Psychology Proseminar (1)
Seminar course offering a general introduction to the psychological sciences and a detailed overview of research currently being conducted in the Department of Psychology.
Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
Relationship between the structure and function of the brain. Comprehensive overview of how neurophysiological activity leads to perception and cognition.
Advanced Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
Selected topics in state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience research.
Achievement and Motivation (3)
What causes people to act the way they do? Why do some people strive to
improve or demonstrate their competence more than others? The
motivational control of behavior depends on many things, including
goals, beliefs, and experience. In this cross-disciplinary course,
students will read, discuss, and write about scholarly literature across
subfields of psychology on achievement and motivation. Sample topics
include drive theory and incentive learning, cognitive neuroscience of
motivation, naive beliefs about intelligence, and motivation in
Social and Affective Neuroscience (3)
This course will focus on the new field of social and affective neuroscience. We will probe the neural basis underlying basic feelings
of positive and negative emotion, how they influence our decisions, and
how we cope with such emotions to enhance well-being. Further, we will
discuss how these basic emotion processes are expressed in our social
world, where consideration for other individuals and the fostering of
relationships are critical factors in decision-making. Students will be
asked to contribute to class discussions, present original papers from
the literature, take a midterm, and complete a final paper.
Neuroimaging: Methods and Theory: From Image to Inference (3)
We are now at an unprecedented point in the field of neuroscience. We
can watch the human brain in action as it sees, thinks, decides, reads,
and remembers. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is the only
method that enables us to monitor local neural activity in the normal
human brain in a noninvasive fashion and over cognitively relevant time
spans with excellent spatial resolution. This course will provide basic
methods and theory underlying the proper and efficient use of
neuroimaging measures, especially those using magnetic resonance imaging
Behavioral Science Research Design (3)
How to design controlled experiments in the behavioral sciences.
Introduction to Neuroendocrinology (3)
Relationship of nervous and endocrine systems; function and regulation of hypothalamus-pituitary-endocrine organs, their secretions organs, and their secretions (including adrenal, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, gonads, placenta); steroid and peptide hormones and neurotransmitters; and neuroendocrine-immune systems.
History and Systems of Psychology (3)
Selected topics in the history and the social and economic backgrounds of psychology. The relationship of psychology to trends in work, culture, literature, and political theory, with special focus on the history of child psychology, psychoanalysis, and cognitive theory.
Developmental Research Seminar (1)
The Developmental Research Seminar is a weekly informal meeting for
students in the developmental psychology track for the presentation,
sharing, and discussion of research ideas and promotion of professional
Individual Studies in Psychology (3,3)
Guided reading and laboratory research on special topics, individually planned for each student, under the supervision of faculty members.
Seminar: Perception I (3)
Survey of the basic problems, theories, and research findings in the study of human perception, especially visual perception. Primary emphasis on the perceptual constancies, including perception of size, distance, depth, motion, form, and surface color.
Seminar: Perception II (3)
Advanced seminar on selected topics in human visual perception.
Cognitive Development (3)
How cognition, thought, and perception change as individuals progress from infancy to adulthood.
Seminar: Human Memory and Learning (3)
Basic processes in human learning and retention, including single item and associative learning, factors influencing learning, and forgetting. One theme is the relationship between the basic processes of learning and retention and the more complex areas of meaning, concept formation, problem solving, thinking, and language.
Developmental Psychology (3)
This graduate-level course will provide
graduate students with a portion of the breadth required to graduate
with a Ph.D. in psychology at Rutgers. Development is related to every
part of psychology, including perception, cognition, social, emotion, and neuroscience. All of these areas will be covered from a developmental
In this course, students will learn about
various emotion theories, the development and measurement of emotion, and the
socialization of emotion over the life span.
Discussion of the issues, philosophical and methodological, involved in studying language as a formal computational system, as a biological system, and as a psychological system.
Multivariate Methods for the Cognitive, Social, and Neurosciences (3)
Topics include clustering methods, projection methods (PCA, ICA); model-based covariance (Factor Analysis, MDS); discriminant analysis; neural networks; Path Analysis/Structural Equation Modeling; and neuroimaging methods (GLM, Classifier based methods).
Research Methods in Psychology: Cognitive Neurosciences Methods (3)
Engages deeply and broadly with key methods used
in cognitive neurosciences, including statistical models, experimental design,
and data analysis. Prior knowledge of computer programming is not strictly
required, but developing this skill will be a key aspect of the course.
Special Topics in Developmental Psychology (3)
Examination of methodological and theoretical issues in developmental
Seminar in Social Psychology (3)
Examination of the history and current state of social research.
Conflict and Resolution (3)
Focus on psychological approaches to the mediation of social conflict at the interpersonal, organizational, and international levels. Topics include theories of conflict; cognitive, behavioral, and institutional obstacles to the constructive management of conflict; strategies and tactics of intervention; and theoretical and empirical issues in the study of the mediation process.
Research Seminar in Psychology (3)
Individual research apprenticeship in psychology with a member of the faculty.
Social Cognition (3)
This course presents a comprehensive overview of
seminal findings, theoretical developments, emerging themes, current and new
directions, applications, and unresolved issues of social cognition research. The main query is how cognitive processes such as attention, encoding, mental representations, attributions, and heuristics shape social thoughts, affect, and behavioral actions. It reviews measurement procedures and experimental research designs, and examines their application to intergroup biases, the self-concept, health, organizations, and other real-world contexts.
Attachment Theory (3)
Developmental, evolutionary, social
psychological, psycho-dynamic, and ethological foundations of Attachment Theory
are reviewed. Current controversies and future directions are discussed.
Cognitive Processes (3)
How the environment comes to be apprehended; perception, memory, and thinking.
Selected Topics in Cognition (3)
Examination of current developments in cognitive science.
Seminar: Selected Topics in Human Learning (3)
Examination of current developments in the learning and memory areas; special emphasis given to work that is critical of current theoretical assumptions and to work that attempts to relate learning and memory to more complex cognitive functions.
Research Seminar (1)
Direction in the development of an independent research program and training in the synthesis and presentation of empirical research.
Computational Modeling (3)
In this course, students will be introduced to
the computational modeling perspective. Topics will touch on neural network models, but will predominately focus on probabilistic models of learning and development, including: causal learning, language learning, hierarchical models,
model selection, information processing models, rational models, models of active learning, and using modeling to characterize developmental changes.
Seminar in Psychobiology (3,3)
Weekly presentation of current research in psychobiology by leading outside scientists, members of the faculty, and pre- and postdoctoral fellows.
Psychobiology of Behavioral Development (3)
Current research on a variety of topics in behavioral development among birds and mammals. Topics include prenatal development, early sensorimotor patterns, suckling and feeding, learning and motivation, social development.
Research in Psychology (BA)
Nondissertation research done in conjunction with a faculty member.
Research in Psychology (BA,BA)
Dissertation research done under the supervision of a faculty member.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of qualifying exam.
Matriculation Continued (E1)
Only open to students not attending any classes or actively doing research on campus.