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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.


The Mind and the Brain (Spring 2017, CRN 11357, PSY 4931-002)

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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Mood Disorders (Spring 2017, CRN 20156, PSY 4931 – 006)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Jon Rottenberg
Time: Thursdays, 9:30am-12:15pm
Location: PCD 1134

Course Description

Of all the psychiatric disorders, unipolar depression is by far the most common. Each year, more than 100 million people worldwide develop clinically recognizable depression. Indeed, because of its prevalence, depression has been referred to as "the common cold of psychopathology." During the course of a lifetime, it is estimated that between 8 and 18 percent of the general population will experience at least one clinically significant episode of depression, and that approximately twice as many women than men will be affected by this disorder

The main objective of this course is for us to delve closely into the multi-faceted nature of mood disorders, with an emphasis on the unipolar depressive disorders. In conducting this examination, we will focus primarily on psychosocial aspects of depression, but will also examine biological and genetic factors associated with depression. We will review the symptoms and epidemiology of depression, and will discuss diagnostic and methodological issues associated with the study of this disorder. We will continue with an examination of psychoanalytic, cognitive, biological and genetic, behavioral, and interpersonal theories of depression, and will discuss empirical research associated with each of these approaches. We will then discuss approaches to the treatment and prevention of depression. We will also consider depression as a function of culture, gender, and the lifespan. Students should leave this course with an appreciation of these topics (both current knowledge and remaining gaps in our knowledge). Finally, students will conduct independent research on topic of their choosing.

Class periods will primarily involve discussion, with my lecturing minimized as much as possible. Course requirements include completing assigned readings and submitting brief weekly critiques, contributing to class discussions, and completing a written class project.

Prerequisites

Strongly Recommended for Students Considering this Course

*You've taken PSY 3213 - Research Methods in Psychology
*You've taken CLP 4143 - Abnormal Psychology
*You are interested in mood disorders and mood disorders research
*You want a course that has regular weekly readings
*You’ll be prepared every week and you are ready to contribute to discussions.

How to Enroll

No advance permission or course permit is required.

Contact Dr. Rottenberg at rottenberg@usf.edu if you have questions about whether you should enroll.


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Psychology of Crime (Spring 2017, CRN 20645, PSY 4931-013)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Edelyn Verona
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30am to 10:45am
Location: PCD 1145

Course Description

The topic of crime is both inherently fascinating and complex. Variants of criminal deviancy range from lifetime criminal activity among persons of low means to white collar crime among persons who appear successful at the surface. Considerable progress has been made over the past two decades toward a scientific understanding of factors contributing to the development and maintenance of such behaviors and toward distinguishing various manifestations of criminal behaviors. However, other areas are still mired in the theoretical stage (e.g., school shootings, serial killers).

As a point of reference for understanding criminal deviance more broadly, the current course will focus in detail on the phenomenon of psychopathic personality, or "psychopathy," in which early-developing constitutional factors are theorized to play a predominant role. Extending from this phenomenon, the course will consider factors involved in criminal behavior more broadly, including causal psychobiological contributors (genetic/environmental), neurobiological processes/mechanisms, and manifestations in youth and women. Finally, using theoretical and scientific knowledge as a foundation, the course will explore related criminal concepts, including chronic aggression and violence, sex offenses, extreme homicide (murder-suicide, revenge-focused shooters), and serial killing.

The course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of criminal behavior, through readings, lectures/media presentations, assignments, in-class discussions, and student presentations. This will be a discussion-based seminar course, so self-motivation and intellectual curiosity, as well as dedication to doing the readings, is a requirement. Case history and guest lectures will also be used as learning tools. The goal is to be able to apply scientific knowledge to inform understanding of real-life behaviors.

Learning objectives:

- Recognize diagnostic distinctions between psychopathic personality, antisocial behavior, drug addiction and other psychiatric disorders.
- Describe differing expressions of the psychopathic personality and other forms of criminal behavior more generally.
- Identify developmental factors, causal (genetic/environmental) contributors, neurobiological processes/mechanisms, and theories of criminal behavior and psychopathy.
- Discuss how scientific data come to bear in understanding extreme presentations of criminal behavior, including in serial killers or mass/school shooters.

