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2014/2015 COURSE OFFERINGS

The University 2014-15 Timetable will be available on SOLUS on June 23rd (Tentative)

Please note that not all courses are available in any given year due to sabbaticals and leaves. Below you will find
a list of all of our courses with an indication of which ones are offered this year.

 

 

Psychology Course Information Printable PDF

(Available Summer 2014)

PSYC-100/6.0 Principles of Psychology  


PSYC-202/3.0 Statistics in Psychology


PSYC-203/3.0 Research Methods in Psychology


PSYC-205/3.0 Introduction to Comparative Cognition


PSYC-215/3.0 Sensation and Perception


PSYC-221/3.0 Cognitive Psychology


PSYC-231/3.0 The Study of Personality


PSYC-235/6.0 Abnormal Psychology

 



PSYC-323/3.0 Laboratory in Attention


PSYC-332/3.0 Health Psychology


PSYC-333/3.0 Human Sexuality


PSYC-334/3.0 Laboratory in Psychological Testing


PSYC 335/3.0 Positive Psychology


PSYC-342/3.0 The Psychology of Social Influence


PSYC-348/3.0 Psychology of Crime

PSYC-351/3.0 Social and Emotional Development

 

PSYC-352/3.0 Cognitive and Language Development

 

PSYC-355/3.0 Comparative Cognition

 

PSYC-360/3.0 The Neurobiology and Psychology of Sleep

 

PSYC-370/3.0 Brain and Behaviour II

 

PSYC-371/3.0 Research Problems in Behavioural Neuroscience

 

PSYC-372/3.0 Research Problems in Animal Learning

 

PSYC-380/3.0 Advanced Perception

 

PSYC-397/3.0 History of Modern Psychology

 

PSYC-398/3.0 Selected Topics in Psychology I

 

PSYC-399/3.0 Selected Topics in Psychology II

 

PSYC-400/6.0 Applied Research in Higher Education

 

PSYC-420/3.0 Advanced Topics Cognitive Psychology

 

PSYC-422/3.0 Selected Topics in Attention

 

PSYC-423/3.0 Selected Topics in Real World Scene Perception

 

PSYC-430/3.0 The Self

 

PSYC-432/3.0 Advanced Topics in the Study of Personality

 

PSYC-433/3.0 Human Sexual Function and Dysfunction

 

PSYC-434/3.0 Developmental Disabilities

 

PSYC-435/3.0 Advanced Topics in Abnormal Psychology

 

PSYC-436/3.0 Sexuality and Gender

 

PSYC-437/3.0 Mood and Anxiety Disorders

 

 

PSYC-440/3.0 Advanced Topics in Social Psychology

 

PSYC-441/3.0 Attitudes and Persuasion


PSYC-442/3.0 Culture and Cognition


PSYC-443/3.0 Intimate Relationships




PSYC-100/6.0
Principles of Psychology

 
1L;1P

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.

 

Research participation is not available in the online course.

Sections 001, 002, 003, 004          Limit: 450

 

Section 700                                        Limit: 95

 

Coordinator

Atkinson

FALL - WINTER

Sections 001-004

Team taught - 

FALL: TBD

WINTER: TBD

Section 700

 

Section 700

Atkinson

 

Atkinson/Johnsrude

FALL - WINTER (online)

 

SUMMER 2014 (online)


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PSYC-202/3.0
Statistics in Psychology

 

3L;1T

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics in psychology. Topics will include descriptive statistics, probability, correlation and regression, experimental design and one-way ANOVA.

Enrollment is restricted to students in a PSYC major or medial/SSP concentration

PREREQUISITE

B- in PSYC 100/6.0

EXCLUSIONS

BIOL 243/3.0, CHEE 209/3.0, COMM 162/3.0, ECON 250/3.0, GPHY 247/3.0, KNPE 251/3.0 (or PHED 251/3.0), NURS 323/3.0; POLS 385/3.0, SOCY 211/3.0, STAT 261/3.0, 263/3.0, 264/3.0, 267/3.0, 268/3.0, 269/3.0, 367/3.0.

