Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers courses in the science of psychology, experimental psychology, the brain and behavior, cognition, decision making, drugs and behavior, personality development, social cognition, evolution and behavior, psychopathology, consciousness, cognitive neuroscience, relationships, statistics for behavioral scientists, perception, animal behavior, abnormal behavior, child development. The department also offers seminars and individualized research .

For questions about specific courses, contact the department:

Departmental Office: 406 Schermerhorn
212-854-3608
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Web: www.columbia.edu/cu/psychology

Psychology Certificate

Students interested in preparing for graduate school in psychology should consider the certificate program.

Departmental Adviser for Students in the Postbaccalaureate Studies
Certificate Program:
Prof. Patricia Lindemann, 354A Schermerhorn Extension
212-854-8285
pgl2@columbia.edu
Office Hours: By appointment

Guide to Course Numbers

Course numbers reflect the structure of the psychology curriculum. The 1000 level contains introductions to psychology, introductory laboratory courses, and statistics. The 2000 level contains lecture courses that are introductions to areas within psychology; most require PSYC W1001 or W1010 as a prerequisite. The 3000 level contains more advanced and specialized undergraduate courses, most of which are given in a seminar format and require instructor permission. The 3900s are the courses providing research opportunities for undergraduates. The 4000 level contains advanced seminars suitable for both advanced undergraduates and graduate students. Subcategories within the 2000, 3000, and 4000 levels correspond to the three groups in our distribution requirement for undergraduate psychology majors and students completing the Certification of Professional Achievement in Psychology: (1) perception and cognition (2200s, 3200s, and 4200s), (2) psychobiology and neuroscience (2400s, 3400s, and 4400s), and (3) social, personality, and abnormal (2600s, 3600s, and 4600s). See www.columbia.edu/cu/psychology/dept/curriculum/index.html for current psychology department course listings.

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Programs in Psychology

Students interested in applying for graduate programs in psychology, including those in clinical psychology, should complete a variety of undergraduate courses, including the Science of Psychology (Psychology W1001), a laboratory course in experimental psychology (Psychology W1420, W1440, W1460, W1480, or W1490), and a course in statistics (Psychology W1610 or Statistics W1001, W1111, or W1211).

Students should also take a variety of more advanced undergraduate courses and seminars, and participate in supervised research (Psychology W3950). Students interested in clinical psychology should obtain experience working in a community service program, in addition to supervised research experience. More information on applying to graduate school is available at www.columbia.edu/cu/psychology/postbac/current/applying.html.


Directory of Classes

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PSYC BC1010 Introductory Laboratory in Experimental Psychology. 1.5 point.

Prerequisites: Departmental permission via Barnard Department of Psychology Lab and Statistics Lottery (students enter lottery online the previous semester). 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.
Corequisites: BC1001 or its equivalent. BC1001 may also may taken in the semeser prior to BC1010.

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.

PSYC BC1106 Psychology of Learning 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 24 students per section.
Corequisites: BC1107 Psychology of Learning Lecture.

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

Fall 2018: PSYC BC1106
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1106 001/02100 T 12:30pm - 3:30pm
410 Milbank Hall
Ken Light 1.5 25/24
PSYC 1106 002/01119 W 12:30pm - 3:30pm
410 Milbank Hall
Ken Light 1.5 25/24
PSYC 1106 003/09354 W 4:10pm - 7:10pm
410 Milbank Hall
Ken Light 1.5 25/24

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 2018: 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
Ken Light 3 105/150

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 2018: PSYC BC1109
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1109 001/09624 T 9:10am - 12:00pm
410 Milbank Hall
Robert Remez, Danielle Sussan 1.5 7/24
PSYC 1109 002/02879 Th 9:10am - 12:00pm
410 Milbank Hall
Robert Remez, Danielle Sussan 1.5 3/24

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 2018: PSYC BC1110
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1110 001/09255 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
903 Altschul Hall
Robert Remez 3 29/55

PSYC BC1113 Cognitive Psychology. 4.5 points.

Prerequisites: BC1001 and departmental permission. Enrollment limited to 48 students. Laboratory fee: $30.

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. The laboratory consists of experiments related to these topics.

PSYC BC1114 Cognitive 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 24 students per section.
Corequisites: BC1115 Cognitive Lecture.

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 2019: PSYC BC1114
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1114 001/01774 T 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Danielle Sussan, Joshua New 1.5 18/24
PSYC 1114 002/04404 Th 10:10am - 1:00pm
Room TBA
Danielle Sussan, Joshua New 1.5 16/24

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 2019: PSYC BC1115
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1115 001/09304 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Joshua New 3 51/70

PSYC BC1118 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience 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 20 students per section.
Corequisites: BC1119 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience Lecture.

