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PSYCHOLOGY

PSYC-597
Topics in Psychology (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Each section is an intensive course in a specialized area of psychology. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

PSYC-597
001
PSYCHOLOGY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics in Psychology (3)

Advanced Developmental Neuroscience

This course examines the interface of neuroscience and child development, with a focus on the neurophysiological basis of developmental disorders. A basic introduction to child development and the developing brain provides the backdrop for further exploration of developmental dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, and attention deficit disorder. Primary literature is read to provide up-to-date understanding of the neurophysiological bases of these major developmental disorders.

PSYC-597
002
PSYCHOLOGY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics in Psychology (3)

Personality Disorders

This seminar provides an in-depth examination of personality disorders and dysfunction. Topics include psychopathologic profiles of the different personality disorders, debate over the existing classification system, issues with comorbidity between personality disorders and Axis I disorders, and treatment of personality dysfunction. Specific focus is given to borderline and antisocial personality disorder and the course includes an overview of dialectical behavior therapy.

PSYC-597
001
PSYCHOLOGY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Topics in Psychology (3)

Psychopathy

This seminar answers the question, who is the Psychopath? Psychopathy is a clinical psychological phenomenon with increasing interests from varied perspectives, both research and contemporary entertainment and art. From the evocative research of Kent Kiehl to the made for TV program, Hannibal, the interest in this unique psychological type is quite robust at this time. This seminar uses both peer reviewed research and examples from mainstream entertainment and art to create an evocative weekly discussion of some of the differing dimensions of the psychopath. By integrating scholarly research with examples from contemporary culture, this seminar provides some answers to this evocative question.