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Psy 13. Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience. 9 units (3-0-6); third term. This course will provide an introduction to what we know about the fascinating link between the brain, the mind, and behavior. We will start with a basic review of the brain as a biological organ, its evolution, development, and its basic operations including visual and others senses. Next, we will discuss how the brain gives rise to a wide variety of complex behaviors, memory, social and emotional behaviors. The course will finally introduce students to the wider neurophilosophical questions concerning freewill, death and morality. Instructor: Mobbs.

Psy 25. Reading and Research in Psychology. Units to be determined by the instructor. Not available for credit toward humanities–social science requirement. Written report required. Graded pass/fail.  Not offered 2017–18.

Psy 90. Applied Neuropsychology of Learning. 9 units (3-0-6); first term. An introduction to the neuropsychological mechanisms associated with learning and creativity, and to how different factors and behaviors impede and enhance them. No previous coursework in psychology or neuroscience is required. The course includes labs in which the students will test various hypothesis about their own learning processes. Graded or P/F. Note that this course can be used to fulfill the overall HSS core requirements, but does not count towards the introductory or advanced social science requirement. Instructor: Rangel.

Psy 101. Selected Topics in Psychology. Units to be determined by arrangement with the instructor; offered by announcement. Instructor: Staff. 

CNS/SS/Psy/Bi 102 ab. Brains, Minds, and Society. 9 units (3-0-6); second, third terms. For course description, see Computation and Neural Systems.

Psy/CNS 105 ab. Frontiers in Neuroeconomics. 5 units (1.5-0-3.5); first term. The new discipline of Neuroeconomics seeks to understand the mechanisms underlying human choice behavior, born out of a confluence of approaches derived from Psychology, Neuroscience and Economics. This seminar will consider a variety of emerging themes in this new field. Some of the topics we will address include the neural bases of reward and motivation, the neural representation of utility and risk, neural systems for inter-temporal choice, goals vs habits, and strategic interactions. We will also spend time evaluating various forms of computational and theoretical models that underpin the field such as reinforcement-learning, Bayesian models and race to barrier models. Each week we will focus on key papers and/or book chapters illustrating the relevant concepts. Not offered 2017–18. 

Ec/Psy 109 ab. Frontiers in Behavioral Economics. 9 units (3-0-6). Prerequisites: Ec 11. For course description, see Economics.

CNS/SS/Psy 110 ab. Cognitive Neuroscience Tools. 9 units (3-0-6); second, third terms. For course description, see Computation and Neural Systems.

Psy 115. Social Psychology. 9 units (3-0-6); first term. The study of how people think about other people and behave toward or around others. Topics include social cognition and emotions (theory of mind and empathy), their development from childhood to old age, impairments in social functions, altruism and cooperation, social groups (ingroup and outgroup), attribution and stereotypes. The class also presents evidence on how these social phenomena are implemented in the human brain and introduces behavioral and neuroscientific methods used in social psychology and social neuroscience. Instructors: Tusche, Kliemann.

Psy 125. Reading and Research in Psychology. Same as Psy 25, but for graduate credit. Not available for credit toward humanities–social science requirement. Not offered 2017–18. 

Psy/CNS 130. Introduction to Human Memory. 9 units (3-0-6); second term. The course offers an overview of experimental findings and theoretical issues in the study of human memory. Topics include iconic and echoic memory, working memory, spatial memory, implicit learning and memory; forgetting: facts vs. skills, memory for faces; retrieval: recall vs. recognition, context-dependent memory, semantic memory, spreading activation models and connectionist networks, memory and emotion, infantile amnesia, memory development, and amnesia. Not offered 2017–18. 

CNS/Psy/Bi 131. The Psychology of Learning and Motivation. 9 units (3-0-6). For course description, see Computation and Neural Systems.

Psy 133. Computation, Cognition and Consciousness. 9 units (3-0-6); second term. This course will critically examine the impact of recent advances in computational neuroscience for central problems of philosophy of mind. Beginning with a historical overview of computationalism (the thesis that mental states are computational states), the course will examine how psychological explanation may be understood in computational terms across a variety of levels of description, from sub-neuronal and single neuroncomputation to circuit and network levels. Specific issues will include: whether computation provides unifying psychological principles across species; whether specific mental states such as pain are computational states; digital/analog computation, dynamical systems, and mental representation; whether conscious experience can be understood as a computational process. Not offered 2017–18. 

CNS/Bi/SS/Psy/NB  176. Cognition. 9 units (4-0-5); third term. For course description, see Computation and Neural Systems. 

SS/Psy/Bi/CNS 255. Topics in Emotion and Social Cognition. 9 units (3-0-6). For course description, see Social Science.

SS/Psy/CNS 285. Topics in Social, Cognitive, and Decision Sciences. 3 units (3-0-0); first, second terms. For course description, see Social Science.