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Queen's Psychology Undergraduate Studies

2017-18 PSYC Course Offerings

The University Timetable will be available on SOLUS on June 16th, 2017 (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.

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 (West Campus), 002, 003, 004 Limit: 1900 total  
Section 700 Limit: 260  
Coordinator J. Atkinson FALL-WINTER
Sections 001-004 J. Poppenk FALL
TBD WINTER
Section 700 J. Atkinson FALL-WINTER (Online)

PSYC-202/3.0 Statistics in Psychology

3L;1.5P

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 Honours 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: 220 R. Flanagan FALL
Note: Lectures will be held two of the three scheduled hours 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.

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 an Honours 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: 240 D. Wilson WINTER

PSYC-205/3.0 Introduction to Comparative Cognition

1.5L;1.5P

An overview of the evolution and function of cognitive processes. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how natural selection shaped cognition across animal species. Topics such as memory, decision making, cooperation, and communication will be examined from a behavioural ecology and experimental psychology perspective. Neuroscience and developmental psychology research will complement each topic.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 100/6.0
Section 100 - Limit: 150 V. Kuhlmeier FALL
Section 700 - Limit: 125 V. Kuhlmeier WINTER (Online)

PSYC-215/3.0 Sensation and Perception

1.5L/1.5P

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 N. Troje WINTER

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
Section 700 - Limit: 100 D. Wilson FALL (Online)
Section 001 - Limit: 247 M. Castelhano WINTER

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: 250 TBD WINTER

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

Section 001 - Limit: 425 (Offered as PSYC 236/3.0)

 

C. Bowie FALL
Section 700 - Limit: 150 TBD FALL/WINTER (online)

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
Section 001 - Limit: 247 T. MacDonald FALL
Section 700 - Limit: 90 T. MacDonald WINTER (Online)

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
Section 001 - Limit: 425 E. Kelley FALL
Section 700 - Limit: 150 S. Fitneva WINTER (Online)

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: 289 TBD FALL
Section 700 - Limit: 125 M. Valsangkar-Smyth WINTER (Online)

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 an Honours 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: 150 J. Jacobson FALL

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: 100 T. Hollenstein WINTER

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

PSYC-315/3.0 Introduction to the Analysis of Psychological Signals

1.5L/S;3P

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. Emphasis will be placed on methods appropriate to the psychological research environment.

NOTE: Expertise in MATLAB or signal processing is not required.

PREREQUISITES PSYC 203/3.0
EXCLUSION PSYC 495/3.0 (2012-2016)  
Limit: 24 Flanagan FALL  

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 221/3.0 and [(PSYC 203/3.0) or (a grade of B- in PSYC 100/6.0 and Level 3 and registration in a LING Plan)]
Limit: 25 K. Munhall FALL and WINTER

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 D. Wilson FALL

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 D. Tripp FALL

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: 145 Pukall WINTER

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 Honours Major students only.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 301/3.0
NOTE: This lab counts towards the BSCH lab requirement.
Limit: 25 Not Offered  

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 D. Tripp FALL

PSYC-341/3.0 Laboratory in Social Psychology

3P

This course aims to provide students with hands-on experience of social psychology research. Students will learn principles of research methods in social psychology, involving literature review, research designs, data collection/management/analysis, and report.

PREREQUISITES PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 241/3.0
EXCLUSION PSYC 399/3.0 (2017)  
Limit: 24 L.-J. Ji FALL

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 L. Fabrigrar FALL

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.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 235/6.0 or 251/3.0
Limit: 100 Not Offered

PSYC-350/3.0 Selected Topics in Developmental Psychology

3L

Fall 2016 Topic: Atypical Development
An investigation of the linguistic, cognitive and social development of children with various neuro-developmental 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 PSYC 100/6.0 and third year standing in COGS or LING
EXCLUSION PSYC 457/3.0
Limit: 100 Not Offered  

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.

