Psychology

For courses in other departments that may count toward the major, see the printed YCPS or consult the director of undergraduate studies.
Information regarding the required and recommended textbooks for courses in Yale College can be found in the Online Course Information system (OCI).

 
PSYC  110a , Introduction to Psychology .
TTh 1.00-2.15 SLB AUD Paul Bloom
So  (0)  

A survey of major psychological approaches to the biological, cognitive, and social bases of behavior.

 
PSYC  110b , Introduction to Psychology .
MW 1.00-2.15 YUAG AUD Marvin Chun
So  (0)  

A survey of major psychological approaches to the biological, cognitive, and social bases of behavior.

 
PSYC  123b , The Psychology, Biology, and Politics of Food .
MW 9.00-10.15 SSS 114 Kelly Brownell
So  (0)  

A study of eating as it affects the health and well-being of every human. Taste preferences, food aversions, the regulation of hunger and satiety, food as comfort, friendship, and social ritual; the politics of food, including sustainable agriculture, organic farming, genetically modified foods, nutrition policy, and food and agriculture industries; malnutrition, eating disorders, and the global obesity epidemic; food advertising aimed at children, poverty and food, and effects of the modern environment on eating.

 
PSYC  125a , Child Development .
W 1.30-3.20 GR109 ROSENFELD Nancy Close, Carla Horwitz
So WR (0)  
Permission of instructor required

The reading of selected material with supervised participant-observer experience in infant programs, a day-care and kindergarten center, or a family day-care program. Regularly scheduled seminar discussions emphasize both theory and practice. An assumption of the course is that it is not possible to understand children—their behavior and development—without understanding their parents and the relationship between child and parents. The focus is on infancy as well as early childhood.

Enrollment limited to juniors and seniors. For the Classes of 2011 and 2012, meets requirements for Teacher Preparation's early childhood certification.

 
PSYC  127a , Early Childhood Methods .
Th 2.30-4.20 CALHIL Carla Horwitz
So WR (0)  
Permission of instructor required
Meets during reading period

Development of curricula for preschool children—infants, toddlers, three-, four-, and five-year-olds—in light of current research and child development theory.

For the Classes of 2011 and 2012, meets requirements for Teacher Preparation's early childhood certification.

 
PSYC  128b , Language, Literacy, and Play .
W 9.25-11.15 CALHIL DCC Nancy Close, Carla Horwitz
So WR (0)  
Permission of instructor required
Meets during reading period

The complicated role of play in the development of language and literacy skills among preschool-aged children. Topics include social-emotional, cross-cultural, cognitive, and communicative aspects of play.

For the Classes of 2011 and 2012, meets requirements for Teacher Preparation's early childhood certification.

 
PSYC  129a , Statistics as a Way of Knowing .
MF 11.35-12.50 HGS 220A Nelson Donegan
  QR (34)  
Permission of instructor required

An introduction to basic concepts of statistics and probability that allow us to describe, evaluate, and understand aspects of the world and make informed choices. Exploration of relationships among statistical reasoning, cognitive psychology, and philosophical theories of knowledge.

Enrollment limited to freshmen and sophomores.

 
PSYC  130a , Introduction to Cognitive Science .
MW 1.00-2.15 YUAG AUD Julie Van Dyke
So  (0)  

An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of how the mind works. Discussion of tools, theories, and assumptions from psychology, computer science, neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy.

 
PSYC  137a , Language and Mind .
TTh 11.35-12.50 WLH 120 Maria Pinango
So  (0)  

Knowledge of language as a component of the mind: mental grammars, the nature and subdivisions of linguistic knowledge in connection with the brain. The logical problem of language acquisition. The "universal grammar hypothesis" according to which all humans have an innate ability to acquire language. The connection between language acquisition and general cognitive abilities.

 
PSYC  140a , Developmental Psychology .
TTh 9.00-10.15 WLH 119 Frank Keil
So  (22)  

An introduction to research and theory on the development of perception, action, emotion, personality, language, and cognition from a cognitive science perspective. Focus on birth to adolescence in humans and other species.

PSYC 110a or b is a prerequisite for the courses in this group.

 
PSYC  150b , Social Psychology .
TTh 11.35-12.50 ML 211 Marianne LaFrance
So  (24)  

Study of social cognition, attitudes and persuasion, group processes, intergroup processes, prosocial behavior, aggression, and conformity. Theories, methodology, and applications of social psychology.

