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Psychology Department

The Department of Psychology emphasizes the scientific study of behavior.  The major offers students a balanced curriculum in experimental, social/personality/clinical, neuroscience/animal behavior, and cognitive/developmental areas. Faculty members are actively engaged in teaching, and they conduct research that addresses important questions with state-of-the-art methods. Opportunities for independent study and research projects under faculty guidance are readily available.

Faculty

Chair/Director
Harold Gouzoules
P8262409
Professor

Education

  • BS, McGill University, 1970
  • MS, University of Georgia, 1973
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1980

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • animal behavior
  • primate communication
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Barbara Strock
P0365086
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, Vanderbilt University, 1972
  • MS, University of Wisconsin, 1976
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1981

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • development and social psychology
Core Faculty
Ann Abramowitz
P5506170
Professor of Practice

Education

  • BA, University of Rochester, 1970
  • MA, University of Oregon, 1974
  • MA, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1984
  • PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1988

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • childhood disorders
  • clinical assessment
Jocelyne Bachevalier
P2444573
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of Paris, 1975
  • PhD, University of Montreal, 1981

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Jessica Barber
P1813080
Lecturer

Education

  • PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
Lawrence Barsalou
P5427965
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego, 1977
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1981

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • cognitive psychology
  • human knowledge
Patricia Bauer
P1153542
Asa Griggs Candler Professor and Senior Associate Dean (Research), Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Education

  • PhD, Miami University, 1985

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • development of memory from infancy through childhood (with emphasis on the determinants of remembering and forgetting)
  • links between social, cognitive, and neural developments and age-related changes in autobiographical or personal memory
Nancy Bliwise
P6347491
Professor of Pedagogy

Education

  • BA, Cleveland State University, 1975
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1979
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1982

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • adult attachment and intergenerational relations
  • statistics and research methods
Patricia Brennan
P8208652
Professor

Education

  • BS, University of Massachusetts, 1986
  • MA, University of Southern California, 1988
  • PhD, University of Southern California, 1992

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • developmental psychopathology
  • conduct disorder
  • depression
Linda Craighead
P3308195
Professor

Education

  • BA, Vanderbilt University, 1972
  • MS, Pennsylvania State University, 1974
  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 1976

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
W. Edward Craighead
P0458941
J Rex Fuqua Chair in Child Psychiatry and Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood Program

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1970

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
Frans de Waal
P0665509
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior

Education

  • PhD, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 1977

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
Daniel Dilks
P1091511
Assistant Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, Johns Hopkins University, 2005

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
Marshall Duke
P0601779
Charles Howard Candler Professor

Education

  • BA, Rutgers University, 1964
  • PhD, Indiana University, 1968

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • psychotherapy
  • non-verbal behavior
David Edwards
P8373731
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience

Education

  • BA, Reed College, 1964
  • PhD, University of California, Irvine, 1968

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • psychobiology
  • hormones and behavior
Eugene Emory
P3655861
Professor

Education

  • BS, Edward Waters College, 1969
  • MEd, University of Florida, 1973
  • PhD, University of Florida, 1978

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • psychophysiology
  • neuropsychology
  • perinatal brain trauma
  • stress and pregnancy
Robyn Fivush
P5210353
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • BA, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1975
  • MA, New School for Social Research, 1977
  • PhD, City University of New York, 1982

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • memory development
  • gender development
Sherryl Goodman
P5287513
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • BA, Connecticut College, 1972
  • MA, University of Waterloo, 1975
  • PhD, University of Waterloo, 1978

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • developmental psychopathology
  • mechanisms of risk in children with depressed mothers
Harold Gouzoules
P8262409
Professor

Education

  • BS, McGill University, 1970
  • MS, University of Georgia, 1973
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1980

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • animal behavior
  • primate communication
Stephan Hamann
P5541142
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1988
  • MA, University of Toronto, 1990
  • PhD, University of Toronto, 1993

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • explicit and implicit memory
  • emotional perception and memory
  • neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience
  • brain imaging
Robert Hampton
P4057041
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Macalester College, 1988
  • MA, University of Toronto, 1990
  • PhD, University of Toronto, 1995

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • neural basis of explicit cognition in nonhuman primates
Scott Lilienfeld
P8917178
Professor

Education

  • BA, Cornell University, 1982
  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 1990

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • personality disorders
  • psychopathic personality and criminality
  • anxiety disorders
  • psychiatric classification and diagnosis
Stella Lourenco
P6062069
Assistant Professor

