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2008-2009 Academic Year

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PREREQUISITES
Students are strongly advised to take, in their second year, any 200-level course that is a prerequisite for the 300- and 400-level courses they might wish to take. Students should keep open their options on upper-level courses, as enrolment is typically limited.
NOTE    Students who do not meet the stated prerequisites for upper-year courses that they wish to take, but who nonetheless feel they are qualified for admission, may appeal to the instructor to have the prerequisite waived. A prerequisite waiver does not guarantee admission to the course. PSYC 100 can only be waived by special permission of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies for those students who can provide proof of equivalent background.

AVAILABILITY
The Department of Psychology does not offer all of the courses listed in the Calendar every year. For the most up-to-date information on the availability of courses offered in the current year, check QCARD, http://psyc.queensu.ca/undergraduate/index.html or consult with the Psychology Undergraduate Office.
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PSYC-100/1.0 Principles of Psychology 3L;1T
An introductory survey of basic areas of psychology including perception, cognition, learning and motivation and their biological substrata. Also reviewed are child development, individual differences, social psychology and behaviour disorders. Research participation experience is provided for students on an individual voluntary basis. Students are encouraged to participate in up to five hours of research experimentation.
Also offered by correspondence. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
Also offered at the International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
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PSYC-202*/0.5 Statistics in Psychology 3L
An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics in psychology. Topics will include descriptive statistics, probability, correlation and regression, experimental design and one-way ANOVA. Enrolment is limited. Restricted to students in a major or medial concentration in psychology. PREREQUISITE    70 per cent in PSYC 100.
EXCLUSIONS    BIOL 243*, COMM 162*, ECON 250*, GPHY 247*, PHED 251*, PHED 351*, STAT 261*, STAT 263*, STAT 264*, STAT 267*, STAT 268* and STAT 269* together, STAT 367*.
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PSYC-203*/0.5 Research Methods in Psychology 1.5L;1.5P
An introduction to basic research methods in psychology. The course will emphasize the ways in which statistics are used in experimental research and will include a series of laboratory projects in which students use statistical procedures with data they collect. Enrolment is limited. Restricted to students in a major or medial concentration in psychology. PREREQUISITE    PSYC 202*.
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PSYC-205*/0.5 Experimental Psychology: Learning 3L;3P
Theories and research in classical conditioning and instrumental learning. Also cognition in humans and other animals and the biological bases of learning and motivation. Laboratory sessions form an important complement to lectures and demonstrations. Enrolment is limited. PREREQUISITE    70 per cent in PSYC 100.
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PSYC-215*/0.5 Experimental Psychology: Perception 3L
An introduction to sensory information processing and perception designed to elucidate basic principles involved in seeing, hearing and touch. Topics include visual perception of form, motion, colour, depth and pattern recognition; auditory perception of pitch, loudness, timbre, auditory space, pattern perception and speech; and, tactile and haptic perception of pressure, shape, texture and material properties. Enrolment is limited. PREREQUISITE    PSYC 100.
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PSYC-220/1.0 Cognitive Psychology 3L
An introduction to the science of mind and thought, with emphasis on philosophical issues, empirical studies, and theoretical models, both symbolic and connectionist. Topics will include information theory, perception and attention, pattern recognition, working memory, long-term memory, skill acquisition, problem-solving, language, and consciousness.
Also offered by correspondence. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
PREREQUISITE    PSYC 100.
EXCLUSION    COGS 200.
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PSYC-231*/0.5 The Study of Personality 3L
An examination of the major theoretical approaches to the study of personality with attention to the utility of these theories as measured by empirical investigations. PREREQUISITE    PSYC 100.
EXCLUSION    PSYC 230.
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PSYC-235/1.0 Abnormal Psychology 3L
The experimental approach to the understanding, description and modification of abnormal behaviour is emphasized in the analysis of disorders of cognition (e.g., learning, memory and thinking), disturbances of affect (e.g., anxiety and depression), and problem behaviours (e.g., addictions, sexual disorders and psychopathy).
