Contact Information

Department of Psychology
Franklin Science Center 114
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA
(717) 477-1657
psych@ship.edu

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Courses

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Undergraduate

PSY 102 Foundations of Psychology
PSY 105 Research Design and Statistics I
PSY 205 Research Design and Statistics II
PSY 235 Conditioning and Learning
PSY 240 Psychology of Personality
PSY 265 Child and Adolescent Psychology
PSY 270 Social Psychology
PSY 301 Experimental Psychology
PSY 305 Applied Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 320 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY 325 Psychology of Human Cognition
PSY 330 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 335 Psychology of Social Influence
PSY 340 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PSY 352 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
PSY 355 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
PSY 361 Psychology of Group Interaction
PSY 365 Multicultural Psychology
PSY 371 Undergraduate Research in Psych I & II
PSY 374 Advanced Research in Psychology I
PSY 375 Advanced Research in Psychology II
PSY 381 Honors Thesis I
PSY 382 Honors Thesis II
PSY 384 Psychology of Person to Person Interaction
PSY 385 Internship in Psychology I & II
PSY 393 Selected Topics in Psychology
PSY 395 Selected Topics in Psychology
PSY 397 Human Cognitive Development
PSY 410 Psychology of Gender
PSY 420 Health Psychology
PSY 430 Sensation and Perception
PSY 432 Psychology of the Internet
PSY 435 Psychopharmacology
PSY 440 History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 445 Psychology of Thinking
PSY 447 Multicultural Health Psychology
PSY 450 Crisis Intervention
PSY 465 Human Factors
PSY 470 Legal Psychology
PSY 475 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 485 Tests and Measurements
PSY 490 Selected Topics in Psychology

Graduate

PSY 410 Psychology of Gender
PSY 420 Health Psychology
PSY 430 Psychology of Sensation and Perception
PSY 432 Psychology of the Internet
PSY 435 Psychopharmacology
PSY 445 Psychology of Thinking
PSY 447 Multicultural Health Psychology
PSY 465 Human Factors
PSY 470 Legal Psychology
PSY 475 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 485 Tests and Measurements
PSY 490 Selected Topics in Psychology
PSY 500 Advanced Research Design and Statistics
PSY 512 Theories of Learning
PSY 515 Theories of Personality
PSY 516 Motivation
PSY 518 Principles of Cognition and Behavior Modification
PSY 519 Life Span Psychology
PSY 527 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 529 Psychology of Successful Aging
PSY 530 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
PSY 531 Advanced Cognitive Psychology
PSY 532 Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY 533 Social Cognition
PSY 534 Research in Abnormal Psychology
PSY 540 History of Psychology
PSY 594 Selected Topics
PSY 612 Thesis I
PSY 613 Thesis II

PSY 102 Foundations of Psychology
This course is intended primarily for psychology majors and is designed to prepare them for subsequent upper division courses in psychology. Topics covered will include: developmental processes, motivation, emotion, brain-behavior relationship, conditioning, and learning, perception, memory, personality, psychopathology, and social psychology.

PSY 105 Research Design and Statistics I
This course is intended primarily for psychology majors and it is the first course in a two-semester sequence of courses in research design and statistics as applied to the behavioral sciences. Topics to be covered include: background research skills, hypothesis development, research methodology, descriptive statistics (using calculator or computer), and an introduction to probability.

PSY 205 Research Design and Statistics II
This course is designed to provide the student with a collection of principles, methods, and strategies useful in planning, designing, writing, and evaluating research studies in the behavioral sciences. Topics include research designs, measurements, hypothesis testing, statistical significance, estimation, and the analysis of data. The use of computer statistical packages to analyze data will be emphasized.

PSY 235 Conditioning and Learning
The study of condition and learning can be focused on animal or human behavior. Traditionally, learning theory has used animal models in an attempt to understand basic processes of the modification of behavior through experience. Research in the area often focuses on conditioning and reinforcement mechanisms. In the last few decades, learning theory has become more biologically based as mechanisms of evolution have been incorporated into psychology.

PSY 240 Psychology of Personality
Personality Psychology study how individuals are influenced by enduring inner factors and the development of personality over the course of a lifetime. Personality psychologists are primarily employed in academic settings, teaching and conducting research.

PSY 265 Child and Adolescent Psychology
Provides understanding and appreciation of the interrelated growth processes of child development. These include physical, interpersonal, social, peer, self-developmental, emotional, and cognitive processes.

PSY 270 Social Psychology
Social psychology is the study of the individual within a social context, and involves applying social psychological principles to areas such as marketing, fundraising, prejudice reduction. Social psychologists are usually employed as professors or in industry. Some work as consultants, and a few work for non-profit organizations.

