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Psychology Introductory Courses

PSYCH 7Q. Language Acquisition

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. How do infants learn language so effortlessly? Why is it more difficult to learn a language as an adult? Theories of first and second language development and experimental techniques for reading children's minds.

3 units, Aut (Fernald, A)

PSYCH 8N. Life Span Development

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. People continue to change in systematic ways throughout life, but developmental psychology has focused mostly on childhood. Focus is on conceptual models that direct developmental research on adulthood and old age, and the empirical literature concerning developmental changes in cognition, motivation, and emotion. GER:DB-SocSci

3 units, Spr (Carstensen, L)

PSYCH 12N. Self Theories

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. The impact of people's belief in a growing versus fixed self on their motivation and performance in school, business, sports, and relationships. How such theories develop and can be changed. GER:DB-SocSci

3 units, Aut (Dweck, C)

PSYCH 16N. Amines and Affect

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. How serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine influence people's emotional lives. GER:DB-SocSci

3 units, Spr (Knutson, B)

PSYCH 23N. Aping: Imitation, Control, and the Development of the Human Mind

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. The idea that a childhood that prolongs a state of stimulus-bound helplessness beyond that of animals is the price human beings pay for the benefits of shared cognitive structures. How such structures enable social collaboration, language, and the transmission and sharing of knowledge. Sources include psychological data from animals and humans, and recent discoveries in neuroscience.

3 units, Spr (Ramscar, M)

PSYCH 25N. Psychology, Inequality, and the American Dream

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. What role do psychological factors play in perpetrating inequality despite legal prohibitions? How can psychologically wise reforms promote equal opportunity? Topics include school achievement, prejudice and discrimination, social class, and race/ethnicity.

3 units, Aut (Walton, G)

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