Education

  • BSc, University of Toronto, 2000
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 2006

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • spatial cognition across development in typical and atypical populations
Donna Maney
P9572030
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Cornell University, 1989
  • PhD, University of Washington, 1997

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • genetic and neuroendocrine bases of social behavior
  • hormonal modulation of auditory processing
  • environmental regulation of reproductive function
Joseph Manns
P6107140
Assistant Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, University of California, San Diego, 2002

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interest

  • how the hippocampus and associated brain regions participate in the processes that enable our day to day memories
Jack McDowell
P5205070
Professor

Education

  • BA, Yale University, 1972
  • PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1979

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • behaviorism
Cynthia Messina
P3586628
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BS, Cornell University, 1979
  • MA, Emory University, 1984
  • PhD, Emory University, 1987

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • therapy
  • clinical assessment
Laura Namy
P8852576
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Indiana University, 1993
  • MS, Northwestern University, 1994
  • PhD, Northwestern University, 1998

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • early language acquisition
  • symbolic development
  • categorization and conceptual development
Darryl Neill
P6884201
Goodrich C White Professor

Education

  • BS, Florida Presbyterian College, 1967
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1972

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • drugs and behavior
  • neurotransmitters and behavior
Lynne Nygaard
P6428102
Professor

Education

  • BA, Barnard College, 1985
  • PhD, Brown University, 1991

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • spoken language processing
  • speech perception
Philippe Rochat
P6018099
Professor

Education

  • BA, College of Saint Michel, 1970
  • PhD, University of Geneva, 1983

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • infant perception and cognition
Hillary Rodman
P7230873
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Yale University, 1981
  • MA, Princeton University, 1984
  • PhD, Princeton University, 1986

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • psychobiology
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • neural development
Martin Shapiro
P9137255
Professor

Education

  • BA, Yale University, 1955
  • PhD, Indiana University, 1959
  • JD, Emory University, 1980

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • human experimental forensic psychology
Barbara Strock
P0365086
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, Vanderbilt University, 1972
  • MS, University of Wisconsin, 1976
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1981

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • development and social psychology
Irwin Waldman
P1000859
Professor

Education

  • BS, Cornell University, 1982
  • PhD, University of Waterloo, 1988

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • developmental psychopathology
  • classification
  • development and etiology of disruptive behavior disorders
  • developmental behavior genetics
Elaine Walker
P7358700
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education

  • BA, Washington University, 1974
  • PhD, University of Missouri, 1979

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological aspects of major mental disorder
  • stress and adolescent development
Kim Wallen
P5088887
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

Education

  • BA, Antioch College, 1970
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1978

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • hormonal determinants of primate behavior
  • sexual differentiation
Drew Westen
P3064645
Professor

Education

  • AB, Harvard University, 1980
  • MA, University of Sussex, 1981
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1985

Department

  • Psychology, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • personality and psychopathology
  • personality disorders in adolescents and adults
  • classification of psychiatric disorders
  • psychotherapy effectiveness
  • eating disorders
Phillip Wolff
P1264565
Associate Professor

Education

  • BS, Eastern Mennonite College, 1986
  • MS, Northwestern University, 1993
  • PhD, Northwestern University, 1999

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • language and cognition
  • causal reasoning and meaning

