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PSY 4931 Selected Topics, Community Practicum and Community Internship Course Information

Important: Some Selected Topics courses require the successful completion of Research Methods in Psychology, PSY 3213. Check the individual course descriptions for details.


Abnormal Child Psychology (Fall 2016, CRN 81998, PSY 4931-003)

Course Information

Instructor: TBA
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00am to 9:15am
Location: PCD 1145

Course Description

The course focuses on the integration of theory, etiology, research, treatment, and prevention of developmental psychopathology. In addition to learning about specific types of abnormal behavior that infants, children, and adolescents experience, the course will also explore how to assess these problems, how to treat these problems, and how to work toward prevention of these problems. We explore many problems in youth, including but not limited to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, the Autism Spectrum, Substance Abuse/Dependence, Eating Disorders, Learning Disorders, Developmental Delays, and Health-Related Problems. We also explore factors that put youth at risk for these problems as well as factors that seem to protect youth from developing these problems. Throughout the course, discussions will include a focus on ethical considerations while working with children, adolescents, and families. In keeping with a focus on the context of children’s and adolescents’ emotional/behavioral problems, issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status will be considered throughout the course material.

Whereas most courses in Abnormal Psychology (CLP 4143) spend a week or two on childhood-related disorders, this course devotes the entire semester to such issues. Therefore, you are welcome to take the course whether or not you have already taken Abnormal Psychology.

Prerequisites

PSY 3213 - Research Methods in Psychology

How to Enroll

No advance permission or course permit is required.


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Discoveries to Gadgets (Fall 2016, CRN 83787, PSY 4931-004)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Emanuel Donchin
Time: Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:15pm
Location: PCD 1134

Course Description

The class will examine the "translational process" where by practical applications are derived from scientific discoveries. The process will be examined in the specific context of the use of recordings of brain activity in the service of various applications.

We will examine several instances in which basic discoveries derived from Electrophysiological, and Radiological, Neuroimaging (i.e. ERP and fMRI) have been put to use in such diverse applications as Brain Computer Interfaces, Guilty Knowledge Tests and Workload assessment, to name a few. In each case, information about how the variance in brain activity can be controlled is used to create a system that can serve a very specific practical need. We will review the scientific foundation for most of the applications we shall examine, which is the P300 component of the human Event Related Potential (ERP). We will then examine the real world problems that were addressed by the various "gadgets" and the logic that is helpful in finding an optimal means for achieving the practical goal. The process of development, from pilot testing to full scale evaluation will be examined in some detail.

The course material will be presented mostly in lectures and in readings in the primary literature. Where appropriate lab demonstrations will be provided. Students will be challenged to invent new applications; drawing on the rich base of discoveries in Cognitive Neuroscience Students will undertake class projects that will each examine the possibilities of yet more novel applications of Neuroimaging data in practical applications.

Prerequisites

Prior completion of PSY 3213 is not required.

How to Enroll

A permit is not required for students who have completed PSY 3213. If you have not completed PSY 3213, complete the online Course Permit Request Form at http://psychology.usf.edu/forms/CoursePermit.aspx.


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The Mind and the Brain (Fall 2016, CRN 94030, PSY 4931-007)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Emanuel Donchin
Time: Mondays, 9:30am to 11:15am
Location: PCD 1134

Course Description

This class provides each of the students with the opportunity to examine in detail an issue in the Mind/Brain domain. The students are free to choose any topic that is related to the role of the brain in implementing the Mind and controlling behavior. Students will choose topics and develop a project focusing on their topic. Students can work either individually or in teams.

The course will begin with a series of lectures that will provide a broad survey of Cognitive Neuroscience highlighting the range of topics that match the students' interest. No text book is assigned to the class. The reading materials are all primary scientific papers focused on the student's projects. The relevant papers are uploaded to Canvas.

Students may choose to work as teams of 2 or 3 students per team. A team will be collectively responsible for the team's poster, but each team member will write a separate term paper.

About half way thru the semester class sessions are devoted to cycles of student presentations of their projects as we work to develop the final presentation of the project at the course Grand Finale which is a "Science Fair" that will be held on the last Monday of the semester. Each team will prepare a poster presenting its project. The Science Fair is attended by staff of the Honors College, faculty and students from Psychology and your friends and relatives.

The poster presentations are prepared with Power Point and printed at the campus Computer Store. The printing cost is covered by the course budget.

Each student will have to prepare a written report of the project, at least 8 pages in length. Each member of a team will have to write an individual report.

Prerequisites

Prior completion of PSY 3213 is not required.

How to Enroll

A permit is not required for students who have completed PSY 3213. If you have not completed PSY 3213, complete the online Course Permit Request Form at http://psychology.usf.edu/forms/CoursePermit.aspx.