PSY 301 Experimental Psychology
Provides an introduction to the execution of planned laboratory experiments. Deals with problems in designing experiments, data collection and analysis, and the writing of research reports. Experiments will be conducted using human participant volunteers and may be conducted in numerous areas of psychology including: cognition, learning and memory, motivation, sensation and perception, social.

PSY 305 Applied Research Methods in Psychology
Designed to provide and opportunity for students to examine and conduct research in psychology using such non-experimental research methods as: naturalistic observation, survey, correlational, field study and program evaluation. Statistics, including the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) available on the campus computers.

PSY 320 Behavioral Neuroscience
Designed to teach the relationship between our behaviors (overt behaviors, cognitive processes, emotions and motivational states) and our biology (especially the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems). This "bio-behavioral" approach is used to examine such topics as human consciousness, learning and memory, and serious mental illnesses.

PSY 325 Psychology of Human Cognition
Is designed to teach the underlying principles of human cognition (i.e., attention, thinking, perception, comprehension, memory), experimentation and research in cognition, and the application of cognitive principles in applied settings.

PSY 330 Abnormal Psychology
Characteristics, causes, and treatments of the major types of maladaptive behavior are discussed. Topics covered include the current mental disorder classification system and contemporary forms of psychotherapy.

PSY 335 Psychology of Social Influence
An introduction to the principles of social influence. These principles will be applied to understanding topics such as attitude change, recruitment, retention in religious cults and other cult-like groups, product advertising, political advertising, fundraising techniques, public service campaigns, initiations and group loyalty, brainwashing.

PSY 340 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
This course will include discussion of how clinical psychologists assess symptoms of psychopathology, diagnose mental disorders, conceptualize clients' symptom reports, and develop treatment plans. Students will not be taught how to do assessment or psychotherapy but will learn about the assessment and psychotherapy approaches used by clinical psychologists. The purpose of the course is to provide the opportunity to integrate material learned in other courses and to learn more about the field of clinical psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 240 and PSY 330.

PSY 352 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Studies human development from the beginning of puberty to the climax of maturity. This psychosocial period of time is conceived of as a transitional phase during which an individual completes his personal autonomy.

PSY 355 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
Is a psychological investigation into the nature of human differences as manifested in children and youth. The course is concerned with the scientific study of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development in unique children as well as individual, institutional, and cultural response to the exceptional child. Cultural, social, and scientific procedures for the definition of deference will be emphasized. Treatment and educational systems will be touched upon.

PSY 361 Psychology of Group Interaction
Surveys and analyzes the psychological constructs, research, and principles of group interaction. Throughout participation and observation of face to face groups, implications are drawn for work groups in education, industry, and social situations.

PSY 365 Multicultural Psychology
This course focuses on recent psychological research concerning the understanding of cultural differences and similarities in the way we think, feel, and behave. It is designed to introduce students to psychological issues concerning gender, cultural values, religion, race/ethnicity, individualism-collectivism, self-identity, group identity and group conflict, environmental ecology, culture and development, sexual orientation, psychological and physical disorders and disabilities, culture and communication. The discussions are geared toward promoting an understanding of human experience in a multicultural context. This course satisfies a diversity requirement for all students.

PSY 371 Undergraduate Research in Psychology I & II
Provides an opportunity for a student to do research under the guidance of selected faculty members for up to two semesters. Approval of research topic from the selected advisor should be obtained before registering for this course.

PSY 374 Advanced Research in Psychology I
Is the first of a two semester sequence of courses designed to provide psychology majors with an opportunity to conduct major a research project. In the first semester, students select a topic, do background research and write a detailed research proposal.

PSY 375 Advanced Research in Psychology II
Is the second of a two semester sequence of courses designed to provide psychology majors with an opportunity to conduct a major research project. In the second semester, students gather data, do appropriate statistical analysis, write a research report, and make an oral presentation of the project and its results.

PSY 381 Honors Thesis I
This is the first of a two-semester sequence of courses designed to provide students in the Psychology Honors Program an opportunity to develop and conduct a major research project.

PSY 382 Honors Thesis II
This is the second of a two-semester sequence of courses designed to provide students in the Psychology Honors Program an opportunity to develop and conduct a major research project.

PSY 384 Psychology of Person to Person Interaction
Focuses on the development of basic interviewing skills. Topics include mode of responses, creating a positive relationship, problem solving, effective feedback, and applications to special populations. Skill enhancing activities include role playing, video taping, and small group exercises.

