Courses: Experimental Psychology (EXP)

Course: EXP3082 - EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: PSY 2012, STA 2023
Corequisites: EXP 3082L
Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring
Course Description:
EXP 3082L Scientific method and experimental techniques in psychology. Fundamental assumptions and principles of scientific observation and research design are discussed. Students learn a number of techniques specific to psychological research. Relevant ethical issues are addressed. Students will learn to interpret and evaluate research and to communicate research findings.

Dr. Arruda’s Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of Experimental Psychology the successful student should be able to:

1. Describe the critical distinctions between scientific and non-scientific approaches to understanding behavior;

2. Describe how psychological concepts, constructs, and variables are operationally defined;

3. Identify the independent and dependent variables of a hypothesis;

4. Select an appropriate research methodology to test a variety of hypotheses and predictions;

5. Perform appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical analyses to obtain valid research results;

6. Describe and to adhere to ethical standards for conducting psychological research.

Dr. VanWormer's Student Learning Outcomes:

Through this course, a successful student will be able to:

1. Summarize the seminal works of early experimental psychologists.

2. Apply psychological theory to practical problems.

3. Compare and contrast empirical and non-empirical ways of knowing.

4. Understand the fundamentals of scientific research.

5. Identify the ethical considerations of conducting research.

6. Describe ethical principles in the use of humans and nonhuman animals in research.

7. Appreciate the wide range of studies labeled as experimental psychology.

8. Evaluate the current and future directions of experimental psychology.

9. Understand the basic and applied uses of experimental research.

 
Course: EXP3082L - EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY LAB
Hours: 1.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: PSY 2012, STA 2023
Corequisites: EXP 3082
Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring
Course Description:
EXP 3082 Scientific method and experimental techniques in psychology. Students will conduct a series of exercises and laboratory experiments, perform and interpret statistical analysis of data collected, and report experimental findings in standard technical format.

Dr. Arruda’s Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Experimental Psychology laboratory the successful student should be able to:

1. locate, read and comprehend research articles in professional journals on a given topic;

2. formulate research hypotheses and predictions that are testable;

3. select an appropriate research methodology to test hypotheses and predictions;

4. select or construct specific research instruments or techniques to collect the data needed to test hypotheses and predictions;

5. perform appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical analyses to obtain valid research results;

6. correctly interpret research findings in relation to research hypotheses and predictions, including limitations and qualifications of the findings;

7. describe in writing the research process and outcome following professionally established style requirements;

8. describe and to adhere to ethical standards for conducting psychological research.

 
Course: EXP3905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: EXP3990L - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: EXP4204 - SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: PSY 2012, STA 2023, EXP 3082
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Spring
Course Description:
Will survey the theory and literature related to the study of sensation and perception. Topics will include the neural mechanisms involved in coding sensory information, visual processing, audition, speech perception, cutaneous and chemical senses, development of perceptual processes, and impairment of vision and hearing.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of Sensation and Perception, the successful student should be able to:

1. identify and demonstrate a basic understanding of the three methodologies commonly used in the study of sensory and perceptual systems, including the physiological, psychophysical, and cognitive approaches;

2. identify the basic neuroanatomy associated with the visual, auditory, somatosensory, olfactory, and gustatory systems;

3. demonstrate through written means a basic understanding of sensory and perceptual processes as they pertain to human experience and behavior;

4. use theories to explain and predict sensory and perceptual processes

5. think and read critically;

6. integrate the course content to the broader area of Psychology as the scientific study of human behavior.

