An introduction to the scientific study of behavioral and mental processes. Topics includes the neurobiological basis of behavior; perception; development; learning; memory and thinking; motivation; personality; normal and abnormal behavior;  psychotherapy; and social factors in behavior.

This course is a study of human characteristics and changes from conception to death. At each developmental stage, major topics covered are physical and motor change, cognitive development, emotional and personality growth, and social development. Prerequisite: PSY-100 or EDU-234. 

The understanding of gender roles from a psychological viewpoint. Topics included are a critique of the psychoanalytic view of gender differences, the effects of body states on personality, psychophysiological dysfunctions of the reproductive system, differences between male and female brains, differences in the way male and female infants behave, how sexual identity develops, and self-esteem, achievement motivation, and changes in the roles the different sexes play during their lifetimes. Prerequisite: PSY-100.

A field experience in psychology involving exploration of psychology-related careers in community agencies, mental health services, business, government or educational settings which provides students with exposure to the profession of psychology. Attendance at a biweekly seminar and completion of written assignments is required. Open to sophomores and first semester juniors.  May be repeated for credit.  A maximum of 2 credit hours may be earned. Application and instructor’s consent required. Prerequisite: PSY-100.

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will participate in the execution of an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and faculty mentor is required for registration. Open to freshmen and sophomores. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six credit hours. Prerequisite: PSY-100.

The first semester in this two-course sequence is an introduction to the history, methods, data collection, statistical analysis, and ethics of general experimental psychology.  Research studies will be developed, executed, analyzed, reported in American Psychological Association (APA) style, and presented.  Measures of central tendency and deviation, linear and function-free correlation, hypothesis testing, survey designs, and nonparametric techniques will be covered.  Prerequisite:  PSY-100.

The second semester in this two-course sequence will continue the study of research methodology, data collection, statistical analysis and ethics of experimental psychology.  Research studies will be further developed, executed, analyzed, reported in American Psychological Association (APA) style, and presented.  The designs covered include independent group-, between subject-, and within subject-designs along with the various forms of analysis of variance (ANOVA, Two-way ANOVA, and Repeated Measures ANOVA).  Prerequisites: PSY-100, PSY-301.

This course is designed to assist students in preparing themselves to enter the profession of psychology. Through a progressive series of applied assignments, students will examine psychological research on career decision making and job satisfaction; evaluate their own strengths, interests, and values; set career and life goals; identify and plan a strategy to prepare themselves for careers and/or graduate training; enhance professional selfpresentation skills; examine issues of ethical conduct in applied psychological settings; and otherwise prepare themselves to enter the workforce as psychology majors. This course is most appropriate for junior psychology majors.

This course focuses on the typical physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development of humans from conception to adolescence.  Theories and research findings will guide understanding of the multiple influences on the behavior of infants, children, and teens. Prerequisite: PSY-100 or EDU-234.

An introduction to the psychological and educational issues associated with the major exceptionalities. Topics covered include Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Giftedness, and Communication Disorders. Prerequisite: PSY-100 or EDU-234.

A study of the major forms of behavioral pathology and current therapies. Topics covered include anxiety disorders, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, affective disorders, schizophrenic disorders, and chronic brain syndromes.  Prerequisite: PSY-100.
 

An examination of the principles of classical and operant conditioning including reinforcement, stimulus control, and extinction, and the application of these principles in a variety of settings, including the control and modification of one's own behavior. Prerequisite: PSY-100.

Health Psychology is concerned with the interface between health and psychology, between behavior and wellness/illness. It looks at physiological and psychological functioning, and studies the interrelationship between mind, body and culture/environment. In the course we look at both US and world health issues and examine such topics as health behaviors, stress and coping, illness prevention, wellness promotion, public policy, and the biopsychosocial model and emphasizes a multi-disciplinary perspective. Prerequisite: PSY-100.

A survey of the functional anatomy of the nervous system. Special emphasis on current views of the contributions of various subsystems to psychological phenomena. Prerequisite: PSY-100.

A study of the visual and auditory senses and how they function. How needs, desires, expectations, and previous experiences influence our perception. Understanding of the principles of psychophysics. The course also focuses on cognitive factors in perception. Prerequisite: PSY-100.

Presents a survey of Industrial/Organizational psychology using concepts, case studies, theories, research and direct applications to the study of people within the world of work. A balance between industrial and organizational concepts will guide the class through examining psychology at work and understanding what I/O psychologists who work in applied settings do. Topics will include: job analysis, assessments in employment, job attitudes, performance appraisal and management; and motivation, occupational health, leadership and organizational theory. Prerequisite: PSY-100.

