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    PSYC 1010 Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
    One semester survey of topics in experimental methodology, biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, cognition, development, personality, assessment, and abnormal and social psychology. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level psychology courses.

    PSYC 1100 Theories of Human Development (3 credits)
    Course will include the study of grand theories, e.g. Psychoanalytic, Social-Learning, Cognitive Developmental, Biological/Epigenetic, as well as area-specific theories like Attachment Theory, theories of Moral Development, and theories of Language Development.  Attention will be given to the notion of theory, specifically of developmental theory, to theory in guiding research and to the synergetic relation between data and theory.

    PSYC 1107 Developmental Psychology: Life Span (3 credits)
    Introduces the student to the theory, empirical research, and applied issues in developmental psychology from conception to old age. Focus on cognitive, personality, social, and emotional aspects of development as well as on values and moral behavior. Special emphasis on stability and change throughout the life span in each of these areas. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010.

    PSYC 1110 Cognitive and Social Development of the Child (3 credits)
    Biological, psychological, and social factors that enter into the development of children from birth to preadolescence; correlations between childhood development and formation of adult personality. Prerequisite: PSYC 1107.

    PSYC 1130 Cognitive and Social Development of the Adolescent and Young Adult (3 credits)
    Processes and problems of adolescence and early adulthood; personality development in its relationship to cultural patterns. Prerequisite: PSYC 1107 and PSYC 2100C.

    PSYC 1140 Adult Development and Aging (3 credits)
    A multidimensional perspective on the reciprocal influences of biology and behavior, psychosocial influences, and psychological and physical functioning in the aged. Demographics of the aging population, physiological changes, theories of successful aging, social issues, life transitions, mental health and dementia, death and dying. Prerequisites: PSYC 1107, PSYC 2100C.

    PSYC 1220 Psychology of Exceptional Children (3 credits)
    Experience and behavior of exceptional children, including the gifted as well as the intellectually, emotionally, and physically challenged. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100C.

    PSYC 1224 Psychology of Learning Disabilities (3 credits)
    Learning problems of schoolchildren and their underlying cognitive processes. Psychological, educational, and medical aspects; diagnostic and remedial practices. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100C.

    PSYC 1301 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 credits)
    Theory and method of measuring human behavior; construction and evaluation of tests of abilities, aptitudes, achievement, attitudes, and adjustment; ethical issues in testing. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100C.

    PSYC 2100C Experimental Psychology (4 credits)
    Theory and practice of research methodology and evaluation of experimental research in psychology. Students perform individual experiments, prepare reports of results, and are introduced to the literature of experimental psychology. This course is a prerequisite for most upper-level psychology courses. Lecture: 3 hours; lab: 2 hours. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010. Prerequisite or corequisite: STAT 1021.

    PSYC 2140 Learning (3 credits)
    Study of the factors that govern behavior change. Analysis of empirical data and comparison of the behavioral, cognitive, and biological approaches to understanding the process of learning. Discussion of practical applications of learning theory to areas such as therapy, education, and parenting. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100C.

    PSYC 2150 Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
    Analysis of empirical literature and theories relating to topics of size, distance, motion and form perception, attention, memory, language, and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100C.

    PSYC 2151 Applied Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
    This course will familiarize the student with the wide use of the basic research and theory of cognitive science in areas of practical application to give them a deeper understanding of these concepts and to think in terms of their applications. Prerequisite: PSYC 2150.

    PSYC 2153 Mind, Language, and Consciousness (3 credits)
    An exploration of the nature of consciousness that emerges from an in-depth study of fundamental perceptual, attentional, memory, and language functions. Prerequisites: PSYC 2100C, PSYC 2150 or permission of the instructor.

    PSYC 2401 Childhood Disorders (3 credits)
    Abnormal behavior in children; mental subnormality, reactive and neurotic disorders, psychoses, neuralgic disturbances, disorders related to organic dysfunction; implications for psycho-educational management. Prerequisites: PSYC 1110, PSYC 2100C. Strongly recommended: PSYC 3800.

    PSYC 2414 Abnormal (3 credits)
    Theories and research into causes and treatment of neuroses, psychoses, and deviant behavior; diagnosis; systems of individual and group psychotherapy. Prerequisite: PSYC 3800.