Limit: 205

Holden

FALL

Note:

Lectures will be held two of the three scheduled times a week. The third hour will be used as required for tutorials or question periods. Labs are scheduled weekly and alternate between tutorials and drop-in help sessions.



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PSYC-203/3.0
Research Methods in Psychology

 

3L;1.5P

An introduction to basic research methodologies. Labs will include the collection and statistical analysis of data, and the reporting of experimental findings. To introduce students to the breadth of psychological research, there will be a series guest lecturers in which professors present their own research.

 

Enrollment is limited. Restricted to students in a major or medial/SSP concentration in psychology.

PREREQUISITES

One of PSYC 202/3.0; BIOL 243/3.0; CHEE 209/3.0; ECON 250/3.0; GPHY 247/3.0; KNPE 251/3.0 (formerly PHED 251/3.0); NURS 323/3.0; POLS 385/3.0; SOCY 211/3.0; STAT 261/3.0; STAT 263/3.0; STAT 267/3.0; STAT 367/3.0; COMM 162/3.0

Limit: 220

Wilson

WINTER


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PSYC-205/3.0
Introduction to Comparative Cognition

 

1.5L;1.5P

The evolution and function of cognition across species, ranging from invertebrates to humans. Topics include perception, attention, associate mechanisms, categorization, decision making and memory. Each will be examined from a comparative and biological perspective. Laboratory exercises complement topics to be covered in the lectures.

 

Enrollment is limited.

PREREQUISITE

A grade of B- in PSYC 100/6.0

Limit: 120

Olmstead

FALL


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PSYC-215/3.0
Sensation and Perception

 

3L

The course introduces sensory information processing and perception as well as the methods required to study the complex relations between the physical world of light and sound, and the subjective experience of objects and events. Topics include a short history of the field and a summary of the methodology of psychophysics, which is then followed by a thorough discussion of the mechanisms underlying touch, somatosensation, the chemical senses, hearing, and vision.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 100/6.0

Limit: 150

TBD

WINTER


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PSYC-221/3.0  
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.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 100/6.0

EXCLUSION

COGS 200/6.0, PSYC 220/6.0

 

Limit: 240

Castelhano

                                 WINTER


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PSYC-231/3.0
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 100/6.0

EXCLUSION

PSYC 230/6.0

 

Limit: 240

Holden

WINTER


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PSYC-235/6.0
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).

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 100/6.0

 

Limit: 450

FALL: Chivers

 

WINTER: TBD

FALL/WINTER

Section 700
Angela Howell-Moneta                                             
SUMMER 2014 (online)


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PSYC-241/3.0
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.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 100/6.0

   

EXCLUSION

PSYC 240/6.0

   

Limit: 247

MacDonald

 

 

FALL


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PSYC-251/3.0
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.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 100/6.0

   

EXCLUSION

PSYC 250/6.0

   

001 - Limit: 425

 

 

700 - Limit: 150

Kelley

 

 

TBD                                                          

 

FALL

 

 

WINTER (online)


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PSYC-271/3.0
Brain and Behaviour I

 

3L

An introduction to behavioural neuroscience. The course primarily focuses on the basics of neuronal operation, functional neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology and behavioural 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.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 100/6.0

   

NOTE:

May not be taken with or after NSCI 323/3.0; NSCI 324/3.0; NSCI 322/3.0; LISC 322/3.0, PSYC 370/3.0

   

Section 001

Limit: 290

Dringenberg

FALL


Section 700

Limit: 120

Monica Valsangkar-Smyth

WINTER

(online)


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PSYC-301/3.0
Advanced Statistical Inference

 

3L;3P

Statistical inference (continuation of PSYC 202/ PSYC 203) and laboratory projects. The course covers critical thinking about research and statistics and three types of statistical analyses: tests of categorization, comparisons of means, and association.