PREREQUISITE PSYC 251/3.0 (PSYC 250/6.0)
Limit: 120 T. Hollenstein WINTER

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: 100 S. Fitneva WINTER

PSYC-353/3.0 Atypical Development

3L

This course will begin by defining atypical development and discuss how gaining better understanding of atypical development allows us to understand typical development, and vice versa. We will cover six disorders in greater detail: Language Disorders, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism.

PREREQUISITES PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 251/3.0
EXCLUSIONS PSYC 350/3.0 (2015-2017); PSYC 457/3.0  
Limit: 100 E. Kelley FALL

PSYC-355/3.0 Comparative Cognition: Cognitive Origins Laboratory

1.5L;1.5P

Advanced study in comparative cognition with a focus on the evolution and function of cognitive processes across animal species.  Through lectures, laboratory activities, and readings, theory and research methodology in the areas of number, timing, causal reasoning, social learning, tool use, social cognition, and communication will be discussed.

NOTE: This course has been re-designed as a Lab course.

PREREQUISITES [PSYC 203/3.0 and (PSYC 205/3.0 taken in F2015 or onward)] or Level 3 in a BCHM, BIOL OR LISC Plan 
Limit: 100 Not Offered  

PSYC-360/3.0 The Neurobiology and Psychology of Sleep

1.5L;1.5P

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

PREREQUISITES PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 271/3.0
Limit: 40 H. Dringenberg WINTER

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
700 - Limit: 100 M. Valsangkar-Smyth FALL (online)    
001 - Limit: 130 J. Menard WINTER

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 H. Dringenberg WINTER

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

PSYC-375/3.0 Comparative Cognition: Animal Learning Laboratory

1.5L;1.5P

This course covers recent research in comparative cognition at an advanced level. Emphasis will be placed on critically evaluating scientific controversies in specific topics, such as episodic memory in animals, mechanisms of spatial navigation, and value-based decision-making. Laboratory sessions will explore the principles discussed in lectures.

PREREQUISITES [PSYC 203/3.0 and (PSYC 205/3.0 taken in F2015 or onward)] or Level 3 in a BCHM, BIOL or LISC Plan
Limit: 75 Not Offered  

PSYC-380/3.0 Advanced Perception

3L/S;3P

In this course, students will develop an in-depth understanding of perceptual processes. With both lecture and lab components, we will study constancy phenomena, visual illusions, perceptual decision making, the action-perception loop, the perception of our own body, and the foundations of consciousness. Going beyond standard textbook knowledge, we will be reading and discussing original literature and reviews on topics such as virtual reality, perceptual aspects of eating disorders, and the question of whether or not robots can develop consciousness.

PREREQUISITES PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 215/3.0  
Limit: 35 N. Troje       WINTER

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 Not Offered

PSYC-398/3.0 Selected Topics in Psychology I

3L

Winter 2017: Functional Neuroimaging of Human Cognitive Brain Function

Brain imaging, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in particular, has become a critical tool in the study of human brain function and organization. This course will cover brain imaging technology, current techniques for experimental design and analysis, and what the last 20 years of neuroimaging has revealed about the functional organization of the neural circuits governing human cognition. In addition, the merits and limitations of functional MRI as a tool for cognitive neuroscientists will be discussed.

PREREQUISITES 3rd year standing or above in PSYC, LISC, BIOL, COGS or KIN
Limit: 100 J. Gallivan WINTER

PSYC-399/3.0 Selected Topics in Psychology II

3L

Winter 2018: Psychopathology

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an advanced understanding of theories of the etiology, pathology, and treatment of mental illness. Theory and research will be emphasized that cut across traditional diagnostic categories and focus on domains of social, cognitive-affective, and biological functioning.

PREREQUISITES PSYC 203/3.0 and [PSYC 235/6.0 or PSYC 236/3.0]
Limit: 100 K. Harkness WINTER

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 an Honours PSYC Major, Medial, or SSP Plan, and a PSYC GPA of 3.30.

