PSY 706 Neurophysiology
Human behavior results both from natural (biological) as well as exogenous (psycho-social) factors. This course will examine the basic structure, organization and function of the human nervous system particularly as these affect or modify behavior. We will specifically study the following topics: anatomy of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles; structure and function of neurons; the effect of neuro-transmitters, hormones, and other endocrinological factors. We will also examine the interactions of these biological systems and their effects on behavior. The neuro-physiological basis of specific behaviors such asleep, reproduction, memory, aggression, communication as well as mental disorders will be studied in detail. In addition we will review current research projects and findings that relate to the above.
One of the most important scientific achievements of the past decades is the generation of a new research field, i.e., Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is better understood as a wide research field, utilizing data from psychology, philosophy, linguistics, artificial intelligence and neuroscience. These research areas, although partly differentiated in the methods they use, their theories and results, are united by the convergence of the questions they ask and by their common perspective of the brain as an information processing system. Researchers in these fields have realized that they posited many common questions about the human brain nature, and that they have developed complementary and potentially cooperative research methods. The term "cognitive" refers to the functions of perception and knowledge. Consequently, cognitive science is the science of the brain. Cognitive scientists study perception, thought, memory, language comprehension, learning and other cognitive phenomena. The research methods used are numerous, and they include adults and children observation, computer programming for executing complex problems, examination of the nature of meaning and giving meaning to languages, examination of the way a brain functions etc. The aim of this course is to familiarize students with this new admirable world.
PSY 713 Experimental Psychology
This course aims to offer students advanced knowledge and practice in designing, preparing and conducting psychology experiments using computers. It will offer theoretical background on the rationale behind experimental designs, as well as in-depth knowledge of experimental designs that are widely used today in psychological research. In addition, students will be taught the basic principles of programming and they will learn how to prepare experiments with the software that is commonly used today to collect empirical data in various psychology areas. Through individual assignments and a final project, students are expected to acquire experience in all phases of conducting research using computers.
PSY 715 Language Development and Language Disorders
Human language is a dynamic and complex function. The purpose of this advanced course is to discuss the theoretical and scientific bases for language acquisition and development, and the language disorders caused by developmental, organic, and neurological etiologies. The course will cover the spectrum of ages beginning with infancy and will conclude with the aging process. Disorders like aphasia, specific language impairment, language learning disabilities, as well as language impairments resulting from brain injuries and dementia and the relationship between language, cognition, and other psychological functions will be presented. Assessment techniques and intervention strategies based on contemporary theoretical, research, and clinical models will be included.
This class identifies the need for a social psychological approach to the study of phenomena related to cross-cultural contact and communication. Students will use different theoretical paradigms and empirical evidence coming from intercultural contact zones worldwide in order to understand issues related to the psychological aspects of movement and migration. The course will first explain and discuss concepts related to nation and nationalism and will then move on to the study of psychological processes related to migration. We will then identify the challenges that people face when they are exposed to new environments, by examining processes of acculturation and focusing on issues of identity and stigma negotiation. We will discuss the challenges that societies face with migration, by referring to issues of acculturation, identity and prejudice. Finally, we will discuss of intergroup relations issues in multicultural societies.
PSY 730 Neuropsychological Assessment
Clinical neuropsychology focuses on the interaction between brain functioning and human behavior. The purpose of this course is to discuss neuropsychological assessment and to help the student differentiate between functional versus organic disorders. In addition, the impact of individual differences relating to intelligence, quality of education, and issues pertaining to test sensitivity and specificity will be integrated into the lectures. Neuropathologies such as Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular accidents, neoplastic lesions and neuropsychiatric disorders will be discussed as they pertain to dementia, aphasia, apraxia, agnosia, amnesia, and personality disorders. The course will discuss the effects of neuropathology on neuropsychological function and will examine current clinical assessment measures used to evaluate memory, attention-concentration, language, perception, visual spatial skills, verbal learning, and psychosocial functioning. Course prerequisites: PSY 200, PSY 706.
Cognitive neuroscience is the study of the biological underpinnings of the mind. This course will be an introduction to the field and will cover a range of techniques/methods as well as demonstrate applications of those techniques to a wide array of cognitive, social, emotional, and developmental processes. Aside from summarizing key research and methods in the field, the course will aim to sharpen student's ability to think critically about topics in the field so they can apply such skills in their own research.
PSY 741 Intergroup Relations in Divided Societies
This course will offer in-depth discussions on classic and contemporary theories of intergroup relationships. The concepts of stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination will be discussed. We will focus on the theories of Frustration-Aggression, Authoritarian Personality, Realistic Conflict, Social Identity, Contact Hypothesis, as well as recent evolutions of these theories, such as the theory of Orientation towards Social Reign, the Theory of Threats, and theories combining the Contact Theory with the Social Identity Theory. We will also discuss empirical findings and applications of these theories on the mixed education institution and on the resolution of intergroup conflicts in North Ireland, South Africa, Israel, Palestine and other places.
PSY 746 Social Psychology of Education
This course will discuss the socio-psychological bases of crosscultural education. Students will learn the main theories on the generation and reduction of prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination, as well as their application in educational settings. There will be discussions on the phenomenon of immigration, looking at the issue from the perspectives of the minority and the majority. The course will also discuss the topic of national conflicts, as well as the role that the educational system may play in peace consolidation through the application of the discussed theories.
Research Design, Review of Regression Analysis, Basic Functions of Structural Equation Modelling and Exploratory Factor Analysis, Confirmatory Factor Analysis (First-order CFA model, CFA models with Higher-Order factors), Multitrait-Multimethod model, The Full Latent Variable model, Growth Modelling, Multiple-Group Analyses(Testing for invariant factorial structure of a theoretical construct, Testing for invariant latent mean structure, Testing for Invariant Causal Structure), Item Response Theory, Rasch measurement models. Emphasis will be placed on application, analysis and interpretation of latent variable models analyzed with appropriate software.
PSY 789 Applied Data Analysis II
The course is designed to provide an integrated, in-depth approach to data analysis in psychological science research. An emphasis is placed on applied data analysis and accurate conceptualization, rather than statistical theory. Readings and in-class discussions will focus on theoretical and practical issues involved in the conception, implementation, and evaluation of empirical research in psychology. The course revolves around two themes, research methodology and applied statistics. Course topics include experimentation, quasi-experimentation, participant observation, case studies, surveys, interviews and clinical trial implementation. These methodologies are presented and discussed in parallel with related statistical techniques so that students will be able to resolve questions related to study design, and also apply and evaluate different kinds of psychological investigations.
PSY 790 Doctoral Seminar: Dissertation and Research Program Development
The aim of this course is to help students develop their dissertation and to learn how to prepare a research proposal suitable for funding. The course will have a seminar format where students will express and develop their ideas related to their thesis, as well as describe their problems and ask questions in order to receive feedback from the instructor and from the rest of the participants in the group.