PSY 385 Internship in Psychology I & II
Provides a variety of internship experiences which make available opportunities o broaden the psychology major's preparatory background. Contact the internship coordinator of the department of the department for more information.

PSY 393 Selected Topics in Psychology
Provides the opportunity for the department to offer courses in areas of departmental major interest which are not covered by the regular courses.

PSY 395 Selected Topics in Psychology
Studies concepts and research in areas of psychology not covered by the regular courses of study. Areas covered will be those in which there is a special expertise and in which there is a special student request.

PSY 397 Human Cognitive Development
Presents a life span approach to the study of human development with an emphasis on cognitive processes in infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The purpose of the course is to familiarize the student with basic concepts, models, theories, and research in the field of cognitive development. Thus, models of gene-environment interaction, Piagetian, neo-Piagetian, information-processing approaches, and post-formal approaches will be discussed, as well as their application to perception, memory, language, intelligence, and wisdom development. This course will also introduce the student to practical applications of current theories of cognitive human development. It is recommended to have a prior course in Developmental Psychology and/or Cognition.

PSY 410 Psychology of Gender
This course will first focus on views of women in early psychology; we will then turn to an in-depth analysis of the psychological aspects of issues affecting women. Topics discussed will include: current and historical theories about women and sex differences; achievement motivation; women and mental illness; psychological aspects of menstruation; female sexuality; women's romantic relationships and friendships; reactions to victimization (rape, domestic violence, obsessive relationships and stalking, sexual abuse); psychological consequences of women's physical appearance; body image and eating disorders; prejudice and discrimination against women; consequences of inclusive vs. noninclusive language; improving communication and cooperation between men and women.

PSY 420 Health Psychology
Explores the biopsychosocial approach to understanding health and illness. Role of psychology in health promotion and prevention of illness will be discussed. Possible topics include pain management, encouragement of health-related behaviors and the relationship between stress and disease. Prerequisite: PSY101 or PSY102, junior standing or permission of instructor.

PSY 430 Sensation and Perception
Includes the study of human senses, sensory coding, neurological basis of sensation, perceptual process in vision and hearing, perceptual development, theories of perceptual experience, and the physiological basis of perception. Numerous demonstrations will be performed and experienced by students in the area of sensation and perception.

PSY 432 Psychology of the Internet
This course will examine the psychological implications of computers and their related Internet technologies on our social interactions and behaviors. Topics will include the influence of technology on our self-concept and identities, norm development in CMC and virtual communities, cyber-support, internet addiction, the influence of gender and status in our online social interactions, and the digital divide.

PSY 435 Psychopharmacology
Examines the absorption, metabolism, and elimination of psychoactive drugs. The mechanism of drug action, addiction, tolerance, and physical dependence will be studied.

PSY 440 History and Systems of Psychology
Explores the philosophical background, historical development, contemporary systems, and possible directions of psychology. NOT OPEN TO GRADUATE STUDENTS!

PSY 445 Psychology of Thnking
Deals with higher mental processes including problem solving, decision making, reasoning, languages and intelligence. The aim of this course is to inform the student of theories and research in these areas as well as to improve their thinking skills.

PSY 447 Multicultural Health Psychology
Explores the biopsychosocial approach to understanding health and illness. Role of psychology in health promotion and prevention of illness will be discussed. Possible topics include pain management, encouragement of health-related behaviors and the relationship between stress and disease. Prerequisite: PSY101 or PSY102, junior standing or permission of instructor.

PSY 450 Crisis Intervention
A conceptual and practical framework for providing crisis intervention is presented. Topics covered include the theory and philosophy of crisis intervention, problem solving, prevention and evaluation of intervention efforts. Applications discussed include working with groups, crime victims, suicidal individuals and bereaved persons. NOT OPEN TO GRADUATE STUDENTS!

PSY 465 Human Factors
Focuses on the application of psychological principles of human behavior, perception, and cognition to real-world environments. Topics include: Improving workplace and transportation safety, improving human-computer interaction, and discussing general ways that humans can work more easily and naturally with complex technologies in todays society. Students will conduct a design project on how to improve some aspect of human-technology interaction.

PSY 470 Legal Psychology
This course will inform students about the relationship between psychology and law by introducing them to contemporary psychological knowledge as it applies to the legal system. Topics will include: the psychology of evidence, the social psychology of the jury, the psychologist as expert witness, the psychology of jury selection, and research methods used by legal psychologists.