PSYC 110a or b is a prerequisite for the courses in this group.

 
PSYC  160b , Human Neuroscience .
TTh 9.00-10.15 LC 102 Jeremy Gray
Sc  (22)  

Introduction to the neural bases of human psychological function, including social, cognitive, and affective processing. Preparation for more advanced courses in cognitive and social neuroscience. Topics include memory, reward processing, neuroeconomics, individual differences, emotion, social inferences, and clinical disorders. Neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropharmacology are also introduced.

PSYC 110a or b is a prerequisite for the courses in this group.

 
PSYC  170a , Fundamentals of Neuroscience .
MW 2.30-3.45 DL 220 Thomas Brown
Sc, So  (0)  

Examination of the way the nervous system controls behavior. Biological insights about neural cell function are applied to processes such as learning, emotion, and perception.

PSYC 110a or b is a prerequisite for the courses in this group.

 
PSYC  180a , Abnormal Psychology .
MW 11.35-12.50 WLH 201 Susan Nolen-Hoeksema
So  (0)  

The major forms of psychopathology that appear in childhood and adult life. Topics include the symptomatology of mental disorders; their etiology from psychological, biological, and sociocultural perspectives; and issues pertaining to diagnosis and treatment.

PSYC 110a or b is a prerequisite for the courses in this group.

 
PSYC  194a , Educational Psychology .
W 2.30-4.20 K 207 Alison Matika
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required

Theories of learning and child and adolescent development and their applications to teaching and learning contexts. Topics include cognitive development; personal, gender, social, and moral development; individual and group differences; and motivation and assessment. Designed for, but not limited to, students in the Teacher Preparation and Education Studies program.

 
PSYC  200b , Statistics .
TTh 10.30-11.20 SSS 114; 1 HTBA Jaime Napier
  QR (23)  

Measures of central tendency, variability, association, and the application of probability concepts in determining the significance of research findings.

 
PSYC  230Lb , Research Methods in Human Neuroscience .
F 12.00-4.00 SSS 311 Gregory McCarthy
Sc  (0)  

Methods of human neuroscience research. Focus on functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, and evoked potentials. Students design experiments, acquire data, and perform analyses. Extensive use of MATLAB.

Prerequisites: PSYC 160b or 170a and a course in statistics, or permission of instructor.

 
PSYC  235a , Research Methods in Psychology .
MF 9.25-10.15 WLH 119; 1 HTBA Woo-kyoung Ahn
So WR (0)  

Introduction to general principles and strategies of psychological research. Topics include generating and testing hypotheses, laboratory and field experiments, scale construction, sampling, archival methods, case studies, ethics and politics of research, and Internet and cross-cultural methods. Hands-on research experience in laboratories.

 
PSYC  240a , Research Methods in Conditioning and Learning .
TTh 1.00-2.15 DL 214 Allan Wagner
Sc  (26)  
Permission of instructor required

Laboratory examination of the basic procedures used in the investigation of animal learning. Topics include habituation, classical conditioning, and instrumental learning.

 
PSYC  270b , Research Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience .
W 1.00-4.00 DL 214 Nelson Donegan
Sc  (0)  
Permission of instructor required

Laboratory course in which students design and conduct research to study brain function and behavior. Emphasis on hands-on participation in surgical, behavioral, and other neuroscience techniques.

Prerequisites: PSYC 170a and a course in statistics.

 
PSYC  304b , The Mental Lives of Babies and Animals .
MW 2.30-3.45 WLH 119 Karen Wynn
So  (0)  

Interdisciplinary exploration of the cognitive, social, and emotional capacities of creatures lacking language and culture. The extent to which our complex psychology is unique to mature humans; the relative richness of a mental life without language or culture. Some attention to particular human populations such as children with autism and adults with language disorders.

 
PSYC  306a , Nature, Nurture, and Human Behavior .
MW 2.30-3.45 WLH 120 Julia Kim-Cohen
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required

Study of genetic and nongenetic contributions to individual differences in human behavior and development. Topics include cognitive abilities, personality, violence, homosexuality, and psychopathology. Research methods for identifying genetic and environmental influences and for investigating gene-environment interaction. Some discussion of the bioethical implications of behavior genetics.

