Biological Psychology

What is Biological Psychology?

Biological psychology is the study of how the physiological processes of the brain and nervous system influence an individual's behavior.

Related Courses in the Psychology Department

PSY 316: Biological Psychology

Theory and research on selected areas of biological psychology such as stress, sexual behaviors, emotion, hunger and sleep. Emphasis on understanding how the brain and nervous system shape the behavior of an organism.

PSY 343: Neuropsychology

Introduction to psychological theories of brain and behavior relationships. Emphasis on structures and functions, clinical syndromes and disorders.

PSY 380: Physiological Psychology Lab

Biological basis of psychology. How behavior is affected by the biological activities of the behaving organism, with special focus on the neuroendocrine control of behavior.

Related Links

American Psychological Association Division of Clinical Neuropsychology
Neuropsychology Central
What is Neuropsychology?
American Board of Professional Neuropsychology
Neuropsychology Web Resources
Training Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology

Clinical Psychology

What is Clinical Psychology?

Clinical psychology's focus is on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders.

Related Courses in the Psychology Department
PSY 309: Abnormal Psychology

Theory and research in selected areas of abnormal psychology, such as assessment, classification, development and treatment of disorders of thought, mood, behavior and personality. Analysis, integration and application of theoretical models of development and treatment of psychological disorder

PSY 350: Child Psychopathology

Examination of theoretical and empirical aspects of assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disorders prevalent in childhood and adolescence, within their developmental and environmental contexts.

PSY 352: Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Theory and practice of principles of clinical psychology including the clinical interview, use of diagnostic tests, and techniques of clinical intervention.

PSY 360: Internship in Clinical Psychology

Internship in selected agencies oriented toward human services designed to provide students with practical experience in the field of clinical psychology.  Interns may observe individual or group psychotherapy, engage in case review, or assist with intake evaluation or other assessment, under the supervision of agency personnel and university faculty.

Related Links

American Psychological Association: Society of Clinical Psychology
Social Psychology Network: Clinical Psychology Links by Subtopic
An Overview of Clinical and Counseling Psychology
What is Clinical Psychology?
Careers in Clinical Psychology
American Psychological Association: Accredited Programs in Clinical Psychology
Ranking of Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs
Self-Help Library and Therapist Directory
American Psychological Association Interest Groups

Cognitive Psychology

What is Cognitive Psychology?

Cognitive psychology studies the ways in which individuals perceive and interpret their environment. Topics of interest in this area include memory, learning, decision-making, and language acquisition.

Related Courses in the Psychology Department
PSY 317: Cognitive Psychology

Theory and research on selected areas of cognitive psychology such as neural basis of cognition, perception, mental imagery, attention, memory, judgement and decision making, inductive and deductive reasoning, skill acquisition, problem solving, intelligence, language comprehension and production, and cognitive development/aging.

PSY 333: Psychology of Language

Examination of the role of cognitive processes in comprehension and production of language. Topics may include the role of prior knowledge, word recognition, syntactic analysis, the structure of language, inference, brain and language, language acquisition, language disorders, and computer models of language.

PSY 335: Introduction to Cognitive Science

Interdisciplinary study of what it means to be an intelligent being, examining psychological, neuroscientific, computational, philosophical and linguistic approaches to the mind. Discussion of why the computer has become a rallying point for many researchers studying the mind.

PSY 384: Thought and Language

Psychological processes involved in human thought and language.  May include discussion of judgment and decision-making, inductive and deductive reasoning, analogical reasoning, problem solving, creativity, intelligence, and language comprehension and production.

PSY 386: Sensation and Perception Lab

Effect of physical stimulation on experience and behavior; sensation and perception from psychological and neurological perspectives.  May include receptor physiology, sensory and perceptual characteristics of the visual system, object recognition, face perception, spatial perception, attention and awareness.

PSY 387: Human Memory and Performance

Laboratory approaches to the study of learning and memory. Principles of attention, short and long term memory, skill acquisition, and concept learning. 

PSY 395: Cognitive Science Project

Research study in cognitive science by qualified students under supervision of the instructor. Problems may involve search of original literature, computer modeling, experimentation, and analysis of results.