PSY 475 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Examines the application of psychological research and theory to understanding human behavior in organizational settings. Topics include research approaches, learning and training, job stress, motivation, work satisfaction, organizational conflict, decision making, leadership behavior, and organizational design.

PSY 485 Tests and Measurements
Focuses on the statistical and psychological theory of tests and measurements. Prerequisite: A recent undergraduate statistics course.

PSY 490 Selected Topics in Psychology
Provides the opportunity for the department to offer courses in areas of department major interest which are not covered by the regular courses.

PSY 500 Advanced Research Design and Statistics
Is concerned with the scientific method to the investigation of behavior. Research methods and experimental design and statistics will be reviewed along with a survey of the more recent significant developments in the field of psychology. The use of computer statistical packages to analyze data will be emphasized. Students will demonstrate competency in descriptive statistics.

PSY 512 Theories of Learning
Examines the explanations of human learning processes offered by various behavioral and cognitive theorists. Classical and contemporary theories and applications are presented dealing with topics such as conditioning, motivation, memory and problem solving.

PSY 515 Theories of Personality
Explores theories, issues, and research in personality, and encourages the psychology graduate student to develop his or her own pragmatic orientation.

PSY 516 Motivation
Examines and compares different theories of motivation. Basic motives such as hunger, thirst, sex, and aggression in humans and animals will be examined. In addition, more complex motives will be discussed in light of decision theory.

PSY 518 Principles of Cognition and Behavior Modification
Study of applied techniques of modifying behavior and cognition. Includes stimulus control processes, reinforcement theory, modeling, extinction, desensitization, counterconditioning, cognitive restructuring, and stress inoculation theory.

PSY 519 Life Span Psychology
Life span development provides information about developmental processes from conception through adulthood. The interaction of environmental and genetic factors is stressed. Theoretical points of view are presented.

PSY 527 The Psychology of Adolescence
Is a systematic study of physical, behavioral, and psychological development of the individual from puberty to emerging adulthood.

PSY 529 The Psychology of Successful Aging
Focuses on the process of aging during the later years of the life span. The developmental approach provides the basis for the systematic study of aging. In addition, the interaction of the physiological, psychological, emotional, intellectual, and social aspects of aging are emphasized.

PSY 530 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
Concerned with findings of significant studies on the exceptional child. Emphasis given to the contricutions of research dealing with characteristics of the exceptional child, identification, ways of meeting special needs, and implications for the child and those who work with the child.

PSY 531 Advanced Cognitive Psychology
An in-depth analysis of new issues within the field of cognitive psychology is the focus of this course. Sample content includes models of memory, processes of cognition, implicit versus explicit memory, and problem solving.

PSY 532 Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience
Gives the student interested in brain-behavior relationships an introduction to experimental manipulations commonly used in the research area. Students will do extensive reading within a selected area of research as preparation for a series of demonstrations that will use several invasive techniques routinely used in the field. Both neurophysiological and behavior observations will be made in order to test specific experimental hypotheses.

PSY 533 Social Cognition
The study of how people make sense of others and of themselves; how ordinary people think about people; and how they think they think about people.

PSY 534 Research in Abnormal Psychology
Review research and theoretical contributions to the understanding of abnormal behavior, with primary emphasis on discussion of recent research findings regarding the etiology of various mental disorders.

PSY 540 History of Psychology
Reviews history of psychology from its roots in philosophy through its transformation into a science. Included is a critical examination of major issues, assumptions, and schools of thought. GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY!

PSY 590 Introduction to Group Dynamics
Examines the theory and experiences of group interaction. Observation and participation in face-to-face groups of varying structures and functions are provided. Theories of group development and observational systems and techniques applicable in educational, business, and institutional settings are examined. Selected topics include goal analysis, functional group structures, leadership influence, conforming norm pressure, deviant behaviors, and communication network patterns.

PSY 594 Selected Topics in Psychology (graduate)
Provides students with an opportunity to study concepts and research in areas of psychology not covered by the regular course of study in a seminar setting. Areas covered will be those in which instructors have special expertise and in there is a special student request.

PSY 598 Independent Study
Independent study is available for credit.

PSY 612 Thesis I
This course is designed to provide master's degree candidates with an opportunity to conduct a major research project. A research proposal, literature review, and a pilot study are required. This is the first course in a two course sequence.

PSY 613 Thesis II
This is the second of a two semester sequence of graduate courses designed to provide master's degree candidates with an opportunity to conduct a major research project. In this course, students implement the research proposal designed in Thesis I. They collect data, complete a statistical analysis, write a research report and make an oral presentation. Students will experience the procedure and format of conducting a research project that might be prepared for publication in a psychological journal.