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Summer 2021
May 06,2021
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The descriptions and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: All sections of PSYC 430 require PSYC 303/PSYC 304 as prerequisites; students must also have junior/senior academic standing. Fulfills Category 8 requirement. PSYC 430 NEUROSIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY: Psychology, born from the disciplines of Philosophy and Physiology, has long sought to provide insight into the nature of the mind. Some of the classic questions include: What is the relationship between the mind and the body? Is the mind the same thing as the brain or is it something else? How can mere thoughts cause things to happen in a physical universe? Is it merely a delusion on our part to believe that our thoughts matter in the grand scheme of the universe? Recent progress in Neuroscience is profoundly altering our conception of how we think, feel, decide, love and even reproduce. Therefore, Neurophilosophy is a recent sub-discipline arising from the intersections of neuroscience, philosophy and psychology. PSYC 430 CULTURE AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. We are prepared both by our cultural and biological heritage. The course will provide an overview of current theory and research related to the multidimensional phenomena of human development across the life course. Emphasis will be placed on using a continuous dynamic model to study biological as well as psychosocial development as this allows for both risk and protective factors to be identified. PSYC 430 PSYCHOLOGY OF YOGA. Yoga is the most ancient of psychological systems while also growing in its influence on contemporary culture. This course will offer students an academic and applied introduction to the philosophical psychology of Classical Indian Yoga. Based on the primary ancient text of Patanjali and nature, mind-body holism, knowledge, ethics, human development, psychopathology, and of course, the general practice of holistic health workshops on nutrition, breath exercises, classic postures, and meditation. As much as possible, material will be taught in a manner that integrates yoga with contemporary cognitive-behavioral, neuroscience, psychodynamic and existential-phenomenological approaches to psychology. Students will be required to maintain experiential journals, actively participate in workshps, and conduct a rigorous academic research project. PSYC 430 THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. This course will introduce students to the paradigm of Existential-Phenomenological Psychology. The thought of Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty will be applied to the issues of both psychopathological disintegration and wholesome self-actualization or integration. Special emphasis will be placed on the human capacity for moral choice in the face of biological and cultural restraints. Phenomenology's consonance with psychoanalysis, especially Erik Erikson's epigenetic theory of psycho-social development, will be stressed throughout the course. PSYC 430 CONTEMPLATIVE PSYCHOLOGY: This capstone seminar will examine the psychology of mindfulness meditation practice from the perspectives of: (1) The traditional systems of contemplative practices (Samkaya-yoga, Theravada, Vajrayana, and Mahayana Buddhism. Lectio divina, kabbala); (2) Contemorary phenomenological psychology; (3) Social neuropsychology and social/developmental psychology (including cultural psychology); (4) Contemplative psychotherapy; and (5) Empathy training. In addition to readings and discussions, the seminar will require experiential training in relevant contemplative practices (e.g., breath-focused mindful attention, yoga practices, mindful listening, reflective group activities, and reflective journaling). Furthermore, students will conduct a descriptive phenomenological research project on some aspect of contemplative practice. The organizing questions of the seminar will be: How have the historical contemplative traditions replied to the perennial psychological concerns with (1) how to live a meaningful and wholesome life? (2) how to cope with suffering and trauma? and (3) how to enhance our powers of empathy and generosity with other people. PSYC 430 PSYC MEMORY: Mistaken eyewitness identifications are a leading cause of false imprisonment. In this course we examine the history of research on memory with special reference to eyewitness testimony, acceptance of expert testimony by courts, and contemporary research on identification, child testimony, what jurors believe about memory, and interviewing. CAPSTONE SEMINAR - PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESSFUL AGING: In this course, we will focus on the psychological factors that seem to be most predictive of "successful aging". We will start by defining what it means to age successfully—both in our own culture as well as in others. We will then examine the biological, cognitive, behavioral, and social factors thought to be related to successful aging, considering the methodological strengths and weaknesses of the relevant research in these areas. And, finally, we will consider evidence regarding the changes that can be made in young adulthood, as well as later in life, to increase the likelihood that an individual will age “successfully”. ANIMAL COGNITION: This class will explore the cognitive capabilities of other animals. We will read historical as well as current research findings regarding perception, attention, memory, problem solving, and consciousness of animals. We will try to answer the question of whether other animals experience the world in the way that we do, and how they might experience the world in unique ways.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Psychology Department

Course Attributes:

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
May not be enrolled as the following Classifications:     


General Requirements:
Course or Test: CRWT 102
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently.
Course or Test: PSYC 303
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently. )

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