    PSYC 2414H Abnormal (3 credits)
    (Same as PSYC 2414) Prerequisites: PSYC 2100C, PSYC 3800.

    PSYC 2430 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3 credits)
    History and background of clinical psychology; current research; functions and responsibilities of the clinical psychologist and related mental health personnel; introduction to diagnosis and psychotherapy; ethics of the profession. Prerequisites: PSYC 2100C, PSYC 2414.

    PSYC 3105 Social Psychology (3 credits)
    Dynamic study of social behavior; social learning, interpersonal attraction, aggression, attitudes, conformity, and social influence processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100C.

    PSYC 3125 Seminar in Emotions (3 credits)

    An examination of the theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of emotion. Emphasis will be placed on the physiological, expressive, subjective, and behavioral emotional responses to experience. A laboratory component is integrated into the classroom experience.

    Prerequisite: PSYC 2100C.

    PSYC 3132 Cross-Cultural Social Development (3 credits)
    An examination of how culture shapes our social behavior through theoretical perspectives and classic and contemporary research. Explores cultural differences in the development of emotions, morality and self-concept, and in the influence of family, peers, the media, and schooling. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100C.

    PSYC 3165 Human sexuality (3 credits)
    Overview of human sexuality from psychological, sociological and physiological perspectives. Topics include: historical and cultural influences on sexuality, research methodology, gender-typing and gender roles, attraction, love and relationships, sexual behavior and orientation, sexual behavior across the lifespan, reproduction, sexual dysfunction. Prerequisite: PYSC 1107, upper junior/senior status.

    PSYC 3174 Psychology of Women (3 credits)
    Explores the unique psychological experience of women. Addresses the topics of gender development, socialization, communication, cognition, work, personality and social interactions, contemporary life, health and reproduction, and violence and mental health, specifically as they relate to women. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100C.

    PSYC 3214H Research Seminar I (3 credits)
    Participation for eight hours per week for 12 weeks in an ongoing research project with supervision by an onsite investigator and Stern College faculty member. Focuses on issues related to the conduct of research in institutional settings, including research ethics. Students gain practical experience in reviewing the literature, data collection and management, and scientific writing. Prerequisites: PSYC 2100C and permission of the instructor.

    PSYC 3215H Research Seminar II (3 credits)
    Continued participation for eight hours per week, for 12 weeks, in an ongoing research project with supervision by an onsite investigator and Stern College faculty member. Focus on research methodology, data analysis, grant writing, preparation of data for professional presentation, and balancing research and clinical care. Prerequisites: PSYC 3214H and permission of the instructor.

    PSYC 3400 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
    Same as EDUC 1210. Application of principles of learning, motivation and measurement to education. Prerequisites: PSYC 1107.

    PSYC 3405 Play in Life and Learning (3 credits)
    This course will explore the power of play and its impact on social, emotional and cognitive development across the lifespan. Through the review of current research, observations, and participation in play, students will study essential elements of play in life and in learning.

    PSYC 3411 Forensic Psychology (3 credits)
    Role of psychology in the legal system; child welfare, criminal justice, personal liability issues; role of the psychologist as an expert witness.
    Prerequisites: PSYC 2100C, PSYC 3800, and either PSYC 1301 or PSYC 2414 or PSYC 2430.

    PSYC 3430 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
    Theory and practice of behavioral science in industry and business settings: selection techniques, merit rating, employee counseling; attitudes and morale; training, leadership, and job evaluation; time and motion studies; human ecology.

    PSYC 3601 Health Psychology (3 credits)
    An examination of the contribution of psychological factors to the development, course, and treatment of physical illness and disease. Research methodology, basic theories, empirical studies, and clinical applications. Factors covered include weight control, alcoholism, smoking, heart and respiratory disease, cancer, and chronic illness. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010.

    PSYC 3712 Special Education Methods: Applied Behavioral Analysis (3 credits)
    (Same as EDUC 4061)

    This course includes a comprehensive and critical presentation of the theory, research, and methodology of applied behavior analysis. Controversial issues such as symptom substitution and extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation are addressed and discussed.  Although the application of Applied Behavior to children with special needs is presented, the course emphasizes the value and applicability of this approach for improving learning, attention, and social behavior in all children (and adults).
    PSYC 3800 Personality (3 credits)

    Structure and dynamics of normal and abnormal personality development, including psychoanalytic and social learning approaches. Clinical diagnostic tests and procedures are discussed. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010.