Prerequisites

Completion of PSY 3213.

How to Enroll

No advance permission or course permit is required.


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Neuropsychology (Spring 2017, CRN 24041, PSY 4931-016)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Cynthia Cimino
Time: Wednesdays, 1:00pm to 3:45pm
Location: PCD 1134

Course Description

In this small seminar, students will have an opportunity to define the scope and content through their own specific interests in brain/behavior relationships while establishing a solid foundation of basic knowledge. This course in human neuropsychology/cognitive neuroscience examines the study of specific patient populations as well as normal variations in individual differences which have added to our knowledge of how the brain processes information. Key topic areas include attention, memory, spatial cognition, speech and language, executive functions and social/emotional behavior. We also examine the pros and cons of various methods used to index brain processes and activation and what kinds of inferences can be derived when these methods are in conflict. I will work individually with each student to define a specific topic of interest and to create an in class presentation that allows students to go into greater depth in their chosen topic. Students also present articles from weekly content areas. The course provides broad coverage of classic domains in neuropsychology/cognitive neuroscience together with student-defined depth in selected topics.

Prerequisites

PSY 3213 Research Methods

GPA 3.0 or above (Some discretion may be allowed. Please explain request for exception on permit form.)

Completion of PSB4004 Physiological Psychology is recommended but not required.

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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Occupational Health Psychology (Spring 2017, CRN 24089, PSY 4931-017)

Course Information

Instructor: TBA
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Location: PCD 1146

Course Description

This course will examine issues related to employee health and wellbeing in the workplace. Specifically, we’ll discuss how stressors such as work-family conflict, workplace violence, lack of control, and work demands relate to strain outcomes, such as employee anxiety, depression, physical safety, family issues, job satisfaction, and more. We'll also discuss what organizations can do to combat the negative impact of workplace stressors on strain outcomes in order to ultimately enhance employee wellness.

This will be a seminar style course, in which students will be expected to read and discuss weekly research articles, and will ultimately be asked to develop their own research proposal related to occupational health psychology. This course is highly recommended for students exploring the option of graduate school, as it will be structured in a way that largely emulates a grad-school level course.

Prerequisites

PSY 2012 Intro Psych and PSY 3213 Research Methods

How to Enroll

No advance permission or course permit is required.


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The Self (Spring 2017, CRN 24285, PSY 4931-018)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Jamie Goldenberg
Time: Wednesdays, 9:30am to 12:15pm
Location: PCD 2125

Course Description

In this course we will discuss a topic that most people find pretty interesting – the self. Of course, the self is pretty complex and has amassed a tremendous literature (a recent PSYCHinfo search on the self revealed over 200,000 entries!), and therefore we can only begin to explore the breadth of this topic. Although we will adopt a primarily social psychological perspective to examine a number of issues related to the self, the self is a topic that is relevant and should be of interest to students from a wide variety of disciplines. Some topic that will be covered are self-conceptions, self-awareness, self-esteem, motives for consistency, coherence, and structure, self-perception and perceptions of will, the self in relation, the body and self, and self-determination and growth. Class meetings will be conducted in seminar format in which empirical and theoretical papers will be discussed and critiqued. The quality of these discussions will depend on the thoughtful input by all participants. In order to facilitate discussion, students will be asked to submit brief reaction papers. In addition, students will also be expected to be the "discussion facilitator" for at least one class. Finally, there is also a more formal research proposal on a topic related to the self.

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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Stereotypes and Prejudice (Spring 2017, CRN 24622, PSY 4931-019)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Bosson
Time: Wednesdays, 12:30pm to 3:15pm
Location: PCD 2125

Course Description

Stereotypes and Prejudice is a graduate student level seminar that is open to undergraduate students who are ready to perform at the level of a graduate student and who meet the requirements listed below.