 

Enrollment is limited. Restricted to students in a major concentration in psychology.

 

PREREQUISITES

(A GPA of 1.90 in PSYC 202 and PSYC 203) and (a GPA of 2.60 in PSYC at the 100- and 200-level) and registration in a PSYC Major Plan.

Limit: 140

TBD

FALL


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PSYC-302/3.0
Advanced Research Methods

 

3L;3P

The application of previous statistical and methodological courses (continuation of PSYC 202/203/301) toward the design, execution, analysis, and communication of a research project. Lectures and laboratories cover data collection, data management, some advanced statistical analyses, and communication skills.

 

Enrollment is limited. Restricted to students in a major concentration in psychology. Required for admission to PSYC 501/9.0. 

 

PREREQUISITES

A minimum grade of "C" in PSYC 301/3.0, and registration in a PSYC Major Plan.

Limit: 80

TBD

WINTER


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PSYC-305/6.0
Human Memory

 

3L;2P

An overview of theory and data including traditional structural ideas, encoding principles, storage mechanisms, and retrieval processes.  Topics include information theory, recognition memory, decision processes, control mechanisms for serial report, and the representation of meaning and knowledge.  Emphasis is on current data and models.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 221/3.0 (PSYC 220/6.0 or COGS 200/6.0)

Limit: 27

Not Offered

 


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PSYC-321/3.0
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)

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 203/3.0, or PSYC 100/6.0 with a minimum grade of B- and third-year standing in Linguistics.

Limit: 25

Munhall

 WINTER

 


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PSYC-323/3.0
Laboratory in Attention

 
3P

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.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 221/3.0 (PSYC 220/6.0 OR COGS 200/6.0)

Limit: 25

Wilson

FALL


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PSYC-332/3.0
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, PNI, medical contacts, pain, illness, sport). Canadian statistics used in discussions.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 202/3.0 and PSYC 235/6.0

Limit: 120

Tripp

FALL


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PSYC-333/3.0
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.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 251/3.0 or PSYC 271/3.0 or PSYC 370/3.0

Section 001

Limit: 140
Section 700
Limit: 95

Pukall

 

 

 

Kelly Suschinsky

FALL

 

 

 

FALL (online)


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PSYC-334/3.0
Laboratory in Psychological Testing

 

2L/2P

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 in 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.

Limited to PSYC Major students only.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 301/3.0

Note: This lab counts towards the BSCH lab requirement.

Limit: 25

Holden

WINTER


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PSYC-335/3.0
Positive Psychology

 

3L

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning. Lectures critically review the history and current empirical support in the field, such as pleasure and positive experience, happiness, interpersonal relationships, and applying positive thinking.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 235/6.0

Limit: 120

Tripp

FALL


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PSYC-342/3.0
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 100/6.0

EXCLUSION

PSYC 399/3.0 (2004-05)

Limit: 120

Fabrigar    

FALL


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PSYC-348/3.0
Psychology of Crime

 

3L

A survey of the psychological literature on the causes of crime and interventions to reduce criminal behaviour.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 235/6.0 or 251/3.0

Limit: 100

Not Offered



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PSYC-351/3.0
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 251/3.0 (PSYC 250/6.0)

Limit: 120

Hollenstein

WINTER


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PSYC-352/3.0
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.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 251/3.0 (PSYC 250/6.0) OR PSYC100/6.0 with a minimum grade of B- and 3rd year standing in COGS or LING

Limit: 120

Fitneva

WINTER


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PSYC-355/3.0
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 100/6.0

Limit: 105

TBD

WINTER


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PSYC-360/3.0
The Neurobiology and
Psychology of Sleep

 

3L/P

The course will introduce students to: the physiology and neurobiology of sleep; methodology of sleep research; evolution and comparative aspects of sleep; discussion of potential functions of sleep; overview of sleep disorders.

