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8.25.3 Psychology Course Descriptions-4000 Level
Course Code
PSYC 4370  Credits View Details
Title Brain Plasticity 
Description The course will feature the relationship between the brain and experience. Brain plasticity refers to the ability of the brain to change its structure and function. Experience, which includes development, learning, and damage, is a major cause of plasticity in all organisms. Students will be exposed to theories on how much plasticity is possible, how it can be measured, how it can be used, and whether it can be enhanced. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 4370 and PSYC 4540 when titled "Brain Plasticity." Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2360 or PSYC 2361] and written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4400  Credits View Details
Title Theories of Close Relationships 
Description Students will be exposed to theories that apply to the initiation, development, maintenance, and dissolution of relationships. The primary focus will be on evolutionary theory, attachment styles, communal and exchange relationships, equity theory, interdependence theory and the investment model, attributional theories, and theories of love. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 4400 and PSYC 4540 with the topic "Theories of Close Relationships." Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2540 or PSYC 2541 or the former PSYC 2410 or the former PSYC 2411 or the former PSYC 2420 or the former PSYC 2421] and written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4410  Credits View Details
Title Cross-cultural Social Psychology 
Description Cross-cultural psychology is the critical and comparative study of the linkages between cultural norms and thoughts, feeling and behaviour. This course focuses on Cross-cultural Social Psychology. Therefore the assigned readings deal with topics that Social Psychology, in general, examines. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 4410 and PSYC 4540 with the topic "Cross-cultural Social Psychology." Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2540 or PSYC 2541 or the former PSYC 2410 or the former PSYC 2411 or the former PSYC 2420 or the former PSYC 2421] and written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4420  Credits View Details
Title Neuroimaging: Imaging Thoughts 
Description This course will explore how neuroimaging can illuminate our models of various aspects of cognition, including attention, vision, language, memory and learning, executive functions, emotion and various neuropathologies. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 4420 and PSYC 4540 with the topic "Imaging Thoughts." Prerequisite: written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4430  Credits View Details
Title Vision: Perception and Action 
Description An intensive review of current research and theories in visual processes. Both behavioural and physiological aspects of vision will be considered. Course goals are directed at offering a better understanding of visual perception and the visual control of action. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 4430 and PSYC 4540 with the topic "Vision Science." Prerequisite: written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4440  Credits View Details
Title Readings in Autism Spectrum Disorders 
Description Students will read recent research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, acquire skills to critically evaluate empirical evidence, and examine implications for practice. Among the topics covered will be assessment, diagnosis, epidemiology, and applied behaviour analysis early intervention. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 4440 and PSYC 4540 with the topic "Autism Spectrum Disorders." Prerequisite: written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4450  Credits View Details
Title Animal Behaviour 1 
Description The nature-nurture controversy will be discussed, followed by a survey of the diverse behaviours relating to the physical environment (e.g., food storage); predation (e.g. trapping); defence (e.g., camouflage); and migration. Prerequisite: written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4460  Credits View Details
Title Animal Behaviour 2 
Description A more detailed analysis of selected topics including communication, animal populations, and the social use of space in humans and infrahumans. Prerequisite: written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4490  Credits View Details
Title Comparative Psychology 
Description A survey of similarities and differences of behaviour at various phylogenetic levels. Topics include evolution, genetics, sensory processes, neuropsychology, learning processes, and social behaviour. Prerequisite: written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4492  Credits View Details
Title Psychology of Addiction 
Description This course will introduce the psychology of addictive disorders, including their history, prevalence and incidence, and basic drug actions. It will also survey research on biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of addictive disorders. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 4492 and PSYC 4540 when titled "Introduction to the Psychology of Addiction." Prerequisite: written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4510  Credits View Details
Title Applied Behaviour Analysis in Developmental Disabilities 
Description Students will read recent applied behaviour analytic research in behavioural assessments and interventions for people with developmental disabilities, acquire skills to critically evaluate empirical evidence, and examine implications for practice. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 4510 and PSYC 4540 with the topic "Research in Developmental Disabilities." Prerequisite: written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4520  Credits View Details
Title Honours Research Seminar 
Description In first term there will be an examination of important experimental issues, and several experimental assignments. In addition, each student will propose a research project of greater scope to be conducted under the supervision of a Psychology staff member. In second term, students will carry out their projects and report their findings. Prerequisite: [90 credit hours towards honours program, including a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 3200, and three credit hours in PSYC 3340 or PSYC 3341 or the former PSYC 4570, and three credit hours in PSYC 3630 or PSYC 3631 or the former PSYC 4500] and written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4540  Credits View Details
Title Contemporary Issues 1 
Description Course content may vary from year to year, but in general it will entail either some specific topic of prominent interest in psychology or a psychological analysis of some problem of current public interest. Prerequisite: written consent of department head. The course content may vary. Students can earn multiple credits for this course only when the topic subtitle is different. 


Course Code
PSYC 4560  Credits View Details
Title Health Psychology 
Description This course focuses on understanding how psychological factors contribute to the promotion and maintenance of good health, to the prevention and treatment of illness, and to recovery from or adjustment to existing illness. Prerequisite: written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4562  Credits View Details
Title Social Psychology and Health 
Description This course uses theories and concepts from social/personality psychology to gain a better appreciation of what health is and how to achieve it, at the individual and population levels. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 4562 and PSYC 4540 with the topic "Social Psychology and Health." Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in one of: PSYC 2530 or PSYC 2531 or PSYC 2540 or PSYC 2541 or PSYC 3130 or PSYC 3131 or the former PSYC 2410 or the former PSYC 2411 or the former PSYC 2420 or the former PSYC 2421 or the former PSYC 3450 or the former PSYC 3451] and written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4564  Credits View Details
Title Self-regulation and Health 
Description This course examines how self-regulatory processes such as goal-setting and self-awareness can affect behaviours that promote or undermine human health. A wide range of health-related behaviours is considered such as smoking, exercise, safe-sex practices, and eating. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 4564 and PSYC 4540 with the topic "Self-regulation and Health." Prerequisite: written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4566  Credits View Details
Title Psychology of Health and Aging 
Description This course considers how adults adapt to the challenges of aging and the accompanying health problems. Seminar discussions will focus on selected psychological theories and related empirical literature regarding belief systems that operate in the face of health- and age-related challenges. Students may not hold credit for both PSYC 4566 and PSYC 4540 with the topic "Health and Aging." Prerequisite: written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4580  Credits View Details
Title Elements of Behavioural Pharmacology 
Description Data and theories related to psychoactive agents are introduced, with emphasis on therapeutic drug classes, drugs of abuse, and methodological issues in drug research. The focus is on the behavioural analysis of drug action, but a neuropharmacological analysis is developed where it has a firm relationship to the behavioural analysis. Prerequisite: written consent of department head. 


Course Code
PSYC 4600  Credits View Details
Title Selected Topics in Developmental Psychology 
Description The specific content of this course will vary from year to year. A description of the course is available in advance at the Psychology general office. Prerequisite: written consent of department head. The course content may vary. Students can earn multiple credits for this course only when the topic subtitle is different. 


Course Code
PSYC 4610  Credits View Details
Title Social Cognition 
Description Focus on the processes determining how people perceive themselves and others in their social world. From topics such as causal attribution, psychological control, person memory, and social inference, the course will address selected issues from theoretical and empirical perspectives. Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in PSYC 2540 or PSYC 2541 or the former PSYC 2410 or the former PSYC 2411 or the former PSYC 2420 or the former PSYC 2421] and written consent of department head.