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Psychology and Technology (Fall 2016, CRN 85852, PSY 4931-009)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Michael Coovert
Time: Tuesdays 9:00am to 11:45am
Location: PCD 2125

Course Description

Recent advances in technology have dramatically altered the manner in which organizations function, transforming the way people think about and perform their work. The implications of these trends continue to evolve as emerging innovations adapt to and are adapted by organizations, workers, and other components of the socio-technical systems in which they are embedded. A consideration of these implications is needed to understand, manage, and drive the reciprocal interplay between technology and the workplace. This course is a seminar and brings together readings from top scholars within and outside of the field of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology to explore the psychological and organizational effects of contemporary workplace technologies.

Prerequisites

PSY 3213 - Research Methods in Psychology
3.0 GPA
Junior/Senior Standing

How to Enroll

Interested students should email Dr. Coovert coovert@usf.edu for permission to enroll in this course.


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Cognitive Modeling (Fall 2016, CRN 94000, PSY 4931-012)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Chad Dube
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Location: PCD 1134

Course Description

In this course, we will learn about computational models of cognition as well as measurement models. In doing so, we will complement theory with hands-on programming and model fitting. More specifically, we will read and present on papers dealing with models and aspects of modeling, and will mix this in with exercises in computer programming using languages such as R to actually implement these modeling techniques to simulate and fit actual data. Cognitive models are models that specify details of the mental process that results in observable responses. Measurement models, on the other hand, are less specific about the cognitive process but can still be fit to data to provide a detailed description beyond standard analytical techniques. For instance, the Ex-Gaussian function can be fit to observed RT distributions and results in parameters that separately describe changes in the center, spread, and degree of skew. Advanced graduate students are encouraged to bring their own data and to explore modeling techniques of their choice in the literature that the instructor will help them to implement in a script to better understand their data. Prior programming or higher mathematics experience, though helpful, is not necessary or assumed.

Prerequisites

B+ or better in PSY 3204 or other statistics course
B+ or better in PSY 3213 - Research Methods in Psychology

How to Enroll

Interested students should submit the online Course Permit Request form at http://psychology.usf.edu/forms/CoursePermit.aspx.


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Judgment and Decision Making (Fall 2016, CRN 89347, PSY 4931-013)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Sandra Schneider
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Location: PCD 2124

Course Description

This course provides a broad perspective for understanding and improving human judgment and decision making based on theoretical and empirical advances in the field. The course focuses on the interplay between motivational and cognitive processes that influence the quality of our judgments and decisions. Topics include how we recognize and evaluate situations, how we deal with risk and uncertainty, influences from our previous experiences and our desires, and tradeoffs we make between immediate and longer term goals. Throughout, we will explore evidence suggesting how psychological systems help us to learn, adapt, and to efficiently make decisions, while at the same time leave us prone to various forms of bias and vulnerable to certain kinds of errors in our judgments and decisions. Students will be actively involved in exercises and assignments to increase insight into their own judgment and decision processes.

Prerequisites

  • Junior/senior status (preferred)
  • Overall GPA of 3.2 or better (preferred)
  • Successful completion of PSY 3213 Research Methods (required)

How to Enroll

No advance permission or course permit is required for students who have completed PSY 3213 with a C or better.


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Human Memory (Fall 2016, CRN 91813, PSY 4931-017)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Ken Malmberg
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30am to 10:45am
Location: PCD 2125

Course Description

Memory is a key construct in psychological science. Some may even argue that memory is the foundation for all understanding of behavior because if we take memory out of the equation, there is little left for psychologists to study, and a complete understanding of psychological phenomena is impossible without addressing questions concerning how memories are acquired, how memories are represented, and how memories are retrieved. These are the fundamental constructs organizing this course. Specific issues covered include: Working Memory, Learning, Episodic and Semantic Memory, Autobiographical Memory, Incidental and Motivated Forgetting, Amnesia, Childhood Memories, Memory and Aging, Eyewitness Testimony, and Improving Memory.

Prerequisites

PSY 3213 – Research Methods in Psychology

How to Enroll

Interested students should submit the online Course Permit Request form at http://psychology.usf.edu/forms/CoursePermit.aspx.


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Psychology of Film (Fall 2016, CRN 94129, PSY 4931-020)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Toru Shimizu
Time: Tuesdays 12:30pm to 3:15pm
Location: PCD 1134

Course Description

This course, designed for graduate- and undergraduate-level students, will deal with some fundamental questions about brain mechanisms. We will discuss a variety of neuroscience topics as portrayed in several specific movies. Based on current neuroscience literature (i.e., scientific journal articles), each student will be required to critically analyze one or two movies and present his/her analysis for each movie in class.

Prerequisites

PSY 3213 - Research Methods in Psychology
It is important and encouraged for students to have a background and interest in Physiological Psychology (PSB 4004), but this is not a crucial prerequisite for highly motivated students.

How to Enroll

Interested students should submit the online Course Permit Request form at http://psychology.usf.edu/forms/CoursePermit.aspx.


