Courses for Psychology

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Introductory Courses

PSYC BC 1001x and y Introduction to Psychology

Lecture course introducing students to the chief facts, principles, and problems of human and animal behavior, through systematic study of a text, lectures, exercises, reading in special fields, and participation in a current experiment. (An alternative to participation can be arranged at the student's request.) - J. New, W. Mckenna, P. Stokes, K. Hebert, J. Feinberg, C. Ristau, D. Sussan
Prerequisites: This course is prerequisite for all other psychology courses. Enrollment is limited to 180 in section 1; and to 45 students in sections 2-4.
3 points

Course
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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1001
PSYC
1001
07697
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
304 BARNARD HALL
J. Feinberg 170 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1001
07696
002
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
328 MILBANK HALL
W. McKenna 77 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1001
03227
003
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
328 MILBANK HALL
P. Stokes 150 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 1010x and y Introductory Laboratory in Experimental Psychology

A laboratory-based introduction to experimental methods used in psychological research. Upon successful completion of this course, students will know how to review the primary literature and formulate a hypothesis, design an experiment, analyze data using statistical methods, communicate the results of a scientific study through oral presentation and written manuscript, and carry out research studies under ethical guidelines. Students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in all disciplines of Psychology and will be prepared to engage in advance research in fields including, but not limited to, Cognition, Learning, Perception, Behavioral Neuroscience, Development, Personality, and Social Psychology. - K. Pham, K. Light
Prerequisites: Departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery online the previous semester). Note: This introductory lab course is intended for students who have not previously been enrolled in a psychology lab course. It is also highly recommended for First Year and Sophomore students. Corequisites: BC1001 or its equivalent. Lab Required.
1.5 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1010
PSYC
1010
05719
001
Tu 9:00a - 12:00p
410 MILBANK HALL
K. Pham 28 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1010
03476
002
Tu 4:10p - 7:10p
410 MILBANK HALL
K. Light 36 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1010
04678
003
W 9:00a - 12:00p
410 MILBANK HALL
K. Pham 19 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1010
06928
004
F 12:30p - 3:30p
410 MILBANK HALL
K. Pham 23 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 1099x and y Science and Scientists

Weekly meetings with researchers to discuss the nature of scientific inquiry in psychology; and intellectual, professional, and personal issues in the work of scientists.
Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.
1 point

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1099
PSYC
1099
04684
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
327 MILBANK HALL
L. Heuer 8 [ More Info ]

Core Courses

PSYC BC 1101x and y Statistics

Lecture course introducing students to statistics and its applications to psychological research. The course covers basic theory, conceptual underpinnings, and common statistics. - D. Zahner, S. Gugga
Prerequisites: BC1001 and departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery online to choose recitation section the previous semester). Enrollment limited to 18 students per recitation section. Corequisites: PSYC BC1102. Recitation Section Required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA)..
4 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1101
PSYC
1101
09254
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
LL103 Diana Center
D. Zahner 69 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1101
00704
002
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
202 MILBANK HALL
Instructor To Be Announced 33 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 1102x and y Statistics Recitation

Recitation section to accompany BC1101 Statistics devoted to discussion of weekly problem assignments. - D. Zahner, J. James
Prerequisites: BC1001 and departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery via eBear to choose recitation section the previous semester). Enrollment limited to 18 students per recitation section. Students who take ECON BC 2411 cannot also receive credit for PSYC BC 1101. Corequisites: BC1101 Statistics Lecture. Discussion Section Required.