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 2019: PSYC BC1118
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1118 001/01045 W 10:10am - 1:00pm
Room TBA
Kara Pham, Russell Romeo 1.5 17/16
PSYC 1118 002/04703 W 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Kara Pham, Russell Romeo 1.5 17/16
PSYC 1118 003/01878 F 10:10am - 1:00pm
Room TBA
Kara Pham, Russell Romeo 1.5 12/16

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 2019: PSYC BC1119
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1119 001/01312 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Russell Romeo 3 106

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.

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.

PSYC BC1128 Developmental 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: 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.

Fall 2018: PSYC BC1128
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1128 001/05558 Th 12:40pm - 3:30pm
410 Milbank Hall
Koleen McCrink, Yoona Lee 1.5 25/24
PSYC 1128 002/07570 F 9:00am - 11:50am
410 Milbank Hall
Koleen McCrink, Yoona Lee 1.5 23/24
Spring 2019: PSYC BC1128
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1128 001/00387 T 10:10am - 1:00pm
Room TBA
Ann Senghas, Danielle Sussan 1.5 21/24
PSYC 1128 002/00388 Th 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Ann Senghas, Danielle Sussan 1.5 21/24

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.

Fall 2018: PSYC BC1129
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1129 001/01469 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
504 Diana Center
Koleen McCrink 3 58/65
Spring 2019: PSYC BC1129
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1129 001/01469 M W 1:10pm - 2:55pm
Room TBA
Ann Senghas 3 69/70

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 2019: PSYC BC1137
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1137 001/01336 M 1:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Robert Brotherton, Colin Leach 1.5 19/24
PSYC 1137 002/02028 M 4:10pm - 7:00pm
Room TBA
Robert Brotherton, Colin Leach 1.5 20/24

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 2019: PSYC BC1138
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 1138 001/00241 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Colin Leach 3 89/90

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.

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.

Fall 2018: PSYC BC2141
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2141 001/09256 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
323 Milbank Hall
Kathleen Taylor 3 47/60

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 2019: PSYC BC2151
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2151 001/07185 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Ariel Bernstein 3 37/40

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.

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.

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 2019: PSYC BC2177
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2177 001/00391 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
E'mett McCaskill 3 74/75

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

Not offered during 2018-19 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 2019: PSYC BC3152
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3152 001/01798 M 11:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA
Wendy McKenna 4 13/20

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 2018: 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 9/20

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 2018: PSYC BC3162
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3162 001/04975 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
214 Milbank Hall
Karen Seeley 4 15/20

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 2018-19 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 BC3367 Concepts, Questions, and Controversies in Evolutionary Psychology. 4 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 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 2019: PSYC BC3368
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3368 001/02947 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Patricia Stokes 4 28

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 2018-19 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 2019: PSYC BC3373
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3373 001/08088 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Tara Well 4 8/12

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 2018-19 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 2019: PSYC BC3382
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3382 001/00721 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Susan Sacks 4 16/16

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.

PSYC BC3384 Social Cognition. 4 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 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 BC3388 Imitation and Language. 4 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 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 2018-19 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 2019: PSYC BC3390
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3390 001/04645 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Alexandra Horowitz 4 24

PSYC BC3391 Psychology of Time. 4 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 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 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.

Spring 2019: PSYC BC3393
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3393 001/00394 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Hannah Hoch 4 8/13

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.

PSYC BC3395 Emotion and Self Regulation. 4 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 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 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 2019: PSYC BC3398
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3398 001/01210 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Ari Shechter 4 0/12

PSYC G4220 Cognition and Psychopathology (Seminar). 4 points.

Not offered during 2018-19 academic year.

Prerequisites: at least two other psychology courses and the instructor's permission.

Discussion of issues and research on the breakdown of basic neurocognitive processes in psychopathology. The focus will be on working memory and cognitive control-- the cognitive processes most vulnerable in many psychiatric disorders, including: Schizophrenia, Major Depressive Reaction, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Substance Abuse. Discussions will focus on issues such as: What can we learn about the neural circuitry involved in a particular psychiatric disorder from studying deficits in cognitive tasks? What can we learn about normal cognition from studying cognitive deficits in psychopathology?

PSYC G4250 Evolution of Intelligence, Cognition, and Language (Seminar). 3 points.

Prerequisites: PSYC W1001 or PSYC W1010 or the equivalent, based on instructor assessment, plus one of the instructors' permission.

