Courses in Psychology

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PSYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology (4 sem. hours).

This course emphasizes psychology as a scientific discipline and in particular as a behavioral science with subfields ranging from biological psychology to therapies to human development to intelligence and more. Psychology, like all disciplines, is both the study of certain phenomena and a particular way of thinking about the world. This class provides a broad overview of the discipline including vocabulary and theories, basic methods, and critical examination of the research that has been done, the research that should be done, and the uses of research results. Thinking critically and creatively about problems is a hallmark of good psychological study and experimentation. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing and critiquing the research on which current knowledge is based and on critically examining the presentation of psychological and other scientific findings in non-academic contexts.

PSYC 1100 Love and Sexuality (4 sem. hrs).

An examination of the biological, psychological, and social components of human sexuality. The course will explore the issues of love, intimacy, normal and abnormal sexual function, marriage, and alternative sexual lifestyles. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 1200 Fear and Terrorism: (4 sem. hrs).

The violent events of the 20th century are presented not as insane aberrations in the record of human behavior but as the result of understandable psychological and social processes. Through the study of these events, we explore the analytical methods and theoretical orientations of three social science disciplines: anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Offered summers as part of the European course offerings.

PSYC 2100 Statistics of the Behavioral Science (4 sem. hrs).

This course will introduce students to the most commonly used statistical test in the social sciences. Hypothesis testing, correlations, regression equations, and nonparametric test will be covered in this course. The course will emphasize data analysis and interpretation results. Basic understanding of math and algebra are essential.

PSYC 2110 Research Methods in Psychology (4 sem. hrs).

This course will introduce students to the processes involved in conducting sound experimental research. Students will learn methods of research, subject selection, hypothesis testing, and data analysis. Errors that can affect research and proper control of variables will be covered as well. Student will conduct their own research project and present it to the class at the conclusion of the semester. Required laboratory. Prerequisite: PSYC 2100. Offered alternate terms.

PSYC 2130 Abnormal Psychology (4 sem. hrs).

Presents a psychological understanding and view of abnormal behavior. The presently prevailing system for the clinical classification of abnormal behavior is highlighted. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000.

PSYC 2150 Child Development (4 sem. hrs).

Examines the general sequence of psychological development in the individual through adolescence and the dominant theories of developmental psychology. Special attention is devoted to the domains of physical, cognitive, linguistic, and social development. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000.

PSYC 2170 Social Psychology (4 sem. hrs).

Integrates current social psychological theory regarding communication, group dynamics, aggression, and human relations, with its application in real-world settings. Laboratory component. This course is the same as SOAN 3710. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000.

PSYC 2180 Behavioral Neuroscience (4 sem. hrs).

Neurophysiological and neuroanatomical correlates and substrates of behavior, emotion, and cognition. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 2200 Sports Psychology (4 sem. hrs).

This course will examine the influence of psychology factors on performance in sports. Topics include: athlete personality, motivation, attention, anxiety and arousal issues, cognitive and behavioral intervention, and leadership in team sports.

PSYC 3020 Psychology and Diversity (4 sem. hrs).

Survey of empirical evidence on human and society. A focus on biological, developmental, social, and cognitive perspectives will be offered. Issues specific to diversity, such as discrimination and stereotyping, will be included.

PSYC 3050 Decision Making (4 sem. hrs).

This course emphasizes the psychological processes utilized in making decisions. Topics covered include judgment, estimation, prediction and diagnosis, choice under certainty, heuristics and biases, risky decision making, and problem solving, as well as methods that have been developed to improve these processes. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 3060 Psychology of Language (4 sem. hrs).

Examines the perception, comprehension, and production of language. Topics covered include psychological and linguistic aspects of phonology, syntax, and semantics; the biological bases of language; reading; bilingualism; language acquisition; and disorders. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000. Recommended: PSYC 3100. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 3070 Adulthood and Aging (4 sem. hrs).

This course describes the physical, sensory, cognitive, personality, and social changes that occur in normal aging. Examines the dominant theories of developmental psychology from young adulthood through old age. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 3090 Drugs and Behavior (4 sem. hrs).

Study of the behavioral effects of the most common legal and illegal drugs. The various actions of each drug on the central nervous system are emphasized with a concentration on how these actions lead to behavioral changes. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000. Recommended: PSYC 2180. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 3100 Cognitive Psychology (4 sem. hrs).

Cognitive processes underlying memory, problem solving, and consciousness. Systematic exploration of processes, mechanisms, and putative structures involved in encoding, storage, retrieval, and use of information. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000.

PSYC 3110 Sensation and Perception (4 sem. hrs).

Mechanisms underlying immediate experience produced by stimuli and the organization of these sensations into meaningful, interpretable experience. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 3120 Learning (4 sem. hrs).

Adaptive behavior with an emphasis on processes, principles, and theories related to behavioral change. Areas of reflexive adjustment, respondent conditioning, and operant conditioning, as well as their interactions, are examined. Laboratory component. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 3140 Theories of Personality (4 sem. hrs).

Consideration of the whole spectrum of personality theories, including Freudian, humanistic, existential, and behaviorist models. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 3160 Clinical Psychology: Theory and Method (4 sem. hrs).

Addresses the history, theory, and methods of clinical psychology. Major psychotherapeutic theories are considered. Prerequisites: PSYC 2100 and 2130. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 3190 Psychological Tests and Measurements (4 sem. hrs).