 
PSYC  315b , The Modern Unconscious .
TTh 11.35-12.50 WHC AUD John Bargh
So  (0)  

The notion of the unconscious mind traced from the early 1800s through Freud to present-day cognitive science, with a focus on the past thirty years. The power and function of the unconscious as a pervasive part of normal everyday human functioning. Readings from philosophy of mind and evolutionary biology.

 
PSYC  318a , General Phonetics .
TTh 9.00-10.15 HGS 217A Jelena Krivokapic
So  (22)  

Investigation of possible ways of describing the speech sounds of human languages. Tools to be developed: acoustics and physiology of speech; computer synthesis of speech; practical exercises in producing and transcribing sounds.

 
PSYC  319b , Health Psychology .
MW 1.00-2.15 GR109 ROSENFELD; MW 1.00-2.15 WLH 119 Benjamin Toll
So  (0)  
The field of Health Psychology focuses on the interaction between psychological processes and physical health. Health Psychologists intervene with patients experiencing a range of health problems (e.g., use of alcohol and tobacco, pain management, AIDS, cancer) as they attempt to gain greater understanding of the clinical process that promotes healing, recovery, and health. In this clinically oriented class, students will refine their understanding of the latest theories of behavior change, critically analyze patient case studies, conduct case formulations, and engage in practitioner role play situations. Students will develop empathy for the challenge of behavior change by engaging in a self-change project. Due to the interactive nature of this course, it is limited to 25 students.
 
PSYC  322a , Evolution of Language .
TTh 2.30-3.45 WLH 116 Stephen Anderson
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The origin and evolution of human language from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include the design features of language, the structure of evolutionary theory, elementary molecular genetics and genetic evidence for language evolution, cognitive continuity and discontinuity with other species, hominid evolutionary history, domain specificity and generality of the language faculty, evidence for evolutionary shaping of physical and cognitive structures.

 
PSYC  323b , Food and the Brain .
TTh 4.00-5.15 WLH 120 Kristin Rudenga, Ivan de Araujo
Sc  (0)  
Permission of instructor required
How does the brain respond to the ingestion of food, and which brain circuits control appetite and body weight? The course aims at presenting the major sensory and physiological aspects of the neurobiology of feeding and appetite. It covers the basic neurobiology of chemosensation (taste, smell, and flavor perception) as well as the neural circuits responsible for the central control of energy metabolism and body weight. Special emphasis is given to the neurochemistry of food reward and nutrient preference. Altered physiological states associated with food intake are also covered, including food craving, the effects of stress on eating, and obesity. Each week consists of classes involving both lectures and interactive discussions based on the reading of major literature references in the field.
 
PSYC  327a , Language and Computation .
MW 2.30-3.45 ML 104 Gaja Jarosz
So QR (0)  
Permission of instructor required

Design and analysis of computational models of language. Topics include finite state tools, computational morphology and phonology, grammar and parsing, lexical semantics, and the use of linguistic models in applied problems.

 
PSYC  330b , Psychology and the Law .
TTh 1.00-2.15 ML 211 Kristi Lockhart
So  (26)  

Contributions of psychological theory and research to our understanding of the law and the criminal justice system. Topics include criminality, eyewitness testimony, lie detection, jury decision making, the death penalty, the insanity defense, civil commitment, prisons, repressed memories, children as witnesses and defendants, and the role of psychologists as expert witnesses and trial consultants.

 
PSYC  331b , Neurolinguistics .
TTh 11.35-12.50 BCT 508 Maria Pinango
So  (0)  

The study of language as a cognitive neuroscience. The interaction between linguistic theory and neurological evidence from brain damage, degenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer's disease), mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia), neuroimaging, and neurophysiology. The connection of language as a neurocognitive system to other systems such as memory and music.

 
PSYC  350a , Autism and Related Disorders .
T 3.30-5.20 SHM IG132 James McPartland, Ami Klin, Fred Volkmar
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required
Meets during reading period

Topics in the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and natural history of childhood autism and other severe disorders of early onset. Retardation, behavioral disorders, and childhood psychosis. Supervised experience.

Prerequisite: an introductory psychology course.

 
PSYC  350b , Autism and Related Disorders .
T 3.30-5.20 CSC COHEN-AUD James McPartland, Fred Volkmar
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required
Meets during reading period

Topics in the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and natural history of childhood autism and other severe disorders of early onset. Retardation, behavioral disorders, and childhood psychosis. Supervised experience.