Courses

Psychology 100-Level Courses
PSYC 101: Personality Development
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The nature of personality and the social factors influencing its development.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 103: Brain & Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The neurobiology of sex, hunger, thirst, arousal, sleeping, awakening, and the influence of psychoactive drugs on animal and human behavior.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 110: Intro Psyc I:Psychobio&Cognitn
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring, summer. Introduction to the biological basis of behavior and the experimental approach to cognition.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 111: Intro To Psyc II
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring, summer. Introduction to social behavior, development, and individual differences.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 190: Fresh Sem: Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Psychology 200-Level Courses
PSYC 200: Lab In Experimental Methods
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, Spring. Prerequisites: an intro to psychology course (110, 111, 100 or AP credit) and PSYC 230 are required to enroll in PSYC 200. Introduction to basic methods and design of psychological research in the areas of learning, memory, sensation, perception, personality, and social processes. Laboratory exercises and fundamentals of scientific writing are emphasized.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 200W: Lab In Experimental Methods
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, Spring. Prerequisites: an intro to psychology course (110, 111, 100 or AP credit) and PSYC 230 are required to enroll in PSYC 200. Introduction to basic methods and design of psychological research in the areas of learning, memory, sensation, perception, personality, and social processes. Laboratory exercises and fundamentals of scientific writing are emphasized.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
PSYC 205: Child Development
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Theories and research concerned with the development of human cognition, personality, and social behavior from infancy through early adolescence.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 209: Perception And Action
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Perception of the world through the senses, gathering information about one's surroundings by seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, and acting.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 210: Adult Abnormal Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Descriptions of, explanations for, and treatment of the major adult psychological disorders.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 211: Childhood Psychopathology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Description, classification, causal factors, and treatment approaches of abnormal behavior in children and adolescents.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 212: Social Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A general survey course in social psychology which includes coverage of the following topics: moral development, competition, aggression, attraction and love, prejudice, discrimination, attitude change, and their relevance to contemporary social issues.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 214: Industrial/Organizationl Psych
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 215: Cognition
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Theories and research addressing the nature of higher mental processes, including such areas of cognition as categorization, attention, memory, knowledge representation, imagery, psycholinguistics, and problem solving.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 218: Infancy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examines the remarkable changes infants undergo during the first three years of life. Topics include: pregnancy, child birth, motor skills, perception, brain, memory, language, cognitive, social and emotional development.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 220: Sensory Processes
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 221: Human Sexuality
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An exploration of the major facets of human sexuality including sexual response, sexual desire, sexual development, sexual performance, reproduction, sexual deviance and problems, love, and sex therapies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 230: Applied Statistics for Psych
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
MQR
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring. Elementary concepts of probability descriptive and inferential statistics including: central tendency, variability, statistical moments, correlation, linear regression, and parametric and nonparametric inferential techniques.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 231: Psycholog Tests/Measurements
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Problems and issues in psychological test development and evaluation, validation and interpretation of individual and group tests of intelligence, abilities, interests, and personality.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 240: Psychology & Law
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An examination of the legal definitions of insanity and psychological test validity, the courtroom applications of the psychology of perception and memory, and the applied psychologist's law-imposed responsibilities.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 250: Thought & Intelligence
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Basic concepts from the psychology of thinking (association, logical reasoning, creativity, information processing) and from psychometric testing (intelligence, mental ability, test bias) will be considered in the light of recent research.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 290: Supervised Reading
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Psychology 300-Level Courses
PSYC 302: Human Learning & Memory
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Research and theory concerning the way information about the world is acquired and remembered.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 303: Evolution Of Acquired Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The evolutionary basis of learning to adapt to the environment. Detailed analysis of the mechanisms of learning and their evolutionary function.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 305: Psychology Of Gender
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
WGS 305: The Psychology Of Gender
Course Description

Theories and research examining the development of gender roles from infancy through adulthood.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 309: Brain And Language
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 309: Brain And Language
Course Description

This course examines the relationship between brain mechanisms and language behavior. Topics include aphasia and language disorders, aphasia in the deaf, critical periods in children, and gender differences in brain organization.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 310: Cognitive Development
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examines the development of abilities such as thinking, reasoning, learning, remembering, language, spatial skills, categorization, and counting.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 311: Adolescent Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Life-span approach to the physical and behavioral development of adolescents. An emphasis is placed on the developmental theories of Erikson and Piaget along with symbolic interactionists and competence theorists.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 313: Neuropsychology:Child Disabil
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The effects of conditions such as blindness, deafness, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy on information processing behavior and psychological development in children. Complex disorders such as learning disabilities, childhood psychoses, and mental retardation are examined in the light of what has been learned about the simpler disorders.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 314: Psychology Of Language
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 314: Psychology Of Language
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 315: Psych Of Family Relationships
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The application of psychological inventory methods to the study of developmental changes in family dynamics and structures, patterns of family interaction and communication, systems for classifying family

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 316: Language Acquisition
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 316: Language Acquisition
Course Description

Language acquisition in young children. Identifying speech sounds, determining meaning, and comprehending the rules of syntax.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 316W: Language Acquisition
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
LING 316W: Language Acquisition
Course Description

Language acquisition in young children. Identifying speech sounds, determining meaning, and comprehending the rules of syntax.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
PSYC 320: Animal Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
BIOL 320: Animal Behavior
Course Description

Structure and function of animal behavior from a comparative, evolutionary perspective.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 321: Behavrl Neuroendocrinology:Sex
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
NBB 321: Behavrl Neuroendocrinology:Sex
Course Description

Explores hormonal contributions to the development and expression of gender and sexual behavior in animals and human