Also offered by correspondence. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
PREREQUISITE    PSYC 100.
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PSYC-241*/0.5 Social Psychology 3L
The study of the individual in the social context: Self and identity, social cognition, interpersonal behaviour (affiliation, attraction, sex, aggression, altruism); social attitudes, prejudice and discrimination; social influence and group processes (conformity, leadership and intergroup relations); applied social psychology.
Also offered by correspondence. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
PREREQUISITE    PSYC 100.
EXCLUSION    PSYC 240.
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PSYC-251*/0.5 Developmental Psychology 3L
Introduction to the scientific study of human development, with an emphasis on social, cognitive, and neurobiological processes underlying perceptual, cognitive, and emotional development from infancy to adolescence.
Also offered by correspondence. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
PREREQUISITE    PSYC 100.
EXCLUSION    PSYC 250.
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PSYC-271*/0.5 Brain and Behaviour I 3L
An introduction to behavioural neuroscience. The course primarily focuses on the basics of neuronal operation, functional neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, and behavioral neuroscience methods. This will be followed by an examination of input (sensory) and output (motor) systems of the brain. Finally, topics relevant to lateralization of function and language will be covered.
Also offered on the Internet. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
NOTE    PSYC 271* may not be taken subsequently to NSCI 322* (or LISC 322*).
PREREQUISITE    PSYC 100.
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PSYC-300/1.0 Advanced Experimental Psychology 3L;3P
Statistical inference (continuation of PSYC 202*/PSYC 203*) and laboratory projects. The course covers problems of experimental designs, the usual types of analysis of variance, and regression analysis. Enrolment is limited. Restricted to students in a major concentration in psychology. PREREQUISITE    A combined average of 65 per cent in PSYC 202* and PSYC 203* and a weighted average of 70 per cent in all 100- and 200-level psychology courses.
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PSYC-305/1.0 Human Memory 3L;1P
An overview of research on human memory, taking account both of traditional verbal learning and modern cognitive psychology. Particular attention will be paid to issues in contemporary memory theory. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 202* or STAT 263* or STAT 264*; PSYC 220 or equivalent.
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PSYC-321*/0.5 Psycholinguistics 3L/S
An introduction to psycholinguistic research and theory. Topics include the development of language, language perception, language production, and linguistic representation. Particular attention will be paid to applied issues in language research (e.g., speech pathology, language aids, and automatic recognition of speech). PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*, or PSYC 100 with a minimum grade of 70 per cent  and third-year standing in Linguistics.
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PSYC-322*/0.5 Attention 3L
Theory and research on attentional processes from both a cognitive and a cognitive-neuroscience perspective. Topics include attentional selection, attentional limitations, role of attention in perception, memory, and action, and cortical mechansisms of attention. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*; PSYC 220 or COGS 200.   
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PSYC-323*/0.5 Laboratory in Attention 3P
The laboratory in attention course provides students with both demonstrations and hands-on experience with the methodological design and data analysis techniques used in conducting classic studies of attention. Experimental techniques include attentional cueing, visual search, change blindness, inattentional blindness, eye-tracking, multi-object tracking, and functional imaging. PREREQUISITE    PSYC 322*.
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PSYC-332*/0.5 Health Psychology 3L
Key issues in health and health care require approaches embodying psychological, biological, and sociological factors. For every CT scan, injection, or doctor visit, there is a person to be considered. This course explores a variety of health-related topics where psychology has a significant role (e.g., health promotion, stress, psychoneuroimmunology, medical contacts, pain, illness, sport). Canadian statistics used in discussions. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 202* or equivalent; PSYC 235.
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PSYC-333*/0.5 Human Sexuality 3L
An overview of typical sexual behaviour and its variations. Topics include the history of sex research, the sexual response cycle, sexual dysfunction, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Particular attention will be paid to current issues in sex research and theory. PREREQUISITE    One of PSYC 235, PSYC 251* (or PSYC 250), PSYC 271* or PSYC 370* (or PSYC 272*).
