WINTER 2019 GRADUATE COURSES
PSYC 212: Multiple Regression and Correlation Analysis
Instructor: Daniel Ozer
Description: Multiple regression, the general linear model, their relationship to analysis of variance, and extensions to multivariate analysis. The use of assorted computer statistical packages.
PSYC 226: Theories and Concepts in Personality Psychology
Instructor: William Dunlop
Description: Personality psychology address the questions of what it is to be human, the many ways in which people differ, as well as the unique patterns and coherence of individuals. The goals of this course are to provide you with a firm foundation of the controversies and history of personality psychology as well as the theories and research enterprises examining personality broadly construed. Over the course of the quarter, we will also hone the ability to critically evaluate research in personality.
PSYC 233: How to Program an Experiment (fMRI Emphasis)
Instructor: Aaron Seitz
Description: The course will be project based where each student (or in some cases group of students) will decide upon a scientific experiment that they want to conduct that involves presenting stimuli to an observer and collecting some sort of response from that observer and then learn how to design and program the experiment and process the data related to that experiment. It is perfectly fine (in fact ideal) if the experiment fits in with your existing research plans and is something that you have to do anyway. The experimental programing environment will be (http://psychtoolbox.org/) and as such students will be required to have Matlab. Students now have access to Matlab via the mysoftware.ucr.edu site. The particular emphasis of this year’s course is to address coding of experiments designed for fMRI, which has a number of special use cases.
PSYC 255: Seminar in Social Psychology
Instructor: Jimmy Calanchini
Topic: Stereotyping & Prejudice
Description: This course examines the social psychological underpinnings of stereotyping and prejudice. We will examine these topics from a number of perspectives, including sociocultural, motivational, and cognitive approaches. Specific topics to be covered include the origins of stereotyping and prejudice, the ways in which these constructs are maintained and perpetuated, the ways in which they may be changed, the extent to which their expression is intended and controllable, and the effects on those who are targets of stereotyping and prejudice.
PSYCH 257: Seminar in Personality Psychology
Instructor: David Funder
Topic: Philosophy of Research Methodology in Psychology
Description: In 1989, Paul Meehl taught a graduate course on “Philosophy of Psychology” which covered issues related to scientific inference or, in other words, how you get from data to theory. He covered many topics in the philosophy of science as well as basic research methodology, but always focused on psychological research in particular. My plan is to “co-teach” this course with Meehl. For the first part of each session, we will watch one of Meehl’s lectures (recorded on video). Then, after a break, we will review and discuss what he said. You will find that he was in many ways far ahead of his time, having anticipated (and sometimes maybe even solved) current controversies about replicability, statistical inference, and the role of theory in psychological research. When Meehl taught this course, he offered a reading list but had no formal assignments beyond class attendance and participation. I plan to do the same.
PSYC 258: Seminar in Developmental Psychology
Instructor: Rachel Wu
Topic: Behavioral interventions for populations across the lifespan
Description: In this seminar, we will read and discuss concepts in intervention and experimental design specifically related to behavioral interventions for populations across the lifespan. The first part of the seminar will be modeled after the NIH summer institute on behavioral interventions, reviewing the unique constraints of designing and conducting behavioral interventions, such as choosing comparison groups and experimental design phases. The second part of the seminar will highlight interventions with infants, children, young adults, and older adults, mostly relating to cognitive and lifestyle interventions. Readings can be tailored to students’ research interests and will highlight the similarities between basic research and clinical trials. These discussions will focus on successes, shortcomings, and actual/potential next steps. Each week, students will pair up to lead the discussion on topics that they are interested in.
PSYC 271: Working Memory
Instructor: Weiwei Zhang
Topic: Working Memory
Description: The primary goal of this course is to provide students with a broad background in the area of working memory, along with an intensive examination of the recent literature on this topic, stressing the viewpoints of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. A secondary goal is to foster students’ skill of creative critique and integration of the literature. The seminar will cover the following key research areas: WM representations, WM processes, major WM theoretical, process, and descriptive models, neurocognitive mechanisms of WM, WM and attention, WM and consciousness, WM and higher cognition (such as fluid intelligence and creativity).