The Science of Psychology (CLOSED)
Level: Open to students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college in fall 2013.
Session: II, July 16-August 2, 2013
Days & Time: Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM, 2:00 PM–4:00 PM
Instructor(s): Jason Buhle, Christopher Crew , Steen Sehnert, Lisa Zaval,
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"The amount of knowledge and information was astounding but presented in highly interesting ways."
- June Dong, 2012
"I loved creating and carrying-out my own experiment. The experience taught me about effective group work and independent responsibility"
- Raquel Serruya, 2012
This course is designed for students interested in the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories of psychology, the science of mind and behavior. It examines this basic question: What influences human behavior? The course provides an overview of the diverse topics within psychology, including biological bases of behavior, learning and memory, sensation and perception, cognitive development, language acquisition, and personality and social influences on behavior. Special emphasis is placed on current psychology research and topics relevant to both individual experience and real-world events.
In addition to lectures, students participate in in-class experiments demonstrating key psychological phenomena. Working in teams, and under instructor supervision, students design, run, and present data from an original psychological experiment.
Jason Buhle received his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and his Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University. He studies how contextual factors and cognitive strategies influence emotional experiences and physical pain. His work has been published in journals including Psychological Science, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, and PAIN. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the department of psychology at Columbia University.
Christopher Crew received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Riverside and his master's degree in cognitive psychology, with a minor in statistics, from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Crew is currently a Ph.D. student at Columbia University in the lab of Professor Geraldine Downey. His research centers on understanding the interplay of social-cognition and rejection sensitivity (RS) as they relate to the deployment of attention, thought suppression, perceptions of the legal system, and the development of interpersonal relationships.
Steen Sehnert majored in psychology and philosophy at Colby College and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University. He studies the effect of engagement with material on learning and comprehension, investigating the best ways to engage students in the classroom and at home. Most recently he has been trying to understand where value comes from and how people can affect their own experience of value in the way they engage with a stimulus.
Lisa Zaval is currently a Ph.D student in Columbia's Department of Psychology. She received her B.A in neuroscience at Middlebury College. Her work at the Center for Decision Sciences and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions focuses on the role of individual differences in judgment and decision-making processes. Most recently, her research has focused on cognitive and emotional changes in decision making across the lifespan.
Specific course information, such as hours and instructors, are subject to change at the discretion of the University.