Graduate Course Offerings


Courses in brackets are NOT being taught this year

FALL 2017


[PSYC 505a, Stereotyping and prejudice, Jack Dovidio

Seminar on the literature on the categorization of social groups that leads to stereotyping and consequent prejudice and discrimination. Topics will emphasize modern cognitive approaches that inform about category learning and use, the role of memory in stereotype expression, the cognitive and affective bases of inaccurate and accurate person and group perception, the unconscious operation of stereotypes, and the role of prior knowledge, goals, and expectancies. ]

PSYC 509a, Social Cognition, John Bargh.

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

PSYC 518a, Multivariate Statistics, Julian Jara-Ettinger (Required 1st Semester).

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.

[PSYC 521a, Structural Equation Modeling. Matthias Siemer

The course introduces structural equation modeling with latent variables (SEM) and its applications in psychological research. Topics include an introduction into fundamental concepts of SEM, the use of software packages, and the specification and identification of basic and advanced measurement and structural models. A major goal of the course is to enable students to apply various SEM techniques to their own data sets.]

[PSYC 522a, Mapping the Human Brain, Gregory McCarthy]

An introduction to the physiology, physics, and biophysics of methods used to relate human brain structure and function; i.e., for brain mapping. Topics will include functional MRI and positron emission tomography, direct and transcranial brain stimulation, field potential recording, electroencephalography and magnetoencephalography, lesion analysis, and imaging genomics. The course will examine critical assumptions underlying each technique, their relative strengths and weaknesses, and the inferences about brain function that may be drawn from their use.]

PSYC 530a, Foundations of Neuroscience: Biological Bases of Human Behavior, Tyrone Cannon

The purpose of this course is to provide you with an understanding of the biological factors underlying human cognition and behavior. A particular emphasis will be placed on the mechanisms associated with individual differences in healthy functions (including emotion regulation, stress sensitivity, higher cognition, reward sensitivity, impulsivity, and social functions) and their relations with psychiatric and neurological disorders. Biological factors to be covered include genetic, neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, neurochemical, hormonal, and neuropsychological influences. Several of the initial sessions will be devoted to basic topics (e.g., neurons, neuronal signaling, brain systems) before we begin our discussion of the neural basis of behavior and cognition. We will also cover seminal work on animal models for mechanistic insights into the neurobiology of human behavior. We encourage graduate students with any neuroscience research interest to take this course. For the neuroscience area students, this is a required course.

PSYC 539a, Advanced Psychotherapy Technique, Jutta Joormann

Research design, methodology, and evaluation considered in the context of clinical research. Emphasis on experimental and quasi-experimental designs, threats to validation, confounding, sources of artifact and bias, alternative assessment strategies, and data evaluation methods.

PSYC 553a/MGMT 753a, Behavioral Decision Making I: Choice, Ravi Dhar, Nathan Novemsky

The seminar examines research on the psychology of decision making, focusing on 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 judgment heuristics and biases, confidence and calibration, issues of well-being including predictions and experiences, regret and counterfactuals. 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.]

[PSYC 554a/MGMT 754a, Behavioral Decision-Making II: Judgment. Nathan Novemsky & Ravi Dhar

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.]

[PSYC 560a, Research Methods in Behavioral Genetics, Tyrone Cannon

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.]

[PSYC 570a, Non-Verbal Communication, Marianne LaFrance

Exploration of the psychological and social functions of nonverbal behavior (e.g., facial expression, gesture, posture, paralanguage, proxemics). Several levels of analysis are considered, including individual, interactional, group, intergroup, and cultural.]


PSYC 604a, Cognition and Emotion, Matthias Siemer

This course aims to present an overview of current research questions and results in the area of cognition and emotion. We will explore both basic research questions as well as implications of cognitive approaches towards emotions for domains such as emotional disorders and psychological resilience and well-being.

[PSYC 605a, Social Emotions, Margaret Clark

The nature and function of emotions in social context. How emotions such as happiness, sadness, fear, and anger shape how we relate to others; how the ways in which we relate to others shape our experience and expression of these emotions. The nature and functions of additional emotions that seem to arise only within the context of social relationships feelings of hurt, guilt, gratitude, empathic joy, and empathic sadness.]

[PSYC 617a, Etiology and Treatment of Addictions, Arielle Baskin-Sommers

What is considered a drug? Why do some individuals use substances, but others become addicted? Are there effective treatments for addiction? Why and how does society attempt to control substance use and distribution? Exploring questions such as these will be central concerns in this seminar. This interdisciplinary course will highlight research from cognitive neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and public health perspectives. The focus will be on examining social, neurobiological, and genetic explanations for addiction, evaluating addiction treatments, and discussing the social construction of substance policies. Students will be asked to think critically about material and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses.]

