Drugs in America: Stepping Outside the Brain (3)
Neuropharmacology focuses on the effects of drugs on the brain
and the biology of a variety of drug-induced effects. Although
this reductionist approach gives insight into drug use, this use
exists within (and is impacted by) a social and political
context, and it is this context that is examined in this course.
Through a variety of recent books on the history of drug use and
on the impact of social and political factors on this use (of
both recreational and psychopharmacotherapeutic drugs), The
course attempts to understand the myriad of factors that
restrict, enable, and exacerbate drug use in America.
Animal Cognition (3).
Given recent insights from human cognition as well as advances
in research techniques, animal cognition has become a hot field.
This course discusses the higher mental processes in animals,
surveying the literature in general, but concentrating more on
current popular and cutting-edge research with apes, dogs,
dolphins, and African greys. Comparisons to human abilities and
processes are explored in such areas as memory, decision making
and problem solving, metacognition, with a special emphasis on
language. The course takes a primarily behavioral experimental
Statistics in Psychology (3)
This course focuses on data analysis and interpretation in
psychological research. Students learn about mediation and
moderation by using multiple and logistic regression. Students
will learn how to use statistical software to perform each type
of data analysis. The primary aims of this course are for
students to apply the statistical methods learned in the class
to their own research and to learn to better interpret data
analyses encountered in scholarly journal articles.