Classes 2011-2012

Autumn 2011: Psych 236-The Social Self

Humans have remarkable, complex social organization from work teams to national and cultural identities.  An investigation of the psychological bases of this organization.  Topics include the effect of social influence on perception, beliefs, attitudes, emotions, and behaviors, shared intentionality, and the relational bases of learning, motivation, and performance.  Works of classic scholars (Asch, Lewin) and contemporary researchers in social, developmental, and comparative psychology. 3 units.

Syllabus (from 2008-2009)

Winter 2012: Psych 274/Educ 287X-Graduate Research Workshop on Psychological Interventions

Psychological research has the potential to create novel interventions that promote the public good.  This workshop will expose students to psychologically “wise” intervention research and support their efforts to conduct such interventions, especially in the context of education, broadly conceived, as well as other areas.  The first part of the class will address classic interventions and important topics in intervention research, including effective delivery mechanisms, sensitive behavioral outcomes, the role of theory and psychological process, and considerations of the role of time and of mechanisms that can sustain treatment effects over time.  In the second part of the course, students will present and receive feedback on their own ongoing and/or future intervention research.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing in Psychology or Education or consent of the instructors.

Co-taught with Geoff Cohen.


Spring 2012: Psych 1-Introduction to Psychology

Human behavior and mental processes including the nervous system, consciousness, learning, memory, development, emotion, psychopathology, interpersonal processes, society, and culture.  Current research.  Plus mandatory section. 5 units.

Syllabus (from 2009-2010)

Other Classes I Teach

Psych 25N-Psychology, Inequality, and the American Dream

Despite legal prohibitions against discrimination and the fact that many people endorse egalitarian values, inequality persists in America.  What role do psychological factors play in perpetuating inequality?  How can psychologically “wise” reforms promote equal opportunity?  Topics include prejudice and discrimination, school achievement, social class, and race/ethnicity. 3 units.

Syllabus (from 2009-2010)

Psych 138/238-Wise Interventions

Psychological interventions, classic and contemporary, and the role of psychological factors in social reforms for social problems involving healthcare, the workplace, education, intergroup relations, and the law.  Topics include theories of intervention, the role of laboratory research, evaluation, and social policy. 4 units.

Syllabus (from 2010-2011)

Teaching and mentoring are among my favorite parts of being a professor.  My classes typically explore both basic questions about human nature and important social problems.  In the spirit of Kurt Lewin, one of the founders of social psychology, I’m especially interested in how insights into human nature from psychology and related fields lay the groundwork for novel interventions that improve human welfare.

Gregory M. Walton

  1. -Assistant Professor

  2. -Department of Psychology

  3. -Stanford University

Contact Information

  1. -(650) 498-4284

  2. -gwalton(at)

Curriculum Vita