How did language evolve and why are human beings the only species to use language? How did the evolution of social intelligence, in particular, cooperation, set the stage for the origin of language and consciousness? We will explore how psychologists, philosophers, neuroscientists, anthropologists, biologists and computational scientists, among others, have collaborated during recent years to produce important insights in the evolution of intelligence, consciousness and language.

PSYC G4285 Multidisciplinary Approaches to Human Decision Making (Seminar). 1-3 points.

May be repeated for additional credit.

Prerequisites: PSYC W1490 or PSYC W2235, and the instructor's permission.

Discussion of selected topics and issues in human decision making.

PSYC G4420 Animal Cognition (Seminar). 3 points.

Prerequisites: For undergraduates: the instructor's permission.

Seminar concerning a nonverbal animal's use of internal representations of past experience as a basis for action. Topics include how representations are formed, what aspects of experience are encoded, how information is stored, and how it is used later to guide behavior.

PSYC G4460 Cognitive Neuroscience and the Media (Seminar). 4 points.

Prerequisites: A neuroscience course, such as PSYC 1010, and the instructor's permission

This seminar will discuss recent topics in cognitive neuroscience, and how research in this field is impacting public opinion. We will engage in a critical review of how the media represents research on the brain, with a focus on current issues and controversies related to the use of neuroimaging in the study of brain and behavior in humans.

PSYC G4486 Developmental and Affective Neuroscience (Seminar). 4 points.

Prerequisites: courses in developmental psychology, and either research methods or affective neuroscience, and the instructor's permission.

Introduction to leading theoretical perspectives employed by developmental psychologists in the study of affective neuroscience. Exploration of the developmental brain and behavior relationships in humans and animal models of typical and atypical emotional behavior, with a critical reading of recent research findings in the field.

PSYC G4490 Inheritance (Seminar). 4 points.

Prerequisites: basic knowledge of biology and neuroscience recommended; the instructor's permission required.

Explores the concept of inheritance and the mechanisms through which inheritance is mediated. Will focus on the generational transmission of physiology and behavior, but will also consider the inheritance of culture and language.

PSYC G4635 The Unconscious Mind (Seminar). 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission; some basic knowledge of social psychology is desirable.

Discussion of the unconscious mind from the perspective of social cognition, with an emphasis on both theoretical and empirical background, as well as current issues in measuring automatic processing. Topics include: implicit memory systems; unconscious attitudes, goals and behavior, emotions, and decision making; the activation and deactivation of knowledge systems; and priming.

PSYC G4685 Social Cognitive Neuroscience (Seminar). 3 points.

Prerequisites: for graduate students, course equivalents of at least two of the following courses: PSYC W1001, W1010, W2630, W3410, W3480, and W3485; and/or the instructor's permission.

An introduction to the emerging interdisciplinary field of social cognitive neuroscience, which examines topics traditionally of interest to social psychologists (including control and automaticity, emotion regulation, person perception, social cooperation) using methods traditionally employed by cognitive neuroscientists (functional neuroimaging, neuropsychological assessment).

PSYC GR4270 Cognitive Processes (Seminar). 3 points.

Prerequisites: For undergraduates: one course in cognitive psychology or cognitive neuroscience, or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission.

Metacognition and control processes in human cognition. Basic issues include the cognitive mechanisms that enable people to monitor what they know and predict what they will know, the errors and biases involved in self-monitoring, and the implications of metacognitive ability for people's self-determined learning, behavior, and their understanding of self.

Spring 2019: PSYC GR4270
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 4270 001/62253 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
405 Schermerhorn Hall
Janet Metcalfe 3 12/12

PSYC GU4222 The Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging (Seminar). 4 points.

Prerequisites: courses in introductory psychology and cognitive psychology; and the instructor's permission.

Comprehensive overview of various conceptual and methodologic approaches to studying the cognitive neuroscience of aging. The course will emphasize the importance of combining information from cognitive experimental designs, epidemiologic studies, neuroimaging, and clinical neuropsychological approaches to understand individual differences in both healthy and pathological aging.

Fall 2018: PSYC GU4222
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 4222 001/71085 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
405 Schermerhorn Hall
Stephanie Cosentino 4 11/12

PSYC GU4235 Special Topics in Vision (Seminar). 3 points.

This course will be offered in Fall 2016. May be repeated for additional credit.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. Please contact Prof. Graham by e-mail (nvg1@columbia.edu) if you are interested in this course.

Fall 2018: PSYC GU4235
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 4235 001/77052  
Norma Graham 3 5/12

PSYC GU4440 Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior (Seminar). 3 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Examines current topics in neurobiology and behavior.