[PSYC 621a, Cognitive Science of Pleasure, Paul Bloom

The appeal of fiction and the imagination. We will explore the mysterious appeal of narratives, fantasies, daydreams, nightmares, and other imaginary pursuits. Our approach will be eclectic, drawing on fields such as literary criticism, film studies, behavioral economics, evolutionary theory, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and analytic philosophy.]

[PSYC 622/LAW20227, Law and Cognition, Dan Kahan

The goal of this seminar will be to deepen participants’ understanding of how legal decision-makers—particularly judges and juries—think. We will compile an in-depth catalog of empirically grounded frameworks, including ones founded in behavioral economics, social psychology, and political science, relate these to historical and contemporary jurisprudential perspectives, such as “formalism,” “legal realism,” and the “legal process school”, and develop critical understandings of the logic and presuppositions of pertinent forms of proof—controlled experiments, observational studies, and neuroscience imaging, among others. Students will write short response papers on weekly readings.]

[PSYC 626a/LAW20339, Topics in Law and Psychology, Tom Tyler

This class will be jointly taught by Professors Tom Tyler (Law) and Marcia Johnson (Psychology).  Our goal is to strengthen the collaborative bridge between law and psychology through discussion with faculty in both departments who have interests in connecting psychological knowledge to legal questions.  Students will write a paper on an aspect of this interdisciplinary field that interests them.  The class will be built around reading material suggested by faculty and when possible bringing them into the class to talk about their work and answer questions about their views on the field.  We will also bring in researchers from other universities who are doing relevant research.]

PSYC 628a, Decision Neuroscience, Molly Crockett

An overview and examination of the neuroscience of decision making. Interdisciplinary course highlighting research from cognitive neuroscience, psychology, behavioral economics, finance, marketing, computer science, and public health. Topics include utility and value, reinforcement learning, risky decision making, impulsivity and self control, social decision making, psychopathology, and commercial applications (e.g., neuromarketing and neurofinance).

[PSYC 643a, Psychological measurement of Individual Differences in Cognitive Functioning, Achievement, and Personality (previously titled Diagnosis and Assessment). Mary O’Brien

This course focuses on theoretical, methodological, and practical issues in psychological assessment. The processes that underlie evidence-based assessment are explored: how constructs are conceptualized and operationalized, how measures are developed and evaluated, how assessment tools are selected to answer specific questions, how findings are analyzed and synthesized, and how psychological reports are written to meet the expectations of professional and layperson audiences. Over the course of the term, students gain experience with administering, scoring, and interpreting a variety of commonly used assessment instruments (such as the WAIS-IV, WMS-IV, and MMPI-2). The importance of critical evaluation of the assessment process is emphasized throughout.]

[PSYC 646a/LAW20627, Social Science in Law. Tom Tyler.

This class is an introduction to the use of social science in law. Three general topics are considered. First the use of social science evidence in adjudication. This includes eyewitness identification; lie detection; and other types of evidence. The second topic is decision making. How do judges and juries make their decisions? Finally, the course examines the use of social science evidence to make substantive (“Legislative facts”). This includes the use of evidence on integration and obscenity. Across all these areas the use that legal authorities make of social science “facts” is reviewed and evaluated.]

[PSYC 657a/CDE505a, Social and Behavioral Influences on Health. Marney White

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

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]

[PSYC 671a, The cognitive science of mind reading, Laurie Santos

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.

PSYC 684a, Intro to Psychotherapy Technique, Mary O’Brien
(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.

PSYC 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 2018


[PSYC 513b, Biological Bases of Psychopathology. Tyrone Cannon

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.]

PSYC 519b, Advanced Multivariate Statistics, Matthias Siemer

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.]

[PSYC 520b, Computational Modeling of Social Behavior David Rand

An introduction to how computational modeling can be used to understand social interaction. Agent based models, game theory, and evolutionary dynamics will be applied to social psychological phenomena such as cooperation, dating, and intergroup relations. Students will learn how to program in MATLAB, and why coding is a powerful part of the psychologist’s toolkit.] 

PSYC 526b, Research Methods 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. Psychophysiological techniques such as the measurement of skin conductance will also be covered, but in less detail. Students will acquire a firm understanding of each technique, and will design experiments, acquire data, and perform analyses. The course will make extensive use of Matlab.

