Curriculum

The developmental training curriculum involves 35 hours of formal developmental course work in addition to masters', FLORS, and dissertation research hours. Students in the developmental training curriculum are also expected to enroll regularly in a biweekly Proseminar on Developmental Science (6 semesters minimum). The program is designed to allow students to maximally pursue their developmental research interests and accumulate academic credentials that will give them optimal access to the job market of their choice. The formal course requirements are as follows:

Statistics, Design, and Professional Issues (14 hours):

PSYC 790: Statistical methods of psychology I
Elementary distribution theory; one-way analysis of variance, linear trends, contrasts, post hoc tests; simple regression and correlation; general linear model. Prerequisite: A beginning course in statistics and graduate standing, or consent of instructor. LEC
PSYC 791: Statistical Methods in Psychology II
Continuation of PSYC 790. Multiway analysis of variance for crossed, nested, and incomplete designs; analysis of covariance; multiple regression and correlation; general linear model. Prerequisite: PSYC 790 or consent of instructor. LEC
PSYC 815: Design and Analysis for Developmental Research
Coverage of the philosophy and basic principles of group-design research, with a special emphasis on designs that are appropriate for developmental studies. Designs for both experimental and quasi-experimental research are covered, and appropriate statistical procedures are presented concomitantly with the designs. Individual-difference analyses and statistical control issues are also addressed. LEC
PSYC 982: Issues in Scientific Conduct
Lectures and discussion on issues in the conduct of a scientific career, with emphasis on practical topics of special importance in behavioral science. Topics will include the academic and scientific roles of behavioral scientists, establishing a research lab, communicating research findings, tenure processes, gender equity, ethical conduct, and good scientific citizenship. Discussions will highlight important case studies. (Same as SPLH 982.) LEC

Core Developmental Courses (12 hours):

PSYC 691: Psychology of Aging
Social, psychological, and economic adjustments required by aging; changes in cognition, role and personality necessitated by advancing age. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
PSYC 870: Cognitive Development
A lecture/discussion course in cognitive development. The course will contrast the theory and research of Jean Piaget and his followers, with an information processing or cognitive psychology approach to issues. Topics include development of perception, attention and information getting; memory and metamemory; problem solving; discrimination learning and concept formation; and individual differences in cognitive styles and strategies. Prerequisite: A course in child psychology or development, a course in cognitive psychology, or consent of instructor. LEC
PSYC 825: Social Development
A lecture and discussion course in social development. It includes such topics as theoretical approaches to the study of social development, as well as the literature on family processes, peer relations, aggression and prosocial behavior, child abuse and neglect, family violence, child care, and the media. (Formerly PSYC 880.) (Same as ABSC 825.) Prerequisite: A course in child psychology or development. LEC
PSYC 923: History and Systems in Developmental Psychology: Developmental Theory
An intensive study of traditional and recent developmental theories with an emphasis upon the role of heredity, early stimulation, reinforcement, and modification as each affects the course of the development of children. LEC

Concentration (9 hours, minimum):

The concentration is designed to build expertise in an area chosen by the student in conjunction with his/her faculty advisor. Courses offered outside the department may count toward the concentration. Being a flexible requirement, the concentration can be either very focused or a uniquely tailored hybrid of courses.

Some examples of concentrations that students may create are listed below. These examples are flexible in that many related courses may be substituted for the same general theme of the concentration and students can create a concentration that fits with their interests and educational objectives. Possible concentrations include:

General Cognitive Development

PSYC 723: Advanced Cognitive Psychology
Advanced cognitive psychology reviewing theories of pattern recognition, attention, working memory, language comprehension and problem solving. Emphasis will be placed upon the application of these theories to real-life situations. Prerequisite: PSYC 104 and six additional credit hours in psychology, or permission of the instructor. LEC
PSYC 800: Cognition and Aging
An advanced survey of theory and research in a selected area of experimental psychology. Continual enrollment for four semesters is required of entering graduate students in experimental psychology. Open to other students with graduate standing in psychology or a closely related field. May be repeated with permission. LEC
PSYC 872: Attention, Perception, and Learning in Infancy
Coverage of the basic literatures on perceptual-cognitive behavior during the first three years of life, as assessed by measures of attention, perception, learning, and memory. Course material is approached from an information-processing framework. LEC

