Psychology

http://psychology.barnard.edu/

415 Milbank Hall
212-854-2069
212-280-8799 (fax)
Department Administrator: Danielle Feinberg

The Department of Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. The concerns of the discipline range widely, from fundamental questions about human nature to applications of psychology in daily life. Research conducted by faculty members in the Department examine growth and development, learning and memory, perception, language, social knowledge and behavior, the self, the effects of stress, conflict and cooperation, and the neural functions that underlie behavior. Students who choose the major concentration in Psychology study the literature and empirical practices across the discipline, and can gain direct experience by participating in laboratory settings on campus and in the wider community, and in health centers nearby. Many Psychology majors continue for graduate training in psychology, neuroscience, or education, while others enter professional schools for training in medicine, law, or business.

Mission Statement

Through courses, advising and laboratories, the Department of Psychology educates students about the intellectual perspectives and empirical methods of the contemporary discipline of Psychology. Introductory courses provide an overview of the field and its major components, emphasizing the practices by which hypotheses are formed and new evidence is created. Middle-level courses consider significant topics in sharp focus, while upper-level seminars use classic and recent technical literature as a springboard for discussion in groups of advanced students. The Department also encourages students to participate in research and in the many different Departmental and College-wide forums for discussion and refinement of scientific work.

Student Learning Goals

A student graduating with a major concentration in Psychology will know how to:

  • Describe the historical foundations and contemporary problems in psychology;
  • Portray the sub-disciplines in psychology;
  • Explain the application of psychological knowledge to questions of behavior and mental processes;
  • Identify and assemble current research literature about a topic within psychology;
  • Critique a psychological theory and the evidence offered to secure its premises;  
  • Design a study to test a psychological hypothesis;
  • Weigh the strengths and weaknesses of a research design and method;
  • Perform basic descriptive and inferential statistical tests to summarize measures and to identify reliable results;
  • Communicate theories, hypotheses, empirical methods, and research findings in written and spoken form.

Research

There are many opportunities for a student to participate in research in laboratories and in the field. Each member of the full time faculty supervises research by students, and many nearby laboratories, health centers and research institutions welcome the participation of our students in their projects. Independent Study, the Senior Research Seminar and the Toddler Center Seminar are courses for student researchers.

Field Work

The Field Work  Seminar in Psychological Services and Counseling combines a placement in a clinical, educational, medical, and other institutional settings, with a weekly discussion of applied aspects of psychology. Drawing on a student’s experience in the field, the discussions examine theoretical approaches to clinical problems and cases.

Teaching

Introductory and Laboratory courses provide opportunities for student teaching under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Teaching assistants are typically recruited for this role.

College Science Requirement

A student who wishes to fulfill the College science requirement in Psychology is encouraged to take her lab courses early in her career at Barnard. Senior students do not receive priority for placement in a lab course. 

Chair: Lisa Son (Associate Professor)
Professors: Peter Balsam (Samuel R. Milbank Professor), Larry B. Heuer, Robert E. Remez, Rae Silver (Helene L. and Mark N. Kaplan Professor), Steven Stroessner (Ann Whitney Olin Professor)
Associate Professors: Ann Senghas, Lisa Son (Department Chair), Barbara Woike
Assistant Professors: Koleen McCrink, Joshua New (Department Representative), Russell Romeo
Lecturers: Ken Light, Kara Pham 
Term Assistant Professor: Robert Brotherton, Chana Etengoff, Sumati Gupta, Danielle Sussan
Adjunct Professors: William Fifer, Susan Riemer Sacks, Marjorie Silverman, Patricia Stokes
Adjunct Associate Professors: Alexandra Horowitz, Tovah P. Klein (Director of the Toddler Center), E’mett McCaskill, Wendy McKenna, Doris Zahner
Adjunct Assistant Professors: Bridgid Finn, Hannah Hoch, Sabrina Jhanwar, Abigail Kalmbach, Karen Kelly, Karen Seeley, Ari Shechter, Julia Sheehy
Adjunct Associate: Ariel Bernstein

Requirements for the New Major 

For students entering Barnard in Fall 2016 and later, a major must complete the PSYC lecture, seminar, and laboratory courses listed below, as well as three courses outside of Psychology. Six of the required PSYC courses, worth three or more credits each, must be taken at Barnard or Columbia. 

Points
Introductory Courses
PSYC BC1001Introduction to Psychology (lecture; prerequisite for further Psychology courses) 13
PSYC BC1101
 - PSYC BC1102
Statistics
and Statistics Recitation (taken concurrently with lecture, and preferably before enrollment in a Group A/B/C Laboratory course) 2
4
Core Lecture Courses
Three core PSYC lecture courses, one from each of the following groups:
GROUP A:
Psychology of Learning (always offered in the fall)
Cognitive Psychology (spring)
GROUP B:
Perception (fall)
Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience (spring)
GROUP C:
Psychology of Personality (fall)
Developmental Psychology (fall & spring)
Social Psychology (spring)
Psychology Laboratory Courses 3
Two PSYC laboratory courses accompanying your chosen lectures from Group A, B, or C (taken concurrently with the lectures)
GROUP A:
Psychology of Learning Laboratory (fall)
Cognitive Laboratory (spring)
GROUP B:
Perception Laboratory (fall)
Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory (spring)
GROUP C:
Psychology of Personality Laboratory (fall)
Developmental Laboratory (fall & spring)
Social Psychology Laboratory (spring)
OR... One laboratory course accompanying your chosen lecture from Group A, B, or C (taken concurrently with the lecture); AND
PSYC BC1015Psychology Research Methods Laboratory 43
One Additional Research Course
Choose from the following:
a PSYC lab (with lecture) from a group other than those already taken; a lab in a science outside of PSYC; BC3601-3608 Independent Study; or one semester of BC3591 Senior Research Seminar.
Senior Requirement 5
Choose one of the following courses:
Senior Research Seminar
and Senior Research Seminar (senior thesis; a year-long commitment)
Independent Study
Any 3000-level PSYC seminar approved by an adviser
Additional Psychology Courses 6
Two additional PSYC lecture or seminar courses, worth three or more credits each.
Outside Courses 7
One course from a cognate discipline (ANTH, COMS, ECON, LING, PHIL, SOCI, and STEM)
Two courses in the same outside science, one with a laboratory component (ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, EESC, or PHYS)
1

Approval for an introductory course taken at another school can be granted by the Departmental Representative when appropriate. A student who receives a score of a 4 or a 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in Psychology, or a score of a 5 or a 6 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam in Psychology can choose not to enroll in PSYC BC1001 Introduction to Psychology. She must, however, enroll in another PSYC course in its place.  Also please note, that even with experience in a high school AP course, the Department highly recommends that all students enroll in PSYC BC1001. If a student with acceptable AP/IB scores chooses to enroll in BC1001, she will receive both major and college credit for the course, as well as three points toward graduation (for the AP/IB credit). 

2

If a student would like to enroll in a Statistics course outside of the Barnard Department of Psychology to fulfill this portion of the major requirements she should obtain prior approval from the Chair or the Departmental Representative. 