 
Course: EXP4250 - HUMAN FACTORS PSYCHOLOGY
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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This course is recommended for psychology students interested in seeing how the principles of their study apply to work design, or for students of computer science and other disciplines who would like to learn about the human user/operator side of a system. This course is intended as a survey of the field of human factors psychology. Specifically, the principles of psychology from various specialty areas (e.g., cognitive, experimental, Industrial-Organizational, physiological etc.) will be applied to the study of human performance in work settings. Students will learn how work is designed to capitalize on cognitive and physical capabilities and compensate for limitations of humans. Students will also become familiar with the tools and techniques that human factors psychologists use to study human-machine interaction and work design.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. apply the principles of psychology (e.g., human physiology, behavior, and cognition) to the understanding and design of everyday work activities;

2. use the methodologies and tools of the human factors discipline to analyze, critique, and solve problems associated with human-machine interaction;

3. develop (conceptually) user-friendly human-machine interfaces. 

 
Course: EXP4404 - PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: PSY 2012
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall Summer
Course Description:
Principles and applications of learning theories, including conditioning and extinction, reinforcement and punishment, attention, memory, cognitive processes and physiological correlates of memory and cognition. It is preferred that the student has had several other psychology courses.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

1. Describe and critique key theoretical perspectives on learning and behavior.

2. Relate our discussions of learning and behavior theories to “real-life” experiences.

 
Course: EXP4507 - MEMORY AND COGNITION
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: PSY 2012, STA 2023, EXP 3082
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall
Course Description:
Students will survey theory and literature related to the study of human memory and cognition. Topics will include attention, memory, imagery, language and bilingualism, problem solving, metamemory, expertise, and the development of language and cognitive processes.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Through the completion of this course, the successful student will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate and integrate psychological literature.

2. Use clear and professional language in written work.

3. Recognize the value of basic and applied cognitive psychology.

4. Understand how information is acquired, retained, and utilized.

5. Identify the key characteristics of proposed major memory systems.

6. Describe the consequences of specific cognitive disorders.

7. Explain the contributions of top-down and bottom-up processing.

8. Realize that cognitive processes are interrelated and do not occur in isolation.

 
Course: EXP4507L - LABORATORY IN MEMORY AND COGNITION
Hours: 1.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 1.0
Prerequisites: STA 2023, EXP 3082, EXP 3082L, EXP 4404
Corequisites: EXP 4404
Current Semester of Offering: Spring
Course Description:
EXP 4404 students will learn about the research methods used to investigate topics in memory and cognition. Students will conduct experiments, perform statistical analysis appropriate for the data generated, and prepare brief reports of results using APA style. Students will complete a final project in which they design and conduct an experiment in the area of memory and cognition, analyze the data, and prepare an APA style research report.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

1. Critically evaluate and integrate research on memory and cognition.

2. Identify and Explain methodologies used for research on memory and cognition.

3. Write methods and results sections using the editorial style of the American Psychological Association.

4. Use computer software (Microsoft Excel and SPSS) to enter, and analyze data from psychological research.

5. Develop a research proposal on a topic in Cognitive Psychology.

6. Collect data from participants using appropriate controls and adhering to the ethical standards of conducting research in Memory and Cognition.

 
Course: EXP4905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: EXP4990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: EXP5208 - ADVANCED SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: EXP 4204 or PSB 4003
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Current Semester of Offering: Summer
Course Description:
The Advanced Sensation and Perception course was designed to give the advanced student an in-depth understanding of how human beings sense and perceive the world. To this end, the advanced student will examine the neural systems that allow us to see (vision), hear (audition), touch (somatosensation), smell (olfaction), and taste (gustation). You will also become familiar with many of the physiological, psychophysical, and cognitive methodologies employed by psychologists in their quest to understand and to predict human perception. Finally, it is my hope that you will begin to use your newly acquired knowledge of sensation and perception to better understand how environmental energies ultimately affect human experience and behavior.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of Sensation and Perception, the successful student should be able to:

1. Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the three methodologies commonly used in the study of sensory and perceptual systems, including the physiological, psychophysical, and cognitive approaches;

2. identify the basic neuroanatomy associated with the visual, auditory, somatosensory, olfactory, and gustatory systems;

3. demonstrate through written means an advanced understanding of sensory and perceptual processes as they pertain to human experience and behavior;

4. demonstrate through oral means an advanced understanding of sensory and perceptual processes as they pertain to human experience and behavior;

5. use theories to explain and predict sensory and perceptual processes;

6. think and read critically;

7. integrate the course content to the broader area of Psychology as the scientific study of human behavior and cognition.