NOTE: Students will spend two full nights in the Sleep Laboratory.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 271/3.0

Limit: 25

Dringenberg

FALL


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PSYC-370/3.0
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, 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 271/3.0 or third-year standing in Biology or the Life Sciences (PSYC 100/6.0 is recommended).

 

EXCLUSIONS

LISC 322/3.0, PSYC 272/3.0

Limit: 120

 

Section 700

Menard

 

Valsangkar-Smyth

WINTER

 

SUMMER 2014 (online)

 


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PSYC-371/3.0
Research Problems in Behavioural Neuroscience

 

3L/S;3P

A critical review and analysis of important topics in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, with emphasis on current, controversial areas including; brain plasticity, learning and memory, neurobiology of sleep and consciousness.  Laboratories will further emphasize the methods of behavioural neuroscience with hands-on experience in projects related to the lecture material.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 271/3.0 and PSYC 370/3.0 (or PSYC 272/3.0)

Limit: 26

Dringenberg     

WINTER


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PSYC-372/3.0
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 203/3.0 and 205/3.0 and 271/3.0

Limit: 25

Not Offered

 


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PSYC-380/3.0
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 203/3.0 and PSYC 215/3.0

Limit: 25

Not Offered

 


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PSYC-397/3.0
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 sub-fields of psychology.

 

PREREQUISITE

 

 

PSYC 100/6.0

EXCLUSION

PSYC 390/3.0; PSYC 490/3.0 (2013)

Section 700

Limit: 150

Olmstead

SUMMER 2014 (online)


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PSYC-398/3.0
Selected Topics in Psychology I

 

3L

Topic: TBD

PREREQUISITE

TBD

Limit: 100

TBD


WINTER


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PSYC-399/3.0
Selected Topics in Psychology II 

 

3L

Fall 2011: A discussion of all things neuroplasticity. Topics include developmental plasticity, neurogenesis, life-long learning plasticity in adults, synaptic and cellular mechanisms of learning-related plasticity, human plasticity (recovery from damage, adapting to sensory loss, skill acquisition) among other areas at the forefront of research ongoing today. Class format will consist of interactive lectures, class debates and discussions.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 271/3.0

Limit: 100

Not Offered



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PSYC-400/6.0
Applied Research in Higher Education

 

3S;3P

An introduction to the scholarship and practice of teaching including what it means to be a scholarly teacher, how pedagogy research informs educational practice, and how people learn complex information. In addition to readings, critiques and facilitated discussions, a practicum component will include facilitating weekly tutorials.


NOTE: Students must complete an application and be invited for an interview in the spring to be eligible for this fall term course. During the fall term, students will be responsible for facilitating 2-3 PSYC 100 tutorials per week as part of their teaching practicum.

PREREQUISITES

Level 3 or above in a PSYC Major or Medial Plan and a GPA of 3.30 in PSYC.  

 

Interview required in spring 2014 for admission.


Limit: 25

Atkinson

 FALL


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PSYC-420/3.0
Advanced Topics Cognitive Psychology

 

3L/S

Fall 2013 Topic: Visual and Auditory Processes (Lab) - This course involves developing and designing a number of online experiments to enrich a hypothetical 2nd year course on Sensation and Perception.  Teams composed of one graduate student and one undergraduate student will take on the individual labs. Over the term, they will study the relevant literature, design a lab focused on a seminar experiment, and write a detailed user manual for each lab.  