    PSYC 3804 Psychobiology (3 credits)
    Mind and body: the nervous system and endocrine glands in relation to psychological processes; physiological basis of perception, motivation, emotions, and learning. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100C.

    PSYC 3810 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (3 credits)  

    This course will examine the hormonal effects on the brain and behavior.  We will discuss the role of hormones in sex differences, parental behavior, learning and memory, and affective disorders. Both human and animal models will be considered.

    Prerequisite: PSYC 3804 or BIOL 3830 or BIOL 3728C

    PSYC 3815 Cognitive Neuroscience (3 credits)  

    Cognitive Neuroscience is an investigation into the neurobiological underpinnings of cognitive functioning. The course will focus on neural pathways, clinical studies and contemporary research in the cognitive domains of object perception and form recognition, memory, attention, and language. Some classes will be devoted to lab activities including reading an MRI, dissecting a brain, and using behavioral measures to investigate brain functioning.

    Prerequisite: PSYC 2150

    PSYC 3820 Neuropsychology (3 credits)
    Clinical and research issues in neurological psychology and behavioral neurology. Topics include neuroanatomy, diagnostic measures, traumatic brain injury, stroke, memory dysfunction, and pediatric and developmental neuropsychology. Prerequisites: PSYC 2100C, PSYC 3804.

    PSYC 3830 Positive Psychology (3 credits)
    The relatively new field of Positive Psychology studies that which goes right in life and the biological, cognitive, personal, social, and institutional factors that are said to contribute to a healthy life. We will review and critically examine the concepts, research methods, and data of this emerging field. Prerequisite: PSYC 3105 and PSYC 3800.

    PSYC 3842 Contemporary Problems in Psychology (3 credits)
    Examines issues in modern psychology that confront both laymen and professionals in the modern United States from a point of view that allows students to better understand their causes. Topics are chosen from among homelessness in the urban United States; the effects of early full-time day care; substance abuse; domestic violence; child molestation; mental health care versus managed health care. Prerequisites: PSYC 2100C, PSYC 2414.

    PSYC 3843 Psychology and Public Policy (3 credits)
    Explores and integrates the relationship between the various areas of psychology and the functioning of the many aspects of the social, legal, and regulatory spheres of our society. Prerequisites: PSYC 2100C or PSYC 2414 or PSYC 3105.

    PSYC 3845 Psychology and Religion (3 credits)  

    In this course we examine the assumption that constructs and theories in Psychology and in Religion must be in conflict. We compare and contrast ideas about human nature and human conduct in each of these fields. Using the respective data bases of each of the two fields, we separate popular notions of what each approach is purported to hold, from what each field actually does hold. We search for a constructive relationship between Psychology and Religion.

    Prerequisite: PSYC 2100C or a research methods course or senior status.

    PSYC 3847 Psychosocial Problems in the Organized Jewish Community (3 credits)
    Explores the research (psychological as well as sociological, and both epidemiological and etiological) done in the wider community with an eye to its applicability to the Jewish community. Topics include dropouts, drugs, spousal abuse, child abuse, and eating disorders. Research questions are formulated to guide further questioning, research, and thinking on these problems.

    PSYC 4920 Psychology of Aggression (3 credits)
    A study of normative as well as pathological manifestations of aggressive behavior, with a focus on the psychological differences between aggressive and nonaggressive individuals. An examination of factors that contribute to individuals aggression (e.g., murder, cannibalism) as well as aggressive behavior on a group level (e.g., war, genocide). Prerequisites: PSYC 2100C, PSYC 3800.

    PSYC 4930; 4931; 4932 Special Topics in Psychology (3 credits)
    Seminar for majors involving extensive reading, discussion of several topics, and preparation of original papers. Topics are selected from among diverse areas in psychology—including personality, developmental, social, clinical, applied, cognition, psychobiology, language, and learning and vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: senior status or permission of the instructor.

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