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PSYC-334*/0.5 Laboratory in Psychological Testing    3P/S
A lecture and laboratory course on psychometrics. Test development and evaluation will be the focus of student projects. The course will introduce software packages used for analyzing psychological test data. A fee of $30 will be collected from each student for the cost of photocopying, materials, and mailings related to data collection. PREREQUISITE OR COREQUISITE    PSYC 300.
EXCLUSION    PSYC 331*.
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PSYC-342*/0.5 The Psychology of Social Influence 3L
This course reviews theory and research on the processes by which people exert influence on one another’s behaviours, beliefs, emotions, and attitudes. Topics of study include conformity, compliance, obedience, and persuasion. The course will focus on both the theoretical and applied implications of social influence research. PREREQUISITE    PSYC 100.
EXCLUSION    PSYC 399* (2004).
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PSYC-348*/0.5 Psychology of Crime 3L
A survey of the psychological literature on the causes of crime and interventions to reduce criminal behaviour.
Also offered by correspondence. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
PREREQUISITE    PSYC 100 and STAT 263* or STAT 264*; or PSYC 202*.
EXCLUSION    PSYC 472*.
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PSYC-351*/0.5 Social and Emotional Development 3L
An overview of the development of emotions and their regulation. Topics range from basic emotions in infancy and interactions with caregivers that lay the foundations of socialized behaviour to the emotional upheaval and radical social changes of adolescence. Individual differences in social and emotional behaviour will be considered in light of both typical and atypical development. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*; PSYC 251* (or PSYC 250).
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PSYC-352*/0.5 Cognitive and Language Development 3L
An overview of the development of cognitive and language processes in children. Topics include a discussion of the biological and social foundations of cognitive and language development, perceptual development, early communication, development of concepts and scripts, and improvements in reasoning and problem-solving ability over the course of development. PREREQUISTES    PSYC 251* (or PSYC 250); PSYC 203*, or PSYC 100 with a minimum grade of 70 per cent and third year standing in COGS or Linguistics.
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PSYC-355*/0.5 Comparative Cognition 3L
Theory and research in animal cognition from a comparative perspective. Topics include memory, spatial cognition, timing and counting, social learning, tool use, communication, language, and theory of mind. For each of these topics, comparisons among animal species will be made, including comparisons to humans (particularly infants and children). PREREQUISITE    PSYC 100
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PSYC-360*/0.5 The Psychology of Sleep 3L/P
Description and methodology of sleep research; normal sleep; circadian rhythms and sleep regulation; dreaming; effects of sleep loss; sleep disorders; sleep and learning.
NOTE    Students will spend two full nights in the Sleep Laboratory under supervision -- one night sleeping as a research volunteer, the other as a researcher staying awake for the night. An additional laboratory hour will be needed to score their own sleep record.
PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203* and third-year standing.
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PSYC-365*/0.5 Psychology of Reading 3L
An in-depth analysis of reading and reading comprehension. The focus is first on the competent adult with an examination of different writing systems, the structure of English orthography, theories of word recognition, eye movements during reading, the role of working memory, models of reading comprehension, and strategies for increasing comprehension. The focus then shifts to individual differences among children and adults, developmental dyslexia, and the acquired dyslexias. Students will work in small groups to prepare classroom presentations. PREREQUISITE    PSYC 220.
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PSYC-370*/0.5 Brain and Behaviour II    3L
The relationship between brain and behaviour. The first part of the course examines topics relevant to brain plasticity, including neurodevelopment, brain damage and learning and memory; followed by a section on the biopsychology of motivation that covers the neural mechanisms of eating, sexual behaviour and sleep. The final section deals with disorders of cognition and emotion, including drug addiction, stress and psychiatric disorders. PREREQUISITE    PSYC 271* or third-year standing in biology or life sciences (PSYC 100 recommended).
EXCLUSIONS    LISC 322*, NSCI 322*, PSYC 272*.