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 322: Biolog Basis/Learning & Memory
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Biological factors influencing learning and memory with attention to the findings from both animal and human research.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 323: Drugs & Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A review of the behavioral and neurobiological actions of all the major psychoactive drugs, focusing on how drugs alter behavior by influencing brain mechanisms.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 325: Primate Social Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
BIOL 325: Primate Social Psychology
Course Description

Recent progress in the field of primate social behavior, particularly the role of cognition in complex social strategies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 330: Personality Theories
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Key concepts of several major theories of personality and their application to the study of the individual, along with techniques available for the assessment of personality.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 335: Cognitive Neuroscience
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: Psychology 110 or equivalent. An in-depth survey of the brain systems and mechanisms involved in perception, memory, awareness, communication, and other cognitive phenomena.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 340: Crime And Criminal Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The course will emphasize the psychological factors that contribute to criminal behavior, especially those relating to personality and individual psychodynamics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 341: The Psychology of Evil
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 350: Behavior Modification
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Use of principles of behavior to enhance human functioning. Application of basic research and theory from experimental psychology to personal, social, and educational problems.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 353: Behavioral Neuroscience
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
NBB 301: Introduction To Neurobiology
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
NBB 302: Behavioral Neuroscience
Course Description

This course presents an integrated coverage of work at the intersection of animal behavior, evolution, and cellular/systems neuroscience. The course surveys the major areas of behavioral neuroscience.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 383: Neuropsychology And Cognition
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Neuropsychological disorders of memory, attention, perception and awareness, and their relation to the brain and to cognitive models of normal function.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 385: Special Topics in Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A series of special topics of concern to the discipline of psychology. Content will vary in successive offerings. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 385W: Special Topics in Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A series of special topics of concern to the discipline of psychology. Content will vary in successive offerings. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
Psychology 400-Level Courses
PSYC 410: Sci & Pseudoscience In Psyc
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Critically evaluating pseudoscientific, fringe science, and controversial claims in psychology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 414: Brain & Cognitive Development
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
NBB 414: Brain & Cognitive Development
Course Description

The course examines developmental changes in brain function and organization linked to different aspects of sensory, language, and non-language cognitive processes during the first three years of life.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 415: Sleep and Dreaming
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Study of the neural mechanisms and phenomenology of sleep and dreaming in humans and other animals as a basis for discussing implications for behavior, cognition, evolution, and related philosophical issues.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 420: Psychobio Of Visual Perception
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Theories and research about how the brain interacts with mind in generating perceptions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 420W: Psychobio Of Visual Perception
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Theories and research about how the brain interacts with mind in generating perceptions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
PSYC 425: Brain Imaging
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
NBB 425: Brain Imaging
Course Description

Application of imaging technology to the study of brain function and anatomy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 440: Animal Communication
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
BIOL 142: Foundations of Modern Biol II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
BIOL 440: Animal Communication
Course Description

Functions, evolution, ecology, and significance of animal communication systems in a wide taxonomic range from insects to primates.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 440W: Animal Communication
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
BIOL 142: Foundations of Modern Biol II
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
BIOL 440: Animal Communication
Course Description

Functions, evolution, ecology, and significance of animal communication systems in a wide taxonomic range from insects to primates.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
PSYC 450: The Psychology Of Love
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 460: Hist & Systems Of Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: senior major or consent of instructor. A survey of the evolution of psychology as a natural science beginning with its origins in philosophy. Systems of psychology considered in detail include structuralism, functionalism, Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis, and behaviorism.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 471: Seminar in Cognitive Processes
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 472: Sem In Conditioning/Learning
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Selected problems in conditioning and learning covering human and/or animal literature.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 473: Adv Topics In Abn Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 473W: Adv Topics In Abn Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
PSYC 474: Sem: Developmental Psychology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The literature on selected topics related to the development of the young organism, both human and animal.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 475R: Sem:Personality & Social Psych
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Selected issues in personality theory and research.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 476R: Biolog Foundations Of Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Selected issues in physiological and comparative psychology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 476RW: Biolog Foundations Of Behavior
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Selected issues in physiological and comparative psychology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
PSYC 495A: Honors Program
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Honors Research Seminar. Enrollment limited to psychology majors invited to participate in the departmental Honors Program.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Honors seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 495BW: Honors Program
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Honors Research Seminar. Enrollment limited to psychology majors invited to participate in the departmental Honors Program.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
PSYC 497: Esep Program
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 498R: Directed Reading
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit variable. Psychology majors only, registration by permission of faculty supervisor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
PSYC 499R: Directed Research
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit variable. Psychology majors only, registration by permission of faculty supervisor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Undergraduate research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable

Honors Program

The Honors Program is an Emory College program intended to give a highly qualified group of students more extensive experience in conducting behavioral research.  Students with an overall average of at least 3.5 in the first three years and with at least a 3.5 in the major subject will automatically be notified in the Spring of their junior year that they are eligible to participate, and will be invited to a meeting which will fully explain the program.

