Applied Social Psychology (3)
Social psychology is the scientific study of individuals in
social situations. Research areas include attitudes,
stereotyping, aggression, relationships, and attribution.
Although social psychologists tend to focus on theory
development, many of the theories have been put into practice or
have potential for such real world application.
In this course students learn how widespread the applications of
social psychology are, including to education, business, the
legal system, healthcare, and the media and read original
research by both classic and contemporary social psychologists.
Lectures are balanced by group discussions of the empirical
Personality Disorders (3)
This seminar provides an in-depth examination of personality
disorders and dysfunction. Topics include psychopathological
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.
Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials (3)
This course is designed for individuals interested in clinical
research, practice, or policy. Lectures emphasize theory and
best practices for conducting clinical trials involving
psychotherapy and other behavioral interventions such as
employed in treating mental disorders and somatic illness risk
factors, in rehabilitation and in disease prevention. Topics
include ethics and equipoise, clinical trial design, individual
and cluster randomization, choice of comparison group, treatment
allocation, randomization and stratification, treatment fidelity
and adherence, sample size requirements, internal and external
validity, informed consent, data and safety monitoring,
interpretation of results and publication.
Metamemory is knowing about the contents and workings of one's
own memory and is crucial to learning and managing one's
cognitive resources. This seminar explores such metamemory
judgments as tip-of-the-tongue states, feeling of knowing,
judgments of learning, and ease of learning in different
domains. The class then focuses on cutting-edge research on this
topic in more specialized cases such as nonverbal memory and
performance, in educational settings, in the aging population,
and research on the neurological underpinnings of this faculty.