 

NOTE: Admission priority will be given to students who have a min. B+ in PSYC 215/3.0.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 221/30 or PSYC 215/3.0

Limit: 10

Not Offered

 


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PSYC-422/3.0
Selected Topics in Attention

 

3L/S

A variety of topics in attentional control will be covered and will include such topics as limits in attentional control, cortical mechanisms of attention, spatial and temporal attention, interaction of attention and memory, and influence of video game playing on attentional control.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 221/3.0 or PSYC 220/6.0 or COGS 200/6.0

Limit: 15

 Wilson

                  FALL


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PSYC-423/3.0
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. Studying scene perception gives us an opportunity to explore real, complex images and in some cases, conduct research in the world as we encounter it every day. Also, using complex scenes, we can find out more about how our visual system handles information as experienced in the real world. In this course you will explore the classic as well as cutting-edge research on scenes (both inside and outside a lab), and are strongly encouraged to come up with you own questions that have yet to be studied.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 221/3.0 or PSYC 220/6.0 or COGS 200/6.0

Limit: 25

Castelhano FALL


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PSYC-430/3.0
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 203/3.0 or equivalent and PSYC 241/3.0 (PSYC 240/6.0)

EXCLUSION

PSYC 480/3.0, 2002-2003, 2003-2004

Limit: 25

Not Offered

 


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PSYC-432/3.0
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

 

Limit: 25

Not Offered

 


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PSYC-433/3.0
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 203/3.0 and 235/6.0

Limit: 25

Not Offered

 


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PSYC-434/3.0
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, changing policy and practices, will be addressed through lectures, case analysis and class debates.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 235/6.0 and 251/3.0 (PSYC 250/6.0)

Limit: 24

Not Offered



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PSYC-435/3.0
Advanced Topics in Abnormal Psychology

 

3L/S

Fall 2013 Topic: Psychotic Disorders - This seminar will provide students with an in-depth understanding of research in psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and severe mood disorders. Topics will include neurocognitive dysfunction and its relationship to disability, pharmacological and psychological treatment, and assessment of symptoms across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on readings and critical review of original research articles and directions for future study.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 235/6.0

Limit: 25

Not Offered

 


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PSYC-436/3.0
Sexuality and Gender

 

3L/S

This course provides an overview of the main theoretical perspectives on gender differences and similarities in sexuality, and examines how differences and similarities manifest in multiple domains, including sexual attitudes and behaviours, sexual motivation, mating strategies, sexual orientation, sexual psychophysiology, atypical sexuality, and sexual functioning.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 333/3.0 or BIO 210/3.0

EXCLUSIONS

PSYC 480/3.0 from 2009-2012

Limit: 25

 Chivers

 WINTER


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PSYC-437/3.0
Mood  Disorders

 

3L/S

An intensive study of the state of research and controversies in the area of mood disorders.  Specific topics covered will include bio-genetic, cognitive, interpersonal, and stress theories of etiology, as well as state-of-the-art advance treatments.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 235/6.0

EXCLUSIONS

PSYC 435/3.0 from 2000-2002

Limit: 25

Harkness WINTER


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PSYC-440/3.0
Advanced Topics in Social Psychology


3S

This course is an introduction to the scientific study of judgement and decision making.  Should I take this course? Which job should I accept? Should I take this advice? This course will examine how-and how well-people make such judgements and decisions in everyday life.  This course will involve reading and discussing empirical papers.  There will be significant amount of focus on applied aspects of judgement and decision makings.

 

PREREQUISITES

 

 

PSYC 203/3.0 and 241/3.0 (240/6.0)

Limit: 25

Not Offered

 


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PSYC-441/3.0
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 203/3.0 and 241/3.0 (PSYC 240/6.0)

Limit: 25

Fabrigar

FALL


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PSYC-442/3.0
Culture and Cognition

 

3L/S

This course will examine a wide range of social cognitive topics (e.g., self, control/choice, motivation, emotion, reasoning, education and socialization) from a cultural perspective by drawing on a wide range of cross-cultural and sometimes within-cultural studies.