3

Students are strongly advised to enroll in only one PSYC laboratory course per semester. 

Also, students should check their calendar of commitments and review the lab attendance policy before signing up for a lab. Each laboratory follows the same policy about attendance:

  • You must attend every Laboratory meeting, and you must be present for the duration of the meeting.

  • You may not arrive late.

  • You may not depart before you complete the day's procedure.

  • If you miss more than a single Laboratory session you will be dismissed from the Laboratory and you will not be permitted to remain enrolled.

4

PSYC BC1015 is intended for younger students who have not previously taken any psychology labs. It is not a requirement, however, if taken, it must be taken prior to one of the Group A/B/C labs. 

5

Majors may elect to fulfill the Senior Requirement with a Columbia Psychology Department Seminar or Supervised Individual Research with a Columbia faculty member. For all other 3000-level courses, you must notify the professor at the beginning of the semester that the course will be used as your senior requirement. PSYC BC3473 Field Work Seminar in Psychological Services and Counseling cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

6

A maximum of two of the following courses may count toward the major (though more could count toward College requirements):

  • PSYC BC3465 Field Work and Research Seminar: The Barnard Toddler Center (fall semester)
  • PSYC BC3466 Field Work and Research Seminar: The Barnard Toddler Center (spring semester)
  • PSYC BC3591 Senior Research Seminar (senior thesis, fall semester)
  • PSYC BC3592 Senior Research Seminar (senior thesis, spring semester)
  • PSYC BC3601 Independent Study Independent Study 
7

The Psychology Department defaults to rules and exemptions allowed by the home department.  Meaning, if Biology, for example, accepts a course substitution for one of its labs, Psychology will honor this course as fulfilling part of the Outside Science component of the Psychology Major. 

Requirements for the Old Major 

For students who entered Barnard prior to Fall 2016, the major typically includes 10 PSYC courses: seven lectures/seminars (worth three or more credits each), two laboratory courses (1.5 credits each), and one senior requirement (three or more credits each); as well as three courses outside of Psychology. Six of the required PSYC courses, worth three or more credits each, must be taken at Barnard or Columbia. 

Points
Introductory Courses
PSYC BC1001Introduction to Psychology (lecture; prerequisite for further Psychology courses) 13
PSYC BC1101
 - PSYC BC1102
Statistics
and Statistics Recitation (taken concurrently with lecture, and preferably before enrollment in a Group A/B/C Laboratory course) 2
4
Core Lecture Courses
Three core PSYC lecture courses, one from each of the following groups:
GROUP A:
Psychology of Learning (fall)
Cognitive Psychology (spring)
GROUP B:
Perception (fall)
Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience (spring)
GROUP C:
Psychology of Personality (fall)
Developmental Psychology (fall & spring)
Social Psychology (spring)
Laboratory Courses 3
Two PSYC laboratory courses accompanying your chosen lectures from Group A, B, or C (taken concurrently with the lectures)
GROUP A:
Psychology of Learning Laboratory (fall)
Cognitive Laboratory (spring)
GROUP B:
Perception Laboratory (fall)
Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory (spring)
GROUP C:
Psychology of Personality Laboratory (fall)
Developmental Laboratory (fall & spring)
Social Psychology Laboratory (spring)
OR... One laboratory course accompanying your chosen lecture from Group A, B, or C (taken concurrently with the lecture); AND
Psychology Research Methods Laboratory (As of Fall 2016, BC1015 has replaced BC1010.)
Senior Requirement 5
Choose one of the following courses:
Senior Research Seminar
and Senior Research Seminar (senior thesis; a year-long commitment)
Independent Study
Any 3000-level PSYC seminar approved by andviser
Additional Psychology Courses 6
One, two, or three PSYC lecture or seminar courses (worth three or more credits each) to bring the total number of required courses to ten.
Outside Courses 7
One course from a cognate discipline (ANTH, COMS, ECON, LING, PHIL, SOCI, and STEM)
Two courses in an outside science, each with a laboratory component (chosen from (ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, EESC, or PHYS)
1

Approval for an introductory course taken at another school can be granted by the Chair or the Departmental Representative when appropriate. A student who receives a score of a 4 or a 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) examination in Psychology, or a score of a 5 or a 6 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) exam in Psychology can choose not to enroll in PSYC BC1001 Introduction to Psychology. She must, however, enroll in another PSYC course in its place.  Also please note, that even with experience in a high school AP course, the Department highly recommends that all students enroll in PSYC BC1001. If a student with acceptable AP/IB scores chooses to enroll in BC1001, she will receive both major and college credit for the course, but will not receive three points toward graduation for the AP/IB credit. 

2

If a student would like to enroll in a Statistics course outside of the Barnard Department of Psychology to fulfill this portion of the major requirements she should obtain prior approval from the Chair or the Departmental Representative. She will also need an extra PSYC lecture or seminar course (worth three or more credits each) to achieve the 10 total psychology courses required for the major (or the six courses required for the minor).

3

Enrollment in PSYC Laboratory courses is through an online Lottery held once per semester for the following semester's courses. Students are strongly advised to take only one psychology laboratory course per semester. 

Also, students should check their calendar of commitments and review the lab attendance policy before signing up for a lab. Each laboratory follows the same policy about attendance:

  • You must attend every Laboratory meeting, and you must be present for the duration of the meeting.

  • You may not arrive late.

  • You may not depart before you complete the day's procedure.

  • If you miss more than a single Laboratory session you will be dismissed from the Laboratory and you will not be permitted to remain enrolled.

4

PSYC BC1015 is intended for younger students who have not previously taken any psychology labs. It is not a requirement, however, if taken, it must be taken before one of the Group A/B/C labs.

5

Majors may elect to fulfill the Senior Requirement with a Columbia Psychology Department Seminar or Supervised Individual Research with a Columbia faculty member. For all other 3000-level courses, you must notify the professor at the beginning of the semester that the course will be used as your senior requirement. PSYC BC3473 Field Work Seminar in Psychological Services and Counseling cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

6

A maximum of two of the following courses may count toward the major (though more could count toward College requirements):

  • PSYC BC3465 Field Work and Research Seminar: The Barnard Toddler Center (fall semester)
  • PSYC BC3466 Field Work and Research Seminar: The Barnard Toddler Center (spring semester)
  • PSYC BC3591 Senior Research Seminar (senior thesis, fall semester)
  • PSYC BC3592 Senior Research Seminar (senior thesis, spring semester)
  • PSYC BC3601 Independent Study - BC3608 (the course number varies depending in which semester a student enrolls in the course).
7

The Psychology Department defaults to rules and exemptions allowed by the home department.  Meaning, if Biology, for example, accepts a course substitution for one of its labs, Psychology will honor this course as fulfilling part of the Outside Science component of the Psychology Major. 

Requirements for the Minor

The minor consists of six courses in Psychology. Exemption and substitutions are as noted for the major.