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Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1102
PSYC
1102
07284
011
M 4:10p - 6:00p
18 LEHMAN HALL
D. Zahner 20 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1102
06371
012
M 6:10p - 8:00p
18 LEHMAN HALL
D. Zahner 17 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1102
02479
013
W 4:10p - 6:00p
18 LEHMAN HALL
D. Zahner 17 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1102
02502
021
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
18 LEHMAN HALL
J. James 14 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1102
07077
022
Tu 6:10p - 8:00p
18 LEHMAN HALL
J. James 6 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1102
04765
023
Th 4:10p - 6:00p
18 LEHMAN HALL
J. James 7 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 1106x Psychology of Learning Laboratory

Laboratory course to accompany BC1107. Students conduct experiments analyzing learning and memory in rats and humans. - P. Balsam
Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to Psychology and departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery via eBear the previous semester). Enrollment limited to 24 students per section. Corequisites: BC1107 Psychology of Learning Lecture. Discussion Section Required.
1.5 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1106
PSYC
1106
02100
001
Tu 12:30p - 3:30p
410 MILBANK HALL
K. Light 19 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1106
01119
002
Th 4:10p - 7:10p
410 MILBANK HALL
K. Light 26 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1106
09354
003
W 4:10p - 7:10p
410 MILBANK HALL
K. Light 21 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 1107x Psychology of Learning

Lecture course covering the basic methods, results, and theory in the study of how experience affects behavior. The roles of early exposure, habitation, sensitization, conditioning, imitation, and memory in the acquisition and performance of behavior are studied. - P. Balsam
Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction of Psychology or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 72 students.
3 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1107
PSYC
1107
03637
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
405 MILBANK HALL
P. Balsam 114 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 1109x Perception Laboratory

Laboratory course to accompany BC1110. Students conduct experiments of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling, and learn to report their findings. - M. Levine
Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to Psychology and departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery via eBear the previous semester). Enrollment limited to 22 students per section. Corequisites: BC1110 Perception Lecture. Discussion Section Required.
1.5 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1109
PSYC
1109
09624
001
M 12:30p - 3:30p
410 MILBANK HALL
A. Baren
R. Remez
21 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1109
02879
002
M 4:10p - 7:10p
410 MILBANK HALL
A. Baren
R. Remez
26 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 1110x Perception

Lecture course covering an introduction to problems, methods, and research in perception. Discussion of psychological studies of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling. - M. Levine
Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.
3 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1110
PSYC
1110
09255
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
328 MILBANK HALL
R. Remez 64 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 1114y Cognitive Laboratory

Laboratory course to accompany BC1115. Students conduct experiments related to selected topics illustrating the methods, findings, and theories of contemporary cognitive psychology. Topics include attention, memory, categorization, perception, and decision making. Special topics include neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience.
Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to Psychology and departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery via eBear the previous semester). Enrollment limited to 24 students per section. Corequisites: BC1115 Cognitive Lecture. Discussion Section Required.
1.5 points

PSYC BC 1115y Cognitive Psychology

Lecture covering selected topics illustrating the methods, findings, and theories of contemporary cognitive psychology. Topics include attention, memory, categorization, perception, and decision making. Special topics include neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience.
Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.
3 points

PSYC BC 1118y Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory

Laboratory course to accompany BC1119. Students conduct experiments related to the physiological bases of behavior: development, organization and function of the nervous system; neurochemistry, neurophysiology and synaptic transmission. Topics include: the neural bases of sensory systems; homeostasis; sexual behavior; biological rhythms; emotionality and stress; learning and memory; and psychopathology. A portion of this course uses rats as experimental subjects and involves brain dissections. - K. Pham, R. Romeo
Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to Psychology and departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery via eBear the previous semester). Enrollment limited to 20 students per section. Corequisites: BC1119 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience Lecture. Discussion Section Required.
1.5 points

PSYC BC 1119y Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience

Lecture course covering an introduction to the physiological bases of behavior: development, organization and function of the nervous system; neurochemistry, neurophysiology and synaptic transmission. Topics include: the neural bases of sensory systems; homeostasis; sexual behavior; biological rhythms; emotionality and stress; learning and memory; and psychopathology. - R. Romeo
Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.
3 points

PSYC BC 1124x Psychology of Personality Laboratory

Laboratory consists of experiments related to the principal approaches to personality and their implications for personality development, psychological adjustment, and everyday behavior. Students will participate in all stages of personality research: conceptualizing a personality construct, designing and administering tests, identifying individual differences, and carrying out a study.
Prerequisites: BC1001 and departmental permission. Enrollment limited to 25 students per section. Corequisites: BC1125 Psychology of Personality Lecture. Discussion Section Required.
1.5 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1124
PSYC
1124
01189
001
M 9:00a - 12:00p
410 MILBANK HALL
B. Woike
C. Etengoff
17 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1124
02467
002
Th 9:00a - 12:00p
410 MILBANK HALL
B. Woike
C. Etengoff
14 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 1125x Psychology of Personality

