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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Summer 2008

PSY w301 • Intro to Psychology

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
88110 MTWTh
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
RLM 6.116

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to psychological science and its many disciplines. Research will be presented from neurobiology; physiology; cognition and perception; learning and memory; developmental psychology; personality psychology; and social psychology. The course will use an evolutionary perspective as a unifying framework for these different levels of psychological analysis.

Grading Policy

Exams: 60% There will be 3 tests taking during class-time, each worth 20% of the student's overall grade. Tests will consist of multiple-choice, true-false, fill-in-the-blank, short-answer, and essay questions. Discussion and Participation: 20% Students will be expected to attend class on a daily basis and post discussion points and/or questions indicative of critical and analytical thought on the course website. Discussion posts requiring lower-order thought processes (e.g. questions regarding factual knowledge) will be accepted, but will not be evaluated as sufficient contributions to the course.

Short Papers: 20% Students will write two short-papers (maximum length: 1 page, single-spaced) on topics of their choice. These papers will address questions left answered by previous research, and will help students develop testable research hypotheses.


Psychological Science by Gazzaniga & Heatherton, (2nd Ed.), 2005


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