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PSYC-371*/0.5 Research Problems in Behavioural Neuroscience 3L/S;3P
A review of basic neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology and sensory physiology followed by intensive coverage of the neuronal bases of motivated behaviours, learning and memory. Lectures will emphasize the methods of behaviourial neuroscience and their application to the topics under consideration. Laboratories will further emphasize the methods of behaviourial neuroscience with hands-on experience in projects related to the lecture material. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 205*, PSYC 271* and PSYC 370* (or PSYC 272*).
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PSYC-372*/0.5 Research Problems in Animal Learning 1.5L;1.5P
Lectures will cover a basic review of investigative techniques in comparative cognition and behavioural ecology. Laboratory sessions will explore the principles discussed in the lectures through hands-on experience. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*, PSYC 205*, PSYC 271* and PSYC 370* (or PSYC 272*).
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PSYC-380*/0.5 Advanced Perception 2L/S;2P
This advanced course in visual and auditory perception will integrate findings from neuroanatomy and physiology with psychophysics, perception, and behaviour. Information processing will be traced from sensory structures through to motor output and communicative behaviour. The course will introduce you to psychophysical and neurophysiological methodology and will contain many demonstrations and hands-on experiments. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*, PSYC 215*.
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PSYC-385*/0.5 Psychology of Music 3L/S;1P
Sensory and cognitive foundations of musical pitch, timbre, loudness, and time. Experimental research on musical development, memory, attention, ability, relationships to other psychological attributes. Theories of response to musical structure. Practica involving listening exercises, data collection and analyses. Supplementary instruction provided for students unfamiliar with basic music notation. PREREQUISITE    PSYC 203*.
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PSYC-397*/0.5 History of Modern Psychology 3L
A survey of the history of modern psychology, from the early 19th century to the close of the 20th. The more important empirical findings of psychology and related disciplines will be examined together with their theoretical explanations. The course will lead to an examination of the causes of differential scientific progress in the various subfields of psychology.
PREREQUISITE    PSYC 100 or equivalent.
EXCLUSION    PSYC 390.
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PSYC-398*/0.5 Selected Topics in Psychology I 3L
Lecture courses on selected topics in psychology offered periodically. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.
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PSYC-399*/0.5  Selected Topics in Psychology II3L
Lecture courses on selected topics in psychology offered periodically. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.
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PSYC-420*/0.5 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology 3L/S
An examination of selected topics in cognitive psychology which may include: computational modelling; problem-solving; face recognition; gestalt influences on cognitive science; motor control processes; cognitive neuropsychology. Exact topics to vary by year. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 220 or COGS 200.
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PSYC-422*/0.5 Selected Topics in Attention 3L/S
A focussed study of a selected topic in attention. Topics will vary each year and will include such topics as models of attention, attentional control of perceptual systems, cortical mechanisms of attention, interaction of attention and memory, and cross-modal attentional control. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*, PSYC 220.
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PSYC-423*/0.5 Selected Topics in Real-World Scene Perception 3L/S
A discussion of some areas in natural scene perception. Topics that will be discussed include: speeded processing of scene gist, the neural basis of scene perception, attention and eye movements, visual search and memory in real-world contexts, as well as some discussion of other more applied research related to the processing of real-world scenes. PREREQUISITE    PSYC 220 or COGS 200.
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PSYC-430*/0.5 The Self 3L/S
This course reviews theory and research on the self, primarily from a social psychological perspective. Topics include: the nature of the self, search for self-knowledge, self-development, self-cognition, self-regulation of behaviour, self-presentation, self-esteem, and the role of the self in psychological health. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203* or equivalent; PSYC 241* (or PSYC 240).
EXCLUSION    PSYC 480* (2002-2004).
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PSYC-431*/0.5 The Interpersonal Context of Depression 3L/S
The course will focus on how depressed individuals' intimate relationships contribute to the onset and exacerbation of depressive symptoms and are, in turn, impacted by the illness. Based on existing empirical evidence, students will learn to critically examine the role of interpersonal factors in the onset, maintenance, and recurrance of depression. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*, PSYC 235.