PSYC 531b, Psychopharmacology, Thomas Brown,

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.

PSYC 534b, Developmental Psychopathology, BJ Casey

This course, designed for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students, will provide an overview of developmental psychopathology during childhood and adolescence. This course will be team taught by a child psychiatrist and psychologist and will cover aspects of normal development, assessment methods, clinical disorders, treatment, and legal and social policy issues. We will begin with a review of normative development and then a discussion of theoretical approaches to understanding developmental aspects of common mental health conditions in childhood. Relevant issues of culture, ethnicity in expression of psychopathology in childhood will also be reviewed.

[PSYC 541b, Research Methods in Psychology. Tyrone Cannon

Research design, methodology, and evaluation considered in the context of clinical research. Emphasis on experimental and quasi-experimental designs, threats to validation, confounding, sources of artifact and bias, alternative assessment strategies, and data evaluation methods.]

PSYC 554b/MGMT 754b, Behavioral Decision-Making II: Judgment. Nathan Novemsky & Ravi Dhar

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.

[PSYC 557b, Social Psychology and Relationships, Margaret Clark

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]

PSYC 558b, Computational Methods in Human Neuroscience, Nicholas Turk-Browne

This course provides training on how to use computational science for the advanced analysis of brain imaging data, primarily from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Topics include scientific programming, high-performance computing, machine learning, network/graph analysis, real-time neurofeedback, nonparametric statistics, and functional alignment. Prerequisite: some prior experience with programming, data preprocessing, and basic fMRI analysis.

[579b, Thinking. Woo-kyoung Ahn

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.]


[PSYC 601b, The Science of Science Communication, Dan Kahan

The simple dissemination of valid scientific knowledge does not guarantee it will be recognized by non-experts to whom it is of consequence. The science of science communication is an emerging, multidisciplinary field that investigates the processes that enable ordinary citizens to form beliefs consistent with the best available scientific evidence, the conditions that impede the formation of such beliefs, and the strategies that can be employed to avoid or ameliorate such conditions. This seminar surveys, and makes a modest attempt to systematize, the growing body of work in this area. Special attention is paid to identifying the distinctive communication dynamics of the diverse contexts in which non-experts engage scientific information, including electoral politics, governmental policy making, and personal health decision making.]

PSYC 602b, Foundations of Behavioral Economics, Shane Fredericks

The course explores foundational topics in behavioral economics and discusses the dominant prescriptive models (which propose what decision makers should do) and descriptive models (which aim to describe what decision makers actually do). The course incorporates perspectives from economics, psychology, philosophy, decision theory, and finance, and engages long-standing debates about rational choice.

[PSYC 607b, Cognitive Science of Causality, Frank Keil.

Examination of how people and animals track causal patterns in the world around them. Topics include the perception of causality, mechanistic, teleological, and psychological causation, variations in causal thinking across domains, the role of counterfactuals, biases and heuristics in causal thought, and the development of causal thinking.]

[PSYC 608b, Cognitive Science of Ignorance, Frank Keil]

Examination of how adults and children make sense of the artificial and natural world with incomplete knowledge and understanding. Topics include: awareness of one’s knowledge limits, mistakes in understanding, gullibility and cynicism, deference, the division of cognitive labor, knowledge management and science literacy.]

[PSYC 609b/LAW21779/Phil744b, Addiction and the Law: Perspectives from Philosophy, Economics and Neuroscience. Gideon Yaffe , Hedy Kober, Michael Moore, and Alan Schwartz
This course concerns the bearing of addiction on various forms of treatment under the law, including but not limited to the criminal liability of addicts.  The course will address this broad set of issues through consideration of the import for the law of philosophical, economic and neuroscientific conceptions of the nature of addiction.]

[PSYC 611b, Systems Neuroscience Steve Wohn Chang

This course provides an overview of the fundamental principles governing the central nervous system. Topics include the anatomy of the central nervous system, the neural mechanisms underlying cortical and subcortical control of behavior, various neuroscience techniques, as well as implications for nervous system disorders. The lectures will combine basic knowledge of the nervous system with the key experimental findings that led to new discoveries in brain function.]

[PSYC 618b, The Social Brain, Gregory McCarthy.

Selected topics in the field of social neuroscience including animacy and the attribution of intention from motion, thinking about the self and others, and moral judgments.]

PSYC 625b, Social Perception, Brian Scholl

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.

[PSYC 627b, Advanced Topics in Infant Studies. Karen Wynn

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

[PSYC 629b/LAW20105, Empirical Research Methods. Tom Tyler

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.]