Lecture course covering the principal approaches to personality and their implications for personality development, psychological adjustment, and everyday behavior. - B. Woike
Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.
3 points

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Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1125
PSYC
1125
00589
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
405 MILBANK HALL
B. Woike 81 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 1128x and y Developmental Laboratory

Laboratory course involving experiments related to cognitive, linguistic, perceptual, motor, social, affective, and personality development from infancy to adolescence. The course offers an opportunity for direct observation of children; major areas of research at each level of development are covered. - H. Hoch, C. Etengoff
Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to Psychology and departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery via eBear the previous semester). Enrollment limited to 22 students per section. Corequisites: BC1129 Developmental Psychology Lecture. Discussion Section Required.
1.5 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1128
PSYC
1128
05558
001
Th 12:30p - 3:30p
410 MILBANK HALL
C. Etengoff
K. McCrink
19 [ More Info ]
PSYC
1128
07570
002
F 9:00a - 12:00p
410 MILBANK HALL
C. Etengoff
K. McCrink
13 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 1129x and y Developmental Psychology

Lecture course covering cognitive, linguistic, perceptual, motor, social, affective, and personality development from infancy to adolescence. - H. Hoch
Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.
3 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC1129
PSYC
1129
01469
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
504 Diana Center
K. McCrink 62 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 1137y Social Psychology Laboratory

Laboratory course covering contemporary theory and research on social thought and behavior. Issues such as person perception, attitudes, attraction, aggression, stereotyping, group dynamics, and social exchange will be explored. The application of theory and research to addressing social problems will be discussed. - J. Feinberg, S. Stroessner, C. Etengoff
Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to Psychology and departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery via eBear the previous semester). Enrollment limited to 25 students per section. Corequisites: BC1138 Social Psychology Lecture. Discussion Section Required.
1.5 points

PSYC BC 1138y Social Psychology

Lecture course covering contemporary theory and research on social thought and behavior. Issues such as person perception, attitudes, attraction, aggression, stereotyping, group dynamics, and social exchange will be explored. The application of theory and research to addressing social problems will be discussed. - J. Feinberg, S. Stroessner
Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

PSYC BC 3363x Pedagogy for Higher Education in Psychology

This course is intended to be for teaching assistants (TAs) in BC1001 Introduction to Psychology (large section), BC1101/1102 Statistics, and BC1010 Introductory Laboratory in Experimental Psychology. Topics covered: strategies for maintaining boundaries, assisting with reviews, preparing for exams, mastering course materials; approaches for active learning, discussion leading, and supporting student learning. Seminar uses case methods, videotaping, and scenario analysis. Enrollment is limited to 15. - S. Sacks
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC3363
PSYC
3363
06401
001
Tu 12:00p - 1:50p
502 Diana Center
S. Sacks 4 [ More Info ]

Middle-Level Courses

PSYC BC 2134x Educational Psychology

Through a participative classroom model, the major theories of child and adolescent development and learning fundamental to the educative process are examined. Analysis of applications and implications of psychological knowledge for classroom teaching through observations and research in elementary and secondary school classes. Examines models of instruction and assessment; motivation, teaching, and learning strategies; and gender, economic, and racial issues. - S. Sacks
Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.
3 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC2134
PSYC
2134
05687
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
202 MILBANK HALL
D. Sussan 63 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 2141x and y Abnormal Psychology

An introduction to the study of abnormal behavior and various psychological disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders. The course broadly reviews scientific and cultural perspectives on abnormal behavior with an emphasis on clinical descriptions and diagnosis, etiology, treatment, and research methods. - Instructor TBA
Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 60 students.
3 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC2141
PSYC
2141
09256
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
LL103 Diana Center
S. Gupta 73 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 2151x and y Organizational Psychology

