current theoretical and empirical articles on relationships and on emotion (especially ones relevant to the functions emotions serve within relationships). In addition, ongoing research on these topics will be discussed along with designs for future research.

 

 

742a&b, Research Topics in Emotion and Psychopathology, June Gruber

This laboratory course will focus on the study of emotion and psychological disorders, as well as discussion on basic emotion research. Students will gain experience applying the major methods of affective science (e.g., psychophysiology, behavioral coding, and self-report indices of emotion functioning) to the study of psychopathology. Permission of instructor is required.

 

 

 

743a&b, Research Topics in Political Psychology. Jaime Napier
Seminar focusing on ongoing research projects in political psychology, including the system justifying functions and the social and psychology antecedents and consequences of political and religious ideologies. Permission of instructor is required.

 

744a&b, Research Topics in Philosophical Psychology, Joshua Knobe

The lab group focuses on topics in the philosophical aspects of psychology.

 

746a, Research Topics in Developmental Psychopathology. Julia Kim-Cohen

This course will focus on exploring mechanisms of risk and resilience in psychosocial development, including but not limited to early life experiences, parenting, gene-environment interplay, and emotion processing. Permission of instructor is required.

 

749a&b, Research Topics in Memory. Marcia Johnson

Discussion of current theoretical and empirical work in cognition and memory, with emphasis on clarifying research ideas, identifying and solving methodological problems, collecting, analyzing and interpreting data, and writing up research projects.

 

766a&b, Research Topics in Perception and Cognition. Brian Scholl

A seminar style discussion of recent research in perception and cognition, covering both recent studies from the literature and the ongoing research in the Yale Perception & Cognition Laboratory.

 

767a&b, Research Topics in Emotion, Health, and Social Behavior. Peter Salovey, F 10:00-12:00

Research issues in the study of the cognitive and behavioral consequences of mood and emotion including mood and memory, influence of mood on social behavior, impact of mood on health cognition and health behavior, and emotional processes in close relationships (e.g., jealousy and envy). Also includes the application of principles of social psychology to the promotion of healthy behaviors, especially the framing of persuasive health communications encouraging cancer and AIDS prevention and early-detection activities. This is a laboratory course primarily dedicated to student presentations of ongoing research.

 

771a&b, Research Topics in Nonconscious Processes. John Bargh

The lab group focuses on nonconscious influences of motivation, attitudes, social power, and social representations (e.g., stereotypes) as they impact on interpersonal behavior, as well as the development and maintenance of close relationships.

 

775a&b, Research Topics in Animal Cognition. Laurie Santos

Investigation of various topics in animal cognition, including: what nonhuman primates know about tools and foods; how nonhuman primates represent objects and number; whether nonhuman primates possess a theory of mind. (Permission of instructor is required).

 

777a&b/WGSS767, Research Topics in Gender and Psychology, Marianne LaFrance

The “Gender Lab” will meet weekly to consider research being done in the department that bears on some gender-related issue.

 

 

778a&b, Research Topics in Clinical and Affective Neuroscience, Hedy Kober

Weekly meetings held to discuss research on the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging and other topics to answer questions in clinical and affective psychology

 

 

 

PRACTICA (only open to CLINICAL STUDENTS)

 

801 Clinical Internship (Child). Faculty

Advanced training in clinical psychology with children. Adapted to meet individual needs with location at APA-approved internship settings.

 

802 Clinical Internship (Adult). Faculty

Advanced training in clinical psychology with children. Adapted to meet individual needs with location in a suitable APA-approved internship setting.

 

806 Practicum in Childhood Intervention. Faculty

Advanced supervised work in settings where child and family policies are developed and/or implemented. Adapted to meet individual needs with location at suitable sites such as Department of Children and Youth Services, Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, U.S. Office of Children, Youth and Families.

 

808, Practicum in Child Psychology, Faculty

The Yale Child Study Center offers a yearlong practicum, which includes assessment of children, psychotherapy, team meetings, supervision, and didactic experiences.

 

810, Practicum in Developmental Assessment. Linda Mayes
The Child Study Center offers a year-long practicum in screening and assessment of infants and toddlers at high risk for social, cognitive and adaptive developmental problems. The practicum is for graduate students in developmental and/or clinical psychology. Standardized assessment instruments and clinical interviewing are taught and utilized in a weekly clinic. Weekly supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist.

 

811, Anxiety Disorders Practicum. Mary O’Brien

Theoretical discussion of anxiety disorders will involve case conceptualizations from behavioral and cognitive perspectives. Specific measurement techniques will include behavioral avoidance tests, questionnaires, and use of collateral informants. Students will learn interventions basic to treatment of anxiety, such as applied relaxation, building hierarchies, and exposure.

 

812, Conduct Problems Practicum. Alan E. Kazdin

The course provides training in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of aggressive and antisocial children and their families. Students will have experiences in assessment and treatment and will receive background on the nature and scope of child dysfunction and parent, family, and contextual factors with which the dysfunction is often associated. Cognitive, behavioral, and family-based treatment will constitute a core portion of training. Prerequisites: a two-year minimum commitment and permission of the instructor.

 

813, Eating and Weight Disorders Practicum. Marlene Schwartz

Students will receive experience in the therapy setting with all aspects of treatment of eating disorders and obesity — observation of therapy, individual and group supervision, and reading of the relevant literature will occur.

 

815, Mood Disorders Practicum. Marney White

Supervised practicum in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders, with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral perspective

 

817, Other Clinical Practica: Title provided by student. Faculty

Clinical students will register for practicum experience in clinical psychology for course credit under this course number so transcripts will reflect accurately the various practica experiences completed. Students may register (with the DGS's permission) under the supervision of an individual faculty member

 

883, Practicum in Clinical Assessment. Donald M. Quinlan

Supervised psychological assessment using measures of intellectual functioning, projective testing, and neuropsychological testing with patients. Administration, scoring, interpretation and reporting of a test battery are provided, with discussion of clinical and research issues.

 

INDIVIDUAL TUTORIALS

 

920, First Year Project, Faculty

This course number is reserved for preparation of the first year project under the supervision of the advisor and two additional readers.

 

923, Theme Essay. Faculty

This course number is reserved for preparation of the Theme Essay under the supervision of the Theme Group selected at the end of the second year. Registration is for the entire third year of study. It is graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

 

925, Individual Tutorials. Faculty

In special cases a student may wish to do specialized individual study. This must be arranged with the particular faculty member and approved by the DGS. .

 

930, Pre-dissertation Research. Faculty

Individual study under the supervision of the pre-dissertation advisor. Registration is for the entire second year of study.