Interview required in spring 2016 for admission.

Limit: 25 J. Atkinson FALL

PSYC-420/3.0 Advanced Topics Cognitive Psychology

3L/S

Winter 2016 Topic: Perception, Inference, and Intelligence
What can we know about the world around us? What can we know about ourselves? What is intelligence? Can animals or plants be intelligent? How about machines? Can intelligence be designed from scratch or does it have to be learned? What role does the sensing and acting body play in the establishment of intelligence? We will adopt a synthetic approach to these deep philosophical questions by looking into what artificial intelligence and robotics have to say about them. The discussion will be centered around a book written by two Roboticists who summarize the state of the art of the field of Embodied Cognition: Rolf Pfeifer and Josh Bongard, How the Body Shapes the Way we Think? (MIT Press, 2007).

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: 15 Not Offered  

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 Not Offered

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 M. Castelhano FALL

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  

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

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  

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

PSYC-435/3.0 Advanced Topics in Abnormal Psychology

3L/S

Fall 2016: 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  

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 M. Chivers WINTER

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 advances in treatments.

PREREQUISITES PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 235/6.0
EXCLUSIONS PSYC 435/3.0 from 2000-2002
Limit: 25 K. Harkness WINTER

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

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 L. Fabrigar FALL

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 PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 241/3.0 (PSYC 240/6.0)
EXCLUSIONS PSYC 480/3.0 from 2001-2002
Limit: 25 L.-J.Ji FALL

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 T. MacDonald WINTER

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

PSYC 450/3.0 Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology

3S

Winter 2018: 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 E. Kelley WINTER

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 S. Fitneva FALL

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 Not Offered  

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 T. Hollenstein WINTER

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 PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 251/3.0 (PSYC 250/6.0)
EXCLUSION PSYC 450/3.0 (2003-2006)
Limit: 25 M. Sabbagh WINTER

PSYC-470/3.0 Advanced Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience

3S

The Neurobiology of Affiliative Behaviour

Animals engage in a wide range of behaviours aimed at fostering and strengthening inter-individual social relationships, including parent-offspring relationships, sibling relationships, and relationships between sexual partners. This seminar course will provide an opportunity to study some of the core neurobiological mechanisms proposed to regulate affiliative behaviour across species ranging from voles through monkeys to humans. We will explore research examining genetic and epigenetic mechanisms, brain imaging, physiological mechanisms; and the role of experience, stress, and deprivation.

PREREQUISITES (PSYC 205/3.0 or PSYC 355/3.0) and 370/3.0
Limit: 25 Not Offered  

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 Not Offered  

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 J. Menard FALL

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

PSYC-480/3.0 Special Topics in Psychology I - FALL

3L/S

Topic: Child in Society

PREREQUISITES TBD  
Limit: 25 S. Fitneva FALL

PSYC-480/3.0 Special Topics in Psychology I - WINTER

3L/S

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.

PREREQUISITES PSYC 203/3.0 and PSYC 235/6.0  
Limit: 25 Lindy Kilik WINTER

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

PSYC-495/3.0 Advanced Topics in Psychology

3L/S;2P

Fall 2016: 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
  Not Offered  

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. This course is optional for students completing a major in psychology but all students are advised that admission to a graduate research 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 complete the Introductory Animal Care course, and if required, the appropriate Animal Use workshops through the office of the University Veterinarian.

PREREQUISITES

A grade of C+ in PSYC 302/3.0 or PSYC 300/6.0) and (a GPA of 2.60 in PSYC 202/3.0; PSYC 203/3.0; PSYC 301/3.0; PSYC 302/3.0 or PSYC 300/6.0) and a GPA of 3.30 in PSYC and permission of Department.

EXCLUSION PSYC 500/9.0
Section 001 - Limit: 28 M. Castelhano FALL/WINTER
Section 002 - Limit: 28 L.-J. Ji FALL/WINTER

 

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 Honours 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.)

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 Honours 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.)