Prerequisite: an introductory psychology course.

 
PSYC  355a , Clinical Psychology in the Community .
W 9.25-11.15 MC Z112 Kristi Lockhart
   (0) Credit/Year Only
Permission of instructor required

Mental disorders as they are treated within a community setting. Students participate in a fieldwork placement, working either one-on-one or in groups with the psychiatrically disabled. Seminar meetings focus on such topics as the nature of severe mental disorders, the effects of deinstitutionalization, counseling skills, and social policy issues related to mental health.

Prerequisite: PSYC 180a.

 
PSYC  356b , Clinical Psychology in the Community .
W 9.25-11.15 MC Z112 Kristi Lockhart
So  (0) Credit/Year Only
Permission of instructor required

Mental disorders as they are treated in a community setting. Students participate in a fieldwork placement, working either one-on-one or in groups with the psychiatrically disabled. Seminar meetings focus on such topics as the nature of severe mental disorders, the effects of deinstitutionalization, counseling skills, and social policy issues related to mental health.

Prerequisite: PSYC 180a.

 
PSYC  360a , Topics in Syntax: The Mental Lexicon .
M 1.30-3.20 TM370 B-07 Maria Pinango
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required

Definitions of lexical knowledge; views of the lexicon as a repository of information vs. a "generative" system; the case of idioms; the lexicon and the grammar-conceptual structure interface; acquisition of the lexicon.

 
PSYC  371a , Laboratory in Animal Cognition .
T 7.00-8.50p SSS 201 Laurie Santos
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Permission of instructor required

An introduction to current issues, laboratory techniques, and field methods in animal cognition. Students help develop and pilot research projects on nonhuman primates. Topics include number, theory of mind, and causality.

 
PSYC  372a , Research Methods in Linguistics .
W 3.30-5.20 TM370 321 Claire Bowern
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Permission of instructor required

An introduction to research methods in linguistics. Observational and experimental approaches to research in the field. Topics include collection and organization of linguistic data, basic field methods, and use of language corpora and databases. Introduction to research in language acquisition and language change.

Prerequisites: one course in syntax and one course in phonology.

 
PSYC  376a , Basics of Learning and Memory .
TTh 2.30-3.45 DL 120 Thomas Brown
Sc, So  (0)  

The basic facts, general principles, and theories that describe how higher animals, from mice to humans, are changed by their experiences. The historically separate fields of learning and memory research desegregated under a neuroscientific perspective that recognizes the evolutionary continuity among higher animals.

Prerequisites: introductory courses in biology and psychology, or permission of instructor.

 
PSYC  407b , Cognitive Science of Causality .
M 1.30-3.20 SSS 201 Frank Keil
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required

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  418a , The Social Brain .
F 1.30-3.20 SSS 201 Gregory McCarthy
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required

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

Prerequisite: PSYC 160b, 170a, or permission of instructor.

 
PSYC  419a , Food Policy and Science .
M 1.30-3.20 SSS 201 Kelly Brownell
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required

The science on food and nutrition is connected with pressing policy issues. Topics include hunger, obesity, and the impact of food production and consumption on the environment.

 
PSYC  423b , Cognitive Science of Good and Evil .
T 2.30-4.20 SSS 201 Paul Bloom
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required

Interdisciplinary exploration of issues such as our sense of right and wrong, the interaction of emotion and reason, the relationship between moral thought and moral action, and what the study of moral psychology can tell us about how best to live our lives.

 
PSYC  424b , Psychology of Legitimacy .
Th 2.30-4.20 WLH 115 Jaime Napier
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required
The primary goal of the course is to familiarize students with themes and current research on the psychological aspects of justice and legitimacy, with a focus on understanding the psychological antecedents and consequences of legitimation and delegitimation in social relations. Key topics include the ways in which people construct ideological justifications or rationalizations for their own actions and for the actions of others taken on behalf of valued groups and systems.
Prerequisites: PSYC 110a or b and 150b. May be counted toward the senior requirement for the Psychology major.
 