PREREQUISITES

 

EXCLUSIONS

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 241/3.0 (PSYC 240/6.0)

 

PSYC 480/3.0 from 2001-2002

Limit: 25

Ji

FALL


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PSYC 443/3.0
Intimate Relationships

 

3L/S

Classic and contemporary research pertaining to adult romantic relationships. Topics include attachment styles, relationship development, communication, and conflict in relationships.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 241/3.0

Limit: 25

MacDonald

FALL


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PSYC-446/3.0
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 203/3.0 and PSYC 221/3.0 (PSYC 220/6.0) or PSYC 305/6.0 or 241/3.0 (PSYC 240/6.0)

Limit: 25

Not Offered

 


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PSYC 450/3.0 Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology
 

3S

Winter 2014: Brain Development - This course is designed to be a relatively broad discussion of brain development, with a particular focus on issues such as the developmental course of brain development, how and when the brain may develop atypically, the role of plasticity and pruning in brain development, and how brain development is related to various aspects of cognitive development. 

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 251/3.0 and PSYC 271/3.0

Limit: 25

Not Offered

 


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PSYC-452/3.0
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 203/3.0 and 12.0 PSYC units at the 200-level or above, or B- in PSYC 100/6.0 and third year standing in COGS or LING.

Limit: 25

Fitneva

  FALL


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PSYC-453/3.0
Infancy

 

3L/S

This seminar examines social and cognitive development during the first two years of life. Topics include the early differentiation between animate and inanimate entities, goal attribution, imitation, and prosocial behaviour.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 251/3.0 (PSYC 250/6.0)

Limit: 25

Fitneva

 WINTER


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PSYC-455/3.0
Adolescence

 

3S

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 203/3.0 (or equivalent) and 251/3.0 (PSYC 250/6.0)

EXCLUSION

PSYC 485/3.0 (2005)

Limit: 25

Hollenstein

 WINTER


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PSYC-456/3.0
Theory of Mind

 

3L/S

This seminar explores children’s emerging understanding that others’ observable behaviours are motivated by internal mental states such as intentions, desires and beliefs. The first section will cover the development of this understanding from infancy through the preschool years. The second section will cover how this emerging understanding affects children’s social and communicative development.

PREREQUISITES

 

EXCLUSION

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 251/3.0 (PSYC 250/6.0)

 

PSYC 450/3.0 (2003-2006)

Limit: 25

Sabbagh

FALL


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PSYC-457/3.0
Atypical Development

 

3S

An investigation of the linguistic, cognitive and social development of children with various neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, specific language impairment, Down syndrome, and Williams syndrome, among others.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 251/3.0 (PSYC 250/6.0) or third year standing in COGS or LING

EXCLUSION

PSYC 480/3.0

Limit: 25

Not Offered

 


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PSYC-470/3.0
Advanced Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience

 

3S

Winter 2015: Neurobiology of Emotion (course description to come) 

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 205/3.0 and 271/3.0 and 370/3.0 (PSYC 272/3.0)

Limit: 25

Menard

 WINTER


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PSYC-471/3.0
Behavioural Pharmacology

 

3L/S

The neuropharmacological basis of psychological processes.  Topics to be covered include drug actions on neurochemical systems, psychoactive effects of drugs and the neuropharmacological basis of psychiatric disorders.

PREREQUISITES

PSYC 205/3.0 or PSYC 271/3.0 and PSYC 370/3.0 (or PSYC 272/3.0) and third-year standing.

 

Limit: 25

Booij

WINTER


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PSYC-473/3.0
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.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 370/3.0 (PSYC 272/3.0); PSYC 205/3.0 highly recommended

EXCLUSION

PSYC 485/3.0 2002-2004

Limit: 25

Not Offered 

 


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PSYC-475/3.0
Neuropsychology

 

3L/S

Brain-behaviour 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.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 370/3.0 (272/3.0)

Limit: 25

Not Offered 

 


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PSYC-480/3.0
Special Topics in Psychology I

 

3L/S

Winter 2015 Topic: Introduction to Applied Clinical Psychology - This course is designed to orient students to the field and profession of clinical psychology. This course offers a survey of major topics in clinical psychology, including a brief history of clinical psychology; common theoretical approaches in assessment and intervention; ethical, professional and theoretical issues; and emerging trends. Students also will be briefly introduced to sub-specialties within clinical psychology, such as clinical child psychology. Professional activities of clinical psychologists (e.g., consultation) will also be discussed.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 235/6.0

Limit: 25

Lindy Kilik

 WINTER


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PSYC-485/3.0
Special Topics in Psychology II

 

3L/S

Lecture/seminar course on selected topics in psychology offered periodically. Prerequisites will vary depending on specific course content.

