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INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY : PSYCHOLOGY 202 Fall 2006, Tuesday/Thursday, SECTION 1 (8:00), room 105 Psychology Instructor: Caton F. Roberts, Ph.D. Phone: 238-8040 (my home phone) E-mail: [email protected] Office: 223 Psychology Building Office Hours: Before and after classes in 105; 9:30-10:30 TR; by appointment; (or, try addressing your questions to me via e-mail!) Teaching Assistant: Sabra Katz-Wise Phone: 608-265-5414 E-mail: [email protected] Office: 623 Psychology Office Hours : Wed 11am-12pm; Fri 8:30-9:30am Required Reading Books (available at University Book Store): 1. Psychological Science (2 nd Edition) by Michael Gazzaniga and Todd Heatherton. 2. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. 3. An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison. 4. Darkness Visible by William Styron. Several articles are also required and are listed below in the “Reading Assignment” column, followed by the full scholarly reference listed in the body of the syllabus. Course Description This course is designed to give you a comprehensive and integrated overview of the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of contemporary psychology. An effort will be made throughout the course to emphasize and demonstrate how biological, cognitive, emotional, and social processes mutually influence one another in the determination of psychological behavior and experience. Principles of psychology will be illustrated with practical examples from everyday life, and active student involvement will be sought through class discussion. Applications of psychology to business, engineering, education, medicine, law and criminal justice, family life, and social- interpersonal relationships will be generated throughout the course. Numerous brief video excerpts will be shown in order to stimulate discussion and to exemplify concepts and principles that are being developed in lecture. Topics to be covered in this class include, but are not limited to: Brain structure and function; neurophysiology of neurotransmitter systems and their relationship to normal and abnormal psychological processes of thought, mood, and behavior; sensation and perception; the bio-psycho- social nature of stress and emotion and their relations to health, personality and psychopathology; memory and learning; childhood, adolescent, and adult developmental processes in cognition, intelligence, personality, and social behavior; psychopathology and its treatment; and the dynamics of social conformity and obedience and their relations to social cognition generally and our social attitudes about personal responsibility specifically. Statement of Educational Goals
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My hope is that you will develop, as a result of this course of studies, a scientifically and humanely balanced understanding of what psychology is, why it is important to understand, and how you can use it. Mastery of a substantial amount of conceptual information will be required to excel academically in this course. However, although I would love to see each of you achieve academic
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