EXCLUSION    PSYC 435* (2004-2007).
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PSYC-432*/0.5 Advanced Topics in the Study of Personality 3L/S
An examination of recent developments in certain aspects of personality theory and research. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.
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PSYC-433*/0.5 Human Sexual Function and Dysfunction    3L/S
This course will provide students with an overview of common sexual dysfunctions, including prevalence, clinical presentation, and comorbid diagnoses. Particular attention will be paid to assessment and treatment (both therapy and medical management) in sexual dysfunction; in addition, past and current research strategies will be presented and critiqued, with an emphasis on classification difficulties. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*; PSYC 235.
EXCLUSION    PSYC 480* (2005-06).
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PSYC-434*/0.5 Developmental Disabilities 3L/S
Issues concerning individuals with disabilities, their families, and professionals working in the field. Attitudes to disability, community integration, impact on family, appropriate assessment and intervention strategies, legal and ethical issues, and changing policy and practices, will be addressed through lectures, class analysis and class debates. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 235, PSYC 251* (or PSYC 250).
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PSYC-435*/0.5 Advanced Topics in Abnormal Psychology 3L/S
Recent developments in the experimental investigation of such abnormal behaviours as anxiety, depression, thought and memory disorders, etc. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.
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PSYC-436*/0.5 Aggression/Victimization: Current Perspectives 3L/S
Survey of major theories of aggression and victimization, an examination of studies concerned with epidemiology, and the development and treatment of aggression, antisocial behaviour and other related problems. Individual, family, and social factors contributing to the development of aggressive behaviour will be addressed. PREREQUISITE    PSYC 251* (or PSYC 250).
EXCLUSION    PSYC 472*.
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PSYC-437*/0.5 Mood and Anxiety Disorders 3L/S
An intensive study of the state of research and controversies in the area of mood and anxiety disorders. Specific disorders covered will include major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, with a focus on cognitive-behavioural theories of etiology and treatment. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*, PSYC 235.
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PSYC-438*/0.5 Prevention Programs for High Risk Children 3L/S
This limited enrolment course will examine the empirical evidence concerning the degree to which prevention and early intervention programs improve the futures of high-risk children. Students will be encouraged to use the empirical literature to identify how the efficacy of these programs might be improved. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*; PSYC 235 or PSYC 251* (or PSYC 250).
EXCLUSION    PSYC 432* (2000 to 2003).
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PSYC-439*/0.5 Childhood/Adolescent Psychopathology and Mental Health 3L/S
The role of the family, community-based treatments, and research on early intervention and promotion in children’s mental health. PREREQUISITE    PSYC 203*, PSYC 235 and PSYC 251* (or PSYC 250).
EXCLUSION    PSYC 350*.   
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PSYC-440*/0.5 Advanced Topics in Social Psychology 3S
A discussion of some areas and issues in social psychology emphasizing techniques and methods of social psychological research. Substantive topics may include attitudes and attitude change, psychology of women, conformity and deviance, etc. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.
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PSYC-441*/0.5 Attitudes and Persuasion 3L/S
This course provides an overview of classic and contemporary theories of attitudes and persuasion. Topics include the structure of attitudes, the role of attitudes in information processing, the impact of attitudes on behaviour, and the psychological processes underlying attitude change. A particular emphasis is placed on reviewing and evaluating theories of persuasion. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*, PSYC 241* (or PSYC 240).
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PSYC-442*/0.5 Culture and Cognition 3L/S
This course will examine a wide range of social cognitive topics (e.g., reasoning, decision making, attribution, language, self-concept, cognitive styles, emotion, relationship and subjective well-being) from a cultural perspective by drawing on a wide range of cross-cultural studies. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*, PSYC 241* (or PSYC 240).