Examines the history, methods, problems, and social concerns associated with measuring and assessing human behavior and abilities. Common tests of ability and psychopathology are considered. The laboratory includes administration and scoring of the WAIS. Prerequisite: PSYC 2110. Offered in alternate years.

PSYC 3210 Cognitive Neuroscience (4 sem. hrs.).

This course will survey cognitive neuroscience methods such as brain imaging, neural network modeling, and behavioral testing of neuropsychological patients, toward an understanding of the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying behavior. Topics include: neuroanatomy, sensation and perception, learning and memory, object recognition, attention and consciousness, and language. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 and PSYC 2210.

PSYC 3300 Moral Psychology and Neuroscience (4 sem. hrs).

An examination of the evolutionary, cognitive, and neurological mechanisms of human moral psychology. Topics covered include ethical theories and the intuitive conflicts that arise in classic moral dilemmas, the problem of persistent inconsistent moral judgments, moral decision making, moral development theory, the nature and classification of moral emotions (shame, pride, disgust, etc), attributions of blame and responsibility, moral judgment and causation, trust and loyalty, moral luck, and cognitive moral pathologies such as psychopathy. The course will cover the history of moral psychology but will focus predominantly on recent empirical studies of moral cognition using neuroimaging and neuro- pharmacological manipulations. This course is the same as PHIL 3300. Offered alternate years.

PSYC 3800–3803 Directed Studies (1–4 sem. hrs).

Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 and permission of instructor. Offered occassionally.

PSYC 3850–3853 Internship (1–4 sem. hrs).

Offered occassionally.

PSYC 3320 Disability Psychology (4 sem. hrs).

This course will explore a variety of disabilities, which are a natural facet of the human condition. It will investigate specific disabilities in depth (e.g., autism), cover onset, symptoms, interventions, risk factors, morbidity, and morality. Issues of stigma, ableism, and disabilities as a cultural group will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 and PSYC 2150.

PSYC 4700–4703 Undergraduate Research (1–4 sem. hrs).

Direct involvement of student in empirical research. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 and permission of instructor.

PSYC 4750 Special Topics (4 sem. hrs).

Specialty courses from a wide variety of topics in psychology. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000.

PSYC 4800 Directed Study (1–4 sem. hrs).

Independent pursuit of content area selected by student. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 and permission of instructor.

PSYC 4850–4853 Internship (1–4 sem. hrs).

Practical experience/training in professional settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 and permission of instructor.

PSYC 4900 History and Systems (4 sem. hrs).

This course reviews the historical beginnings of Psychology and the current importance of Psychology as a science and discipline. The role that Psychology has played in the human experience since its earliest origins (philosophy) to its most recent incarnations (neuroscience) will be examined. An emphasis on recent history, major advances, current theoretical applications, and future directions of Psychology will be the main focus of the course. Students will also review current methodological approaches used in the various areas of psychological research and are expected to demonstrate appropriate APA writing style and knowledge of the requirements/experience necessary to establish and maintain a career in Psychology. Prerequisites: PSYC 2110.

PSYC HI–HII Honors Project 1 and 2 (1–4 sem. hours).

Courses in Neuroscience

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NEUR 2000 Introduction to Neuroscience (4 sem. hours).

This course will be a survey of selected topics in neuroscience that will span the breadth of the field, ranging from cell and molecular topics to behavioral and psychological aspects of the field. Topics include biomembrane structure and function, neural signaling, including action potential and neurotransmitter systems, and gross anatomy of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000.

NEUR 2020 History of Neuroscience (4 sem. hours).

This course will explore how the brain and mind have been studied since ancient times. This course will also explore current methodologies used to study the brain and mind. Topics include prescientific thinking, scientific method, neuroanatomy and physiology, and methodologies including, but not limited to event related potentials, MRI, PET scans, and single cell recordings. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000 and NEUR 2000.

NEUR 2600 Neuropsychology (4 sem. hours).

Neuropsychology is the study of brain-behavior relationships. Clinical neuropsychology, the focus of this course, aims primarily to determine how brain dysfunction translates into behavioral symptoms and syndromes through the use of clinical knowledge and specialized assessment techniques. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000. Offered occasionally.

NEUR 3200 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology (4 sem. hours).

This course will cover the anatomical structure and physiological function of the mammalian nervous system from a regional and systems level approach. The beginning of the course will concentrate on the regional structure of the nervous system and the electrochemical basis of neural communication. Then, we will integrate this knowledge within sensory and motor systems to understand how specific anatomical pathways convey information between the brain and the periphery. Prerequisite: NEUR 2000.

NEUR 3400 Applied Research Neuroscience (4 sem. hours).

This course will have students participate in applied research in neuroscience with faculty from Millsaps or the University of Mississippi Medical School in a seminar about current neuroscience research, and in regular class sessions related to applied research.

NEUR 4700–4703 Research (1–4 sem. hours).

Offered occasionally.

NEUR 4800–4803 Direct Study (1–4 sem. hours).

Offered occasionally.

NEUR 4850–4853 Internship (1–4 sem. hours).

Offered occasionally.

NEUR 4900 Capstone in Neuroscience (4 sem. hours).

This course will entail intensive reading into the exploration of the dynamic field of neuroscience and cognitive studies and investigation of new and relevant methods used to study the connections between brain, mind, and behavior. This course will also provide basic professional development and basic preparation for the comprehensive exam.

NEUR HI–HII Honors Project 1 and 2 (1–4 sem. hours).