Social-Personality Development

PSYC 777: Social Psychology: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications
Basic theories in social psychology, as well as their applications to the process of coping with life events. The focus is on the nature of each theory, including the history and more recent developments; however, where clinical applications have been made of a particular theory, these will be discussed. LEC
PSYC 670: Theories of Personality
Traces the development of modern approaches to the understanding of personality and examines in detail the major theoretical systems proposed to explain personality structure and dynamics. Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC
PSYC 962: Advanced Personality
A survey of selected advanced topics in the area of personality. Includes review of theoretical and research issues in the area of personality. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC

Quantitative Developmental Methods

PSYC 991: Structural Equation Modeling I
Survey of modern methods for testing hypotheses on multivariate correlational data in the behavioral and social sciences. Topics include exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis, and linear structural equations as alternative covariance models. Applications to data are stressed, rather than mathematical derivations; exercises on relevant computer programs are included. Prerequisite: PSYC 790 and PSYC 791 or consent of instructor. LEC
PSYC 993: Structural Equation Modeling II
LEC
PSYC 990: Multivariate Analysis
Introduction to use of the general linear model for analysis of behavioral and social data. Includes multivariate multiple regression, multivariate analysis of variance, multiple discriminant analysis, and canonical correlation. Primarily a lecture course; practical experience with packaged computer programs is included. Prerequisite: PSYC 790 and PSYC 791 or consent of instructor. LEC
Note: such a concentration would also lend itself to the completion of a graduate minor in Quantitative Psychology and satisfaction of the FLORS requirements

Developmental Evolutionary Psychology

PSYC 900: Developmental Evolutionary Psychology/
 
An advanced survey of theory and research in a selected area of Developmental Evolutionary psychology. Open to students with graduate standing in psychology or a closely related field. LEC
BIO 625: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology is the Undergraduate course offered in Biology Department LEC
BIO 668: Evolutionary Ecology
Evolutionary Ecology is the Undergraduate course offered in Biology Department LEC

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 725: Cognitive Neuroscience
A survey of the critical issues within cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. The course will provide information about neuronal physiology, functional neuroanatomy, and psychophysiological research methods. Human cognition and the neurophysiology that subserves the primary cognitive functions will be discussed. LEC
PSYC 800: Neuroscience Methods
An advanced survey of theory and research in a selected area of experimental psychology. Continual enrollment for four semesters is required of entering graduate students in experimental psychology. Open to other students with graduate standing in psychology or a closely related field. May be repeated with permission. LEC
PSYC 800: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
An advanced survey of theory and research in a selected area of experimental psychology. Continual enrollment for four semesters is required of entering graduate students in experimental psychology. Open to other students with graduate standing in psychology or a closely related field. May be repeated with permission. LEC

Language Development

PSYC 735: Psycholinguistics
A detailed examination of issues in the processing of language. The course will provide a survey of research and theory in psycholinguistics, reflecting the influence of linguistic theory and experimental psychology. Spoken and written language comprehension and language production processing will be examined. (Same as LING 735.) LEC
PSYC 783: Research Methods in Language Development
A survey of methods for studying phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic change during language development. Methods include: diary interpretation, language sample analysis, probe elicitation tasks, and clinical assessment. Prerequisite: PSYC 791 or equivalent or consent of instructor. LEC
SPLH 816: Language Development
Language Development is the Graduate Course offered in the Speech-Language-Hearing Department LEC

Developmental FLORS (8 hours minimum) :

The FLORS requirement is generally satisfied by taking two additional (4 hours each) quantitative courses offered through the quantitative training program. Note that satisfying the FLORS requirement in this way also lends itself to the completion of a graduate minor in Quantitative Psychology (4 courses are required for the minor).


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