Introductory Courses
PSYC BC1001Introduction to Psychology (lecture; prerequisite for further Psychology courses) 1
PSYC BC1101
 - PSYC BC1102
Statistics
and Statistics Recitation (taken concurrently with lecture, and preferably before enrollment in a Group A/B/C Laboratory course)
Core Lecture
Select one PSYC course from the following groups:
GROUP A:
Psychology of Learning (fall)
Cognitive Psychology (spring)
GROUP B:
Perception (fall)
Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience (spring)
GROUP C:
Psychology of Personality (fall)
Developmental Psychology (fall & spring)
Social Psychology (spring)
Laboratory Course 2
Select one of the following PSYC laboratory courses: 3
Psychology Research Methods Laboratory
GROUP A:
Psychology of Learning Laboratory (fall)
Cognitive Laboratory (spring)
GROUP B:
Perception Laboratory (fall)
Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory (spring)
GROUP C:
Psychology of Personality Laboratory (fall)
Developmental Laboratory (fall & spring)
Social Psychology Laboratory (spring)
Additional Psychology Courses
Select two lectures and seminars chosen from any course offered by the Department that is three or more credits each.
1

If a student uses AP credit in place of PSYC BC1001 Introduction to Psychology, or takes a Statistics course outside of a department of psychology, an additional PSYC lecture or seminar (worth three or more credits) must be taken in its place, bringing the total number of required PSYC courses to six. 

2

Enrollment in Barnard PSYC Laboratory (and Statistics) courses may require a special registration process; please check with the Department for details. 

3

 If a student chooses one of the Group A/B/C lab courses, the lab must be taken concurrently with its corresponding lecture course (listed above)

PSYC BC1001 Introduction to Psychology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: This course is prerequisite for all other psychology courses.

Prerequisites: This course is prerequisite for all other psychology courses. Lecture course introducing students to the chief facts, principles, and problems of human and animal behavior, through systematic study of a text, lectures, exercises, reading in special fields, and participation in several current experiments (an alternative to participation in experiments can be arranged at the start of the semester at the student's request.)

Spring 2017: PSYC BC1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1001 001/03227 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
405 Milbank Hall
Sabrina Jhanwar 3 98/100
PSYC 1001 002/07696 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
328 Milbank Hall
Patricia Stokes 3 49
PSYC 1001 003/08133 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
903 Altschul Hall
Sabrina Jhanwar 3 51/50
PSYC 1001 004/07651 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
323 Milbank Hall
Karen Kelly 3 55/50
Fall 2017: PSYC BC1001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1001 001/07697 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
504 Diana Center
Sabrina Jhanwar 3 63/70
PSYC 1001 002/03227 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
328 Milbank Hall
Patricia Stokes 3 44/50
PSYC 1001 003/05801 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
405 Milbank Hall
Sabrina Jhanwar 3 70/100
PSYC 1001 004/09017 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
304 Barnard Hall
Robert Brotherton 3 87/180

PSYC BC1015 Psychology Research Methods Laboratory. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Instructor permission is required. Note: This introductory lab course is intended for students who have not previously been enrolled in a psychology lab course. It is also highly recommended for First Year and Sophomore students, and those who have no experience in any science laboratory course. Students are expected to have completed BC1001 Introduction to Psychology, or its equivalent, in a previous semester, or be enrolled concurrently.
Corequisites: PSYC BC1001

A laboratory-based introduction to experimental methods used in psychological research. Upon successful completion of this course, students will know how to review the primary literature and formulate a hypothesis, design an experiment, analyze data using statistical methods, communicate the results of a scientific study through oral presentation and written manuscript, and carry out research studies under ethical guidelines. Students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in all disciplines of Psychology and will be prepared to engage in advance research in fields including, but not limited to, Cognition, Learning, Perception, Behavioral Neuroscience, Development, Personality, and Social Psychology. Note that as of Fall 29016, this course replaces PSYC BC1010. This course is comprised of a three hour laboratory section and a 75 minute lab lecture component.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC1015
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1015 001/05719 T 1:10pm - 4:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Kara Pham, Ken Light 3 17/24
PSYC 1015 001/05719 M 2:40pm - 3:55pm
504 Diana Center
Kara Pham, Ken Light 3 17/24
PSYC 1015 002/03476 W 1:10pm - 4:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Kara Pham 3 24/25
PSYC 1015 002/03476 M 2:40pm - 3:55pm
504 Diana Center
Kara Pham 3 24/25
PSYC 1015 005/01590 F 10:10am - 1:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Ken Light 3 15/24
PSYC 1015 005/01590 M 2:40pm - 3:55pm
504 Diana Center
Ken Light 3 15/24

PSYC BC1099 Science and Scientists. 1 point.

Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.

Weekly meetings with researchers to discuss the nature of scientific inquiry in psychology; and intellectual, professional, and personal issues in the work of scientists.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC1099
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1099 001/05470 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Danielle Sussan 1 30
Fall 2017: PSYC BC1099
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1099 001/04684 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
303 Altschul Hall
Lisa Son 1 16

PSYC BC1101 Statistics. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and instructor permission. Enrollment limited to 20 students per recitation section.
Corequisites: PSYC BC1102

Lecture course introducing students to statistics and its applications to psychological research. The course covers basic theory, conceptual underpinnings, and common statistics.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1101 001/00704 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Ll104 Diana Center
Larry Heuer 4 31
PSYC 1101 002/09254 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
504 Diana Center
Doris Zahner 4 54/55
Fall 2017: PSYC BC1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1101 001/00704 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Ll103 Diana Center
Yoona Lee 4 15/60
PSYC 1101 002/09254 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Ll103 Diana Center
Doris Zahner 4 55/60

PSYC BC1102 Statistics Recitation. 0 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery via eBear to choose recitation section the previous semester). Enrollment limited to 18 students per recitation section. Students who take ECON BC 2411 cannot also receive credit for PSYC BC 1101.
Corequisites: PSYC BC1101

Recitation section to accompany BC1101 Statistics devoted to discussion of weekly problem assignments.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1102 011/05128 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Larry Heuer 0 18/18
PSYC 1102 012/04430 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Larry Heuer 0 12/18
PSYC 1102 021/01026 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Doris Zahner 0 19/18
PSYC 1102 022/05498 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Doris Zahner 0 17/18
PSYC 1102 023/02982 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Doris Zahner 0 18/18
Fall 2017: PSYC BC1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1102 011/04615 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Yoona Lee 0 8/18
PSYC 1102 012/01387 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Yoona Lee 0 7/18
PSYC 1102 021/03886 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Doris Zahner 0 21/22
PSYC 1102 022/09004 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Doris Zahner 0 18/20
PSYC 1102 023/06204 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Doris Zahner 0 17/20

PSYC BC1106 Psychology of Learning Laboratory. 1.5 point.

Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to Psychology and instructor permission. Enrollment limited to 24 students per section.
Corequisites: PSYC BC1107

Laboratory course to accompany BC1107. Students conduct experiments analyzing learning and memory in rats and humans.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC1106
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1106 001/02100 T 12:40pm - 3:30pm
410 Milbank Hall
Ken Light 1.5 23/26
PSYC 1106 002/01119 W 12:40pm - 3:30pm
410 Milbank Hall
Peter Balsam, Ken Light 1.5 25/26
PSYC 1106 003/09354 W 4:10pm - 7:10pm
410 Milbank Hall
Peter Balsam, Ken Light 1.5 26/26

PSYC BC1107 Psychology of Learning. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction of Psychology or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 72 students.

Lecture course covering the basic methods, results, and theory in the study of how experience affects behavior. The roles of early exposure, habitation, sensitization, conditioning, imitation, and memory in the acquisition and performance of behavior are studied.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC1107
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1107 001/03637 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
304 Barnard Hall
Peter Balsam 3 135

PSYC BC1109 Perception Laboratory. 1.5 point.

Discussion Section Required

Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to Psychology and departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery via eBear the previous semester). Enrollment limited to 22 students per section.
Corequisites: BC1110 Perception Lecture.

Laboratory course to accompany BC1110. Students conduct experiments of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling, and learn to report their findings.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC1109
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1109 001/09624 Th 12:40pm - 3:30pm
410 Milbank Hall
Robert Remez, Ari Shechter 1.5 18/20
PSYC 1109 002/02879 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
410 Milbank Hall
Robert Remez, Ari Shechter 1.5 5/20

PSYC BC1110 Perception. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.

Lecture course covering an introduction to problems, methods, and research in perception. Discussion of psychological studies of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC1110
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1110 001/09255 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Ll104 Diana Center
Robert Remez 3 35

PSYC BC1114 Cognitive Laboratory. 1.5 point.

Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to Psychology lecture, and instructor permission. Enrollment limited to 24 students per section.
Corequisites: PSYC BC1115

Laboratory course to accompany BC1115. Students conduct experiments related to selected topics illustrating the methods, findings, and theories of contemporary cognitive psychology. Topics include attention, memory, categorization, perception, and decision making. Special topics include neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC1114
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1114 001/01774 T 9:10am - 12:00pm
410 Milbank Hall
Lisa Son, Danielle Sussan 1.5 22/22
PSYC 1114 002/04404 W 12:30pm - 3:30pm
410 Milbank Hall
Lisa Son, Danielle Sussan 1.5 13/22

PSYC BC1115 Cognitive Psychology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.

Lecture covering selected topics illustrating the methods, findings, and theories of contemporary cognitive psychology. Topics include attention, memory, categorization, perception, and decision making. Special topics include neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC1115
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1115 001/09304 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
328 Milbank Hall
Lisa Son 3 70

PSYC BC1118 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory. 1.5 point.

Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to Psychology lecture, and instructor permission. Enrollment limited to 16 students per section.
Corequisites: PSYC BC1119

Laboratory course to accompany BC1119. Students conduct experiments related to the physiological bases of behavior: development, organization and function of the nervous system; neurochemistry, neurophysiology and synaptic transmission. Topics include: the neural bases of sensory systems; homeostasis; sexual behavior; biological rhythms; emotionality and stress; learning and memory; and psychopathology. A portion of this course uses rats as experimental subjects and involves brain dissections.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC1118
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1118 001/01045 T 12:10pm - 3:00pm
410 Milbank Hall
Kara Pham, Russell Romeo 1.5 16/14
PSYC 1118 002/04703 T 4:10pm - 7:00pm
410 Milbank Hall
Kara Pham, Russell Romeo 1.5 16/14
PSYC 1118 003/01878 W 9:10am - 12:00pm
410 Milbank Hall
Kara Pham, Russell Romeo 1.5 15/14

PSYC BC1119 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.

Lecture course covering an introduction to the physiological bases of behavior: development, organization and function of the nervous system; neurochemistry, neurophysiology and synaptic transmission. Topics include: the neural bases of sensory systems; homeostasis; sexual behavior; biological rhythms; emotionality and stress; learning and memory; and psychopathology.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC1119
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1119 001/01312 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
202 Altschul Hall
Russell Romeo 3 133

PSYC BC1124 Psychology of Personality Laboratory. 1.5 point.

Discussion Section Required

Prerequisites: BC1001 and departmental permission. Enrollment limited to 25 students per section.
Corequisites: BC1125 Psychology of Personality Lecture.

Laboratory consists of experiments related to the principal approaches to personality and their implications for personality development, psychological adjustment, and everyday behavior. Students will participate in all stages of personality research: conceptualizing a personality construct, designing and administering tests, identifying individual differences, and carrying out a study.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC1124
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1124 001/01189 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
327 Milbank Hall
Tara Well, Robert Brotherton 1.5 24/24
PSYC 1124 002/02467 M 4:10pm - 7:00pm
410 Milbank Hall
Tara Well, Robert Brotherton 1.5 24/24

PSYC BC1125 Psychology of Personality. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.

Lecture course covering the principal approaches to personality and their implications for personality development, psychological adjustment, and everyday behavior.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC1125
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1125 001/00589 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Milbank Hall
Tara Well 3 91/94

PSYC BC1128 Developmental Laboratory. 1.5 point.

Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to Psychology and departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery via eBear the previous semester). Enrollment limited to 22 students per section.
Corequisites: BC1129 Developmental Psychology Lecture.

Laboratory course involving experiments related to cognitive, linguistic, perceptual, motor, social, affective, and personality development from infancy to adolescence. The course offers an opportunity for direct observation of children; major areas of research at each level of development are covered.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC1128
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1128 001/07929 Th 12:30pm - 3:30pm
410 Milbank Hall
Chana Etengoff, Koleen McCrink 1.5 22/22
PSYC 1128 002/04575 F 9:00am - 12:00pm
410 Milbank Hall
Chana Etengoff, Koleen McCrink 1.5 22/22
Fall 2017: PSYC BC1128
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1128 001/05558 T 9:00am - 12:00pm
410 Milbank Hall
Koleen McCrink, Yoona Lee 1.5 21/24
PSYC 1128 002/07570 Th 9:00am - 12:00pm
410 Milbank Hall
Koleen McCrink, Yoona Lee 1.5 20/24

PSYC BC1129 Developmental Psychology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.

Lecture course covering cognitive, linguistic, perceptual, motor, social, affective, and personality development from infancy to adolescence.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC1129
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1129 001/01469 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
405 Milbank Hall
Koleen McCrink 3 82/100
Fall 2017: PSYC BC1129
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1129 001/01469 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
504 Diana Center
Koleen McCrink 3 67/76

PSYC BC1137 Social Psychology Laboratory. 1.5 point.

Discussion Section Required

Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to Psychology and departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery via eBear the previous semester). Enrollment limited to 25 students per section.
Corequisites: BC1138 Social Psychology Lecture.

