"I was surprised by how much we were learning in such a short amount of time. My knowledge really expanded.” — Catherine Callan
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of the mind, brain, and human behavior. Students are introduced to most of the broad areas of scientific research in psychology and typically spend a portion of each day in lecture and a portion of the day in some other learning activity such as group work, discussion, field trips, or hands-on experiments. The course establishes a strong grounding in scientific principles and methodology and then applies these concepts to areas like personality, learning, memory, child development, psychopathology, and other topics in psychology.
Armed with an understanding of the scientific method and an introduction to important findings in psychology, students actually conduct scientific psychology in the afternoon sessions. Playing the role of a scientist, students learn to formulate their own research questions in groups of peers with related interests.
During the final part of each afternoon session, one student in the class leads a group discussion. In generating discussion about the assigned reading for the day, students are encouraged to integrate the information learned in that day’s lecture with their own everyday experience and observations in presenting an example of a psychological phenomenon from a popular medium.
Alison Jane Martingano is a Ph.D. student in the psychology department of the New School for Social Research. She specializes in social and personality psychology, with a particular interest in empathetic processes. Her research investigates how a curtailed empathetic capacity, due to either situational or personal deficits, can impair human communication on a basic level. She hopes to demonstrate how exercising deliberative perspective-taking can help compensate for these deficits and ultimately improve intergroup relations. Alison Jane holds a B.A. in psychology from the New School for Social Research and a B.Sc. (hons) from the University of York. She is passionate about teaching and has experience as an adjunct lecturer, teaching fellow, and teaching assistant for large lecture courses as well as intimate seminars at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Dr. Michaela Porubanova is an assistant professor of cognitive psychology at The State University of New York, Farmingdale, where she also directs the Visual Cognition and Emotion Research Laboratory. Her research revolves around the role of emotion in visual attention and consciousness. She is a functionalist believing in the evolutionary shaping of our cognitive architecture. In addition to research, she has taught a large variety of classes topic-wise (cognition, consciousness, culture and cognition, the psychology of learning, independent research), location-wise (The Czech Republic, US, UK, Italy, Austria), and type-wise (face-to-face, hybrid, online).