Introduction to behavior of individuals and small groups in work organizations. Recent theory and research emphasizing both content and research methodology. Motivation and performance, attitudes and job satisfaction, power, influence, authority, leadership, cooperation and conflict, decision making, and communications.
Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor. Enrollment strictly limited to 45 students; decided upon and finalized first week of classes.
3 points

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Call Number/
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Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC2151
PSYC
2151
07929
001
TuTh 6:10p - 7:25p
324 MILBANK HALL
M. Cruz 185 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 2154y Hormones and Reproductive Behavior

This class explores the complex interactions among genetics, hormones, environment, experience, and behavior. Topics covered include the endocrine system, sexual development, reproductive behavior, and social interactions such as affiliation, aggression, parenting, as well as homeostasis, biological rhythms, stress, memory, and mood. - K. Pham
Prerequisites: BC1001 or BIOL BC1101, BC1102, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 45 students.
3 points

PSYC BC 2156x Introduction to Clinical Psychology

An introduction to the field of clinical psychology aimed at 1) becoming familiar with professional issues in the field and 2) comparing therapeutic approaches for their utility and efficacy. Therapeutic approaches covered include psychodynamic therapies, cognitive behavior therapies, family/child therapies. The course will critically examine a variety of professional issues including ethical dilemmas, clinical assessment and diagnosis, and use of technology in therapy.
Prerequisites: Both BC1001 and BC2141, as well as one of the following: BC1125 Personality, BC1107 Psychology of Learning, BC1119 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience or BC1129 Developmental Psychology. Or BC1001 and permission of the instructor.Enrollment limited to 35 students.
3 points.

3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC2156
PSYC
2156
08657
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
504 Diana Center
S. Gupta 61 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 2163x or y Human Learning and Memory

Survey of contemporary theories and empirical research on human memory. Topics will include sensory, short term and long term memory, levels of processing, organization, forgetting, and encoding specificity. Special topics include eyewitness testimony, amnesia, implicit memory, and false memory. - L. Son, B. Finn
Prerequisites: BC1001 and at least one psychology lab course, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
3 points

PSYC BC 2177y Psychology of Drug Use and Abuse

Examines the biological, psychological, and social factors that lead to drug use and abuse. A biopsychosocial model will be used to examine the behavioral effects of prescription, over the counter, and street drugs. Treatments, therapies, and theories of addictive behaviors will be explored. - E. McCaskill
Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 30 students.
3 points

PSYC BC 2180y Neurodevelopmental Processes and Cognitive/Behavioral Disorders

Explores the evolution of disorders affecting children due to some impairment in the brain or nervous system. Constitutional vulnerabilities demonstrate that nervous system injury varies as a function of neurodevelopmental stage. Disorders to be studied include those impacting language, hearing, vision, movement, mood and emotion, and learning. - E. McCaskill
Prerequisites: BC1118/1119, BC3177, BC3380, or BIOL BC3362. Enrollment limited to 30 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

Upper-Level Courses

PSYC BC 3152y Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality

This seminar is a critical examination of research and theory in human sexuality. The first part of the course is an overview of influential social science research on sexuality during the 20th century. The second part is a detailed investigation of contemporary research and writing on selected issues in human sexual behavior, including sexual socialization, gender and sexuality, and contemporary approaches to understanding psychosexual disorders. - W. McKenna
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, BC1001 and two other psychology courses and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
4 points

PSYC BC 3153x Psychology and Women

Examines how female experience is and has been understood by psychologists. Through an understanding of gender as a social construction and issues raised by the intersections of gender, sexuality, class, and race, the course will analyze assumptions about what causes us to be gendered and about how being gendered affects behavior. - W. McKenna
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing and at least two psychology courses. Permission of the instructor required for majors other than Psychology or Women's Studies. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
4 points

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Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC3153
PSYC
3153
01841
001
M 4:10p - 6:00p
227 MILBANK HALL
W. McKenna 21 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 3155y Psychology and Law