Laboratory course covering contemporary theory and research on social thought and behavior. Issues such as person perception, attitudes, attraction, aggression, stereotyping, group dynamics, and social exchange will be explored. The application of theory and research to addressing social problems will be discussed.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC1137
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1137 001/01336 Th 4:10pm - 7:00pm
410 Milbank Hall
Robert Brotherton 1.5 24/22
PSYC 1137 002/02028 F 12:30pm - 3:30pm
410 Milbank Hall
Robert Brotherton 1.5 24/22

PSYC BC1138 Social Psychology. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.

Lecture course covering contemporary theory and research on social thought and behavior. Issues such as person perception, attitudes, attraction, aggression, stereotyping, group dynamics, and social exchange will be explored. The application of theory and research to addressing social problems will be discussed.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC1138
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1138 001/00241 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
202 Altschul Hall
Robert Brotherton 3 151

PSYC BC2134 Educational Psychology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor.

Through a participative classroom model, the major theories of child and adolescent development and learning fundamental to the educative process are examined. Analysis of applications and implications of psychological knowledge for classroom teaching through observations and research in elementary and secondary school classes. Examines models of instruction and assessment; motivation, teaching, and learning strategies; and gender, economic, and racial issues.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC2134
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2134 001/05687 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
202 Milbank Hall
Hannah Hoch 3 30

PSYC BC2141 Abnormal Psychology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001. Enrollment limited to 70 students. Final enrollment determined on the first day of class.

An introduction to the study of abnormal behavior and various psychological disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders. The course broadly reviews scientific and cultural perspectives on abnormal behavior with an emphasis on clinical descriptions and diagnosis, etiology, treatment, and research methods.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC2141
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2141 001/09256 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
304 Barnard Hall
Sumati Gupta 3 91/70
Fall 2017: PSYC BC2141
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2141 001/09256 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
202 Altschul Hall
Michael Wheaton 3 66

PSYC BC2151 Organizational Psychology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor. Enrollment strictly limited to 45 students; decided upon and finalized first week of classes.

Introduction to behavior of individuals and small groups in work organizations. Recent theory and research emphasizing both content and research methodology. Motivation and performance, attitudes and job satisfaction, power, influence, authority, leadership, cooperation and conflict, decision making, and communications. Enrollment limited to 45; and only seniors. 

Spring 2017: PSYC BC2151
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2151 001/07185 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
405 Milbank Hall
Ariel Bernstein 3 37/40
Fall 2017: PSYC BC2151
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2151 001/07929 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
328 Milbank Hall
Ariel Bernstein 3 34/40
PSYC 2151 002/06191 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Ll103 Diana Center
Ariel Bernstein 3 34/40

PSYC BC2154 Hormones and Reproductive Behavior. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 or BIOL BC1101, BC1102, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 45 students.

This class explores the complex interactions among genetics, hormones, environment, experience, and behavior. Topics covered include the endocrine system, sexual development, reproductive behavior, and social interactions such as affiliation, aggression, parenting, as well as homeostasis, biological rhythms, stress, memory, and mood.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC2154
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2154 001/03505 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
202 Milbank Hall
Kara Pham 3 36

PSYC BC2156 Introduction to Clinical Psychology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Both BC1001 and BC2141, as well as one of the following: BC1125 Personality, BC1107 Psychology of Learning, BC1119 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience or BC1129 Developmental Psychology. Or BC1001 and permission of the instructor.Enrollment limited to 35 students. \n3 points.

An introduction to the field of clinical psychology aimed at 1) becoming familiar with professional issues in the field and 2) comparing therapeutic approaches for their utility and efficacy. Therapeutic approaches covered include psychodynamic therapies, cognitive behavior therapies, family/child therapies. The course will critically examine a variety of professional issues including ethical dilemmas, clinical assessment and diagnosis, and use of technology in therapy.

PSYC BC2163 Human Learning and Memory. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and at least one psychology lab course, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Survey of contemporary theories and empirical research on human memory. Topics will include sensory, short term and long term memory, levels of processing, organization, forgetting, and encoding specificity. Special topics include eyewitness testimony, amnesia, implicit memory, and false memory.

PSYC BC2165 Child Psychopathology. 3 points.

Prerequisites: PSYC BC1001, BC1129, BC2141, and permission of the instructor.

 This course is designed to give students an introduction to abnormal child psychology. We will study a variety of disorders typically diagnosed in childhood, including intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and anxiety disorders. Students will explore the DSM 5 diagnostic criteria, current research on the etiology of disorders, and empirically-derived methods of assessment and treatment. Current views of clinical issues in childhood will be examined with an emphasis on the complex interaction between social, cognitive, behavioral and societal factors involved in the   development of these disorders.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC2165
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2165 001/02883 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
903 Altschul Hall
Hannah Hoch 3 24

PSYC BC2177 Psychology of Drug Use and Abuse. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 75 students.

Examines the biological, psychological, and social factors that lead to drug use and abuse. A biopsychosocial model will be used to examine the behavioral effects of prescription, over the counter, and street drugs. Treatments, therapies, and theories of addictive behaviors will be explored.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC2177
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2177 001/07700 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
504 Diana Center
E'mett McCaskill 3 54/60

PSYC BC2180 Neurodevelopmental Processes and Cognitive/Behavioral Disorders. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BC1118/1119, BC3177, BC3380, or BIOL BC3362. Enrollment limited to 30 students.

Explores the evolution of disorders affecting children due to some impairment in the brain or nervous system. Constitutional vulnerabilities demonstrate that nervous system injury varies as a function of neurodevelopmental stage. Disorders to be studied include those impacting language, hearing, vision, movement, mood and emotion, and learning.

PSYC BC3152 Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, BC1001 and two other psychology courses and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

This seminar is a critical examination of research and theory in human sexuality.  The first part of the course is an overview of influential social science research on sexuality during the 20th century.  The second part is a detailed investigation of contemporary research and writing on selected issues in human sexual behavior, including sexual socialization, gender and sexuality, and contemporary approaches to understanding psychosexual disorders.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC3152
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3152 001/01798 M 11:00am - 12:50pm
227 Milbank Hall
Wendy McKenna 4 15

PSYC BC3153 Psychology and Women. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing and at least two psychology courses. Permission of the instructor required for majors other than Psychology or Women's Studies. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Examines how female experience is and has been understood by psychologists. Through an understanding of gender as a social construction and issues raised by the intersections of gender, sexuality, class, and race, the course will analyze assumptions about what causes us to be gendered and about how being gendered affects behavior.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC3153
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3153 001/01841 M 11:00am - 12:50pm
306 Milbank Hall
Wendy McKenna 4 11

PSYC BC3155 Psychology and Law. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BC1001, one other psychology course, and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Survey of the research in social psychology as it relates to the legal process. Among the topics covered are eyewitness identifications, jury decision making, lie detection, child witnesses, confessions and interrogations, media effects, and capital punishment. Each of these problems will be considered from both a theoretical and an applied perspective. Next offered during the 2012-2013 academic year.

PSYC BC3158 Human Motivation. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Outlines major theoretical questions and research approaches in human motivation. In particular, it focuses on empirical investigations of motivation in social contexts, emphasizing goal formation, goal conflict, the self, and the influence of nonconscious processes. Motivation for competence, control autonomy, achievement, altruism, and intimacy will also be covered.