Fall 2018: PSYC GU4440
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 4440 001/61945 Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
405 Schermerhorn Hall
Ciara Torres 3 8/12
PSYC 4440 002/76833 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
405 Schermerhorn Hall
Svetlana Rosis 3 10/12
Spring 2019: PSYC GU4440
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 4440 001/25705 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
405 Schermerhorn Hall
Svetlana Rosis 3 7/12
PSYC 4440 002/20230 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
405 Schermerhorn Hall
Tina Kao 3 9/12

PSYC GU4615 The Psychology of Culture and Diversity (Seminar). 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission; some basic knowledge of social psychology is desirable.

A comprehensive examination of how culture and diversity shape psychological processes. The class will explore psychological and political underpinnings of culture and diversity, emphasizing social psychological approaches. Topics include culture and self, cuture and social cognition, group and identity formation, science of diversity, stereotyping, prejudice, and gender. Applications to real-world phenomena discussed.

Fall 2018: PSYC GU4615
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 4615 001/18792 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
405 Schermerhorn Hall
Valerie Purdie-Greenaway 4 11/12
PSYC 4615 002/62105 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
405 Schermerhorn Hall
Valerie Purdie-Greenaway 4 7/12

PSYC GU4645 Culture, Motivation, and Prosocial Behavior. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Some knowledge of Research Methods, Statistics, and Social Psychology, plus Instructor's Permission.

Reviews and integrates current research on three important topics of social psychology: culture, motivation, and prosocial behavior. Discussions and readings will cover theoretical principles, methodological approaches, and the intersection of these three topics. Students will write a personal research proposal based on the theories presented during the seminar.

Spring 2019: PSYC GU4645
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 4645 001/15741 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
405 Schermerhorn Hall
Svetlana Komissarouk 4 8/12

PSYC GU4670 Theories in Social and Personality Psychology (Seminar). 3 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Comparison of major theoretical perspectives on social behavior. The nature of theory construction and theory testing in psychology generally. Exercises comparing the predictions of different theories for the same study are designed to acquire an appreciation of how to operationalize theories and an understanding of the various features of a good theory.

Fall 2018: PSYC GU4670
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 4670 001/64945 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
405 Schermerhorn Hall
Tory Higgins 3 14/12

PSYC UN2235 Thinking and Decision Making. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: an introductory course in psychology.

Models of judgment and decision making in both certain and uncertain or risky situations, illustrating the interplay of top-down (theory-driven) and bottom-up (data-driven) processes in creating knowledge. Focuses on how individuals do and should make decisions, with some extensions to group decision making and social dilemmas.

Spring 2019: PSYC UN2235
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2235 001/20387 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
501 Schermerhorn Hall
Katherine Fox-Glassman 3 160/145

PSYC UN2460 Drugs and Behavior. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: PSYC W1001 or PSYC W1010, or the equivalent.

The effects of psychoactive drugs on the brain and behavior.

Fall 2018: PSYC UN2460
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2460 001/70306 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
501 Schermerhorn Hall
Carl Hart 3 110/150

PSYC UN2620 Abnormal Behavior. 3 points.

Prerequisites: An introductory psychology course.

Examines definitions, theories, and treatments of abnormal behavior.

Fall 2018: PSYC UN2620
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2620 001/11282 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
501 Schermerhorn Hall
E'mett McCaskill 3 162/170

PSYC UN2630 Social Psychology. 3 points.

Surveys important methods, findings, and theories in the study of social influences on behavior. Emphasizes different perspectives on the relation between individuals and society.

Fall 2018: PSYC UN2630
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2630 001/29666 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
428 Pupin Laboratories
Tory Higgins 3 108/150

PSYC UN2640 Introduction to Social Cognition. 3 points.

Prerequisites: an introductory course in psychology or the instructor's permission.

An introduction to basic concepts in social cognition. Topics include attribution theory (how we explain our own and other's behavior), social categories and schema (social perception and stereotyping), the social self (the development and maintenance of a self-concept), attention and consciousness, person memory, affect and cognition, and social inference, among others.

Spring 2019: PSYC UN2640
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 2640 001/72903 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
614 Schermerhorn Hall
Larisa Heiphetz 3 100/100

PSYC UN3496 Neuroscience and Society. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Science of Psychology (PSYC 1001) or Mind, Brain, & Behavior (PSYC 1010), or equivalent introductory psychology course. Students who have not taken one of these courses may also be admitted with instructor permission.

This course investigates the ways in which research in human neuroscience both reflects and informs societal issues. Topics include how neuroscience research is interpreted and applied in areas such as healthcare, education, law, consumer behavior, and public policy.