An advanced standing internship in psychology involving the application of knowledge and skills in community agencies, mental health services, business, government or educational settings which provides students with exposure to and experience in the profession of psychology. Attendance at a biweekly seminar and completion of written project assignments and a culminating project is required. May be repeated for credit.  Open to juniors and senior psychology majors upon acceptance of application.  A maximum of 6 credit hours may be earned. Application and instructor’s consent required. Prerequisite: PSY-100. Course fee assessed. Recommended for Seniors and Juniors in their second semester.

An introductory practicum course where students are taught via initial classroom training and video modeling the basic concepts of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and discrete trial teaching (DTT) to work one-on-one with a preschool child with autism. Students will apply learned concepts in order to handle common behaviors and maintain mastered skills of their assigned child. All practicum hours are on campus and attendance is a significant part of grade. Any student who has not met the requirements to advance to Autism Practicum Level II may repeat the course with instructor permission. Course fee assessed. Prerequisite: PSY-100 or permission of the instructor.

An advanced practicum course providing students with an opportunity to build on applied behavioral analysis (ABA) techniques taught in Introductory Autism Practicum to work with preschool children with autism. Students will be expected to apply ABA techniques to make significant behavior changes and use discrete trial training (DTT) to teach new skills. Students are expected to know how to implement a variety of behavior protocols and read and interpret data. All practicum hours are on campus and attendance is a significant part of grade. This course may be repeated with a different client assignment with instructor permission. Prerequisite: PSY-342 and instructor permission.

A study of the theories and research relevant to interpersonal influence, the ways in which an individual is influenced by other people. Topics include: attitude change, conformity, interpersonal attraction, self consistency, aggression, altruism, and social cognition.  Prerequisite: PSY-100.
 

This course is a comprehensive overview of the psychological aspects of aging. Topics include research methods, theories of aging, and age-related changes in sensation/perception, memory, cognition, personality, and late-life psychopathology. Emphasis will be on pathways to successful aging in the context of a shifting balance of gains and losses in psychological and physical functioning. This course is most appropriate for junior and senior psychology and social work majors. Prerequisite: PSY-100.

A consideration of major contemporary theories of personality and the evaluation of these theories in the light of research findings. Prerequisite: PSY-100.

A study of the principles of psychological testing and evaluation in several settings. An introduction to the major types of tests, including tests of general and special abilities, aptitude, achievement, interests, and personality. Prerequisites: PSY-100.

The focus of this course is the historical genesis of current concerns in psychology. Particular emphasis will be placed on the seminal work of the late 19th- and early 20th-century psychological pioneers.  Prerequisite: PSY-100.

A survey of the major theories and empirical findings in the field. Emphasis is placed on the active strategies and thought processes used in remembering, speaking and understanding language, reading, concept learning, and problem solving. Prerequisite: PSY-100.
 

A course focused on a special topic in psychology. Topics will be chosen in accordance with faculty and student interest. Intended for students of demonstrated maturity, usually indicated by upper class standing. Topics may include current trends in research and/or professional issues. A description of the topic will be included in the registration schedule for the upcoming semester. May be repeated for credit but no more than three hours may be applied to the 18-hour minor requirement. Prerequisite: PSY-100.

Students who have mastered skills needed in Intermediate Autism Practicum can enroll in this course. Students will read data provided by a discrete trial teaching (DTT) team and analyze trends in learning. Students will take raw data and graph the data to present to assigned consultant for review. Students will continue to provide weekly one-on-one teaching with their assigned child. All practicum hours are on campus and attendance is a significant part of grade. This course may be repeated with a different client assignment with instructor permission. Prerequisite: PSY-343 and instructor permission.

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. The project must meet Honors Program thesis requirements as well as the expectations of the psychology faculty. Open to seniors in the Honors and/or Teaching Fellows Programs who are majoring in psychology. Prerequisites: PSY-100 and PSY-301.

In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate and execute an original research project that will culminate in a paper and a presentation. A research proposal form completed by the student and the faculty mentor is required for registration. Open to junior and senior psychology majors or minors and others by permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six semester hours. Prerequisites: PSY-100 and PSY-301 or instructor permission.

 

An advanced examination of the influence of the presence or perceived presence of others on an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as they intersect in workplace.  A focus on attitudes and attitude change, group processes, social cognition/judgment and decision-making, social influence and leadership, and social-psychological research methods. Prerequisite: Admission to the Early I/O program.

An advanced study of psychological-testing theory and practice, focusing on the nature of psychological constructs, testing theory, individual differences, judgment and decision making in testing, and appropriate methods of test construction and deployment including statistical methods and psychometrics.  Prerequisite: Admission to Early I/O program.


Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.

Psychology at Meredith

Our psychology students acquire both research skills and practical skills in applied settings.

Our psychology students acquire both research skills and practical skills in applied settings. 

Contact Information
Cynthia Edwards
Dept. Head, Psychology & Social Work
108 Ledford Hall
(919) 760-2854
edwardsc@meredith.edu
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