Stereotypes and prejudice have been topics of great interest to social psychologists for decades. At present, there are several large research literatures devoted to understanding how and why we form stereotypes and feel prejudice toward those who are different from us. This course will introduce you to a sampling of social psychological work (and occasionally influential work from other disciplines) on stereotypes and prejudice, including both classic and contemporary theories and research. Topics include: What are the causes of stereotypes and prejudices? What functions do they serve? Can we avoid them? What effects do stereotypes and prejudice have on their targets? Is it possible to overcome our tendencies toward prejudice? While the course primarily adopts a social psychological perspective on the topic of stereotypes and prejudice, the material should be relevant and useful to students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds.

The format of the class is discussion-oriented, with discussions focusing on analyzing the readings and identifying unresolved issues and lingering questions. Because the quality of our discussions depends on the thoughtful input of all participants, students are expected to read and think about the readings before class. Students will submit 1-2 discussion points before each class. In addition, students will each be the discussion facilitator for one or two class sessions. There is also a paper requirement consisting of an APA style research proposal on a topic related to stereotypes and/or prejudice.

Prerequisites

  • Junior/Senior status
  • Introduction to Psychological Science, Statistics, Research Methods, and Social Psychology
  • Research experience is recommended
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher

How to Enroll

Interested students should email Dr. Bosson for permission to register: jbosson@usf.edu - the email should explain why they are a good fit for the course and address the recommended criteria. Then, complete the online Course Permit Request Form at http://psychology.usf.edu/forms/CoursePermit.aspx.


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Behavioral Pharmacology (Spring 2017, CRN 12028, PSY 4931-008)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Cheryl Kirstein-Hurst
Time: Tuesdays, 11:00am to 1:45pm
Location: PCD 2124

Course Description

This course is designed to have detailed discussions and presentations on behavioral pharmacology and all kinds of behaviors, the impact of drugs including addictions, addictive behaviors and neuroanatomical substrates and potential treatments will be discussed.

Students will each pick an area of behavioral pharmacology (e.g., a particular drug or behavior (e.g., gambling, video gaming etc.). Each participant will give 2 classroom PowerPoint presentations on each topic. Following a 30-40 minute presentation the class will participate in a question and answer period. Grades will be based on the presentations and classroom participation.

Prerequisites

Prior completion of PSB 4004 is not required but preferred.

How to Enroll

Advance permission or course permit is required. http://psychology.usf.edu/forms/CoursePermit/


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Art, Design, & Brain (Spring 2017, CRN 20174, PSY 4931-012)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Thomas Sanocki
Time: Mondays, 2:00pm to 4:45pm
Location: PCD 2124

Course Description

Humans have produced artistic expressions for centuries, and have faced challenges of human design for decades. This seminar will explore artistic works and human designs, together with the workings of the human brain. Art and design are complementary and both reveal workings of the creative mind. Students in this seminar will explore broad questions and study their specific (or broad) interests in these domains. Work consists of reading a variety sources, presenting, and writing papers. Topics include:

Art

What is the psychology of art?
What does the brain do on art? (Neural aesthetics)
Artwork by any person of interest

Design

What is user-friendliness?
Can we design to enhance human experience?

Brain

What is the creative process? How can we foster it?

Prerequisites

None.

How to Enroll

Permission is required. I am looking for interested students who can make good contributions; evidence would be good grades in advanced psychology courses, or some expertise in a related field (art...information or computer science, e.g.), or other evidence of independent scholarship or creativity activity. Please e-mail me with questions; for permission send me a statement of your interests and background: sanocki@usf.edu.


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Community Internship (Spring 2017, CRN 23642, IDS 4942-003)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Vicky Phares
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 Spring 2017, the instructor is Dr. Vicky Phares: phares@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. Vicky Phares (phares@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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Community Practicum in Mental Health (Spring 2017, CRN 20180, 23276, CLP 4941-001, 002)

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Vicky Phares
Time: Fridays—50-minute class, at either 9:30am, or 11:00am (plus 8 hours/week in a community agency)
Location: CIS 3064

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 semester.

For that reason, priority will be given to students who have enrolled in this class at least one month prior to the beginning of the semester. We hope to have all of the background checks and paperwork done well before the beginning of classes, so that students can gain the full experience of the internship during the semester.

Priority will be given to graduating seniors.

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 the semester 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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