The majority of basic psychological research remains comfortably in scientific journals. But what if psychological findings could have broader impacts? For example, can what we know about information dissemination in social networks reduce bullying among adolescents? Can what we know about how the developing mind encodes numbers, shapes, and letters improve our teaching of mathematics and reading in schools? Can what we know about visual perception and attention improve our basic interactions with the physical world? This course explores how rigorously designed field experiments, relying...
Examines selected issues and phenomena in contemporary psychological research. Special attention to examining topics from a variety of perspectives, to reading primary sources in the field, and to developing thinking, writing, research, and discussion skills. This tutorial, or Psychology 975, is required of concentrators upon entering the concentration, normally in the sophomore year. Letter graded.
This course will explore the "mismatch" between our ancestral brain and the modern world. After covering the evolution of the human brain, the bulk of the course will focus on case studies including how drugs hijack the normal function of brain systems, how the Facebook age places stresses on social systems that evolved to handle close-knit groups of 25 or so individuals, and how the brain degenerates as we live unexpectedly long.
This is a laboratory methods course that provides students with hands-on experience in a cognitive development lab. The aim of the course is for students to engage in all aspects of the scientific process - from experimental design to data collection and interpretation - by working in a lab and by participating in weekly meetings where key questions and findings in the field are discussed.