PSYC  425b , Social Perception .
Th 1.30-3.20 SSS 201 Brian Scholl
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required

Connections between visual perception, among the earliest and most basic of our cognitive processes, and social cognition, among the most advanced forms of higher-level cognition. 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  454b , Sensory Information Processing .
T 9.25-11.15 JPL LIBRARY Lawrence Marks
Sc, So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required

A functional examination of the ways that sensory systems transduce stimulus energies and information. Topics include sensory anatomy and physiology, psychophysical analysis of the qualitative dimensions of sensory experience, selective attention, and interactions among sensory, perceptual, and cognitive mechanisms.

 
PSYC  461b , Issues in Special Education .
W 2.30-4.20 K 101B Barbara Shiller
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required
Meets during reading period

An examination of contemporary issues in the field of special education from systemic and developmental perspectives. Review of policy, assessment and classification, and instruction and intervention.

 
PSYC  475b , Brain and Behavior .
TTh 1.00-2.15 DL 120 Thomas Brown
Sc  (0)  
Permission of instructor required

Overview of modern concepts and theories of brain function, emphasizing evolution, behavior, and cognition. Topics include the organization of the nervous system, effects of drugs, mechanisms of learning and thinking, various brain dysfunctions, and contemporary methods of analysis.

 

Prerequisite: PSYC 160b, 170a, or permission of instructor.

 
PSYC  489b , Principles of Cognitive and  Behavior Therapy .
W 2.30-4.20 K 207 Alan Kazdin
So  (0)  
Permission of instructor required

An examination of the diverse theories, principles, and treatments in behavior therapy, including operant and classical conditioning, cognitive behavioral approaches, and social learning.

Enrollment limited to senior Psychology majors.

 
PSYC  490a , Directed Reading .
  Laurie Santos
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Permission of instructor required

Individual study for qualified students, primarily seniors, who wish to investigate an area of psychology not covered by regular departmental offerings. A student must be sponsored by a faculty member, who sets requirements and meets regularly with the student. To register, the student must submit a written plan of study approved by the adviser to the director of undergraduate studies. The normal minimum requirement is a term paper, but individual faculty members may set alternative equivalent requirements. May be elected for one or two terms.

 
PSYC  491b , Directed Reading .
  Laurie Santos
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Permission of instructor required

Individual study for qualified students, primarily seniors, who wish to investigate an area of psychology not covered by regular departmental offerings. A student must be sponsored by a faculty member, who sets requirements and meets regularly with the student. To register, the student must submit a written plan of study approved by the adviser to the director of undergraduate studies. The normal minimum requirement is a term paper, but individual faculty members may set alternative equivalent requirements. May be elected for one or two terms.

 
PSYC  492a , Directed Research .
  Laurie Santos
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Permission of instructor required

Empirical research projects for qualified students, primarily seniors. A student must be sponsored by a faculty member, who sets the requirements and supervises research. To register, the student must submit a written plan of study approved by the adviser to the director of undergraduate studies. The normal minimum requirement is a written report of the completed research, but individual faculty members may set alternative equivalent requirements. May be elected for one or two terms.

 
PSYC  493a , Sr. Essay for Intensive Majors .
  Staff
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Permission of instructor required
 
PSYC  493b , Directed Research .
  Laurie Santos
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Permission of instructor required

Empirical research projects for qualified students, primarily seniors. A student must be sponsored by a faculty member, who sets the requirements and supervises research. To register, the student must submit a written plan of study approved by the adviser to the director of undergraduate studies. The normal minimum requirement is a written report of the completed research, but individual faculty members may set alternative equivalent requirements. May be elected for one or two terms.

 
PSYC  495a , Research Topics .
3 HTBA Laurie Santos
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Permission of instructor required

Discussion of current and advanced topics and/or ongoing research projects. Specific areas of research correspond to 700-level courses.

Students sign up for sections at www.yale.edu/courseinfo, using the last two digits of the corresponding 700-level course number. Enrollment forms, which must be signed by the instructor of the section, are available at the office of undergraduate studies. May be repeated for credit.

 
PSYC  495b , Research Topics .
3 HTBA Laurie Santos
   (0)  
Permission of instructor required

Discussion of current and advanced topics and/or ongoing research projects. Specific areas of research correspond to 700-level courses.

Students sign up for sections at www.yale.edu/courseinfo, using the last two digits of the corresponding 700-level course number. Enrollment forms, which must be signed by the instructor of the section, are available at the office of undergraduate studies. May be repeated for credit.