PSYC BC3162 Introduction to Cultural Psychology. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).

Prerequisites: BC1001 and either BC1124/1125, BC1125, BC2141, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students; and senior psychology majors.

Critically investigates the universalizing perspectives of psychology. Drawing on recent theory and research in cultural psychology, examines cultural approaches to psychological topics such as the self, human development, mental health, and racial identity. Also explores potential interdisciplinary collaborations.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC3162
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3162 001/04975 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
501 Diana Center
Karen Seeley 4 17/20

PSYC BC3164 Perception and Language. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC 1001 and one of the following: BC1106/1107, BC1109/1110, BC1118/1119, BC1128/1129, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students

Psychological investigations of spoken communication from a listener's perspective. Topics include perception and sounds of speech and the apprehension of meaning from words and utterances; the perceptual basis for rhyme and rhythm in speech; and the natural history of vocal communication.

PSYC BC3165 The Social Self. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and one other Psychology course. Or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Review of the classic and contemporary empirical research pertaining to the self, with an emphasis on the self as a socially-based construct. Focus on the social basis of identity, self-concept, and self-regulation.

PSYC BC3166 Social Conflict. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).

Prerequisites: BC1001 and one additional Psychology course. Or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Survey of the literature on development of social conflict, the motivations and cognitions of individuals in conflict, and the procedures available for resolving conflict. Particular emphasis will be placed on the psychology of fairness and its implications for conflict resolution.

PSYC BC3170 Introduction to Psychoanalysis. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and BC2156 Introduction to Clinical Psychology. Or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Introduces the major contributors to contemporary psychoanalysis. Surveys changes in theory and technique covering Freud, Ego Psychology and Contemporary Freudian views, Object Relations Schools (e.g. Klein, Winnicott), Self Psychology, and Interpersonal and relational approaches. Additional topics may include relevant psychoanalytic research and applications to art, cultural considerations, and current controversies.

PSYC BC3363 Pedagogy for Higher Education in Psychology. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Designed to examine the science of psychology and the complexities of teaching to create an environment conducive to involved and active learning. The seminar, especially designed for current and intended Teaching Assistants, covers ethical concerns, strategies for maintaining boundaries, mastery learning, and approaches for leading discussions. Course uses case methods, videotaping, research projects, and scenario analysis.  Enrollment limited to 12.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC3363
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3363 001/08471 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
318 Milbank Hall
Susan Sacks 4 9

PSYC BC3364 Psychology of Leadership. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Students must have one of the following pre-requisites for this course: PSYC BC1125 Personality Psychology, PSYC BC1138 Social Psychology, or PSYC BC2151 Organizational Psychology, and permission by the instructor.

An in-depth examination of the concept of leadership in psychology with an emphasis on women’s leadership. Topics include the role of gender, culture, and emotional intelligence as well as an examination of transactional and transformational models. Topics will be discussed with an equal emphasis on theory, research, and application.  Students must have prerequisites and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC3364
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3364 001/08514 W 11:00am - 12:50pm
306 Milbank Hall
Tara Well 4 14

PSYC BC3365 The Psychology Of Conspiracy. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Psych BC1001, BC1101/1102, two PSYC laboratory courses, and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 16.

Why do some people believe in ghosts, psychic powers, UFO abductions, astrology, alternative medicine, or conspiracy theories? Does it matter? In this seminar, we will consider potential psychological explanations for a wide range of anomalous beliefs and experiences, and the consequences those beliefs can have.

PSYC BC3366 Eating Disorders. 4 points.

Prerequisites: PSYC BC1001, PSYC BC2141

This course presents an in depth investigation of eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating from a primarily psychological perspective. The course will present both the current understandings of causes, correlates, and outcomes of eating pathology as well as the complexity and controversy surrounding these conceptualizations. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Senior psych majors will get first preference.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC3366
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3366 001/04556 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
501 Diana Center
Sumati Gupta 4 20/20

PSYC BC3367 Concepts, Questions, and Controversies in Evolutionary Psychology. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students.

An examination of the major concepts, debates, and research of evolutionary psychology.  Will explore the extent to which the human mind and behavior are shaped by natural selection to solve specific, long-standing problems faced by our species over evolutionary time, such as finding a romantic partner, child-rearing, and gathering food.

PSYC BC3368 The Psychology of Creativity/The Creative Process. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and permission of the instructor.

Consideration of classic Psychodynamic (the unconscious/incubation), Psychometric (testing/training), and Personaility (train/motivation) models of creativity. Application of contemporary Process (cognitive/problem-solving) models to art, literature, and independently selected areas of expertise. Process models are involving constraint selection within well-established domains are emphasized.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC3368
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3368 001/02947 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
203 Diana Center
Patricia Stokes 4 12

PSYC BC3369 Language Development. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001, one Psychology laboratory course, one of the following: PSYC W2240, BC1128/1129, BC1129, or LIN BC V1101, and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Examines the acquisition of a first language by children, from babbling and first words to complex sentence structure and wider communicative competence. Signed and spoken languages, cross-linguistic variation and universalities, language genesis and change, and acquisition by atypical populations will be discussed.

PSYC BC3372 Comparative Cognition. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and one additional course in psychology. Or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Review and critical evaluation of current empirical research investigating cognitive processes in both human and non-human species. Topics include comparisons in episodic memory, metacognition, theory of mind, self-awareness, and language abilities.

PSYC BC3373 Health Psychology. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and two more psychology courses, and permission of the instructor required.

Consideration of research on the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors related to physical health and illness. Topics include the relationship of stress to illness, primary prevention, mind-body methods of coping with stress and chronic illness (such as meditation), and the relationship between psychological factors and recovery from illness. Enrollment limited to 15. 

Spring 2017: PSYC BC3373
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3373 001/08088 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
308 Diana Center
Tara Well 4 10

PSYC BC3376 Infant Development. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and BC1128/1129 Developmental (lab and lecture taken together) or BC1129 (only lecture). Or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Analysis of human development during the fetal period and early infancy. Review of effects of environmental factors on perinatal perceptual, cognitive, sensory-motor, and neurobehavioral capacities, with emphasis on critical conditions involved in both normal and abnormal brain development. Other topics include acute and long term effects of toxic exposures (stress, smoking, and alcohol) during pregnancy, and interaction of genes and the environment in shaping the developing brain of "high-risk" infants, including premature infants and those at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC3376
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3376 001/04927 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
318 Milbank Hall
William Fifer 4 15

PSYC BC3379 Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice. 4 points.

Prerequisites: (PSYC BC1001) Permission of the instructor.

Review of current literature from experimental social psychology pertaining to stereotyping and prejudice. Topics include: functions and costs of stereotyping, the formation and maintenance of stereotypes, and stereotype change. Recent research concerning the role of cognitive processes in intergroup perception will be emphasized.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC3379
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3379 001/02355 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
501 Diana Center
Steven Stroessner 4 23

PSYC BC3380 Cognitive Neuroscience. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Exposition of research and theory in neuroscience with an emphasis on the use of neural imaging techniques (EEG, evoked potentials, MEG, PET, fMRI) for exploring sensation, perception, and cognition in the healthy, intact brain.