During the senior year, each Honors student in Psychology conducts an independent research project.  In concert with a faculty advisor from the Psychology Department, the student collects and analyzes data, prepares an Honors thesis based on the data, and defends the thesis in front of a committee of three faculty members.  This committee recommends Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors to be granted to the student’s degree.  During Commencement weekend, Honors students will participate in a college-wide Honors ceremony.

Students must arrange to work with a faculty advisor before the beginning of their senior year.  Normally, an arrangement should be reached before the end of the student's junior year.  Faculty members almost always give

preference to students whom they know - either from volunteer work in their laboratory or from a small class.  Students who think they may be eligible and interested in the Honors Program are therefore encouraged to get to know a faculty member during their sophomore and junior years.  Volunteering in a professor's laboratory also assists students in making more informed decisions about whether or not to participate in Honors.

Honors students must have completed the Statistics and Laboratory Methods classes by the end of their junior year.  In the fall of their senior year, Honors students enroll in Psychology 495A, and receive 4 hours of credit for participating in this weekly class.  In the spring, they may receive variable credit under Psyc 495BWR for continuing work on their Honors project.  Honors students are also required to take a graduate level course in Psychology during their senior year.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Study Abroad

Emory students may choose to take a semester abroad through programs approved by CIPA (Center for International Programs Abroad).  Students considering studying abroad should contact the CIPA office (7-2240) for a list of Emory and non-Emory programs.  In some cases, it may be possible for psychology courses taken through one of these programs to be included in the ten courses required for the major.  Students should understand that it may not be possible to take courses toward the major while abroad depending on the courses that are offered by the host institution.  Acceptance by CIPA into a study abroad program does not guarantee that appropriate courses will be available in the major. Courses taken abroad through Emory and non-Emory programs will not automatically count toward the major.  Courses must be approved in writing before the student goes abroad and returning students must bring back a syllabus for the course as well as additional supporting evidence, including textbooks or readings used, papers written or copies of exams.

For more information, see Study Abroad.

Advising

A/P Credit: 

Students who received a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Examination in Psychology will be granted an exemption from PSYC 111.  The student will still be required to complete 10 additional courses in the major, including the first half of the Introductory Requirement, PSYC 110.

Transfer Credit: 

Students who took a one-semester Intro course at another college will probably receive credit for PSYC 111.  The student will be required to take 9 additional courses in the major, including the first half of the Introductory Requirement, PSYC 110. Students may transfer no more than four (4) psychology courses to the Emory undergraduate major.

Course Time Table:

Both PSYC 110 and 111 must be completed by the end of the junior year.

Psyc 230 must be completed by the end of the junior year.

Psyc 200 must be completed by the end of the first semester of the senior year; this course may not be taken in the semester the student plans to graduate.

Internship

The Psychology Department does not offer internships, nor does it give academic credit for internships completed elsewhere.

Awards and Honors

Membership in Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, is open to students studying psychology who meet the minimum qualifications.  Emory’s chapter of Psi Chi is operated by student officers and a faculty advisor.  Eligible students are invited to membership during the fall and spring semesters.  Throughout the year, Psi Chi offers programs, speakers and workshops on topics of interest to Psychology majors which are open to all interested students.

Independent Research and Study

Although we encourage majors to enroll in Directed Research (Psyc 499R) and Directed Reading (Psyc 498R), these courses cannot be counted towards the ten courses required for the major.  Directed research (working in a psychology laboratory under the supervision of a faculty member) and reading (writing a literature review of a special topic) courses must be directed by approved Psychology department  faculty.  A list of regular faculty members of the Psychology Department who are eligible to supervise Psyc 498 and Psyc 499 may be found on the back of the 498/499 form.  Only faculty members whose names are on this list may supervise 498/499 work.  Permission is required for enrollment in 498R or 499R.  Contracts are available in Suite 270, and must be completed prior to enrollment.   Enrollment must be completed before the end of the drop/add/swap period. Students must register for these courses prior to the close of the schedule change period each term.