Survey of the research in social psychology as it relates to the legal process. Among the topics covered are eyewitness identifications, jury decision making, lie detection, child witnesses, confessions and interrogations, media effects, and capital punishment. Each of these problems will be considered from both a theoretical and an applied perspective. Next offered during the 2012-2013 academic year. - L. Heuer
Prerequisites: BC1001, one other psychology course, and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC BC 3158y Human Motivation

Outlines major theoretical questions and research approaches in human motivation. In particular, it focuses on empirical investigations of motivation in social contexts, emphasizing goal formation, goal conflict, the self, and the influence of nonconscious processes. Motivation for competence, control autonomy, achievement, altruism, and intimacy will also be covered.
Prerequisites: BC1001 and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
4 points

PSYC BC 3162x Introduction to Cultural Psychology

Critically investigates the universalizing perspectives of psychology. Drawing on recent theory and research in cultural psychology, examines cultural approaches to psychological topics such as the self, human development, mental health, and racial identity. Also explores potential interdisciplinary collaborations. - K. Seeley
Prerequisites: BC1001 and either BC1124/1125, BC1125, BC2141, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC3162
PSYC
3162
04975
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
501 Diana Center
K. Seeley 39 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 3164y Perception and Language

Psychological investigations of spoken communication from a listener's perspective. Topics include perception and sounds of speech and the apprehension of meaning from words and utterances; the perceptual basis for rhyme and rhythm in speech; and the natural history of vocal communication.
Prerequisites: BC 1001 and one of the following: BC1106/1107, BC1109/1110, BC1118/1119, BC1128/1129, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC BC 3165y The Social Self

Review of the classic and contemporary empirical research pertaining to the self, with an emphasis on the self as a socially-based construct. Focus on the social basis of identity, self-concept, and self-regulation. - S. Stroessner
Prerequisites: BC1001 and one other Psychology course. Or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC BC 3166y Social Conflict

Survey of the literature on development of social conflict, the motivations and cognitions of individuals in conflict, and the procedures available for resolving conflict. Particular emphasis will be placed on the psychology of fairness and its implications for conflict resolution.
Prerequisites: BC1001 and one additional Psychology course. Or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)..
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC3166
PSYC
3166
04174
001
Th 2:10p - 4:00p
306 MILBANK HALL
L. Heuer 37 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 3170y Introduction to Psychoanalysis

Introduces the major contributors to contemporary psychoanalysis. Surveys changes in theory and technique covering Freud, Ego Psychology and Contemporary Freudian views, Object Relations Schools (e.g. Klein, Winnicott), Self Psychology, and Interpersonal and relational approaches. Additional topics may include relevant psychoanalytic research and applications to art, cultural considerations, and current controversies.
Prerequisites: BC1001 and BC2156 Introduction to Clinical Psychology. Or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
4 points

PSYC BC 3364y Psychology of Leadership

An in-depth examination of the concept of leadership in psychology and related fields. Topics include the role of gender, culture, and emotional intelligence in leadership as well as a close examination of process and integrative models. Topics will be discussed with an emphasis on theory, research, and application. For enrollment: Students must have prerequisites or permission of the instructor. - B. Woike
Prerequisites: Students must have one of the following pre-requisites for this course PSY BC 1123/1124 Personality Psychology or PSY BC 1137/8 Social Psychology, or PSY BC 2151 Organizational Psychology, or permission by the instructor. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC BC 3366y Eating Disorders

This course presents an in depth investigation of eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating from a primarily psychological perspective. The course will present both the current understandings of causes, correlates, and outcomes of eating pathology as well as the complexity and controversy surrounding these conceptualizations. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Senior psych majors will get first preference. - S. Gupta
Prerequisites: PSYC BC 1001, PSYC BC 2141
4 points

PSYC BC 3367y Concepts, Questions, and Controversies in Evolutionary Psychology

An examination of the major concepts, debates, and research of evolutionary psychology. Will explore the extent to which the human mind and behavior are shaped by natural selection to solve specific, long-standing problems faced by our species over evolutionary time, such as finding a romantic partner, child-rearing, and gathering food.
Prerequisites: BC1001 and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC BC 3368y The Psychology of Creativity/The Creative Process

