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Washington and Lee University    
  Nov 20, 2017
2017-2018 University Catalog
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PSYC 298 - Topical Seminar in Psychology

Credits: 3 credits in fall and winter, 4 in spring.

Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 250. Other prerequisites vary, determined at time of offering. Seminar topics vary with instructor and term. These topical seminars are designed to introduce students to an area of current interest in the field of psychology. Students receive an overview of the research and/or applied practices that have advanced an area of psychological science. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2018, PSYC 298A-01: Topical Seminar in Psychology: Learning & Behavior (3). Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 250 or BIOL 201. This course aims to develop a multidimensional understanding of the mechanisms of behavior, with a specific focus on the cognitive and biological forces which drive learning, memory, and task performance. Students learn to recognize, describe, and discuss major topics underlying theories of learning; to demonstrate how these theories are derived from and applicable to empirical research studies; and to appraise how these concepts influence personal experience. Major topics include habituation, sensitization, foundations and mechanisms of classical and operant conditioning, motivated behaviors, stimulus control of behavior, and extinction learning. Schreiber.

Winter 2018, PSYC 298B-01: Topical Seminar in Psychology: Health Psychology (3). Prerequisite or corequisite: PSYC 250. Using a biopsychosocial framework and application of social psychological theories, this course examines the bidirectional relationship between psychology and health. Through analyzing experimental, correlational, and observational designs, we try to answer such questions as: What psychological and social factors cause people to behave in unhealthy or healthy ways? What does stress do to your health? Does having many friends affect your health? Are there ethnic variations in health? Does it matter how your doctor talks to you? Does dieting work? Students address these and similar questions through peer-led discussions, exams, and a final project evaluating a public health campaign. Scherschel.


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