Spring 2019: PSYC UN3496
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
PSYC 3496 001/65569 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
352 Schermerhorn Hall
Caroline Marvin 3 12/12
PSYC 3496 002/18792 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
352 Schermerhorn Hall
Caroline Marvin 3 12/12

PSYC W1010 Mind, Brain and Behavior. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Introduction to the biological approach to the experimental study of behavior. Includes consideration of the types of biological data relevant to psychology, as well as the assumptions and logic permitting the interpretation of biological data in psychological terms.

PSYC W1450 Experimental Psychology: Social Cognition and Emotion. 4 points.

Lab Required
Attendance at the first class is essential. Priority given to psychology majors. Fee: $70.

Prerequisites: PSYC W1001 or PSYC W1010, and a statistics course (PSYC W1610 or the equivalent), or the instructor's permission.
Corequisites: PSYC W1451.

An introduction to research methods employed in the study of human social cognition and emotion. Students gain experience in the design and conduct of research, including ethical issues, observation and measurement techniques, interpretation of data, and preparation of written and oral reports.

PSYC W1451 Experimental Psychology: Social Cognition and Emotion (Lab). 0 points.

Limited enrollment in each section.

Corequisites: PSYC W1450.

Required Lab for PSYC W1450.

PSYC W1660 Advanced Statistical Inference. 3 points.

Prerequisites: PSYC 1610 (or the equivalent) plus instructor's permission

This course outlines elements of statistical inference. Students will receive training in the use of software to evaluate both experimental data and psychological theory. In doing so, students will construct models that can both describe scientific results and also predict future outcomes.

PSYC W2250 Evolution of Cognition. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: PSYC W1001 or PSYC W1010, or the instructor's permission.

A systematic review of different forms of cognition as viewed in the context of the theory of evolution. Specific topics include the application of the theory of evolution to behavior, associative learning, biological constraints on learning, methods for studying the cognitive abilities of animals, levels of representation, ecological influences on cognition, and evidence of consciousness in animals.

PSYC W2420 Animal Behavior. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: PSYC W1001 or PSYC W1010, or a college-level biology course, or the instructor's permission.

Introduction to behavioral systems, evolution of behavioral traits, and analysis of behavior. Topics include reproductive and social behavior, mating systems, competition, cooperation, communication, learning, development and the interplay of genes and environment.

PSYC W2480 The Developing Brain. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: PSYC W1001 or PSYC W1010, or the instructor's permission.

Brain development across the life span, with emphasis on fetal and postnatal periods. How the environment shapes brain development and hence adult patterns of behavior.

PSYC W2670 Social Development. 3 points.

Prerequisites: PSYC W1001 or PSYC W1010, or the equivalent.

This lecture course introduces students to the study of typical human social development with a particular focus on genetic, familial and peer influences on the development of social behaviors during early childhood.

PSYC W3435 Neurobiology of Reproductive Behavior (Seminar). 4 points.

Prerequisites: at least two other psychology courses and the instructor's permission.

Reproduction encompasses a broad range of behaviors in the life cycle of an organism from mate selection and copulation to parental care. This seminar will examine various aspects of reproduction across species and the neural mechanisms that regulate these behaviors and allow an organism to adapt to environmental change.

PSYC W3484 Life Span Development: Theory and Methods. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Science of Psychology (PSYC 1001), Mind, Brain, & Behavior (PSYC 1010), or an equivalent Introductory Psychology course is required, plus permission of the instructor.

This course will explore the theory and methods underlying lifespan development: the cognitive and neural changes that we undergo from even before birth until the end of life. Each week will focus on a different broad time period in the life of a person, and introduce a major research method used in the study of human development. Topics will range from prenatal development and epigenetics to late-life brain changes and neuroimaging.

PSYC W3625 Clinical Neuropsychology (Seminar). 3 points.

Prerequisites: an introductory course in neuroscience, like PSYC W1010 or PSYC W2450, and the instructor's permission.

Analysis of the assessment of physical and psychiatric diseases impacting the central nervous system, with emphasis on the relationship between neuropathology and cognitive and behavioral deficits.

PSYC W3690 The Self in Social Context (Seminar). 4 points.

Prerequisites: PSYC W1001 or W1010, or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission.

This course centers on understanding the self embedded in the social context. We will integrate knowledge from various areas of psychology (developmental, cognitive, social cognition) with a main focus in social psychology. This course will provide the opportunity to gain an understanding of research in the following areas: the development of self in a social context, the relationship between the self and the broader socio-cultural context, the impact of self-involvement on social/cognitive processes, and contemporary research on individual differences.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.