[PSYC 630b/LAW21745, Empirical Research Seminar, Tom Tyler

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

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

PSYC 637b, Minds, Brains, and Machines, Julian Jara-Ettinger

Leibniz compared the brain to a mill, Freud to a hydraulic system, Sherrington to a telegraph, and now we think of it as a computer. Have we gotten it right? If so, what kind of computer is the brain? What kind of software is the mind? In this seminar, we are going to explore these questions by combining classical and cutting-edge readings from philosophy, cognitive science, psychology, and artificial intelligence. We will discuss reasons to be very optimistic about the future of AI, and reasons to believe that the approach was doomed from the start.

[PSYC 647b/LAW20668, Social Science and Institutional Design. Tom Tyler

The current legal system bases many of its policies and practices upon assumptions concerning human nature. What does research tell us about how those policies and practices actually operate? What alternative social science models are available and how would institutions be different if those models were used?  This class considers deterrence models and compares them to models emphasizing legitimacy; morality and social norms.  The theories underlying current policies and practices in policing; the courts and corrections are examined and evaluated against available empirical evidence.  The class also considers alternative models of institutional design and evidence of their potential or actual effectiveness.]

[PSYC 654b/454b, Sensory Information Processing, Lawrence Marks.

A functional examination of the ways that sensory systems transducer stimulus energies and information. Topics include sensory anatomy and physiology, psychological analysis of the qualitative dimensions of sensory experience, selective attention, and interactions among sensory, perceptual, and cognitive mechanisms. (offered every other year)]

[PSYC 656b, Developmental psychopathology and sensitive periods of neural development. BJ Casey

More than one in five children suffer from serious forms of psychopathology that emerge at different developmental times points. These different time courses in the emergence of symptoms suggest sensitive periods of neural development for understanding etiological factors and when and how to intervene. This course will provide an overview of brain circuitry implicated in psychiatric illnesses from a neurodevelopmental perspective.  Evidence from preclinical nonhuman and human imaging empirical studies will be evaluated and discussed in terms of their clinical implications.  We will examine how understanding the biological state of the developing brain may help to optimize and target treatments more effectively for these disorders.]

[PSYC 670b, Personality & Individual Differences

This course focuses on the second level of study described in this well known quote: “Every person is in certain respects (a) like all other people, (b) like some other people, (c) like no other person” (Murray, H.A. & C. Kluckhohn, 1953). Particular emphasis will be placed on personality, or person’s dynamic and unique set of characteristics that influence what he/she does, thinks and feels. We will seek to distinguish an individual differences approach to psychology from the more common study of group effects (e.g., randomized controlled trials of psychotherapy effectiveness) by emphasizing dimensions shared by all individuals but upon which individuals differ.]

PSYC 684b Intro to Psychotherapy: Technique. Mary O’Brien
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).

PSYC 690b, Ethics and Clinical Practice: Legislation & Diversity Issues. Mary O’Brien
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.


PSYC 702a&b, Current Work in Cognition, Ahn, Woo-Kyoung, T 3:45-5:00

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.

PSYC 704a&b, Current Work in Neuroscience, Avram Holmes, 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

PSYC 708a&b, Current Work in Developmental Psychology. Julian Jara-Ettinger, 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.

PSYC 710a&b, Current Work in Social Psychology, Jennifer Richeson, 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.

PSYC 720a&b, Current Work in Clinical Psychology, BJ Casey, Th 11:35-12:50

Basic and applied current research in clinical psychology that focuses on the cognitive, affective, social,biological and developmental aspects of psychopathology and its treatment is presented by faculty,visiting scientists, and graduate students.This research is examined in terms of theory, methodology,and ethical and professional implications. Students cannot simultaneously enroll in Psyc 719.


PSYC 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).

PSYC 723a&b, Research Topics in Child Adolescent Therapy, Alan Kazdin

The course focuses 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.

PSYC 724a&b, Research Topics in Cognition, Emotion, and Psychopathology, Jutta Joormann

This weekly seminar will focus on the role of cognition and emotion in psychopathology. We will discuss recent research on basic mechanisms that underlie risk for psychopathology such as cognitive biases, cognitive control, and biological aspects of psychological disorders. The seminar will also focus on the interaction of cognition and emotion, on the construct of emotion regulation, and on implications for psychopathology.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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 applications of some of the issues.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 737a&b, Research Topics in Clinical & Affective Neuroscience, Avram Holmes

Seminar focusing on ongoing research projects in clinical, cognitive, and translation neuroscience. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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.

