Department of Psychology

Department of

Psychology

Department of

Psychology

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Mary C. Olmstead, PhD
Professor
Department of Psychology
Centre for Neuroscience Studies
Queen's University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
T: 613-533-6208  F: 613-533-2499 
E: olmstead@queensu.ca

Teaching

Psyc 205: Introduction to Comparative Cognition

This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of comparative cognition for undergraduate students with an interest in the evolution and function of cognitive processes across animal species.  Through a combination of online presentations, textbook reading, and online activities, topics such as memory, navigation, decision-making, theory of mind, prosocial behaviour, and communication will be discussed.  With successful completion of this course, students will have a fundamental knowledge base that will promote critical thinking outside of the classroom as well as support learning in advanced psychology, biology, and neuroscience courses.
PREREQUISITE PSYC 100.

Psyc 375: Comparative Cognition: Laboratory in Animal Learning

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 through hands-on experience.  
PREREQUISITE PSYC 203

Psyc 397: History of Modern Psychology

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.

Psyc 934: Comparative Neurocognition

An overview of the evolution and function of cognitive processes across species. Topics such as sensory systems, associative mechanisms, memory, categorization, decision making, communication, etc. will be examined from a Behavioural Ecology and Experimental Psychology perspective. Up-to-date research in neuroscience and developmental psychology will complement each topic. Lecture/Seminar 2 hrs.