Abnormal Psychology -- Spring 2012
Lecturer: Gary Noll, Ph.D.
Office: 1018 D BSB
Office hours: 2:00 – 3:00 pm, or by appointment, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Andrea Katz—E-mail: email@example.com
Laura Kuper—E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brady Nelson—E-mail: email@example.com
, by Robin S. Rosenberg and Stephen M. Kosslyn
Have you ever watched someone walking down the street, shouting and
gesticulating, and you were pretty sure they weren’t talking into a mobile
phone headset? Have you wondered what was happening with them?
has someone you knew told you they believed someone was trying to hurt
them, and you were pretty sure they were imagining it?
Have you known
someone who is so anxious they can’t function?
Or who throws up
intentionally in order to try to keep their weight down, or to get high?
you known anyone who has seemed almost too happy, even while making
poor decisions that seemed likely to lead to undesirable consequences, or
someone who is so depressed or sad that they can’t do the things they need
Perhaps more importantly, do you sometimes wonder if you yourself, or a
member of your family, are mentally ill?
Many students suffer from significant anxiety, and many are seriously
depressed even when everything in their lives seems to be going well.
Being a student can be very stressful, and
sometimes it can seem as though you are going to “lose it,” to “go off the deep end.”
This course is going to be a survey of different ways in which people’s thinking, feeling, and behaving can be
disordered, dysfunctional, or markedly different from other people’s.
Because of how broad and deep this field is, the
coverage of each topic will necessarily be somewhat superficial, but it should help you find some direction about how
you might learn more.
I’m going to race through the first five chapters—they are important, but I want to leave more time to cover the
After that, I think you will find the material more interesting.
History of Abnormal Psychology