Consideration of classic Psychodynamic (the unconscious/incubation), Psychometric (testing/training), and Personaility (train/motivation) models of creativity. Application of contemporary Process (cognitive/problem-solving) models to art, literature, and independently selected areas of expertise. Process models are involving constraint selection within well-established domains are emphasized. - P. Stokes
Prerequisites: BC1001 and permission of the instructor.
4 points

PSYC BC 3369x Language Development

Examines the acquisition of a first language by children, from babbling and first words to complex sentence structure and wider communicative competence. Signed and spoken languages, cross-linguistic variation and universalities, language genesis and change, and acquisition by atypical populations will be discussed.
Prerequisites: BC1001, one Psychology laboratory course, one of the following: PSYC W2240, BC1128/1129, BC1129, or LIN BC V1101, and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students.
4 points

PSYC BC 3372x Comparative Cognition

Review and critical evaluation of current empirical research investigating cognitive processes in both human and non-human species. Topics include comparisons in episodic memory, metacognition, theory of mind, self-awareness, and language abilities.
Prerequisites: BC1001 and one additional course in psychology. Or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC BC 3373y Health Psychology

Consideration of research on the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors related to health and illness. Issues such as the relationship of stress to illness, methods of coping with illness and improving health, and the relationship between psychological factors and recovery from illness will be discussed. - B. Woike
Prerequisites: BC1001 and two more psychology courses (preferably BC1118/1119, BC1137/1138, BC1124/1125). Permission of the instructor required. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC BC 3376x and y Infant Development

Analysis of human development during the fetal period and early infancy. Review of effects of environmental factors on perinatal perceptual, cognitive, sensory-motor, and neurobehavioral capacities, with emphasis on critical conditions involved in both normal and abnormal brain development. Other topics include acute and long term effects of toxic exposures (stress, smoking, and alcohol) during pregnancy, and interaction of genes and the environment in shaping the developing brain of "high-risk" infants, including premature infants and those at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Prerequisites: BC1001 and BC1128/1129 Developmental (lab and lecture taken together) or BC1129 (only lecture). Or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC3376
PSYC
3376
04927
001
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
214 MILBANK HALL
W. Fifer 38 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 3379x Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice

Review of current literature from experimental social psychology pertaining to stereotyping and prejudice. Topics include: functions and costs of stereotyping, the formation and maintenance of stereotypes, and stereotype change. Recent research concerning the role of cognitive processes in intergroup perception will be emphasized. - S. Stroessner
Prerequisites: BC1001 and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC3379
PSYC
3379
05403
001
W 12:00p - 1:50p
405 BARNARD HALL
S. Stroessner 71 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 3380y Cognitive Neuroscience

Exposition of research and theory in neuroscience with an emphasis on the use of neural imaging techniques (EEG, evoked potentials, MEG, PET, fMRI) for exploring sensation, perception, and cognition in the healthy, intact brain. - Y. Ezzyat
Prerequisites: BC1001 and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
4 points

PSYC BC 3381y Theory of Mind and Intentionality

Survey and critical analysis of the developmental and neurological research on theory of mind -the attribution of mental states like belief, desire, and knowledge to others- in humans and nonhuman animals. Emphasis on the role of intentionality, stages of acquisition, neurological and genetic bases, and deficits in theory of mind.
Prerequisites: BC1001 and one other Psychology course, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC BC 3382y Adolescent Psychology

Examines adolescent development in theory and reality. Focuses on individual physiological, sexual, cognitive, and affective development and adolescent experiences in their social context of family, peers, school, and community. Critical perspectives of gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality, and "teen culture" explored. - S. Sacks
Prerequisites: BC1001 and BC1129 Developmental Psychology or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 senior majors. Barnard students receive priority. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
4 points