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Community Practicum in Mental Health (Fall 2016, CRN 93219, 94287, 94288, CLP 4941-001, 002, 003)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Vicky Phares
Time: Fridays—50-minute class, at either 8:00am, 9:30am, or 11:00am (plus 8 hours/week in a community agency)
Location: PCD 1145

Course Description

This course is a service learning course where undergraduate students will be assigned to volunteer in a pre-approved community agency for 8 hours/week and will attend a one-hour in-person lecture/discussion. Course material will cover ethics, confidentiality, issues related to mental health, and working in community agencies. Reflective writing assignments will be included in the course. In addition to material posted to Canvas, the required book is:
   Matthews, J.R., & Walker, C. E. (2015). Your practicum in psychology: A guide for maximizing knowledge and competence (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Community agency options include mental health facilities, social service agencies serving impoverished youth and elderly, residential facilities for children in foster care, and prevention programs for youth at risk for mental health problems. On-site supervision will be provided for at least one hour/week of the 8 hour/week commitment. Many agencies require background checks; some require drug screening; some require malpractice insurance ($35).

Once students are approved for the class and given a permit to enroll, they will be asked to rank their preferences for the agency where they would like to gain this experience. Many of the background checks and paperwork will need to be completed long before the start of the fall semester.

For that reason, students must commit to enrolling in this class at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester (i.e., July 22, 2016 for the Fall of 2016). We hope to have all of the background checks and paperwork done well before the beginning of classes on August 22, so that students can gain the full experience of the internship during the semester.

Priority will be given to seniors graduating in Fall, 2016 in the order that the permit requests are received (with next priority given to seniors graduating in Spring, 2017, then next priority to seniors graduating in Summer, 2017, etc.).

If a student is already volunteering at a community agency and wants to join the course and receive credit for new volunteer hours at that site (8 hours/week plus course attendance and course work during Fall of 2016), then please email Dr. Phares (phares@usf.edu).

Please note that no more than 3 hours of PSY 4913 Directed Study, PSY 4970 Honors Thesis, CLP 4941 Community Practicum, or IDS 4942 Community Internship (combined) can count toward the major. Additional credits will count towards general elective credit towards the 120 hours required for the degree.

Prerequisites

None.

How to Enroll

Course is by instructor approval only. Please e-mail Dr. Vicky Phares with the following information (phares@usf.edu):

  • Your name
  • Your U number
  • When you plan to graduate
  • Also, please have a professor, graduate student, or other professional (such as a supervisor from work, even if not psychology-related) confirm the following statement via e-mail to Dr. Vicky Phares (phares@usf.edu): "I support                     ’s request to be assigned to an internship at a community social service agency."

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Community Internship (Summer 2016, CRN 58097, IDS 4942-002)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Jane Noll
Time:
Location:

Course Description

Beginning in the Summer of 2016, the USF Department of Psychology will be expanding the internship opportunities for students. The Community Practicum in Mental Health (CLP 4941) internship course will continue to be taught in Fall and Spring, but we will also offer a more flexible Community Internship (IDS 4942) credit option in Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions whereby students can work at pre-approved internship sites or they can seek out their own internship sites and then register for variable amounts of credit depending on their desired work schedule.

Once students secure an internship opportunity (either on their own or via the pre-approved internship list), they should contact the USF community internship instructor to get approval for that internship experience. If not already on the pre-approved list, all internship sites need to be vetted and approved by a faculty member in the USF Department of Psychology.

On-site supervision will be provided at the internship by a professional with at least a Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in their field. On-site supervisors will need to confirm the students' position at the beginning of the semester and again confirm the students' acceptable work at the end of the semester. For the Summer of 2016, the instructor is Dr. Jane Noll: jnoll@usf.edu

Credits are as follows: 1 credit (for 3 or more hours/week at the internship), 2 credits (for 4 or more hours/week at the internship), or 3 credits (for 8 hours/week or more at the internship).

The Community Internship (IDS 4942) is offered on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading basis.

Internships can include experiences in any topic that is relevant to psychology, including but not limited to: Mental health, substance abuse, behavioral health, legal issues, forensic psychology, jury selection, community problems, therapeutic communities, industrial organizational psychology, business psychology, human resources, animal behavior, applied behavior analysis, test development, the assessment process, applications of basic research, psychosocial oncology, health sciences, child development, social processes, aging studies, and the elderly.

Please note that no more than 3 hours of PSY 4913 Directed Study, PSY 4970 Honors Thesis, CLP 4941 Community Practicum, or IDS 4942 Community Internship (combined) can count toward the major. Additional credits will count towards general elective credit towards the 120 hours required for the degree.

Prerequisites

None.

How to Enroll

Course is by instructor approval only. Please send the following information to Dr. Jane Noll (jnoll@usf.edu)

  1. your name and U-number
  2. your internship site, if you already have that arranged, along with the contact person at the internship site
  3. the number of credit hours in which you will be enrolling

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