 
Course: EXP5256 - HUMAN FACTORS PSYCHOLOGY
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Spring
Course Description:
This course is recommended for psychology students interested in seeing how the principles of their study apply to work design, or for students of computer science and other disciplines who would like to learn about the human user/operator side of a system. This course is intended as a survey of the field of human factors psychology. Specifically, the principles of psychology from various specialty areas (e.g., cognitive, experimental, Industrial-Organizational, physiological etc.) will be applied to the study of human performance in work settings. Students will learn how work is designed to capitalize on cognitive and physical capabilities and compensate for limitations of humans. Students will also become familiar with the tools and techniques that human factors psychologists use to study human-machine interaction and work design.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. apply the principles of psychology (e.g., human physiology, behavior, and cognition) to the understanding and design of everyday work activities;

2. use the methodologies and tools of the human factors discipline to analyze, critique, and solve problems associated with human-machine interaction;

2.develop (conceptually) user-friendly human-machine interfaces. 

 
Course: EXP5575 - JUDGMENT AND DECISION MAKING
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
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Current Semester of Offering: Fall
Course Description:
Seminar on current theories of human judgment and decision making. Normative models of decision making (based in statistics, philosophy, psychology, and economics) and descriptive models of decision models of decision making (based on research in cognitive psychology and social psychology) will be discussed. Naturalistic decision making and the role of expertise in judgment and decision making will also be discussed. Topics include judgment and decision making under a variety of conditions of uncertainty, including aviation, diagnosis and treatment decision in clinical psychology and medicine, forecasting, risk assessment, and jury decisions.

Student Learning Outcomes:

The successful student will be able to:

1. Describe and understand the theoretical and empirical background on judgment and decision making.

2. Describe normative and probabilistic models for decision making.

3. Identify heuristics and biases in decision making.

4. Describe naturalistic decision making and differentiate this from normative models of decision making.

5. Describe the differences between expert and novice decision makers in terms of knowledge and information processing strategies.

6. Understand the development of expertise in decision making.

7. Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of theory and empirical data concerning decision making within a specific domain of knowledge.

 
Course: EXP5905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: EXP5990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: EXP6506 - ADVANCED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Hours: 3.0 Repeatable For Credit: No Maximum Hours Credit: 3.0
Prerequisites: EXP 3082 and EXP 4404
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Current Semester of Offering: Spring
Course Description:
Students will develop a broad understanding of current research and theorizing in the various topics of memory and cognition, including attention, memory systems and processes, representation of knowledge, metamemory, language, problem solving, expertise, decision making, and creativity. Emphasis will be placed on current research and theory in human memory cognition. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of a selected topic in cognition and will write a literature review paper discussing current research and theory in this topic.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Through the completion of this course, the successful student will be able to:

1. Describe the origins of cognitive psychology.

2. Do a critical analysis of peer-reviewed research articles.

3. Use clear and professional language in written work.

4. Recognize the value of basic and applied cognitive psychology.

5. Explain the information processing approach to cognition.

6. Identify the key characteristics of proposed major memory models.

7. Recognize the biases that occur in judgment and decision making.

8. Understand the consequences of cognitive disorders.

9. Evaluate the limitations and misconceptions of memory.

10. Understand the contributions of both participants and researchers to cognition.

11. Create a student-centered presentation utilizing class research.

 
Course: EXP6905 - DIRECTED STUDY
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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Course: EXP6990 - SPECIAL COURSE
Hours: 0.0 - 0.0 Repeatable For Credit: Yes Maximum Hours Credit: 0.0
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