PSYC BC 3383x Neuropharmacology and Behavior

Basic principles of the study of drugs that influence the neural systems and induce changes in behavior. Molecular, biochemical and behavioral characterization of psychotropic drugs: stimulants, sedative-hypnotics, anxiolytics, alcohol, hallucinogens, and opiates. Etiology and treatment of psychological and neurological disorders. - E. McCaskill
Prerequisites: BC1001 and one of the following: BC1115, BC1119, or BIOL BC3280. Permission of the instructor is required. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC3383
PSYC
3383
02589
001
M 7:40p - 9:30p
501 Diana Center
E. McCaskill 39 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 3384x Social Cognition

Survey of research from the field of social cognition, exploring cognitive processes involved in social functioning. Topics include attention, interpretation, evaluation, judgment, attribution, and memory processes. Both controlled and automatic processes will be considered, and the roles of motives, goals, and affective variables will be discussed. - S. Stroessner
Prerequisites: BC 1001 and one of the following: BC1138/1137 Social Psychology, BC1115/1114 Cognitive Psychology, or permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC BC 3387x and y Topics in Neuroethics

Recent advancements in neuroscience raise profound ethical questions. Neuroethics integrates neuroscience, philosophy, and ethics in an attempt to address these issues. Reviews current debated topics relevant to the brain, cognition, and behavior. Bioethical and philosophical principles will be applied allowing students to develop skill in ethical analysis. - E. McCaskill
Prerequisites: BC1001 and one of the following: Neurobiology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Fundamentals of Neuropsychology, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)..
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC3387
PSYC
3387
09011
001
Tu 7:40p - 9:30p
227 MILBANK HALL
E. McCaskill 28 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 3388y Imitation and Language

Examines the concept of imitation in behavior through research on animals, human development, and adult language use. Class meetings focus on discussion of reading material to develop a theory of the cognitive mechanisms of imitation that apply to language change in spoken communication.
Prerequisites: BC1001 and one Psychology Lab course, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC BC 3389y Current Topics in Personality Psychology

This course offers an in-depth examination of contemporary topics in personality psychology and their historical antecedents. Topics include developmental foundations, modern theory and research on consciousness, regulation of emotion and cognition, and new approaches to personality assessment. These current issues will be discussed with an emphasis on both theory and research.
Prerequisites: BC1001 and BC1124/1125 (Personality lab and lecture taken together) or BC1125 (Personality lecture only), or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC BC 3390x Canine Cognition

An examination of the scientific study of the domestic dog. Emphasis will be on the evolutionary history of the species; the dog's social cognitive skills; canid perceptual and sensory capacities; dog-primate comparative studies; and dog-human interaction. - A. Horowitz
Prerequisites: BC1001 and one other Psychology course. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Permission of the instructor is required.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC3390
PSYC
3390
06721
001
M 11:00a - 12:50p
227 MILBANK HALL
A. Horowitz 24 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 3391y Psychology of Time

The seminar will explore how times are perceived, learned, remembered and used to guide decisions and behavior. The underlying brain mechanisms that create a sense of time and organize action will be discussed. Students will research how temporal information processing is foundational to core areas of psychology.
Prerequisites: BC1001 and additional psychology course, or permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC BC 3393x or y Psychological Interventions for Developmental Disabilities

This course provides an overview of psychological intervention processes in the field of developmental disabilities. Course content includes discussions of clinical and ethical issues related to diagnosis and treatment, and in-depth review of procedures used to teach appropriate behavior repertoires to individuals with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders. - H. Hoch
Prerequisites: BC1001, BC1127/1129, BC2156, or permission of the instructor. Seniors are given priority.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC3393
PSYC
3393
05017
001
Tu 11:00a - 12:50p
21 LEHMAN HALL
H. Hoch 12 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 3394x or y Metacognition

Metacognition is one of the latest psychological buzzwords, but what exactly is metacognition? Metacognition enables us to be successful learners, problem solvers, and decision makers, and as often been used synonymously with words such as language, awareness, and consciousness. In this seminar, we will examine various components of metacognition, including its role in learning and memory, and its existence in various non-human populations. In addition, we will explore the fragility of metacognition, including illusions of confidence and harmful control strategies that people use. Readings will include classic and important recent papers in the field, looking at metacognition as a higher-level cognitive process, and as knowledge individuals use to guide behavior. - D. Sussan
Prerequisites: BC1001, and one psychology laboratory course; final enrollment determined on the first day of class
4 points