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PSYC-443*/0.5 Intimate Relationships  3L/S
Classic and contemporary research pertaining to adult romantic relationships. Topics include attachment styles, relationship development, communication, and conflict in relationships. PREREQUISITE    PSYC 241* (or PSYC 240).
EXCLUSION    PSYC 341*.
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PSYC-446*/0.5 Eyewitness Psychology 3L/S
Witness issues examined from social psychological and cognitive perspectives. Topics include: eyewitness memory, police identification procedures, credibility of eyewitness testimony, and expert testimony on eyewitness issues. Emphasis on reading original research papers and discussion of applied as well as theoretical and methodological issues. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*; PSYC 220 (or PSYC 305) or PSYC 241* (or PSYC 240).
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PSYC-450*/0.5 Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology 3L/S
Topics vary from year to year and may include prenatal factors in development, infancy, aging, adolescence, cultural deprivation and intervention programs in early childhood, and developmental psychopathology. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.
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PSYC-452*/0.5 Developmental Psycholinguistics 3S
This seminar focuses on the human ability to produce and comprehend language and its development. Using original empirical articles the participants in the seminar will examine topics like syntactic and lexical disambiguation, structural priming, the development of reading, and cultural variability in language ability. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203* and 2.0 PSYC credits at the 200 level or above, or PSYC 100 with a minimum grade of 70 per cent and third year standing in Linguistics or Cognitive Science.
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PSYC-455*/0.5 Adolescence 3L/S
This seminar will explore psychological development from the transition out of childhood to the transition into adulthood. The content of the course will cover typical and atypical adolescent development within several domains: cognitive, social, emotional, neurological and physical. Readings will focus on both basic developmental theory and applied research. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*; PSYC 251* (or PSYC 250).
EXCLUSION    PSYC 485* (2005).
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PSYC-456*/0.5 Theory of Mind  3L/S
Explores children’s emerging understanding that others’ observable behaviours are motivated by internal mental states such as intentions, desires and beliefs. The first section of the course will cover the development of this understanding from infancy through the preschool years. The second section of the course will cover how this emerging understanding affects children’s social and communicative development. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 203*; PSYC 251* (or PSYC 250).
EXCLUSION    PSYC 450* (2003-2006).
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PSYC-457*/0.5 Brain Development 3S
An in-depth examination of brain development in human beings. Topics include the phases of neural development, experience-expectant versus experience-dependant growth, increasing specialization of the brain over the course of development, plasticity and sensitive periods, the importance of pruning, and atypical brain development in neurodevelopmental disorders. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 251* (or PSYC 250); PSYC 271*.
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PSYC-465*/0.5 Development of Literacy  2S;3P
The child's exploration of written language and the experience of learning to read: emerging literacy, whole language versus phonics programs, phonological awareness, word recognition, and cognitive/social factors affecting literacy. Students are expected to volunteer as literacy coaches and maintain a journal of their experiences. The class will meet in small groups to discuss the readings and their experiences.
NOTE    All students must provide the instructor with a criminal record check prior to starting the course. This may involve a nominal fee.
PREREQUISITE    PSYC 365*.
EXCLUSION    PSYC 366*.
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PSYC-470*/0.5 Advanced Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience 3S
Intensive coverage of selected topics in behavioural neuroscience to include, in different years, such topics as neurobiology of learning and memory, neuroendocrinology, biological bases of motivation, biological bases of brain disorders, etc. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 205*, PSYC 271* and PSYC 370* (or PSYC 272*).
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PSYC-471*/0.5 Behavioural Pharmacology 3L/S
The transition between psychoactive drug action on nervous system and behaviour. Theories of drug action upon neurotransmitters, mythical and actual psychoactive effects, and neurochemical theories of psychosis are considered. Seminars on behavioural effects of alcohol, barbiturates, amphetamines and narcotics. Laboratory demonstrations show drug influence on animal behaviour. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 205*, or PSYC 271* and PSYC 370* (or PSYC 272*), and third-year standing.
