Mar 31, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PSY-706 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior

4 semester credits

This broadly conceived course includes knowledge derived from history, philosophy, early psychology, and contemporary neuroscience. Some of its foci, notably involving the nature of consciousness, address questions that remain insufficiently answered and possibly ultimately unanswerable by those with human brains and nervous systems. Students investigate how human behavior is shaped and modulated by cognition, affect, and their interaction. The course includes theories and empirical bases of learning, perception memory, language, motivation, affect, emotion, and executive function, as well as factors that influence cognitive performance and emotional experience and their interaction. Topics include (1) contemporary perceptual, cognitive and affective neuroscience, (2) false and distorted memories, (3) the nature of consciousness, (4) basic emotions, (5) culture, gender, cognition and affect, and (6) interrelationships among cognitions/beliefs, behavior, affect, temperament, and mood.
Pre-requisites: PSY 500 , PSY 500A , PSY 525  or PSY 533  taken concurrrently or completed prior.
Delivery Method: Distance/Electronically Mediated
Note: This course is only open to Clinical or Media PhD students or RCP certificate students.
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Objective(s):  

1. Be familiar with the primary models of emotion, including “wet mind/dry mind” approaches, interactions and consequences.

2. Be familiar with the theories and models of memory, including metacognition, paradigms and paradoxes.

3. Be familiar with the theories of consciousness, including biological, mathematical, and phenomenological models.

4. Be familiar with the models and research foundations of cognitive science, including neural networks and their implications, and artificial intelligence’s contributions to the understanding of cognitive processes.

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