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

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

PSYC 745a&b, Research Topics in Antisocial Behavior, Arielle Baskin-Sommers

A brief description is: This laboratory course will focus on the study of cognitive and affective mechanisms contributing to disinhibition. We will discuss various forms of disinhibition from trait (e.g., impulsivity, low constraint, externalizing) to disorder (e.g., antisocial personality disorder, psychopathy, substance use disorders), diverse methods (e.g., psychophysiology, self-report, neuroimaging, interventions), and multiple levels of analyses (e.g., neural, environmental, social). Members of this laboratory will read and critique current articles, discuss ongoing research, and plan future studies. 

PSYC 752a&b, Research Topics in Social Neurosciences, Steve Chang

A weekly seminar discussing recent advances in social neurosciences. We will discuss recent progresses in research projects by the lab members as well as go over recently published papers in depth. Our primary topics include neural basis of social decision-making, social preference formation, and social information processing. Our lab studies these topics by combining neurophysiological and neuroendocrinological techniques in non-human animals.

PSYC 753a&b, Research Topics in Law and Psychology. Tom Tyler

Lab focusing on ongoing research projects in law and psychology

PSYC 754, Research Topics in Clinical Affective Neuroscience & Development. Dylan Gee

This weekly seminar focuses on current research related to the developmental neurobiology of child and adolescent psychopathology. Topics include typical and atypical neurodevelopmental trajectories, the development of fear learning and emotion regulation, effects of early life stress and trauma, environmental and genetic influences associated with risk and resilience, and interventions for anxiety and stress-related disorders in youth. 

PSYC 755, Research Topics in Intergroup Relations. Jennifer Richeson

Students in this laboratory course will be introduced to and participate in social-psychological research examining interactions and broader relations between members of socio-culturally advantaged and disadvantaged groups.  For instance, we will examine the phenomena and processes associated with one’s beliefs about members of social groups (stereotypes), attitudes and evaluative responses toward group members (prejudice), and behaviors toward members of a social group based on their group membership (discrimination).  We will also study how these issues shape the experiences of social group members, especially when they are members of low-status and/or minority groups.  In order to explore these topics, we will primarily focus on large societal groups that differ on cultural dimensions of identity, with a focus on race, ethnicity, and gender.  Notably, we will apply the theoretical and empirical work to current events and relevant policy issues.

PSYC 756a&b, Research Topics in Adolescent Brain and Behavior. B.J. Casey

We will examine and discuss how the brain is sculpted by biological and experiential factors to adapt to the unique challenges of adolescence using behavioral, psychophysiological, genetic and brain imaging methods. Emphasis will be placed on how the capacity for self control changes with age and across different social and emotional situations.

PSYC 757a&b, Research Topics in Social Neuroscience and Behavior, Molly Crockett

A seminar-style discussion of recent research in social neuroscience and behavior, covering both recent studies from the literature and ongoing research at Yale.

PSYC 758a&b Research Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience, Nicholas Turk-Browne

A seminar-style discussion of recent research in cognitive neuroscience, covering both recent studies from the literature and ongoing research at Yale.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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).

PSYC 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.

PSYC 778a&b, Research Topics in Clinical & Affective Neuropsychology, Hedy Kober

Lab meeting is held once a week throughout the year, and is attended by undergraduate and graduate students, research staff, postdoctoral fellows, and other researchers interested in the weekly topics. In a rotating fashion, both internal and external speakers present data and ideas from various research projects, and/or research and methods papers in related areas, including the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging to answer questions in clinical and affective psychology.  

PSYC 779a&b, Research Topics in Depression and Treatment response, Ronald Duman

This weekly lab seminar focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie the neuronal and behavioral deficits caused by stress and depression, and conversely the signaling mechanisms underlying the therapeutic actions of antidepressants, including synaptic and behavioral responses.


PSYC 801 Clinical Internship (Child). Faculty

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

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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.

PSYC 811, Mood and 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.

PSYC 816, Practicum in Developmental Disabilities & Developmental Assessment, Fred Volkmar

An introduction to approaches in developmental assessment in infants and young children (under age five years) with a range of developmental difficulties. Students observe and/or participate in developmental assessments. Students are exposed to a range of assessment instruments including developmental tests, speech-communication assessments, and psychiatric diagnostic instruments appropriate to this age group. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PSYC 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

PSYC 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.


PSYC 920, First Year Research, Faculty

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

PSYC 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.

PSYC 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. .

PSYC 930, Pre-dissertation Research, Faculty

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