PSYC BC 3395x or y Emotion and Self Regulation

In this course, students will examine neuroscientific and psychological research and scholarly work pertaining to the ability to regulate - to control and manage - thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and social interactions. Research suggests what is possible to change, and by what mechanisms. Students will explore how evidence can reasonably be interpreted. - J. Davis
Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to psychology and BC1138 Social Psychology, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment is determined at the first class meeting.
4 points

PSYC BC 3397x or y Neural Modulation

Excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission is often influenced and altered by neuromodulators such as dopamine, acetylcholine, and serotonin. Imbalances in neuromodulation are implicated in many psychiatric disorders. This course will assess the role of neuromodulation under normal circumstances and how dysfunction in neuromodulation can lead to psychiatric disorders. This course will draw from primary literature and review articles in addition to Introduction to Neuropsychopharmacology.- A. Kalmbach
Prerequisites: BC1001 and permission of the instructor. Enrollment determined at first class meeting.
4 points

PSYC G 4232y Production and Perception of Language

Review of classic and current research on spoken communication. Peripheral transduction, auditory and phonetic analysis, word recognition, phrase formation, formal and informal speech, idiolect, and infant and nonhuman listeners.
Prerequisites: BC1001 and on of the following: PSYC W2240, BC2160, BC3164, or permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

PSYC G 4492x Psychobiology of Stress

This seminar will explore factors that modulate stress reactivity and the impact of stress on the structure and function of the nervous system and behavior. Topics will include how developmental stage, sex/gender, time of day, and experience influence how an organism responds to stress at endocrinological, neurobiological, and behavioral levels. - R. Romeo
Prerequisites: An Introduction to Psychology course and one of the following: BC1117, BC1119, BC3362, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

Research and Field Work Courses

PSYC BC 3465x-BC3466y Field Work and Research Seminar: The Barnard Toddler Center

The Barnard Toddler Center provides the focus for field work and research in applied developmental psychology, an amalgam of developmental, educational, and clinical psychology. Students assist one morning a week at the Center, make individual class presentations, carry out team research projects, and participate in a two-hour weekly seminar which integrates theory, research, and practice.
Prerequisites: BC1128/BC1129 or just BC1129 lecture (without lab) and permission of the instructor. Permission should be requested in the Spring of the year preceding registration. Enrollment limited to 16 students. This is a two-semester course only.
8 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC3465
PSYC
3465
01424
001
Tu 12:50p - 2:50p
306 MILBANK HALL
T. Klein 15 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 3473y Field Work Seminar in Psychological Services and Counseling

This course introduces students to clinical and counseling work, and to psychodynamic ways of understanding and supporting people in psychological distress. Students secure a clinical placement for the course, and apply readings on psychodynamic notions of parenting, psychopathology, and therapeutic process to their clinical experiences. The course helps students clarify their professional goals, and provides the clinical experience that strengthens applications to social work programs, and that is required for applications to clinical and counseling doctoral programs. - J. Sheehy, M. Silverman
Prerequisites: Three psychology courses and permission of the instructor required during program planning the semester before the course is offered. Enrollment limited to 12 students; seniors are given priority.
4 points

PSYC BC 3591x-BC3592y Senior Research Seminar

Discussion and conferences on a research project culminate in a written and oral senior thesis. Each project must be supervised by a scientist working at Barnard or at another local institution. Successful completion of the seminar substitutes for the major examination.
Prerequisites: BC1001, BC1101, a minimum of five other completed psychology courses, and permission of the instructor. This is a year-long course. Open to senior psychology majors who submit a research proposal which has been approved by the course instructor and the project supervisor.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: PSYC BC3591
PSYC
3591
04567
001
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
303 ALTSCHUL HALL
J. New 5 [ More Info ]

PSYC BC 3605x-BC3606y Individual Projects

Research projects planned in consultation with members of the department.
Prerequisites: Open to majors and non-majors with written permission of the department member who will supervise the project.
3-4 points.


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V2400 Psychology and Philosophy of Human Experience