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PSYC-473*/0.5 Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders 3L/S
An examination of current theories on the neurobiology of mental disorders (e.g. autism, schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders). Seminars will focus on the evaluation of animal models for investigating neurodevelopmental and pharmacological aspects of various psychopathologies. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 205*, PSYC 271* and PSYC 370* (or PSYC 272*).
EXCLUSION    PSYC 485* (2002-2004).
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PSYC-475*/0.5 Neuropsychology 3L/S
Brain-behavior relationships will be explored by studying clinical brain dysfunction syndromes. Topics to be considered may include aphasia, apraxia, neglect and related disorders. Cerebral asymmetries in humans will also be discussed. PREREQUISITES    PSYC 271* and PSYC 370* (or PSYC 272*).
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PSYC-480*/0.5 Special Topics in Psychology I 3L/S
Seminar courses on advanced topics in psychology offered periodically by visiting professors.
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PSYC-485*/0.5 Special Topics in Psychology II 3L/S
For a complete description, see PSYC 480*.
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PSYC-490*/0.5 Special Topics in Psychology III 3L/S
For a complete description, see PSYC 480*.
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PSYC-495*/0.5 Advanced Topic in Psychology 3L/S;2P
Seminar and lab course on an advanced topic in psychology offered periodically by visiting professors. PREREQUISITE    Prerequisites vary depending on specific course content; consult instructor or Undergraduate Office in the Psychology Department.
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PSYC-501/1.5 Honours Thesis
Each student will, under supervision, formulate and present an original research proposal involving the collection and analysis of data, carry it out, and submit a thesis based on the results. Proposals must be approved by relevant Ethics Review committees. Each student will be assessed a nominal fee for binding a library copy of the thesis. This course is optional for students completing a major in psychology but all students are advised that admission to a graduate program in psychology normally requires the completion of an honours thesis.
NOTE    Students whose research involves the care and/or handling of animals must also register in LISC 488/0.0.
PREREQUISITES    PSYC 300 and admission to the B.A.(Hons.) or B.Sc.(Hons.) program and an average of 75 per cent in all psychology courses.
EXCLUSION    PSYC 500.
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PSYC-550*/0.5 Directed Special Reading I
Reading courses to be arranged in consultation with individual members of the Department.
NOTE    Students are limited to one of PSYC 550*, PSYC 555*, PSYC 560*, PSYC 570*, or PSYC 575* in each of Year 3 and Year 4. Students are also limited to a maximum of two 500-level courses supervised by the same faculty member. (Students registered in PSYC 501 concurrently will not normally take one of these courses with their thesis supervisor.)
PREREQUISITE    Permission of the instructor and of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies; upper-year standing in honours psychology programs.
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PSYC-555*/0.5 Directed Special Reading II
For a complete description, see PSYC 550*. PREREQUISITE    Permission of the instructor and of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies; upper-year standing in honours psychology programs.
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PSYC-560*/0.5 Directed Special Reading III
For a complete description, see PSYC 550*. PREREQUISITE    Permission of the instructor and of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies; upper-year standing in honours psychology programs.
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PSYC-570*/0.5 Directed Special Laboratory I
Laboratory courses to be arranged in consultation with individual members of the Department. Courses must involve data collection; approximately 5-7 hours of lab work per week required.
NOTE    Students whose research involves the care and/or handling of animals must also register in LISC 488/0.0. Students are limited to one of PSYC 550*, PSYC 555*, PSYC 560*, PSYC 570*, or PSYC 575* in each of Year 3 and Year 4. Students are also limited to a maximum of two 500-level courses supervised by the same faculty member. (Students registered in PSYC 501 concurrently will not normally take one of these courses with their thesis supervisor.)
PREREQUISITES    Permission of the instructor and of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies; upper-year standing in honours psychology programs.
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PSYC-575*/0.5 Directed Special Laboratory II 
For a complete description, see PSYC 570*. PREREQUISITE    Permission of the instructor and of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies; upper-year standing in honours psychology programs.
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