Related Links

What is Cognitive Psychology?
Cognitive Psychology
Feature Writer Articles in Cognitive Psychology

Community Psychology

What is Community Psychology?

Community psychology studies the interactions between individuals and their environment.

Related Courses in the Psychology Department
PSY 353: Introduction to Community Psychology

Community psychology concerns the reduction of social problems, enhancement of quality of life, and promotion of social justice through value-driven research and action among individuals, communities, and societies.  Topics may include prevention and promotion, program development and evaluation, psychological conceptualizations of environment and community, community organization, empowerment, and social action.

PSY 357: Internship in Community Psychology

Internship in selected community human services agencies. Interns may assist with assessment, evaluation, consultation, prevention and /or program development activities under the supervision of agency personnel and university faculty.

Related Links

Social Psychology Network: Community Psychology Links by Subtopic
What is Community Psychology?
About Community Psychology
Society for Community Research and Action

Developmental Psychology

What is Developmental Psychology?

Developmental psychology is interested in how individuals develop throughout the lifespan.

Related Courses in the Psychology Department
PSY 313: Developmental Psychology

Theory and research in selected areas of developmental psychology covering social-emotional, cognitive and physical aspects of development across the lifespan.

PSY 346: Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology

Developmental theory and research on topics chosen by professor and/or students. (Past topics include father’s role in child development, child abuse prevention, socialization of empathy and prosocial behavior.) Students review current scholarly articles and interview at least two individuals at different developmental levels.

Related Links

American Psychological Association Division of Developmental Psychology
Social Psychology Network: Developmental Psychology Links by Subtopic
Developmental Psychology
International Society on Infant Studies

Health Psychology

What is Health Psychology?

Health psychology studies the relationship between the psychological and physiological processes that impact an individual's health and well-being. It brings together the fields of psychology and biology to assist individuals in coping with disease, as well as to help promote good health behavior.

Related Courses in the Psychology Department
PSY 375: Health Psychology

Psychological influence on health, physical disease and disability, the medical environment, diagnosis and treatment, research problems and findings.

Related Links

American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology
American Psychological Association: Becoming a Health Psychologist
Social Psychology Network: Health Psychology Links by Subtopic
What is Health Psychology?
Health Psychology Resources: Online Articles
Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

What is Industrial-Organizational Psychology?

Industrial-organizational psychology is an applied field that investigates ways in which to make organizations more efficient, especially through evaluating employee performance and mental well-being.

Related Courses in the Psychology Department
PSY 365: Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Introduction to concepts and application of psychology in the workplace as it relates to organizational effectiveness. Industrial psychology focuses on human resource functions such as appraising, selecting, and placing workers. Organizational psychology focuses on psychological processes such as employee attitudes, behaviors, emotions, health, motivation, and well-being.

PSY 427: Personnel Selection and Evaluation

Prediction and evaluation of job performance (with emphasis on reliability and validity), job analysis and criteria development, varieties of selection procedures, including aptitude and achievement measures, personality and motivation measures, interviews and application forms. Effects of government regulation and societal values on selection and evaluation.

Related Links

Social Psychology Network: Industrial-Organizational Psychology Links by Subtopic
What is Industrial-Organizational Psychology?
Industrial-Organizational Psychology Careers
Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
International Association for Applied Psychology

Social Psychology

What is Social Psychology?

Social psychology is the study of the relationship between individual and group behavior. Topics of interest in this area include conformity, aggression, and prejudice.

Related Courses in the Psychology Department
PSY 315: Survey of Social Psychology

Theory and research in selected areas of social psychology, such as the self, stereotypes, attitudes, conformity, group processes, attraction, aggression, and helping behavior.

PSY 336: Psychology of Personality

Theory and research in selected areas of personality psychology, including evolutionary, genetic, neurological and environmental influences on personality development as well as psychodynamic, humanistic, trait and cognitive/behavioral approaches to understanding personality.

PSY 341: Psychology of Gender

Examination of social learning, psychoanalytic, evolutionary and other psychological perspectives on gender, with focus on contemporary U.S. culture.  May include lesbian couples raising boys, media influences on gender identity, and sexism in the workplace.

Related Links

Social Psychology Network: Social Psychology Links by Subtopic
Introduction to Social Psychology
What is Social Psychology?
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Society of Experimental Social Psychology