PSYC BC3381 Theory of Mind and Intentionality. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and one other Psychology course, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Survey and critical analysis of the developmental and neurological research on theory of mind -the attribution of mental states like belief, desire, and knowledge to others- in humans and nonhuman animals. Emphasis on the role of intentionality, stages of acquisition, neurological and genetic bases, and deficits in theory of mind.

PSYC BC3382 Adolescent Psychology. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Prerequisites: BC1001 and BC1129 Developmental Psychology or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 senior majors. Barnard students receive priority.

Examines adolescent development in theory and reality. Focuses on individual physiological, sexual, cognitive, and affective development and adolescent experiences in their social context of family, peers, school, and community. Critical perspectives of gender, race and ethnicity, sexuality, and "teen culture" explored.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC3382
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3382 001/00721 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
318 Milbank Hall
Susan Sacks 4 15/16

PSYC BC3383 Neuropharmacology and Behavior. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and one of the following: BC1115, BC1119, or BIOL BC3280. Permission of the instructor is required. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Basic principles of the study of drugs that influence the neural systems and induce changes in behavior. Molecular, biochemical and behavioral characterization of psychotropic drugs: stimulants, sedative-hypnotics, anxiolytics, alcohol, hallucinogens, and opiates. Etiology and treatment of psychological and neurological disorders.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC3383
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3383 001/02589 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
307 Milbank Hall
E'mett McCaskill 4 16/16

PSYC BC3384 Social Cognition. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BC 1001 and one of the following: BC1138/1137 Social Psychology, BC1115/1114 Cognitive Psychology, or permission of the instructor.

Survey of research from the field of social cognition, exploring cognitive processes involved in social functioning.  Topics include attention, interpretation, evaluation, judgment, attribution, and memory processes.  Both controlled and automatic processes will be considered, and the roles of motives, goals, and affective variables will be discussed.

PSYC BC3387 Topics in Neuroethics. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and one of the following: Neurobiology, Behavioral Neuroscience, Fundamentals of Neuropsychology, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Recent advancements in neuroscience raise profound ethical questions. Neuroethics integrates neuroscience, philosophy, and ethics in an attempt to address these issues. Reviews current debated topics relevant to the brain, cognition, and behavior. Bioethical and philosophical principles will be applied allowing students to develop skill in ethical analysis.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC3387
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3387 001/09011 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
214 Milbank Hall
E'mett McCaskill 4 16/16

PSYC BC3388 Imitation and Language. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and one Psychology Lab course, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Examines the concept of imitation in behavior through research on animals, human development, and adult language use. Class meetings focus on discussion of reading material to develop a theory of the cognitive mechanisms of imitation that apply to language change in spoken communication.

PSYC BC3389 Current Topics in Personality Psychology. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and BC1124/1125 (Personality lab and lecture taken together) or BC1125 (Personality lecture only), or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

This course offers an in-depth examination of contemporary topics in personality psychology and their historical antecedents. Topics include developmental foundations, modern theory and research on consciousness, regulation of emotion and cognition, and new approaches to personality assessment. These current issues will be discussed with an emphasis on both theory and research.

PSYC BC3390 Canine Cognition. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and one other Psychology course. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Permission of the instructor is required.

An examination of the scientific study of the domestic dog. Emphasis will be on the evolutionary history of the species; the dog's social cognitive skills; canid perceptual and sensory capacities; dog-primate comparative studies; and dog-human interaction.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC3390
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3390 001/04645 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
227 Milbank Hall
Alexandra Horowitz 4 15

PSYC BC3391 Psychology of Time. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and additional psychology course, or permission of the instructor.

The seminar will explore how times are perceived, learned, remembered and used to guide decisions and behavior.  The underlying brain mechanisms that create a sense of time and organize action will be discussed.  Students will research how temporal information processing is foundational to core areas of psychology.

PSYC BC3392 Psychobiology of Stress. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and one of the following: BC1117, BC1119, BC3362, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This seminar will explore factors that modulate stress reactivity and the impact of stress on the structure and function of the nervous system and behavior.  Topics will include how developmental stage, sex/gender, time of day, and experience influence how an organism responds to stress at endocrinological, neurobiological, and behavioral levels  

PSYC BC3393 Psychological Interventions for Developmental Disabilities. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001, BC1127/1129, BC2156, or permission of the instructor. Seniors are given priority.

This course provides an overview of psychological intervention processes in the field of developmental disabilities.  Course content includes discussions of clinical and ethical issues related to diagnosis and treatment, and in-depth review of procedures used to teach appropriate behavior repertoires to individuals with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC3393
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3393 001/05017 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
227 Milbank Hall
Hannah Hoch 4 13

PSYC BC3394 Metacognition. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001, and one psychology laboratory course; final enrollment determined on the first day of class

Metacognition is one of the latest psychological buzzwords, but what exactly is metacognition? Metacognition enables us to be successful learners, problem solvers, and decision makers, and as often been used synonymously with words such as language, awareness, and consciousness. In this seminar, we will examine various components of metacognition, including its role in learning and memory, and its existence in various non-human populations. In addition, we will explore the fragility of metacognition, including illusions of confidence and harmful control strategies that people use. Readings will include classic and important recent papers in the field, looking at metacognition as a higher-level cognitive process, and as knowledge individuals use to guide behavior.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC3394
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3394 001/04206 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
306 Milbank Hall
Bridgid Finn 4 8

PSYC BC3395 Emotion and Self Regulation. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BC1001 Introduction to psychology and BC1138 Social Psychology, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment is determined at the first class meeting.

In this course, students will examine neuroscientific and psychological research and scholarly work pertaining to the ability to regulate – to control and manage – thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and social interactions. Research suggests what is possible to change, and by what mechanisms.  Students will explore how evidence can reasonably be interpreted.

PSYC BC3397 Neural Modulation. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and permission of the instructor. Enrollment determined at first class meeting.

Excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission is often influenced and altered by neuromodulators such as dopamine, acetylcholine, and serotonin. Imbalances in neuromodulation are implicated in many psychiatric disorders. This course will assess the role of neuromodulation under normal circumstances and how dysfunction in neuromodulation can lead to psychiatric disorders. This course will draw from ground breaking primary literature and review articles published in the field of neuroscience. 

Spring 2017: PSYC BC3397
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3397 001/03036 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
318 Milbank Hall
Abigail Kalmbach 4 9/12

PSYC BC3398 Sleep. 4 points.

Prerequisites: PSYC BC 1001, or equivalent, and permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students.