PREREQUISITE


Limit: 25

Not Offered 

 


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PSYC-490/3.0
Special Topics in Psychology III

 

3L/S

Winter 2013 Topic:  History of Modern Psychology

A survey of the history of modern psychology, from the 17th century to the present day.  The more important empirical findings of psychology and related disciplines will be examined together with their historical backgrounds and theoretical explanations. Course material will be discussed in terms of the causes of differential scientific progress in the various subfields of psychology.

 

PREREQUISITE

Completion of 18.0 units in PSYC

Limit: 25

Not Offered

                              


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PSYC-495/3.0
Advanced Topics in Psychology

 

3L/S; 2P

Winter 2014 Topic: Introduction to the Analysis of Psychological Signals
The objective of this course is to (1) introduce the student to basic techniques for the quantitative analysis of time-varying signals and (2) teach the student how to apply these techniques using MATLAB, the most commonly used high-level computing language used in science and engineering. Emphasis will be placed on methods appropriate to the psychological research environment. The theoretical background for each technique will be presented briefly, but the major stress will be on the application to practical problems. This will be achieved partially by the demonstration of typical analysis procedures. More importantly, students will be required to undertake assignments involving the analysis of simulated and actual psychological data. Expertise in MATLAB or signal processing is not required.

PREREQUISITE

PSYC 203/3.0

Limit: 20

Not Offered

 


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PSYC-501/9.0
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. Enrollment is limited.

 

Note: Students whose research involves the care and/or handling of animals must also complete the Introductory Animal Care course, and if required, the appropriate Animal Use workshops through the office of the University Veterinarian.

 

PREREQUISITES

C+ in PSYC 300/6.0 and admission to the B.A. (Honours) MAJ or B.Sc. (Honours) MAJ program and a GPA of 3.30 in all Psychology courses.

EXCLUSIONS

PSYC 500/9.0

 

Section 001
Limit: 30

Harkness

FALL-WINTER

Section 002
Limit: 30

Castelhano

FALL-WINTER


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PSYC-550/3.0, -555/3.0 Directed Special Reading I, II

   
Reading courses to be arranged in consultation with individual Faculty members of the Department.

PREREQUISITE

Permission of the instructor and of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies and Level 3 or above and registration in a PSYC Major, Medial or Specialization Plan (with completion of PSYC 203/3.0)

 

NOTE: Students are limited to a maximum of two of PSYC 550/3.0, PSYC 555/3.0, PSYC 570/3.0, or PSYC 575/3.0 Students are also limited to a maximum of two 500-level courses supervised by the same faculty member.(Students registered in PSYC 501/9.0 concurrently will not normally take one of these courses with their thesis supervisor.)


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PSYC-570/3.0, -575/3.0
Directed Special Lab I, II

   

Laboratory courses to be arranged in consultation with individual Faculty 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 complete the Introductory Animal Care course, and if required, the appropriate Animal Use workshops through the office of the University Veterinarian.

PREREQUISITE

Permission of the instructor  and of the Chair of Undergraduate Studies and Level 3 or above and registration in a PSYC Major, Medial or Specialization Plan (with completion of PSYC 203/3.0)

 

NOTE: Students are limited to a maximum of two of PSYC 550/3.0, PSYC 555/3.0, PSYC 570/3.0, or PSYC 575/3.0 Students are also limited to a maximum of two 500-level courses supervised by the same faculty member.(Students registered in PSYC 501/9.0 concurrently will not normally take one of these courses with their thesis supervisor.)


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