Spring 2017 Psychology Seminars

Faculty

Units

4

Prerequisites

varied

Quarters

Spring 2017

Description

All PSC 190 and PSC 180A seminar courses are 4 units, letter graded. These courses can be used toward the “electives” portion of any of the Psychology majors, or the minor.  

PSC 190 – Consciousness & Cognition

*THIS COURSE CAN BE USED TOWARD THE COGNITIVE SCIENCE MAJOR IN THE PSYCHOLOGY GROUPS OR AS “ANY UPPER DIV COGNITIVE SCIENCE COURSE” - Future Course PSC/CGS 138

CRN: 91385
Pre-requisites: PSC 001; PSC 041; either PSC 100 or PSC 135
Description: Current theoretical and empirical evidence in the study of cognition and consciousness. Theories of consciousness, psychological and neural basis of conscious and unconscious processes such as attention, intentionality, and dreams. 
Professor: Isham
Time: Tuesday 9-11:50am
Location: **Center for Mind and Brain – main conference room, 267 Cousteau Drive 

PSC 190 –  How the Brain Creates the Mind

Pre-requisites: Psc 1, Psc 41, Psc 135 (Grade of A recommended)

Description: This course will address topics from the field of cognitive neuroscience. We will discuss select topics in high-level mental functions, including attention, executive functions, and decision making. Related methods will be discussed.

Format: The class will be organized like a seminar, in which we will read scientific papers related to topics in mind/brain science. We will discuss the papers as a group, assigning members of the class to act as the leads for each discussion. Short review papers of each week's readings will be required (two page overview). Students will be graded based on their in-class discussion, command of knowledge of the materials we read together, written work and leadership of the discussion they are assigned.

Professor: Mangun

Time: Monday 1-4pm

Location: **Center for Mind and Brain – main conference room, 267 Cousteau Drive (off campus)

CRN: Contact professor for CRN, grmangun@ucdavis.edu

PSC 190 – Developmental Psychology in the Media

Pre-requisites: To enroll, students should have completed or be currently be enrolled in Developmental Psychology (PSC 140) or Human Development 100A and 100B

Description: In the course, we will watch, read, and listen to materials related to the topics covered in Developmental Psychology. We will watch documentaries and fictional stories related to development, listen to podcasts (like Radiolab), and read both popular press (like Parents magazine or Scientific American) and academic articles (like Child Development or Psychological Science). We will cover topics such as the influences of innate and environmental forces on development, how parenting and peer relationships affect development, autism, deafness, and the development of gender representations.The course is specifically for students who are excited about the topic because the class will be discussion-based. Grades will be based on contributing to discussion, short writing assignments, and presentations.

Expectations:

  1. Every student will be required to participate in every class.
  2. Students will be required to attend a final session during finals week (anticipated Thursday, June 15 1:00-3:00).

Professor: Graf Estes

Time: Friday 9-11:50am

Location: **Center for Mind and Brain – main conference room, 267 Cousteau Drive 

CRN: If you are interested, please email kgrafestes@ucdavis.edu with the Subject: PSC190 Spring. Please confirm whether you have taken the prerequisite and will be available for the final session.

 

 **NOTE ABOUT THE CENTER FOR MIND AND BRAIN: The Center for Mind and Brain is located off campus in East Davis at 276 Cousteau Place. Students must be willing to commute to the CMB (biking is easy, and the bus goes out to 5th street to near the center; parking is free).

PSC 190 – Cortical evolution and development in mammals

Description: In this course we will read a variety of research papers and reviews on  some of the newest developments in the evo-devo field as well as larger conceptual issues that dominate the field.  Students will be required to participate in all discussions as well as lead at least one discussion.  This course is designed to spark interest and discussion in some of the most interesting issues in biology:  How are complex brains built in evolution, and what, if any, are the phenotypic characteristics that define the human condition.

Professor: Krubitzer

Time: Tuesday 9-12pm

Location: Room 113, Center for Neuroscience (off campus)

CRN: Contact professor for CRN, lakrubitzer@ucdavis.edu

PSC 190 – Good Enough Language Processing

Pre-requisites: PSC1, PSC41 or an equivalent, PSC100 or an equivalent, and permission of the instructor.

Description: This course reviews current literature on language comprehension, focusing on the extent to which people form detailed and accurate representations of what they hear and read, and exploring the evolutionary basis for what has been called good enough language processing. Readings will be from the primary literature. Grading will be based on the quality of weekly blog entries, performance on quizzes related to the readings, and a final paper describing a research proposal on a topic related to the themes of the course.

Professor: Ferreira

Time: Tuesday 12:10-3pm, Wellman 203

CRN: Contact professor for CRN, fferreira@ucdavis.edu

PSC 180A - Research in Cognitive and Perceptual Psychology

Pre-requisites: PSC 41 and PSC 100 or consent of the instructor Description: In this course we will read a variety of research papers and reviews on  some of the newest developments in the evo-devo field as well as larger conceptual issues that dominate the field.  Students will be required to participate in all discussions as well as lead at least one discussion.  This course is designed to spark interest and discussion in some of the most interesting issues in biology:  How are complex brains built in evolution, and what, if any, are the phenotypic characteristics that define the human condition.

Professor: Swaab

Lecture: Wednesday 10:00-11:50pm, Young 145

Lab: Friday 8:30am-12:30pm, Faculty Lab in Young Hall

CRN: Contact professor for CRN, swaab@ucdavis.edu