This seminar will explore sleep and circadian rhythms, emphasizing how these factors and their disruption influence health, function, and well-being. Topics will include the physiological and neurobiological generation of sleep and circadian rhythms, and the interaction between these systems with cognitive, behavioral, endocrine, metabolic, and mood/psychiatric variables in humans.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC3398
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3398 001/01210 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
805 Altschul Hall
Ari Shechter 4 31

PSYC BC3399 Humans and Machines. 4 points.

Prerequisites: (PSYC BC1001) and Instructor approval

This course will examine the social psychology of Human-Machine interactions, exploring the idea that well-established social psychological processes play critical roles in interactions with non-social objects. The first half of the seminar will examine the social psychology of perception across distinct sensory modalities (shape, motion, voice, touch), whereas the second half will focus on social psychological processes between humans and non-human entities (objects, computers, robots).

Fall 2017: PSYC BC3399
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3399 001/05600 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
502 Diana Center
Steven Stroessner 4 21

PSYC BC3465 Field Work and Research Seminar: The Barnard Toddler Center. 4 points.

Prerequisites: (PSYC BC1128 and PSYC BC1129) or PSYC BC1129 BC1128/BC1129 or just BC1129 lecture (without lab) and permission of the instructor. Permission should be requested in the Spring of the year preceding registration. This is a two-semester course only.

The Barnard Toddler Center provides the focus for field work and research in applied developmental psychology, an amalgam of developmental, educational, and clinical psychology. Students assist one morning a week at the Center, make individual class presentations, carry out team research projects, and participate in a two-hour weekly seminar which integrates theory, research, and practice.

Fall 2017: PSYC BC3465
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3465 001/01424 T 12:50pm - 2:50pm
214 Milbank Hall
Tovah Klein 4 13

PSYC BC3466 Field Work and Research Seminar: The Barnard Toddler Center. 4 points.

Prerequisites: (PSYC BC1128 and PSYC BC1129) or (PSYC BC1129) Prerequisites: BC1128/BC1129 or just BC1129 lecture (without lab) and permission of the instructor. Permission should be requested in the Spring of the year preceding registration. Enrollment limited to 16 students. This is a two-semester course only.

The Barnard Toddler Center provides the focus for field work and research in applied developmental psychology, an amalgam of developmental, educational, and clinical psychology. Students assist one morning a week at the Center, make individual class presentations, carry out team research projects, and participate in a two-hour weekly seminar which integrates theory, research, and practice.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC3466
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3466 001/02080 T 12:55pm - 2:55pm
101 Elliot Hall
Tovah Klein 4 15

PSYC BC3473 Field Work Seminar in Psychological Services and Counseling. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Three psychology courses and permission of the instructor required during program planning the semester before the course is offered. Enrollment limited to 12 students; seniors are given priority.

This course introduces students to clinical and counseling work, and to psychodynamic ways of understanding and supporting people in psychological distress.  Students secure a clinical placement for the course, and apply readings on psychodynamic notions of parenting, psychopathology, and therapeutic process to their clinical experiences. The course helps students clarify their professional goals, and provides the clinical experience that strengthens applications to social work programs, and that is required for applications to clinical and counseling doctoral programs.

Spring 2017: PSYC BC3473
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3473 001/09603 T 11:00am - 12:50pm
318 Milbank Hall
Marjorie Croes Silverman, Julia Sheehy 4 14

PSYC BC3591 Senior Research Seminar. 4 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001, BC1101, a minimum of five other completed psychology courses, and permission of the instructor. This is a year-long course. Open to senior psychology majors who submit a research proposal which has been approved by the course instructor and the project supervisor.

Discussion and conferences on a research project culminate in a written and oral senior thesis. Each project must be supervised by a scientist working at Barnard or at another local institution. Successful completion of the seminar substitutes for the major examination.

PSYC BC3592 Senior Research Seminar. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: (PSYC BC1001) and (PSYC BC1101) and A minimum of five completed psychology courses (in addition to BC1001, BC1101/1102, and permission of the instructor.

Discussion and conferences on a research project culminate in a written and oral senior thesis. Each project must be supervised by a scientist working at Barnard or at another local institution. Successful completion of the seminar substitutes for the major examination. This is a year-long course. Open to senior psychology majors who submit a research proposal which has been approved by the course instructor and the project supervisor.

PSYC BC3601 Independent Study. 4 points.

  Research projects planned in consultation with members of the department.

Cross-Listed Courses

Neuroscience and Behavior (Barnard)

NSBV BC3367 Transformative Landmarks in Neuroscience. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Modern neuroscience incorporates topics from molecular neurobiology to cognition. Cognate disciplines include psychology, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, neuropharmacology, neurology and psychiatry, physics, computational science. We review neuroscience landmarks through readings of scientific publications, news reports, and controversies surrounding apparently transformative research, and contemplate contemporary viewpoints that have the benefit of hindsight.

NSBV BC3593 Senior Research Seminar: Neuroscience and Behavior. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Open to senior Neuroscience and Behavior majors. Permission of the instructor. This is a year-long course. By the end of the spring semester program planning period during junior year, majors should identify the lab they will be working in during their senior year.

Discussion and conferences on a research project culminate in a written and oral senior thesis. Each project must be supervised by a scientist working at Barnard or at another local institution. Successful completion of the seminar substitutes for the major examination.

Fall 2017: NSBV BC3593
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
NSBV 3593 001/09927 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
225 Milbank Hall
Peter Balsam 4 11
NSBV 3593 002/05714 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
324 Milbank Hall
Rae Silver 4 12
NSBV 3593 003/07414 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
202 Milbank Hall
Elizabeth Bauer 4 15

NSBV BC3594 Senior Research Seminar: Neuroscience and Behavior. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Open to senior Neuroscience and Behavior majors. Permission of the instructor. This is a year-long course. By the end of the spring semester program planning period during junior year, majors should identify the lab they will be working in during their senior year.

Discussion and conferences on a research project culminate in a written and oral senior thesis. Each project must be supervised by a scientist working at Barnard or at another local institution. Successful completion of the seminar substitutes for the major examination.

Spring 2017: NSBV BC3594
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
NSBV 3594 001/03281 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
530 Altschul Hall
Peter Balsam 4 11
NSBV 3594 002/08053 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
306 Milbank Hall
Rae Silver 4 11
NSBV 3594 003/07855 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
407 Barnard Hall
Elizabeth Bauer 4 11

Philosophy (Barnard) 

PHIL V2400 Psychology and Philosophy of Human Experience. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

We will discuss some of the most fundamental questions that one can pose about human experience.  For example, we will investigate how we experience time, whether anything really has color, the difference between imagining and seeing, whether beauty is subjective, how we understand other people's emotions, the ways in which the human mind is structured and the extent to which our minds are functionally fractionable.  By drawing on both scientific and philosophical texts we hope to combine the best features of both approaches.

Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM)

STEM BC2223 Computer Programming for the Behavioral Sciences. 4 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).

Students will learn how to write computer programs that can test theories and predictions that arise in the behavioral sciences. For students with little or no programming background. 

Spring 2017: STEM BC2223
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
STEM 2223 001/08876 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
222 Milbank Hall
Lisa Son, Rajiv Sethi 4 17